Northwestern Vietnam Photography Tour

  • icon-date8 DAYS
  • icon-date14 Meals

An unforgettable photographic journey across an incredible variety of landscapes and cultural and heritage destinations focuses on the Northern Region. The tour starts with Hanoi street shooting and experiences the alive 36 streets, following by the magical incense village and endless tea hills in the outskirts of the capital, deep into the spectacular landscapes and rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai and Y Ty where we will be able to capture the most beauty of very north of Vietnam. This trip will surely electrify any photographer’s great delight.

Best time: from end of August till end of September (yellow rice season)

Photography Guide: Diep Van (or) Cuong Nguyen

Dear photographers,  please note that only major locations/dates are written in stone. All our photography tours are handcrafted to maximize the best image-making opportunities possible. There will be several happy surprises and great photo opportunities that happen along the journey depending on certain circumstances. Learn more: Photography tour Vietnam

Day 1: Hello Hanoi (D)

On arrival at Noi Bai (Hanoi) airport, our guide & driver will pick you up and then transfer you to the hotel to drop off luggage and get some rest. After that, we head out for a street shoot in the Hanoi Old Quarter and its 36 streets. Then make our way to Long Bien Bridge which was considered the pride, symbol of architecture in the Far East, and also one of the first bridges built by the French in Vietnam. After sunset we’ll position for high angle street scenes using tripods for twilight, motion blur action.A sumptuous Vietnamese dinner follows.

Day 2: Incense village in Hanoi – Endless tea hills In Long Coc (B, D)

After enjoying your complimentary breakfast at our hotel, we will visit a colorful incense-making village on the outskirt of the city. Return to the center for lunch before hitting the road to the stunning tea plantations of Long Coc. Photograph the almost surreal landscapes, with local workers if we prefer. The day ends beautifully at our charming Muong Village Homestay where we will have our delicious home-cook meal.

Day 3: Tea Hill in Long Coc- Rice terrace in Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D)

Capturing the spectacular sunrise over the endless tea hill. When it comes to the right season, the hills are blanketed by fog and turn into a photographer’s delight. After spending a decent amount of time here, we will make our way to the most beautiful rice terrace in the country- Mu Cang Chai which a cultivated by tribal people, including Red Dzao (Dao), Nung, Tay, and H’Mong. The next location for the shoot today is at the most spectacular rice terrace valleys. Return to our eco-hotel for dinner while enjoying the stunning view over the valley.


Day 4: Rice Scapes in Mu Cang Chai- Sapa (B)

This morning, we will head to Ba Nha and La Pan Tan rice terrace to photograph the most beautiful rice terrace spot in Vietnam. The shoot can be done with or without Black H’Mong or/ and Red Dzao people on the fields. Visit a bamboo forest before making our way to Sapa through a remarkably scenic mountain road. We will stop at some beautiful places for several outstanding landscape shoots and visit some villages along the way. The last photoshoot activity of the day will be in the iconic O Quy Ho Pass in Sa Pa.

Y Ty

Day 5: Sa Pa to terraced rice field with big tree landscape Y Ty (B, D)

After enjoying your complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we will make our way to Y Ty. We will stop in Ban Khoang, Sang Ma Sao and Den Sang villages to visit the locals and feel their warm hospitality and for a magnificent rice terrace photoshoot. Cannot miss the Dragon Waterfall in Muong Hum before getting to our homestay in Y Ty.

Day 6: Tribal villages and more of Y Ty (B, L, D)

If we make it here on Saturday, there will be a chance of visiting “Cho Phien Y Ty” which is a small hill tribe market frequented by Giay, Red Dzao, H’Mong, Tay, and Ha Nhi. After that, we will go for an adventure- hunt the most beautiful rice terraces all over Y Ty, and portray two of the most common tribal people in the region- H’Mong and Ha Nhi. Return to our homestay for a beautiful sunset view and a delicious homecooked dinner.

Day 7: Farewell Y Ty- return to Hanoi (B,D)

Breakfast will be served at the homestay before we make our way back to Hanoi. Our guide and driver will drop you off at your hotel . The rest of the day is during your free time to rest and explore the city if you wish.

Day 8: Goodbye Hanoi

Enjoy one last hearty breakfast with your travel companions, spend more time exploring the beauty of Hanoi, or get stuck in a souvenir shop before getting transferred to the Airport where your journey with us ends.

  • Photography guide in English speaking
  • All accommodation at 3 to 4* hotel and best one in remote area
  • Ground transportation (latest model mini van/bus with plenty of space)
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Plenty of bottled water
  • All entrance, zone, camera fees and setup fee
  • Local model (if has) & village donations
  • In-country flights & International airfare
  • Single supplement
  • Drinks at meals & meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal purchases….
  • Trip cancellation or medical insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Gratuities for hotel porters, drivers or local guide
  • Vietnam visa & visa stamp fee
  • Bank fees for both sides