Vietnam in Focus

Vietnam in Focus

Explorer Vietnam through photography: PASSIONATE, ART, EXPERIENCED, UNIQUE & FABULOUS. We give you practical skills, unique experiences and fantastic shots to prove it.

Ha Giang and Heaven's Gate 3 days 4 nights

Vietnam’s final frontier, blessed with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and a profusion of colourful ethnic minorities, a trip to Ha Giang makes for the ultimate photography adventure. Travelling here you will enjoy the hospitality of Red Dzao families, mingle with the crowds at ethnic minority markets and explore the hidden corners and back roads of this incredible province. The pictures and memories you take home will stay with you forever.

The tour is schedule from September 1st to 5th 2017.

Tour Information

Location
Duration
4 Days
Departure
05:00
Price per Participant
18,000.00+ TIIM
Languages
Group size
3 - 10 people
Transportation
Motorbike
Bus
Includes
- Professional photography workshop. - All transport: Hotel pick-up & drop-off, overnight sleeper bus 2 ways, motorbike hire and driver, including petrol. - All accommodation: + 1 night at Nam Dam village Red Dzao homestay in Quan Ba (This is part of a community sustainable tourism project with Caritas and Pan Nature, so our stay also contributes to supporting the lives of the community there). + 1 night at beautiful luxury homestay Auberge de Meo Vac. - All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and non-alcoholic drinks. - Professional photographer leader. - Trekking. - Ha Giang Frontier Permit.
Excludes
Not Included: - Travel insurance. -  Airfares. - Personal shopping expenses.
Cancellation
- At least 7 day(s) in advance of departure date: No cancellation fee. - 3 to 6 day(s): Cancellation charge applied 50 % total amount price. - Cancellation within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure: Cancellation charge applied 100 % total amount price.

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Vietnam in Focus

Vietnam in Focus

Vietnam’s final frontier, blessed with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and a profusion of colourful ethnic minorities, a trip to Ha Giang makes for the ultimate photography adventure. Travelling here you will enjoy the hospitality of Red Dzao families, mingle with the crowds at ethnic minority markets and explore the hidden corners and back roads of this incredible province. The pictures and memories you take home will stay with you forever.

The tour is schedule from September 1st to 5th 2017.

Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Nam Dan

Day 1 – Hanoi 

After picking up from your home or hotel, we meet outside the front of My Dinh bus station at 7:30pm. Bus departs for Ha Giang at 8:30 pm.

Day2 – HaGiang/QuanBa/NamDam

Our bus arrives in Ha Giang City at 4:30am, and we have time for a quick coffee before picking up the bikes. Over breakfast, we have a look at the tour ahead, and review photography essentials. The road then takes us up into the mountains, with a dramatic climb to see Heaven’s Gate, the entrance to the Dong Van Rocky Plateau. We have an early lunch in Quan Ba town, before making the short journey to our homestay at Nam Dam Red Dzao village. After a warm welcome from our hosts, we have time in the afternoon for a trek and photo shoot in the village and beautiful surrounding countryside. There is a short editing session before dinner at 7pm.


NamDam, YenMinh, DongVan, MeoVac

The next morning, we rise early to head out for the Dong Van Rocky Plateau. We pass through towering gorges and climb steep ridges, scattered in places with the ruins of French forts and barricades. After lunch in Yen Minh, the road climbs even higher towards Dong Van, the green landscape of forest and paddy becoming barren and rocky. Soon we find ourselves in the plateau’s eerie and otherworldly domain of boulders and jagged rock faces. The colourful scarves of H’mong tribespeople, eking out a living among these mountains, brighten this incredible lunar scene. We have coffee at an atmospheric H’mong house in Dong Van’s Old Quarter before heading out for the day’s final breathtaking journey: a flight through the clouds across the Ma Pi Leng  pass, perhaps South-East Asia’s most spectacular road. We arrive at our residence for the night at 4pm, and after the long journey, it’s a relief to relax at Auberge de Meo Vac, an old H’mong fort now restored as a luxury homestay.

MeoVac, HaGiang

Day4 – MeoVac/HaGiang

We have an early breakfast in Meo Vac market, and work on a 3 picture story of the bustling scene here. People from the many ethnic minority villages in the surrounding mountains descend for this market, trading everything from buffalo to herbal medicines. After the market, we hit the road again, riding out of Meo Vac around the far side of the rocky plateau, and we are greeted by stunning scenes as the cloud lifts from the valleys below. We enjoy lunch in Yen Minh before making the final journey back to Ha Giang City. We have an editing session in Ha Giang to finalise our 7 picture stories, and then dinner at 6pm. Our bus back to Hanoi departs at 8pm.

Day 5 – Hanoi

We arrive at My Dinh Bus Station at 5am, and hail taxis for home. Farewell.


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