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Vietnam Photo Tour – 14 day tour of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail

£4,499 per person (2nd – 16th June 2020) – Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa

Vietnam has certainly shaken off its infamous past. It is fast becoming one of the most exciting and beautiful travel photography destinations in the world. Our 14 day photo tour of Vietnam takes you through some of the most stunning and photogenic parts of this incredible country. This is a land of contrasts where megacities and hill-tribe villages exist side-by-side. By the time our adventure is over, you will discover for yourself why Vietnam is a must for any travel photographer.

Vietnam Photo Tour

Our incredible journey through Vietnam takes you through the historic and charming Hanoi and Hoi An. We cruise through the beautiful Halong Bay. We will meet and photograph local hill-tribes in Sapa. There will be rice terraces, fishing villages, colourful markets, and ancient temples. By the time our 14 day Vietnam photo tour ends, you will have incredible photos, amazing memories, and even some new friends.

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Why you should come on our Vietnam photo tour

Our Vietnam photo tour is designed to take you beyond the usual tourist sights. The whole photo tour is put together to allow you to utilise the best light and locations to capture stunning photos. Your photography tutor will walk you through how best to utilise the light available. They will also aid you in visualising and preparing your settings.

Along with your photography tutor, we will also be joined by an award-winning Vietnamese photographer. This gives us an unrivalled knowledge of the best locations. You will learn how to approach and photograph people even in small villages and how to capture story-telling photos. Not only will you take home an amazing set of images, but you will continue to put your new skills to use. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, amazing food, and even a few local drinks.

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Vietnam Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Hanoi (D)

After arriving in Hanoi you will be transferred to the hotel where you will enjoy some free time before meeting your tour leaders and our guide for a meet and greet. After a brief discussion about everyone’s photography skill level and needs it will be time to enjoy our first dinner together.


Day 2 – Hanoi => Tho Ha Village / City Tour (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for Tho Ha village to see how the locals make rice paper, then back to Hanoi for lunch. After lunch we head to a picturesque bamboo basket fishing village in the Hung Yen province. We will return to Hanoi in the evening for dinner.


Day 3 – Hanoi => Halong Bay (B, L, D)

This morning we head 160 km east to Halong Bay. Upon arrival, we board our private boat for an unforgettable cruise. There will be a welcome seafood lunch on board whilst we cruise in Halong Bay visiting some of the islands and caves. Late afternoon we will admire the sunset over the bay and enjoy some drinks on the deck or attend a cooking demonstration.


Day 4 – Halong Bay => Hanoi => Lao Cai (B, L, D)

Today we continue cruising the bay and visiting some other sights before enjoying a brunch. It will then be time to return to Halong wharf, disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. A lunch box will be provided en route. Once we have arrived in Hanoi, we will go for a ride by Xich Lo (rickshaw) around the old town before enjoying a delicious dinner. After dinner we will head to Hanoi train station for an overnight train to Lao Cai.


Day 5 – Lao Cai => Sapa (B, L, D)

This morning we will arrive in Lao Cai station and proceed to Sapa town for breakfast. After breakfast we head to Ban Ho and Nam Xai villages where we will photograph the Xa Pho people in their different traditional dresses. We will take our time to admire the photogenic landscape and rice terraces along the way before coming back to Sapa for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch there will be time to review the images you have taken so far with your tutors or alternatively just enjoy some free time before having dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 6 – Sapa (B, L, D)

This morning we focus our time on market photography. Vietnamese markets are a hive of activity and are wonderful places to capture everyday life as well as all of the colourful fruit, vegetables and food on sale. After lunch we will continue to photograph the locals before enjoying another delicious dinner.


Day 7 – Sapa => Hanoi (B, L, D)

We have a long day ahead of us today so we will be leaving very early in the morning with breakfast boxes to drive to Muong Hum where you will get to photograph some stunning big rice terraces from the top of the valley in the early morning light. As we are off the usual tourist trail there are no restaurants so we will have lunch boxes for our journey. We continue to drive and photograph more rice terraces around in Y Ty. Once we arrive in Lao Cai town you will be able to relax and freshen up at the hotel for a few hours. After dinner we will leave Lao Cai town boarding a night train to Hanoi.


Day 8 – Hanoi => Hue (B, L, D)

We will arrive very early in the morning in Hanoi where will be picked up and transferred downtown for breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast we leave Hanoi for Hue with an early morning flight arriving in Hue city. This afternoon we will photograph models inside the incredible Imperial Citadel. You will be able to learn how to set up your shots and direct your models to capture some stunning photos.


Day 9 – Hue => Danang (B, L, D)

After checking out of the hotel, we leave Hue for Danang by bus. We will photograph some fishermen with huge nets on their small boats. On the way we will see the picturesque Hai Van Pass (pass of the Ocean Clouds). We will continue driving through many beautiful red-tiled villages and enjoy spectacular views of the sea and the sky. After lunch we will go to photograph the monkeys on Son Tra Island.


Day 10 – Danang => Hoi An (B, L, D)

This morning we have one more chance to photograph the monkeys on Son Tra Island before leaving Danang for the charming Hoi An old town. On arrival in Hoi An we will have lunch at a local restaurant before checking into our hotel. After a few hours to relax we will head out to take a boat trip on Thu Bon river to photograph the big net fishermen as the sun sets. By the time we come back to Hoi An it will be getting dark so we will be able to photograph the local stores that sell beautiful lanterns. These stores glow with a multitude of colours in the evenings.


Day 11 – Hoi An (B, L, D)

As we have had a packed scheduled so far, today we have a relaxing day planned where we will stroll through Hoi An and practice our street photography in the afternoon. You are of course free to use today to explore Hoi An by yourself or even spend some time shopping. The Old Town is a charming place full of photo opportunities.


Day 12 – Hoi An => Danang => Saigon (B, L, D)

This morning we have an early start to take pictures at the colourful local market before coming back to the hotel for breakfast. We will then visit the local merchant houses that were built more than 200 years ago, and the Chinese temple where the first Chinese arrived in Vietnam. After lunch it is time to pack our bags to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).


Day 13 – Saigon (B, L, D)

Today we will go to the biggest post office in Indochina in the early morning followed by the Catholic church that was built by the French in the 18th century. Then it is time to photograph the many monks and nuns at the university where they both study and have daily lunch together in the Binh Chanh District. This afternoon we are going to take pictures of the monks and locals as they pray inside the pagoda in Saigon before enjoying a final farewell dinner together.


Day 14 – End Of Tour (B)

Today our amazing Vietnam adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, we will say our goodbyes and be transferred to the airport.

Vietnam Photo Tour

Vietnam Photo Tour

Vietnam Photo Tour

Vietnam Photo Tour

Vietnam Photo Tour

Vietnam Photo Tour

Vietnam Photo Tour

What's included on our Bhutan Photo Tour

Includes

– Professional photographer and English speaking guide

– Accommodation for the duration of the tour

– All tour related ground transport including night trains

– Private cruise for the group in Halong Bay

– Flights as indicated in the itinerary

– Meals during the tour as indicated in the itinerary

– Bottled water daily throughout the tour

– All entrance, zone and camera fees

– Fees for local models, monastery and nunnery donations

Excludes

– Any meals not included in the itinerary

– Alcoholic drinks

– Personal purchases such as souvenirs

– Additional activities such as spas or massages

– Internal flight upgrades

– Personal travel or medical insurance

– Medical expenses

– Gratuities for hotel porters, local guides or driver

– International air tickets to or from Vietnam

– Flights to Hanoi for the start of the tour

– Vietnamese visa fees

Vietnam Photography Tour Dates: 2nd to 16th Jun 2020 – BOOK NOW

Prices Quoted

Prices quoted are for double occupancy. You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.


Single Supplement

An additional £900 per person will be charged for the duration of the tour for single supplement (does not include night trains or Halong Bay cruise). Single supplement for a private cabin on the night train from Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi is an additional £350. Please note single cabins are not available on the cruise boat in Halong Bay.


£800 to reserve your spot, balance due 120 days prior to the trip.


NOTE: There must be a minimum of 6 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we’ve reached the minimum number of people.

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Or if you can’t attend these dates, add your name to our waiting list for photo tours of Vietnam and we will inform you of any future dates.

Additional Information

Your tour leader on this Vietnam photo tour is Jordan Banks. Jordan is a travel, landscape and adventure photographer from London with over 20 years experience shooting assignments and hi-end content for travel, tourism, lifestyle brands and companies. Through the years his work has taken him to over 100 countries and provided him with the opportunity to shoot some of the world’s most interesting and diverse locations and festivals. His clients over the years have included; Lonely planet, British Airways, National Geographic Traveller, The Times, Vogue, Panasonic, Microsoft, Ford and many more. See more at www.jordanbanks.co.uk
The group size for this photo tour is a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests.
This photo tour is ideal for beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers but even non-photographers are welcome on this tour.
Although for most locations there will be some walking involved, these will be short and easy. If you are in good health and fitness level, you will be fine. This tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.
You don't need expensive or professional equipment for this photo tour. We would recommend DSLR or mirrorless cameras and a tripod for this tour. Compact or smartphone cameras will also be suitable.
Whilst in Vietnam we will be travelling via a private air-conditioned bus. There will also be a night train from Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi. You will have a private 4 berth cabin which you'll share with three other guests from our tour. We will also have two internal flights from Hanoi to Hue and Danang to Saigon.
Please note that although we will have a private boat for our group, private cabins are not available for the 1 night we will have on the cruise boat. You will be paired with someone of the same sex in a twin room.
Please check if you require a visa for Vietnam. Visa costs are not included in the quoted tour price. To find out about visa requirements please visit: www.markuslerner.com/travelscope/public/

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