Best of Hoi An Photography Course

International   |   5 days  |   Suits all levels
  • 5 day course in the superlative, historic Hoi An, Vietnam
  • 10 workshops including food, architecture, people & landscapes; "mix & match"
  • Well researched, fun small groups wth two personable, professional tutors
  • Active course with boat cruises, walking, beach activities and a cycling option
  • China Beach, Marble Mt, Cooking schools, Full Moon Festival

Cost: $1495 | 16-20 April '20

Surrounded by scenic rice fields, the historic seaport of Hoi An is located on the South China Sea in Central Vietnam. In 1999, the beautiful old town of Hoi An was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Down to the present day, the old trader's houses are situated on peaceful car free lanes on the shore of the Thu Bon River. Everywhere you'll find excellent restaurants, galleries and colourful lantern shops. Walking around you'll come across original temples, pagodas and religious shrines and friendly locals to photograph living a Vietnamese traditional way of life mixed with Japanese, Chinese and French elements – a fascinating experience and brilliant location to run our 5 day photography course. This course is suitable for beginners through to serious amateurs who love photography in a great location with lots of variety and the company of fellow photographers.


1/ Centred in sensational, intact, centuries old UNESCO listed historic town of traffic free Hoi An with early morning, late afternoon photo shoots in the old town and surrounding villages.

2/ Great restaurants, cafes, superb food . Fusion of Asian / Western, Vietnamese, French.

3 / Its easy on the budget. A delicious main meal is around $5 and beers, soft drinks are a $1 each!

4/ Romantic atmosphere. The historic quarter and its lovely riverside setting, sunset cocktails in a rustic bar; an al fresco dinner at dusk in a riverside café. A stroll along the esplanade with candle lanterns floating on the river and into the bright moonlit sky.

5/ Beautiful surrounding countryside, mountains and seascapes with 10 workshops at various locations including the famous China beach, My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain, Hoi An and surrounding islands and villages.

6/ Brilliant shopping and tailoring. Hoi An's grid of historic houses is a retail therapy nirvana, jam-packed with galleries, souvenir, craft, clothing and shoe shops.

7/ Hoi An is a top spot to learn Vietnamese cooking and how to photograph food. Our program includes cooking classes, and still life food set ups, access to fresh produce and photography in the farmers' markets.

8/ Fascinating history and cultural traditions with a fusion of Hindu, Chinese, Japanese , European and Vietnamese cultures.

9/ Cheap flights and easy to get to / from Australia and other parts of the world with the International airport of Danang 30 minutes away.

10/ A highlight of this course is the famous "Hoi An Full Moon" festival on 02 April '14. Night illumination is from countless candles and lanterns. The ambience turns surreal and romantic in this ancient town. Candle lanterns are sold by street peddlers for visitors to release on the river for good fortune. We photograph candle lanterns floating on the river and up into the indigo blue sky. Its party time with plenty of night and flash photography techniques learnt.


Exploring and photographing the Old town of Hoi An: once the major Vietnamese trading centre for silk, porcelain, pepper, cinnamon and medicinal plants. Many buildings in the Old Town feature strong Chinese influences stemming from merchants from Guangzhou, Fujian, Chiu Chow and Hainan. All of Old Town’s major attractions are located within walking distance of each other including the Japanese covered bridge, the Chinese assembly halls, Guan Yin Temple and the Tran family home and chapel. The Riverside is the main landmark of Hoi An. It is where both traditional and modern boats drop their anchors. Hoi An is a mecca for architectural, portrait and street photography. Each ancient house is a 'living museum' in the jumble of narrow winding alleyways and along the broad riverside esplanade.

My Son Hindu Sanctuary: a great example of the ancient Champa. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings.

Duy Hai fishing village at sunrise: photographing the fishermen coming in with the catch of the day and the local fish market.

House of Tan Ky: This beautiful private home, built around an open courtyard and filled with antiques, is over two hundred years old.

Marble Mountain (the mountain of water): These mountains are named after the crystalline metamorphic limestone from which they formed. Blessed with soaring, incense-filled caves and pagodas is a photographic gem shooting the whole complex forming Thuy Son.

The famous China Beach (Non Nuoc): One of the cleanest, peaceful and beautiful beaches in SE Asia. Stunning setting ringed by mountains makes this the ideal location for our action and modelling shoot.

A “Classic Half Day” cooking course: custom tailored for food photography including a guided tour of the central market, a boat trip to and from the restaurant, a herb garden walk, a two-hour cooking class and lunch. This is a great photography workshop and you will also learn the techniques in videography to create MP4 clips.

Hoi An Full Moon festival (02 April '16: Night illumination is from countless candles and lanterns. The ambience turns surreal and romantic in this ancient town. Candle lanterns are released on the river and into the night sky for good fortune. The town is in full swing party mode.

course dates & course bookings
learn about

  • Learn how to use every feature of your digital camera to the full

  • 10 workshops over 5 days covering: What gear, camera handling

  • Photo reportage, food & wine, landscapes, portraits, action

  • Lifestyle, nature, architecture, image display

  • Use of light on water, clouds, silhouettes, shadows, twilight

  • Lightroom 5 lessons, coffee book and MP4 video clip creation

  • Cooking class session and learning to photograph food

  • Notes, critique & ongoing networking, advice and technical support

course requirements

  • No experience necessary. Equal appeal for amateur and semi pro photographers alike

  • DSLR camera and ideally a quality compact or 4/3 mirrorless camera

  • At least one quality lens such as a Nikkor 18-200mm or a Canon 17-85mm and other lenses that you own

  • Min 4GB card per day of shooting

  • Any camera accessories - such as a tripod, polarizing filter, flash, instruction booklet

  • Must be able to walk 4-6km per day in hot humid conditions

time & location

9am to 7pm

73 Phan Bội Châu, Sơn Phong, Hội An‎, Old Hoi An

Meeting Point:
(Huy Hoang River Hotel Hoi An)

terms & conditions

Paying for your course in full upon booking will confirm your attendance. Places are limited on all courses.

We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any course, due to inadequate enrolment bad weather, instructor illness, or an 'act of God'. We also reserve the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been cancelled. As our costs for each training event remain the same no matter how many delegates attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. If withdrawal occurs within the 14 days before the course starts we will try to put you on an alternative date if places are available. Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

Course & Workshop Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographic, (both still and video) records of any of our workshops/courses which may be used for promotional purposes, submissions, advertising and records. We grant permission for participants to use any images captured by them during this workshop for self-promotion only. Participants may not make any financial gain from any images captured during this workshop/course.


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