Saigon - Sundown in the Colony

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.

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4 hours 45 minutes


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Snacks - Local Street Food
    • Professional Photographer / Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings, Ward 1, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam

    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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, Ho Thi Ky Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam

    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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ho Chi Minh City, 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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    4:15 PM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • No health restrictions apply
    • 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
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Vietnam in Focus - Day Tours

Activity ID: V-25156P18

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