The incense sticks - Hanoi photography tours with Momentlives

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Departs: vietnam, vietnam

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The photogenic incense sticks
From early morning everyday, the incense sticks are shredded from bamboos. Then the dyeing process takes place, when a layer of red color is applied onto almost a half of the stick. The sticks are then dried out in the sun, in bundles. These bundles are arranged to look like small umbrellas in order to get as much light as possible. The sticks create a layer of deep red color on the photos. And any subject at the font, such as a worker, would stand out really well and eye-catching.

Later in the day, the sticks are collected, tied in bigger bundles before loading onto small trucks and travel to other places.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle


What's Not Included

The tour cost does not include: Insurance, airport transfer.

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 1 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 8 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 90

Additional Info

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

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Our Hanoi photography tours today starts at 6:30 am, when you are picked up from your hotel. A drive of 1 hour will get us to the incense village, located on the outskirt of Hanoi.

7:30 - 9:30 am: We will photograph the locals drying incense sticks. These sticks, after being shaped and dyed, will be brought to open fields for drying. The red colors of the sticks make the whole scene really eye-catching. We will study the subjects and look for the lights, the angles to best compose our photos.

At some 10:00 am, we will leave the village for our return to Hanoi.

• Admission Ticket Free


Amazing incense village with Plan B
mamacita1001, 03-08-2022
I wanted to go to Incense village this time but I couldn’t find any info about it.

The only info I could find was a day tour that appeared in VIATOR but I didn’t want to take it as it was way too expensive.

My photography mentor mentioned Momentlives at a very perfect timing.

He did the right thing and I chose the right tour. Although I had to pay an extra cost just because I was solo, it was still cheaper than the one I found in VIATOR.

Mike did his best to make me happy. As I had only one free day in Hanoi, the weather situation was critical.

Visiting the incense village = it has to be a sunny/fine day.

Mike prepared plan B for rainy days for me.

Although it was rather cloudy in the morning, we set off anyway. Due to the non-perfect weather, the incense village wasn’t doing what we had expected earlier that morning when we arrived but instead, I had a chance to visit the birdcage village nearby, which was his Plan B.

People in the village make bird cages from bamboo and there are many steps to complete birdcages and it looks like every household does the different steps. Mike started to talk to everyone of them friendly to build rapport with them so we could start to shoot. How respectful.

While we were shooting, he kindly instructed me on how to shoot, shared his opinions and suggested compositions etc.

In the end, we finally visited the incense village as the sunshine finally and slowly appeared, I enjoyed shooting at 2 different villages in one day. Lucky me.

He speaks fluent English. You definitely should contact him for shooting in Hanoi.
The best photography tour in Vietnam
Sophia P, 31-07-2022
What a fantastic 2 days with Mike! We opted for the Incense stick village tour which exceeded all expectations - unlike many of the other photography tours to these villages, ours was not set-up or staged at all, and we were able to simply take photos of the workers as they went about their daily jobs at the factory. We also weren’t rushed at all, and were able to spend as much time there as we liked.

On our second day, we opted for a customised itinerary with 2 locations we had seen photos of on Instagram. Mike had never been asked about these places before, but that didn’t stop him organising everything for us. We got invited into one families house after a successful morning shoot and ate with them, which was one of the highlights of the trip for me.

Everything about the trip was amazing, and we can’t wait to photograph more of Vietnam with Mike soon!

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