Vietnam Festivals & Photo Workshops



Moc Chau Love Market Photo Tour




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Photography Workshop

Departure Date:

August 31, 2022

Group Size:

6 People

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Moc Chau Love Market

Moc Chau’s annual Love Market attracts thousands of hill tribe people from all over Northwest Vietnam as they search for new love or old flames, bringing a unique carnival of colour and festivity to this scenic mountain town. Moc Chau fairground plays host to traditional ethnic minority games and performances. As night falls, the streets of Moc Chau fill with torch-lit tribal processions and young couples courting amidst the crowds. It all makes for an unforgettable experience of Vietnam’s mountainous north, and a fantastic photographic adventure.

We travel from Hanoi to Moc Chau by private minibus on the evening of 31st August.  On the morning of the 1st, we head into Moc Chau for the Love Market, spending the day and evening enjoying and photographing this unique event.  Our base is at a comfortable hotel in town, giving us a tranquil respite from the crowds and a place to share feedback and editing advice on our photography. 

We then head out to our eco-lodge in the nearby countryside. Our final morning gives us a chance to explore the village and surrounding countryside, with a photographic focus on landscapes and portraiture. The area around Moc Chau is unique in Vietnam due to its soft climate and variety of agricultural produce, and we will visit fruit orchards, tea plantations and bee-keeping farms as we develop a photographic story of life in the region. We return to Hanoi in the late afternoon of the 2nd.


5:30-6 pm – Hotel or home pick up by minibus before heading out to Moc Chau. We’ll have dinner on the way. 10:30 pm – Arrival at our hotel in Moc Chau.

5:00 am – We have an early start to capture sunrise. Minority people are already arriving in town, by bike and on foot, and we’ll photograph them in the dawn light.

7:00 am – Time for breakfast and a brief workshop at the hotel. Our tour leader assigns his special photographic project for the day.

9 – 11:30 am – The group explore Moc Chau town and fairground, pursuing their assigned stories. The streets are full of colourfully-attired visitors, and the fairground plays host to a variety of traditional games.

12:00 pm – We have lunch at the hotel, followed by a feedback and critique session. Then we have a short break before rejoining the market.

2 – 4:30 pm – The group have more opportunities to capture life around the town, as the streets fill with young H’mong, Thai and Nung people from the surrounding mountains.

4:30 pm – We return to the hotel to relax and freshen up before dinner. Our tour leader introduces the key elements of night photography.

5:30 pm – Dinner

6:30 pm – The streets of Moc Chau fill with processions and torchlit parades, as well as exuberant courting couples. We head out to capture the colourful night-time scenes.

7:30 pm – We board our minibus to Moc Chau homestay

5:00 am – We rise early again to capture sunrise in the stunning valleys near our homestay. 7:00 am – Breakfast 8:00 am – The group head out to explore the local village and surrounds on foot. We look to create a picture story of life in this Black Thai village. 11:30 am – Lunch, and a picture review over coffee. 1:00 pm – We pack up and head out by minibus to explore the area surrounding Moc Chau. We visit orchards, tea plantations and bee-keeping farms, as well as practicing landscape photography in the hills near Moc Chau. 3:30pm – We hit the road back to Hanoi, stopping for dinner along the way. 8pm – Arrival in Hanoi and hotel or home drop-off.

Guiding Team

Our photographers are no ordinary guides. We’re adventurers, teachers and assistants, as well as experienced shooters.  We’re up at dawn to catch the best light, and always looking out for the unexpected moments and details that make for great photography. Our guides are committed to making sure you enjoy exploring Vietnam through photography as much as we do. Your pictures and your experience are always the priority.

Photographer Lavonne Bosman will lead our 2022 tour to Moc Chau’s famous Love Market. Lavonne’s work has been exhibited widely in her native South Africa, as well as in Europe. Projects have included portraits of the amaXhosa people, and a story of migration in the Swiss Alps. She has been resident in Vietnam since 2019. For more about Lavonne, hit the profile link above.


Accommodation & Transportation

The detailed list of accommodation for the tour is –

Moc Chau

Muong Thanh Luxury Moc Chau

Local Traditional Stilthouse (Homestay)

Pricing and Dates

202231st August – 2nd September$449.00

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the tour. Single traveler prices are available upon request. Surcharges may apply to certain travel dates based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

Whats included
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
Whats not included
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Meals and Drinks
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages


Yes. We offer a 10% early bird discount on all featured tours if bookings are received 6 months in advance of departure.

We take an initial holding deposit of $500 per person, which is non-refundable (unless we call off the trip for some reason). The remainder is due 3 months in advance of the departure date. We also confirm tour departure at this point, and people can go ahead and book flights.

Our Cancellation policy includes the following fees and cut of periods:

90 to 61 days before departure is 25% of the trip price.

60 to 46 days before departure is 50% of the trip price.

45-0 days prior to departure is 100% of the trip price.

We take a maximum number of 5 guests per 1 tour leader.  With larger groups we will split between 2 tour leaders.

Yes, you do.  You will be asked to sign a legally-binding liability disclaimer before tour departure

Please see the What to Bring list included in each itinerary

It’s a good idea to do this, as you’ll have a chance to get over the jetlag and do a bit of exploring before the action begins.  We can help you arrange accommodation and adventures.

Yes, apart from your own shopping and alcohol (but we’ll cover some wine and beer along the way, don’t worry)

As early as possible – tours book up fast

Please see terms and conditions included on each tour page

Moc Chau Love Market Photo Tour

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