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MYANMAR

Yangon, Mandalay, Amarapura, Bagan, Heho, Inle Lake

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Experience the land of genuine kindness and golden smiles.

Myanmar is known as the land of genuine kindness and golden smiles. You’ll experience the soft morning light and the peaceful atmosphere of Myanmar, giving us a contemplative and creative time to connect to what we see.

Our journey will cover many aspects of Myanmar; people, architectural, landscapes, street and market scenes, as well as portraits. We will photograph the amazing golden Pagodas, with an abundance of devotional scenes happening from sunrise to after sunset. In Bagan, the morning light rising over the fog and the many stupas. Mandalay and the craftsmen markets (wood, marble, gold…) and the U Bein Bridge. The Inle Lake, fishermen and the floating market, and the small villages where we will have many chances to meet with the local communities.

Myanmar’s history comes alive in the faces of the people we will meet in this diverse country. With so many different tribes, all with their own unique cultures and appearances, it will feel like we are visiting many different countries. But they all have one thing in common — a quiet peaceful existence, while continuing their traditions as they have for centuries. The many temples and pagodas we visit will help us slow down our pace, and take in the beauty of simple things as they have always been in Myanmar.

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. Can you think of a more amazing location to express your creativity than the exotic land of Myanmar?

Myanmar’s history comes alive in the faces of the people we will meet in this diverse country. With so many different tribes, all with their own unique cultures and appearances, it will feel like we are visiting many different countries. But they all have one thing in common — a quiet peaceful existence, while continuing their traditions as they have for centuries. The many temples and pagodas we visit will help us slow down our pace, and take in the beauty of simple things as they have always been in Myanmar.

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. Can you think of a more amazing location to express your creativity than the exotic land of Myanmar?

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by walking, air conditioned car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

January- Temps 89/65 F  31/18 C  Sunrise 6:35 | Sunset 5:45 (17:45)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels (except in remote locations)
  • Breakfasts
  • 8 meals
  • Local transportation (English speaking private guide and driver)
  • Airport transfers and domestic airport tax
  • 5 domestic flights
  • Immigration assistance, baggage claim, customs clearance

Travel Information

Myanmar Arrival & Departure Airport: Yangon International Airport (RNG) – Transfer time to hotel 60min
Our adventure begins with our arrival into Yangon International Airport.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Yangon – Wyndham Grand Yangon
Bagan – Bagan Lodge

Mandalay – Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort
Kyaing Tong – Amazing Kyaing Tong Resort
Inle Lake – Golden Island Cottages



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Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Aung Pyae Soe

January 4 – 14, 2021
January 3 – 13, 2022

*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.

ITINERARY

MYANMAR 11 DAYS

Day 1 | Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda

We meet at the airport, and transfer to our hotel in Yangon, the capital city and main gateway to Myanmar. Over lunch, we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique.

There is plenty to see in this bustling capital, and we’ll jump right in with an afternoon visit to the Kalaywa Monastery. We have arranged a portrait photo shoot with some Buddhist monks. The Kalaywa Monastery is also Buddhist University, where students learn Buddhist Scripture in Pali, and observe the Monastic ways of life.

We then head to Botahtaung Jetty, where we can photograph the local people from nearby suburbs who work in this area. We will spend a little time walking the streets of downtown Yangon, where the street vendors sell local products.

Our afternoon continues with a traditional trishaw ride to the Sule Pagoda for a pre-arranged photoshoot. Toward the end of the afternoon, we will end up at the Great Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s greatest treasures, with its 105m high golden stupa, and the devotional scenes that surround it. Here we will observe Buddhist monks, novices and nuns praying and offering water, fruits, candles and flowers.

We’ll return to our hotel, and celebrate the beginning of an exciting trip ahead of us with a wonderful Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 | Yangon - Bagan

We begin with an early breakfast, followed by an early flight to Bagan. The ancient city of Bagan is the birthplace of Myanmar civilization. It covers an area of 42 sq km, with thousands of pagodas, temples and monuments. It is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

After we check in to our hotel, we will visit the Nyaung U Market, where local people sell antiques and local products. We will then head to Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery, which is the oldest and finest teak wood monastery in Myanmar. The monastery is architecturally significant, and contains a variety of antique Buddhist palm scriptures and Buddha Images. We will have the opportunity to photograph monks, novices and devotees at the monastery.

Later in the afternoon, we will visit Min Nan Thu Village, with a pre-arranged photoshoot of elderly women and children. And finally, we’ll have a sunset shoot on top of the Mingalarzedi Pagoda – the last one built in Bagan before the Mongolian invasion. (B)

Day 3 | Bagan

Today, we begin with a fabulous hot air balloon ride over Bagan. Seeing the pagodas and stupas from a balloon, in the early morning mist at sunrise, is an experience you’ll never forget. We’ll return to our hotel for breakfast.

Our day in Bagan will include monks and temple interiors, along with some low light portraiture. We will visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, built in the sakarit year of 1090. A close study of the Shwezigon structure will show that from the base to the upper section of the bell-shaped dome, the bricks are adorned with motifs of down-turned and up-turned lotus petals.

We will take a horse-drawn cart to visit the Phwar Saw village to observe the way of life of local people, and to visit a lacquerware workshop. At the end of the day, we’ll have a sunset shoot at Bupaya Pagoda, situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. In the evening, back at our hotel, we’ll have time to review images from the past 3 days in Myanmar. (B)

Day 4 | Bagan - Mandalay

Our day begins with sunrise photography at the Shwe Sandaw Pagoda. This is one of the tallest pagodas in Bagan, visible from great distances across the plains, with its height of 328 feet. Its white bell-shaped stupa is set on a base of five square receding terraces. After our photoshoot, we’ll head back to the hotel for breakfast.

After we check out of our hotel in Bagan, we’ll head to the airport for a short flight to Mandalay, the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Upon arrival, we’ll have some time to relax at our hotel after we check in.

In the afternoon, we will visit Amarapura, which was an ancient capital of Myanmar, and now a township in Mandalay. Within Amarapura is the Mahagandayon Monastery, founded around 1914, which is considered Myanmar’s most prominent monastic college. It is known for its strict adherence to Vinaya, the Buddhist monastic code. We’ll have portrait photography opportunities with the monks in the monastery.

We’ll then continue on to Sagaing, which views of the Irrawaddy River from serene Sagaing Hill. Here, we’ll see the Kaungmudaw Pagoda, with its magnificent dome, visible from far away. We’ll have photoshoots with local children with thanakha (Burmese make-up), as well as local vendors on pathway.

We head back to Amarapura and visit the famous U Bein Bridge, the oldest teak bridge in Myanmar, made from the remains of a royal palace. We will enjoy the sunset, and cross over the U Bein Bridge to Taungtaman lake. If time permits, we’ll take a boat ride on the lake. (B)

Day 5 | Mandalay - Mingun - Myatheindan Pagoda

Our morning begins with a drive to Mandalay Hill, where we can admire the beauty of Mandalay City from 230 meters. Back to our hotel for breakfast.

Today, we’ll visit Mingun, travelling  by private boat along the mighty Irrawaddy river. The landscapes along the river are fascinating, as are the views of daily life of people along the river. When we arrive in the cultural heritage village of Mingun, we’ll have a photoshoot in the local market, with vendors and the locals.

We’ll visit the Mingun pagoda, which was originally intended to be the highest pagoda in Myanmar, but remains unfinished. It was started in 1790, but was not completed because the King who ordered its construction was told by an astrologer that he would die upon its completion. No trip to Mingun would be complete without a visit to the Myatheindan Pagoda, famous for its stunning white architecture. We’ll have a photo shoot with monks and vendors at this beautiful pagoda.

On our return to Mandalay, we’ll visit traditional handicraft workshops of marble carving, gold leaves beating, and bronze casting, for portrait photo shoots with the workers. Our sunset shoot today will be at the Shwe Kyat Yat Pagoda, with its panoramic views of the Irrawaddy River. (B)

Day 6 | Mandalay - Kyaing Tong

We check out early this morning, and pack a breakfast to take with us for an early morning drive back to U Bein Bridge. We’ll have a photoshoot with children, vendors and monks at the bridge.

A one-hour flight will take us to Kyaing Tong. The city of Kyaing Tong, in the far east of Shan State, is part of the Golden Triangle with Laos and Thailand. It is a diverse area, with Chinese and Thai influences. First, we will visit a local market where people sell all sorts of products, including worms to eat.

Our sunset photo shoot will be at the historical and legendary Naung Tong Lake with local children. In the evening, we’ll spend more time going over images taken so far.(B)

Day 7 | Kyaing Tong

After an early breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head out to visit an Akha village. The Akha village is about a 3 hour drive, along with a short hike. Here, we’ll photograph Hokyin people in their traditional dress.

The journey passes through several Akha (Hokyin) villages where you can observe the rich culture and traditions of the Akha people. We’ll also visit another village where Palaung tribes live, for some portrait opportunities. The Palaung people have a very distinctive and attractive attire which is very photogenic. They are famous for their red clothing with silver and lacquered waistbands. At the end of the day, we’ll spend time with farmers cultivating their terraced rice fields using traditional methods, for a sunset landscape photoshoot. (B)

Day 8 | Kyaing Tong - Heho - Inle lake

We begin with an early breakfast at our hotel, then visit a local produce market. We’ll have a morning portrait photo shoot with various vendors who belong to nearby tribal communities that come into the city to sell their products. If the timing works out, we’ll stop in at the water buffalo market, which is held twice weekly. On our way to the airport, we stop at Eng Village for a photoshoot of people who have distinctive cultural identity.

Our flight to Heho is quick, at just 35 minutes. After arrival in Heho, we’ll proceed to the Nyaung Shwe Jetty by private car. At the jetty, we’ll visit the Shwe Yan Pyae Teakwood Novice Monastery. We’ll have a portrait photoshoot with Buddhist monks and novices through windows of teak wood in the old monastery.

We transfer to hotel on Inle Lake by private boat from this jetty. After check-in, we have time to relax and maybe do a sunset landscape photoshoot from our hotel balcony. (B)

Day 9 | Inle Lake

Inle Lake is famous for its floating villages and gardens and the distinctive way of life of the local Intha people, their living communities based on the water.

Before breakfast, we have a pre-arranged photoshoot with fishermen who use leg rower boats. It’s a wonderful blend of portrait and landscape photos at sunrise. Back to the hotel for breakfast.

Near our hotel, we will have another opportunity to photograph tribal people who visit the floating market from the nearby villages to sell their wares, by private different type of boats. We then travel by boat to In Thar Village, for a portrait shoot with Pa-O tribal people. This tribe has a distinct cultural identity, with unique attire and facial structure. They make ideal subjects for close-up compositions.

Our private boat excursion continues to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, for a portrait photoshoot with monks. This is one of the oldest monasteries in the region, with Buddha Statues that are more than 200 years old. Back at our hotel, we’ll have another chance to review images from the past 9 days in Myanmar. (B)

Day 10 | Inle Lake - Indein - Yangon

Our morning begins with a second opportunity to photograph boatmen that are fishing in front of our hotel. After breakfast, we’ll travel by boat to Ywama Village, for a photoshoot with the long-necked Kayan (or Padaung) women going about their daily lives. Our trip will also take us through some floating villages for photos with local people. We’ll also visit with some women weavers who use lotus fibres to create fabric, scarves and robes. 

Before we leave Inle Lake, we’ll visit the Paung Daw Pagoda, the most venerable pagoda on the lake, which houses 5 images of Buddha. We’ll have some portrait photo opportunities with Shan tribal people and vendors around the compound.

Our flight to Yangon takes about 1 hour, after which we will check back in to our hotel in the city. We have a wonderful Farewell Dinner arranged, along with a cultural dance show. (B)(D)

Day 11 | Yangon

On our final day we have our final group discussion, review our favorite photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell.

We urge you to extend your stay in Southeast Asia and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

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.

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