Fishing villages are always among best subjects for photography, especially travel photography. It says much about the life of a group of people, and how their every day goes by. And to enhance the texture, the activities at these places are most busy at sunrise and sunset, the 02 golden times of the day for shooting.
Being 2-hour drive from Hanoi, the coastal regions of Nam Dinh is somehow off the beaten path on the travel map, mostly because it is outshone by other travel attractions of the North. Still, that does not conflict with a fact that Nam Dinh’s beaches are among most photogenic places in the North. Early in the morning, hundreds of fishing boats return after a night out fishing. And while husbands are busy pulling their boats ashore, their wives take over the catch, meticulously sort out the seafood and the catch is sold right by the beach. The buyers, in turn, transport the catch to restaurants in town.
And that’s only a corner of the photo. Somewhere nearby, a group of other fishermen have already spread a net of several hundreds meters long, encircling a huge section of the water, each end of the net is pulled by 10 – 15 strong people. After a duration of hours, the catch is gathered ashore, sorted, and sold. Next to them, some other men are walking on stilts, scooping into the bed of the sea for small fish, with hope that the catch would weigh 10 kg or so.
Every section of the beach can be a photography splendor in the gossamer early morning light.
In the afternoon, groups of fisherman gather by the beach to fix their ill-equipped fishing boats, or torn fishing net. Some other humble fishermen are walking by the beach to dig for clams out of the sand.
And if the weather is with us, then Nam Dinh is the most ideal place in northern Vietnam to photograph the salt fields, with acts like a giant mirror under the blue sky, reflecting everything above. Local salt makers, in their conical hats, are gathering dunes of salt before transporting them into little huts, simply built above raised grounds.
Come with us, as we take you to this truly magnificent place for your photography.
This morning drive to Nam Dinh. Check in our hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon we head for the beach and capture fishermen in their everyday life scene.
Rise early in the morning and photograph fisherman scooping fish by the seaside. Later on join in a local market to shoot scenes of seafood buying, selling.
After lunch, head for the salt field and photograph the local people using simple tools to make salt.
Rise early in the morning for our next shooting session.
Back to the hotel, breakfast and review our photos.
After lunch, we head back to Hanoi.
Group of 2 -3: 325$/person
Group of 4 – 6: 217$/person
Single Supplement: Free
(Best one available) is a small motel with air conditioners, clean beds and western bathrooms with hot shower.
Local foods are mostly seafood, veges, rice, soup.