Photography Day Tours

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TAILORED TOURS

Want a little more from your visit to Vietnam, let us tailor your photographic adventure

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 incense and basket weaving craft villages, and topped off with Hanoi’s moody 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 (of course) with pick-up from your hotel at 5:15am. We drop by ‘train street’ to capture the action as dawn locomotives rumble past and local Hanoians start their day.  Then it’s time to hit century-old Long Bien bridge, for a view over the city’s biggest and wildest wet market. We’ll mingle among the traders and market stalls for unique images of authentic Hanoi life.

We wander through the Old Quarter for a delicious local breakfast (our favourite Hanoi pho or banh my) and rejuvenating Vietnamese coffee, and then jump into our private car and head 1.5 hours south to Quang Phu Cau Incense Village. Here we’ll capture incredible images of incense drying in the sun – a rhapsody in red just made for travel photographers. We’ll also be shooting plenty of images in the village workshops, perfect for portraits of working life.  

Time for a quick local lunch before driving east, and over the Red River. Our destination is a little-known delta village with an ancient tradition of making wicker fish traps. These traps are no longer in common use, meaning the tradition is on the verge of dying out. We’ll be able to capture portraits of the local villagers at work on the traps, and have a chance to hear some fascinating stories of their life in the past.

Time to head back to Hanoi in late afternoon, and we’ll take the rural Red River dyke road, providing a chance to capture authentic images of countryside life as the sun goes down. We have dinner at a gourmet restaurant in the Old Quarter, before heading out for our final adventure in the capital, a Hanoi by Night tour. We explore the best and least-known Old Quarter spots to photograph after dark, culminating in an atmospheric shoot among the crowds outside Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum.  

We return to your hotel and say farewell at 10pm.

What to Expect

Expect to take a plethora of images on our Ultimate Hanoi private photography day tour. We’ll be shooting from dawn till dusk and beyond. Capture urban hanoi and the outlying incense and basket weaving craft villages. Our photographer guides will guide you through the day. At each location, new techniques and photographic scenarios will be explored.

Tour HighlightsPhotographic Highlights

Long Bien Market
Long Bien Bridge (incl Moving Train)
Hanoi’s Old Quarter 
Incense Village
Wicker Basket Village
Hanoi by Night
Hoan Kiem Lake
St Joseph’s Cathedral
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Changing of the Guard

Camera Settings
Lens Options
Street Photography
Portraiture
Documentary Photography
Story Boarding
Context and Relationships
Low Light Photography
Long Exposure Photography (Tripod Req)

Tour Length: Full Day 5:30am till 10pm

Level of Difficulty: Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

What’s IncludedWhat’s Excluded

Private car 
Non-alcoholic beverages
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Professional Photographer Guide

Gratuities

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)

Reviews

Andy
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.
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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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