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I am excited to share with you one more trip I have planned for this year – a photographer's tour of Vietnam with my dear friend and colleague Stewart Halperin.

This amazing trip, originally scheduled for 2020 and then postponed by the pandemic, is now running in October of this year with our incredible tour partners in Vietnam.

Our 12-day adventure that starts in Hanoi on the 8th of October and ends when we fly out of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the 19th or 20th of October.

The trip involves incredible lodging with almost every meal and drinks included - In addition two internal flights within Vietnam are also included.

We have two of the best guides on the Vietnam side - and I will say they are just about the best photographers themselves that I have worked with on trips!

See the trip plan below and the list of inclusions. The trip is limited to 10 guests.


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Vietnam 2022 Trip Itinerary

Day 1. Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi!


Momentlives arrange airport transfer for the group.

Overnight in Solaria Hanoi (4*).

Note: Meals can be arranged, subject to group’s arrival time.
 

Day 2. Hanoi Street photograph (B/L/D)

This morning, explore Hanoi with our cameras. The goal is to capture life in the Old Quarter – the oldest, historic part of the city. With numerous street cafes, sidewalk food stalls, chaotic traffic and much more!

In the afternoon, walk the bank of the West Lake, capture the century-old Tran Quoc pagoda and the activities around the lake’s bank. Finish the day with a drink by the train street.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Solaria Hanoi.

 

Day 3. Ban Yen Nhan Soya Village – Incense village of Quang Phu Cau (B/L/D)

After breakfast, travel to Ban village – one with a century history of making a unique Vietnamese soya sauce.

Unlike the black soya sauce that you might be familiar with, this is a mix of soya bean and sticky rice. The mixture stays in water for months before the sauce is ready to be on the table. This sauce goes well with lots of Vietnamese cuisines.

From the photography point, the lines of jars each contain the mixture, creates a unique texture for our photos.

After lunch, we leave for the incense village. Unique scenes are in front of your lense: Bundles and bundles of incense sticks are drying in the sun. From here, the incense sticks travel to different part of Vietnam and Southeast Asia and find themselves on altars of families, or temples.

Later in the afternoon, we return to Hanoi. 

Dinner and overnight in Solaria Hanoi.

 

Day 4. Hanoi early risers. Hanoi – Tu Le (B/L/D)

Distance: 259km. Drive duration: 5.5 hour.

Early morning, we capture the 02 largest markets in Hanoi: The Long Bien maket, which sells fruits and vegetables. The Flower market, which supplies flowers from nearby farms into the city.

After breakfast and check out, we travel to the mountains of northern Vietnam.

Our destination is Tu Le – one of the rice hubs in northern Vietnam. Here, cascading rice fields stretch from mountainsides, patching valleys. A masterpiece of human over generations is right in front of your lens.

We check in the Le Champ – a charming mountain resort. In the afternoon, we photograph the valley of Tu Le, taking advantage of the sweet light.

Dinner and overnight at Le Champ.

 

Day 5. Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai (B/L/D)

Walk the incredible La Pan Tan valley, a hidden gem when it comes to rice terrace scenery.

Our lunch today is in a home of the Thai minority.

Dinner & overnight in the Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge.

 

Day 6. Mu Cang Chai – Tan Uyen – Sa Pa (B/L/D)

This morning, have our early morning walk around the rice fields around the lodge. We take advantage of the sweet morning light to capture some photos from different angles.

After breakfast, we leave for Tan Uyen. This is home to one of the largest tea plantations in Vietnam.

After breakfast, we travel further to Mu Cang Chai.

The areas of Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai offer some of the most stunning scenes when it comes to rice terraces. Our whole day today is for touring in Mu Cang Chai. Here, we check out some of the iconic beauty the region has to offer. Also, Tea plantations are great places for photography. Those taken in Vietnam, however, stand out with the iconic conical hats of the Vietnamese along the tea lines.

Our afternoon is at the tea plantation, shooting the subjects until later afternoon.

Then we drive to Sa Pa for dinner & an overnight stay.

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Day 7. Sa Pa – Ha Noi. Flight Hanoi – Nha Trang (B/L/D)

A day on the road. Later on, after breakfast our van takes us back to Hanoi. Our lunch is at the airport area.

We then board our afternoon flight to Nha Trang, leaving at around 2.30pm.

Check in our hotel in Nha Trang at around 6.00pm.

Dinner and overnight in Nha Trang. 

 

Day 8. Nha Trang fishing life (B/L/D)

This morning, enjoy your photography session with Stewart and Jeff. We go through the photos we have taken over the days. Pick the best of your shots and see how you could improve it.

Later on we have lunch.

After lunch, we head for Hon Ro, a harbor in the Nha Trang area. Here, expect to see the photogenic scene of fishermen fixing their net.

Around 6.00pm, we drive for 1 hour to get to Hon Khoi, check in our accommodation and have dinner.

Overnight in GM Doc Let beach resort. 

 

Day 9. Van Gia fishing village. Hon Khoi Salt field photography (B/L/D)

Before the dawn, we depart for Van Gia fishing village. Expect to capture the early morning fishing activities of the locals. Later on, head back to the hotel for resting.

After lunch, we head for Hon Khoi salt fields – among the most famous spots in

Vietnam for shooting salt field scene.

After lunch, our whole afternoon is spent capturing scenes of people working in the salt field.

Dinner and overnight in GM Doc Let beach resort.

Note: Salt making is a very weather-dependent photography subject.

 

Day 10. Nha Trang - Saigon (B/L/D)

This morning, after breakfast, we check out the hotel and leave for our flight to Saigon – the largest city of Vietnam with its rich contemporary history.

Flight VN7341 11:10-12:20.

After lunch, we tour the city of Saigon, check out the historical landmarks including the Presidential Palace – headquarter of the South Vietnam regime back in the 60s-70s.

Also we make a stop at the Post Office – built by the French during the colonial time.

Dinner and overnight in Saigon. 

 

Day 11. Saigon – Cu Chi (B/L/D)

During the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong built a system of underground tunnels at the gate of Saigon, where they carried out their guerrilla warfare. The incredible thing was that this tunnel system reached a length of some 250km, hosting inside hospitals, schools, weapon storage, bunkers. All what you can or cannot imagine. This tunnel system is located in Cu Chi district, some 2-hour drive to the North West of Saigon.

Upon arrival, we have an 1-hour walking tour in a bush. Along the walk, look for the camouflaged entrances of the tunnels, see the old traps, the bomb craters and the some weapons collected in the area.

Later on, enjoy our lunch in a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel.

Tonight is our farewell dinner. Overnight in Saigon. 

 

Day 12. Departing Saigon (B)

Today is the last day of the package and you might stay further in Saigon for your own travel or depart for home. Airport transfer is included in the package. 

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Trip amenities:

  • English speaking tour guide/photographer throughout the trip

  • Transportations in air-conditioning vehicles

  • Water/soft drink during drives

  • All entrance fees as per itinerary

  • 4-star accommodations when possible. Exception is Day 5 (2-star equivalent). Accommodation details are in “Accommodation” section beneath.

  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

  • 1 drink (water/soft drink/beer for lunch and dinner)

  • Flight Hanoi – Nha Trang, flight Nha Trang - Saigon

 

The fee for a double share room will be $5100.00

The fee for a single room would be $5750.00

A deposit of $1000.00 for a double share is due at sign up

A deposit of $1750.00 for a single room is due at sign up

Because there is not a lot of time before the trip final payments are due on the 28th of August. (Deposits are refundable until then.)

To reserve your place, please contact Stewart Halperin via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (314) 277-1376‬.

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