Hoi An River Life - Explore Local Fishing Communities
Vietnam In Focus
Close this search box.

Photography Day Tours


Hoi An's River Life

Explore the stunning Thu Bon river and develop your photography skills on this specially-designed private tour.

All aboard for an authentic private photo tour that takes you to the heart of Hoi An’s spectacular Thu Bon river delta. Our tour is designed to immerse you in Vietnam’s traditional fishing culture, which has been the lifeblood of this region for centuries. Led by our local expert photographer, you’ll learn how to capture stunning shots of the fishermen and women plying their trade amidst breathtaking views, away from the crowds of tourists.

During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore off the beaten track, allowing you to take in the smallest details and widest panoramas of this picturesque river. You’ll photograph the entire fishing trade process, from catch to market, creating a visual story that tells the tale of real working life along the river.

Our private tour caters to individuals who are serious about improving their photography knowledge and skills. You’ll be taught how to choose and compose the perfect shots that form a great photojournalistic story. Come and capture the essence of traditional Vietnamese fishing culture on Hoi An’s Thu Bon river delta with us.

What to Expect

This tour is ideal for those serious about improving their photography skills. You’ll be away from tourist crowds and commercial photo tour groups, allowing you to focus on your craft and capture unique, authentic images of the delta. At dawn, the river bursts with hues and activity as boats and fishing nets fill the scene, providing an exciting opportunity to capture amazing action shots. Portraits of fishmongers, fishermen, and traders are aplenty, offering an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. Join us on this private tour and develop your camera skills on an adventure rich with real photographic opportunities.

Image Gallery

Tour HighlightsPhotographic Highlights
  • Sunrise
  • Thu Bon River Delta
  • Local Village Fish Market
  • Fisherman With Nets
  • Long Boat Ride
  • Boat Workshop
  • Camera Settings
  • Lens Options
  • Low Light
  • Compositions
  • Portraits
  • People photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Landscapes
  • Panoramic


The best thing I did to start my trip to Vietnam
Read More
I loved this tour and am so glad I did it at the beginning of my holiday as it meant that my photos from then on have improved. I learnt so much about getting the right shots and angles and even about using my own camera to better advantage. Highly recommend doing this tour. I would do it again.

Tour Information

Recommended Equipment

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

What's included

  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off
  • Professional Photographer Guide

What's not included

  • Food or drink
  • Gratuities

Tour Length

4hrs ( 5:00 – to 9:00 am)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty

Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Tour HIghlights

  • Sunrise
  • Thu Bon River Delta
  • Local Village Fish Market
  • Fisherman With Nets
  • Long Boat Ride
  • Boat Workshop

Photography Highlights

  • Camera Settings
  • Lens Options
  • Low Light
  • Compositions
  • Portraits
  • Landscapes
  • Panoramic

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.


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.

Popular Day Tours

Cross the coastal mountain pass, before exploring life at Lang Co Lagoon

Capture iconic landscapes from one of Vietnam's most scenic spots, stopping off along the way to document real local life. At Lang Co Lagoon, we have an up close encounter with communities that have plied their fishing trade here for generations.

Venture into Hanoi’s most photogenic street market

Wander through alleyways packed with odd secondhand goods, vintage electronics, auto parts and other bric a brac, before ending up in a local veterans ping pong club set in an unforgettable location. One for the street and people photographers, and a truly Hanoi experience.

Explore the excitement of Hanoi in low-light

Enjoy a captivating night photography tour where enthusiasts of all levels can hone their skills and capture the authentic vibe of Hanoi’s street life. We venture into Hanoi’s most famous century-old night market, where you’ll learn techniques for night photography with exciting compositions. We’ll be rubbing shoulders with the locals in the brightly-lit market, traders, couriers and customers barging between the stalls. There’s a great deal to discover, with exotic fruit stalls, workers unloading trucks, and a fish market with some very talkative traders. It all makes for a unique, evocative travel experience, offering a rich variety of images.

Capture the best of Hanoi in a single action-packed day

Shoot from dawn till dark on our most popular city day tour. Includes train street, Reunification Park, the Thieves Market, our iconic incense village tour, and exhilarating Long Bien night market. Experience and document authentic daily life in Vietnam's capital, its places, people, sights and sounds, creating a rich visual narrative to remember.

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.

Hoi An River Life Photo Tour


Receive Exclusive Deals
Reviews and Expert Photography Tips