Tribal Cultures Insight
A closer look at the tribal cultures of Vietnam

Date: Sep 25 - Oct 3
Travel with us to photography the authentic regions of Vietnam where, somehow, life avoids being caught up in the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Trip highlights

· Amazing scenery

· Colourful Tribal Groups

· Fascinating mountain markets

· Explore the most untouched


Group size: 08
Space available: 08

Vietnam is 75% mountains, with a long “S” shaped coastline. The the country is wide at the top and bottom and skinny in the middle. Vietnam is made up of 54 ethnic minority groups, which add their own customs and traditions to what is already a land of variety.
Roughly 300 kms North West of Hanoi lie the two provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang. These regions are home to spectacular mountain sceneries, colorful tribal lives and things carry on the way they have been for decades, if not centuries. Getting here, you can expect to see people dressed in their traditional costumes, stay in their earth-walled homes, going after their buffalos to the rice fields. Or herding their pigs to the once-a-week market for sales.

A world of photo op widely exposed, with the landscape, sound, smell and breath of life, all awaiting to be captured by your camera. And this is truly an experience to every photography lover.




Itinerary from Sep 25 - Oct 3      

Day 1. Arrival day

Arrive to the hotel centrally located in Hanoi. Have an informal meeting with your photographic tour leader and tour guide and get geared up for the upcoming journey. Afterwards the group head for dinner in a local restaurant (D)

Day 2. Tho Ha village. Overnight train to Lao Cai

This morning visit Tho Ha Village, a great place to observe rural Vietnamese life. Here, whilst making our way through the narrow village paths hemmed in by old brick walls, we can see hundreds of bamboo lattice racks draped with rice paper which are used to make the famous spring rolls 

The afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight train to Lao Cai. (B/L/D)

Day 3. Lao Cai - Muong Hum. Afternoon Den Sang rice terraces

We shoot in the great rice hub of Muong Hum and the local colorful market. (B/L/D)

Day 4. Ta Giang Phin - Sa Pa

Visit the scenic village of Ta Giang Phin, surrounded by blue mountain cliff and rural scenes. (B/L/D)

Day 5 - 7. Ha Giang

Ha Giang is the northernmost province of Vietnam - home to a variety of tribal groups and breath taking scenery. Among most charming characters of the mountain life is the mountain markets – held once per week on different days, this is a resplendent picture when the local ethnic groups present a great display of tribal costumes and domestic products

Our 3 days are full of photography from village to market and landscape shooting along the winding trails. (B/L/D)

Day 8 - 9. Ha Giang - Ha Noi

Making our way to Hanoi & then the aiport. More photography along the way.

Cost of package
Note
Total cost
27000000 VND
(1323 USD)
Deposite for trip
6,325,000 VND
(300 USD)
Single supplement
4,575,000 VND
(217 USD)
A surcharge of 300 US $ is applied for group of 4 - 6 people
Inclusions

• Photographic leader and tour guide (both English speaking);
• Airport transfers (2 ways)
• Transportation as indicated in program
• Special permit to visit the remote mountains
• Accommodation on shared basis (Day 1 to Day 9)
• Meals as indicated in the program: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
• Water, energy drink, snack on bus
• Models fee
• Gifts for local/children
• All admission fees for places of visit


Exclusions

• Visa
• Insurance of any types;
• Any airfair related fees
• Drinks at meals or personal expenses;
• Others not clearly specified in the Inclusions;

1. Accommodation
The mountainous regions of nothern Vietnam has limited infrastructure. Still, accommodation in towns that Momentlives arrange are clean hotels (some are equal to 2, 3 star hotels) with adequate facilities. There’s 01 night that we stay at a local H’mong guest house where the room is simply a large one with soft mattresses. Hot shower is available.

2. Meals
Whenever we could, best restaurants available are used for local cuisines. Some other times we will pack picnic food. Food at homestays are family-prepared and basically comprised of meat, green vegetables, rice and noodle.

3. Physical requirements
The trip would be fully enjoyable if you could walk with a distance of several miles per day (with photo gears on your back). Additionally, locations where most of our activities on this tour take place are from 3000 – 5000 ft above sea level, which may require some more walking endurance than normal. Some certain times we might get up as early as 5:00 am if needed to catch the sunrise. The level of difficulty is 3.8/5

4. Accessibility to medical centers
Most of available medical centers while on tour would be local clinics where simple medical care is given. A couple of town like Sa Pa, Ha Giang would have better conditions. Medicine (if needed) should be brought along with you any time on tour.

5. Photographic gears

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
• Silica Gel satchels

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

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