Ultimate Hanoi the best private photography day tour experience

Photography Day Tours


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

Ultimate Hanoi

Our number one private photography day tour experience

Got limited time but want to pack the most photos and fun into your Hanoi visit? Our Ultimate Hanoi Private Photo Experience is for you.

From bustling Old Quarter markets to colorful craft villages, and topped off with the capital’s moody, vibrant night-life, this is the perfect way to experience and photograph the true Hanoi vibe.

Shoot from Dawn till Dark

You’ll start out early with a dawn exploration of (the lesser-known) train street, Long Bien Bridge and wet market, and the best of the traditional Old Quarter.  

After a delicious local breakfast (our favorite Hanoi phở or bánh mỳ) and rejuvenating Vietnamese coffee, we jump into our private car and head one hour south to Cu Da village. This is one of the best-preserved ancient villages within reach of the city center, specializing in the manufacture of vermicelli noodles. We’ll explore the atmospheric backstreets, then photograph locals drying vermicelli in fields of dazzling gold.

Next stop is nearby Quang Phu Cau village. Here we’ll capture incredible images of incense arranged in the sun – a rhapsody in red just made for travel photographers.  

Time to head back to the Old Quarter for lunch, and we’ll then have a much-needed rest until 5:30pm. 

We now head out for our final adventure in the capital, a night photography tour exploring the best and least-known spots to shoot after dark. Along the way, we’ll grab a bite to eat, before finishing up with the atmospheric changing of the guard at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum.

Return to your hotel and farewell at 9:30pm.

What to Expect

Prepare to take a variety of incredible images on our Ultimate Hanoi private photography day tour. We’ll be shooting from dawn till dusk and beyond. Capture inner-city life and the outlying craft villages, a mix of modernity and tradition revealing the true Hanoi. Traveling on foot and by private car, our photographers will guide you through the day. At each location, new techniques and photographic scenarios will be explored.

Tour HighlightsPhotographic Highlights

Long Bien Market and Bridge
Train street (southside)
Quang Phu Cau Incense Village
Cu Da Vermicelli Village
Old Quarter by night
Hanoi intersections by night
Lowering of the flag at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

Camera Settings
Lens Options
Street Photography
Documentary Photography
Storytelling with images
Context and Relationships
Low Light Photography
Long Exposure Photography (Tripod Req)

Tour Length: Full Day 5:30am till 9:30pm (break between 2 and 5pm)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty: Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

What’s IncludedWhat’s Excluded

Private car 
Non-alcoholic beverages
Professional Photographer Guide


Recommended Equipment

Digital Camera or Film Camera
Memory Cards
Selection of Lenses
Cable release
Fully Charged Battery (spare batteries if available)
ND Graduated filters or variable ND filter
Tripod (evening shoot)


Washington (USA)
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Brett was an excellent photo guide. We explored some fascinating parts of Hanoi that get little tourist traffic. We photographed the night market and Long Bien station and surrounding area. Brett was an excellent photo coach and provided useful tips and camera settings, as well as suggested views. I learned a great deal about Hanoi's street market life and local train station activity. I recommend this tour highly for anyone interested in going beyond the tourist sites and exploring more about the daily lives of the people of Hanoi.

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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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.

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