Unseen Vietnam
Capture the symbolic beauty of Vietnam

Date: Aug 6 - Jun 13
A 6 day photographic journey emcompassing iconic beauty of northern Vietnam. Skipping the well visited paths, we take off on the hidden trails where you will be capturing the genuinity of Vietnam landscapes and people's life.

Trip highlights
• Hanoi
• Photographing Vietnam’s largest tea plantation
• Homestay at the Muong and Thai minorities
• Photographing fishing communities
• A sampan trip to the stunning Van Long Nature reserve

Group size: 08
Space available: 08

Vietnam is a land of contrasts: from the mountains to the sea, from deep gorges to meandering streams. From limestone karst islands to vast sand dunes, Vietnam has so much to offer for every photographer.

On our journey we will travel from Hanoi and the Red River Delta to the mountains and then to the coastal regions giving you an incredible opportunity to witness a variety of landcapes and traditional life.




Itinerary from Aug 6 - Jun 13      

Day 1. Hanoi Arrival (D)

Arrival day. In the afternoon you will meet your tour leader at the welcome briefing, followed by dinner.

Day 2. Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Mai Chau (B/L/D)

After breakfast we have a 2.5 hour drive that takes us to the top of a mountain range for a great panorama over the surrounding hills and valleys. Down in the valley we will visit the village of the Muong minority where we photography their culture and daily life. We’ll have lunch in the house of the Village Chief.

Late afternoon we will arrive in the picturesque valley of Mai Chau. Here we will stay in a house on stilts and enjoy the fantastic cuisine prepared by our Thai minority hosts.

Day 3. Mai Chau – Son La (B/L/D)

This morning after breakfast we’ll travel to a breathtaking green valley near Mai Chau. The region is blessed with stunning landscapes, karst mountains a beautiful blue lake and punctuated by lush green fields of rice and corn. One of today’s highlights will be a visit to a local Thai minority village and take photos of their daily life activities. We have picnic lunch in the village.

We will then continue on our journey to Son La, check in to the hotel then we venture out to capture workers picking tea leaves in Vietnam’s largest and most photogenic tea plantation.

Day 4. Son La – Thanh Hoa (B/L/D)

An early start will have us back photographing the workers in the tea plantation at sunrise.

We will then return to the hotel for breakfast, check out and drive along the Ma River to Thanh Hoa, a place of golden rice fields and fishing communities. Along the way will drop by a factory making chopsticks and also photograph the farmers as they harvest rice. It will be a late arrival at our beach hotel (about 7.00pm). Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Day 5. A day by the beach (B/D)

As the morning light is so special we will be on the go again early as we rise to capture the fisherman coming back to shore. Before the sun has come over the horizon hundreds of locals are out helping pull in the nets and the catch is sold right there and then on the beach. If the light’s right this will be a sensational opportunity to get some incredible shots.

The rest of the day is free for you to wander and find your own amazing scenes. If conditions are right in the afternoon we will make our way to the salt pans to photograph the workers in the white expanse and bright sunlight.

Day 6. Thanh Hoa – Ninh Binh – Hanoi (B/L/D)

If you are up bright and early why not get back out on to the beach for another session shooting the fishing? This morning we will be heading to Ninh Binh a region known as “Ha Long Bay on land”. The terrain is similar to Ha Long but instead of being a bay it’s an area of beautiful rivers meandering by rice fields and amongst the limestone karst. We will take a sampan through the flooded rice fields to the dramatic limestone cliffs and if we are really lucky we may spot the highly endangered primate, the Delacour’s Langur.

We later drive to Hanoi and have our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Hanoi. Services end.

Please also see our upcoming October photography tour in Northern Vietnam Road to El Dorado.

Cost of package
Note
Total cost
24,886,000 VND
(1180 USD)
Deposite for trip
6,330,000 VND
(300 USD)
Single supplement
4,366,000 VND
(207 USD)
A surcharge of 300 US $/person is applied for group of 4 -6 people.
Inclusions
• Photographic Tour Leader
• Photo critique sessions during tour
• English speaking guide
• Transport as indicated in the itinerary
• Drinks/energy bars during transportation on van • Accommodation from Day 1 – Day 6.
Note: Check in time is 2:00pm / check out is 12:00 noon
• Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
• All admission fees
• Sampan boat Ninh Binh

Exclusions
• Insurance
• International airfares and airport taxes
• Airport transfers
• Personal drinks and expenses, laundry and tipping
• Anything not clearly stated under “Inclusions”
1. Accommodation

As part of this trip takes us in to the mountains of Vietnam where the infrastructure is in its infancy we will be staying in Guest Houses and a Homestay. In Hanoi and Thanh Hoa we will be in 3 star hotels. All accommodation has hot water, western toilets and are clean and simple.
 
2. Meals
 
In both Hanoi and Hoa Binh we will have excellent local food. However, in the Son La and Thanh Hoa regions the food will be of a very simple local nature.
 
3. Physical Requirements
 
We class this trip as “easy”. There are many early mornings, some longer days of travel and you must be able to carry your own camera gear when necessary.
 
4. Accessibility to Medical Centres
 
We are never more then 2 hours away from a major hospital on this journey and each town has a local clinic for simple treatment. Please bring all necessary medicines you may require with you. Do not rely on being able to get them in Vietnam.

 5. Photographic gears

A suggested photo kit might include:

• DSLR body
• Super wide lens (10 -22mm)
• Wide angle lens (17 - 40mm)
• Zoom lens (70 - 200mm)
• Tripod
• Cable release
• Polarizing filters
• Spare memory cards
• Battery charger and lead
• Spare batteries
• Card reader and cable
• Cable to connect your camera to a TV (for quick editing)
• Lap top or storage device
• Silica Gel satchels

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