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.

Tours that visit this Location: Northern Vietnam

Northern Vietnam on the Opium Trail

Opium Trail

 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.

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Northern Vietnam - The Golden Harvest @ Mu-Cang-Chai

Golden Harvest

 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, and the paddies turn from bright green to gold in a matter of weeks. As hill tribe farmers begin to work the fields, it’s a photographer’s dream.

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Vietnam by Rail

Vietnam by Rail

 Discover Vietnam from south to north by rail

Travel from Saigon to Hanoi on Vietnam’s 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.

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Hanoi on the Tracks

Hanoi On the tracks

Explore and Photograph Hanoi’s intriguing stretch of railway running between Hanoi and Long Bien Stations. Enhance your street photography skills on this once original and mesmerizing photographic tour

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