The Beauty of Ao Dai and Lotus Flowers

Hey friends! I’ve got an amazing place to share with you. Nga found this beautiful spot on social media, and we decided to check it out. It’s just an hour’s drive from Da Nang, so we thought, why not? This place is perfect for taking stunning photos with the cultural beauty of Ao Dai and lotus flowers.

The Location

This magical place is just an hour’s drive by motorbike from Da Nang. It’s surrounded by mountains, giving it a hidden paradise feel.

How to Get There

Drive for about an hour from Da Nang. Here’s the location link. The ride is fun but the last part is bumpy. Bring enough water, as shops are nearby but amenities are limited. Also, charge your batteries fully since there’s hardly any electricity at the location.

Tips for Visiting

Our Experience

Our trip to the lotus fields near Da Nang was nothing short of magical. As we arrived, we were greeted by the sight of stunning lotus flowers in full bloom, surrounded by mountains. It truly felt like a hidden paradise.

Buying Lotus Flowers

One of the highlights of our visit was buying lotus flowers directly from the pond. We paid around 200K VND for 6 to 8 hand-picked lotus flowers. The lady at the pond was incredibly kind, allowing us to select the flowers ourselves and even wading into the water to cut them for us. This personal touch made the experience special.

Wearing Ao Dais

Nga and Thao wore beautiful Ao Dais designed and made by Nga herself. The vibrant colors and elegant designs of the Ao Dais perfectly complemented the serene beauty of the lotus flowers. It was like watching a piece of art come to life.

Capturing the Moments

Using our Sony A7CR camera and Sigma 35MM 1.4 lens, we were able to capture stunning, sharp images of Nga and Thao amidst the lotus flowers. The combination of the Ao Dais, the flowers, and the natural backdrop created breathtaking photos that we were thrilled to capture.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the lotus fields is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The lighting during these times is perfect for photography, and the weather is cooler and more comfortable.

What to Bring

How to Get There

The location is about an hour’s drive by motorbike from Da Nang. Here’s the link to the location. The ride is fun but a bit bumpy towards the end, so be prepared.

Local Amenities

There are some shops nearby where you can buy snacks and drinks. However, amenities are limited, so it’s best to come prepared with everything you need for your visit.

Heartfelt Thanks

We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Nga for providing the beautiful Ao Dais from her shop, Ao Dai Nga Nga. Her talent and creativity brought our photoshoot to life.

Meet the Team

This adventure was a joint project with some talented friends:

Hei Ko

Hei Ko is a brilliant documentary maker. Check out his work at Better Ask Hei Ko and follow him on Instagram. Thao, Hei Ko’s beautiful wife, follow her on Instagram.

Nga is the talented creator of the Ao Dais we used in the shoot. Find her work on Ao Dai Nga Nga’s Facebook page. You can even have your own custom Ao Dai made by picking your desired fabric.

The Gear I Used

For this photoshoot, I used:


Where to See Lotus Flowers in Vietnam?

You can find lotus flowers in various locations across Vietnam, but the fields near Da Nang are particularly stunning and accessible.

Why Is the Lotus Flower So Important in Vietnam?

The lotus flower symbolizes purity, resilience, and beauty in Vietnamese culture. It often blooms in muddy waters but remains unstained, representing the ability to rise above challenges.

Where Are Lotus Flowers Found?

Lotus flowers are typically found in shallow ponds, lakes, and wetlands across Vietnam. They thrive in still, muddy waters.

What Is the Best Time of Year to Photograph Lotus Flowers in Vietnam?

The best time to photograph lotus flowers is during their blooming season, which typically occurs from June to August.

How to Prepare for a Photoshoot in Remote Locations?

This wraps up our magical journey to the lotus fields. We hope you find these tips helpful for your visit. If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more adventures.

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