Vietnam Photo ToursViet Nam Photo Tours
Explore the heart and soul of Southeast Asia with several days of travel and practical photo workshops.
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Vietnam, which stretches more than 1650 km from north to south, has an unbelievable diversity of scenery and inhabitants: swimming market with exotic fruit in the Mekong Delta, old trade post, old remains of the last Reich capitol of Vietnam, colourful ethnical market and terraced paddy... During these 15 day we will get together with the inhabitants and enjoy their everyday life while we can enjoy the rich culture and the breath-taking scenery of each area.
The best weather this year provides in the three areas of South, Central and North Vietnam, with the added benefit of central travel harvesting and north mountain planting, providing stimulating paddy fields to the photographer's great pleasure.
Nathan Horton, who has conducted several hundred 10- to 12-day phoptographic tours throughout Asia over the last 10 years.
At the request of many, we offer a new Vietnam trip focusing mainly on Nordic tourist destinations. The area is a wonderful mixture of culture, landscapes and personalities. Photographing live on the roads of the Hanoi city, ethnical minority in the market between the splendid northeastern hill and terraced paddy fields and the impressive sea landscapes of Halong Bay.
Beginning with an excursion of old Hanoi, where you will have the opportunity to take pictures of people's busy activities at work and playing. Dinner on the streets is an important part of Hanoi and you are welcome to take pictures and try the drinks and meals on the streets.
To Hanoi we go northwards, near the China frontier to a land where scenic geographers will be in the 7th Heavens. We' ll visit an area where the mountain people's communities are home to unbelievably colorful market towns with stunning vistas between terraced rices and high mountain peaks. Lessons: This trip is aimed at developing a deeper knowledge of good travelling photographs.
He is particularly interested in promoting three facets of travelling photography: technological expertise, creativity and ethics. Nathan works with the group to help you better understanding special technological issues, to inspire you artistically and above all to set a good example. It opens the door and helps you take better images.
There will also be plenty of free space to build your post-production capabilities so you can increase the "wow factor" of your images and go home with a vantage point of the trip that everyone can be proud of. We' re visiting the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first college. It is a unique example of well-preserved Viennese architectural style.
We' ll be visiting the Hanoi railways to see the sundown and the images of the day. That is something very special for this town, as the rail road sometimes lies metres away from the front doors of the buildings and thus offers unparalleled possibilities for photography! We' ll hike along the train line and take some of the most wonderful photos in the town.
At the end of our night we will have a look at the Dong Xuan Market, where you can see the salesmen and salesmen in operation and have a lot of photo possibilities. We will be back to Hoan Kiem See, where we will have the opportunity to take pictures of the locals who start their bustling days with tanji, aerobic and all kinds of adrenaline.
Thirty o'clock, we'll be back at the motel for breakfasts and then we' ll be out. We continue to Huu Tiep Lake, better known as'B-52 Lake', where US B-52 bomb wrecks represent an interesting photo opportunity and take some refreshments for the remainder of the journey to the peak.
3rd day: Once we have had our breakfasts, we go to Can Cau Mark. The Can Cau fair will be populated by various nationalities. On Saturday mornings, ethnical minority groups come to the square to sell all their produce such as buffaloes, horses, pigs, chickens, textiles, groceries... from the nearby hills.
Some of the most common strains coming onto the markets are the Flower H'mong, Tay and Dzao in their colourful customs. We return to the Bac Ha to have some relaxing and walking times after that. At 12.00 a.m. we go to the town of Ban Pho for evening pictures of the everyday lives of the indigenous H'mong who work on their paddy paddies.
Today, after our breakfasts, we will stay a few hour at the Bac Ha Sunday fair before leaving for Xin Man. We' ll see the culture between Bac Ha and Xin Man. There will be many opportunities to see and take photos of locals and nice scenery in the village.
Pan HouToday we drive to Hoang Su Phi, along the way we see the neighbouring towns with views of terraced rices created centuries ago by ethnical groups such as La Chi, Dao and Nung. Eventually we will stop in the town of Pan Hou in the municipality of Thong Nguyen, where we will stay overnight.
The Quan BaBreakfast takes place in the town of Pan Hou. When we have the chance, we will go to the Dzao tribes' enclosed towns with their terraced rices to take pictures with the locals. Spend a few hrs on foot to the cottages and take pictures of the locals in their cottages.
After that we go on to Quan Ba Town. We' ll stop for a delicious meal in Ha Giang. Continuing our trip to Quan Ba, we stop at many places on the way for images of terraced rices and the towns along the way. We' ll be checking into a Dzao guest house in the town of Nam Dam and you'll spend some quality relaxation after a long trip.
At 00 o'clock we get together again and your afternoons start with one hours walk to discover the towns around Quan Ba. Visiting the Zao Ao Dai Zao (Zao with a long dress), who in their most authentic way are living in a lovely town at the bottom of the Quan Ba Mountains.
We' ll also head to the Heavens Gate lookout, get prepared for sunsets and experience the panoramic view of the Tam Son River basin, which opens out far below verdant paddy paddies and colourful floral gardens, especially the Twin Hills, which lie wonderfully in the midst of a huge and bricked up limestone hill.
Accommodation at Dao Lodge in Quan Ba Town. The guesthouse is small, so 2 persons are sharing one room. We' re on our way to Dong Van after having our breakfasts. We drive through Yen Minh and enjoy the breath-taking landscape of the terrace field, which is probably one of the most wonderful in Vietnam.
Prepare your cameras to catch gorgeous and scenic scenery on the road and see some of the regional highlights: This is the old city, which Pho Bang constructed with mud walls, Yin & Yang covered buildings hundreds of years ago; Sung Muoi community with Hmong tribes typically & traditionally living and historic relicts of Vuong Palace to find out about the past, when the Vuong familiy reigned over the area and controlled the produce and trade of epium before we travel about 20km to Dong Van city to register at the motel.
Have a few hours' relaxation before we begin our hike this afternoons. At 00 o'clock our tour leader takes you on a 2 to 3 hike on a secluded street to a H'mong hamlet near by for the sundowns. You can spend the remainder of the night at your own disposal in Dong Van Town or have the best cup of coffe in an old café here or in an open-air café or just relax in a pub near the old town.
In the mornings after breakfasts, head to Lung Cu to see the Lo Lo Lo Lo strain and the stunning views on the way to Lung Cu, where the Chinese frontier lies. We will return to Dong Van for dinner after a stroll and a short stop at Lung Cu.
The afternoons we go to another near hamlet for a brief hike and images of the locals or a brief hike to a small picturesque fair. Stage 9: Cao BangAfter having your breakfasts, say good-bye to Dong Van. The Ma Pi Leng Mountain Passport is regarded as a singular scenic and geomorphological legacy; the summit is one of the most attractive vantage points to admire the panorama of Vietnam, the "king" of the Vietnam panorama or the Great Wall of Vietnam or the pyramid of the Meo.
Beside the street is the precipice, including the Nho Que River, one of Vietnam's most spectacular tektonic canyons. Passing the city of Meo Vac, we head to a small Lolo tribal community in their cultural community, an ethnical group of only 4,700 inhabitants near the city.
Hanoi Wake up early and eat your breakfasts at the motel. We return to Hanoi after having lunch and stop to take photos of the locals. We will drive to Ha Long Bay, one of the most impressive UNESCO sites and the biggest marina in the whole wide area.
Have a welcome beverage, tour guide & launch of the trip. An exuberant luncheon is provided as we drive to the pristine Ha Longay, with its thousand exceptionally formed lime stone isles, regarded by the Vietnamese as heaven on Earth. Mê Cung Cave - one of the most gorgeous caverns in Ha Longay, and ascend to see the panorama of the cove from above.
Afterwards, you' ll head to the Pearl Farm to see how Pearl is grown in Ha Longay. Begin your days with sunrises on the yacht decks before you enjoy your breakfasts in the open sea and the tranquil beauties of the coves. Then you can go for a swim in the green waters of Ti Tov or trek to the top of the peninsula to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the cove.
It starts and ends in Hanoi. Remaining amount (75%) is due 60 nights before departure.