VIETNAM – 2019 – A Photo Tour

Vietnam – Land of the Ascending Dragon 

Ancient Cultures and Natural Beauty

11 Day Photography Tour

March 17 – 27, 2019

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Vietnam – a bucket list location for any photographer interested in the many splendors of travel photography. One of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant cultures that offer spectacular scenery, stunning historical sites, colorful ethnic groups that rank it among the great photographic destinations of the world.

This photo tour is tailored to have you in the right locations with the best light for all our planned photo shoots.  The tour is designed to provide you with a mix of street photography, people portraiture, landscapes & the work environment like fishing and salt collection. The tour includes arranged photography in beautiful locations with professional models and local village folk.

This is not a photography workshop but an intense photo tour.  We want this to be a fun photography adventure and all instruction is informal and voluntary. This is an all-encompassing tour that includes hotels, meals, and transportation from the day of arrival to the day you depart.

Overview

Colorful ethnic people of the land.

Model shoots in traditional clothing

Hue, the Imperial City with models in ancient and exotic settings

Stunning images of workers in Hon Khoi Salt Fields

UNESCO World  Heritage site of Old Hoi An

Cham Culture 

Vast Sand Dunes

Conical hat market at night

Itinerary

DAY 1. Arrive Saigon. Based on the time of arrival meet for lunch at the hotel. Photograph the city – potential locations include Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau Pagoda or the Jade Emperor Pagoda.  Before dinner, we will photograph the city skyline from Chill Skybar. Dinner.
OVERNIGHT SAIGON.

DAY 2. SAIGON TO PHAN RANG after breakfast.
Fishing village and people in Mui Ne
Photograph along the coastal region
Sunset —with models wearing traditional attire in Nam Cuong sand dunes.
OVERNIGHT PHAN RANG 

DAY 3. PHAN RANG
Sunrise—Nam Cuong sand dunes with models
Breakfast
Cham village and local people
Sunset— thousands of sheep going home
OVERNIGHT PHAN RANG

DAY 4. PHAN RANG
Sunrise — Vinh Hy Bay
Breakfast
Drive to DOC LET
Fishing village/people along the way
Sunset — at Hon Khoi salt fields with models.
OVERNIGHT DOC LET

DAY 5. DOC LET
Sunrise— Hon Khoi Salt Fields with model
Breakfast
Drive to TUY HOA
Photograph village of Tuy An
Sunset— Ganh Da Dia and Ganh Den Lighthouse
OVERNIGHT TUY HOA

DAY 6.  TUY HOA
Sunrise— Ganh da Dia basalt formations and Ganh Den Lighthouse
Breakfast
Drive to QUI NHON
A fishing village along the way
Waterfall in Qui Nhon
OVERNIGHT QUI NHON

DAY 7. QUI NHON
3:00 a.m conical hat market
Sunrise— a fishing village in Qui Nhon
Breakfast
Drive to HOI AN
Sunset—fishing village in Hoi An
OVERNIGHT HOI AN

DAY 8. HOI AN
Sunrise—on the river in a boat with fisherman throwing fishnets.
Breakfast
Photograph models in choice locations in the Ancient Town
Rest of the day free
Night photography in the Ancient Town
OVERNIGHT HOI AN

DAY 9.  HOI AN 
Breakfast
Photography in the Ancient Town
Lunch
Drive to HUE – Depart around 1:30
Sunset Lap An Lagoon.
OVERNIGHT HUE

DAY 10. HUE
Sunrise—on a lagoon with models
Boat trip for additional model photography and fishermen
Breakfast
Architectural photography and incense making
Sunset – on a lagoon
OVERNIGHT HUE

DAY 11. HUE
Breakfast
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – Arrive by 1:00 PM

Return Home 

Recommended Gear

Ideal lenses are short to medium telephoto lenses and wide angle lenses.  Bring your fastest lenses as there will be opportunities for low light and night photography. You will rarely need anything more than a 200 mm lens.

Clothing

March temperatures in Vietnam range from a low of 75 to a high of 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  Comfortable light clothing is suggested 

Accommodation & Travel

We will be staying at 4-star hotels. 

Registration

Registration is limited to a maximum of 6 people.

The trip fee is $3,375

The single supplement fee is $450

Fees include accommodation, meals (dinner on day 1 through breakfast on day 11) and all ground and air transportation in Vietnam. Photographer fees and an English speaking guide. All entrance, zone and camera fees. All local model & village donations.

The fee does not include your airfare to and from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, airport taxes, visa fees, travel insurance (highly recommended), personal expenses, tips including the end of trip gratuities for drivers and guides, alcoholic beverages, telephone, laundry, personal travel if incurred and incidentals.

Please complete the registration and release forms. A deposit of $1,875 is required to confirm your reservation. The balance is due by February 15, 2019. Please make your payments to Shiv Verma and mail them to 652 Dedham Street, Wrentham, MA 02093-1149. Credit cards are accepted with a 3% processing charge.

Information

Contact: 617.759.0010 or email sv@shivverma.com

Additional details, enrollment forms, and release forms are available at:

http://www.shivverma.com/workshops/