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.
The Ultimate Private Photography Experience in Hanoi. Ultimate Hanoi packs the most photography and fun possible into a single day. Includes our iconic incense village tour and the ancient village of Cu Da. This is the number one way to experience the true Hanoi vibe and capture it through your lens.
Discover and photograph one of the north’s most fascinating and colourful craft villages, Quang Phu Cau Incense Village. Only about an hour by car from Hanoi, the villagers here produce traditional bright red incense, making for stunning imagery at all stages of the process
Photograph Hanoi’s bustling Long Bien morning market, as thousands of deliveries from the provinces and farther-flung regions of Vietnam provide traders with stock. From century-old Long Bien Bridge, we learn how to introduce a photo story with a ‘context’ or ‘landscape’ shot.
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 in which it flourished. You’ll encounter and photograph the montagnards of the northern hill tribes and visit colonial palaces and the scattered ruins of French forts and gun emplacements, all remains of the opium trade in northern Vietnam nearly a century ago.