Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as it’s been officially called since the end of the American War, may look like just another Asian mega-city, but under the surface (and in its tiny, labyrinthine alleyways), there’s an incredible place to be discovered with your camera. Further afield, the Mekong Delta offers tropical jungle, idyllic waterways and leisurely riverside life – apart from when its brilliant, chaotic floating markets are going great guns.
Experience the thrilling Phuoc Hai Whale-Worshiping Festival
Explore southern Vietnam’s spectacular coastline and traditional cultures on this immersive photo adventure. Travel by boat down the Saigon RIver to discover the mangroves and salt farms of Can Gio, before heading north to experience the vibrant Phuoc Hai Whale-Worshiping Festival. In Ninh Thuan, we’ll encounter the ethnic Cham tribe and the wild volcanic landscapes of Nui Chua National Park en route to remote, palm-fringed Whale Island.
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.
Delve into real daily life along Saigon’s canals
Capture images of a hidden side of Ho Chi Minh City, including a picturesque floating village of houseboats, a thriving local wet market and plenty of people photography with friendly locals. Camera in hand, you’ll create a pictorial story of a way of Saigonese life on the verge of disappearance.
Photograph Flooding Season in the Mekong Delta
Immerse yourself in the cultures of Southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Explore the very best this region has to offer, from Saigonese street photography to awe-inspiring riverside brick factories, from bustling water markets to tranquil mangrove forest, and the unforgettable highlight of the Khmer Ox Racing Festival
Explore inner city living in an atmospheric area of Saigon
Get off the tourist trail and discover one of Saigon’s most intriguing local neighbourhoods – an area of vintage apartment blocks and vibrant street markets known as ‘the colony’. As the sun drops, capture the unique feeling of this place with special lowlight photography techniques.
Capture the action beside Saigon’s tracks as trains roll in from the north
This quiet part of the city, surprisingly close to the centre, is like a snapshot from bygone times, with narrow, sleepy alleyways, vintage coffeeshops and Saigonese showing their traditional smiles and hospitality. Along the way, we’ll work on composition techniques and use of various settings to take your images to the next level.