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Saigon - The River's Edge

Life along Saigon’s rivers & canals

As Ho Chi Minh City rapidly modernizes, one thing remains constant—life along the edges of the Saigon River. In the adjoining canals, riverboats still ply a route to and from the great Mekong, as they have for centuries. Join us in this bustling waterworld, where you’ll find photographic opportunities unlike anywhere else in the city. 

We start out with a canal-side wander to capture photos of working river life. Tugboats arrive here carrying coconuts and other goods from the Mekong, and we’ll document these classic scenes from the Saigonese riverside. The route then takes us past a Buddhist temple and onto a floating village, with rickety houseboats anchored along the path. The owners often come out for a chat, giving us a chance to take portraits and shots of them at work and play. We finish up with a dramatic view of Saigon’s 21st century skyline over the river, and a walk through a traditional market offering beautiful light for people photography.

What to Expect

This walk offers a variety of shooting opportunities, including architecture, people photography and cityscapes. Along the way, you’ll develop a photographic story of life along the river’s edge, with tips on composition for different types of picture, use of various settings and creating and pacing a narrative with images.

Tour HighlightsPhotographic Highlights
Saigon Canals
Tugboats
Local River Life
Floating Village
Saigon Skyline
Camera Settings
Lens Options
Portraiture
Compositions
Context and Relationships

Tour Length: Half Day – 8:30am – 12:30pm
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty: Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

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 composition.

What’s IncludedWhat’s Excluded
Hotel Pickup
Non-alcoholic beverages
Lunch
Professional Photographer Guide
Hotel Drop off
Gratuities

Recommended Equipment

Please select equipment that is available to you and that you’re comfortable with. Training and photography tips will be provided on tour by our professional photographers.

  • DSLR Camera / Film Camera / Smartpone
  • Memory Cards
  • Fully Charged Battery
  • Wide Angle or Standard Zoom Lens

Reviews

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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.

Pricing

$159

Per person

$119

Per Person

$79

Per Person
Group/Family
3-5 People

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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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