Embark on a journey through the visually stunning landscapes and culturally rich scenes of Vietnam with a photo tour like no other. Whether you are a professional photographer or an enthusiastic amateur, this guided excursion will provide you with the opportunity to capture the beauty and essence of this diverse country. From iconic landmarks to traditional villages, bustling city markets, and scenic rural areas, you will be transported to some of the most photogenic locations in Vietnam. With the guidance of experienced photographers, you will learn new techniques, receive feedback and critiques, and come away with a collection of stunning photos that showcase the unique character and beauty of this incredible country. Get ready to create memories and capture images that will last a lifetime with a Vietnam photo tour. The tour is led by legendary Vietnamese photographer – Trần Tuấn Việt.
Your Vietnam photo tour will begin in the charming capital city of Hanoi, where you’ll explore its bustling streets, bustling street markets, and historical landmarks, capturing the energy and life of this vibrant city. From Hanoi, you’ll travel to the stunning rural district of Mu Cang Chai, known for its breathtaking rice terrace fields and traditional Hmong villages. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph the rural beauty and traditional lifestyle of the region’s residents. Next, you’ll visit Sa Pa. All in water season – when rice terraces look like broken mirror.
Photos by Trần Tuấn Việt and Daniel Kordan. To book a tour fill up the form on the bottom of this page.
Day 1, 14 June
A new adventure awaits as you arrive in the charming capital city of Hanoi. With visa on arrival now available for many countries and no quarantine needed, choose from a range of airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, VietJetAir, or Bamboo Airways to make your arrival convenient and comfortable. Aim to arrive between 8-9 AM local time, to maximize your time and allow for a seamless start to your photo tour. It is highly recommended to arrive a day earlier, on 19 September though, to relax and get acclimated. We’ll provide a hotel recommendation so you can stay at the same place.
Meeting 1:00 pm hotel lobby. Please have lunch before the meeting time.
We’ll begin our journey with a visit to the traditional incense village of Hanoi, where artisans have been hand-crafting incense sticks for generations. This unique and vibrant location provides a feast for the eyes, you can either use your camera or a drone to make a top bird-eye view of the iconic scene! Get ready to create award winning images that are truly special and that will evoke the senses long after you’ve left this magical place.
In the afternoon we’ll travel back to Hanoi and have first welcome dinner together.
Dinner included first day.
The new day brings with it an exciting opportunity to capture one of the most beautiful photography spots around Hanoi.
In the morning we move to a soy sauce makers village. You will see not just the process that was preserved in generations but also capture stunning colorful images inside a very authentic yard.
In the afternoon we’ll travel to the traditional bamboo fishing village in Hung Yen province, where we’ll have the opportunity to observe and capture the timeless art of fishing with bamboo baskets. This charming and tranquil village is nestled amidst rolling hills and tranquil waters, and provides a glimpse into a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for generations.
Here you will meet master Luong Son Bac.
After a day filled with discovery and wonder, we’ll return to our hotel in Hanoi, refreshed and rejuvenated after stay at 5 star hotel, and ready to continue our journey through the heart of Vietnam.
Day 3, 16 June
We set out on an early morning (3 am) journey to the picturesque village of Tea Plantations, a mere two-hour drive from Hanoi. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to capture the breathtaking beauty of the tea hills, surrounded by lush green landscapes and rolling hills. After soaking in the beauty of this idyllic location, we’ll embark on a seven-hour journey to the heart of the northwest region, to the breathtaking district of Mu Cang Chai.
As we travel through the region, we’ll make a stop at Tu Le valley, where you’ll have the chance to capture the stunning beauty of the valley, with its rolling hills, picturesque rivers, and rolling terraced fields. As the sun sets, we’ll arrive in Mu Cang Chai, where we’ll spend the night in a cozy hotel, surrounded by the serene beauty of the rural landscape. Get ready to create unforgettable memories and stunning images as we delve deeper into the heart of Vietnam. Be prepared for a long drive today, almost 6-7 hours!
On this memorable day, we rise early and embark on a journey to the heart of the northwest region. Setting out at 4 AM, we’ll move to a parking area and transfer to a short bike trip to one of the most iconic vistas of Mu Cang Chai, the Mam Xoi viewpoint. As the dawn breaks and the sun rises, you’ll have the chance to capture the breathtaking beauty of Mu Cang Chai in all its glory, surrounded by lush green landscapes, rolling hills, and the picturesque rice terraces.
With a camera in hand, you’ll experience the most breathtaking views of Mu Cang Chai as the morning light casts its golden glow over the rolling hills and the mist lifts from the valleys below. As the morning progresses and the day begins to fill with tourists, we’ll savor the serenity and beauty of this idyllic location until 8 AM, when it’s time to continue our journey. Get ready to create unforgettable memories and stunning images as you witness the breathtaking beauty of Mu Cang Chai.
After a memorable morning capturing the breathtaking beauty of Mu Cang Chai, we return to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast. Refreshed and reinvigorated, we embark on the next stage of our journey, traveling up to the home of the H’Mong ethnic people.
With a camera in hand, we’ll capture the picturesque beauty of their traditional homes, surrounded by fields of golden corn. As we interact with these friendly and welcoming people, we’ll have the opportunity to capture their portraits and gain a deeper understanding of their unique culture and traditions. We’ll spend the next two hours capturing the beauty of this idyllic location before returning to our hotel for a delicious lunch.
As the afternoon progresses, we’ll visit the magnificent bamboo forest of Mu Cang Chai, surrounded by rolling hills and serene landscapes. This breathtaking location offers the perfect opportunity to capture the beauty of nature in all its glory, surrounded by towering bamboo trees, rustling leaves, and the gentle sounds of the forest.
The new day brings new adventures and opportunities for stunning photography. As the sun rises, we’ll set out to capture the magnificent steps of the rice terraces, surrounded by lush green landscapes and rolling hills. The morning light provides the perfect opportunity to create images that are truly breathtaking and unforgettable.
After our morning shoot, we’ll move on to another charming village where we’ll have the chance to capture the beauty and traditions of the H’Mong people. With their vibrant customs and colorful attire, they provide a rich tapestry of photographic subjects that are sure to delight and inspire.
As the afternoon progresses, we’ll ascend to a high hill where we’ll capture the stunning beauty of the rice terraces as the sun sets, casting its golden light over the rolling hills and the verdant landscapes below. After a satisfying dinner, we’ll move on to the Mam Xoi viewpoint, where we’ll have the chance to capture the magnificent beauty of the milky way as it rises over the iconic rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai.
Mu Cang Chai is so wonderful that it deserves 3 nights total stay! We have one extra day for the weather because it is quite unpredictable in this region – to have a plan B!
Day 7, 20 June
As our time in Mu Cang Chai draws to a close, we rise early in the morning, eager to continue our journey. We’ll depart the peaceful valley, taking with us memories of the magnificent rice terraces, the friendly H’Mong people, and the breathtaking beauty of the region.
H’Mong minority are known for their vibrant traditional clothing and warm hospitality. Through the lens, we delve into the stories etched in their expressive faces, gaining a deeper understanding of their way of life.
Journey to Muong Hum: By 11:00 AM, we bid farewell to our H’Mong hosts and head towards Muong Hum. As we traverse the picturesque landscapes, we’re greeted by the ever-changing scenery of lush mountains and terraced fields, a visual testament to the region’s rich agricultural heritage.
Lunch and Respite: At 1:00 PM, it’s time for a well-deserved lunch and a moment of relaxation. Savor the flavors of local cuisine and recharge, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Muong Hum.
Capturing the Majesty of Sang Ma Sao’s Rice Terraces: As the clock strikes 3:00 PM, we venture deeper into the countryside, arriving at Sang Ma Sao’s mesmerising rice terraces. Here, the intricate contours of the landscape create a captivating mosaic of greens, offering a splendid canvas for our cameras. The golden hour bathes the terraces in a warm, ethereal glow, making it an ideal time to capture the majesty of this natural wonder.
Return to Sa Pa: By 6:00 PM, we wrap up our photography session and make our way back to Sa Pa. The journey back allows for reflection on the day’s encounters and the creation of lasting memories.
Evening Dining in Sa Pa: As the day draws to a close, we gather at 7:30 PM for a well-deserved dinner in Sa Pa, where we can savor local delicacies and share stories from the day’s adventures.
Day 8, 21 June
Farewell and Departure
Breakfast and Check-Out: Our final morning in Sa Pa commences with breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out at 8:30 AM. Though our journey through this enchanting region is coming to an end, the memories and photographs we’ve captured will forever linger in our hearts.
Journey to Ha Noi International Airport: From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, we embark on a scenic journey back to Ha Noi. Along the way, we can reflect on the beauty and diversity of northern Vietnam, contemplating the vibrant cultures and landscapes we’ve been privileged to experience.
Conclusion of the Tour: At 5:00 PM, we bid farewell as the tour concludes at Ha Noi airport or at any hotel of your choice if you would love to stay longer and explore the city or perhaps visit Ha Long bay with overnight cruise. With memory cards full of captivating images and hearts full of experiences, we depart with a deeper appreciation for the cultural tapestry and natural wonders of this remarkable corner of the world.
Price: 5900 USD
Single supplement: 900 USD
Where do we stay
In Mu Cang Chai we stay in amazing resort Le Champ, in Sa Pa we stay in the best resorts in the area too, Hanoi – 5 star hotel. Traveling with a private car – only all window seats.
- Beginners and advanced photographers
- DSLR / mirrorless / drone support in some areas
- Workshop for editing, post-processing (via Lightroom and/or Photoshop)
- best available hotel in remote locations and best hotels in Hanoi – TWIN based
- Private air-conditioned transportation for listed activities
- 3 standard meals and non-alcoholic beverages per day
- coffee breaks
- Unlimited 4G Internet SIM
- Unlimited bottled water
- Site entry fees (if applicable)
- Model fees (if applicable)
- Two local flights: Hanoi to Da Nang and Hue to Saigon
- Photography guides
- International flight to arrive and depart from / to Vietnam
- Airport transfers
- Entry visa to Vietnam
- Travel insurance private (it is a must)
- Alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, tips
- Services and transportation are for listed activities only
- Charges will be applied for any additional requests
- Single supplement 1000 USD
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop:
full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more :75% refund 60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
What to bring
– DSLR or mirrorless camera with tripod and remote shutter release, its better to use spikes for your tripod
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm
– Drone is recommended
– Waterproof and windproof jacket (light, will be around 20-30 C)
– Waterproof pants
– Warm down-jacket and thermal pants
– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches and photography workshops
Tour leaders – Trần Tuấn Việt, Daniel Kordan
To book a tour fill up the form below.
Trần Tuấn Việt (Tran Tuan Viet) is an award-winning Vietnamese photographer and internationally published visual-storyteller, currently based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Being passionate about photography since 2007, Viet offers in his photographs the beauty of his motherland.
Devoted to dedication and creativity, Viet’s work is being commissioned by reputed clients including Google, Canon, Honda, Samsung, Hyundai, vivo, Huawei, etc. Viet’s photos are also widely published by renowned media outlets such as National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian, Forbes, CNN, The Guardian, etc.
Honored to be called “the photographer who brings the images of Vietnam to the world” (Vietnam News Agency, VnExpress, Tuổi Trẻ, Dân Trí, etc…), Viet uses photography to tell the world the beauty of Vietnam.