DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
On arrival Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, meet our photo tour guide and transfer to Hanoi city for check in the hotel, free at leisure for your own of exploration the city. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR (HIGHLIGHT)
At 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel and start the photography tour in Hanoi with all highlights such as Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda), French quarter and walking and taking pictures at Hanoi old quarter (special with local market, ancient temples and pagodas).
Lunch will be served at local restaurant and this afternoon, we will enjoy one hour of Cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters. Taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi, next will see the water puppet show (also can bring the camera to inside ). tour ends, transfer back the hotel and Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI- PERFUME PAGODA - FARMING LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY DAY
At 8.30 AM, we will depart for the perfume pagoda. The journey takes one and half hours,but along the way, you can stop as many times as you can for the best pictures of local daily activities of farming life, rice fields, local markets along the way.
On arrival at Yen Stream you will join our sampan trip for one and half hour for sightseeing beautiful landscapes of rice fields and the elephant mountains, this is also a great opportunity to take the best pictures of farming life in this flooding and water area. Will stop at the Taoist temple of Den Trinh (pagoda of representation).
Continue our journey further down the river and arrive at the foot of Huong tich mountain (mountain of the fragrant traces), from where the sampan drops you. A stone flagged path takes you to Thien Tru (pagoda leading to the heaven), built in 17th century and dedicated to the goddess Quan Am. next will be a longer trekking to Huong Tich pagoda, the pagoda Huong Tich is one of the most important to the Mahayana Buddhists of Vietnam and was built in a big cave, when you reach to the top of this mountain, you will be rewarded with the fine view.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Next is returned by sampan trip on the same way back up to our waiting vehicle. At very late afternoon will be arrival Hanoi. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 4: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES & PHOTOGRAPHY
Have breakfast in the hotel and next will depart for Halong bay, some 165km from Hanoi, Halong bay is a must to do for all photographing tours to Vietnam and best weather for this trip in Sept and August (Autumn season) with all day of blue sky and sunshine.
On the way to Ha Long Bay, we will stop to photograph a ceramic workshop village. Via boat, we will cruise beautiful Ha Long Bay on a traditional Junk. Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural sites that includes 3000 limestone formations, floating villages. We will enjoy a seafood lunch on board the boat, and then make an excursion to a million-year-old cave to take pictures of the stalagmite and stalactite formations inside the cave. This area is a UNESCO site. view the sunset before having dinner. Overnight on boat.(B/L/D)
Note: You also can request us to change the schedules with the Seaplane flight from Hanoi for Halong bay, landing to Water and this flight will takes some 55 minutes included 15 minutes flight for great photography over Halong bay before landing to the water (surcharge for Seaplane ticket upon request only)
+ Halong bay 2days 1night cruise for Photography tour should arrange with a charter boat as your cruise schedules can be very different or depart times, request landscape area, floating villages, sunshine or sunset location for the best pictures too (Private boat will request us and will be surcharged too)
DAY 5: HALONG BAY-HANOI
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45.
Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping .
12h45 The driver and a van will be waiting for us for our trip back to Hanoi(approximately 4 hour drive),
Again, you will have many more opportunity to stop for the Sunset picture over the Red River Delta of North Vietnam with daily farming life.
Check in on arrival Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.(B/L)
DAY 6: HANOI- NINH BINH PHOTOGRAPHY DAY TOUR
At 8.30 AM, We will pick you up at your Hotel for Hoalu in Ninh binh province, 100 km far away from south of Hanoi.
Hoa lu will be our first stop and this is the site of the tenth-century capital of an early, independent Vietnamese kingdom called Dai Co Viet. we will visit 2 temples dedicated to king Dinh Tien Hoang who seized power in 968 AD and King Le Dai Hanh in 980AD.
From here, we continue our journey to Tam Coc “Halong bay on land” .
It is a place of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks (some of the best pictures of Ninh Binh province come from this mountain tops, so you need to try your best pictures here too). En route, you can freely enjoy the landscape nearby or take photos as you wish. After that, we will have lunch in a local restaurant before joining our sampan trip for 2 hours and half.
The sampan slithers through three limestone tunnel caves. Along the stream the enormous limestone karsts just out from the green rice fields. The scenery is spectacular, next is returned by sampan trip on the same way back up to our waiting vehicle.
At very late afternoon will be arrival Hanoi at around 5.00PM. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 7: DUONG LAM ANCIENT VILLAGE PHOTOGRAPHY DAY - HANOI - SAPA MOUNTAINS / by Free Way
Depart from your hotel and drive to the west of Hanoi to visit Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys, on arrival Duong lam, starts our walking tour to visit the Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Stop over at some local ancient houses and talk with local people about Two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (?-800) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in Duong Lam, giving the village its prestige.
This noon, we will depart for Sapa (by New Free Way), some 3 and half hours drive from Hanoi, Check in hotel on arrival and Overnight Sapa. (B)
DAY 8: SAPA- TA VAN PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
After having breakfast in a hotel we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Day people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet.
Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages.
Back to hotel in Sapa and free time, dinner will be served at local restaurant tonight. Overnight Sapa Hotel (B/L)
DAY 9: TA PHIN VILLAGE- BAC HA PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR WEEKEND MARKET
Have breakfast in the hotel or local restaurant and free time at leisure. this afternoon, we will drive for Ta Phin village some 15km from Sapa town, the home to Red Zao ethnic minority people. The Red Dao women are experts at embroidery and are known to sew coins onto their clothing.
On arrival Ta Phin, we will take our walking around the village, visit and meet with local family, see their daily activity and taking pictures of them. tour ends, will drive for Bac Ha (The best option for this trip to see Bac Ha Sunday market, then you will depart on Saturday from Sapa). On arrival Bac Ha town, if there is time permits,
We will start a short walk to visit Ban Pho village for Photography and seeing their daily life of the H'mong ethnic people (also stop over to visit local families too), a great time to take best pictures of this beautiful mountains.
Overnight in Bac Ha (B)
DAY 10: BAC HA MARKET - HANOI/ By New Free Way
Have breakfast in the hotel and next will take a short walk to the market. Every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives, and it is a typical weekly activity for the HMong and other minority groups living in the locality. Local products for sale or barter are carried on horseback. free your own time of taking pictures at market (For sure that, you will have many best pictures of colorful ethic H'mong women in this mountain market)
Meet back our car at 01.00 Pm to depart back Hanoi
and will be back Hanoi at late afternoon. Overnight Hanoi (B)
DAY 11: HANOI DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport for flight onwards, tour ends at airport (B)