The Northern Grand Expedition
An unprecedented photographic journey of North Vietnam

Date: Sep 10 - 26
A year in the making, constant exploration and a lot of in depth research has gone in to creating this incredible 16 day journey across North Vietnam taking in all the amazing north has to offer. This is the home to incredible scenery, spectacularly rugged mountains, turquoise rivers, exotic and traditional ethnic life, stunning villages, tea plantations, terraced rice fields and so much more. This is a journey made for photographers by photographers.

Trip highlights
•   Hanoi Old Quarter street life
•   Vast tea plantations
•   Incredible terraced rice fields of Yen Bai
•   Hill tribe life
•   Mountain markets
•   Spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall
•   Rugged mountain scenery
•   Ha Long Bay

Group size: 08
Space available: 06

The Grand Northern Expedition encompasses places that only a handful of travelers have ever been to. We will travel from Hanoi to Moc Chau, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Halong Bay. We have scheduled the tour to coincide with the seasons, it's when rice paddies are at their most colorful and the mountain markets are in full swing.

Every day of the tour offers photography opts and whilst we make our way across the north you'll learn about the people and the variety of cultures that eke out an existence in the region. Vietnam has 54 ethnicities within the entire country and the majority are in the regions we will be travelling through.

If you have a sense of adventure, boundless curiosity and ultimately, photography is your passion then join us for this true photo tour.

Itinerary from Sep 10 - 26      

Day 1. Mon, Sep 10. Arrival day
Arrival day & check in accommodation. Orientation meeting and dinner.

Day 2. Hanoi & the surroundings
This morning, rise early to capture the exotic market of Long Bien. We later on photograph the Old Quarter at the break of the day before heading for the rural village on the outskirt of Hanoi, where we capture the local people’s daily life.

Day 3 – 6
These days we spend in the pursuit of the exceptional images. Firstly, we photograph the mesmerizing scenery of cascading rice terraces in the rolling hills of Yen Bai province. Every day we are out for both sunrise and sunset to make sure we capture the landscapes, rice fields, tea plantation in the best lighting conditions.

Day 7
A day of relaxation and workshop. We will go through everyone’s photos. Our lodging nestles in a verdant valley, surrounded by rice field and bucolic view.

Day 8
Travel from our lodging on sinuous trail to Ha Giang – the northernmost province of Vietnam, Home to a dozen of colorful & photogenic minorities.

Day 9 – 11
These days we photograph the beauty of life in the backcountry of Ha Giang. We will be capturing a variety of subjects: The towering mountains and verdant valley; the colorful tribal markets. We will also venture into villages where the simple daily life will tempt your creativity.

Day 12 – 13
These 02 days our photography concentrates on more mountain scenery, the mighty, cascading waterfall of Ban Gioc & the mysterious cave of Nguom Ngao.

Day 14 – 15
Venture into the Karst world of Halong bay – a world heritage. One of our focal points is the well-known fish market of Ha Long – the largest of its type in the coastal region of northern Vietnam.

Day 16. Flight home
Depart for the airport

Cost of package
Total cost
84,539,000 VND
(3969 USD)
Deposite for trip
8,307,000 VND
(390 USD)
Single supplement
9,691,500 VND
(455 USD)
The cost quoted in VND may change in accordance with the exchange rate at the time of payment

Please contact us for further details


Please contact us for further details

 1. Accommodation 

Are quite basic but generally have everything required. They are clean and safe and include showers with hot water.

One night will be spent in the home of Local Chief in Muong Hum where we will all sleep in one large communal room. Hot showers area available.

2. Meals

Breakfast will usually be at the hotel. Wherever possible we have meal at the best local restaurant available. But the produce of the far north limits variety and meals are quite basic. Sometimes our lunches will be picnic style so we can eat when it suits us, wherever we may be. This allows more flexibility in the itinerary. 

3. Physical requirements  

We suggest that you should have the ability to walk approximately 4kms on any given day whilst carrying what you need. Our vehicle will always be as close as possible but there are times when it won't have access to where we are or we will have walked a distance from it. A moderate fitness level is recommended. 

4. Accessibility to medical centres  

In the larger towns such as Hanoi, Sa Pa, Cao Bang and Ha Long City there are larger hospitals but elsewhere we would have to make use of local doctors and services. You should not rely on getting particular medication whilst in Vietnam. Please bring what you require from home. 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, sunscreen, repellant. 

5. Photographic gears  

A part from the camera body/memory card/charger, a suggested photo kit might include:

• Super wide lens (10 -22mm)
• Wide angle lens (17 - 40mm)
• Zoom lens (70 - 200mm) 
• Tripod
• Cable release
• Spare memory cards
• Spare batteries
• Card reader and cable
• Laptop or storage device

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

Personal Gear Suggestions
• Hat or cap
• Sunscreen
• Sturdy walking shoes
• Warmer clothes for the evenings and early mornings
• Comfortable clothes for walking up and down hills
• Toiletries
• Neck pillow

6. Travel Insurance

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