Northern Vietnam and Hanoi
Vietnam’s north is rugged, traditional and full of new adventures. If you want to photograph street traders, towering mountainscapes and colourful hill-tribes, this is the place to explore.
Hanoi has a unique, understated allure, and that’s what first sparked our interest in running photo tours here all those years ago. Sure, there’s sightseeing to do, but the real attraction is the city’s street life, the maze-like alleyways, the railway village, and the bustling local markets. It’s the conical-hatted cycle traders, the delicious street food you eat on plastic pavement stools, the crumbling colonial architecture and the cafe-circled lakes. It’s so many things, and it all makes for a visual feast. Whether you’re setting off along the railway tracks, shooting sunrise from Long Bien Bridge or mixing with locals at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum in the evening, your pictures and memories from one of our Hanoi tours will stay with you.
Northern Vietnam has some well-known gems like Ha Long Bay and Sapa, and we often include these on our multi-day Featured Tours. Still, we feel the best experiences and photos are to be found off the beaten track. On a tour with us in the north, you’ll enjoy the benefit of our many years experience of travelling and shooting in this area. We know where to find the best shots, when to go, and have friends in places you wouldn’t imagine. In particular, we have a close connection with many families from hill tribe groups in the region, allowing us (and you) unique insight and access for amazing photographs.
Known as the “Lychee Kingdom” of Vietnam, Lush lychee orchards produce some of the sweetest and juiciest lychees in the world. This is a unique opportunity for photography enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the local culture, capture stunning images of the lychee harvest
Welcome the New Year with the colorful tribes of Northern Vietnam
Experience the Gao Tau festival, Hmong fire dancing & lunar new year festivities with the Dzao, Hmong & Tay people during far Northern Vietnam’s festival season. Cameras in hand, we’ll explore the spectacular landscapes and colorful tribal communities around Sapa on a photographic adventure to remember. In the company of our photography team and local Black Hmong guides, this is the ultimate, authentic encounter with Vietnam’s hill tribes.
Moc Chau Love Market and the Mountains of the West
Head out into Vietnam’s final frontier, the wild northwest. Capture candid people photography as you mix with the tribes of this incredible area, documenting their stories. The landscapes here are a photographer’s paradise too, with sweeping vistas, lush tea and rice fields, and the cloudy Song Da river valley, offering endless opportunities for creative composition.
Explore Vietnam’s stunning land and people from south to north by train
Travel from Saigon to Hanoi on Vietnam’s legendary Reunification Express, while learning the art of photography. Capture daily Vietnamese life in the cities of Saigon, Danang and Hanoi. Explore the eastern coastline, fishing villages and sleepy towns, snap portraits of traders, fishermen and local life along the railway. Experience crossing the Hai Van Pass, one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys, on our 11 day photography adventure through Vietnam.
Venture into Hanoi’s most photogenic street market
Wander through alleyways packed with odd secondhand goods, vintage electronics, auto parts and other bric a brac, before ending up in a local veterans ping pong club set in an unforgettable location. One for the street and people photographers, and a truly Hanoi experience.
Photograph the real northwest Vietnam during the season of golden rice
Get off the beaten track with the Vietnam photo tour experts, enjoying epic rice terraces, bustling markets and an authentic up close encounter with the Hmong, Dzao and Tay minorities. We travel from east to west across Vietnam’s mountainous north, an area we’ve been photographing for over a decade. In the company of our local friends, we’ll mingle with the tribes as they begin to farm the rice terraces, giving us unforgettable experiences and unique photo opportunities.