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Vietnam is a photographer's dream. The natural scenery is stunning. You'll find brilliant green rice fields, white sand beaches with crystal clear water, rugged mountains, interesting people, ethnic Vietnamese and hill tribe markets, and much more. While pictures will come out better outside of the dry season (late March to about June) due to the scenery being greener, there is no bad time of year to take pictures in Vietnam.
The Mekong Delta is great for river scenery, including floating markets. In Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi you'll find fascinating city life and interesting architecture...a combination of Vietnamese and French colonial buildings that make for great photos. For nature photography it's hard to beat the Central Highlands, the entire coast, and Halong Bay. And if you like Halong Bay, there are similar limestone formations around the Perfume Pagoda near Hanoi, and in the town of Tam Coc.
Outside of the more well known cities, one of the most rewarding places for a photographer in Vietnam is the rugged north, where hill tribes like the Flower H'mong come together in towns like Sapa, Bac Ha, and Can Cau for incredibly colorful markets. If you're trying decide what to pack on your trip to Vietnam, be sure to bring plenty of memory cards or film. You'll need it!