It's one thing to wander aimlessly around town with your camera trying to get a few good shots. It's a whole other experience to be with Etienne (who has lived in the area for 4 years). His knowledge of the area, ability to communicate with the Vietnamese and respect for the culture made for an amazing morning on his tour. I could actually concentrate on taking photos and not worry about how to get there, whether or not I was offending someone or how to get that special shot I could be proud of.
I would highly recommend taking this tour. Etienne's insights and personal service were definitely a highlight of my visit to Vietnam.