- Duration: 11 Days
- Location: Vietnam
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Vietnam Photography in 11 Days: A spectacular photo workshop tour of Vietnam, lead by internationally renowned photographer, Gunther Deichmann. Improve your photographic skills with expert guidance every step of the way. A specialist at working with light and creating dramatic photos, Gunther is a multi-award winning photographer and will pass on his professional expertise through practical, hands-on direction
What you experience
A spectacular photo workshop tour of Vietnam, lead by internationally renowned photographer, Gunther Deichmann. Improve your photographic skills with expert guidance every step of the way. A specialist at working with light and creating dramatic photos, Gunther is a multi-award winning photographer and will pass on his professional expertise through practical, hands-on direction. This tour of Vietnam begins with a relaxing afternoon at your leisure in Hanoi before waking the following day and embarking on a street food tour of the city. Peruse bustling markets and sample local delights as you wonder the charming Old Quarter. Then board the train for an overnight journey to Lao Cai, where a transfer then takes you to the hilltop town of Sapa.
Spend the afternoon admiring and photographing the views of Fanispan and the terraced rice fields to Sin Chai Valley. Then pass thick rain forest covered mountains and several waterfalls as you continue your tour of Vietnam before arriving to Ban Khoang, a village of the Red Zao community. Explore the local community and walk between the nearby villages. Then it’s off to Bac Ha to visit one of the largest weekday markets in the area. Local people including Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay come to buy and trade all types of goods. Dine in a local restaurant, then take a leisurely walk through the village of the Tay ethnic people who live in houses on stilts in the Chay River.
Travel to Halong Bay, passing rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observing everyday life of Vietnamese villagers. Arrive at the pier of your boat and check in for the overnight journey into Halong Bay. Admire the spectacular limestone karst formations as you cruise among the myriad of outcrops. From Halong we make our way to Hoi An, then Hue via Danang where we board a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Marvel at the stunning architecture, learn about its fascinating history and absorb the city’s culture. A final full day in Cai Be culminates in a cruise of its floating market to end your photography workshop tour of Vietnam.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN HANOI
Upon arrival, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel (approximately 45 minutes). Check in time is 14:00 PM. Remainder of the day is free at leisure. Overnight hotel stay in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HALF DAY STREET FOOD – OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI (B/-/D)
Take a walking tour through Hanoi, visiting the Old Quarter and passing the Old East Gate to Thanh Ha Market. This busy, eclectic market is alive with the sights and sounds of Hanoi and is the essence of Vietnamese culture. At the end of the tour, stop at one of the Old Quarter’s busiest (yet smallest) coffee shops for a well-earned sit down and coffee before transferring back to your hotel. Overnight stay on board the train.
DAY 3: LAO CAI – SAPA (B/L/-)
By car we transfer to Sapa, admire sweeping views of Fanispan and the terraced rice fields to Sin Chai valley, an area known for its flower and vegetable farms. Follow the road through thick rain forest and forest clad mountains. Enjoy lunch before walking along a village path to see glimpses of daily life. Overnight stay in Sapa.
DAY 4: BAC HA MARKET – OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L/D)
Head to Bac Ha for an opportunity to see one of the largest weekday markets in the area. Here local people including Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay come to buy and trade everything from clothing to cattle. After lunch in a local restaurant take an hour leisure walk to explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic people who live in large stilt houses and have maintained their traditional way of life. Overnight stay on board the train.
DAY 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to observe the engaging lives of Vietnamese locals. Arrive in the late morning at Halong Bay where you check-in to your boat for the overnight cruise. Cruise by rock formations with such names as Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot). Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner.
Overnight on board the boat in Halong Bay.
DAY 6: HALONG BAY – HANOI – DA NANG/ HOI AN (B/L/-)
Return to the pier in Halong Bay and head back to Hanoi with a stop for lunch and visit to Thanh Chuong Palace, the home and studio of one of the most celebrated painters in Vietnam. The rooms are a living space as opposed to museum, regardless of whether history and art are your prime interests, a visit here will not fail to impress.
Overnight stay in Hoi An.
DAY 7: HOI AN (B/-/-)
Cruise along the Thu Bon River by boat, passing coconut palm plantations as the sun steadily rises. Take a short ride in a traditional basket boat en route to experience a truly local mode of transport. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre of Hoi An and visit the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge and colourful markets.
Overnight stay in Hoi An.
DAY 8: HOI AN/ DANANG – HUE (B/-/-)
After breakfast we drive to Hue via Danang. Driving over the Pass of Ocean Clouds, we enter the photogenic fishing town of Lang Co. Enjoy lunch then it’s time to head off to the Mausoleum of Tuc Duc. Continue to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.
Overnight stay in Hue.
DAY 9: HUE – HO CHI MINH (B/-/-)
A 2.5 hour walking tour allows the chance to compare the architecture and landmarks of old and new Ho Chi Minh City. Visit famed names such as the historic Opera House, Cathedral of Notre Dame and rare Muslim Mosque. Then cross the river to District Two where we see downtown Saigon and the chance to ride classic Vespas. End the day at the Bitexo Tower, head to the 56th floor for unhindered 360 degree views. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 10: FULL DAY AUTHENTIC MEKONG (B/L/-)
We head to the delta town of Cai Be with an optional stop at Cao Dai Temple. Cruise Cai Be Floating Market by boat to see local traders at work. After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area.
Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight or connecting flight for the Cambodia workshop.
What are included ?
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
- Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
- English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
- All admission fee at attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
- Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
- Visa On Arrival Letter procedure fee if request
What are not included ?
- Vietnam visa stamping fee at airport airport ($25 plus passport photo required) (Visa is compulsory and must be arranged in advance)
- International flights to/from Vietnam
- Airfare: HANOI-DA NANG / HUE-HO CHI MINH
- Other flights NOT mentioned in the inclusive above
- Any other meals not mentioned above
- Any kind of drinks