Stunning mountain landscapes and a harvest-time encounter with the Montagnards
Capture northern Vietnam in all its golden finery before the rice harvest
14 Days and 13 Nights travelling Vietnam’s incredible northern frontier
For the ultimate mountain photo adventure, we head north to capture ‘golden season’ on the towering rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai and Sapa. With rainy season over and the harvest fast approaching, the paddies go from bright green to gold in a matter of weeks, a landscape photographer’s dream. The Harvest Festival in Mu Cang Chai attracts ethnic minority people from all over the north for markets and games in the centre of town. The road then takes us north to remote Lai Chau province and the spectacular O Quy Ho Pass, before we arrive in the former colonial hill station of Sapa. From there we head into remote Hoang Su Phi, also home to a great arena of golden rice terraces at this time of year. In many paddies, the local ethnic minorities are already cutting the crops, and we’ll capture stunning portraits of rural life. We round off the trip with an adventure in Ha Giang’s incredible Dong Van Rocky Plateau, a staggering volcanic landscape home to a colourful array of ethnic groups.
If you can’t join the whole tour, it’s also possible to just travel with us for half, as there is a natural midway break point at Sapa. That means you could join us for the first half of Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai – Sapa and get the overnight train back to Hanoi on day 7, or alternatively meet us in Sapa on day 7 and travel the second half via of Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang – Hanoi. Half of the tour would be half the price.
This is a premium photographic adventure, and we’ll enjoy the best accommodation available in the region, from stylish bamboo eco-lodges to mountain resorts and restored H’mong forts. We’ll also taste the most delicious cuisine in a part of the world already renowned for its culinary excellence. We travel by spacious and comfortable minibus, with an extra vehicle to transport our luggage between accommodation. At the same time, our close connection to the people of this region, local friendships and many years of experience give us unparalelled access to the authentic life of the ethnic minorities and the area’s most stunning vistas. As working photographers and journalists, with many years of teaching experience, we provide you unique insights and knowledge about Vietnam and photographic storytelling.