Hanoi Explorer - Discover the real Old Quarter with your camera
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Hanoi Explorer

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.

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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!

Tour Information

Recommended Equipment

  • DSLR Camera or Film Camera
  • Memory Card
  • Fully Charged Battery
  • Wide angle or Zoom lens

What's included

  • Hotel Pickup & Drop Off
  • Professional Photographer Guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food & Drinks

Tour Length

4hrs ( 5:30 – to 9:30 am)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty

Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Tour HIghlights

  • Long Bien Bridge
  • Dong Xuan Market
  • Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Hang Thiec St Thuoc Bac St
  • Hang Vai St
  • Phung Hung St

Photography Highlights

  • Camera Settings
  • Lens Options
  • Street Photography
  • Portraiture
  • Documentary Photography
  • Story Boarding
  • Context and Relationships
  • Low Light Photography

Photography teaching

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.

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3-5 People


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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Tailored Photography Tours

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

Customize Your Photography Experience

Our unparalleled knowledge of travel and culture in Vietnam, and where and when to get the best shots, mean we are experts in designing tailormade photo tours.  We have planned and run tours for everyone from professional photographers on a mission to amateurs who want to get to know their cameras better on an adventure.  Each person and group is different, so once you’ve completed the few questions below, expect to answer a few more before we can create your ideal photographic adventure.

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