Vietnam is a photographer’s paradise, with breathtaking views around every corner. You don’t have to search far or wide to get the perfect shot. Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, there’s plenty of moments to capture. From incredible street photography opportunities to beautiful landscapes with unique backdrops, the Southeast Asian country is an incredible destination.
Visa Requirements and Travel
Double check your visa requirements before making your travel plans and ensure your visa is in place before flying. Whether you need an E-visa or Visa on arrival, Evisa-Vietnam.com can help arrange everything for you, making your journey much smoother and stress-free. Fly into one of Vietnam’s three international hubs; Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang or Hanoi. Once in the country travel by train, domestic flights, taxi or bus to reach your destination. Whether you’re planning a three-month long trip or are just visiting for two weeks, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
1. Ha Long Bay
One of the natural wonders of the world, it’s no wonder that Ha Long Bay is a paradise for photographers. With postcard-ready views from every angle and plenty to do, the limestone islands and blue lagoons are sure to keep you busy.
2. Sapa Rice Paddies
The Sapa terraced rice paddies in the mountains of northern Vietnam are stunning. Landscape photographers will be in their element and with the greenery and mountainous backdrop, you’ll be able to capture something remarkable. The rice paddies are cultivated by Vietnam’s minority tribes in Sapa. While visiting, take the opportunity to visit one of the minority hill tribes and learn about the culture.
3. Sand Dunes, Mui Ne
The sand dunes in Mui Ne are a perfect combination of picturesque landscapes and fun activities. Explore the sand dunes on the back of a quad bike or try out sand boarding. You can take a day to trip to either the red or white sand dunes in Mui Ne. Make sure you take extra water and suncream as it can get very hot. The best time to go is either in the morning or evening as it’s cooler.
4. My Son Sanctuary
Another of Vietnam’s incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site’s, My Son Sanctuary is located in the Quang Nam province. Experience a glimpse at an ancient Champa civilisation which was actually an independent state between the 2nd and the 17th century. The impressive sculptures, temples and stones are set amongst the jungle and are a must-visit.
5. Cao Dai Temple
Around 100km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City is the Cao Dai Temple, a colourful religious site built in the 1930s. The temple is open to the public with ceremonies available every six hours. During ceremonies, you can take photographs of its worshippers.
6. Hoi An Ancient Town
The entire town is beautiful and known for its illuminated lanterns in the evening. Camera’s that can shoot in low light will do especially well and truly capture the town. In Hoi An you’ll find wooden shops, Buddhist shrines and a number of French-colonial buildings.
7. Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
The historic city of Hanoi surrounds the Hoan Kiem Lake. As a major tourist spot, the lake is very popular amongst both visitors and locals. Spend the evening walking around the lake or take part in some of the group exercises that take place throughout the day. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and see how the locals live.
8. Temple of Literature, Hanoi
One of Hanoi’s most popular and beautiful attractions in Hanoi, the Temple of Literature was built in 1070. With courtyards, passageways and a lake of literature, the complex was once used by the royalty of Ly and Tran dynasties. Head to the complex during the morning for a less crowded and more tranquil setting.
9. Hue Imperial City
Set on the northern bank of the Perfume River in Hue, the Imperial City features gorgeous monuments that date back to the 19th century. The city houses temples, pagodas and royal quarters and costs VND 150,000 to get in. The UNESCO-listed heritage site in central Vietnam was the Vietnam capital city from 1802 to 1945.
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