This unique Vietnam photography tour of Saigon and the Mekong Delta, accompanied by professional travel photographer Gary Latham, (Lonely Planet, Wanderlust, Food and Travel etc), aims to encourage both keen amateur photographers and beginners, not only to get to know their cameras better but to engage with their subject matter in more meaningful ways. In contrast to other photography courses, and in keeping with the All Points East philosophy, this trip intends to emphasize a travel photography that respects local people, their cultures, traditions and religions and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.
An exciting river and land adventure through the heart of Indochina: from Vietnam’s bustling Saigon and picturesque Mekong Delta region, up-river to the fascinating Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.
Accommodation: hotel, home-stay in colonial period villa
Transport: minibus, boat, tuk-tuk
Meals: bed and breakfast throughout. Gary can advise on restaurants and local dishes
Group Size: 2 to 10 persons
Day 1 Morning arrival in Saigon, meet your tour leader and transfer to a downtown hotel. Introductory presentation by Gary concerning some of the techniques, aesthetics and ethics of travel photography, followed by a leisurely afternoon to recover from your flight. Explore the area, browse the markets or just relax in a cafe and watch the non-stop spectacle of the city’s traffic! (Photographic themes: – Saigon street life, city scenes)
Day 2 Day tour of some of the City’s sites including the bustling Chinatown district of Cholon, the War Museum, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and Saigon’s own Notre Dame Cathedral. (Photographic themes: – Saigon street life, city scenes, markets, pagodas, French colonial period architecture)
Day 3 Departure from Saigon for a visit to the fascinating former Vietcong tunnel system at Cu Chi before continuing south to the scenic riverside, Delta town of Cai Be for an afternoon boat cruise through the maze of waterways. Discover the region’s picturesque scenery, and the local cottage industries and handicraft manufacturing of the, still very traditional, villages. Overnight in Cai Be Town. (Photographic themes: – country scenes, historical sites, Mekong Delta scenery, cottage industries)
Day 4 Morning visit to Cai Be’s traditional floating market followed by a canoe tour of the former Vietcong jungle base at Xe Quit. After lunch we’ll head for Can Tho – the Delta’s most important commercial and administrative centre. Afternoon at leisure to explore this friendly riverside town or check-out the interesting Mekong Delta Museum. (Photographic themes: – floating markets, historical sites, river life)
Day 5 Early morning boat ride to check out the nearby morning market; one of the busiest and most photogenic of the Delta’s floating markets, before heading west to the small riverside town of Chau Doc near the Cambodian border. Visit the sacred Sam Mountain for sunset and spectacular views before returning to Chau Doc in the evening. (Photographic themes: – floating markets, river life, country life, landscapes, pagodas.)
Day 6 Back on the Mekong for a morning departure by boat for Phnom Penh. Lunchtime arrival and check-in to a small, comfortable, downtown hotel. Time to stretch your legs with an introductory walking tour, taking in the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and lively waterfront area. (Photographic themes: – River scenes, landscapes, Phnom Penh street scenes, historic buildings; French colonial style and Buddhist temples.)
Day 7 Day tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city; the bustling Central Market, the infamous ‘Killing Fields’ site and the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum at Tuol Sleng. (Photographic themes: – street scenes, markets, people, architecture, historical sites.)
Day 8 End of tour.