The Northwest of Vietnam is home to breathtaking landscapes. A place of cone-like mountains, blue rivers, postcard valleys and bucolic villages. These are among most striking in the whole country, if not all Southeast Asia. Furthermore, for many hundred years, the minority people have build up along mountains and hill sides an incredible work: The ascending rice terraces. This “artwork” has earned awards for many photographers in different photography competitions. And for that reason, we’ve built up a Vietnam photo adventure to take you there. We aim for May, the time when water fills up every step of the giant rice terraces. And we will photograph Northwest of Vietnam in one of the 02 most photogenic times of the year.
We start this photography tour in Vietnam at the beginning of a rice reason, when water fills up every step of the ascending rice terraces. Bunches of local are uprooting the seedlings, then carry them to the fields. There, some others are walking behind their buffaloes to plough the muddy ground. Although each farmer has her or his own field, they tend to work together from one’s field to the next one’s. So many photogenic activities are happening, promising great shots on this Vietnam photo adventure of ours.
Our Vietnam photo adventure this time starts in Mu Cang Chai – Vietnam’s National Treasure for the sublime beauty of rice terraces. In 2017, CNN featured Mu Cang Chai’s beauty on CNN’s 90 great images around the world. You can’t complete your travel photography in Vietnam without taking a Vietnam photo adventure to Mu Cang Chai. This place is home to some 50,000 and 90% of the population are the H’mong people. It’s the H’mong who are the artists behind these incredibly vertical rice fields.
Tu Le, 50 km from Mu Cang Chai, is a famous rice hub of Vietnam. All Vietnamese love the sticky rice from Tu Le. In terms of photography, Tu Le offers a striking valley, a vast one with massive patches of rice terraces. While in Tu Le, we will be staying in one of the local home-stays and the terraces are everywhere around us. We won’t be missing catching the site at sunrise and sunset.
Tan Uyen is among the largest tea growing regions of northern Vietnam. Such a photogenic place that our Vietnam photo adventure won’t miss exploring.
The tea plantations are grown everywhere in Tan Uyen: Near the main road, on the mountains or hillsides. Almost every day, the tea farmers go to the plantation to pick up tea leaves twice: Morning and afternoon. And it is truly iconic to have photographs of these workers in action. As they tend to be wearing the Vietnamese traditional conical hat. Just imagine a worker who stands among lines of tea, and the backdrop is the misty mountain. It’s so surreal, isn’t it.
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Our great Vietnam photo adventure starts this morning. Today, meet your photography tour instructor and your group. We then drive to Tu Le – the gate to the rice bowl of Yen Bai province. Upon arrival, we will check in our accommodation and head out for our warm-up photography shooting of the day. This afternoon, we aim to capture the sweet sunset light in the valley of Tu Le. As the day comes close to its end, expect to see each rice field turn itself into a mirror, reflecting the clouds above. The valley is now a great photographic allure.
Dinner and overnight in a local home-stay of the Thai people. Tonight, our Thai host will be treating us with famous Thai minority cuisines.
This morning, we rise early for our sunrise photography in the valley of Tu Le.
Later on, as the farmers head for the rice field for their various works. We will be approaching them for our people photography. Here, expect to see scenes of people ploughing their field with buffaloes. Kids are sleeping on their mom’s back as the mother is cultivating the rice seedlings. The farmers in the mountains of northern Vietnam are among the friendliest. We surely can shoot for hours without distracting any one.
After lunch, we will be heading for Mu Cang Chai. This afternoon as the sun turns sweet, we will be scouting the “valley or the Towers” – a hidden spot with towering rice terraces. The valley is so large and almost anywhere, there’s a lovely corner for you to sit, admire the mesmerizing landscape and take a multitude number of shots.
Tonight’s accommodation is in a H’mong house, overlooking the great Valley of the Towers.
A whole great day today is for scouting Mu Cang Chai. The rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai obtained the title of “National Treasure”, granted by the Vietnamese government ins 2007. Of course, our Vietnam photo adventure will be taking you out and reach every single photogenic corner that Mu Cang Chai has to offer. Today, fill our frames and our memory cards with all the great shots of farmers cultivating rice. As well as the incredible scenery of Mu Cang Chai.
Infrastructure in Mu Cang Chai is somewhat basic, but this greatly helps the place to remain its authenticity. You are probably the only foreign photographers in the area.
Day 4 (B/L/D)
Most of today’s morning we continue shooting at more corners of Mu Cang Chai.
After lunch, we will be driving along mountain summits to reach Tan Uyen. After checking in our accommodation and lunch, we then head for the tea plantation in time for sunset. Here, we photograph the scenes of the workers who are picking up tea leaves. This is so photogenic as the workers stand out from the deep green color of tea. And behind them, the mountain and wispy clouds make a perfect backdrop.
Dinner and overnight in a motel in Tan Uyen town (B/L/D)
This morning we head for the tea plantation early enough to capture the sun rising. And we stay until the workers are out and photograph more working scenes. The curly lines of the tea plantations give perfect chance to master composition and camera set up.
Later on we drive to Hoang Lien, one of the 4 highest passes of northern Vietnam. As a result, highway 4D is an incredible road that gives us paragliding view of the valleys as we approach the highest point of the pass, over 2000 meters above sea level. Our lunch today is in well-known Sapa. Afterwards, our Vietnam photo adventure follow the new highway connecting Lao Cai and Hanoi. Finally, tonight is our group dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant. Our great Vietnam photo adventure then completes with lots of great photos of Vietnam’s people and landscape.
• English photography guide
• Air-con private car/driver
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Water, soft drinks & biscuit during transfers
• All entry fees/permission
• Tip for driver
• Personal expenses (laundry, phones, tips)
• Items not listed in the Inclusions