Sunrise In Town

05:15 - 08:15
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On this tour you can have it all. Sunrise, beautiful light in the old town when it is still quiet, portraits, street photography, a touch of culture.

We meet in the old town, where we photograph the sunrise. After the best colours start to fade away we have breakfast and coffee. From here we have a nice view on the old town and before the light hits the town we talk about composition and timing. The town is still quiet, all shops are closed and the tourists are still asleep. When the sun rises everything lits up beautifully and we move around to benefit from the best light.

Often you will see Vietnamese women dressed in traditional clothes with the conical hat. See how easy it is to approach them and to take photos of them.

Once the best light is gone, the locals start racing around on their motorbikes and the first tourists show up. Time to move into the alleys. There we experience local life, still in the old town, but away from the madness. Here we focus more on street photography, Vietnamese culture, learning how to take portrait photos and tons of other things. We may be invited to visit people’s homes, something that gives the trip a special touch.

If there is still time left we head to a different side of Hoi An, with all sorts of different trades. Depending on the photographic opportunities we will also pass a local market, away from the crowds. This area is also a tour on its own (the 7AM till 10AM tour), without having to get out of bed ultra early.

On tour you will receive a password, which gives you access to the “clients” section. There you will find many articles on things I talk about on tour, especially the technical issues. When you hear all the options the main camera settings have to offer, you may feel confused at times. These articles make sure you will never forget what you learnt!

US$50 / VND 1,250,000 adults
US$35 / VND 870,000 children 12-17 years
START/RETURN  Downtown Hoi An
DURATION 05:15 – 08:15 (seasonal times)
LEVEL Any camera, including smartphone
Breakfast and drink(s)
Transportation to starting location

Each tour is weather dependent. In case of heavy rain the tour may be postponed or cancelled. We will contact you no later than half an hour before the start of the tour and we will reschedule. If you already have paid and there is no other possibility to do the tour, we will refund the money.


This tour is suitable for all levels and all types of cameras, including smartphones. From beginners to the more advanced or even pros.

What do we cover?

  • The essential camera settings
  • When to use which settings
  • What to put into your composition
  • When to press the button
  • Storytelling
  • Take portrait photos
  • The importance of being in control of the light (also for smartphones)
  • Controlling the background
  • The art of being patient
  • Being aware of what is going on around you
  • Communication with someone who does not speak your language
  • Culture and photography

No matter what your level is, there is no pressure. The tour is a good mixture of learning new skills, having a good time and getting more in depth knowledge of Vietnam .