The tightly packed residential apartment blocks infused with the evening market and food stalls create an intense atmosphere. As the sun descends, the dark encroaching shadows flood the balconies of post war industrial architecture encouraging playfulness with light, shadows and compositions. Your photographs will be moody and atmospheric, capturing the essence of these marvelous tightly-knitted houses. At street level your lens will be full of colour and action, and street lights artificially illuminate the evening chaos that unfolds within the walls of the Colony. Portraits and street scenes will tell stories of the real heart of Saigon.
Local Street Food
Professional Photographer / Guide
What's Not Included
ADULT: Age: 15 - 80
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
No health restrictions apply
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
What To Expect
Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings
We start out exploring the fascinating apartment blocks that lie at the centre of the area. Venturing up several of the stairwells, we capture unique shots of life in this vintage accommodation. We’ll be looking at how to use leading lines, angles and moments of sudden movement to shoot geometric, urban exploration-type imagery.
Admission Ticket Free
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
The sun is beginning to go down, and it’s time to walk over to the flower market, which is illuminated with fluorescent lights, and a hive of action. As well as many types of flowers, the nearby food stalls sell a variety of Saigon specialities. We’ll have a quick snack (or several) and a milk tea or coffee while reviewing the pictures taken so far
Now it’s time to wander the stalls of this area in search of portraits of the vendors and other images of local life. We’ll be looking at how to approach people for photos, different types of composition and optional settings for these types of situations.
Admission Ticket Free
Ho Chi Minh City
We now move to our last stop of the tour, a rooftop high above the city streets. We’ll set up our tripods here to shoot long exposure images of the view, including street night life and a traditional pagoda.
We have a last drink in the cafe below and review our shots, before taking you back to the hotel.
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