2021 VIETNAMESE CULTURAL & PHOTO TOUR

JANUARY 13TH- 28TH

Home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, Vietnam is a traveler’s dream come true.  With towering mountains, picturesque cities and villages, and magnificent beaches, there is wonder everywhere you look.  During this 16-day expedition you will experience all that this amazing country has to offer, from its unique culture to flavorful street food, to meeting with friendly minority tribes.

We will begin our tour in Hanoi with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.  The next morning, we will learn how to make rice paper in the village of Tho Ha, followed by an afternoon visit to the Temple of Literature and then a water puppet show.  With plenty of leisure time to explore the old town you can visit markets, temples, and St. Joseph Cathedral, which has a stunning likeness to Notre Dame.

The third day commences with an early morning visit to a local flower market.  After breakfast at our hotel we are off to explore the amazing Halong Bay.  We will board our cruise ship, the Indochina Sails, for a day of sightseeing, kayaking, and spelunking.  Go to www.indochinasails.com to check out the style in which you will be traveling.  Happy hour on the deck as we watch the sun set, dinner, and overnight on board!

On Day 4 you will wake up to the beautiful views of the bay while we have  breakfast and continue our sail.  Later in the day we will end our sailing adventure and return to Hanoi with plenty of free time to eat, sightsee, or just relax at a local bar.  At 9:00 we will all board the local Chapa Express train for our overnight ride to Lao Cai. 

We will arrive early on the morning of our fifth day and have breakfast at a local restaurant.  We will then head to the Bac Ha Sunday Market which is a must see.  Later that day we head to Sapa for some rest and relaxation.

We visit the Black H’Mong and Red Dao villages on our sixth day before going to shoot the sunset at O Quy Ho Pass.  We spend another evening in Sapa.

The 7th day begins with our visit to Xa Pho ethnic group at Thanh Phu.  We will continue after our visit to the Noi Bai airport where we will catch our flight to Hue.  Upon arrival in Hue, we will be met by our driver and taken to our hotel for check-in.

The Citadel, the Tu Duc Tomb, and the Thien Mu Pagoda highlight our 8th day.  We will have local models at our disposal to enhance shooting at these locations.  We will also be able to photograph the locals who make the conical hats in their village.

Day 9 will see us travel from Hue to Hoi An over the Hai Van Pass.  We will stop numerous times to shoot various sights along the way.  Upon arrival in Hoi An there will be ample opportunities to shoot the many colorful lanterns in the city.  Since Hoi An is called the Venice of Vietnam, there will be no shortage of photo ops and things to see and do.

The tenth day in its’ entirety will be spent in Hoi An going to a local fish market, roaming the streets of old neighborhoods, and seeing the Thien Hau Temple.

On the 11th day we will take in a vegetable market, come back to our hotel for breakfast, the take a short 45-minute drive to Da Nang.  The afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

The next two days in Da Nang are at yours to spend as you wish.  With the beautiful My Khe Beach, the Marble Mountains, Son Tra Mountain, the UNESCO World Heritage site – My Son Sanctuary, the Dragon Bridge, and the newly opened Golden Hands Bridge there is no shortage of things to see and do.  Relax on the beach or grab your camera and shoot til your hearts content – it is your choice!z

On Day 14 we will catch a flight from Da Nang to Saigon.  This night and the next (Day 15) will be spent in Saigon photographing monks and Vietnamese Buddhist services at a pagoda in the afternoon.  We will end the day with our farewell dinner.

We will conclude our amazing trip on January 28th after a day of shopping and sightseeing.

Visit some of the most treasured spiritual sites in the country including monuments, temples, and pagodas that will leave you breathless.

Important Details

What Is Included In The Trip?

  • All transportation in country in private transfers with driver.
  • Pick up and drop off at airport
  • All accommodations as detailed in the itinerary
  • All drinks and food as indicated
  • All tips for the guides

What Is Not Included In The Trip?

  • International airfare
  • Personal purchases (including shopping, spirits)
  • Meals and beverages on the day of arrival – this is considered a travel day.
  • Meals or accommodations before or after the expedition.

Payment Terms

  • The retail cost for the trip is $5,900
  • $900 is the non-refundable deposit;
  • The second payment of $2,500 is due Sept. 1, 2020
  • The balance of $2,500 is due Dec. 1, 2020.

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Vietnam Itinerary January 13th- 28th

Arrive in Hanoi (flight TBA).

Be welcome by driver at the airport and transfer to town for the check-in to the hotel at 14:00 (the early check in is excluded). Free time at leisure.

If time permits, you can take long exposure at the Vietnamese pagoda in Hanoi.

Welcome dinner at local restaurant (1 water or soft drink or coffee or local beer per person included). 

Overnight in Hanoi (La Siesta Diamond/Deluxe).

Breakfast in hotel.

After breakfast, you will leave Hanoi for Tho Ha village to see the local life and see them how to make rice paper.

Back to Ha Noi center.

Afternoon visit some sightseeing in Hanoi: Temple of Literature followed by water puppet show.

After the show, walk around the old town until Railways Street area to capture the daily life along the railways.

Take long exposure of traffic jam from the rooftop (clients pay on spot whatever cost if any).

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Hanoi (La Siesta Diamond/Deluxe).

Breakfast in hotel.

05.00: Visit local flower market in the morning.

Back to hotel for breakfast.

09.00: Leave hotel for Halong Bay (2.5hrs).

Upon arrival in Halong Bay, board your boat for an unforgettable cruise. Welcome seafood lunch on board.

Cruise in Halong bay visiting some islands and caves. Possibility of kayaking (optional) around some nice beaches.

Late afternoon, admire the sunset over the bay, enjoy happy hour on the bar deck or attend a cooking demonstration.

Dinner and overnight on board (Indochina Sails Premium/Superior).

Breakfast on board.

Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air. Continue sightseeing around the bay.

Start cruising towards the harbor. Disembark. Farewell. Transfer back to Hanoi. Free time at leisure (no room at disposal).

21.00: Be picked up and transfer to station for night train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on train (Local train Chapa Express or similar, 2 berth private cabin, 2200 0605).

Arrive in Lao Cai early in the morning. Transfer to local restaurant for breakfast.

After breakfast, heading to Bac Ha Sunday Market (apprx. 3hrs). Spend your time on shooting at the market about 2 hours.

Back to Sapa town. Rest of the day, free time at leisure.

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Sapa (Pitachio hotel/Standard).

Breakfast in hotel.

Trekking to visit Black H’Mong & Red Dao villages.

Back to hotel to rest a while before going to shoot sunset at O Quy Ho Pass. Shoot sunset at O Quy Ho Pass.

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Sapa (Pitachio hotel/Standard).

Breakfast in hotel.

Today you will see another ethic group is called Xa Pho at Thanh Phu. 

After visit, continue to Ha Noi (apprx. 6hrs drive).

Arrive at Noi Bai airport for the flight to Hue VN1549 1900 2015.

Be welcome by private driver upon arrival. Transfer to hotel for check-in.

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Hue (Eldora hotel/Deluxe city).

Breakfast in hotel.

Visit Citadel with shooting local models if you would like to set up (So you will pay for it, about 50 USD per model).

Photograph Tu Duc Tomb with the local models if you need the local models (surcharge will be applied)

Photograph the local people makes Vietnamese conical hats at their village in the afternoon.

If time permits, we can visit the famous pagoda is called Thien Mu pagoda.

If the weather is good, you will take pictures of the sunset in the front of the citadel. 

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Hue (Eldora hotel/Deluxe ).

 

Breakfast in hotel.

Leave Hue for Hoi An over the Hai Van Pass (apprx. 3hrs). Multi photo stops available en routes.

Arrive in Hoi An. Check-in hotel & relax. 

Evening: go out to shoot many lanterns before having dinner at local restaurant (walking, no car at disposal).

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Hoi An (Hoi An Central Boutique/Deluxe). 

Wake up early morning to see local fish market by car.

Come back to the hotel to have breakfast

Visit a few sightseeing such as Thien Hau Temple (Phuc Kiem Assembly Hall), old houses in Hoi An…

Evening: Go out shooting Hoi An at night time with blue hour (walking, no car at disposal).

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Hoi An (Hoi An Central Boutique/Deluxe). 

Wake up early morning to capture vegetable market.

Come back to the hotel to have breakfast.

Check out the hotel to leave Hoi An for Da Nang to drive there about 45min. by car.

Arrive in Da Nang. Time for leisure.

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Da Nang (Nam An Retreat/Babylon).

Breakfast in hotel. Free time at leisure (no guide & car at disposal).

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Da Nang (Nam An Retreat/Babylon).

Breakfast in hotel.

Transfer to airport for the flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival, go shooting at the Thien Hau temple with so much smoke inside.

Back to hotel, check-in & free time.

Shoot traffic jam in Saigon in the later afternoon

Lunch & dinner at own account.

Overnight in Saigon (Millennium hotel/Junior Deluxe).

Breakfast in hotel.

Go to photograph so many monks, nuns at the pagoda within Saigon center area.

Lunch at own account.

Come back the Saigon center. Stay and rest at the hotel for a while before shooting Vietnamese Buddhist services at the pagoda in the afternoon.

Keep visiting some sightseeing around Saigon city such as biggest Post Office and enjoy the city view from the building.

Evening: farewell dinner at local restaurant before departure (1 water or soft drink or coffee or local beer per person included). 

Overnight in Saigon (Millennium hotel/Junior Deluxe).

Breakfast in hotel. Free time at leisure until transfer to airport for the departure flight). (hotel check-out time: 12.00, late check-out at surcharge).