BEST TIME: SEPTEMBER

RICE TERRACES SPECTACULAR TOUR -11 DAYS

Welcome to our Luminous Vietnam travel photography tour spectacular! The season of "YELLOW RICE TERRACES". Vietnam is definitely on the ‘can’t miss’ list for anyone with a camera interested in the many splendors of travel photography. One of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant cultures offers spectacular scenery, stunning historical sites with marvelously rich interiors, 54 colorful ethnic groups, and a friendly populace that rank it among the great photographic destinations of the world.


This tour's designed carefully by our experts to run i in the harvest season, when the rice fields are yellow. 


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DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival –Welcome Dinner (D)

On arrival at Noi Bai (Hanoi) airport, our guide & driver will pick you up then transfer to hotel for check-in (While some of you will arrive a day early to get acclimated). A short meeting will be happened by late afternoon & then sumptuous Vietnamese Welcome Dinner follows at evening.

Day 2: Hanoi – Handicraft Villages – Ninh Binh - Hanoi (B)

Hanoi is one of the biggest city in Vietnam. This is the great place you should visit at least once. In order to discover many beauty of culture and sightseeing, a destination you should consider is Handicraft villages. Some of most photogenic villages are incense & bamboo fish traps making where we will has opportunities to photograph the locals drying the red incense sticks and bamboo fish traps making will be followed.

By the afternoon we will head to Ninh Binh, Also known as “Ha Long among the rice paddies”, the impressive limestone structures and green rice fields form the landscape. By late afternoon, we transfer back to Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Rice Terraces - Mu Cang Chai (B,D)

After a good night’s sleep & breakfast in our hotel in Hanoi, it’s time to hit the stunningly beautiful mountains of the north with their seemingly endless rice terraces and array of colorful tribal peoples still living in the traditional ways. They include Red Dzou, Nung, Tay, Flower Hmong, etc. This afternoon photograph one of the two most spectacular terrace valleys of legendary Mu Cang Chai, and their inhabitants.

Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Mountain Heart - Sapa (B)

 This morning – not too early because of the mountains – photograph the second awesome rice terrace locations with Black Hmong and/or Red Dzao to add interest and scale. The scenic mountain road to Sapa also offers some excellent landscape opportunities plus exclusive (no tourists) visits to Lu tribes. The day’s going to end by sunset shooting for landscape at highest mountain’s pass of Vietnam. 

Day 5: Sapa – Tribes & Villages - Bac Ha (B)

 Sapa is the heart of the northern mountains, and it’s easy to see why with such a stunning location. Even though its growth over the years is largely due to tourism, we still love the place as a gorgeous respite with great food and a lot of charm. Plus it’s surrounded by myriad rice terraces and tribal villages! The home of Black Hmong/ Red Dzao with natural light will be perfect for whom are interested in low key shooting. By the late afternoon, we transfer to Bac Ha Town.

Day 6: Bac Ha – Tribe Market - Hoang Su Phi (B,D)

While most people who come to Bac Ha do so to attend the Sunday market. Here we will have the chance to photograph several tribal groups selling exotic fruits, vegetables, textiles, goats, pigs, buffalo and much more! Tribes include Flower Hmong, Black Dao, Nung and Tay.

After this very colorful and enjoyable market shoot, it’s off for Hoang Su Phi in Ha Giang Province, which is perhaps the most spectacular rice terrace region in Vietnam, and certainly among the most beautiful on the planet. Time for an afternoon rice terrace exploration in and around a very peaceful little village with a little river running through it.

Day 7: Hoang Su Phi – Paradise of Rice Terraces - Thong Nguyen (B,D)

There are several rice terrace locations we won’t name here, but that you will get the opportunity to photograph to your heart’s content, both all day today and tomorrow morning. If school is in session, we’ll visit a picturesque one room schoolhouse full of very happy kids and stunning backdrops for environmental portraits.

Day 8: Thong Nguyen - Hanoi (B)Thông báo các sự kiện sắp tới

A final early morning rice terrace shoot at one of popular locations, followed by the drive back to Hanoi. It will be tough to leave, but we must! Arrive back in Hanoi by late afternoon.

Day 9: Hanoi – Legendary Bay - Halong (B,L,D)

After breakfast at hotel, we head to Ha Long Bay. The journey to Ha Long Bay will be done by motor coach, in about 4 hours. By lunchtime we will embark on our Junk for a 1-night cruise through the impressive Ha Long Bay, and the more than 3000 limestone karst islands. We will have time to relax on this replica of the ancient junks that sailed these waters for centuries. Many of the islands we will see have lakes, beautiful beaches and caves for exploring. These islands are among the most popular areas for visitors to Vietnam, but no trip to this part of Asia is complete without photographs of these iconic waters.

Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B,L)

Sunrise shoot from boat in Halong Bay. Boat then returns to mainland whilst we have breakfast/brunch. Hon Gai Harbour pickup by driver and hid the road toward Hanoi 

Day 11: Hanoi - Daparture (B)

There’s free time for you at leisure or further exploring the city by your own. Then transfer to airport for departure. (not including late check-out for hotel). End of service!