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Saigon Landmarks Photowalk

A walking tour through the architectural heritage and animated street scene of Saigon district 1


Private Tour

  • Price: US$169 / 1 pax
  • Price: US$30 per additional participant
  • Departure: Monday to Sunday – 2:30pm
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Group Size: 4 persons max.
  • Level: Beginners and Intermediate
  • Starting location: Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Ending location: Near Bitexco Tower
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This three-hour walking photo tour, dedicated to beginners, will take you through the historical monuments in the heart of Saigon and some of its hidden gems.

We will cover the fundamentals of travel photography and put them into practice with a series of assignments on camera settings, composition and creativity.

The tour starts in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral and we will make our way to the Saigon River, while making stops in some of the most emblematic locations of the city. Along the way, we will help you look for opportunities to capture some interesting street scenes.

Our photowalk will finish near the Bitexco Tower.

The tour is dedicated to people wishing to hone their photographic skills all the while discovering the historical heart of Saigon.

Routing: Notre-Dame Cathedral → Saigon Central Post Office → Park → Reunification Palace → Ho Chi Minh Museum → City hall → Eiffel metallic bridge → Bitexco Tower

Tour Includes : Arnaud’s photographic guidance, bottled water, coffee break, entrance fees (if applicable)
Tour Excludes : Insurance

Meeting Point : Notre-Dame Cathedral

General Information

Who are our tours designed for?
Anyone who loves travel and photography is welcomed, whatever your level of experience – the most important thing is enthusiasm. Our tours can be summed up in three words – sharing, friendship and smiles. Your non-photographer friends & family are also welcomed to join – as long as they don’t mind hanging around while the photographers do their thing!
Improve your photography!
With Arnaud’s advice and guidance, you’ll quickly become more familiar with your equipment and refine your eye for a good image without being swamped by technical details. You’ll learn how to read light, how to compose a shot, and how to tell a visual story – in short, you’ll release more of your creative potential. Mastering photography is a long and enjoyable journey, and one without end. The main objective of our tours is for you to become a better photographer by the end of each day.
What equipment?
The best camera is the one you already have! Travel light – a DSLR with wide angle and zoom lenses is more than sufficient for our tours. Hybrids, compacts and even smartphones are equally welcome! Other than that, all you’ll need is a fully-charged battery and enough memory cards. If you can, bring along your laptop so we can critique your photos and also show you a few tips for using Lightroom.
Meet the locals
You’ll get to meet the local population, find out about their way of life, and experience their friendly company – all while taking some fantastic photos! We’ll show you how to break the ice with the Vietnamese and how to make your camera a valuable ally in making connections with them.
Encounter the unexpected
We don’t impose strict itineraries on our travelers; every one of our journeys in Vietnam is unique – no two tours are ever the same! Spontaneous encounters and varying light conditions create different photography opportunities every time. One moment you’ll be standing on the edge of a rice field photographing a farmer at work; the next you’ll be invited into a local house for tea; or maybe you’ll be navigating your way along a narrow canal by sampan or a country lane on the back of a motorbike – most of the time we’ll just go with the flow!
Small groups only
Our maximum group size is four. This enables us to give every photographer plenty of individual attention, and also makes it easier for us to blend into the environment and not be overly intrusive when we’re meeting the locals.
Your host - Arnaud Foucard
A keen photographer of landscapes and people, Arnaud leads photography tours in the Mekong Delta and other beautiful places in Vietnam. Before becoming a photographer he spent ten years in Vietnam as a tour operator and knows the country intimately. Photography has always been his passion, and so one day he decided to turn that passion into a living – now he devotes his time to helping fellow photography enthusiasts discover little-known and picturesque parts of Vietnam, while improving their photographic skills.

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