Vietnam in Focus

Vietnam in Focus

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Bac Ha Horse Racing Photo Tour 01nd - 03th June 2018
  • Join us for one of northern Vietnam's most colourful and exciting festivals. The Bac Ha Horse Races draw thousands of ethnic minority spectators to this scenic mountain town, making for a carnival of colour and festivity. Jockeys come from H'mong, Nung and Dzao villages all over the province, and riding bareback, compete in both team and indi- vidual races. Our trip means a chance to explore and pho- tograph this unique event, while learning how to create, pace and picture a photojournalistic story. We base ourselves at the homestay of our Tay minority friends on the banks of the River Chay, and the weekend also includes a journey by long- boat and landscape workshop in the stunning nearby valleys. 

Tour Information

Location
Duration
3 Days
Departure
20:00
Price per Participant
350.00 USD
Languages
Group size
2 - 6 people
Transportation
Train
Taxi
Walking
Car
Includes
All transport All food and non-alcoholic drinks Professional photography workshop All entry fees.
Excludes
Flights Vietnam visas Participants’ travel insurance (required) Alcoholic drinks
Cancellation

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Vietnam in Focus

Vietnam in Focus

Join us for one of northern Vietnam's most colourful and exciting festivals. The Bac Ha Horse Races draw thousands of ethnic minority spectators to this scenic mountain town, making for a carnival of colour and festivity. Jockeys come from H'mong, Nung and Dzao villages all over the province, and riding bareback, compete in both team and indi- vidual races.

Our trip means a chance to explore and pho- tograph this unique event, while learning how to create, pace and picture a photojournalistic story. We base ourselves at the homestay of our Tay minority friends on the banks of the River Chay, and the weekend also includes a journey by long- boat and landscape workshop in the stunning nearby valleys. 

Day 1 - 2: Ha Noi - Lao Cai

Day 1

8:30pm – Meet on the steps outside Hanoi Railway station, Tran Quy Cap Street and prepare to board our train at 9pm

Day 2:

6am – We arrive at Lao Cai Station and aIer a quick breakfast board our minibus for Bac Ha. The trip to the homestay takes around 2 hours.

9am – Time to drop off our luggage and freshen up before a review of photography essentials like settings and composition. We then head up to Bac Ha town to capture the first day’s ac9on at the fes9val, which includes processions and preliminary races

12pm – We have lunch in Bac Ha town and a review of pictures before heading back to the homestay.

2:30 pm – AIer a short rest, we take a trip by long- boat up the River Chay, with an opportunity for some fantas9c landscape shots as well as a swim at Hang Tien (Fairy Cave)

4:30pm – We return to the homestay and have a picture selection session before dinner at 6pm. 


Day 3 - 4 : Horse racing photo adventure

Day 3

6am – An early start for the main day’s action in Bac Ha. Tour Leader Colm prepares the group with a photographic brief for the day; then we head into town and the bustling stadium to capture the races.

12pm – We reconvene for lunch, followed by coffee and picture selection.

2pm – We will have a final shoot to capture the drawing down of the event in the aIernoon, before returning to the homestay. Time for a trek in the nearby valley, photo-shoot in the village and last swim in the river.

4:30pm – We climb aboard our minibus and return to Lao Cai, with dinner before our train back to Hanoi at 8:30pm.

Day 4

5am – Our train arrives at Hanoi Railway Station. Fare- well. 


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