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, banyan trees, and a small market. But what makes the village most special is the traditional of making “Banh Da Nem” or rice paper. Because this is the soul of Spring Roll – one of Vietnam’s must tastes.
The profession goes on all year round. And the daily tasks take place from early morning, when the rice is ground and mixed with water. This mixture is then poured onto a hot, steamy surface of a textile-alike material. Then after half a minute or so, it becomes a thin layer of paper-like substance. This is the early stage of a rice paper. The locals would then use bamboo lattices to lay the wet rice papers upon. And they then bring these lattices outdoor, everywhere outdoor, for drying. This is among the most photogenic scenes. And as you walk in the village, bamboo lattices are everywhere: above narrow alleys, in the village communal house’s yard, or on top of house roofs. These lattices are highly photogenic and serve as a perfect stage for our photography.
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. To best suit the photography purpose, we operate this tour in the morning only.
We start our photography tour to Tho Ha village from your hotel in Hanoi.
6:30 -7:45 am: Travel to the outskirt of Hanoi from your hotel. Drive on the outskirt of Hanoi and have further insight in countryside life.
7:45 – 10:00 am: Tho Ha is a good example of a Vietnamese village that somehow escapes urbanization. Here, life goes on the way it has been for many years. We will see the iconic village gate, the banyan tree, pass by the communal house. We will also be walking along coffin alleys – where the locals use empty coffins to build up the house. These are all intriguing subjects for our Tho Ha village photography tour.
When photographing in Tho Ha village, we can make random stops everywhere. For instance: at the markets, the different households. Because, this helps us photograph the village daily life and activities at close distance. And as we photograph, we will master how to use the different camera modes to best capture a moment.
10:00 – 11:15 am: Return to the your hotel in Hanoi.
We only organize this tour in the morning, when the village is most photogenic. Therefore, please check out other options should you wish to photograph in the afternoon.
This will detail the coverage of our Tho Ha village photography tour cost:
Tour cost includes
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Gears for Tho Ha village photography tour
Your lens is your choice. Due to the fact that our photography mostly taken inside the village, where you can’t see for great distance (your vision is blocked by walls, houses), we suggest wide angle lens. A 85-mm lens or shorter (for full frame) will be great for portrait or people during their daily activities
Going indoor on our Tho Ha village photography tour
The local people are friendly and welcoming. Still, our staff will of course respect them by asking for permission to go inside, where you can witness the life and the work of the local. So please step out of your comfort zone by breaking the thought of privacy invasion. Your random visit is mostly a pleasant surprise to a host.