Vietnam Travel Photography & Sketching Tour

Etienne Bossot & Anna Barnes

1-10 June 2020

Hoi An - Trung Son Mountains - Hue - Danang


Fully hosted and guided 10 day Travel Photography & Sketching Tour Central Vietnam

1-10 June 2020 with Anna Barnes (@annasartfoodculture) & Etienne Bossot (@picsofasia)

This Retreat is for everyone of any sex, age, race, religion or walk of life that would like to experience daily Photography and Sketching workshops. The emphasis is on creativity, authentic cultural experiences and learning new skills.

We focus on Photography & Sketching. Art, Food & Culture.


Your host Anna Barnes (founder of ArtFoodCulture, long term traveller to Hoi An, chef and artist) and Etienne Bossot (founder of Pics Of Asia, long term resident of Vietnam, teacher and professional photographer) have come together to carefully curate this experience for you. Etienne has been running Photo tours in central Vietnam for over 10 years and knows all the best locations in the area, at the best time of the day. We bring you the best of central Vietnam in terms of people and landscape photography. Anna has been sketching the people, markets and food of Central Vietnam for almost 10 years, and you will taste her favourite dishes, meet her favourite vendors, and sketch in her favourite locations.

Travel Sketching

Anna has been sketching the markets, streets and food of Vietnam for the past 10 years. She will show you how to be comfortable in the centre of a bustling Vietnamese market. Grab a bowl of something delicious, whip out your sketchbook and proceed to connect with the locals by absorbing yourself in the creative pursuit of travel sketching. Daily workshops in her favourite locations will help you fill your travel journal with memories. You will be guided with beginner steps, and in no time you will find yourself enjoying this rewarding hobby. For the advanced sketcher, Anna will challenge you and provide incredible inspiration in authentic situations you will cherish for life.

Travel photography

Etienne offers expert, small group & one-on-one instruction throughout the tour. We head off the beaten track to find the most rewarding people to photograph in the most photogenic locations across central Vietnam. Throughout the tour, Etienne provides both structured and spontaneous teaching, tailored to your needs, with regular chances to review and assess the images you’ve just taken. His emphasis is on helping you to grow as a photographer. How do we do this? By providing you with unique opportunities to take stunning images, express your creativity and improve your skills day by day.


The food represents its people. The food represents its culture.

We eat the freshest and best local food in Vietnam. Street food is time based, which means food stalls “pop up” and serve local seasonal dishes until all sold out. Vendors specialise in serving one dish only, and over generations, have mastered them to perfection. Anna has had years of experience in Central Vietnam, and has narrowed it down to the best local fare for her guests to enjoy. She was a chef for 30 years and holds a food safety certificate, so is able to spot the most delicious eateries on offer. Etienne has his favourites too, and Anna admits…he is pretty good a choosing a good local restaurant!


The best part of a tour with us is connecting with local culture. The people of central Vietnam have a fascinating history, a unique way of life and are welcoming hosts. Learn to see what we experience, experience what we see, participate in hands on activities, and connect with the people and their lives to further develop a deeper understanding of Vietnam.


This tour begins with Hoi An old town, before heading west up into Trung Son Mountains to stay overnight in a Co Tu Village. Next we head along the northern coastline to the lagoons around Hue, and then explore the perfume river and the verdant countryside which surrounds it. Our last night is on My Khe Beach in Danang, easy access to your final airport departure.

Hoi An

Co Tu




Small group maximum 10 guests. This will ensure you will receive plenty of personal tuition during the sessions.

9 nights accommodation -4 nights in Hoi An (4 star, locally owned) with pool. 1 night in a Bungalow in an authentic village (with ensuite). 3 nights in Hue (3 star centrally located). 1 night in a Hotel (4 star) in Danang.

Fully hosted by Anna Barnes of ArtFoodCulture and Etienne Bossot of Pics of Asia

10 breakfasts

All meals

Daily Workshops: Photography by Etienne Bossot & Travel Sketching by Anna Barnes

Hoi An UNESCO town

Hue Citadel

Sunrise boat trip

Jungle trekking

Backwater and lagoon experiences

Co Tu Ethnic Village 2 day, 1 night stay

Cooking Class, Recipe Sketching, Food Photography

Private Eco Fish and Herb Farm experience with Linh

Organic Herb Gardens, Rice Paper making, Farm excursion and Seafood lunch

Guided Market Tours

Drinking Water will be made available. Please bring your own stainless steel refillable bottle. Say NO to straws and plastic bags.

Not included:

International airfares


Travel insurance

Beverages- alcohol and imported soft drinks 

Extra activities and tours in your free time organised at your own cost

Personal expenses, laundry, minibar, tips, airport transfers etc.

Anything not mentioned in the Included list


Your Host Anna Barnes

Anna Barnes founder of Art Food Culture is a long time traveller to Vietnam. She has a Masters in Design Science, specialising in 3D Animation from The University of Sydney (being awarded the Dean's Honour Award) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Social Anthropology, specialising in South East Asian Studies. Anna was the Executive Chef of Sydneys "Best Specialty Restaurant" winner and has worked over 25 years in Sydney restaurants, working with specialty cuisines, and creating authentic cultural menus. She was the owner of "Fiasco and Debacle", Sydneys largest artisan cafe cake manufacturer for 8 years. She has implemented and delivered cooking classes, held workshops, been a cooking demonstrator, facilitated "Artist Way" groups, and has worked for Team Building companies. She currently leads Creative Retreats in Vietnam. Her passion is to help people connect, transform, recover and thrive through art, food and culture. She runs ArtFoodCulture, is an artist & traveller. She lives in The Blue Mountains, Australia with her family.

Your Host Etienne Bossot

A teacher with a photography habit, Etienne’s true passion is enabling other photographers to find and create better images of the places that mean most to him. He believes that the best way to learn is to teach and he’s happiest helping fellow photographers to improve.

Pics of Asia was initially a one-person show, but Etienne has now assembled a team of outstanding photography guides and teachers, all based –as he is –in Asia. Although each of them is a unique individual, they share Etienne’s vision: hands-on photography tuition in image-rich environments.

Etienne’s deep love for Asia shines through in every picture he takes. He has an appreciation for authentic Asian locations, cultures and traditions that breaks down barriers, and lets you get closer to the people you most want to photograph. He’s an instructor with an artist’s soul.

Please email Anna for a more comprehensive itinerary if you like!

Love the sound of this Tour and want to sign up? Please read ArtFoodCulture’s Terms & Conditions first. We need to make sure you are fit, able and willing, so as to ensure you are on the right trip and fully enjoy your Experience. Read the Terms & Conditions and have some queries? Please email me about anything at all.


Read the Terms & Conditions and can’t wait to have the experience you have been looking for with the people you can’t wait to meet in the most exciting place you can bear? Then head on over to the Bookings page. We can’t wait to meet you. Central Vietnam is an awesome place and you are going to love it.


Small group, maximum 10 guests.

USD $3200 (single supplement USD $250)

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