Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Discovering Vietnam Through the Lens (11 days)

Trails of Indochina - Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam To Hanoi, Vietnam

Valid for Departures: 03 Sep 2018 - 13 Sep 2018

Discovering Vietnam Through the Lens (11 days)

Day 4

Lang Co, Vietnam

Day 6

Hanoi, Vietnam →Bac Ha, Vietnam

Day 7

Sapa, Vietnam

Day 8

Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

Day 9

Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
03 Sep 2018
Hoi An, Vietnam
Lantana Boutique hotel Hoi An Dinner

Arrive at Danang airport and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.

Hoi An has been a world heritage site since 1999 and its charming old town has provided some of Vietnam’s most iconic images. If you would like to capture some of your own special photos, why not join a professional photographer and make the most out of your Hoi An visit?

With some years resident in Hoi An, Mr. Etienne Bossot has explored each narrow street and ancient shop-house to know the best locations available. He will escort you on a customized tour, delivering shot suggestions and instructions on how to improve your photography technique. This programs can be tailored to be suitable for beginners or amateur photographers.

Check in your hotel and rest for a while.

Later, enjoy a welcome drink and introduction to the travel photography with Mr. Etienne Bossot who will go through your camera settings, learning about the basics of photography and assess the level of all participant and your expectation.

After reviewing some composition tips and techniques, get your camera ready to capture unforgettable moments of the daily life and the charming old town by a walking tour of Hoi An which include many atmospheric sights including: the old merchant houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, first built in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with its intricate woodcarvings.

At the end of the day, enjoy a welcome dinner at the local restaurant before return to your hotel or explore in Hoi An in your own.

Day 2
04 Sep 2018
Hoi An, Vietnam
Lantana Boutique hotel Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up early and follow Etienne walk’ to capture the sunrise in the old town today. Leaving the hotel at 5.30am. We will be starting off near Hoi An central market and also capture the local walking around – the best time to see Hoi An with not many tourist at this special time.

Return to your hotel for a breakfast then take part in the photo reviewing workshop by discussing about your technique, composition and tips for how to photograph in busy situations or people portrait. Lunch will be served at your hotel and free in the afternoon.

In the late afternoon, embark to the local boat for sailing to a farming village along the river. Surrounded by rice fields and the river, it offers many opportunities to capture the daily life of workers, highlighted by the setting sun. Buffalos are grazing in the background, as well as small boats where people are cast net fishing. This scene is particularly impressive during the rice planting or harvesting time. Within the village, you will be more than welcome to capture portraits of old people and children playing. Stop to share a cup of tea or a glass of cold beer with a local family. Later, return to your boat and sail back to Hoi An coincides with the time when the sun offers its best colors, until twilight when you will return back to the old town and dinner will be followed at a local restaurant.

Day 3
05 Sep 2018
Hoi An, Vietnam
Lantana Boutique hotel Hoi An Breakfast

Meet up with our guide at 4.45am at the hotel reception and transfer to a fishing village where a very dynamic environment has, the tour is focusing on people, documentary photography by using the best light of the day. The village itself offers excellent opportunities for photography which is not available in the middle of the day and is a perfect chance for practicing you skill in a busy environment. After spending some time sailing along the local river to capture the fishermen bringing their catch, we step into the village with a quiet, relaxed atmosphere and work on portrait photography. We have built strong relationships with the local people over the years, making it easy to get to know them and capture them in their daily lives. Continue deeper into the village to work on low light photography before meeting and interaction with the locals there.

Return to your hotel for late breakfast and rest of the day at leisure or you can take part in the optional tour with surcharge in the afternoon and evening as following:

FARMING LIFE ON HERB GARDEN TOUR

LIFESTART FOUNDATION WORKSHOP

HOI AN WALKING NIGHT FOOD SAFARI

Day 4
06 Sep 2018
Lang Co, Vietnam
Lang Co Beach Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning is free at leisure then check out and drive to Lang Co. Lunch will be served en-route before continue the journey to Tam Giang Lagoon. It’s about 1.5 hours from Lang Co beach and is the largest fresh water lagoon in South East Asia. With 22,000 hectares of water surface, Tam Giang Lagoon is the conclusion place of three big rivers, O Lau, Huong and Bo, before they run to the sea.

Upon arrival, embark the local boat to explore the lagoon by capture the daily life of local fishermen, including shrimp and fish farming or fishing using nets. Also enjoy a beautiful moment of sunset or watching birds or fauna and flora are existing.

Later, boat back to the main land and drive to your accommodation in Phu Loc. Dinner will be served at hotel and overnight in Phu Loc.

Day 5
07 Sep 2018
Hue, Vietnam
Hue Serene Palace Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Around 4.30am, drive back to this picturesque lagoon great moments for photos and opportunities to visit some local families along the river banks. On the way back, capture nice photos along the way. Then take a short walk around local fish market to witness daily life of locals before go back to the city center followed by a late breakfast at your hotel.

Later, take a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter through the towering main gate and appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains the events and the intrigue surrounding the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily during the Vietnam War, there are some incredibly well preserved sections intact and others which are being carefully restored. Next, head to visit The Tu Duc Royal Tomb, the most impressive of all the royal mausoleums, built by Emperor Tu Duc between 1864 and 1867. Interestingly, Tu Duc had 104 wives and countless concubines but left no heirs to the throne. While the complex does include a tomb, together with pavilions and temples, no one knows exactly where Tu Duc was buried as all 200 servants who buried the king were beheaded to keep his final resting place a secret from grave robbers. After exploring the tomb, return to your hotel & lunch will be at your own expenses.

In the late afternoon, embark the local boat and time to practise your skill with sunset along the Perfume River which gets its name from the autumn flowers upriver from Hue that fall into the water, giving the river a perfume-like aroma. The placid river has been a source of inspiration for countless artists, poets, and composers.

Day 6
08 Sep 2018
Hanoi, Vietnam
Bac Ha, Vietnam
Sao Mai Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After brakfast, tranfser to Hue airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, lunch will be served at airport restaurant then drive to Bac Ha town (5.5 hours’ drive).

Upon arrival, check in hotel and overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 7
09 Sep 2018
Sapa, Vietnam
Bamboo Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk up early for the active workshop at Bac Ha market - the largest and most colorful market in the area. Every Sunday morning, many different ethnic groups like the Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dzao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to buy and sell local products including homemade wares ranging from embroidery, tobacco and rice wine to farmyard animals such as chickens, pigs, horses and buffaloes. This is also a place for the locals to catch up and meet friends over rice wine at the end of the week.

Breakfast at the local shops nearby then follow by the photo reviewing workshop and you were also instructed with some new guidelines and necessary techniques that required for shooting in Sapa & Mu Cang Chai in the coming days.

At 11hrs - drive to Sapa (about 2.5 hours) and late lunch will be served at the local restaurant in Sapa. Transfer to Ta Van Village to visit the Zay, an ethnic group known for their brightly colored clothing. Observe their way of life and the local traditions before continuing your trek featuring magnificent views of the terraced fields. Drive back to the town and overnight in Sapa.

NOTES: Transfer duration is subject to change depend on the weather and the stopover on the way.

Day 8
10 Sep 2018
Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
Eco-lodge Mu Cang Chai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast and check out hotel. Then depart from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai for 6 hours’ drive. There are some stopovers en-route that include O Quy Ho Pass or the tea plantation on the way.

Upon arrival, check in hotel and overnight in Mu Cang Chai.

NOTES: Transfer duration is subject to change depend on the weather and the stopover on the way.

Day 9
11 Sep 2018
Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
Eco-lodge Mu Cang Chai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving your hotel at 7am and enjoy the local breakfast in town before head toward La Pan Tan commune – one of the main spot’s famous by the stunning of the paddy fields where you can witness the local people are working on and capture the beautiful landscapes on the way.

Later, lunch will be served at local restaurant and time for the photo reviewing workshop then rest for a while in the afternoon before running to catch the sunset by end of the day.

NOTES: Shooting venue is subject to change depend on the weather and will be advised on spot.

Day 10
12 Sep 2018
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi La Siesta Central hotel & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, check out and drive back to Hanoi (approximately: 7 hours drive).

NOTES: Transfer duration is subject to change depend on the weather and the stopover on the way.

Upon arrival Hanoi, check in hotel and refresh before enjoy the farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Day 11
13 Sep 2018
Hanoi, Vietnam
None Breakfast

Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

The regular check-out time is at 1200. Late check-out is NOT included and subject to availability

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Description

Explore the beauty of Vietnam from behind the lens on an eleven-day, expert led tour. Starting in the colourful city of Hoi An, our photography guide takes eager shutterbugs throughout the country and teaches them new skills along the way. From portrait photography in remote villages to landscapes taken from the heights of Sapa, there is no lack of diversity when it comes to subject matter.

About Us

Trails of Indochina had its humble beginnings in 1999 as a boutique inbound tour operator. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and now with more than 250 employees throughout the region, Trails of Indochina has grown to be a full-service Destination Management Company and tour operation across Indochina. At Trails of Indochina, our personal relationships can make anything possible. We invite you to experience our part of the world where you will uncover the hidden gems and see a different perspectives of Southeast Asia.

Insider Tip

Vietnam is a top destination for foodies with its cuisine differing greatly from north to south. We suggest a combination offood experiences including food tours, cooking classes and craft beer tours.

Terms & Conditions

Introduction


Our commitment is the delivery of bespoke, safe and first class services and customer experiences through a network of locally owned and operated offices within Southeast Asia. With a focus on experience, guest safety, quality control and service delivery, you can rely on Trails of Indochina’s reliable standards across all the countries in which we operate. Each itinerary is individually booked and confirmed by our team of resident experts ensuring travel is ordered according to your proposals. Each request is dutifully responded to within 24 hours unless negotiations and special requests are required on your behalf; our team will ultimately inform and follow up.


Pricing & Services


Trails of Indochina offer confidential rates based on market research, competition analysis, strategic negotiation and in-depth information for each specific season in each destination. These rates are offered under the condition that they cannot be displayed in any way to third parties. Rates are quoted in USD currency only. All quoted rates, unless otherwise specified, are net and non-commissionable.


Many hotels include compulsory special gala dinners on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and sometimes on national and/or other festive occasions in each country. This is a compulsory charge, and will be communicated and invoiced by Trails of Indochina where applicable.


Taxes


Unless otherwise specified, all quoted rates are inclusive of applicable taxes (including service charges, Value Added Taxes and/or locally charged taxes). Domestic tourism taxes and/or airport taxes may be applicable and are not included. These need to be paid directly to the relevant authority, by the traveler.

In the event of government imposed tax changes, Trails of Indochina reserves the right to alter the rates accordingly. Trails of Indochina will work to avoid this from occurring however reserves the right to collect any differentials from the clients individually, which may arise.


Payment


20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour, this deposit is non-refundable. The remaining 80% of the total tour cost to be paid 45 days prior to arrival date. If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately.

Where deposits and advance payments are required from contractors/third parties, these will also be invoiced to the client for payment (in addition to the 20% deposit). This will be required for Trails of Indochina to secure services contractors/third parties. Pre-payment procedures during high/peak seasons may also vary, depending on the accommodation policy to guarantee the booking. Trails of Indochina will inform you accordingly about this for each individual case.


Payment Methods


Trails of Indochina Accounting team will provide the bank details for wire transfers. Any bank charges levies by the sending bank relating to transfers to Trails of Indochina must be paid by the Client / Agent.

Kindly make sure you include the invoice number or contact our Accounting Department for an invoice number so that your payment can be identified.  Please also check with the bank who issued your credit card to ensure that no other bank fee is applied. Check payments must be written exactly to the order of Trails of Indochina Limited (full name please).  


Cancellations & Refunds


Any cancellations should be made in writing to Trails of Indochina. Cancellations beyond your control subject to Force Majeure can be covered under travel insurance. We recommend you buy Travel insurance before you complete payment of your travel and review its relevant product disclosure statement. Cancellation fees of loss of deposit will be applied if a confirmed booking is cancelled 22 days or more prior to arrival date

• For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 21 - 15 days prior to arrival date, loss of 50% of the total tour cost will be applied.  

• For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 14 - 8 days prior to arrival date, loss of 75% of the total tour cost will be applied.  

• Trails of Indochina reserves the right to claim 100% of the total tour cost should the cancellation happen within 7 days before departure.  

Depending on airlines, hotels, cruises and third party cancellation policies, the above conditions may be modified on application. Trails of Indochina will aim to negotiate with suppliers to waive or minimize these charges to you at best.


Passport


For all travel from and to the countries in which Trails of Indochina operates, a valid passport is required at all times. Conditions for specific validity of passports and regulations for other valid travel documentation can be obtained from each respective embassy and/or consulate in the client’s native country. For most countries, passports need to be valid for at least six months from the date of entry at a border post/airport/seaport.


Visa


In addition to passport requirements, visas for certain countries are required. These can either be obtained in the country of residence prior to departure or on arrival at immigration or a visa processing desk.  Full details about the specific visa conditions and requirements to obtain  visas for each specific country can be obtained from your consultant or from your embassy and/or consulate e in the client’s native country.


Travel Insurance


We strongly recommend that you obtain a comprehensive travel insurance policy before and during your travel. Neither Trails of Indochina nor its agents/suppliers or business partners shall/and can be held responsible for any loss, or damaged or stolen personal belongings.


Health & Safety


Trails of Indochina values health and safety as its top priority in the selection of product and provision of services. All clients are encouraged by our guides to follow the safety regulations for any service provided We check hotels, restaurants and other suppliers to ensure they meet our health and safety standards before recommending them to any of our clients.


Accommodation


There are limited hotels/resorts, with standard triple rooms in their inventory. These are commonly double/twin rooms with an extra (rollaway) bed, limiting space within the room. Please inform all concerned accordingly to correctly manage expectations. Extra bed rates / triple sharing room rates are available in the confidential tariff.

Single room supplements are indicated in the confidential tariff. It is common that the provided rooms are twin/double rooms for single use only.

Preferences such as smoking/non-smoking, interconnecting rooms, king-size beds, and location of the room cannot be guaranteed or confirmed in advance and are subject to hotel policy and availability at time of check-in.


Tours


Trails of Indochina will arrange sightseeing excursions and transportation as contracted in a professional manner. English, Spanish or other language speaking guides are provided to escort clients on all tour programs as per the proposed itinerary. Tours include entrance fees, meals (where mentioned) excluding any drinks, and other expenses, specifically mentioned in the tour program inclusions. All services provided by Trails of Indochina, its employees or agents are of the highest possible standard.. All tour guides are licensed and will be responsible for demonstrating any safety equipment and highlighting any safety risk before commencing any activities on tour.


Transfers


Unless otherwise stated, Trails of Indochina will provide for each destination according to the rates provided in our tariff. Transfer service includes the meet and greet of travelers with a name sign and transportation according to the booked itinerary.


Transportation


Where possible, Trails of Indochina uses coaches and cars, contracted on a long-term basis. Transportation (road or water transport) is operated by fully-licensed drivers / operators, in accordance with local safety standards. Vehicles are maintained in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications,  kept clean and in good working order, registered and insured adequately. Water transport will be of a similar quality and lifejackets will be provided for all clients.


Trails of Indochina  aims to keep clients aware that standards of transportation in each destination are different, yet we are committed to the best available means of transportation in that specific area of operation.


Complaints & Customer Service


A dedicated customer Care team is assigned to handle any customer service issues whilst on the ground. Trails of Indochina consider complaints as valuable feedback to improve service delivery levels. We request that service delivery failures or customer concerns, be reported during the guest’s stay to one of our representatives. It is the aim of the company to solve any irregularity immediately.


Force Majeure


During the term of this agreement, neither party shall be in default of its obligations to the extent that its performance is delayed or prevented by causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to, acts of God, natural disasters, bankruptcy of a vendor, strikes and other labor disturbances, acts of war, or civil disturbances, or other equivalent or comparable events.


Insurance


Our insurance policy is a group accident insurance policy for travel related companies offering comprehensive Public Liability Insurance to a maximum level of US$5,000,000 coverage per incident. The policy details are available upon request.

  

Indemnity


The client agrees to indemnify and to save Trails of Indochina from harm and against all damage or injury (including death) to property or person(s) resulting from intentional or negligent acts or omissions from their respective officers, employees, agents, contractors or subcontractors in connection with the performance of this agreement.


Liability


Trails of Indochina acts as an intermediary between all airlines, hotels, local tourist offices and other service providers. Therefore Trails of Indochina reserves the right to modify tours and itineraries with or without notice. Trails of Indochina tours are organized in conjunction with the respective airline(s) scheduled flights, therefore, itineraries and timetables are provisional and subject to change without notice. Acknowledgement and confirmation of the above-mentioned conditions is active, once clients participate in one of the provided services via Trails of Indochina.






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By: Andy37


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Overall, our experience was a great one. The drivers, tour guides, etc were all there to pick us up and get us to where we were going and everyone was extremely friendly and outgoing. We did have a minor issue with a few additional charges that we were given and we were not told (at all) that any of them would have been an extra charge. Additionally, our tour guide in Bali seemed to be really pushing us to sign on to additional tours with him on days that we had chosen to be on our own. Our experience on Lombok was top-notch, however in Bali, the tour guides were much more chatty with what seemed their prescribed talk and not so attentive to specific questions that we had. Additionally, when we were picked up for our bike tour, the guide asked to see our itinerary, as he had no idea what we were supposed to be doing. We ended up not doing a number of activities outlined on the itinerary and instead just did what the guide wanted to do. We had a great time, but these were concerns.
Travel Advisor:  Sari Greene

Very informative

By: Jandm42


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2015

They made the arrivals and departures very easy. All guides were personable and very well informed. They added greatly to our travel experience.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Perl

Recent trip

By: Fletch


Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Our experience was excellent. The organization proved to be very professional and reliable
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Southeast Asia

By: David Nixon


Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

The tour, with a few exceptions, we well organized. We saw most of what there was to see. The hotels and guides were excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard