The rice growing season
Capturing the masterpiece of human being

Date: May 25 - 27
Once per year, the people living in the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam start their rice cultivation season. The rice fields are built into the mountainsides, creating an alluring and photogenic scene as they stretch from one hillside to the next. So many award-winning photos of local photographers have come into being. Join us as we take you to the heart of these terraced fields, in the unique time of the year...

Trip highlights

• 3 day trip
• Homestay experience
• See the terraces at the unique 
  time of the year
• Small photography group

Group size: 6
Space available: 6

Yen Bai – a northern province – possesses some of the most spectacular terraced field scenery. For hundreds of years, the local minorities have built the terraces along the hillsides. These terraces form a striking imagery as they roll from high peaks, down to valleys, cross over to the next hillside and goes on. The topography bends these terraces in different directions, making the lines extremely beautiful and lens-catching.

May marks the beginning of the rice growing season in Yen Bai. Due to the nature of climate, there is only 1 rice crop in a year. This is the time nature would supply water to the mountains. From high peaks, the water flows down to fill up the terraces. This accidentally turns the terraces into a huge sky mirror as the water creates a reflection effect.

Come, as we follow the rhythms of the season and enjoy the mesmerizing curves, the bucolic scenes of peasants ploughing and cultivating rice. This all calls for photographers to come and keep the moment in their collection.

Itinerary from May 25 - 27      

Day 1
Drive from Ha Noi to Mu Cang Chai. On the way we stop at Tu Le and photograph the vast valley with rice terraces from different angles. Later on go up the hill for some panoramic shooting (L/D)

Day 2.
We will have the whole day today in the area of Mu Cang chai and photograph the wonderful masterpiece
of human. Shooting different fields at different angles and lights (B/L/D)

Day 3
This morning we will have more time shooting the photogenic curves of the terraces before going back to Hanoi (B/L)

Please also refer to our june schedule Colors of Vietnam countryside should you wish to be involved in a tour that covers more of Northern Vietnam.

Cost of package
Total cost
6,378,000 VND
(286 USD)
Deposite for trip
2,300,000 VND
(100 USD)
Single supplement


• English speaking guide
• Transportation as indicated in program (private van)
• Water/energy drinks/snack on van
• Toys, books, pens for local kids
• Accommodation at a minority family
• Meals as indicated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Tip for random "local models"
• Tip for driver


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

1. Accommodation

We wil stay in a local Thai minority family. The sleeping area is shared with the family, all in a house on stilts. Our course, you will have a private section in the "shared" bed room. Our accommodation meets the basic needs: Clean bed, soft mattress & toilet with hot shower.

2. Meals

Some of our breakfast may be rice, eggs, veges or some meat. Our lunches and dinners are normally warm with clean local 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 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. Medical care

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
• Card reader and cable

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

Personal Gear Suggestions

• Hat or cap
• Comfortable walking shoes;
• Comfortable clothes for walking up and down hills
• Neck pillow & Sunglasses

6. Travel Insurance

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