Sundown photography tour at Saigon's hidden urban Colony
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Sundown in the Colony - Saigon Photo Tour

Tucked away in District 3 is one of Saigon’s best-kept local secrets, a throwback to the Vietnam of thirty or forty years ago. Old school apartment blocks huddle together amidst the modern city, where a bustling community of markets and street traders thrives. We head out to this area, known as ‘the colony’ in late afternoon, just as the streets liven up for the evening’s action. We’ll start by shooting life in and around the apartment blocks, capturing daily activity amidst the fascinating retro architecture, and then move onto the local flower market, picturesquely sheltered overhead by hundreds of umbrellas. Our focus is on street photography, portraiture and of course low-light photography once the sun goes down. We’ll also have a chance to try out some of Saigon’s signature street food dishes in an area renowned for culinary excellence.

What to Expect

The tightly packed residential apartment blocks infused with the evening market and food stalls create an intense atmosphere. As the sun descends, the dark encroaching shadows flood the balconies of post war industrial architecture encouraging playfulness with light, shadows and compositions. Your photographs will be moody and atmospheric, capturing the essence of these marvelous tightly-knitted houses. At street level your lens will be full of colour and action, and street lights artificially illuminate the evening chaos that unfolds within the walls of the Colony. Portraits and street scenes will tell stories of the real heart of Saigon.

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Reviews

The best thing I did to start my trip to Vietnam
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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. Juan Carlos was fantastic, very knowledgeable and a nice person who was happy to share what he knew. I would do it again.

Tour Information

Recommended Equipment

  • DSLR Camera or Film Camera
  • Memory Card
  • Fully Charged Battery
  • Wide angle or Zoom lens
  • Tripod (optional)

What's included

  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off
  • Professional Photographer Guide

What's not included

  • Food or Drinks
  • Tips

Tour Length

4hrs ( 3:30 – to 7:30 pm)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty

Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Tour HIghlights

  • The Colony
  • Post War Architecture
  • Ghetto
  • State Housing
  • Vibrant Night Market

Photography Highlights

 

  • People photography
  • Street photography
  • Visual storytelling
  • Context and Relationships
  • Camera settings
  • Lens options

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.

Pricing
$119

Per person

$69

Per Person

$69

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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