Northern Vietnam is blessed with incredible scenery with its lush-green rice terraces and soaring mountains, as well as its different ethnic tribal groups. A photography tour of the region on the Vietnam travel packages makes it possible to see the rugged landscape in all its glory.
A photography tour to shoot the spectacular rice terraces varies with the time of year. During the time of the rice-transplantation, the rice terraces are just starting to fill with water, which results in the early sprouts showing off their bright green colours to create a carpet of lushness. A further tour can take place later in the harvesting season, which is when the fields start to emit a beautiful golden hue. Visiting the rice terraces at either of these times is a photographers dream. Beyond, the time in the rice fields, the Vietnam photography tour can include time exploring local markets and villages.
There are several regions of Northern Vietnam that make up the spectacular rice terrace landscape, including:
Mu Cang Chai
Mu Cang Chai is said to have some of the finest rice terraces in Vietnam to give a perfect destination for the photography tour. During the course of the day, it is possible to witness the local H’mong people working in the fields and going about their daily lives. Attractions in the local area include the La Pan Tan “Rice Canyon”, while a visit to the Lao Chai village is also worth the effort.
For travellers planning to overnight in the region, there is the option to homestay with a local Thai family and enjoyed the regional cuisine.
The trip from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa can give plenty of superb stops to capture the surrounding landscapes. This can include the traditional Thai villages that are surrounded by huge bamboo groves and overlook large rice fields. There is the Tram Uyen passage which gives access to Vietnam’s highest mountain, Mt. Fansipan, which is 3,143 metres. Sapa is a past climate station and popular with tourists on the Vietnam travel for its rice paddy tours or strenuous mountain treks.
Sapa is a further great place to spend the night in a traditional homestay and enjoy the local hospitality and food.
The region of Y Ty hugs the Chinese border and reveals more of the stunning countryside of Vietnam. This region has plenty of small villages and mountainous landscapes to discover and give inspiration on the Vietnam photography tour.
Hoang Su Phi
Hoang Su Phi is another wonderful destination to visit on the Vietnam tour packages for the photogenic terrace fields. A great time to visit for photographers is September and October when the fields are rich in different tones of green.
The photography tours in Northern Vietnam are rarely the same with varying light conditions and spontaneous encounters creating the perfect photography opportunities time after time. Plus, in order to be ready for the tour there is no particular need to invest in high-end or expensive equipment. A regular DSLR with zoom and wide angle lenses is a practical piece of kit for this tour. Even a smartphone can work to take the stunning pictures of the Vietnam landscape.