Lying 3-hour from the capital city of Hanoi is a place where the pristine nature and rural life will lure your mind and lens, it’s Thac Ba Lake, a place where one would immersed in the stunning nature’s landscapes and countless islands.
Thac Ba lake is one of the 03 largest man-made lakes in Vietnam, built as a part of the Thac Ba hydro power plant in 1970, the first power plant to be built in Vietnam. The lake stretches for 80 km long and 30 km at its widest part. The water level is from 46 – 58 m, and affected by no industry, it’s crystal clear water all year round. And dotting on the lake’s water is over 1300 islands with plants and gazing buffaloes.
Thac Ba lake provides a great source of living for the locals, providing thousands tons of fish and shrimps every year. At almost any time, small fishing boats with paddles can be seen drifting along the water while releasing the fishing net into the water. Surely a photo of this scenes is an idyllic landscape shot for wall-hanging.
Thanks to its mountainous terrain, there is a good number of scenic tea plantations near Thac Ba lake. Tea plantations are great places for composing photos using lines and textures. Also tea plantations in Vietnam are unique in a way that workers tend to wear the Vietnamese traditional hat and photogenic “non”. We will have 1 session shooting in the tea plantations, enriching your Vietnam photo tour album.
If you’re into flying drone, then you surely should bring yours on this tour. This vast region has all the open spaces for you to video graph Vietnam and the stunning scenery from above.
Tea plantation shooting
Visit a vast & photogenic tea plantation, capture the local picking tea leaves by hand
Leaving Hanoi, travel through the countryside of the Red River Delta, and enjoy the bucolic scenery along the way with rice fields, villages, etc. Our route escapes the hassle and bustle of city’s life.
Going a bit further uphill, we reach one of the largest tea plantations in Vietnam, with local people picking tea leaves by hand. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with portraiture, landscape and composition. Also it is an ideal place if you’d like to fly your drone and capture this evergreen scene.
Reaching Thac Ba, you’d be surrounded by rice paddies, houses on stilts of the local Dao ethnic group. Dinner and overnight in the home stay (L/D)
Rise early for a walk in the village. After breakfast, we’d go on a local small boat and cruise in the tranquility of Thac Ba. Being one of the largest lakes in northern Vietnam, the place possess incredible scenic and peaceful scenery. It’s a fantastic chance for us to capture local fishermen, drifting in their small boat while busy dropping or pulling nets out of the water. This vast lake is also ideal for flying drone, since you’re not blocked by any electric wires or building. Capturing scene of small boats from high above is really exciting.
Our lunch is done on one of the island.
After lunch, make our way back to Hanoi. (B/L)
• English-speaking photography tour guide
• Boat trip on Thac Ba lake
• Air-con private car with driver (all fuel included)
• Accommodation in local Dao home stay
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All entry fees/permission
• Tipping for driver
• Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, phone)
• The use of any photography gears
• Items not listed in the Inclusions