Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2019

March 20 - 28, 2020

Oct 24 - Nov 1, 2020

March 19 - 27, 2021


November 3 - 5, 2019

March 28 - 30, 2020

November 1 - 3, 2020

March 27 - 29, 2021

Travel, Landscape, People & Architecture Photography


  1. -9 Days or 11 Days

  2. -Only 4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts

  6. -4 Lunches & 2 Dinners

  7. -2 Domestic Flights

  8. -2 Nights Victoria Express

  9. -Local Transportation




Hanoi, Sapa, Hội An, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Hạ Long Bay

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This is not your father’s Vietnam. Come experience the magic of this land.

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Vietnam Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

This is not your father’s Vietnam. Things have changed, and fast. Vietnam is one of SE Asia’s fastest growing economies, and our visit here will show plenty of evidence of that. But there is also lots of history on display in Old Vietnam, with substantial French colonial influence, and remnants of the American War everywhere.

This impressively resilient country will surprise you at every corner. Not only is it physically beautiful (amazing beaches, rice fields carved from mountains), but it’s also historically fascinating, and the people have a charm about them that will leave you with photographs and memories forever.

The Vietnam that is emerging today may well surprise you. It’s found a way to embrace it’s history will still managing to grow at a pace that is envied all over SE Asia. We will experience the legendary Vietnam hospitality, bear witness to it’s beautiful people, and breathe in it’s culture through historical sites and incredible beauty. With 1000-year-old cities that appear both ancient and incredibly modern at the same time, it’s easy to see how this country will become one of the most important places in the region.

What you think you knew about Vietnam will be changed by your journey with us. You will come away with a new belief that Vietnam is a changed country. Join us on this adventure, and see why Vietnam has become the place to visit in Asia.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Join us in Vietnam for the adventure of a lifetime.


Group Size

4-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Ian Robert Knight  |  October 26 - November 3/5, 2019

Ian Robert Knight  |  March 20-28/30, 2020

Ian Robert Knight  |  October 24 - November 1/3, 2020

Ian Robert Knight  |  March 19-27/29, 2021

Weather | Sun

February/March - Temps 90/76 F  30/23 C  Sunrise 5:54 | Sunset 6:04 (18:04)

November - Temps 86/74 F  33/24 C  Sunrise 5:56 | Sunset 5:33 (17:33)


Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

9 days or 11 days

4 or 5 star hotels


4 Lunches and 2 dinners

2 Domestic flights

2 Nights on the luxurious Victoria Express train to Sapa

Local guide

Local transportation


Hanoi - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hotel de L'Opera or similar

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Intercontinental, An Lam Saigon River, or similar

Hoi An - Boutique Hoi An Resort Hotel or similar

Sapa - Victoria Express Train

Sapa - Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa or similar 

Ha Long Bay - Finest Yachts available

Travel Information

Arrival airport: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam (SGN) - Transfer to hotel: 1 hr

Departure airport: Hanoi, Vietnam - Noibai (HAN) - Transfer to hotel: 45 min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Helpful Links

> Vietnam - Hoan Kiem Lake - by Ian Robert Knight

> Legend of the Hotel Metropole - by Michael Chinnici

> Hmong Hill Tribes - by Ian Robert Knight

> Vietnam Day in the Life - A Focus on Hanoi - by Ian Robert Knight

> Photographing People in Asia - by Ian Robert Knight



Photo Adventure Vacation | October 26 - November 3, 2019:  $7,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 20-28, 2020:  $7,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 24 - November 1, 2018:  $7,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 19-27, 2021:  $8,495


Photo Adventure Vacation | November 3-5, 2019:  $2,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 28-30, 2020:  $2,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 1-3, 2020:  $2,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 27-29, 2021:  $3,195

Single Supplement:  $1100 (Vietnam)  $400 (Ha Long Bay)

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350

Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


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Day 1 | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

We meet in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s southern capital city. After we are settled into our classic hotel in the city centre, we will discuss PWA’s “10 guiding principles of photography” as well as our “The Art of Seeing” photographic technique. During our “Welcome Dinner” in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s best French-Vietnamese restaurants, we will have informal discussions about what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. A walking tour of the downtown area at night will allow us to shoot the crowded city streets and abundant late day activities. (D)

Day 2 | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

There is a lot to see in Ho Chi Minh City, particularly historical districts and buildings. Among the highlights would be the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office that was designed by Gustave Eiffel (remember the French influence?). We will also have a chance to visit one of the large open markets as well. We will venture up to the observation deck of Bitexco Financial Tower. With breathtaking views of the city and surrounding areas, it’s a fitting tribute to the modern Vietnam that lives today. (B)

Day 3 | Ho Chi Minh City - Hội An

We head to the HCMC airport in the morning, and take a short flight to Danang. After our arrival in Danang, it’s a quick 40 km journey through the beautiful countryside to Hội An, on the central coast, where we will settle into our hotel on the waterfront. Hội An is a UNESCO world heritage site, and maintains much of it’s old charm from when it was one of the busiest ports in all of Asia, centuries ago. The market and harbor at night are highlights for photographs. We’ll catch Hội An at blue hour, when it looks it’s best. In the evening, we’ll get a chance to share our photos and discuss techniques with one another. (B)

Day 4 | Hội An - Sapa

We have the morning to explore more of Hội An, and after lunch have a flight up to Hanoi, in order to catch a luxurious overnight train to Sapa, a small mountain village near the border with China. Sapa is a strong contrast to the bustling life of large cities in Vietnam. In Sapa, we will have wonderful opportunities to see ancient village life among the hill tribes. This village of roughly 7000 is at a high elevation and boasts beautiful landscapes filled with terraced rice paddies. It’s considered the most picturesque in the region. Because of the elevation, it’s a pretty wet climate and rain and fog is abundant during much of the year. Expect to see some of the most beautiful parts of inland Vietnam here. (B)

Day 5 | Sapa

Our first full day in Sapa will concentrate on photographing the Hill Tribes in the villages around the area. There are many ethnic minorities in this part of Vietnam, many of which are not seen anywhere else. Rural life here dates back centuries and generations, and it’s etched on the faces of the locals and their children. Our evenings will be spent in comfort in our hilltop hotel, overlooking the Sapa valley, and allow us to share our experiences and photographs. (B)

Day 6 | Sapa

Our second day in Sapa will allow us to spend time seeking out the best views of the terraces that layer the hillsides of this region. Taking a journey through the mountainous community to visit markets and interact with colorful locals, will provide you with images you will always cherish. It’s the people of Sapa that will be what you remember the most from your time here. (B)

Day 7 | Sapa - Hanoi

Our final day in Sapa will allow us to spend time in a local market with the Hmong people, in their colorful dress. So much of their culture is centered around traditional family roles, farming and selling their produce. We’ll venture up the mountainside in search of the best views overlooking the terraced rice fields, carved out centuries ago. Tonight, we will embark on the journey south by the overnight train to bring us back to Hanoi, arriving rested and ready for the day ahead. (B)

Day 8 | Hanoi

Our day in Hanoi will be filled with a lot of amazing images from the streets of this cosmopolitan city. We will get to explore both the Old Quarter and French Quarter, along with West Lake, the HCM mausoleum, and the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison. Seeing this city by day will open up many opportunities to see the modern and the colonial city scenes. Hanoi is a very modern city with a long history that is clearly evident. After returning to our hotel, we prepare for a festive “Farewell Dinner” at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants. Here we will discuss the events of the trip, share our favorite photos and enjoy the fun and laughter. (B) (D)

Day 9 | Hanoi

Our journey comes to an end today, but only after we have one last chance to observe the charm of this wonderful city. Hanoi awakens early, and the streets are buzzing by sunrise. Locals are exercising on the streets, alone and in groups. Food vendors are everywhere, and we will be too. A farewell to our guests over breakfast and a chance to exchange contact information and share some of the photographs we’ve experience over the past 9 days. (B)

We suggest you consider extending your stay and enjoy a 3-day extension on a replica junk in beautiful Ha Long Bay and make good use of all the photographic techniques you have learned on our amazing photo adventure.


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Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. When it comes to scenery, Halong Bay can just be described as a 'wow'. Known for its thousands of rocks and caves emerging out of emerald water, Halong Bay has won numerous world recognitions as well as charmed millions of visitors through our the years. As you slowly explore the Bay, you will go from one surprise to another: one cannot stop asking himself/herself 'how could nature have gifted human such a wonder!'. We stay in some of the finest yachts (Vietnamese Junks) in Ha Long Bay.


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Travel, landscape, architecture and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Replica Junk (Yacht) - Ha Long Bay

Various meals included on Junk

Local transportation

Day 1 | Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

After breakfast in Hanoi, we head to Ha Long Bay. The journey to Hạ Long Bay will be done by motor coach, in about 3 hours. By lunch time we will embark on our Junk for a 2-night cruise through the impressive Hạ Long Bay, and the more than 3000 limestone karst islands. We will have time to relax on this replica of the ancient junks that sailed these waters for centuries. Many of the islands we will see have lakes, beautiful beaches and caves for exploring. These islands are among the most popular areas for visitors to Vietnam, but no trip to this part of Asia is complete without photographs of these iconic waters. (B)

Day 2 | Ha Long Bay

Our second day on the cruise will allow us to explore some of the islands that dot the waters of Ha Long Bay. Caving and Kayaking are options to consider. There is so much to photograph in this part of Vietnam, and there is no better way to see it than by a relaxing cruise. (B)

Day 3 | Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

On our final day, after a leisurely sail through the islands, we disembark the Junk at mid-day and take our coach back to Hanoi, where we say goodbye to an amazing 11 days, taking with us photographs to cherish and new friendships to remember. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

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Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.

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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

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We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

Combination Tours

You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Loyalty Club**


All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.

**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  

NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.