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Quang Phu Cau Incense Village

Discover and photograph northern Vietnam‘s most eye-catching craft village, Quang Phu Cau. On our exclusive hanoi photo tour. Only about an hour by car from Hanoi, the villagers here produce traditional bright red incense, making for stunning imagery at all stages of the process. As originators of this photo tour, we can assure you of the ultimate Quang Phu Cau experience and pictures to prove it.

Quang Phu Cau Incense Village - Rhapsody in Red

We pick you up at your hotel and head out of Hanoi by car at 8:30am, arriving in Quang Phu Cau at around 10am. By this time, the villagers have already set out incense to dry in various formations, and we’ll get pictures of people working among this sea of red. We’ll have time to capture a variety of shots of the workers in action.

We also venture further into the village workshops, shooting images of the incense-making process, including bamboo chopping, dipping the sticks in dye, and the creation of incense paste. We’ll take more images of the friendly locals who have worked on producing incense in this village for generations. We leave the village at noon, as the workers are preparing for lunch, and head back to Hanoi for a bite before saying farewell.

Thanks to our local friendships and contacts, we can also tailor the itinerary according to your itinerary, and make any necessary adjustments in case of bad weather.

What to Expect

Quang Phu Cau Incense Village is vibrant with color and action. Of course, red is the primary hue on display, against a classical village backdrop. But the workshops and drying yards around also offer a fascinating insight into this century-old tradition, and its part in the fabric of daily life. You’ll capture authentic and eye-catching images of our local friends at work and play, with the bright red incense bunches a recurring motif.

Our photographer guides will tailor your experience depending on your interest, style and photography level. For beginners and serious amateurs, we can provide simple techniques to improve your pictures, gain further knowledge of your camera and lenses, and develop your photographic eye. Professionals will gain more from our local knowledge and contacts, offering the chance to capture shots beyond the well-known imagery.

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Reviews

A well organized photo trip with a wonderful mentor
@Satyaki C
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First things first. The communication by Vietnam in Focus is on point, right till the end of the trip. They are very organized. They really put an effort to know the kind of photographer you are (by means of a questionnaire they will send you before any trip). I found that to be really insightful. Coming back to the trip itself, the incense village is no longer a secret, thanks to Instagram! Hence Adrian, our mentor for the trip laid emphasis on avoiding the oft-repeated compositions. He explained the whole process of incense making and asked us to work on a series of images narrative of the process. All along, it was more of subtle guidance and suggestions, where we discussed lighting and compositions. In addition to being a very good photographer, he is a lovely person to talk to, and there was never a dull moment during the trip. We called it a day with a lovely lunch in Hanoi. I am glad I decided to go with Vietnam in Focus
an unexpected highlight
@kay01nz
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Travellers often wish to see things that are very different from the activities in their own country and this ticked all those boxes. I was looked after to the 'nth degree by the staff from Vietnam in Focus. As well as a photographer to assist with camera and placement skills, Yen came as the interpreter guide. It was a fantastic morning. This is one of those places that one half of you wants to tell the world about the other half wants to keep it to yourself. The people working in the industry were happy to have photos taken, friendly and open yet carried on with their particular work. Personally I am delighted with the shots I have and now my screen saver at work is attracting considerable attention. Returning back to Hanoi, Yen very kindly invited me to lunch which again was a great experience . Thank you to all at Vietnam in Focus for this memorable trip.
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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 Pick up
  • Private Car
  • Professional Photographer Guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities

Tour Length

6hrs ( 8:30 am – to 2:30 pm)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty

Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Tour HIghlights

  • Quang Phu Cau Village
  • Incense Production

Photography Highlights

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

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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Pricing
$289

Per person

$189

Per Person

$189

Per Person
Group/Family
3-5 People

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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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