North Vietnam Photographic Tour 17days
Southeast Asia’s “skinniest country”; Northern Vietnam, stretches roughly 1,000 miles from West to East . With its amazing diversity and rich cultural history, Vietnam offers the adventurous traveler a unique opportunity to experience and photograph an exciting mix of landscapes, people, places, philosophies, cuisines, crafts, and religions
On arrival in Hanoi, we will board our vans and commence our journey to Nghai Lo where we will begin to witness the spectacular mountainous scenery of North-West Vietnam. This is where the density of ethnic minority people walking along the road or attending their fields begins to increase. Overnight in Nghia Lo.
We will arise early to explore the township of Nghia Lo as the locals commence their daily activities as well as the local markets. After breakfast we commence our trip to Than Uyen with numerous stops along the way to photograph the local minority people and the golden coloured terraced rice fields.
We will arise early to photograph the town of Than Uyen as it awakes. After breakfast we commence our journey to Sa Pa stopping to visit a Lu minority village and Black Dao minority village. After lunch we will visit a tea plantation before commencing our drive up Tram Ton pass, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. On arrival in Sa Pa we will check into the hotel.
After an intensive start to the tour, you will have a free day to explore the township of Sa Pa, a town that offers numerous photographic opportunities as well as great cafés and bars to relax. For those who are really energetic, climb Ham Rong Mountain (Botanical Gardens) to photograph Sa Pa in the early morning light. At the top of the mountain you can discover and photograph unique rock formations discovered in 1925.
Today we will trek down the mountain to Ta Van village. Along the way we will photograph the magnificent terraced rice fields and local minority people going about their day-to-day activities. After an enjoyable picnic lunch, we will continue our trek, walking through a number of minority villages and getting up close to the terraced rice fields. We will photograph the sunset over the terraced rice fields at our leisure. Tonight our accommodation will be a home stay in Ta Van village.
This morning we will arise early to commence our 3 hour journey to Lung Khau Nhin Market which is one of the most untouched markets in North Vietnam. Here we will observe and photograph Nung, Flower H’Mong, Black Dao and Dzay minority people buying and selling their local produce. After spending the morning casually strolling around and photographing the markets, we make our way to Bac Ha, where we will visit a Flower H’Mong Village.
We will arise early to commence our long journey to Ha Giang, through stunning countryside with valleys and mountains opening up on all sides and then along the remote Chay River Valley. During the trip, we may see Flower H’Mong, Nung, Co Lao, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi Pa Then and White H’Mong minority people going about their daily lives. Stops will be provided along the way for photography. Overnight in Ha Giang.
Today we will experience a spectacular day of driving through amazing mountainous landscapes nestled up against the border with China. About 50km’s out of Ha Giang, the road zigzags its way up the amazing Quan Ba Pass eventually providing a spectacular view over Quan Ba town and the surrounding countryside. Opportunities to take photographs will be provided along the way. We end our day’s journey at Dong Van, an isolated town atop a small hill. Dong Van is very beautiful with mountains, forests, hidden grottoes and multi-coloured orchid forests.
We arise early to visit and photograph Dong Van market. After a late breakfast we commence our journey down Ma Pi Leng pass, providing us with what is regarded as the most stunning scenery in North Vietnam. We eventually descend into a beautiful valley that encloses Meo Vac where we will visit the local market before having lunch. Overnight in Meo Vac.
We arise early to visit and photograph Meo Vac as the town awakens. After breakfast we will enjoy a relaxing drive back to Ha Giang via Yen Minh and Quan Ba. Numerous stops will be provided along the way to photograph the mountainous landscape, the local minority people and the remote towns.
This morning we arise early to visit the local fresh produce markets. After breakfast we commence our long journey to Cao Bang. Stops will be provided along the way to photograph villages and local scenery.
This morning we will make our way to the beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Chinese border. The picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53m high and has an impressive span of 300m. The drive there and back also offers unique landscapes with limestone karst formations soaring from the rice paddies of the surrounding farms of local ethnic minorities. We will stop on our return trip to photograph waterwheels, which are only found in this part of Vietnam. Overnight in Cao Bang.
We will arise early to photograph Cao Bang as it awakes. After breakfast we will commence our long journey to Ha Long City stopping for lunch and a well earned break at Lang Son. After eating at a local restaurant we will continue our journey to Ha Long City where we will check into our hotel before re-joining for dinner. Photographic stops will be provided as opportunities present themselves.
We will arise early to visit and photograph the local fish market. After breakfast, we will board the boat and commence our full day cruise of Ha Long Bay. We will visit Surprising Cave and photograph the bay, floating villages and fish farms. In the afternoon, we will climb up to the peak of Ti Top Island for a panoramic view of Ha Long bay. We will then make our way to Cat Ba where we will check into our hotel. You are then free to explore Cat Ba Island and photograph the sunset over the harbour. For those more adventurous types, you can arrange a boat to take you around the harbour at your own expense.
We will arise early to photograph the sunrise over Cat Ba harbour. After breakfast, we board our boat and casually make our way back to Ha Long City where our buses will be waiting for us. We then commence our journey to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
We will arise early to go to Hoan Kiem Lake where we will be able to photograph early risers meditating, doing tai chi, exercising and playing badminton. After breakfast we will go on a two hour walking tour of the old quarter, photographing the shops, street life and people going about their day-to-day activities. We then check out of our hotel and continue to explore Hanoi by bus whilst we make our way to our lunch venue. After lunch we will transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your flight.
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