Ultimate Hanoi: The best Photography Experience in Vietnam

Photography Day Tours


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, and morning tai chi and aerobics at Reunification Park.  

After a delicious bánh mỳ and rejuvenating Vietnamese coffee, we jump into our private car and head over to the nearby Hanoi Thieves Market. We’ll take a photographic wander through the tight, atmospheric alleyways here, before dropping by a retirees’ ping pong club, housed in an unforgettable location.

Time now to jump in our car again to head one hour south to Cu Da village. This is one of the best-preserved craft villages within reach of the city center, specializing in the manufacture of vermicelli noodles. We’ll explore the ancient backstreets, then photograph locals drying vermicelli in fields of dazzling gold.

We’ll have lunch nearby, and a picture review over coffee, before moving to 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 Hanoi. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel in order to get refreshed, have dinner and get ready for the night tour, with pick-up at 7:30 pm.

We now head out for our final adventure in the capital, a night photography tour exploring incredible Long Bien market. As couriers and traders bring in their stock for the next day, we’ll capture all the action, ending our adventure with a uniquely Hanoi experience. 

What to Expect

An exceptional photography experience on our Ultimate Hanoi city day tour

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.

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Great way to get to know Hanoi
Andy - Trip Advisor Review
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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.

Tour Information

Recommended Equipment

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

What's included

  • Hotel Pickup & Drop Off
  • Private car
  • Professional Photographer Guide

What's not included

  • Food or Drinks
  • Tips

Tour Length

Full  Day ( 5:30 am – to 11:30 pm)
(break between 5 and 7:30pm)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty

Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Tour HIghlights

  • Hanoi Train Street (the lesser-known one)
  • Reunification Park
  • Thieves Market
  • Cu Da Vermicelli Village
  • Quang Phu Cau Incense Village
  • Long Bien Night Market

Photography Highlights

  • Camera settings
  • Visual Storytelling
  • People photography
  • Framing
  • Lowlight photography
  • Long Exposure

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.

Further Reading


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Per Person
3-5 People


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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