Half a day drive out of Hanoi, you’ll find yourself in the province of Lao Cai – where amazing rice terraces and colorful tribal markets are seen. May is one of the 02 best times of the year for photography, when the water flood the rice terraces as a start of a new rice crop.
Our destination is Muong Hum and Y Ty – the 2 places with mesmerizing rice terraces, scenic little villages of the Ha Nhi dotting along hillside. Here, rice terraces cascade from one mountain top to valley bottoms, then stretches further to the next mountain side. A masterpiece of art is displayed in front of your lense.
We make our way to different hidden corners or the regions, our cameras will capture the incredible scenery from commanding view points. Be sure that you will have a great collection of landscape and authentic people in their daily farming life.
We will also photograph the mountain market of Can Cau – where the locals are dressed in traditional costumes to participate in one of the regions largest weekly markets.
Charge your battery and join us on this incredible journey to the far northern mountain of Vietnam.
Day 1. May 03.
Our Vietnam photography tour to Y Ty starts with a drive from Hanoi to Bac Ha. After checking in hotel and have a short break, we’ll check out the surroundings of Bac Ha, looking for our photo of the day.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bac Ha.
Day 2, 3.
Photograph the 02 colorful markets of Can Cau and Muong Hum. Met along the hillsides, the local have been flocking to these markets for centuries to exchange products and socialize. These are among 02 best examples of markets in the mountains of northern Vietnam.
Our photography tour aims for the valley of Den Sang, one of the vastest rice hubs of the area. Here, stretching from one mountain top to the next are the overlapping rice terraces. May is the time the seasonal rain fills water along the hillside, creating a uniquely photogenic picture of landscape.
Wander around the small village alleys of Ha Nhi people and our cameras will capture their everyday life.
Day 4 – 5. Y Ty surroundings – Ta Van.
Explore the area of Y Ty in our photography hunt. We will not miss out the iconic beauty generated from some commanding angles.
Our accommodation nestled in a valley, surrounded by the rice field.
Drive to Hanoi, tour accomplishes.
• English speaking guide & air-con private car/driver
• Accommodation in private room wherever private room is an option.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All entry fees/permission
• Tipping for driver
• Personal expenses (drinks, phone, laundry, etc) • • Items not listed in the Inclusions
Y Ty lies at 1600 meters (4800 fts) above sea level and summer temperature (May – Sep) varies from 16 – 26C (61 – 78 F), the rest of the year temperature varies from 7-15 C (44 – 59 F). Clouds can come and go, and might be accompanied by wind. A wind stopper is suggested in the summer and warm clothes are surely needed at other times of the year.
Accommodation & food
Y Ty is still a distance from the reach or urbanization. Life goes on the same way as it has been, with the locals largely depend on agricultural products. This leads to a simple fact that roads are not well paved and accommodation options are very limited. There are local hosts who enlarge their living space to accommodate travelers, but this is no where up to the standard you expect.
Despite the best option is selected, our accommodation basically gives you a private room with clean mattress and shared bathroom with hot water.
Food is fairly simple and western food is out of the question. Food vary around rice, meat, veges and tofu. We do our best to make sure food is cooked well before served. The good thing is food are all organic.
The bottom line is: You must understand this is a photography tour to Y Ty, a beautiful yet remote regions. There will be lots of opportunities to capture great shots, but one needs to be adventurous and travel with an open heart and mind.
There will be times that we rise early (around 5:00 am to be in the right photography spot at the right time). We might make our way around till the sun has already set. There might also be time when we have breaks at noon due to the harsh light conditions.