Vietnam Photographic Experience

Description

This Vietnam photographic experience introduces you to Vietnam’s rich heritage – natural and manufactured, art and artifact, majestic and vernacular - to those who love Vietnam and want to discovery its beauty.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • We will leave Hanoi early in the morning and reach Lao Cai for lunch with plenty of photography talk in the minibus. With a full stomach we will zigzag between the rice terraces, more beautiful the ones than the others until the village of Muong Hum nestled at the foot of the mountains with of course photo stops almost every bend, well almost… We will spend the late afternoon above in the tea plantations to photograph the sunset with a superb view over a splendid mountain.

  • Dinner and night at our Giay ethnic friend’s home.

 

Day 2

  • We will start the day by heading to the weekly market of Y Ty, situated just across China, on the other side of the valley. The road to it as well as the encounters with the local population will inspire you. The market offers a multitude of colorful costumes and head coverings from various ethnic groups, such as the Ha Nhi, Phu La, White Hmong…

  • We will spend the afternoon discovering the mountainous landscapes and small villages surrounding Y Ty and, on the way, back to Muong Hum home some of my favorite rice terrace landscapes from the whole North Vietnam Mountains.

  • Dinner and night at our Giay ethnic friend’s home.

 

Day 3

  • We will wake up just next to the multicolor market of Muong Hum, which takes place every Sunday. Muong Hun is home to the Giay people, whose women wear flashy, colorful shirts. They are well-tried traders, as they serve as intermediaries between the mountain ethnic groups and the Vietnamese living in the valley. We will meet with many other minorities such as Black Hmongs, Red Dao women wearing their conical hats, Ha Nhi people or White Hmongs.

  • After the market and a well-deserved breakfast, we will take the road to Ta Van nestled in the beautiful Sapa valley.

  • We will spend our afternoon discovering the amazing Sapa valley trekking through the rice fields to the Lao Chai village Hmong village.

  • Dinner and night at our Ecolodge.

 

Day 4

  • A day enjoying the beauties of the Sapa valley embedded by mountains carved with rice terraces and its people at work, this time further way to the Ban Ho village of the Tay ethnic. We will also be enjoying editing and doing our first photo review.

  • Dinner and night at our Ecolodge.

 

Day 5

  • We will head for Than Uyen by going through the plains formed by Nam Na River.

  • The road from Sapa to Than Uyen is superb, meandering through hills covered with tea bushes until reaching Tram Uyen passage, dominated by Fansipan Mountain, culminating at 3143m. We will make numerous stops along the way to capture these magnificent landscapes.

  • In the late afternoon, we will stop in a traditional Thai village overlooking a large rice field    and surrounded by enormous bamboos groves.

  • Dinner and night in Than Uyen.

 

Day 6

  • This morning we will leave Than Uyen very early to catch the first ray of lights over the magnificent of one of the spots of which we have the secret. A mountain whose entire flan is carved by literally dozens of rice terraces, carved over the last century that form a unique cascade of greenery. We will then explore the Lao Chai village before continuing our journey to Mu Cang Chai.

  • In the afternoon we will begin the discovery of the beauties of the Mu Cang Chai region climbing up to the Man Xoi viewpoint.

  • Dinner and night at our Ecolodge.

 

Day 7

  • Mu Cang Chai holds some of the most impressive rice terraces in the country and is listed as a Vietnam National Heritage site. Throughout the day, we will have plenty of occasions to observe the H’mong people going about their daily lives and working in the fields.

  • In the morning, we will visit Ze Xu Phinh are, and in the afternoon the La Pan Tan “Rice Canyon”. If the time permits, we will also visit the beautiful rice fields of Che Cu Nha.

  • Dinner and night at our Ecolodge.

 

Day 8

  • This morning we will do our last photo editing session, followed by the final photo story presentations before heading back to Hanoi. Before reaching Hanoi, we will visit the traditional village of Duong Lam with its two-century old houses, reflecting how the Red River villages used to look like in the past.

  • Overnight in Hanoi

 

Day 9

  • We will start the day at the Long Bien Bridge designed in 1899-1902 by Daydé & Pillé French architects. Reserved for two-wheeled vehicles and pedestrians, as well as the train passing in its center, overcrossing the Red River this bridge is taken every morning by thousands of provincials coming to sell their products in the city, or on the Long Bien market situated just underneath it. We will then go walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, where Hanoian’s enjoy doing their physical exercises, and continue our exploration in the bustling 36 old streets and guilds of the old quarter. We will then the walk along the railway tracks witnessing the Hanoian’s daily life punctuated by the passage of the famous reunification train.

  • Last lunch together

  • End of the tour.

Vietnam 

April to September 2020

From R 60 190.00

per person sharing

October to December 2020

From  R 60 220.00

per person sharing

9 Days / 8 Nights

Validity: Immediately - December 2020

Including

  • Accommodation in twin/double room/ Sharing slit house with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check in and check out around noontime)

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program 

  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):

    • 1-2 pax: minivan of 7 seats 

    • 3-6 pax: van of 16 seats

  • Local ENGLISH-speaking guides

  • All entrance fees as program

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

  • Government tax and service charge

Excluding

  • International/domestic flights

  • Entry Visa to Vietnam

  • Travel insurance (please make sure you are insured)

  • Drinks

  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Tips

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Transport outside of group activities

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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