The highlights of our Old Quarter 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 in a short time. Our Hanoi Explorer half-day photography tour provides an insider’s look at the Vietnamese capital while you venture through the Old Quarter and several vibrant markets with your guide.
You’ll start with a sunrise visit to the lesser-known ‘train street’, just in time to catch the Reunification Express squeezing between houses on its way south. We’ll then come across a local street market, offering us a chance to capture images of daily Hanoi life as the city wakes. Next stop is Long Bien Bridge, already busy with commuters and traders, and we’ll capture shots of the vibrant market below. In the market itself, we’ll have a chance to mingle with the locals as they do a fast trade in fruit, fresh meat and other necessities sourced from all over Vietnam.
We then head across the dyke road and into the Old Quarter, navigating ancient trading streets just as busy with commerce as they have been over the centuries. Following the train line, we end in the heart of the Old Quarter with a traditional Hanoi coffee and a review of our images from the morning.
The tour is suitable for both beginner and serious photographers, and we will tailor the photography program to your interests.
What to Expect from our Hanoi Explorer Photography Tour
On our Hanoi Explorer tour you’ll be guided through some of the capital’s most exciting markets and backstreets. Our professional photographer guides will provide technical and composition insights, helping you to develop your camera skills. While we recommend joining the tour in the early morning, from 5:30-9:30am, we can tailor the timing to your schedule.
Expect to come away with plenty of fantastic pictures capturing the ‘real Hanoi’ for your portfolio.
- DSLR Camera or Film Camera
- Memory Card
- Fully Charged Battery
- Wide angle or Zoom lens
- Hotel Pickup & Drop Off
- Professional Photographer Guide
What's not included
- Food & Drinks
4hrs ( 5:30 – to 9:30 am)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time
Level of Difficulty
Moderate Physical activity (Walking)
- Long Bien Bridge
- Dong Xuan Market
- Hanoi’s Old Quarter
- Hang Thiec St Thuoc Bac St
- Hang Vai St
- Phung Hung St
- Camera Settings
- Lens Options
- Street Photography
- Documentary Photography
- Story Boarding
- Context and Relationships
- Low Light Photography
On a photo tour with us, your experience, images and development as a photographer are the priority. Tips to improve your pictures will be provided by our professional photographer guides throughout the tour, and we’ll have regular reviews. While enjoying a rich variety of photographic opportunities on tour, you’ll gain valuable insights on how to get the best out of your images, and how to take your skills to the next level.