The ONLY negative that I can report is that the trip with Arnaud ended!!
What an unbelievable photo adventure! A month-long journey traveling from the Mekong Delta to Meo Vac, 400 km from Hanoi and just a short distance from the China border. Our itinerary included two internal plane rides; a few homestays; and many miles in a van with a driver.
Having decided to return to Hue, Vietnam where I served in the US Army in 1970-1971, we looked for a Vietnam photography tour to explore and photograph remote parts of the country. (We consider ourselves beginner/intermediate level photographers, and very timid in the street photography world.)
After an Internet search; several Skype calls with Arnaud; and reference checks, we booked our trip with him--Vietnam Photo Adventures. Our gear included b&w film cameras, a NEX 6, an EM 5 Mark 2, and of course our 6+ IPhones.
We had a fantastic experience with him and his Vietnamese wife, Tuong. Being with Arnaud was a delight for many reasons: (1) he is a talented photographer, (2) he is an extremely good and patient teacher, (3) he gives constant feedback and his photo reviews were informative and very helpful,(4) he has an excess amount of energy that brought out the best in us, (5) his Vietnamese language ability (plus having Tuong, on the trip) opened "doors" to many photo opportunities, and (6) his sense of humor got us through the more trying times
The logistics were well handled and his choice of hotels plus several homestays all worked. There were no hickups!
Vietnam is an incredible picture-taking country with beautiful and breathtaking landscapes snd wonderful street and portraiture opportunities.
I can't believe there is any better option for a photographer to see Vietnam.
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