Vietnam 2019 exploratory trip

Exploratory photo tour from South to North Vietnam

Date and Price

Dates: September 9-21

Cost: 3540 USD

Trip Leader: Gavriel Jecan,  Trip limited to 6 participants

 Vietnam do to its differences between the South and the North provides a unique opportunity for a travel photographer to experience an exciting mix of ethnic culture, places, landscapes, religions, markets, and cuisines. Our tour will start in Ho Chi Minh city formally known as Saigon in the south and will end up in Ha Noi in the North after an amazing view to the karst mountain landscape covered in rice terraces of Sapa and Mu Chang Chai.

Day 1 – Sept 9nd-Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh city, you’ll be meet and transferred to the hotel. Evening “Meet & Greet” of fellow photographers. Dinner following.

 Day 2 – Sept 10th– Mekong Delta – Mekong River is the largest river in Vietnam with 9 main branches that form the Mekong delta, (the Vietnamese called the Nine Dragons delta) and drains in to Pacific Ocean. Early morning departure for the Floating Market (Cai Rang Floating Market), via boat and photograph hundreds of locals and their “floating” (row boat) trading stalls, full of local products like fruits, flowers, rice bread etc.   Floating markets are an indispensable element of agricultural trade. Not only are their rowing boats selling good, but also photogenic stilted houses hanging over the water shores. Meals: BLD

Day 3  – Sept 11th– Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang –Today we’ll fly to Da Nang. Upon arrival at the airport in Da Nang, we’re driven via private van to our hotel for check-in. along the way we will photograph the unique basket-round boats along the sea shore. Hoi An (small town in central Vietnam, on the coast of South China Sea; one of the best-preserved historical cities in SE Asia) was declared a UNESCO world heritage site.  This is due to its history and mixture of old streets, bordered with ancient houses, pagodas, temples, and ancient tombs.  Accommodation: Hoi An, Hoi An Hotel. BLD

Day 4  – Sept 12thHoi An –Today we further explore this small city, which seems to be frozen in time, as it was inhabited by feudal lords, queens and kings.  The best way to photograph Hoi An is to wander the back alleys, getting both lost and surprised by local lifestyles. Accommodation: Hoi An, Hoi An Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 5  – Sept 13th– Hoi An –Today’s early morning exploration with our cameras will take us to the Central Market along the Thu Bon River.  Afterwards, we return to our hotel to enjoy a traditional breakfast.  After a brief break, we’ll continue our photo journey to Quan Cong Temple complex. This small quiet village is a photographer’s paradise. There are unending photo opportunities of charming architecture, friendly people ambling along the narrow streets or local riverbanks. Sometime, either before/after dinner, we’ll photograph the Japanese covered bridge which is ornately decorated with exterior lights. The bridge was built by the Japanese families in 16thcentury and is in use, even today.Accommodation: Hoi An, Hoi An Hotel. Meals: BLD.

 Day 6  – Sept 14th– Hoi An to Da Nang – Hanoi –After checking out of the hotel in Hoi An we drive to Da Nang for our flight to Hanoi. Up on arriving in Hanoi, will meet our local guide and transfer to the Hotel. If we have the time will have a n evening photo session through the streets of Old Hanoi quarter. Accommodation: Hanoi. Meals: BLD.

Day 7 – Sept 15th – Hanoi to Mu Chang Chai – Eco Lodge –Will depart this morning from the Hanoi old quarter, driving approximately 2 hours to Duong Lam.  This is an ancient village which has been recognized as a cultural and historical site by UNESCO since 2006. A majority of the houses in this village date back 100 – 400 years. We’ll explore and photograph the village before lunch.  Following our meal, we continue our journey through the rural countryside, slowly moving from the lowlands to the higher mountains covered in tea and rice terraces carved in by the ethnic groups for hundreds of years. Eventually will reach our destination, check-in and if time allows, we’ll go for an evening shoot before dinner. Accommodation: Mu Chang Chai – Eco Lodge. Meals: BLD.

Day 8  – Sept 16th– Mu Chang Chai –Mu Chang Chai rice terraces have been recognized as one of the unique landscapes in Vietnam.  They are maintained by the Hmong ethnic group who have developed a unique way of retaining water on these steep mountain slopes.

Accommodation: Mu Chang Chai – Eco Lodge. Meals: BLD. 

 Day 9  – Sept 17th-Mu Chiang Chai – Sapa Bamboo Hotel -Sapa is a small mountain town in Lao Cai province of Northern Vietnam, nestled up in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range with the Fan Si pan Peak across the valley in the Hoang Lien NP, (Fan Si Pan is the Highest peak in Vietnam 3143m/apprx 10,000+ ft. ) Sapa is  home to different ethnic  groups , including the Hmong Dao, Giay, Tay and Xa Pho peoples. Sapa Bamboo Hotel.Meals: BLD.

Day 10 –Sept.18th– Sapa –today will visit the Ta Phin village populated by the Red Dzao ethnic group. In the afternoon photograph the rice terraces from differing viewpoints. Sapa Bamboo Hotel.Meals: BLD.

Day 11 – Sept 19th– Sapa, – Hanoi – Early morning photo shoot of the local market, then back to our hotel for breakfast.  Following, we start our drive towards Ha Noi, with frequent stops to photograph the dramatic landscape and villages.  On arrival will check in our hotel and prepare for our meal. Accommodation: Hanoi. Meals: BLD.

Day 12 – Sept 20th– Hanoi – Early morning photo visit at the wholesale fruit and vegetable market.  Then we walk back to our hotel for breakfast along the narrow streets photographing. After breakfast will drive to a small town outside of Hanoi to photograph the Basket makers and the incense making village. Lunch is local, then return to Hanoi for an evening shoot in the old district of the city. Accommodation: Hanoi. Meals: BLD.

Day 13 – Sept 21st– Hanoi, Breakfast and prepare for our departure home.

Cost Includes:

  • Two in-country flights
  • All nights accommodation
  • All ground transportation
  • Boat trips
  • All meals ( BLD )
  • Entrance fee
  • English speaking guide
    • In each location we’ll do our best to get you in the right place at the right time of the day to achieve the best photos
    • Instructions in the field when we photograph
    • mid tour image review and Feedback session around the table on your laptop


  • Local guide tip
  • Driver tip
  • Drinks ( except drinking water )
  • Internet
  • Personal expenses
  • Landry
  • At meet and greet in Yangon will ask you to sign up a Release and Assumption of Risk Form
  • Trip limited to 6 participantsCost: $3540/per person USD/Double occupancySingle supplement, extra $460 per personNote: We will make every effort to connect you with a roommate if you’ll like to share a room with, However, if we’re unable to find a roommate for you, a single supplement will apply. Immediate Deposit of $800 with registration to insure you have a reserved place on our tour


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