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Craft Village Color

Hanoi's Traditional Craft Villages

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Hanoi’s traditional craft villages on our “Craft Village Colors” photography tour. This full-day experience is designed for photographers of all levels, offering an intimate look into the daily lives, skills, and traditions of these unique communities.

Photographer's Experience

Our journey begins in a village where the iconic Vietnamese conical hats (nón lá) are crafted. Here, you’ll photograph artisans meticulously stitching palm leaves and bamboo to create these elegant, functional hats. The soft light filtering through the workshop adds a beautiful dimension to your shots, enhancing the intricate details of the hat-making process.

At midday, we break for a traditional Vietnamese lunch with a local family. This is a perfect time to engage with the villagers, learn about their lives, and capture candid moments of daily life in the countryside. The warmth and hospitality of our hosts will provide heartfelt, authentic images.

In the afternoon, we head to Quang Phu Cau, famed for its vibrant incense production. The sight of thousands of incense sticks drying in the sun creates a spectacular sea of colors. You’ll photograph workers arranging the sticks into beautiful patterns, offering a unique perspective on this colorful and aromatic craft. The interplay of light, color, and texture here will elevate your photography portfolio.

Next we move to a knife-making village renowned for its skilled artisans. You’ll capture the intense focus and expert techniques of blacksmiths as they forge their high-quality blades. From the fiery forge to the rhythmic hammering, every moment offers a striking photo opportunity, highlighting the dedication and precision involved in this ancient craft.

We conclude our tour in the late afternoon, returning to Hanoi with a wealth of stunning photographs and unforgettable memories. On the way back, we’ll review our shots, share feedback, and discuss techniques to refine your skills further.

What to Expect

Prepare to capture a variety of incredible images on our “Craft Village Colors” tour. You’ll explore Hanoi’s charming craft villages, each with its own unique traditions and techniques. Expect to photograph everything from the intense forge of the knife-makers to the tranquil workshops of the hat-makers, and the vibrant incense fields of Quang Phu Cau. This tour offers a rich, immersive experience, providing a diverse array of photo opportunities that reflect the heart and soul of Vietnam’s traditional craftsmanship.

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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
  • Private car
  • Lunch and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Professional Photographer Guide

What's not included

  • Tips

Tour Length

Full  Day ( 9:30 am – to 5:30 pm)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty

Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Tour HIghlights

  • Blacksmiths Village
  • Vietnamese conical hats Village
  • Vietnamese lunch with a local family
  • Incense Village

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.

Further Reading


Per person


Per Person


Per Person
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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