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VIETNAM

Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Sapa, Tuy Hoa, Nam Dinh, Viet Tri, Lao Cai, Ha Long Bay

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

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, 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 its 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 its beautiful people, and breathe in its 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.

The Vietnam that is emerging today may well surprise you. It’s found a way to embrace its 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 its beautiful people, and breathe in its 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

4-6 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Busy schedule
  • Travel by walking, car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

October/November – Temps 86/74 F  33/24 C  Sunrise 6:00 | Sunset 5:30 (17:30)

Includes

  • 9 or 11 days
  • Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Local guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-6 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch and 2 Dinners
  • 1 Night on the luxurious Chapa Express to Hanoi
  • 2 Domestic flights
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival airport: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam (SGN) – Transfer to hotel: 1 hr
Departure airport: Hanoi, Vietnam – Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) – Transfer to hotel: 45 min
Our adventure begins at 8 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.

Accommodations

Ho Chi Minh City – Intercontinental, An Lam Saigon River, or similar
Tuy Hoa – Stelia Beach Resort, or similar
Hanoi – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hotel de L’Opera or similar
Nam Dinh – Nam Cuong Nam Dinh Hotel, or similar
Viet Tri – Muong Thanh Luxury Phu Tho, or similar
Sapa – Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa, Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa or similar

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
> UNESCO Sites in Asia – by Ian Robert Knight
> Coffee Around the World – by Ian Robert Knight
Cruising Ha Long Bay – by Ian Robert Knight

Vietnam Prices & Dates


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Vietnam & Ha Long Bay Prices & Dates


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Lopamudra Talukdar

October 29 – November 6/8, 2024

Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Michael Chinnici

October 29 – November 6/8, 2024

*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 upscale boutique hotels in the 4 and 5-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels that 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. In Cuba, we stay in upscale family-owned Casas (bread & breakfasts). On all of our tours, breakfast is almost always included, but not guaranteed. Meal categories listed include (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, and (D) for dinner.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

VIETNAM 9 DAYS

Day 1 | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

We meet in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest southern city at our classic hotel in the city center.

Our tour begins at 8 am, with a walk through the old residential quarter, a place of community living, where life has remained the same since the 60s. We will visit a few houses, strike up a conversation, and document the life they live. We will also visit the fish and vegetable markets and return to the hotel for an early lunch.

Around noon, we leave for the century-old Thien Hau Pagoda. We will have the opportunity to photograph a young Vietnamese model dressed in the traditional áo dài dress. Apart from being the national dress, áo dài is one of the country’s most striking symbols of beauty.

We will return to our hotel and go for our “Welcome Dinner” in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s best French-Vietnamese restaurants. Here, we will also have informal discussions about what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques. (D)

Day 2 | Ho Chi Minh City - Tuy Hoa (flight)

Today, we will depart Ho Chi Minh City on our early morning flight to Tuy Hoa in Central Vietnam. Our breakfast will be at a local restaurant here. It will be an exciting day, starting with a mat weaving workshop and later a visit to a fishing net repairing village.

We will witness and document the various steps of mat making – from dyeing and drying to weaving and trimming.

We then drive back to Tuy Hoa and check in to our hotel in town. After a quick lunch, we will leave for the fishing net repairing village. Here we will witness women sitting in groups, repairing large green fishing nets. This creates spectacular photographic opportunities. We will then head back to our hotel, for an early dinner, after what has been a long day. (B)

Day 3 | Tuy Hoa - Hanoi (flight)

Today if weather permits, we will go to photograph the fishing boats that bring home catch at sunrise. The catch is then landed on the beach by smaller boats, surrounded by women auctioneers. It is a nice, busy, and colorful scene and very authentic.

If we know that the fishermen have not ventured into the sea, we will visit a nearby lagoon to witness the traditional Vietnamese method of fishing. This place is also home to the longest wooden bridge in the country.

We will then return back to our hotel to have breakfast and later proceed to the airport to Hanoi. After checking in to our hotel, we will spend the rest of the evening at leisure. (B)

Day 4 | Hanoi

We will start our day with a pre-breakfast stroll along Hoang Kiem Lake, where elderly citizens go about their daily morning exercises/dance routines. After breakfast, we will go on a photo walk through the very happening Old Quarters of Hanoi, where time seems to stand still and there’s a photo opportunity waiting at each corner. After an early lunch, we will leave for the ancient Temple of Literature complex in Central Hanoi. Hanoi is a very modern city with a long history that is evident.

We will once again have a beautiful Vietnamese model dressed in the traditional áo dài dress we will photograph her in different parts of the temple. The pictures here will be different from the ones we had in Saigon.

We will also visit the famed train street to coincide with the passing of a train along the narrow street lined with cafes and residential homes. This is an experience that cannot be missed, both for photographs and for the unique sight we witness here. (B)

Day 5 | Hanoi - Quang Phu Cau Village - The Sy - Nam Dinh

After an early/packed breakfast, we will check out and drive to Quang Phu Cau village, also known as the “incense village of Vietnam”. Families in this village have been making incense for more than a century. We will photograph a workshop that has built steel balconies around its premises so that photographers can climb up and take the top shots, which this place is famous for.

We will venture further into the village to capture some unique sights of this process of incense making. Here we can see small families, elderly couples, and cousins, sitting together in their courtyard and working on various stages of incense sticks.

We will then drive to a lovely Vietnamese restaurant in the small town of Hung Yen, where our authentic lunch will be ready. We will proceed further to the tiny village of The Sy, which specializes in the age-old tradition of making bamboo fish traps. A fish trap is a traditional fishing tool of farmers, mostly in the northern plains of Vietnam. It is shaped like a cylinder with tapering ends and has a small opening with a lid. It takes a skilled weaver about an hour to complete a fish trap. The trap is then fumigated above a stove to make it more durable. Made by skilled locals, fish traps are sent to northern provinces and cities and exported to some other countries.

After spending this time with the locals here, we will big them goodbye and head for our hotel in Nam Dinh. (L, B)

Day 6 | Nam Dinh - Viet Tien - Bán Yên Nhân - Viet Tri (Pho Tho)

We will start our day before sunrise and proceed to the coast of Viet Tien, to capture the very typical and age-old tradition of fishing in the sea by using the very photogenic butterfly nets. We will get to see and photograph their routine during early morning blue hours and around sunrise. Other fishing activities are happening on the beach and we can choose to capture them as well.

We will then drive back to our hotel in Nam Dinh for a well-earned breakfast, freshen up and check out.

Today, we will visit the famous soya village of Bán Yên Nhân, where we will see how Soy sauce is made. It is said that the soy sauce here is very delicious compared to other regions. The tradition and technique have been passed down through the generations, with families retaining their uniqueness. The soy is stored in large earthen jars in an open courtyard and is inspected from time to time by the workers.

After visiting the Soya workshops, we drive past Hanoi to Viet Tri (Pho Tho) and check into our hotel. (B)

Day 7 | Viet Tri - Sapa

We will leave after an early breakfast for a long drive to Sapa. On arriving, we will check in to our hotel. Later, after lunch, we head out to one of the ethnic tribal villages. We will spend a few hours here, capturing the colorful and unique scenes. Our evening will be at leisure and we can explore the picturesque Sapa town. (B)

Day 8 | Sapa - Lao Cai

After an early breakfast, we will start our day by visiting two tribal villages. These are the Hmong and Red Dao tribes, each with their customs and dress. We will have the opportunity to capture family portraits, individual portraits, homes from the inside, and more of their life.

We will then visit Lao Cai for our “Farewell Dinner”, after which we will board the luxurious Chapa Express train to Hanoi for an overnight train journey. (B, D)

Day 9 | Hanoi

We will arrive in Hanoi during the early morning hours. We will then check in to a hotel for some rest and breakfast.

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. Our day ends around noon. Those opting for the Halong Bay add-on will depart for the tour after breakfast. (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. See extension information below.

HA LONG BAY 3-DAY EXTENSION

Ha Long Bay Info

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 throughout 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 humans such a wonder!’. We stay in some of the finest yachts (Vietnamese Junks) in Ha Long Bay.

Includes:

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, and 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)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

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OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

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.

Private Guided Adventures

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

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 learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*

Redeeming Your Points
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