Photography Day Tours


Hanoi Explorer



Want a little more from your visit to Vietnam, let us tailor your photographic adventure

Vietnam in Focus run acclaimed photography tours throughout Vietnam and Indochina.

Hanoi Explorer

The best of our day tours, at your own pace

With so much to see and do in Hanoi, it can feel overwhelming to capture it all on camera. This half-day photography tour provides an insider’s look at the Vietnamese capital while you walk through the Old Quarter and several markets with your guide. 

Suitable for both beginner and serious photographers, and we will tailor the photography program to your interests.


5am – Begin your tour with a 5am pickup from your central Hanoi hotel (later pickups can be arranged on request) and set out to explore the city with your private guide, an experienced photographer.

5:30am – After an introduction to the basic photography techniques and settings that you will need, stroll along Long Bien Bridge to shoot your first landscape shots, with the dramatic city skyline in the  background.

6:30am – Next, head to Long Bien market, Hanoi’s biggest wet market, and busy Dong Xuan market, where you’ll have a chance to shoot everyday scenes and snap candid shots of local workers, shoppers, and families.

7:30am – Follow your guide through the winding streets and alleyways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, stopping to practice street photography and portrait photography techniques along atmospheric Hang Thiec and Thuoc Bac streets.

8:30am – Continue to Hang Vai, Phung Hung and the railway tracks, where you’ll learn how to add a storytelling element to your photos as you stroll around the residential districts.

9am – After around three hours of walking, head to a local cafe in central Hanoi, where you’ll enjoy coffee and snacks.

9:30am – Farewell


Really fun photo experience
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I had visited Hanoi several times for work, but after the early morning tour with Mr Mansour I now experience the city completely differently. Mansour is a skilled and enthusiastic photo guide who clearly loves both this city and this amazing country. My shots of the textiles warehouse are some of the best travel photos I've taken for some time. Mansour - I owe you one!
Worth getting up at 4am for
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I took many many fantastic photographs during the tour. But beyond the great locations, my discussions with Mansour really impacted the way I approach taking photos. How I look at composition, lighting, and mostly, the story-or message- that I want to convey in the image or images. I came away from the tour more excited and inspired about photography than ever. Thank you Vietnam in Focus!
A Hanoi Highlight!@dhow97
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An early start but that meant I managed to take photos I would never have achieved otherwise. Boris was a great guide and gave me lots of tips (and confidence!) for taking candid photos. I was really pleased with the results and learned a lot about Hanoi. One tip - if you can, do this tour early on in your trip to Hanoi - you'll then have more chance to re-visit locations and put your new found knowledge to practice!


All photos are taken on tour by previous guests and tour guides

Tour FAQ's

In the event of forecasted heavy rain, we’ll contact you to reschedule or cancel the tour and give you a full refund.  If it’s early morning and raining heavily, our guide will call you on the phone number you gave us to discuss options for postponement or cancellation.  In the event of cancellation we’ll issue a full refund.

Yes, you can.  We have a Nikon DSLR available to rent for $30 per tour including free memory card.  Please enquire on booking.

Yes, you do.  Vietnam in Focus is not liable to pay any costs associated with injury etc on our tours.

Yes, they can.  Costs (or free joining) depend on each tour, so please enquire on booking.

Yes, you can.  People often join our tours using film cameras.  You may not be able to edit in camera, but the composition tips are still basically the same.

Yes, you can.  Smartphone cameras are pretty amazing nowadays.

Training or guidance will be provided by our photographers throughout the tour. Our guides will tailor your learning experience depending on your interest, style and experience from amateurs to professionals we can provide simple techniques to improve your photography, gain further knowledge of your camera and lenses, as well as develop your photographic eye to capture that amazing shot.

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