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.
Capture bustling Long Bien morning market, as thousands of deliveries from the provinces and farther-flung regions of Vietnam provide the traders with stock. From century-old Long Bien Bridge, we learn how to introduce a photo story with a ‘context’ or ‘landscape’ shot.
Discover classic lowland northern Vietnam on our Ninh Binh Photography Day Tour. Our trip includes a two-hour boat journey at Tam Coc Nature Reserve, or ‘Ha Long Bay on land’, a photographic exploration of the ruins at Vietnam’s ancient capital of Hoa Lu, and a sunset wander through the stunning paddies and river valleys of this beautiful region.
Capture Vietnam’s capital after dark, from bustling markets to exotic food stalls on lowlit corners. capture the evening train passing though famous train street and experience the local cafe’s and landmarks. Enhance your low light photography skills on this unique Evening Photo tour.
Explore and Capture Vietnam’s North West
13 days following Vietnam’s historical opium trade and the environment it flourished in. You’ll encounter and capture the montagnards of the northern hill tribes and visit colonial palaces and the scattered ruins of French forts and gun emplacements, all remains of that nation’s management of the opium trade in northern Vietnam nearly a century ago.
Northern Vietnam Photographic Adventure
14 Days through Northern Vietnam on our ultimate mountain photo adventure, Capture ‘golden season’ on the towering rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai and Sapa. Rainy season is over. The harvest fast approaches, the paddies turn from bright green to gold in a matter of weeks, its a landscape photographer’s dream.
Discover Vietnam from south to north by rail
Travel from Saigon to Hanoi on Vietnam’s Reunification Express while learning the art of travel photography. Capture daily Vietnamese life in the cities of Saigon, Danang and Hanoi, Explore the eastern coastline, fishing villages and sleepy towns, capture traders, fishermen and the indigenous Life along the railway. Experience crossing the Hai Van Pass, one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys on our 11 day photographers adventure though Vietnam.