Northern Vietnam is a truly photogenic place. The landscape is extraordinary with blue mountains, raging rivers, poetic minority communities dotting hillsides. And among this, the spectacular landscape of Mu Cang Chai stands out as a feast of the eyes. It’s an artwork created by generations of the minority people. This is where the sublime towering rice terraces are. They connect one hill top to the next, and ascend to the sky as steps to heaven. This supreme scenery has been featured on both CNN and CNBC. And now, this Vietnam photo tour will bring you to the heart of Mu Cang Chai. Our cameras are set to capture the incredible vertical rice fields that Mu Cang Chai has to offer.
No one knows when the rice terraces first came into being. It was not meant to be for tourism, nor any kind of attraction. This nature of vertical farming is simply to direct the water into a downwards flow. The water then travels from one step to the next, allowing an even distribution. On every step, rice thrives. These terraces encircle the mountains, valleys and communities of the indigenous H’mong people.
There are 02 best times for photography in Mu Cang Chai, one is in May and the other is in September.
May is the “water season”, when the rainfall brings an abundant amount of water, setting the time of the new rice crop. At this time, the local would flock to the field for various farm works. And, at sunrise and sunset, the water reflects the sky above, turning itself into a giant mirror and making the whole scene extremely photogenic.
September is the rice harvest time. This is when the rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai turn into gigantic golden lines along hillsides, valleys, and river banks. During this time, the farmers flock to the field to harvest the crop. A stunning combination of landscape and people photography opens up in your view finder.
This Vietnam photography tour to Mu Cang Chai is surely a highlight among our Vietnam photo tours. Join us, as we will be shooting the imposing Mu Cang Chai in the harvest time, in September. This photography adventure runs only once a year, so don’t miss the opportunity to photograph with us!
To ensure the best captures, we suggest the following photography gears in your camera bag:
A part from those? Yes, as on any other Vietnam photography tour, we suggest extra batteries, memory cards. Once we are in the mountains, there’s no replacement.
Spend time from before dawn till after dusk and learn different ways of capturing your subject
Drive from Ha Noi to Yen Bai. Our home stay is located in a valley, surrounded by stunning rice terraces. This afternoon we’ll go and shoot, study the lights and learn how to best depicts the scenes.
Included meals (L/D)
On day 2, we rise to capture the first early rays of light. After breakfast, we will photograph the local in their daily farming acts.
Later on, continue to Mu Cang Chai. This afternoon, we will be doing landscape photography in one of the greatest valleys with sublime scenery. Our home stay overlooks the whole scenery, you won’t have to go far.
Included meals (B/L/D)
For a full day of day 3, we will be scouting the regions of Mu Cang Chai. Making our way to different hidden corners and photograph throughout the day, of course, the sunrise and sunset photography are our priorities. But anytime of the day, there’s a chance to catch the incredible moment.
Included meals (B/L/D)
We won’t miss another chance of staying here in the morning for more photography chances. Later on, our Mu Cang Chai photo tour ends after the vehicle drops you at your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in early evening.
Included meals (B/L)
Our Mu Cang Chai photo tour caters to size from 02 to maximum 06 people. This small group size allows better interaction between the group members and their photography leader.
• English speaking guide
• Air-con private car/driver
• Accommodation in local Thai home-stay
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All entry fees/permission
• Tipping for driver
• Personal expenses
• Items not listed in the Inclusions