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The best traditional festivals in Vietnam for photographers

One of the most exciting things about exploring Vietnam is the number of colorful traditional festivals. These include harvest celebrations, love markets, fire dancing and all kinds of folk festivities, and they occur all across the country at different times of year. However, most foreign travelers know little about these festivals, making them hard to fit into a visit. For photographers, such events are especially attractive, offering a whole range of unique images, as well as an unforgettable experience of authentic local culture.

At Vietnam in Focus, we know many of these festivals well, but are only now building a bank of images and information in order to help photography-lovers attend them more easily. Over the next year, we will be traveling to all of the festivals below. The exact dates are often only confirmed close to the actual event, and we will update these as soon as we have them. Get in touch if you’d like to join us!

Experience Moc Chau's Love Market: a colorful carnival of ethnic games, torch-lit processions, and young love. Join our photo tour for an unforgettable adventure in Vietnam's mountainous north
Join us for one of northern Vietnam's most colourful and exciting festivals. The Bac Ha Horse Races draw thousands of ethnic minority spectators to this scenic mountain town, making for a carnival of colour and festivity


2022 – 23 Festivals in Vietnam Schedule
End of January / Beginning of FebruaryPa Then Fire Jumping FestivalHa Giang / Tuyen Quang
Gau Tao FestivalHa Giang
Roong PoocSapa
Ba Be Spring FestivalBa Be
End of February / Beginning of MarchXen Ban, Xen Muong FestivalSon La
End of March/ Beginning of AprilH’Tend FestivalQuang Ngai / Binh Dinh
Thac Con Khmer FestivalSoc Trang
End of April / Beginning of MayBinh Nghia Festival (Cham)Ninh Thuan
End of August / Beginning of SeptemberKate Festival (Cham – 7th month of Cham calendar)Ninh Thuan
September 1stMoc Chau Love MarketMoc Chau
End of September / Beginning of OctoberDo Son Buffalo Fighting FestivalDo Son
An Giang Ox Racing FestivalAn Giang
End of OctoberOk Om Bok FestivalSoc Trang

Featured Tours including Traditional Festivals

Welcome the New Year with the hill 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.

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.

Moc Chau Love Market and the tribes of the Black River Valley

Discover Vietnam's final frontier, the wild northwest. Capture candid people photography as you mix with the ethnic tribes of this incredible area. Festivals such as Moc Chau Love Market offer plenty of opportunities for dazzling images, but we’ll also enjoy intimate moments with our local friends in the homes and hamlets we visit. The landscapes here are a photographer's paradise, with sweeping vistas, lush tea and rice fields, and the cloudy Black River valley, offering endless opportunities for creative composition. Along the way, we'll create a stunning visual narrative of a remote region of northern Vietnam rich with cultural and scenic beauty.

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