Saigon Photography Tours
Saigon is full of all kinds of characters, action, light and colors. come join me as we explore backstreets and alleys, chat to the friendly locals, visit hidden pagodas and come away with beautiful images and new photography inspiration!
Tours are led by Quinn Ryan Mattingly, a professional photographer based in Saigon for more than a decade. I know the city pretty well, and while my Vietnamese isn't fluent, it's always enough to make the locals smile and warm them up so we can shoot!
Anytime you’re in Saigon and myself or my team are available
A few different districts around Saigon, places no ordinary tourist will find them selves typically, which is where the good shots are!
Typically about 4 hours from 7am to 11am
1-2 Pax: $200 \ 3-4 Pax: $300 \ 5-6 Pax: $400 *(when booking together)
Private transportation, any photography guidance you’d like, and some good drinks or snacks when we find them!
What They’re Saying…
While traveling I always love to have some off the beaten track experiences to discover how the locals live. A tour with Saigon Photo Tours was exactly what I was looking for, as it combines this with my love for photography! Quinn took me to a beautiful pagoda, very colorful back alleys and an apartment building where we visited some friendly locals he knows. Amazing places I would never have found or visited on my own.
Thanks to his friendly personality and his mouthful of Vietnamese, Quinn makes everyone feel at ease so I could shoot some lovely portraits. All the time, he gave me some feedback and all the tips & tricks I needed to improve my photography skills.
The result? A great set of wonderful photos, the best of my entire Vietnam trip.
So if you are into discovering another side of Saigon and coming back with amazing pictures, don't hesitate to book a tour!
The rooster’s iridescent red feathers caught the morning sunlight, momentarily making them appear to be on fire as his owner held it up for a photo.
Shirtless and swaggering in front of his apartment in a colorful District 5 tenement building, the man seemed as pleased to show off his prized fowl as he was to have his photo taken. The shot which captured Saigon’s vibrant chaos and friendly citizens was taken while Saigoneer tagged along on one of Quinn Ryan Mattingly’s photo tours, a unique way to explore the city and practice one’s hobby.
I love travel and I love photography, so when I get to somewhere new, I also try to find local photographers in the know.I am so happy that I found the Saigon Photo Tours site and booked a tour, it was definitely one of my Saigon highlights. First up, Quinn's response was super fast and we organised the trip for a time that worked for us both.On the day, we established communications and the pickup was on time and a very comfortable ride.
The actual tour was just amazing! So many wonderful back alleys, temples, markets and places that you just wouldn't know existed without being shown. Quinn's local knowledge, combined with his photographic know how completes the package.Totally 100% recommend you book yourself in for one of Quinn's tours if you are in Saigon.
Quinn Ryan Mattingly’s photo tours will take you deep into the fabric of everyday Ho Chi Minh City to places you’d never find on your own. From tree-shaded parks to dilapidated apartment blocks, flapping-fresh markets to hushed pagodas, each stop on this tour is carefully chosen to showcase a different side of the city.
Quinn, who’s worked as a professional photographer in Vietnam for more than 10 years, is hands-on with his guests, helping to point out shots, set up subjects and get camera settings just right. You don’t need to be a pro to tag along: Quinn welcomes anyone curious about the city and keen to improve their skills.
The tour hops between several districts chasing the morning light. One minute you’re shooting the smoky grill of a hawker’s cart, the next you’re down an alley in out-of-the-way District 8. Intriguing characters, fascinating detail and of course, great photos are all part of the fun.
-Vietnam Tourism Board
…Binh Tay Market proved rich pickings. Arriving at 7am we were privy to intimate scenes among local workers—from the setting up of food stalls to produce laden delivery bicycles to wizened market hawkers crouching over steaming bowls of breakfast pho. Quinn took a handsoff approach with both Terrence and I, allowing us to freely explore both the market and our cameras, while keeping an eye out for the perfect photo opportunity.
As a novice photographer, I was personally keen for a little more direction, and so Quinn ran me through some of the finer points of the Sony A7II Mirrorless camera I was using today, including how to adjust shutter speed for lighting conditions—which I discovered is the most important factor in a crowded and shady market—and how to scope out the right light, background and subject for that perfect shot.
-Oi Vietnam Magazine
Tours In Other Places?
I’ll join my good friends and partners at PicsofAsia for 2 more tours this year:
-Central Vietnam 3 day tour in June - always a favorite time of year!
-10 day photo romp through Myanmar this October!
Be sure to check out all the other tours we run around Asia!
*Custom tours outside of Saigon are available sometimes too. Send me an email to find out more