A thought of Vietnam, you probably think of the rice fields, as that is what Vietnam is famous for, with people bending down working on their crop. You may also think of fishermen by the sea,together pulling the net at dawn. At some other points, you may think of the ethnic minorities in their colorful costumes and their simple way of life. The beauty is added by the image of the local womenin their traditional conical hats picking up tea leaves on vast tea plantation, where the green color is filled up, just as far as ones eyes can see...


Tour code:
OM/VN/PH/001
Country:
Vietnam
City:
Hanoi
Holiday Types:
Photography holidays
Duration:
6D5N

 

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6D5N Unseen Vietnam
Overview

Day 1. Hanoi arrival

Day 2. Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Mai Chau

Day 3. Mai Chau – Son La

Day 4. Son La – Thanh Hoa

Day 5. Thanh Hoa

Day 6. Thanh Hoa – Ninh Binh – Ha Noi

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1. Hanoi arrival (D)

Today, you arrive at the city of Hanoi. Have some time relaxing before meeting your photographic leader for a tour orientation with all members of the trip. Following by a welcome dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant in town.

 

Day 2. Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Mai Chau (B / L / D)

After breakfast, we check out of hotel and start our journey with a 2.5 hours drive from Hanoi to a mountainous area  located  to the South West of Hanoi, where we have a glimps of ethnic people’s life. Leave the main road ( National Road No6), we will drive our way up to a hill top, which offers great panorama of the mountainous surrounding, then down to the valley to visit a village of the ethnic Muong people. We will see and learn about their culture and everyday life. Lunch today is in the house of the villages chief. Late in the afternoon, we drive further to Mai Chau – a beautiful valley surrounded by high mountains. We stay overnight in a house-on-stilts of a family from the Thai group with excellent cuisine and hospitality.

 

Day 3. Mai Chau – Son La (B / L / D)

This morning after breakfast, we head for another village of the ethnic Flower Hmong. The Hmong people first came and setled down in Vietnam since 17th century. They are now the second largest ethnic minority among the total of 54 peoples of Vietnam. Here we have a chance to learn and record the daily life of the friendly H’mong, who proudly show a part of their culture via traditional colourful clothes. Hmong people are well-known for retaining their authentic way of living and working. After our time shooting in the village, we continue our drive to Son La. Checking in our hotel and lunch here, we take a full rest and meet up again as the light starts to be sweet for our photographic purpose. This afternoon, we take photo of the local, mostly in the famous and familiar conical hats, working to pick up the green tea leaves on one of Vietnams largest tea plantation. We spend our afternoon here till the sweet sunset.

 

Day 4. Son La – Thanh Hoa (B / L / D)

This morning we rise early to grap our last change of capturing the local people harvesting tea leaves. After breakfast and checking out, we start our drive down along the Ma river to get to Thanh Hoa, a place of golden rice fields and authentic fishing communities. On the way, we stop at bamboo chopstick making factories or at golden rice field to meet and take photos of friendly and happy farmers who are busy harvesting their crop but always love to see themselves in our camera screens. We will arrive late in the afternoon today (around 7.00). Check in our hotel by a deserted beach. Dinner at a local restaurant with sea food.

 

Day 5. Thanh Hoa (B / - / D)

This morning we rise early to capture the local fisherman working on the beach. Here, before the sun even rises, hundreads of local would gather around the beach pulling the fishing net. What they catch is right on sold on the beach to traders, forming a little chaotic market on site. This moment is really photogenic as it offers many opportunities for us to take photos while playing with the early sunrise’s light. The later part of the day is free for relaxing by the beach. However, if conditions allow, we will head for a salt field nearby and capture the local people using sea water to make salt on a vast field.

 

Day 6. Thanh Hoa – Ninh Binh – Ha Noi (B / L / D)

Early morning if the weather is convenient, we could look for more photo opportunites on our own by the beach. We then head for Ninh Binh – a region whose terrain is characterised by Karst formations jutting out of the water. We shall take sampan through flooded rice fields to the dramatic limestone cliffs that are home to the largest population of one of Vietnam’s most endangered primates, Delacour’s Langur. Leaving this Nature Reserve Area, we continue our 3 hours drive back to Hanoi. Farewell dinner is warmly held at a local restaurant, where we get to share photos that we have taken during the trip. Overnight in Hanoi. Services end.


Includes

 

Photographic leader

English speaking guide

Transportation as indicated in program (private van)

Water on van

Accommodation from day 1 to day 6 (Check-in time is 14:00, check-out time is 12:00)

Meals as indicated in the program: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;

All admission fees for places of visit

Sampan boat trip in Ninh Binh

 

Notes:

 

1. Accommodation

A part of this trip takes you to the mountainous regions of Vietnam where infrastructure is less developed, accommodation here would either be in local homestay (clean, quiet with western shower and toilets) or in simple town guest house (motel alike). However, accommodation in Hanoi (the capital) and Thanh Hoa (the costal region) are of 3 star level.

 

2. Meals

In Hanoi and Hoa Binh, our meals are great with local Vietnamese food. However, food at Son La and Thanh Hoa are are of more simple level, here we arrange food with priority set for hygine.

 

3. Physical requirements

The trip is of easy pace and there is no special endurance required.

 

4. Accessibility to medical centers

None of the places we travel is over 2 hours from a big hospital in town. Town clinics are always available in case simple medical care is needed.

 

5. Photographic gears

Momentlives suggest you to carry these equipment along:

 

• A DSLR camera body. Best to have two bodies in case one goes malfunction.

• Two lens: A wide one (such as Canon 17 - 40 mm or 16 - 35 mm) and a tele one (like the 70 - 200 mm). Lens should have UV filter.

• A light traveling tripod

• A shutter release cable

• Memory card reader

• Spider Holster

Of course it is ideal to bring along a small laptop or Ipad to keep photos you shoot daily. Kindly remember in this part of Vietnam, finding a replacement for your camera gears is out of the question.

 


Excludes

Air fares of any kind  except mentioned in the inclusions 

Services not mentioned above

Extra charges, personal expenses

Surcharge for peak/festival season if any (upon booking)

Optional tours/meals/transfers if any, drinks excluded

Travel insurance, visa fees


Departure

Daily

Note