Hoang Su Phi
Enter the stunning landscape of Hoang Su Phi
Spectacular northwest Vietnam, draped in gold. As the rice harvest approaches, the terraces Hoang Su Phi and Bac Ha go from green to gold in a matter of weeks. We travel across this visually astounding region, picking out the perfect spots for landscape photography. In many places, the local hill tribes are already cutting the crops, and we’ll also capture authentic portraits of rural life. Throw in some colorful tribal markets and the unforgettable hospitality of the Montagnards, and it adds up to one incredible experience. A unique opportunity to photograph northern Vietnam, at a dazzling time of year.
What to Expect
Hoang Su Phi, a hidden gem nestled in the northern reaches of Vietnam’s Ha Giang Province, beckons photographers with promises of breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cultural experiences. This enchanting district, blessed with terraced rice fields, ethnic minority villages, and rich traditions, offers a unique opportunity to capture the essence of northern Vietnam through the lens of a camera.
Hoang Su Phi is renowned for its intricate and expansive terraced rice fields that seem to flow down the hillsides like a patchwork quilt. These fields are not just a visual feast; they tell a story of generations of hard work and agricultural artistry. The best times for photographers to visit are during the rice planting season in May-June and the harvest season in September-October when the fields come alive with vibrant colors and patterns.
Beyond the landscapes, Hoang Su Phi is a tapestry of diverse ethnic communities, including the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Nung, and more. Photographers have the privilege of documenting traditional stilt houses, the intricate clothing of the locals, and the daily rhythms of life in these villages. Whether you’re capturing the warm smiles of children or the rituals of a local festival, the human element adds depth and emotion to your photographs.
Local markets like Hoang Su Phi Town Market and Ban Phung Market are a treasure trove for street and documentary photographers. These bustling scenes offer dynamic and authentic snapshots of daily life. From vibrant stalls selling local produce to the animated interactions of buyers and sellers, every corner of the market is a photographic opportunity.
- Digital Camera
- Selections of lens
- Cable release
- Memory cards
- CPL & ND Graduated filters
- Storage device
- Hotel Pickup and Dropoff
- Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
- All transportation
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
- local guides and government permits
- Photography Workshop with our photographer leader
What's not included
- Alcoholic beverages
- Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
- Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time
Level of Difficulty
Moderate Physical activity (Walking)
This northern tour through Vietnam is available annually during the months of January to May and from August to December. We officially run this tour on on our designated dates near the end of September during the Golden Harvest (when the rice paddies turn from green to gold) but the tour can be booked privately at any stage during the available months .
On a photo tour with us, your experience, images and development as a photographer are the priority. Before the tour, we’ll send you a short questionnaire to find out your interests, style and photography knowledge. Tips to improve your pictures will be provided by our professional photographer guides throughout the trip, and we’ll have regular reviews, individually and as a group. 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.