This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!
The histories of Laos and Vietnam have been intertwined in recent history, yet they have wildy different characters and atmospheres. This exciting travel photography tour takes in the best of what they have to offer the keen photographer.
Laos is one of my favourite countries. For all of it's turbulent past Laos has also managed to preserve it's traditions and way of life: Buddhism is the national religion. There are ancient and exquisite monasteries all over the country and Luang Prabang is reputed to be the best preserved town in Asia. Vietnam is more fast-paced and sometimes frenetic and has rushed headlong towards development, but there are still regions of incredible beauty and also of thriving local culture. Our trip centres on the North of both of these countries: regions that are the most varied, characteristic and photogenic.
The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.
Our adventure starts in Bangkok, where we catch a night train north to the Laos border. We cross the Friendship Bridge to the languid capital of Vientiane. This truly is one of the most laidback capital cities in the world. After some time to explore, we begin our journey north. Firstly we explore the stunning karst scenery around Vang Vieng before moving on to the incomparable town of Luang Prabang. This cultural haven on the banks of the Mekong River is one of the most spiritual places in Asia. Every morning hundreds of Buddhist monks headout on their morning alms round collecting donations from the townspeople. Throughout the town there are dozens of beautifully ornate Buddhist monasteries, or wats.
We then fly to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is much busier than Vientiane, but there are still oasises of tranquility, such as the Hoan Kiem lake in the centre. We catch a night train to the mountain town of SaPa near the Chinese border. This is a centre of many of the hilltribes in Vietnam. We have the opportunity to explore on a mini trek and photograph some of the hilltribe markets in the area. We finish off the trip on a relaxing cruise amidst the islands of Halong Bay before returning to Hanoi where the trip finishes.
Highlights of this trip
• Historic Luang Prabang
• Bustling capital of Hanoi
• Scenery at Vang Vieng
• Vibrant Buddhist culture
• Monasteries of Vientiane
• Hilltribe markets at SaPa
• Stunning Halong Bay
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Start: 21 Nov. 2012
End: 5 Dec. 2012 Code: TBA
Price: £1765 pp ex. int. flights, based on
Min 8, max 12 people
Approx other currencies*:
€ 2115 • US$ 2810
AU$2610 • NZ$3365
Note: if you have travelled with Intrepid and have a 5% feedback discount you can use it on this trip
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Impressions of Laos & Vietnam Itinerary
Day 1: Bangkok/train
Day 2: Vientiane
Day 3: Vang Vieng
Day 4: Vang Vieng
Day 5: Luang Prabang
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang
Day 8: Hanoi
Day 9: Night train
Day 10: Sapa
Day 11: Bac Ha
Day 12: Night train
Day 13: Halong Bay
Day 14: Hanoi
Day 15: Tour ends
Website, Images and text © Steve Davey/stevedavey.com 1990 - 2012
Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.
Bookings are made through the Intrepid Special Groups Dept. in Melbourne not the Intrepid website or Stores. Use this link for more information
This tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.
Please note: this tour ran successfully in 2012.
At the momement it is not scheduled to run again.
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