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Vietnam in Focus run acclaimed photography tours throughout Vietnam and Indochina.

Long Bien Sunrise

Capture one of Asia’s most vibrant markets at dawn

Join us before sunrise at bustling Long Bien Market, as thousands of deliveries from the provinces and farther-flung regions of Vietnam provide the traders with stock.

From century-old Long Bien Bridge, we learn how to introduce a photo story with a ‘context’ or ‘landscape’ shot. Our vantage point gives us a stunning view over the brightly-lit market, traders, couriers and customers barging this way and that between the stalls. Then we’re down into the market, rubbing shoulders with the locals and exploring portraits and relationship shots. There’s a great deal to explore, with colourful fruit stalls, workers unloading trucks, and a fish and meat market with some very talkative traders down by the river.

As the sun rises, the market slows down, and we’ll catch shots of the locals doing their morning exercises near the city’s Water Tower. We finish up with a delicious bowl of local ‘pho’ and a strong Hanoi coffee while we review our pictures from the tour.

Learn the art of great travel photography while exploring one of Asia’s most exciting markets.

The tour runs from 4:30 – 8:30am, and begins under Long Bien Bridge, Yen Phu Street. Hotel pick-up starts at 4am.

Hanoi Photography Day Tour and Workshop

What to Expect

Long Bien bridge and the morning market offer an abundance of photography opportunities. Wide angle street shots and portrait photography are prevalent on this tour. With the hustle and bustle of the inner areas of the morning market we can get up close and personal with vendors and buyers haggling over produce. Long Bien bridge also offers fast paced motion shots as commuters and trains travel into the city during the low-lit hours of the morning.

You’ll learn how to compose pictures quickly, choosing the point of focus, capturing movement. We’ll explore detail and portrait shots, with market goods and workers as our subjects. For the portrait shots, we spend time looking at different ways to approach people to get the photos we want. There are many ways to achieve this, and different methods work for different photographers.

At the end of the session, we leave the market and head back into Hanoi’s Old Quarter. The sun is up and the streets of Hanoi are awake now, offering plenty of opportunities for colourful pictures of daily life. As our city tour of Long Bien comes to an end we’ll find a nice local coffee shop to relax and review our photos.

Tour HighlightsPhotographic Highlights

Long Bien Market
Long Bien Bridge 
Hanoi’s Old Quarter 

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

Tour Length: Morning 4:00am till 8:30am
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty: Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Recommended Equipment

Digital Camera or Film Camera

Memory Cards

Wide Angle or Zoom Lens

Fully Charged Battery (spare batteries if available)


What a stunning way to start a day.
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DucLinh was my guide for the morning and provided one of the best learning experiences I've had with my photography. From the impressive sights on the bridge to the bustling market, I was captivated and overawed. Must do if you are looking for something unique in Hanoi.
Absolutely excellent service, from start to finish.
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Superb Photographers and Exceptional Organization
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Per person


Per Person


Per Person
3-5 People

All Tours with Vietnam in Focus are Private. 


All photos are taken on tour by previous guests and tour guides

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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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.

Long Bien Sunrise


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