Cambodia and Vietnam, Combined Tour
Join us for a 9-day adventure in Siem Reap and rural Vietnam.
We’re delighted to have partnered with Etienne Bossot and the excellent Pics of Asia to bring you an action-packed, 9-day photography expedition that takes in the very best photographic offerings from Siem Reap Province and Central Vietnam.
From the most supreme of the Angkor temples to her best-kept secrets, to verdant countryside and remote villages on Cambodia’s largest lake, to the quaint French-colonial towns of Central Vietnam, as well as an intimate view on rural life rarely experienced by visitors to this fascinating country.
Develop your skills as a photographer with an incredible variety of subjects, from landscape to architecture, and from portrait to street photography, all while under the expert guidance of two of Asia’s premier photography workshop hosts.
Highlights of the tour
- Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon in the best light
- Hidden temples – away from the crowds
- Buddhist pagodas and the daily rituals of monks
- Life on Cambodia’s largest lake: floating villages
- Charming Hoi An Old Town and surrounding countryside
- Local life: markets and villages
- Lang Co & Ha Giang lagoons
- Incredible countryside around Hue
July 10-19, 2019
For the smoothest possible start to your photo tour, we recommend arriving in Siem Reap no later than 5pm, July 9th.
Small group: Max. 6 Participants.
Amazing 18 Day Photography Adventure
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9-Day Cambodia & Vietnam Workshop Itinerary
Day 1: Angkor Intro & Tonlé Sap Lake
We kick off our Cambodia experience with the vine-choked ruin of Ta Prohm before exploring some of Central Angkor’s lesser-known gems. The morning will allow us to explore these temples while they are at their quietest, and begin crafting unique compositions with clever use of light and shadow. The afternoon will be spent at an otherworldly village on stilts above the Tonlé Sap Lake; here we’ll get our first introduction into photographing local people.
Day 2: Local Market, Buddhist Pagoda, and Angkor Thom
Our second morning combines a trip to a sprawling local market and a Buddhist pagoda, where we may be able to witness novice monks going about their daily rituals. This session gives us the chance to work on interacting with our subjects, learning to make people feel at ease in our presence, as well as practicing our street and portrait photography skills. The afternoon will be spent at Angkor Thom, including Bayon and her 200+ smiling faces.
Day 3: Angkor Wat at sunrise, Siem Reap Countryside, and Preah Khan
The third day begins with one of Cambodia’s most iconic sites, the sun rising behind the five towers of Angkor Wat. We’ll get you into the best spot to make the most of this breathtaking opportunity, as well as coach you in the finer details of low light shooting. After exploring the temple, we’ll visit a rice growing region in the nearby countryside where we’ll practice capturing local industry. The afternoon will be enjoyed at Preah Khan, the most underrated of all the Angkor temples.
Day 4: Remote Cambodia – Countryside, local life, and Floating Village
Our final day in Cambodia begins deep into the countryside, where we’ll spend time with a local farmer whose catch is rather out of the ordinary (you’ll have to take our word for that). This allows us to practice our reportage photography and storytelling, as well as capture a side of Cambodia that nobody sees. Depending on remaining time, we’ll call in at either a small market or pagoda on the way back to Siem Reap town. The afternoon will be spent boating through a remote community on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where we’ll have a chance to visit traditional homes floating on the surface of the water.
Day 5: Welcome to Hoi An
Day 5 will start with your connecting flight from Siem Reap to Danang, where Etienne from Pics of Asia will be waiting to welcome you. After a short drive to Hoi An, and check-in at the hotel, we’ll have a leisurely introductory session in charming Hoi An Old Town.
Day 6: Hoi An Countryside
An early start sees us arrive at a fishing village south of Hoi An, far from the tourist trail. Here, we’ll witness a busy, working environment, with activity all around us. We’ll get to grips with the finer aspects of photographing people, as well as how to make compelling images in busy situations. The village gives us incredible access; we’re able to stroll through the narrow alleyways in the early morning light, meeting with local people as they go about their daily lives. We’ll drive back to Hoi An for lunch, before catching the sunset and dabbling in some night photography in Hoi An Old Town.
Day 7: Lang Co Lagoon
A pre-dawn start allows us to catch the sunrise over the fishing traps on the river delta near Hoi An. After this beautiful start, we’ll spend the rest of the morning in a busy local market, where we’ll have the opportunity to practice and experiment with a variety of different lighting conditions. After lunch, we’ll drive out to Lang Co Lagoon to capture a mixture of local people and landscape images at sunset.
Day 8: Tam Giang Lagoon and Hue
We’ll start our morning with a sunrise over the most beautiful lagoon in all of Central Vietnam, while fishermen return to the shore after a night working on the morning. The villages of Tam Giang are very untouched by tourism and offer incredible photo opportunities. After a rest, we’ll drive a little further, on to our final destination of the day in Hue. Here, we’ll explore the vibrant riverside at sunset, where local people like to go on relaxing evenings strolls in the day’s last light.
Day 9: Hue Countryside & Photo Review
The last of our early starts, and our final day of the tour; we start with the beautiful countryside around Hue, where delicate rivers flow into green paddy fields. We’ll witness plenty more activity along the shores of the lagoon, reflecting all the shifting colours of the sunrise. We will also visit a handicraft factory, providing for some fantastic portrait opportunities. After a break at the hotel, we’ll drive back to Hoi An, where from a comfy coffee shop we’ll spend the afternoon reviewing the images we’ve made on our adventure.
The tour will end when the review wraps up, at around 7 pm.
Inclusions and Exclusions
We want your trip to be as easy as possible, so you can focus entirely on photography. For that reason, we’ve included all of the essentials within our tour fee: accommodation, transportation, all meals, and even tips to local people, etc. See below for details.
Accommodation (4-star boutique resort/spa).
Transport during photography excursions, as well as your connecting flight between Siem Reap and Danang.
Regular daily meals from check-in until check-out.
Guiding/Tuition from an experienced professional photographer.
All tickets and entrance fees.
Round-trip airport pick-up and drop-off.
While we’ve done our utmost to include as much as possible within our standard tour fee, there are some notable exclusions, listed below.
Airfare to and from Cambodia/Vietnam.
Visa and associated fees for Cambodia & Vietnam
Meals, drinks and snacks beyond those specified.
Alcoholic beverages beyond one with specified meals.
Medical & Travel Insurance.
Local souvenirs and mementos.
Who Our Tours are Designed For
Our adventures are perfect for anyone who loves travel and photography, whatever your level of experience with a camera – the most important thing is enthusiasm. Our tours are specifically designed for photographers and aim to unlock opportunities that wouldn’t be open to the casual visitor, all while ensuring that we shoot in the best light, away from the crowds.
Refine your Vision
Mastering photography is a wonderful lifelong journey; the objective of our tours is to help you become a better photographer, day by day, so that you not only capture wonderful images of Cambodia and Vietnam, but that you take away a wealth of new skills that will serve you well for all of your photographic endeavours yet to come. With our expert guidance, you’ll quickly become more familiar with your equipment and refine your vision for incredible imagery without feeling swamped by technical details. You’ll learn how to read light, how to frame a scene, and how to inject the element of story into your captures.
The best camera is the one that’s with you! Don’t get me wrong, we like a new toy as much as the next photographer, but you really can make incredible images with any setup – an entry-level DSLR/mirrorless and mid-range zoom is really all you need to make the most of Cambodia’s best photographic opportunities. Of course you’re welcome to bring more, a wide-angle zoom and your favourite prime are always handy, but they aren’t a requirement for attendance. Compact cameras and smartphones are welcome, too. If you can, bring along your laptop so we can critique your photos and also show you a few tips for using Lightroom.
Meaningful Interactions with Local People
You’ll get to meet local people and make meaningful connections, all the while capturing a beautifully intimate portrait of their way of life. Feel free to capture the people we encounter candidly, or we can show you how to break the ice so as to make your camera an asset that creates interesting opportunities like never before.
Expect the Unexpected
Our itineraries are fun and flexible, and flow naturally – each of our photography adventures is unique; spontaneous encounters and varying light conditions will mean different opportunities at every turn. One moment you’ll be marvelling at the sun rising over the iconic towers of Angkor Wat; the next you’ll be sat appreciating the harmony of a monk praying by candle light; or perhaps find yourself in a stilted home above the Tonle Sap, or bumping down a dusty track straddled by farmers in oxcarts pulled by water buffalo.
Small Group Experience
Our small groups ensure that each of our participants will get plenty of individual, hands-on time with the instructors. It also means that we can travel in a less conspicuous manner, blending into our environment and not overwhelming local people during spontaneous encounters.
We are committed to responsible travel in Cambodia and beyond, ensuring that all of our tours are respectful of and give back to the local community. We have taken all possible steps to make sure our tours cause as little environmental impact as possible. We use local drivers on all of our excursions, and we take care to educate our tour participants of the ethics of travel photography and local customs. We advocate for responsible volunteering and tourism. The participants that join our tours come away not only with some amazing memories and photos, but also with a better understanding of how they can travel responsibly in future, as well as make a positive impact in Southeast Asia.
HOW DO I RESERVE A PLACE?
Simply fill out the form on this page to let us know you’re interested, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
We understand that plans change, but please consider any deposit a firm commitment. The remaining balance is to be paid on or before 45-days prior to the commencement of the tour. Please check with us before making travel arrangements; if for whatever reason the tour cannot go ahead, you will be refunded any deposits/payments made to us.