THAILAND

April 16 - 25, 2017

November 10 - 19, 2017

April 16 - 25, 2018

November 9 - 18, 2018

WATER FESTIVAL

April 13 - 15, 2017

April 13 - 15, 2018

Travel, Landscape,  Architecture, Nature and People Photography

Includes

  1. -10 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -2 Domestic Flights

  8. -Breakfasts & 2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Amazing Thailand

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phi Phi Archipelago, Phuket

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Smiling faces and the natural splendor of this fascinating country await you.

Thailand Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles. You’ll experience this many times over on your adventure with us in the Kingdom of Thailand. And you will leave this wondrous country with many smiles of your own. When you first arrive in Bangkok, the heartbeat of the country, your senses will be overloaded with the scents, sounds and tastes of one of the world’s most popular and exotic cultures.

Our journey will cover many aspects of the Thailand that most people imagine. We will photograph the massive golden shrines to Buddha, the bustling markets overflowing with everything imaginable for sale, pristine beaches with azure water and fine white sand, and the crazy nightlife that punctuates the end of every day. The colors, the people, the food, the beauty of Thailand will all be captured through our cameras every day in this amazing country.

Join us in Thailand, and witness how this fiercely independent country has carved out it’s place in our imagination. Experience Thai food at it’s origin, both simple and flavorful. Meet the genuinely gracious Thai people along the way. And come away with an appreciation of a culture that is unmatched anywhere in Asia.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in the Land of Smiles, Thailand!


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by car or minibus, boat, transit, tuk tuks and airplane

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Ian Robert Knight  |  April 13-25, 2017

Ian Robert Knight  |  November 10-19, 2017

Ian Robert Knight  |  April 13-25, 2018

Ian Robert Knight  |  November 9-18, 2018


Weather | Sun



April - Temps 94/80 F  34/26 C  Sunrise 6:13 | Sunset 5:50 (17:50)

November - Temps 88/74 F  31/24 C  Sunrise 6:05 | Sunset 6:31 (18:31)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 dinners

2 domestic flights

Local guide

Local transportation


Accommodations



The Siam, Hotel Muse, Sofitel So, Sukhothai or similar - Bangkok

Dhara Dhevi, Rachamanka, 137 Pillars or similar - Chang Mai

Rayavadee, Nakamanda Resort or similar - Krabi

Zeavola, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort or similar - Phi Phi

Andara Suites, Keemala, Twinpalms Phuket, Indigo Pearl or similar - Phuket


Travel Information



Arrival airport: Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) - Transfer to hotel: 45min

Departure airport: Phuket, Thailand (HKT)

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Optional Extension



Pre add-on: Songkran Thai New Years Water Festival (April Only)


Price



THAILAND 10-DAY PHOTO & CULTURAL ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 16-25, 2017:  $5,695  SAVE $1000  Now $4,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 10-19, 2017:  $5,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 16-25, 2018:  $5,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 9-18, 2018:  $5,795


Single Supplement:  $900

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $325

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $325


THAILAND SONGKRAN WATER FESTIVAL 3-DAY EXTENSION

Pre Add-on Songkran Thai New Years Water Festival | April 13-15, 2017:  $1,995

Pre Add-on Songkran Thai New Years Water Festival | April 13-15, 2018:  $1,995


Single Supplement:  $300


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.



THAILAND 10 DAYS


Day 1 | Bangkok

Bangkok is one of those cities that just has to be experienced to be believed. Thailand in general is a fascinating country, but Bangkok has a reputation as one of the most interesting to see in all of Asia. Thailand is the one country in Asia that was never conquered by foreign countries, and has remained fiercely independent in it’s culture and history. We begin our journey in this amazing city, when we arrive at our hotel in the bustling city center. We will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “The Art of Seeing” photographic technique. We will also have informal discussions about what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. The late afternoon will include a trip by boat down the mighty Chao Phraya river which dissects the city, and stopping to photograph Wat Arun at sunset. Dinner will take place at one of the city’s high rise restaurants that will allow more photos of the city at night. (D)

Day 2 | Bangkok

Bangkok is all about the temples. Our first stop will be the Grand Palace, which is the ceremonial and traditional location for the Thai Royal family. This is a very large complex, with centuries of history to take in. Nearby is Wat Po, which holds the massive golden reclining Buddha, among other relics. After exploring these amazing places, we will have a great Thai dinner and then head to photograph the night market. At the end of the night, we will have a chance to review the images we’ve shot from the past couple of days. (B)

Day 3 | Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai

The ancient city of Ayutthaya (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located north of Bangkok and was once the ancient capital of Thailand. Much of the temples and relics that made up this royal city are in ruins today, but still maintain the grandeur and beauty that was part of that era. The morning and afternoon will be spent visiting what remains of the temples and compounds. We will catch an evening flight to Chiang Mai from Bangkok’s municipal airport. After our short flight we will settle into our hotel. (B)

Day 4 | Chiang Mai - Yi Peng Festival (Floating Lanterns)*

Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, and was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna before it became part of what is Thailand today. Remnants of the ancient walls that once surrounded the city centuries ago are still very evident. In the early morning we will visit the famous Wat Phra That Soi Dutep temple on the mountains outside the city. A climb up 309 steps will bring us into this temple built in the 1300’s, where a golden chedi will glow in the background while the saffron cloaked monks study and worship in silence. (B)

  

*NOVEMBER ONLY (Yi Peng Festival (Floating Lanterns): We spend the afternoon and evening at the Yi Peng Festival (Floating Lanterns). The indisputable highlight of Yi Peng and Loy Krathong is the spellbinding show that happens when thousands of people converge to release khom loi (lit lanterns) into the night sky. Prior to the big spectacle, the setting is joyful and serene as monks perform chants during an on-stage ceremony. During the other key ritual of this beautiful Thai festival of lights, participants let go of krathong—small floating vessels made from banana stalks and decorated with incense, offerings, flowers and candles—into rivers and other bodies of water, creating an ethereal sight that’s rarely duplicated elsewhere in the world. Surrounding events include bright parades, musical performances, beauty pageants, traditional dances, lantern-making contests, fireworks, and lots and lots of food. Additional cost for premium seats.

Day 5 | Chiang Mai - Krabi

Our flight to the southern province of Krabi will be in the late afternoon, so we will have a chance to spend time shooting the morning market before we head to the airport. Krabi is 90 minutes away by air, but the difference between the two places will be enormous. Krabi is one of the more popular locations for beaches and water activities in Thailand. Krabi Province is one of the top travel destinations in Thailand, and is famous for it’s 130 islands, numerous caves, reefs and waterfalls. (B)

Day 6 | Krabi

We will spend the morning exploring the beaches and caves of Railay Beach, a popular beach famous for its stunning landscapes. An early morning will ensure we get the best light and the least amount of people on this popular beach. Later on, those of your who are adventurous can join in on some water-based activities. In the afternoon we will take a break. You may choose to relax and enjoy the amenities of the hotel or feel free to wander off and photograph on your own. (B)

Day 7 | Krabi - Phi Phi Archipelago

In the morning, we will take a boat to the legendary Phi Phi Archipelago, considered one of the most beautiful places in all of the Andaman Sea. Much of these islands were destroyed in the 2004 tsunami, but the community has bounced back and made it better than before. Beaches, karst limestone mountains, islands…all to enjoy for 2 days before we head to Phuket. The scenery around these islands is stunning, and very understandable why people love them. (B)

Day 8 | Phi Phi Archipelago

Today’s adventure will take us to the smaller Phi Phi Ley Island, famous for it’s role in movies. This excursion will yield memorable photos of amazing landscapes, marine life and beaches unlike you’ve seen anywhere else. When we return to the main island of Phi Phi Don, we will take in a Muay Thai boxing match in one of the local arenas. At night, we have the chance to spend time going over the images we’ve shot during the last week traveling this amazing country. (B)

Day 9 | Phi Phi Archipelago - Phuket

The mornings on Phi Phi Don are always spectacular, with beautiful sunrises that come over the limestone cliffs and light up the longtail boats at low tide. Getting an early start often yields the best images of a journey. We take our boat onwards to Phuket today, and visit Thailand’s playground. This hilly city with its glorious beaches and abundant nightlife are a wonderful way to end the journey. The ‘Bangla’ Walking Street near Patong Beach holds great promise for some fun lifestyle photos at night when the city wakes up. We’ll have our Farewell Dinner in one of Phuket’s famous seafood restaurants. (B) (D)

Day 10 | Phuket

We say goodbye to Thailand from this fun southern city, and say farewell to our guests over lunch and a chance to exchange contact information and share some of the photographs we’ve experienced over the past 9 days. You’d be encouraged to stay a few days extra in Phuket, and experience the most popular destination in Thailand. (B)


SONGKRAN 3 DAY EXTENSION


Includes (April Only)



Arrive: Bangkok - April 12 or April 13

Travel, cityscape, street and people photography

Photo walks & discussions

3 days | 2 nights

4 or 5-star hotel

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Days 1-3 | Bangkok

In addition to our already exciting adventure in Thailand, you can add on an extra 3 days and join us for Songkran Thai New Years. This festival will take place in advance of our scheduled tour, and will run April 13, 14 and 15. Thailand celebrates their New Years with a water festival, and since April is the hottest month of the year, the water is quite welcoming.

Traditionally, water was used to bathe images of Buddha and poured gently over the hands of elders, while seeking blessings. But it’s grown into an all-out water fight held in the streets. No one can expect to stay dry in this wild event, but it’s all in good fun. City streets are overflowing with revelers ready to douse anyone with water and apply paste on their skin. It’s not dangerous in any way, nor is it dry in any way.

Ideally, you’ll want to bring along a waterproof camera or casing for your DSLR with you for this event. Although you will be drawn in to participate in the party, you’ll also want to photograph this event that is unlike anything else in the world. What a great way to begin your adventure in Thailand! (B) (D)

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Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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