Hmong ladies selling brocade bags at Bac Ha Market
Hmong ladies selling brocade bags at Bac Ha Market

Vietnam Far North's People and Landscape - 5 Days

The Far North of Vietnam is known for wild mountains, narrow canyons, deep ravines, breathtaking mountain vistas,  stunning rice terraces and colorful ethnic minorities...

Departure: 27September-01October2017

Our photo tour to Vietnam's Far North gets you lost in one beauty after another:

  • Vendors at Bac Ha MarketYou'll be charmed by the golden rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi;
  • You'll be struck dumbfounded by the mountain vistas on the road from Hoang Su Phi to Xin Man and Bac Ha;
  • And you'll be overwhelmed by colors of the two weekend markets of Can Cau and Bac Ha.

On the trip, Paradis sa's photography guide will help you to practice skills for landscape photography and people photography. At the end of a day, we'll have time for reviews and critiques of photos of each person. Throughout the journey, you'll gradually learn how to take the very essentials of a target into your photo, so that each of your work tells a story.

Remember that we'll shoot photos of ethnic people at 2 of the most authentic and colorful markets in the Far North of Vietnam. In our experience, some of our fellow travelers are too overwhelmed by the first market with moving targets, with embarrassment of pointing your cameras towards another person... You'll learn to overcome fears, get acquainted with your targets, take photos of people doing their routine work naturally... You'll surely find yourself much better at the second occasion. Also by the end of the trip, you'll have an amazing photo collection of people's visages, some of which will define beautiful moments of your life.

All the meals on the trip are included and accommodations of comfort at each locale.

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1    (    Wednesday, September 27, 2017    )    Hanoi – Thong Nguyen of Hoang Su Phi (L/D)
Day2    (    Thursday, September 28, 2017    )    Full day photography at the rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi (B/L/D)
Day3    (    Friday, September 29, 2017    )    Hoang Su Phi rice terraces on high altitude – Bac Ha (B/L/D)
Day4    (    Saturday, September 30, 2017)    Bac Ha – Can Cau Market – Bac Ha (B/L/D)
Day5    (    Sunday, October 01, 2017    )    Bac Ha Market/Bac Ha – Hanoi (B/L)

Included services
English-speaking tour guide/photography guide; A chilli seller at Bac Ha Market
Twin/double-sharing accommodations;
Private transfer by car;
Meals at local restaurants;
Admission fees and permits for the visits on itinerary;

Excluded services
Insurance of any types;
Others not mentioned as included above.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1-2    Hanoi – Hoang Su Phi (L/D)
The Road trip from Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi goes through some beautiful rice fields of golden colors. The late afternoon of the first day and the full day on the second is for shooting photos amid the hypnotizing golden rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi.

Day 3    Hoang Su Phi rice terraces on high altitude – Bac Ha (B/L/D)
The morning is for shooting rice terraces on high altitude in Hoang Su Phi. Then, be ready to have your breaths taken away by the mountain vistas, the deep mountain gorges, the hill sides covered by golden rice terraces from Hoang Su Phi to Xin Man and Bac Ha.

Day 4-5 Can Cau Market, Bac Ha Market/Bac Ha – Hanoi (B/L)
Have our itinerary filled with activities: shooting photos at 2 markets, shooting landscape around Bac Ha and Si Ma Cai and photo workshop. Our last lunch in Bac Ha is the final chance for reviews of the whole trip, skills and photography tricks learned. Then road trip back to Hanoi. We trust you gained great skills and experience for your photography after the photo adventure with Paradissa.

 

A spectacular hillside at Hoang Su Phi
A spectacular hillside at Hoang Su Phi

 

 

Breathtaking rice terraces at Thong Nguyen
Breathtaking rice terraces at Thong Nguyen

 

 

Mountainside awash with golden colors of ripe rice
Mountainside awash with golden colors of ripe rice

 

 

A mountain vista at Xin Man
A mountain vista at Xin Man

 

 

A captivating landscape at Xin Man
A captivating landscape at Xin Man

 

 

Buddies at Bac Ha Market
Buddies at Bac Ha Market

 

 

Catch of a trading day
Catch of a trading day