Central and Northern Vietnam Photography


Explore Vietnam’s spectacular landscapes and rich cultural heritage with a host photographer who will share personal insights and photography tips.

Etienne Bossot
A long-term Hoi An resident and professional photographer, Etienne Bossot has led photographic tours and workshops through this captivating town for years. He has built strong relationships with the locals and knows the best off-the-beaten-track localities and shooting times for the ultimate shots.

Hoi An - Phu Loc - Hue - Bac Ha - Sapa - Yen Bai - Hanoi

US$4,120

3 SEP 2018 - 13 SEP 2018

Hoi An - Phu Loc - Hue - Bac Ha - Sapa - Yen Bai - Hanoi

US$4,120

3 SEP 2018 - 13 SEP 2018

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capture authentic daily life, immersed in quaint fishing and farming villages
  • Journey through stunningly beautiful off-the-beaten-path routes for the ultimate landscape photographs
  • Engage with people in remote ethnic minority villages for amazing colourful images
  • Learn from a locally-based expert for a better understanding of the story behind the picture
  • Day 1: Hoi An | Overview and Meet Expert Host

    UNESCO World Heritage Site and 16th century port town, Hoi An, is one of Vietnam’s most photogenic and evocative destinations. Mr. Etienne Bossot, your expert host and escort, will provide an overview of our Vietnam photography tour and escort the group through Hoi An’s Old Town, sharing invaluable advice to capture ancient buildings and iconic street scenes.

     
  • Day 2: Hoi An | Riverside Local Market & Village Scenes

    At sunrise, we take a guided walking tour through Hoi An’s Central Market, alongside the Thu Bon River. At this bewitching time, the town market, especially the fish stalls, are at their most compelling and bustling. Late afternoon, a boat ride to a riverside farming village allows us to photograph quintessential Vietnamese rural scenes of farmers toiling and buffalo grazing in rice paddies. Drenched in warm afternoon glow, this riverine landscape is especially evocative during rice planting and harvesting time. Within the village, Etienne helps us capture portraits of local residents, from very young to the old. Building strong relationships with the villagers over the years, Etienne makes it easier for us to informally photograph locals in their daily lives.

     

  • Days 3-4: Hoi An – Tam Giang Lagoon | Fishing Villages & Lagoon Boat Ride

    Before the sun rises, we head to a picturesque fishing village, to focus on portrait photography and observing villagers in their early morning activities. Low lighting at sunrise is the best light of the day to maximize photographic opportunities. Fishermen casting nets from traditional fishing boats on the river provide further enthralling image subjects. Enroute to Hue, explore Tam Giang Lagoon by a local boat.  At the confluence of three major rivers and one of South-east Asia’s largest fresh water lagoons, Tam Giang is noteworthy for its sizeable fishing community and serene beauty. Capture local pursuits, including shrimp and fish farming and soak up the infinite hue of colours and reflections across the lake at sunset.

     
  • Day 5: Hue | Exploring Hue’s Royal Splendours

    In the former Imperial capital of Vietnam and the royal city of Hue, we take a cyclo ride to the Citadel, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the Imperial City. Despite being heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, the walled Citadel reveals some well-preserved sections, or those undergoing meticulous restoration.  At Tu Duc Royal Tomb, constructed by Emperor Tu Duc during the 1860s, we can photograph the most impressive of all Hue’s royal mausoleums, hidden amongst low-lying hills.

     
  • Days 6-7: Hanoi – Bac Ha – Sapa | Colourful Hilltribe Markets & Remote Villages

    We head to the mountainous northwest Vietnam, revealing incomparable photographic opportunities.  A photo review workshop imparts new guidelines and necessary techniques required for shooting this region’s distinctive landscapes and minority peoples.

    From Hanoi, a five-hour-plus drive cuts through some of Vietnam’s most breathtaking scenery, leading us to Bac Ha, a quaint mountain town. Bac Ha Market is northwest Vietnam’s largest market and its most colourful and vibrant, frequented by numerous mountain ethnic groups, such as the Flower H’mong. After lunch in Sapa, continue on to marvel at more of the region’s stunning landscapes and diverse hilltribes. We stop at Ta Van Village, where villagers, such as the Dzay, maintain age-old traditions in  vividly coloured attire. Hiking through remote rice paddies, backed by soaring mountains, reveals more iconic mountain images.

     
  • Days 8-9: Sapa – Mu Cang Chai | Mountain Passes & Remote Villages

    From Sapa, we depart for Mu Cang Chai, a six-hour drive away, passing through more magnificent scenery. A highlight is legendary O Quy Ho, known as ‘Cloudy Mountain Pass,’ considered one of the most beautiful spots in Vietnam. This pass is also one of northern Vietnam’s most dramatic, accessed by a series of twisting roads.  The mountain village of La Pan Tan is renowned for its terraced rice fields dramatically stacked-up the mountain sides. Here, we are able to observe and capture H’mong ethnic people tending verdant rice fields.

     

  • Day 10: Mu Cang Chai – Hanoi | Farewell Dinner

    We make the seven-hour journey back to Hanoi, once more leisurely driving through breathtaking mountainous scenery. There is plenty of opportunity for stops at numerous look-out points, which inspire impressive photographic images. We round off our memorable photography programme with a farewell dinner at one of Hanoi’s atmospheric local restaurants.

     
  • Day 11: Departure

    Transfer to airport in Hanoi for your onward flight.

     
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