Tho Ha – The rice paper making village

Tho Ha village is an ideal location for photography. A place to capture the lovely scenes and the rhythm of life in the Red River Delta.

Tho Ha village lies 1-hour to the North East of Hanoi. It’s a peaceful commune located on the bank of the Cau River. The village retains the traditional architecture with a communal house, temple, a village gate, banyan trees, and a small market. But what makes the village most special is the traditional of making “Banh Da Nem” or rice paper. This is the soul of Spring Roll – one of Vietnam’s must tastes.

Making rice papers in Tho Ha village

The process of making rice paper is a year-round profession that begins early in the morning when the rice is ground and mixed with water. The mixture is then poured onto a hot, steamy surface, which transforms it into a thin, paper-like substance after about thirty seconds. This marks the beginning of the rice paper production process. Local artisans use bamboo lattices to lay the wet rice papers, which they then place outdoors to dry. This is one of the most photogenic sights in the village, with bamboo lattices visible everywhere, including above narrow alleys, in the village communal house’s yard, and on top of house roofs. These lattices provide a picturesque backdrop for photography and showcase the traditional method of making rice paper.

Photography tour in Tho Ha village

Tho Ha village photography tour

On our photography tour to Tho Ha, we will explore these all. We first cross the Cau river by a ferry. Then we walk the villages alleys, and make random visits to households to see the process. We will experiment the techniques of shooting photos indoor to best depict the scenes. Then we make our way from one alley to the next to capture scenes of the locals drying out the papers, as well as other daily life activities.

Our Tho Ha photography tour is a good combination of photography techniques while touring a traditional village of Vietnam.

Trip summary
Tour duration
5 hours
Level of difficulty
Tour cost
128 USD/person (min 02 person)
Group size
06 (max)
Private van (with driver. All fuel included)

The highlights

The itinerary

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