September 28-7- October 12, 2019 (6 Participants Max, 3 spaces available)
January 18-Feb 1, 2020 (5 Participants Max) (SOLD OUT)
Vietnam is one of the most friendly places you will ever experience in the world. Along with the friendly nature of the people is an amazing culture of street food. This is where we will find our interactions with every day people and photos to go with it. There will be lots of markets and street vendors to photograph along with temples, relics and an amazing landscape. Expect interactions with people every day of this trip and expect to take lots of photos.
not only have a great travel experience but also a great photo experience too. Please note that the January 2019 & 2020 sessions will run during the Lunar New Year (aka TET in Vietnam). We will be in the World Heritage site of Hoi An to bring in the New Year and capture the celebrations!
$3,200 (double occupancy) / $3,850 (single occupancy)Includes all hotel accommodations and local transportation. (5 Participants Maximum). To begin registration please click here: register now!
Transportation. You will be responsible for all international transportation requirements. This photo tour will begin in Hanoi (exact hotel and meeting location will be provided after registration) and end in Hanoi. Once the photo tour begins, all internal transportation costs are included in the registration fee including flights & airport transfers. We will be using private vehicles and walking within city limits when possible. When moving between cities we will use private cars to get from city to city. We will begin our trip with a meet and greet on Day 1 in Hanoi and end in Central Vietnam. You will be flown back to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (your choice) so that you may catch your departure. If you need to lengthen or shorten your stay please let me know.
Accommodations. You will be staying in local hotels with a 3-4 star western standard rating (usually considered 5+ stars by local standards) . We will also spend one night on a cruise ship in Ha Long Bay. Two nights will be spent at an ecolodge. One night will be spent in a 1 star hotel.
Meals. On your journey you will have the opportunity try lots of local foods. Hopefully never repeating anything twice. All breakfasts will be included plus 5 lunches and 5 dinners. . No beverages are not included. Please note that a couple of breakfasts will not be available right away because we will be leaving too early in the morning. Please bring 2-3 of your favorite power bars to get you through 1-3 hours before we can find something! There are no McD's breakfast drive through in Vietnam!
Documents.Visa requirements for visiting Vietnam. Citizens of most western countries with a valid passport are required to apply for an entry visa to Vietnam. You may apply via your local embassy or consulate office. Although our session will only be in Vietnam if you plan to continue on in Asia and return to Vietnam after you will need to apply for a multi entry visa. You are responsible for fulfilling your own visa requirements. Registration does not include visa fees. US residents may apply for visas 6 months prior to their visit via the consulate office.
Itinerary. Your journey begins with a welcome dinner in the capital city of Hanoi September 28th . The next day we we will head to Ha Long Bay via private van for an overnight stay on a cruise boat. Giving us an opportunity for both a sunset and a sunrise shoot in the bay.
Day 3-6 After returning to the main land we'll by pass Hanoi and head directly to Nghia Lo (about a 7 hour drive), where we'll find rice terraces and a small town with few tourists. The next morning after spending the morning in the market, head into the hills where we'll find tea plantations and hundred year old tea trees, before going out to an eco-lodge in Mu Can Chai with terraced rice fields everywhere. We'll spend 2 nights out there relaxing and shooting. We'll get a chance to work on some long exposures during the day if you bring 10-15 stop ND filters. There will be opportunities to do a little bit of hiking if you like or take a motorcycle taxi to get into the local villages. This area is also inhabited by several of the 54 (that's FIFTY FOUR) ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
Day 7&8 Hanoi: with two full days in Hanoi we'll visit the Citadel and temples along with the Old Town. There will be time to shop as well. We'll end the evening with the Water Puppet show and the night market.
Day 9 Fly directly to Hue in the morning. With a half day available and everyone exhausted from travel we'll spend that first afternoon on a boat visiting a couple of temples and photographing the local fishermen.
Day 10 & 11 Will be spent in Hue visiting the tombs of Ancient rulers like Minh Mang and Khai Dinh and many others. There will be a few temples to explore as well.
Day 12 we leave bright and early from our hotel heading south to Hoi An. Stopping first on the coast of Lang Co to photograph the fishermen as then come in from the morning's catch & also a quick stop at the City of Tombs. Although the drive from Hue to Hoi An is only 3 hours we will take the entire day to do it. This allows us to stop at Marble mountain with it's picturesque view of the area and temples.
Day13 &14 Hoi An. We'll spend the morning walking through the market and explore the town with our cameras. You'll have free time to do some shopping or shooting.
Day 15 - Departure day. You will be provided with transportation back to the airport and onward to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. If you would like to stay on in Vietnam I can help you make those arrangements. If you are flying to other places in the region please let me know.
Medical. As with all travel outside a first world country it is recommended that you have all of your childhood immunizations up to date and/or boosted. The United State's Center for Disease Control also recommends that you are immunized against Hepatitus A and Typhoid. For more information on which vaccinations are necessary please visit the CDC website. Please contact your doctor for further information.
Guides. Your guide for this journey will be Zim.