Photography tour in Vietnam and Cambodia

“An extraordinary 18 day small group holiday, led by professional travel photographers, taking in many of the enchanting visions of both Vietnam and Cambodia. Your memories will be bursting. ”


Saigon | Vietcong tunnel system at Cu Chi | Cai Be boat cruise | Floating markets | Xe Quit | Can Tho | Chau Doc | Sam Mountain | Phnom Penh | Killing Fields | Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum | Wat Phnom | Mekong River | Koh Dach, or ‘Silk Island’ | Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Beng Melea Temple | Tonle Sap Lake | Battambang | Bamboo train | Pursat

Description of Photography tour in Vietnam and Cambodia

This 18 day photography tour in Vietnam and Cambodia offers a unique itinerary, created hand in hand with local experts but also the professional travel photographers who are your full time guides on this small group tour. Gary Latham and Jeff Perigois are the two photographic pros on call for this trip who are keen to work with people of all levels of photographic experience, from keen amateurs wanting to learn new techniques to more experienced photographers seeking creative insight in dramatic destinations such as these.

In keeping with the responsible travel ethos of all our holidays, this photography tour will look as much at people as places, as we take time to visit small communities, while respecting their local traditions. For example, in the villages that line the shores and islands of the Mekong Delta, people working in the bustling markets of Saigon, in the serene rice paddies or those living in traditional stilt houses of Cambodia.

There is also a lot to take in during this two week photography tour, as this region has witnessed a violent and tragic past, such as the infamous underground Cu Chi Tunnels, the vast, hidden former Vietcong base, or what became known as Cambodia’s Killing Fields, an essential memorial for helping understand this country’s history and people.

Nature and culture still continue to flourish in these beautiful countries, and there are many opportunities for photographers to capture some amazing sights. For natural wonders, you will have time to explore the Mekong Delta, the flooded forest of Tonle Sap lake as well as myriad birdlife along the Sangkar River. And of course, nature starts to reclaim ancient culture in some parts, with few places more famous in the world for this than the jungle-clad temples of Angkor.

Note: There is a 14 day version of this photography holiday ending in Siem Reap.

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03 Aug 2019
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25 Nov 2019
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Holiday type

Small group holiday

This is a 'small group adventure' - you will be sharing your experiences with like minded people. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 persons, a genuinely small group. Experience has taught us that smaller groups are less intrusive to local cultures and environments whilst allowing more interaction with local people. Furthermore it means greater flexibility on a day to day basis and on a social level it proves to be fun. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! The intention is to travel as a group of friends rather than a typical tour group, so don't expect stick-on name badges or any following the umbrella.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Photography tour in Vietnam and Cambodia


In marked difference to some photography trips, and in keeping with our philosophy, this tour emphasizes photography that appreciates local people, their cultures and religions, and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.

Please note that all group sizes are between 2 and 12 persons. Groups are accompanied at all times by a professional photographer and one or more local guides. All transportation is organized by local operators and using local drivers. We feel that our ‘discreet’ group sizes lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with the high ratio of guides/tour-leader to clients.

The Overland crossing (by boat) from Vietnam into Cambodia is only recently opening up so tourists are being introduced to many small towns and communities new to Western tourism. In the Mekong Delta, we encourage visits to local community craft and cottage industry - the brick works is a revelation. We also visit a plant nursery, a family rice paper business, and blacksmiths workshops.

In Cambodia, too, through our regular visits to sites (and if present souvenir shops) we help sustain local businesses and enterprises, such as the handicraft school for handicapped persons in Siem Reap, to the ‘land-mine museum’ in Siem Reap where we help support the organizer’s mine clearance operations through donations.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.


Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

2 Reviews of Photography tour in Vietnam and Cambodia

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

When I first saw Angkor Wat for the first time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Phnom Phenh, Siem Reap, and Saigon are the places with really big touristy markets. If you're looking for the touristy souvenirs, ensure you get your shopping there. Laundry services are cheap and available at many hotels. No need to bring tons of clothes, can just get them washed during the trip. Clothing at touristy markets super cheap, also just buy new clothes. Many cooking classes offered in cities you'll be visiting, if you have free time and love the food, definitely an activity for consideration.

Tipping local guides, drivers, etc. isn't required, but definitely nice to do if you appreciated their service. Ensure to budget money for this.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

A small amount in tourism dollars. Many many bottles of water were consumed during this trip, which I hope were all recycled. Money paid to temples and tourist sites I assume (hope) go towards conserving these historical sites.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Amazing. A definite must go destination. One gets a new point of view when the focus of the trip is photography. Get to visit sites when lighting is amazing and local guides know when and where to go to get amazing shots. Our photographer, Gary Lantham, was very informative and there to help whenever we needed. I really benefited from all the tips and instructions I received on this trip.

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

All parts were memorable and the pagodas and temples were amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Street photography is easy here. Most people are friendly and don't mind you taking their pictures. Take 100% Deet mosquito repellent my 50% Deet didn't
stop the bites.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes as we were able to contribute in a small way to conservation when purchasing handmade goods from craft centres such as the Water Hyacinth Project.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and highly recommend it as I had a brilliant experience. This was helped along by our excellent photographer guide, Jeff, and the local guides. What an adventure!

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