Packing Up

1. Photographic gears
"Your gears are your favorite, your hobby. And it is totally your choice of what to bring along for your photography tour. The following are just Momentlives's advice based on our practical experience.
Stay light
From June – September the weather is generally hot and sunny and the top temperature can be around 37 degrees Celsius and the humidity can be around 85% so keep this in mind when packing. Camera gear gets heavy when you are carrying on your back, minimize where possible.
Camera bag
Due to airlines restrictions, there is a possibility of putting a number of photography gears in your checked bag (verses your carry-on). Currently, Vietnam Airlines (main airline used for Momentlives’s domestic flights) regulates as following for hand bags: “Each piece has a maximum weight of 7 kg and the sum of three dimensions shall not exceed 115 cm (56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm) or (22 x 14 x 9 inches)” And also: “Vietnam Airlines may refuse to carry unchecked baggage and may require the passenger to check his baggage in case it exceeds the quantity, weight and dimensions as specified above.”

In reality, these restrictions are often made easier by Vietnam Airlines when checking in. Of course, you do not want to use a carry-on that looks obviously exceeds the airlines restrictions on weight and size.
Please check Vietnam Airlines regulations on hand bags and checked bags HERE or contact us should you have any questions.
If you are planning to shoot film, bring all the film you need with you as there will be very little if any available in Vietnam.
Personal Gears Suggestions
·         DSLR camera
·         Back up camera body
·         Super wide lens (10-22mm)
·         Wide angle (17-40mm)
·         Zoom (70-200mm)
·         Tripod
·         Monopod
·         Cable release
·         Polarizing filters
·         Off camera flash
·         Spare memory cards
·         Battery charger and leads
·         Spare batteries
·         Lap Top or storage device


Suggested camera Gear List


·         Hat/cap
·         Sunglasses
·         comfortable walking shoes
·         Comfortable hiking clothes
·         Chargers for ALL devices
·         Neck pillow
·         Ear plugs




Travel Insurance
Please make sure you have personal travel insurance arranged before you leave home.
 2. The local culture
In general, Vietnamese are friendly but being respectful is a necessity. Ask or indicate before taking close-up photo is proper. They are generally shy and may haven't met foreigners before so this is why it is important that we bridge the gap before shooting. Of course, our tour guide will be on site to make life easier.
It isn't a good idea to try and take photos of Government officials, police, military or anyone else in uniform. They are very much off limits for photography.