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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Turtle Tower framed with treesCyril Doussin/Wikipedia


70 views to photograph
Trấn Quốc PagodaRolfmueller/Wikipedia
Welcoming Morning Sunlight BridgeJosh Jackson/Wikipedia
One Pillar PagodaCristal Tran/Shutterstock
New City, Trung Hòa Nhân Chính, HanoiHieucd/Wikipedia
St. Joseph’s Cathedral [Hanoi]Arno Kohlem/Wikipedia
Thành Cổ Sơn Tây[tycho]/Wikipedia
View, Temple of Litarature, HanoiNam-ho Park/Flickr
Ho Chi MInh Temple, Ba Vì National ParkSteven C Price/Wikipedia
Imperial Citadel of Thăng LongGryffindor/Wikipedia
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark TowerSoyoungah/Wikipedia
Perfume PagodaJack French/Wikipedia
Presidential Palace [Hanoi]Helloandrew/Wikipedia
Temple of LiteratureFrances Ellen/Flickr
Temple of LiteratureStefan Fussan/Flickr
Trung Hoà–Nhân ChínhHieucd/Wikipedia
Altars to Confucius, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámDaniel Vaulot/Wikipedia
Ba Đình HallJoxeankoret/Wikipedia
Flag Tower of HanoiChinasaur/Wikipedia
Hanoi MuseumDaaé/Wikipedia
Hanoi Opera HouseEaspraefcke/Wikipedia
Ho Chi Minh MausoleumLars Curfs Grashoofd/Wikipedia
Times City Megamall, HanoiHieucd/Wikipedia
Trúc Bạch LakeRungbachduong/Wikipedia
Vietnam National Convention CenterNgokhong/Wikipedia
Ba Đình SquareRosino/Wikipedia
Hỏa Lò PrisonThalling55/Wikipedia
National Museum of Vietnamese HistoryChuoibk/Wikipedia
Some of the cloud shrouded 1,320 steps up King High Peak to the Ho Chi Minh Temple, Ba Vì National ParkSteven C Price/Wikipedia
Fourth Courtyard, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámUpyernoz/Wikipedia
Second Courtyard and Khue Van pavilion, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámChuoibk/Wikipedia
Vietnam Museum of RevolutionRungbachduong/Wikipedia
Waterfall, Ba Vì National ParkPhạm Thắng Kx/Wikipedia
Well of Heavenly Clarity in the third courtyard, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámGryffindor/Wikipedia
Đồng Xuân MarketJuliana Ng/Wikipedia
The first courtyard and the gate leading to the second, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámJorge Láscar/Wikipedia
Interior, Ho Chi MInh Temple, Ba Vì National ParkSteven C Price/Wikipedia
National Museum of Fine Art, HanoiChuoibk/Wikipedia
Park of Reunification, HanoiFr:utilisateur:chuoibk/Wikipedia
Sofitel Legend Metropole HanoiGryffindor/Wikipedia
Thien Quang well, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámDennis Jarvis/Wikipedia
Turtle Tower dayVi:dhn/Wikipedia
Altar to Chu Văn An, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámGryffindor/Wikipedia
Cổ Loa CitadelZiyouxunlu/Wikipedia
Ho Chi Minh MuseumAaron/Wikipedia
Lotte Center HanoiJspeed1310/Wikipedia
Main gate, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámGreg Willis/Wikipedia
Orchestra, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámJean-Pierre Dalbéra/Wikipedia
Turtle Tower at nightTillea/Wikipedia
View of mountains, Ba Vì National ParkViethavvh/Wikipedia
Fifth Courtyard, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámGryffindor/Wikipedia
Trang Tien Plaza, HanoiBlue Quartz/Wikipedia
Uniforms of students of the imperial academy, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámNguyễn Thanh Quang/Wikipedia
Vietnam Museum of EthnologyVi:rungbachduong/Wikipedia
Vietnam National Museum of Fine ArtsUpyernoz/Wikipedia
Stelae of Doctors, Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử GiámGryffindor/Wikipedia


Map of Hanoi


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

GPS:21.028472, 105.854167
Vietnamese:Hà Nội
Fame:Capital of Vietnam
Founded as capital:1010
Population Urban:3,435,394 (2015)
Population Metro:16,100,000 (2015)
Time zone:ICT (UTC+07:00)

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts and 7 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. The population in 2015 was estimated at 7.7 million people. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Huế, the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyễn Dynasty (1802–1945), but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976, after the North’s victory in the Vietnam War.

The city lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City and 120 km (75 mi) west of Hai Phong city.

October 2010 officially marked 1000 years since the establishment of the city. The Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural is a 4 km ceramic mosaic mural created to mark the occasion.


















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