Colors of Vietnam countryside
A photography journey that connects landscapes & cultures

Date: Jun 5 - 15
The long and slender country of Vietnam has a good mixture of mountains and seaside. While the mountains are home to mesmerizing scenery & colorful tribal cultures, the coastline hosts all the fishing communities which are festooned with boats and fishing nets. “Colors of Vietnam countryside” brings you a unique perspective, with which the authenticity of Vietnam is well exposed to your lens.

Trip highlights

• Scenic countryside
• Fishing villages & fish markets
• Exotic mountain landscape
• Tribal culture & interactions
• Cruise on Halong bay


Group size: 6
Space available: 6

We begin from Hanoi – the capital city & the oldest one of the country. The city has all to capture: Old Quarter with dynamic lifestyle, ancient temples and pagodas, and of course. A sea of scooters coming from all directions.

The best known 02 markets of Hanoi are the flower market and Long Bien market. At the flower market, from midnight, the local farmers transport flowers into the city by scooters, ready to festoon the town for the day. All kinds of flowers surround you while some shop keepers are trying to catch a snooze. And at Long Bien market - the biggest wholesale one in the city - line of vehicles containing fruits and veges come to unload the cargos from midnight. At either market, you can capture the scene of Vietnamese women in their traditional conical hats carrying bamboo basket.

Zooming out, Vietnam is home to a bountiful number of small fishing communities. We will rise early enough to catch fishermen fishing with their long bamboo spikes in the early sunlight – an extremely photogenic moment. Also, we will shoot at the “fish market” by the seaside – when other fishermen come back after a night out fishing. Their catch is taken over by their wives on the spot.

Ha Giang - the northernmost province of Vietnam - is our next focal point. This is a vast region of green hills and verdant valleys, home to many ethnic communities with unique lifestyle. The region has newly been visited by a good number of domestic travelers who photograph mountainous scenery. Here, you will see pinnacles punching skywards, perched atop by bucolic villages of the ethnic minorities. To make it more special, every cluster of communities would have one day in the week when they gather at the “weekly market” – the chance when people are dressed up in their traditional costumes and bring goods to the market. The colorful picture of people buying, selling, eating is really exotic and exceptional imagery is always close at hand.

Wrapping up our photo tour, we will take our time cruising on the scenic Halong bay – a masterpiece of nature with limestone formations jutting out of the sea water. Join us on “colors of Vietnam countryside” and be sure your memory card will be fully loaded with beautiful images of Vietnam.




Itinerary from Jun 5 - 15      

Day 1.

Arrive in Hanoi. Transfer to the hotel (D)

Day 2.

Rise early, we will leave for Hanoi flower market, just 10 minute away from the Old Quarter. Here we will spend time capturing people loading and unloading flowers from the scooters, and the early buying-selling. Later on we leave for Long Bien market, nestled at one end of the historic Long Bien Bridge.
The morning session ends with a walk in the old quarter to capture the people starting their day (B)

Day 3 & 4

Travel to the countrysides lying to the south of Hanoi. We will be photographing the local people making and drying incense - a traditional Vietnamese offering. Continue further to the beach where our creativities soars as we approach and capture the fishermen's daily life.

We will have 1 afternoon and one morning by the beach. Among the highlights, we will rise early and capture the fishermen scooping fish by the seaside with bamboo spikes. We will also make way to one of the largest salt fields in Vietnam to capture the photogenic moment of workers in their outdoor action (all meals included but dinner on Day 4)

Day 5.

Today we drive from Hanoi to Ha Giang. Later in the day we check in a local homestay and have dinner with the family. (B/L/D)

Day 6, 7. The mountain markets.

We will visit the 02 mountain markets during these days. You will be surrounded with scenes of a rudimentary market. When the market time is over, you will be taken to some of the most scenic countryside of Ha Giang for more shooting of local people in their everyday life. (B/L/D)

Day 8. Ha Giang – Hanoi

A day driving back to Hanoi. (B/L)

Day 9, 10. Halong bay

Our next destination is Ha Long bay – famed for idyllic setting of limestone formations jutting out of the seawater. From the cruise’s sundeck, you will experience countless abstract compositions for your lens.
At the end of the cruise, we check-in our accommodation in Halong city. (B/l/D on day 9, Brunch only in day 10)

Day 11.

This morning we visit the fish market of Halong city. Astonishingly, very few travelers know about the existence of this crowded market. Considered to be the largest fresh seafood market of Quang Ninh province, the seafood form here makes way to all nearby provinces to sate people’s appetite. The location is at a scenic water front of Halong bay, with green limestone formations forming the backdrop. From dawn, hundreds of boats moving to shore, unloading all kinds of seafood that has been caught. Hundreds of vendors are there, as their daily work, waiting for the load of seafood before starting a day of their everyday life. (B/L)

Please also see our photography tour Unseen Vietnam which takes place this June!

 

Cost of package
Note
Total cost
28,995,000 VND
(1295 USD)
Deposite for trip
8,956,000 VND
(400 USD)
Single supplement

Inclusions
• English speaking guide
• Transportation as indicated in program (private van)
• Water/energy drinks/snack on van
• Toys, books, pens for local kids
• Accommodation from Day 1 to Day 10
• Meals as indicated in the program
• All admission fees
• Tipping for "local models"
• Airport transfers (02 ways)

 


Exclusions
• Insurance of any types;
• Airfares;
• Drinks at meals, tip, laundry or personal expenses;
• Others not clearly specified in the Inclusions
 

 

1. Accommodation

The tour takes you to some of the least developed regions in the country where the infrastructure is limited. Accommodation options are generally quite basic: Clean bed, toilet with hot shower.

2. Meals

Wherever possible we will eat at the best local restaurant available. But the produce of the far north limits variety and meals are quite basic. Some of our breakfast may be rice, eggs, veges or some meat. Our lunches and dinners are normally local clean food.

3. Physical requirements

We suggest that you should have the ability to walk approximately 4 kms on any given day whilst carrying your camera gears. Our vehicle will always be as close as possible. A moderate fitness level is recommended.

4. Medical care

While reaction to health emerency cases may not be as quick as in a developed country, we are never too far from a big hospital. Still, we suggest bringing with you a small travel first aid kit for personal use. Handy things to bring are: paracetamol, rehydration salts/tablets, anti diarrhoea tablets, motion sickness tablets, vitamins, alcohol wipes, antiseptic creams, repellent.

 

5. Photographic gears

A suggested photo kit might include:

• DSLR body
• Wide lens 10 -22mm or 17 - 40mm
• Zoom lens (70 - 200mm) or further
• Tripod
• Cable release
• Polarizing filters
• Spare memory cards; spare battery
• Battery charger and lead
• Card reader and cable
• Laptop or storage device

NOTE: There will be almost no opportunity to buy or replace anything once we leave Hanoi

 

Personal Gear Suggestions

• Hat or cap; Sunscreen; Comfortable walking shoes;
• Comfortable clothes for walking up and down hills
• Toiletries
• Chargers for all devices
• Neck pillow & Sunglasses

6. Travel Insurance

Please make sure you have personal travel insurance arranged before you leave home.