Photography at tea plantations of northern Vietnam

If you’re looking for stunning photo opportunities on a Vietnam photo tour, few places can match the beauty of Vietnam’s tea plantations. Nestled in the cooler mountains of northern Vietnam, these plantations offer a unique chance to capture striking images that showcase the region’s rich culture and natural beauty.

As any experienced photographer knows, tea plantations are a dream location for capturing lines, textures, and composition, all set against a backdrop of lush green tea leaves. And thanks to their accessibility from Hanoi, Momentlives – Vietnam photo tours can easily incorporate visits to these picturesque plantations.

What makes Vietnam’s tea plantations truly special is the orderly way in which the tea plants are grown. The plants are arranged in neat, orderly rows that not only make it easy for workers to harvest the leaves, but also create endless opportunities for photographers to capture the interplay of lines and shapes. Whether you’re shooting from afar to capture the way the rows bend and curve in a rhythmic pattern, or up close to focus on the intricate textures of the tea leaves themselves, these plantations offer an abundance of subject matter to work with.

So if you’re planning a Vietnam photography tour, make sure to add the tea plantations to your itinerary. With their stunning natural beauty and endless photographic potential, they’re an absolute must-visit destination for any photographer looking to capture the essence of this incredible country.

Tea plantation photography highlights

Famous tea plantations in Vietnam

Tea plantations are a photographer’s dream, offering a stunning texture that highlights the subject in every shot. The plants are carefully grown in neat lines, allowing photographers to play with the lines and create captivating compositions. The deep green color of the tea leaves adds to the beauty of the images.


Vietnam’s tea plantations are especially unique, thanks to the traditional hats worn by local farmers. These hats, known as “Non,” have broad rims that provide excellent shelter from the sun. Non is so Vietnamese that it is included as a photography subject in any Vietnam photo tours. They are also lightweight and easy to move around, making them perfect for picking tea leaves. In fact, there are many workers wearing Non hats throughout the plantations, providing endless opportunities to incorporate them into your photographs. The contrast of colors and lines with the Non hats creates even more interesting compositions.


What’s more, tea plantations in Vietnam are often situated in hilly areas, making it easy to capture breathtaking shots with mountains or hills as the backdrop. This adds depth and richness to the images, making them even more appealing to photographers.

So where to photograph tea plantations in Vietnam on your Vietnam photo tours with Momentlives?

Moc Chau (Son La province)

Map from Hanoi - MocChau

Moc Chau is some 200 km or 4.5 hrs drive to the West of Hanoi. The place was an economic hub from the time of centrally planned economy in Vietnam (with its peak being the 70s – 80s). Moc Chau’s main sectors of economy are tea plantation and raising milk cattle.

Photography in tea plantation of Moc Chau

At some 300 above sea level, Moc Chau offers cooler climate, provide a shelter in the summer from city’s hassle. Therefore, the locals seek Moc Chau as a R&R center, along with the photography purpose. Lots of wedding photographers and their clients come here for the wedding album.

In Moc Chau, there are various options when it comes to accommodation, one of them is the newly built Thao Nguyen resort. Its price starts from 30 US$/night.

Yen Son (Tuyen Quang province)

Map from Hanoi to Nhu Han

Located 150 km from Hanoi and close to the Lake of Thac Ba, Nhu Han is another tea hub that can be easily reached. From Hanoi, you’ll get there after 03 hours of easy ride.

Photography in a tea plantation of Vietnam

Here, as you ride along the Nhu Han roads, there are tea plantations on both sides of the road. They stretch out further to the far rolling hills. Here, you can see the farmers picking up leaves by hand. Then at the end of the day, The workers would transport tea lives to nearby factories for processing and get their daily income.

After your photography time, consider staying in home of the local Dzao home-stays, which dot the bank of the Thac Ba lake. Among our Vietnam photography tours, one takes you to the area of Thac Ba lake.

Tan Uyen (Lai Chau province)

The district of Tan Uyen has some of the largest tea plantations in the whole region of north Vietnam. And the scenery is among the most stunning of all. However this is also the furthest from Hanoi, with over 6.5 hrs of driving. So perhaps you should think of combining with visits to the nearby Sapa or Muong Hum and Y Ty. But it is truly worthwhile.

Map of route connecting Hanoi and Tan Uyen

The tea plantations here are vast and really vast. You can photograph here at most times of the year. The great thing about tea plantations here is that they are usually sits on hilltops, and surrounded by mountains. These mountains make perfect backdrop to highlight your subject, which are usually the tea leaves pickers.

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