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The Ao Dai photography tour in HCMC

Explore HCMC with a professional photographer who’ll take pictures of you wearing the iconic Vietnamese Ao Dai….

Phuong Anh Hoang Nguyen
Founder of Ao Dai Oi rental store, HCMC

Explore HCMC with a professional photographer who’ll take pictures of you wearing the iconic Vietnamese Ao Dai in some of the city’s most famous locations. The photos also capture colourful aspects of local life, like Buddhists visiting temples to make merit, motorbikes whizzing by and street sellers.

Guests really love dressing up in the traditional Ao Dai, a beautiful silk tunic worn over loose trousers, which comes in many colours and is suitable for men, women and children. Our Ao Dai’s are all hand-made by local Vietnamese tailors and while men’s are more simple with solid colours, women’s tend to be decorative, with embroidery and flower designs.

A highlight is walking from the Pink Church (Tan Dinh), which is the second-largest in the city after Notre Dame, to the Jade Emperor Pagoda. On the way, we’ll wind through small, quiet alleys where tourists don’t usually venture, past shops and vendors selling Saigon snacks like rice pancakes. At the Jade Pagoda, which was built by Chinese settlers in 1909, we get some lovely shots of guests by the temple, which is decorated with dragons, and beside a pond filled with turtles.

One of the most beautiful photo stops is Van Tam Park, which is a tranquil green space in HCMC with an impressive white sculpture at the centre. After all the photography and exploring the city’s narrow backstreets, we end at Cong Café, where you can try strong Vietnamese-grown coffee, served with sweet condensed milk.

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Alfred & Phuong Anh Hoang Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is a 25-year-old girl who grew up in Vietnam’s biggest city, Ho Chi Minh. Passionate about sharing Vietnamese culture with visitors, she provides a unique local tour where tourists can wear the traditional Vietnamese outfit, the Ao Dai, and have their pictures taken in some of the city’s most famous spots.
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