Photographic Workshop – Northern Vietnam ethnic groups
Photographic tour in northern vietnam among the most extraordinary ethnic groups of this beautiful country from 17th to 30th september 2019.
Logistics – Vactours (Hanoi) with the photographer Riccardo Cornaglia and Paola Maria Traspedini as tour leader.
We’ll lose ourselves into the real culture of the several ethnic groups of Northern Vietnam, we’ll sleep in Homestay to be able to live the authentic life of these charming people, we’ll explore the typical markets of the area, the most traditional and the ones outside the beaten tracks and we’ll be able to admire breathless landscapes but, above all, we’ll live a fantastic and authentic photo experience all together. A qualified professional photographer, Riccardo, and an expert tour leader, Paola, will be staying with you during all the trip.
The main purpose of the tour is to improve your photographic skills and technical knowledge to allow you to tell any kind of experience through the pictures you’ll be taking.
We’ll help you to develop a unique and very personal style to distinguish yourself from the mass.Anyone with any level of photographic knowledge can be part of the workshop.
The territory we’ll be visiting is not part of the touristic beaten tracks: Northern Vietnam, where, with the only exception of Sapa, we’ll be living in an unspoiled world. Landscapes are stunning, with beautiful mountain views, picks covered by woods, smooth by carsic formation, overhangings, arduous passes and national parks with lakes, waterfalls and caves that can be explored on foot or by boat. Many are the areas where the terraced ricefields reach the fluvial valleys, where remote villages populated by 54 different ethnic groups tribes are located. Local markets are among the main features of the tour: they are places where the locals meet, dressed in colorful traditional clothes taking any kind of goods.
A photographers’ real paradise!
DAY 1 – SEPTEMBER, 18th – HANOI (Ce)
Welcoming by our local correspondent and transfer to the hotel.
After the check-in, we’ll walk through Hanoi historical centre exploring the old part of the city, from Hang Be to Ma May with a short visit to the Patrimony House and a walk through Hang Bac Street, the jewelry street, Hang Buom and Lan Ong Street, known for medicinal herbs.
Before reaching Long Bien and cross Paul Doumer metal bridge, buildt by Gustave Eiffel, we will visit Dong Xuan big market. We’ll be back on Hang Gai street to drink a coffee with egg and fruit juice at “Old Quarter” bar from where we’ll have a panoramic view on “Returned Sword” lake.
Overnight in hotel.
DAY 2 – SEPTEMBER, 19TH – HANOI – TA VAN (Co, P, Ce)
After breakfast, we’ll cover the route to Lao Cai through the mountain provinces running along Hoang Lien mountains, where ricefields and forests are full of colors.
We’ll have lunch in Lao Cai, on the China border. After lunch, we’ll take the province route to Sapa (30 km) and we’ll have some spare time to explore the town and take pictures around.
Overnight in homestay in Ta Van.
DAY 3 – SEPTEMBER, 20TH – TA VAN – SAPA – TA VAN (Co, P, Ce)
After breakfast, we’ll walk in the streets of Lao Chai (Black H’mong ethnic group), through Muong Hoa valley. We’ll reach Sapa by car and we’ll have a walk around the town, visiting some small villages and ricefields.
We’ll reach the village of Matra, where H’mong live, having lunch on our way.
We’ll go ahead up to Taphin, where we will get in contact with H’mong and Red Dzao tribes, getting information on their habits and culture.
We’ll get back to Ta Van, where we’ll overnight in homestay.
DAY 4 – SEPTEMBER, 21ST – TA VAN – BAC HA (Co, P, Ce)
Transfer to Bac Ha (3 hours).
In the afternoon we’ll visit King Meo Hoang Palace in Tuong and we’ll have a walk through Pho, where Flori H’mong tribe lives.
Overnight in homestay in Bac Ha.
DAY 5 – SEPTEMBER, 22ND – BAC HA (Co, P, Ce)
Around 8, we’ll go to visit Bac Ha local market, vivid and colorful (the actual location of the market will be confirmed depending on the day).
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the villages of Thai Giang Pho (Flori H’mong ethnic group), Na Lo and Na Hoi (Tay ethnic group) to photograph locals.
Overnight in homestay in Bac Ha.
DAY 6 – SEPTEMBER, 23RD – BAC HA – HA GIANG (Co, P, Ce)
Transfer to Ha Giang.
We’ll visit Ha Thanh village where locals live on stilt houses.
Overnight in homestay in Ha Thanh.
DAY 7 – SEPTEMBER, 24TH – HA GIANG – DONG VAN (Co, P, Ce)
Transfer to the “Paradise Gate” with some stops to admire Nui Doi and its carsic formations.
We’ll reach Yen Minh by car, where we’ll have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, we’ll head to Sung La, where two ethnic groups live, H’mong and Lo Lo fiori.
We’ll visit an old tipical wood and clay house and Vuong Chi Sinh palace, inserted in the rocks, at the bottom of Sa Phin valley.
We’ll arrive in Dong Van, where we’ll walk through the old town..
Overnight in hotel in Dong Van.
DAY 8 – SEPTEMBER, 25TH – DONG VAN – QUAN BA (Co, P, Ce)
We’ll cross one of the highest passes in Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng (Horse nose ridge mountain).
This road, 25 km long, connects Dong Van and Meo Vac,over Nho Que river, on the border with China.
Vitnamese call this road “Happyness road” after the work done by 11 ethnic groups in 1965.
We’ll head to Quan Ba, where we’ll have some spare time to visit Nam Dao village (Red Dzao tribe) to see locals dressed in traditional clothes.
Overnight in homestay.
DAY 9 – SEPTEMBER, 26TH – QUAN BA – LAGO DI THAC BA (Co, P, Ce
Transfer to Thac Ba lake.
Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to admire unique landscapes and palm hills, as in a postcard.
We’ll arrive in mid afternoon at Vu Linh village.
We’ll visit Ngoi Tu village, among palms and ricefields, where “White trousers Dao” tribe lives.
Overnight in homestay (200 km, 4h30-5h)
DAY 10 – SEPTEMBER, 27TH – THAC BA – HANOI (Co, P, Ce)
We’ll have a boat excursion on the lake (around 2 hours).
We’ll be able to meet local fishermen with their wickers full of shrimps and fish.
We’ll go back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Along the way, we’ll photograph villages and landscape.
Overnight in hotel in Hanoi. (160 km, 4h30 by car)
DAY 11 – SEPTEMBER, 28TH – HANOI – HA LONG BAY (Co, P, Ce)
We’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, Unesco heritage site. Along the way, we’ll go through the provinces of Bac Ninh and Hai Duong, famous for their rich ricefields, thanks to the presence of Red River delta.
We’ll arrive around 12, in time for a cold tea at Gray Line cruises check-in.
We’ll board on our boat with a warm welcome by the local staff.
We’ll have lunch on the boat during the cruise in the bay.
After lunch, we’ll enjoy the stunning landscape of the bay; this is the best moment to do it.
Around 15:00 we’ll reach Luon cave and we’ll visit the area by kayak or boat since this is the perfect way to enjoy this beautiful place.
Around 16:00 we’ll stop at Titov island, where we’ll be able to sunbathe, swim or climb the top of the island to admire the bay. We’ll come back at 17:30 to relax at sunset, assist to a cooking show and taste seasonal fruits on the terrace (some beverages will be subject to payment).
Fish based dinner will be around 19:00. After dinner, spare time to enjoy evening activities (film, fishing, cards, etc).
Note: Some activities must be booked in advance.
DAY 12 – SEPTEMBER, 29TH – Ha Long bay – Hanoi (Co, P)
We’ll wake up at 06:00 to exercise (Tai Chi Quan) or to enjoy a stunning dawn.
At 07:00 a light breakfast will be served.
Around 07:45 a rubber boat will take us to Sung sot (Surprise Cave), full of stalactites and stalagmites and stunning rock rooms (we suggest to wear comfortable shoes or sandals and clothes to visit the cave).
We’ll be back at 09:15 for the check-out after a cold drink, a sunbathe on the terrace and a tasteful lunch while the boat keeps navigating.
We’ll leave the boat and the local staff around 11:30, giving our feed-back.
We’ll have a tea at Grey Line cruises while waiting our driver taking us for the trip back to Hanoi.
Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 13 – SEPTEMBER, 30TH – Hanoi – RETURN FLIGHTS (Co)
Spare time before the transfer to the airport for our return flights.
End of services offered by VACTOURS.
*N.B: Due to technical and logistics reasons, the timing of the excursions and the hotel staying can vary without changing the main character of the trip.
Workshop price – 1800,00 € – minimum 6 pax max 10 pax
Reservations enquiries must be addressed to info@riccardocornaglia.It / firstname.lastname@example.org / info@vac-tours.It
- fiscal code,
- telephone number,
- email address
After the subscription, we’ll let you have all the payment details. Subscriptions and payments must be done within 17/08/2019
- homestay and hotels in double room or family room; breakfast is always included.
- private vehicle with air conditioning and driver as per program
- mentioned meals (co: breakfast; p: lunch; ce: dinner).
- entrance tickets to the sites with local guide.
- italian speaking guide (except for september 28th – 29th – 30th).
- bike and boat excursions.
- vietnamese sim card for assistance 24/24
Price doesn’t include:
- tours and meals not mentioned on the program
- advanced or late check-in in hotel.
- international flights.
- insurance, tips, beverages during meals
- vietnam entrance visa (25usd/pax).
- entrance tickets, permissions, guide services during spare time;
- bank expenses.
- all what not mentioned in “Price includes”.
Note – the pictures present on this leaflet are meant to show the local features and are not owned by the photographer organizing the tour.
International flights – insurance
International flights to and from hanoi are not included into the tour price and can be purchased by you in the way you prefer.
Once you select the flights, please send all the related details to vactours (https://www.Vac-tours.It – lorenzo.Vacca@vac-tours.Com): flight number, date, time) to let them check if they are suitable with the tour program.
Should you need any suggestion/help to find the best solution, please don’t hesitate to contact vactours to make a reservation or to give advises only.
Photograher riccardo cornaglia will leave from milan.
We do suggest you to purchase a travel insurance. Should you need any advise, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
To enter vietnam, you need a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Entrance visa is not necessary for staying up to 15 days and single entrance until june, 20th 2021.
This photographic workshop won’t be just a trip, but a unique experience that will make us friends and part of a wonderful adventure!
We’re looking forward to meeting you!