Hanoi On The Tracks Photo Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    05:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Tour ends at Zoom Cafe, 46 Hang Vai, Hoan Kiem District
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


On this photo tour youll experience and photograph daily life along Hanoi's urban railway, including the rush and adrenaline of capturing the morning train flying through train street, a narrow residential alleyway. Well also explore a bustling early morning market, some colorful backstreets and the activities around the inner city residential lakes, all of which provide fantastic opportunities for portraiture and some very unique street photography.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

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5:00 am Hotel pick-up

5:30 am Start tour at Long Bien Bridge, overlooking Long Bien market. Introduction to the tour and overview of camera settings. Focus on Establishing shot and use of Shutter Priority, capturing trains coming into Long Bien station.

6:30 am Wander through alleyways leading into the Old quarter and underneath the railway line to Phung Hung Street. Here the photographic emphasis is on capturing life around and under the tracks, the businesses and activities that spring up on the embankments and bridges that support the railway. Technical focus S and A mode and different ISO settings to capture activity.

7:45 am Quick tea break and review of shots taken so far.

8:00 am - The group continue along the tracks to Dien Bien Phu Street and beyond, into the residential areas that lie along the tracks in this part of town. There is a focus now on capturing daily life in relation to the railway different ways to build a photographic story around a physical theme. Colm passes on tips such as shooting without looking and creating the place.

9 am - We stop for breakfast at our caf / photography gallery Zoom, with time to select pictures for a 3 photo story on life around the tracks.

9:30 am - Farewell


Food and drinks

Professional Photography guide



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

No Health Restrictions

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 11-Jan-2020

    J'ai choisi ce tour pour apprendre de nouvelles choses et Linh à été très bon pour me montrer comment améliorer et obtenir de belles images autour de la voie ferrée d'Hanoï. Cadrage, lumière, esprit à avoir pour la photo de rue, etc... Une belle expérience!

  • 04-Jan-2020

    I really enjoyed this tour with Brett. He was patient in understanding my limited photo skills, interesting to chat to for a few hours and I learned a fair bit. Best part was learning practical photography application from Brett as opposed to simply theory. Having said that, do this for the entire experience and not just to take a photo of an on-coming train - which in itself last 1 mins and is near impossible to get a perfect shot of for an amateur.

  • 28-Nov-2019

    This was a fantastic experience - my girlfriend is a fairly experienced photographer, I am a complete novice. She uses a complicated DSLR, whereas I just have my smartphone. William our guide was able to find something for each of us to learn at our own level, and showed me some of the features I can manipulate even with my smartphone to get some really nice shots. You start before dawn and head down to the train tracks, there are some amazingly atmospheric scenes to capture here, and it's sort of an area that you would know to go to without a guide. Then you see some little market streets, again off the normal tourist track, so you're actually seeing a real Street market come to life first thing in the morning without throngs of other tourists around, it feels like a chance to see a bit of really authentic Hanoi life. William was fantastic, very generous with his time and knowledge of the city, and his experience in how to approach people and scenes when doing street photography, we had a fantastic morning and we only wish we had done this tour earlier in our holiday. Highly recommended for photographers of any level at all.

  • 27-Nov-2019

    This is the first photo tour I’ve taken where I learned something. Typically photo tours stop with aperture and shutter speed and if you already know those things they have nothing to tell you. Duc not only took me to interesting photo opportunities, he explained aspects of local life and taught me about street photography. He also taught me new photographic techniques. I was much more comfortable taking shots of people in Vietnam as a result of this tour and enjoyed my entire trip more as a result. Duc will teach you as much as you want to learn. I loved this trip so much that I proceeded to book several more with them.

  • 19-Nov-2019

    This tour definitely exceeds expectations . It Combines both sightseeing and focused photography session . Not only the location, the ambience and the timing were great but above all the tour guide himself. Mr, Brett was brilliant. I was amazed how he transformed his knowledge and downsized it to a beginner level. No matter what is your level of Photography, I would encourage you to take this tour.

  • 23-Oct-2019

    This is an amazing photo tour ending with a lot of wonderfull photographs. We started off around the railway tracks photographing trains and local life around the railway , then headed around the market area to photograph colouful food , flower , seafood stalls and locals going about their daily lives. The tour was well paced with plenty of time to take photographs before heading off to another location. Brett was the guide and was wonderfull, really enjoyed our general conversations about Hanoi as we walked around. I regard myself as an intermediate photographer and Brett gave me photography tips that helped me for the rest of the holiday in Vietnam. If you are a keen photographer or just a beginer I cannot recommend highly enough to undertake this Photography Tour

  • 18-Oct-2019

    This is a fabulous opportunity for anyone who is interested in improving their skills and seeing some great photo spots! Brett and our translator were wonderful. We visited the train tracks and got some great shots followed by a visit to a wonderful side street market filled with an array of colorful veggies, flopping fish and eels, etc before we ventured out to a pleasant lake. Received several tips for improving shots and learned a few new things about my camera. Also enjoyed our conversations re daily life in Hanoi. I am an intermediate photographer and would highly recommend that any level photographer go on this trip. Thank you!!!

  • 23-Apr-2019

    This tour was great on so many different levels. 1. Brilliant tour guide/instructor. Boris was simply amazing. My husband and I have very different levels of photography, him being experienced and me inept. Despite this Boris tailored it brilliantly so that we both got lots out of it, my husband improving technique and gaining the confidence in taking shots of locals, and me learning the basics enough to get some great shots. On top of that Boris was very informative about local life and culture. 2. Great locations. We visited Long Biên Market which was an absolutely amazing experience where we really got to interact with the locals. We also photographed a number of trains, including inside the engine room! We walked through the old quarter to train street and then back to our hotel. Photo opportunities galore. 3. It’s different, you get to see a side of Vietnam you wouldn’t otherwise see and you get to capture it to remember forever. I highly recommend it and I definitely suggest you ask for Boris! Would definitely book again!

  • 23-Mar-2019

    I wasn't sure about this tour as I've always just used the auto function on my camera, - but I learned how to use loads of really useful functions both on my digital camera and smartphone. Our guide Boris was really good, giving loads of tips on composing great photos, which we used on the rest of our trip. It was a really early start, but worth it to see the food market in full flow - that in itself is a real experience - the woman shaving pigs ears will always stay with me.

  • 11-Jan-2019

    We went on the Hanoi on the tracks tour with Hai. As reasonably keen amateur photographers but completely new to Hanoi it was a great experience from start to finish. Hai really helped us find some interesting shots whilst giving us real insight and background into the places we were seeing.

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