Photography at tea plantations of northern Vietnam

Tea plantations are always among best places for photography, since photographers will have a great chance to work with lines, textures, composition and various subject that stand out from the deep green color of tea leaves.

Thanks to the mountains of northern Vietnam, which offer cooler climate, tea plantations are almost everywhere and they’re not far from the city of Hanoi.

Tea plants in Vietnam (must be everywhere, too) are grown in lines, allowing the workers to move in and pick up the leaves. And here you can find lines everywhere, the lead to the subjects, they go to the horizons and they bend in a melodic rhythm.

Tea plantation photography highlights

Famous tea plantations in Vietnam

One of the great things about tea plantation photography is the texture. Since the plants are grown in line, it helps photographer to highlight the subject. Also the photographer can then play with the lines. These lines and the deep green color also help composing great compositions. An the tea plantations in Vietnam set themselves apart from others because of the traditional hats – Non. The local farmers tend to wear Non to pick up tea leaves since its broad rim provide great shelter from the sun. Also the non is very light, which makes it easy to move around.

And it’s not just one hat, there are many of them if workers are at work. One can choose to use the hat, the contrast of colors and the lines to play with composition. This is even more interesting that tea plantations are mostly located in hilly areas, and it’s easy to locate a hill or mountains as the backdrop for your photographs, which helps to add to the photo’s richness.

It’s eventually a great place to capture the rhythm of local life.

So where to photograph tea plantations in Vietnam?

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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