South  East  Asia  Is  A  Great  Destination  For  Photographers  Of  All Levels

From the bustling street life, to the vividly colourful wildlife and all the other forms ‘life’ in between, South East Asia is a photographer’s dream. This  highly  photogenic  continent  makes  even  the  least  talented photographer’s  snaps  look  like  they’ve  come  from The National Geographic!

For those with a real passion for photography Saffron Travel can also organise local photographers to accompany you during a trip and take you to places and corners where you can capture the photos of a lifetime. And there are countless subjects to photograph whether you’re travelling to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or Myanmar.

At Saffron Travel, we make several trips across the country every year to update new products and experiences. During these trips, we have met so many interesting local people with their genuine stories. Therefore, a photo tour with us is not about having a perfect set-up photos, but it’s all about moments.

Vietnamese nothern kids are playing by Jet Huynh

We also want to share with your our photo tips shared by our friends who are region’s professional photographers:

1. For Portraits

Vietnamese portrait by Saffron Travel Team
Vietnamese portrait by Saffron Travel Team
  • Whenever taking portraits, communicate with your subject
  • Shoot with respect; how you approach people will affect the outcome of your request for a photo.
  • And again, it doesn’t matter if other features are out of focus, if the eyes aren’t sharp the image will fail.
Dusk in Hoian by Giang Tito

2. Wildlife Photography

  • Spend a day at your local zoo or wildlife park before taking your camera and heading off on real sites.
  •  Don’t forget to caption your photo with your experience and shooting information
  • Always “Shoot First”. If you have time, improve your position for a second attempt
  • Everything can be out of focus but make sure the eyes of animals are sharp.

Our suggested itinerary for an inspiring photo tour in Vietnam:

Day 1              Hanoi arrival with warm welcome

Day 2              Capture Hanoi (streetlife) through your lens – escorted by a professional photographer

Day 3              Hanoi – Sapa – a photogenic town of Vietnam

Day 4              Sapa light trekking

Day 5              Sapa – ethnic market

Day 6              Sapa – Hanoi

Day 7              Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay

Day 8              Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi – flight to Hue

Day 9              Hue sightseeing – lunch with learned monks at a local pagoda

Day 10            Hue – Hoi An via the beautiful Hai Van Pass – with stops for photos taking

Day 11            Good morning Hoi An with a professional photographer – Hoi An walking tour

Day 12            Hoi An – flight to Can Tho

Day 13            Cai Rang floating market and breakfast cruise – local villages

Day 14            Transfer to Bac Lieu – Fishing villages with great opportunity for photos – transfer back to Can Tho

Day 15            Can Tho – transfer back to Saigon

Day 16            Saigon sightseeing – home hosted dinner with a well-known photographer and book author

Day 17            Good morning Saigon on the back of a Vintage 1960s Vespa

Day 18            Saigon departure


For a detailed itinerary and advice on the best time to do a photo tour in Indochina, please feel free to contact us via email at