North East Vietnam is among the country’s best region for travel and landscape photography. It’s home to spectacular mountain landscape, with winding mountain roads threading through valleys, limestone Karst and raging rivers. It’s where poorer infrastructure has somehow maintained life the same way it has been for many decades. And it’s where the local minorities are still dressed in their traditional costumes and attend the once-a-week markets, where they meet up, socialize and look for a lifetime partner.
Adding to the extremely scenic landscape it’s a masterpiece of art, created by generations of farmers over the course of time: The rice terraces. For many hundreds of years, the local rice growers have shaped the mountain and hillsides into terraces to collect and keep the rain water for their crops. Twice a year, North East Vietnam changes it color completely. Around May, the water flows along hillside terraces, creating a gigantic mirror reflecting the sky above. Around September the rice turn to be yellow marking the harvest time. And these terraces turn to be huge golden lines threading along the hillsides, connecting one valley to the next with their graceful curves. Both May and September are excellent time to photograph this region of Vietnam.
Another very intriguing photography subject is the tea plantation. In cooler areas of the north-east, huge tea plantations are seen everywhere, dotted with while conical hats of the workers picking up tea leaves. With the blue, misty backdrop of mountain layers, the tea leave pickers really stand out and become extremely photogenic.
This Vietnam photography tour to the North-East will take you through some of the remote areas of the country, using lesser known routes. This whole photography adventure is extremely life enriching and rewarding. Join us to improve your photography skill while enjoy the beautiful landscape and learn about the local cultures.
Explore the mountains of northern Vietnam - where life remains as it has always been
Our North-east Vietnam photography tour starts today! We head north of Hanoi and make way to the photogenic province of Lao Cai – where our photography creativity soars. This afternoon, with your camera at hand, we will explore the village near Bac Ha on foot. This is to warm up and also to take in some scenes of the local daily life. The local people of Bac Ha have long known for their still of making corn spirit – a version of vodka.
Day 2 -3
A mountain market is our photography subject for the morning of day 2. Each market of the kind takes place on one certain day of the week (following the lunar calendar). This is where the locals not only exchange products, but also where they socialize and to some, a chance to find the lover. Here, you can see people walk their animals to sell (buffaloes, cows, pigs, chickens), a group of men sit happily in a corner to eat and drink, a group of local women trying new dresses, all surrounded by the smells of food coming out from smoke-rising kitchens. All pose great photography opts for your camera.
Day 3 has our photo tour headed for Muong Hum – a rice bowl of the region. Here, vast rice terraces stretch from one hillside to the next. The rice terraces are among greatest manual works of the local people, and a wonder of the world. Capture this unique scenes with you camera.
Day 4 – 5
On Day 4, we find Y Ty the base of our shooting day. This morning we walk into an authentic village whose people live in the traditional earthen-walled houses. Their traditional daily activities take place in front of our cameras.
Capturing photogenic rice terraces in the region and people working to harvest the crop is among our main goals for the day. We will allow ample amount of time for your creativity, in different lights of the day.
Evening of Day 5 finds ourselves surrounded by the great range of Hoang Lien Mountain.
This morning, our photography group head for the foot of the Hoang Lien range, in search for capturing the Vietnamese women picking up tea leaves in one of the largest tea plantations of Southeast Asia.
Day 7, 8
After a night in Mu Cang Chai, we will rise in time to capture the amazing rice terraces, considered to be among national heritages. We explore hidden regions inside Mu Cang Chai. We will also spend our night with a local family for our last fest of our photography tour in northern Vietnam, before making our way to Hanoi.
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