Vietnam Photo Tour
Vietnam Photo Tour - Hidden Charms of Vietnam
15 Days/ 14 Nights
August 21- September 4, 2023
August 19- September 02, 2024
Hanoi – Hue – Hoi An – Khanh Hoa – Phan Rang – Hanoi – Ninh Binh - Long Coc – Mu Cang Chai – Sapa – Hanoi
Join “Indian Maharaja Tours” on the most comprehensive Vietnam Photo Tour – The Hidden Charms of Vietnam. Duo Harsh and Arti travelled extensively in Vietnam and have put together an itinerary that features off-the-beaten-path gems.
Vietnam photo tour offers a mix of historical and cultural attractions in idyllic settings. North of the country, we will visit the amazing hill tribes and rice farmers. In the Center, we will spend time in fishermen’s villages, and in the South, we will explore pristine beaches and untouched islets.
In the Vietnam Photo tour, you will shoot landscapes, environmental portraits, and street life. August and September are a great time to travel to Vietnam, as the rice terraces are carpeted with green, yellow, and orange shades and the local tribes can be seen working in fields. Occasional rain will add to the mood.
Whether you are a landscape photographer, street photographer, beginner or an avid photographer, what you will experience in the Vietnam Photo tour with Indian Maharaja Tours is Authenticity. Arti, the logistician, handpicked local guides, hotels, restaurants, and locations. Harsh, the photographer, scouted the places so you are there at the right time for the best possible light. He will help you in making the best frames as well as spare time one-on-one teaching to answer your specific questions.
You will return home with the “feel” of the place, breath-taking images, and memories that last a lifetime—looking forward to hosting you in Vietnam!
This Vietnam Photo tour will be led by Harsh Agarwal.
You can see some of his personal work on his page. harshtravelphotography.com “
Highlights of your journey
- Street photography in the old quarters of Hanoi and on Train Street.
- Visit some famous craft villages in Vietnam to see the weaving of bamboo fish baskets, incense making, hat making, and traditional villages.
- Multiple photoshoots of professional models wearing Ao dai, the traditional dress of Vietnam, in the ancient Temple of Literature in Hanoi, the Imperial City of Hue, and Hoi An.
- Fishing villages in Hue and Hoi An to capture fishermen’s daily routine.
- The drive from Hue to Hoi An follows the spectacular Hai Van pass.
- The UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Hoi An – an alluring old town with its colorful markets and streets.
- Sunrise photoshoot on the picturesque salt fields of Khanh Hoa
- Explore the vanishing Cham culture and sand dunes of Phan Rang.
- Explore Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of numerous wetlands and water caves.
- Drive into the tea hills of Long Coc and stay in a Muong village homestay.
- The incredible northern mountains of Vietnam, are home to seemingly endless rice terraces and colourful tribal and ethnic communities who are still living in their traditional ways.
- Stay in boutique accommodations and savour Vietnamese cuisine and socialize with the warm-hearted & friendly people of Vietnam.
- Cruise in Vietnam’s iconic landmark of Halong Bay—amid limestone crasts in emerald waters.
- 24 x 07 IMT on Call support.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi. Evening photo tour of Old Quarter and Streets
Day 2: Hanoi- Bamboo fish basket making. Flight to Hue.
Day 3: Hue – Fishermen and Emperor
Day 4: Imperial City of Hue with Ao Dai Models. Drive to Hoi An
Day 5: Fishing Village and City of Lanterns with Ao Dai Models
Day 6: Streets of Hanoi. Flight to Nha Trang. Stay near Doc let beach.
Day 7: Salt fields of Khanh Hoa and Sand dunes of Phan Rang
Day 8: Vanishing Cham tribe. Flight to Hanoi.
Day 9: Temple of literature with Ao Dai Models. Drive Ninh Binh. Visit Trang An.
Day 10: Incense making and traditional village of Duong lam- Drive to Long Coc.
Day 11: Tea Hills of Long Coc to Rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai.
Day 12: Mu Cang Chai – Sapa- Ta van.
Day 13: Tribal market. Drive to Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi- Halong Bay Cruise
Day 15: Halong Bay- Hanoi. Departure
Vietnam Photo tour: Hanoi arrival. Welcome to Vietnam.
- Arrival at Noi Boi (Hanoi) airport. Our representative will assist you with the coach. Transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. On arrival, check in Hotel. Day at leisure.
- Meet your Photography Tour Guide and local tour guide and fellow travellers for a tour briefing at 3.00 pm at the hotel.
- Late afternoon, street shoots in the Old Town of Hanoi and Train Street of Hanoi.
- At sundowner, we will set up high-angle street views on tripods, to capture the twilight and blur of traffic. Following the shoot, we will have our first taste of authentic Vietnamese Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Hotel.
Vietnam Photo tour: Morning Photo Tour of Handicraft Village. Flight to Hue.
- The Old Town’s charm, the hidden cafés and pubs, and the mouthwatering food are enough to start an interesting day in Hanoi. After a delicious breakfast, where you can savour some of the scrumptious Vietnamese breakfast, check out from the Hotel.
- Later we will visit a local village known for weaving bamboo baskets used for fish traps and in households. We will have opportunities to photograph the locals especially old women making bamboo In this village, you can capture the beauty of rural scenery and culture. By late afternoon, we will leave for the airport in Hanoi for a short flight to Hue.
- After check-in in Hotel in Hue, the evening is at leisure, or we can go out to enjoy the street life of Hue.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Hue – Fishermen and Emperor
- Start your day before sunrise, to capture fishermen casting their colourful nets and other activities related to their daily routine.
- After breakfast, explore the extraordinary history of the last Vietnamese emperors at the magnificent tomb of The Emperor Tu Duc (or Minh Mang Emperor’s tomb).
- Later head to Thien Mu Pagoda and monastery.
- In the evening, we will arrange a grand setting near the Perfume River. Capture photos of Ao dai models sailing in a boat and praying while floating paper lanterns into the perfume river.
Vietnam Photo Tour: The Imperial City of Hue. Hue-Hoi An
- Sunrise photo shoot at Tam Giang Lagoon and surrounding villages. It offers a breathtaking view when the sun rises, and little fishing boats return to shore to sell their catch after spending the night on the lagoon.
- Post breakfast, visit the majestic grounds of the Imperial City with professional models dressed in traditional Ao Dai. It is the ideal location to capture the grace and elegance of the women wearing their Ao Dai because of its ancient architecture.
- This is the ideal location for the photo shoot of models, a perfect setting as you see in a fashion or travel magazine. After the shoot is over, you have the rest of the morning free to explore the ancient city of Hue.
- After lunch, we will drive from Hue to Hoi An following the spectacular Hai Van pass. One of the world’s greatest coastal stretches, this mountain pass offers amazing views. We can see mountains covered in jungle descending into the lake, carving down waterfalls and creating desolate bays.
- Arrive in Hoi An and proceed to the old town to see the historic Japanese Bridge.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Hoi An- Fishing Village and Old Town
- Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, used to be one of Southeast Asia’s busiest ports, and it was ruled by the Champa Dynasty from the 15th to the 19th century.
- We’ll go to one of the nearby fishing villages, where nets will be squirming with sparkling silver fish, in the golden light of the morning sun.
- Visit a vibrant and colourful local morning market en route back to town.
- In the afternoon, we will photo shoot with the “áo dài” model at a small farming village as well as in Hoi an old town.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Flight to Nha Trang – White Sand and Crystal Blue water
- Sunrise shoot in the old town of Hoi An. Great opportunities for street photography.
- After breakfast, drive to Da Nang for a short flight to the seaside resort in Nha Trang.
- After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive north from Nha Trang to Doc Let- unspoiled beauty with silky white sand and crystal-clear water.
- This afternoon, feel free to explore the beach and capture the surroundings on your own. Have an early night to prepare for the exciting shoots the next day.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Khanh Hoa- Largest salt fields of Vietnam and Phan rang – Sea of sand dunes
- The salt fields at Khanh Hoa are among the most picturesque in the world. We will reach the salt fields before sunrise. The bright sunlight shines down on the clear surface of the water, highlighting each little, delicate crystal of salt like the tiny gems of the natural sea.
- The landscape and scene of workers loading and unloading salt baskets and reflecting pools are a great subjects for showing your photography skills.
- Back to the hotel. Day at leisure.
- In the afternoon, we will witness another great scene of Vietnam, with vast sand dunes of the now vanishing tribe of Cham people.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Phan Rang- Vanishing Tribe of Cham. Flight to Hanoi.
- The highlight of the day is a spectacular fishing net weaving and mending in the local village. It looks like a sea of blue and green fishing nets dotted with tiny workers. Explore the Cham culture at Phan Rang. During the photo shoot, we will meet a lovely Cham family to experience their gracious hospitality and interact with their daughter known for her exceptional blue eyes.
- We will fly back to Hanoi in the afternoon. If time allows, we will take some more sessions of street photography in the old town of Hanoi.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Hanoi- Ninh Binh – Trang An
- Today we will shoot at the Temple of Literature with models dressed in the traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai. A perfect contrast of the elegance of women with vibrant colors of ancient architecture.
- After breakfast, drive to Ninh Binh which is known as “Ha Long among the rice paddies”, the impressive limestone structures and green rice fields form the amazing landscape.
- Explore Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of numerous wetlands and water caves. Enjoy a boat trip through the caves and experience the feeling of thrill and admire the strange shapes in the caves when the boat enters the deep grottoes.
- Evening at leisure to explore the town at your own pace.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Ninh Binh- Incense-making village- Endless tea hills of Long Coc
- Today we will continue our travel to north Vietnam, a region known for its breathtaking views.
- We will photo shoot at a colourful and vibrant incense-making village on the outskirts of the city.
- We will continue to the ancient village of Duong Lam for lunch. Duong Lam is a perfect example of an ancient rural Vietnamese village.
- We will continue our drive on the route to Long Coc’s breathtaking tea fields. We will photograph the almost surreal landscapes, with the local Muong ethnic community.
- The day ends beautifully at our charming Muong Village Homestay where we will have our delicious home-cook meal.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Tea Hills of Long Coc- Rice fields of Mu Cang Chai
- Capture the spectacular sunrise over the endless tea hill. When it comes to the right season, the hills are blanketed by fog and become a photographer’s dream.
- After spending some time here, we will move on to the most stunning rice terrace in the country, Mu Cang Chai, which is cultivated by H’Mong, Red Dzao (Dao), Nung, and Tay tribes.
- The second location for the shoot today is at the most breathtaking rice terrace valleys. After dinner, we’ll head back to our homestay while enjoying the breathtaking view of the valley.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Mu Cang Chai- Sapa- Ta van
- This morning, we will drive to the second location known for the beautiful rice terrace to capture the view from different angles. The shoot will be done in multiple settings with and without Black H’Mong or/ and Red Dzao people on the fields.
- We will continue our drive to Sapa through incredibly beautiful mountain scenery. We will stop at some beautiful places for several outstanding landscape shoots and visit some villages along the way.
- Lunch in the town of Sapa with the breathtaking view of Sapa Lake.
- We will stay in Ta Van village, hidden in the foggy clouds, with beautiful rice fields and a natural ecosystem.
- Interact with the local ethnic communities mostly Black Hmong. If weather permits, visit Indigo workers in Ta Van Village. Dinner and stay in our homestay.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Ta van Village- Tribal Market – Hanoi
- Morning session at Ta van village with Black Hmong tribe. Walk around the village for some candid shots.
- After breakfast, drive to Can Cau Saturday market or the Bac Ha Sunday market.
- We will have the opportunity to shoot this market which is only conducted once a week by the tribe people here in Can Cau/Bac Ha. Ethnic communities from nearby villages come here to buy and sell unique fruits, vegetables, textiles, goats, pigs, buffalo, and much more, feel free to wander and discover your best street shots. The Flower Hmong, Giay, Nung, and Tay are some of the tribes present in this market.
- Late afternoon, we will continue our drive to Hanoi. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Hanoi- Ha Long Bay
- After breakfast, we will drive to the beautiful Ha Long Bay.
- An overnight cruise across the magnificent Ha Long Bay and more than 3000 exquisite limestone karst islands is the highlight of our trip in Vietnam.
- Relax on this replica of the ancient junks that sailed these waters for centuries, pass through floating fishing villages in a small boat ride, and explore caves. Even though these islands are among the most visited destinations in Vietnam, no journey to Vietnam would be complete without taking pictures of these iconic landscapes.
- Dinner and overnight in Cruise.
Vietnam Photo Tour: Halong Bay- Hanoi Airport- Departure
- Watch the magnificent sunrise from the cruise in Halong Bay. You can take traditional Tai Chi classes on board.
- Then return to the mainland by boat after having brunch. Transfer from Halong Harbour to Hanoi and then to the airport for your departure flight.
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Tour Package Cost
Group Size – 4-8 participants
Price per person – $4450
Single Room supplement – $765
- 15 nights’ accommodation sharing twin rooms at 4 * hotels and boutique homestays (in North Vietnam) mentioned in the itinerary.
- All meals included.
- Ground transportation in an air –conditioner Minivan/Bus accompanied by Photography Tour leader and English-speaking Vietnamese Tour Guide.
- In-country flights.
- Entrance fees, camera fees and setup and photo session fees for all sites mentioned in the Itinerary.
- Photo sessions with professional Ao Dai models, local models and village donations.
- Unlimited packaged drinking water in coach.
- Visa approval letter (if needed)
- International flights to/from Vietnam
- Bank fees and deductions (if incurred)
- Visa stamp fee at the arrival airport ($25/pax in Vietnam and $30/pax in Cambodia)
- Drinks not included with meals at hotel &
- Any expenditure of personal nature such as tips, drinks, telephone charges, laundry etc.
- Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
- Tips/ Gratuities for hotel’s porters, drivers or local guide
- All other services which are not mentioned in Inclusions.
- Any airport taxes, visa fees and travel insurance.
- Any new tax imposed by the Government.
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A: Vietnam Photo tour is a cultural tour with a touch of photography. So anyone who wants to experience the culture and taste of this country is welcome. Basic knowledge of photography will be like icing on top. This country offers many beautiful and unique photo opportunities that can be framed with any simple point-and-shoot camera or any phone that can take photos.
A: In our Vietnam Photo Tour, the price is all-inclusive. You don’t have to pay for anything, except for personal expenses like shopping, laundry, and tips for tour directors, etc.
A: You need to arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam, on or before Monday, August 21st. The tour briefing will be at 18:30 am in the hotel, followed by a welcome dinner. So anytime after 14:00 hrs, you can check in at the hotel. Usually, rooms are available after 14:00 hrs, depending on vacancy. Sometimes flying in and out of Vietnam can be very confusing because many of the flights arrived and departed around midnight. So please check the dates very carefully and make sure your dates are correct. Drop us a message before confirming your flight.
A: Yes, you can arrive 1 or 2 days prior. We can take care of all the extra accommodation on a payment basis.
A: We will be staying in boutique hotels (4 stars) and homestays. Hotels and boutique properties in premium locations, including all amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, room service, excellent food, laundry services, etc. Our lodgings merge comfort with the natural environment and will be unique at every city we visit. As compared to other properties we use, the accommodation in North Vietnam will be simple and classic homestays because of the strategic locations.
A: Breakfast and dinner will almost always include both western and local options, and typically are buffet style. Western cuisine may not always be available for lunch when we will be eating at restaurants while on the drive. Fresh, Simple, Locally grown and Seasonal foods will be served as per the taste buds of western tourists. We will enjoy the street life and delicious food in well-appointed specialty restaurants. Our coaches will be well-stocked with water bottles and snacks. Contact us if you have any dietary needs or restrictions.
A: For arrivals and departures it will be an Air-conditioned private Car, or minivan, depending on your arrivals and departures. We will get around in an air-conditioned minivan with a professional driver.
A: Yes I do (Harsh) because I am a passionate photographer and it is second nature for me to instinctively have my camera in hand, but my first priority is to be available to you as a resource. The areas we are visiting are already well-scouted by us. We have spent quality time doing our research. That’s why I don’t need a camera for my personal work. My camera is usually the last up and the first down. When I am looking through my camera, I will be seeing things as a professional photographer. The purpose will be just to check that we are at the right position or need to re-position the vehicle or background is not distracting.
A: Most of the time weather will be pleasant. Average temperatures of 91/ 77 F (33/25 C) can be expected across the whole of the island during August/September. August/September is the summer monsoon in Vietnam. Short bursts of rain occur.
A: The electricity supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts at 50Hz. Plugs type A (two flat vertical pins), type C, and type F (two round pins) fit most Vietnam electrical outlets. If your power plug has 3 pins, you would need an adapter as most electrical outlets here do not include a grounding hole.
A: Wearing shorts is acceptable in most situations for both men and women. However, Vietnam’s traditional culture is somewhat conservative, so avoiding sleeveless shirts, tank tops, or short shorts—especially while visiting Buddhist temples—shows the greatest respect for it.
A: The official currency in Vietnam is the Vietnam đồng, symbolised by ₫ or VND. Vietnamese notes are a mix of small paper bills (no coins are used), and larger polymer bills, in values from 10,000 VND to 500,000 VND. If you’re confused by all the zeros, mentally remove three zeros to get a simpler number. To quickly convert from VND to USD, just remove three zeros and divide by 23. Though Exchange rates vary almost every day, this change is marginal.
US$1.00 = 23525 Dong.
There will be plenty of options to exchange your money. The airport will be the 1st option. We always advise exchanging through authorized money exchange. For any need feel free to contact your tour leaders.
A: Yes, most retail places will accept Visa & Master cards. Before you leave home, check with your credit card company on what additional charges they may add.
A: If you are an American citizen, Currently, the US passport holders can get a 30 days single entry tourist visa only which is issued in the form of a loose-leaf visa and must be obtained before departure for Vietnam (it is known as Vietnam e visa or electronic visa).
This type of tourist visa can be applied for online by the applicants themselves or their representatives and is then issued online by the Vietnam Immigration Department.
It normally takes you 3 working days or longer to get this e-visa yourself, depending on the volume of applications submitted to the Vietnam Immigration Department.
A: Yes. In fact, proof of insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage is a requirement for participation in this workshop. There are many travel insurance companies out there. The most recommended one is – https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance
A: It is safest and best to check with your personal physician. For COVID 19, for now, there are no such guidelines, but it’s recommended if you can carry a certificate.
A: If you need high-speed internet, you can buy sim cards from the airport. Don’t rely solely on hotels. It’s advisable to get international roaming activated on your phones before you leave. So you don’t have to buy a sim card.
A: Absolutely, Vietnam is completely safe for all travelers. The only thing which everyone should take care of is their money and belongings.
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