North Vietnam is a land of various landscape and cultural difference. The terrain here varies from high mountains in the far north to flat delta further down south. While the mountainous regions are characterized by beautiful landscapes and colorful tribal groups, the flat Red River Delta is depicted by peaceful villages and lively daily lives. North Vietnam explorer is designed to offer photographers and photography lovers an expedition into this cradle of the Vietnamese civilization.

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7D6N Northern Vietnam Photo Explorer

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi streetlife
Day 3: Hanoi and the outskirt
Day 4: Lao Cai – Can Cau
Day 5: Surroudings of Sapa
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong bay
Day 7: Ha Long bay – Hanoi Departure




Day 1 . Arrival in Hanoi
Today you arrive in Hanoi, check in hotel. Late in the afternoon meet the tour leader for some briefing of the tour ahead. The group later head out for dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2. Hanoi streetlife
This morning we rise early to catch the first sunlight of Hanoi. The group depart for the lake of Returned Sword. Here in the morning, hundreds of local gather around the bank of the lake doing exercise and Tai Chi. This reflex an interesting part of Hanoians lives. Later have breakfast with Pho – the traditional noodle soup of the Hanoian.We then head out to the Temple of Literature - the biggest Confucian temple in Hanoi. Here we have a quick guided tour before we take photos of the Vietnamese girls in their traditional Ao Dai, long has been known as a custom that reveals the woman’s natural grace.The group will then have a guided tour to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum – a highlight of the city.In the afternoon we head for a village on the outskirt of Hanoi – Tho Ha. Well know as a traditional village of Vietnam, Tho Ha beckons opportunities to capture the rural life of the Vietnamese  (B/L/D)


Day 3. Hanoi and the outskirt.
This morning we depart early for Long Bien market – the largest fruit and vegetable market in the city. Here another way of life of Hanoi is shown in a dynamic and colorful way. We take photos of the local busy loading and unloading their cargos, the women carrying their stuffs on the bamboo baskets and hundreds of lorries heavily loaded with fruits try to stuff the market .We continue to go further into the Old Quarter of Hanoi where we wander through the narrow streets and take photos of this typical part of the city. We may also head into a “tunnel” – the typical way of the Old Quarter where people live in their long, narrow and dark houses.Afterwards head back to the hotel and check out. Lunch in local restaurant.In the afternoon we leave for another village out of Hanoi – Cu Da village. This one is another old village with nice architecture. Take photos of the local making and drying noodle – what the villagers are well known for.This evening after group dinner we board our overnight train to Lao Cai – 400 km North of Hanoi. (B/L/D)


Day 4. Lao Cai – Can Cau
After our breakfast, we drive to Can Cau market – one of the most beautiful mountainous markets in the northern part Vietnam. This colorful market offer great opportunities for photography. Once per week, tribal people from different groups dressed in colorful costumes and participate in the buying/selling or just simply socializing. After the market we head to Bac Ha and have lunch here. In the afternoon we reach Sa Pa – a beautiful little down located on hill top with cool weather all year round. (B/L)

Day 5. Surroudings of Sapa.
Today we go for a beautiful walk to take photos near Sapa, this 4 miles walk remains pretty exclusive to photo lovers. The walk is surrounded by beautiful scenery with terraced rice field and tribal communities.In the afternoon we set for a beautiful village,about one hour drive from Sa Pa. This village is located in the middle of mountains and stunning terraced rice field. We have our afternoon taking photos of the scenery and people working on farm. Afterwards head back to Lao Cai train station, dinner and board the train back to Hanoi. (B/L/D)

Day 6. Hanoi – Halong bay
After breakfast the group head for Ha Long bay. Here we board our beautiful private boat and sails out. In the afternoon we head for a fishing village and capture the local floating life. Afterwards the boat brings us to an island from where we hike up and capture panoramic photos of Ha Long bay in sunset.This evening after dinner the group have a photo critique with tour leader. (B/L/D)


Day 7. Ha Long bay – Hanoi
After light breakfast we head for Sung Sot cave, where we take photos of the inside - colorfully decorated with stalagmites and stalactites . Afterwards back to our main boat and have our brunch. We dock at around 11.00 am and back to Hanoi at around 4 pm. Services end. (B/Brunch)



Photographic leader and english-speaking guide(s);
Transportation as indicated in program;
Airport transfers
Private Twin-share cabin on board
Accommodation on shared basis
Meals as indicated in the program
All admission fees for places of visit


Insurance of any types;
International airfares or airport tax;
Drinks or personal expenses;
Others not clearly specified in the Inclusions




1. Accommodation A range of three star hotels are picked up as our choice for accommodation. This is based on the fact that these hotels are located near our shooting areas. 2. Meals Best restaurants in town serving Vietnamese food are picked up for our meals. 3. Physical requirements North Vietnam Explorer is a moderate pace tour. However, the trip would be fully enjoyable if you could walk with a distance of several miles per day (with photo gears on your back). 4. 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 tripodA shutter release cableMemory card readerSpider Holster