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, 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.

Making rice papers in Tho Ha village

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.

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. To best suit the photography purpose, we operate this tour in the morning only.

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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