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CENTRAL VIETNAM

Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ninh Binh, Quang Phu Cau

BHUTAN

THAILAND

CENTRAL VIETNAM

NORTHERN VIETNAM

CAMBODIA

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Verdant Valleys, Fishing Villages, and Vibrant Cities in Vietnam.

Join us in Vietnam for an unforgettable 9-day Vietnam photo tour in Hanoi and Central Vietnam, where we will discover the diverse beauty of this captivating country. This tour focuses on the rich heritage of vibrant Hanoi, the coastal cities of Hue and Hoi An, and the mountains and Red River delta of Ninh Binh.

For those looking for more, we offer a Northern Vietnam add-on for a total of 17 days of Vietnamese culture and stunning photography. Our Northern Vietnam photo tour focuses on mountain villages, spectacular rice terraces, tea fields, landscapes, and the hill tribes of Sa Pa.

Our Vietnam photography and cultural journey begins in the vibrant capital city of Hanoi, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life. Let’s dive into the bustling markets and iconic landmarks, capturing the city’s rich history and dynamic energy. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the iconic Train Street, a must-see for any visitor to Hanoi.

Heading south to Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial capital, step back amidst the ancient charm of the historic Citadel and winding streets of the Old Town. Immerse yourself in centuries-old traditions, wandering through colorful markets and ornate architecture and capturing the timeless beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continuing our adventure in Hoi An, we will experience the coastal culture and scenic beauty of Vietnam. Be ready to watch the fishermen at work, learn about their unique techniques, and capture stunning coastal vistas. As dusk descends, be enchanted by the magical glow of thousands of lanterns illuminating the streets, offering endless opportunities for captivating night photography.

Vietnam promises to enrich your photographic journey with new perspectives and captivating scenery. Let your photos tell the unique story of our travels, capturing the essence of Vietnam beyond its tourist attractions.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but also to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. We aim to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but also use your newfound skills to improve and expand your photographic technique. 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 creativity.

In addition, you will learn 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. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in Vibrant Vietnam.

For those looking for more, we offer a Northern Vietnam add-on for a total of 17 days of Vietnamese culture and stunning photography. Our Northern Vietnam photo tour focuses on mountain villages, spectacular rice terraces, tea fields, landscapes, and the hill tribes of Sa Pa.

Our Vietnam photography and cultural journey begins in the vibrant capital city of Hanoi, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life. Let’s dive into the bustling markets and iconic landmarks, capturing the city’s rich history and dynamic energy. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the iconic Train Street, a must-see for any visitor to Hanoi.

Heading south to Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial capital, step back amidst the ancient charm of the historic Citadel and winding streets of the Old Town. Immerse yourself in centuries-old traditions, wandering through colorful markets and ornate architecture and capturing the timeless beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continuing our adventure in Hoi An, we will experience the coastal culture and scenic beauty of Vietnam. Be ready to watch the fishermen at work, learn about their unique techniques, and capture stunning coastal vistas. As dusk descends, be enchanted by the magical glow of thousands of lanterns illuminating the streets, offering endless opportunities for captivating night photography.

Vietnam promises to enrich your photographic journey with new perspectives and captivating scenery. Let your photos tell the unique story of our travels, capturing the essence of Vietnam beyond its tourist attractions.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but also to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. We aim to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but also use your newfound skills to improve and expand your photographic technique. 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 creativity.

In addition, you will learn 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. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in Vibrant Vietnam.

Group Size

4-6 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • All cameras and camera phones are welcome
  • Busy schedule
  • Travel by walking, car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

August – Temps 89/77F 32/25 C Sunrise 5:30 | Sunset 6:20 (18:20)

Includes

  • 9 days or 17 days
  • Travel, people, street, documentary, and landscape photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Local guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-6 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches and 2 Dinners
  • 2 Domestic flights
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival and 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. We suggest you use iVisa https://www.ivisa.com. They are excellent at providing quick service for obtaining travel visas.

Accommodations

Hanoi – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hotel de L’Opera, and similar
Hue – Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel, or similar
Hoi An – Antara Hoi An Resort, Bay Resort Hoi An or similar

Northern Vietnam Combination:
Hanoi – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hotel de L’Opera, and similar
Tu Le- Le Champ Mountain Resort Mu Cang
Chai – Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Sa Pa – Silk Path Grand Resort and Spa

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

Central Vietnam Prices & Dates


Central & Northern Vietnam Prices & Dates

Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Lopamudra Talukdar

Central Vietnam & Northern Vietnam
August 20-28 / August 30 – September 5, 2025

Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Michael Chinnici

Central Vietnam & Northern Vietnam
August 20-28 / August 30 – September 5, 2025

*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

CENTRAL VIETNAM 9 DAYS

Day 1 | Hanoi

We meet at our hotel in Hanoi for breakfast, and will begin our tour with an orientation walk through Hanoi’s charming streets. Capture the city’s vibrant street life, architecture, and the hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter. Here time seems to stand still and there’s a photo opportunity waiting at each corner. It’s a great way to start our journey into the cultural photo adventure of Vietnam. After lunch, we will proceed to the Temple of Literature. Here we will photograph a beautiful Vietnamese model dressed in the traditional áo dài dress. We will end our day with our special Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. 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 | Hanoi: Markets and City Life Hotel Hanoi

We start our day early with a visit to Hanoi’s bustling Long Bien market. Here we will capture the colors and energy of the local vendors, shoppers, and their wares. After breakfast, we will walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake and look for photo opportunities. We then proceed to 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. After lunch, 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. (B)

Day 3 | Hanoi - Ninh Binh

We will be tourists for a day with a day-long trip to Ninh Binh, often referred to as “Halong Bay on Land.” The picturesque landscape is going to leave you spellbound. It’s going to be a day full of fun, with riverboat ride and cave exploration. We will also get to photograph of the rice fields of Vietnam. We return back to Hanoi after a long day. (B)

Day 4 | Hanoi - Quang Phu Cau Village - The Sy

After an early/packed breakfast, we will check out and drive to Quang 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 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. (B)

Day 5 | Hanoi - Hue

In the morning, we will depart Hanoi and take our flight to Hue, the former imperial capital. After settling into our hotel for sometime, we will head to the riverbanks for photograph the local fishermen in this region. Capture the graceful movements and reflections on the water (Setup). As the sun sets, photograph the enchanting blue hour with models releasing lamps from a boat . (B)

Day 6 | Hue - Imperial City

Our day starts with an early morning visit to the lagoon. This is an opportunity to document the lives of fishermen as they engage in their daily activities. We will have a relaxed morning today. Around late afternoon, we will set out to explore the historic Imperial City and capture the essence of Vietnamese culture and history. Hue has a long history as a feudal capital and its ancient architecture makes it a unique spot in Vietnam. We will also be accompanied by a model for some beautiful shots in the Temple of Literature and other iconic spots. (B)

Day 7 | Hue - Hoi An

We start early morning to capture the vibrant atmosphere of Hue’s local market before our journey to Hoi An. After breakfast, we will drive to Hoi An, a charming, lantern-lit town. Our tour begins here with an evening boatride in the lagoon. We will get to photograph local fishermen using square fishing nets against the backdrop of a stunning sunset. (B)

Day 8 | Hoi An

We will leave for a fishing village near Hoi An, before dawn, and document the entire process, including fish drying, in a candid style. Later there will be a model photoshoot in Hoi An’s beautifully preserved Old Town in the evening (Setup). Capture the town’s lantern-lit streets and bridges. Lanterns are lit every night on the streets and mostly along the river. They’re believed to bring good fortune and add to the unique charm of Hoi An. Later, we will capture candid moments by the river during the serene blue hour. We end our day with a Farewell Dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in Hoi An. (B, D)

Day 9 | Hoi An: Candid Old Town

At early morning hours, we will visit Hoi An’s Old Town to capture candid moments as the town awakens. Our tour ends after breakfast. We will fly to Hanoi (1130-1300) where our tour ends. For those continuing on our 7-Day Northern Vietnam Extension, we will be staying at Hanoi. (B)

NORTHERN VIETNAM 7 DAYS

Day 1 | Hanoi - Tu Le

After breakfast, we leave Hanoi on a 6 hours drive journey towards the mountains of Northern Vietnam. We will arrive Tu Le, renowned for its picturesque rice fields that sprawl across hillsides and valleys. It’s an opportunity to capture the beautiful landscape crafted by generations of cultivation. We will check in to our charming accommodation nestled in the mountains here. (B)

Day 2 | Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai

We begin our day with a photo shoot of the stunning valleys and rice terraces around Tu Le.

Afterward, proceed to Mu Cang Chai, known for its captivating scenery. We will explore the town and get to know the culture and life here. You can also ride local motorbikes to visit the iconic Horse Shoe, a symbolic spot in Mu Cang Chai. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Mu Cang Chai - Mam Xoi

We begin our day before dawn to capture the breathtaking scenery at Mam Xoi (Raspberry Hill) from a vantage point accessible by a short ride on local motorbikes. The early timing ensures a serene environment for photography. After breakfast, we will explore lesser-known corners of Mu Cang Chai, seizing different angles and views. Our afternoon will be spent in landscape photography, during the golden hour. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Mu Cang Chai - Tan Uyen - Sa Pa

We rise early for another round of photography, this time in La Pan Tan valley, focusing on different perspectives of rice terraces. We then proceed to Tan Uyen, home to expansive tea plantations, offering unique photo opportunities, especially with locals wearing the iconic conical Vietnamese hats. Finally, we drive to Sa Pa. (B, L)

Day 5 | Sa Pa - H'mong Village

Today is going to be another adventurous day with a cable car trip to Fansipan, the Roof of Indochina, offering panoramic views for photography. We will spend our afternoon at Ta Phin: Venture to Ta Phin, a H’mong community, to document and immerse in their traditional lifestyle, capturing daily life and cultural elements through photography. (B)

Day 6 | Explore Dzao Village - Hanoi

We will start our morning with a visit to Nam Cang, a scenic village of the Dzao people, renowned for its stunning landscapes and traditional clothing. We will capture their lifestyle and surroundings through our lenses. We depart from Nam Cang, and drive back to Hanoi with few stops along the way. (300 kms – 5.5 hrs drive)

Day 7 | Departure from Hanoi

We end our tour after breakfast, marking the end of this immersive and enriching photography expedition.

(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.

Rewards Program

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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
Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

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