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Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. Ocean Wave On Balinese Dreamland Beach Panoramic View Of Tegallalang Rice Terrace Ubud Bali Indon Skyline Of Singapore At Night SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE MARCH 2019: Skyline Of Singapore Marina B SINGAPORE + INDONESIA
August 08 - 21, 2021
August 07 - 20, 2022
Travel, Landscape, Seascape,
Architecture, Nature and
People Photography
Includes
• 14 Days
• Only 4 - 8 Guests
• Photographer | Guide
• Local Guides
• 4 or 5-Star Hotels and Lodges
• Breakfasts
• 4 Dinners, 3 Lunches
• 4 Flights
• Local Transportation
• National Park Entry Fees
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 SINGAPORE + INDONESIA

Singapore, Borobudur, Uluwatu, Ubud, West Papua

BHUTAN

THAILAND

VIETNAM

CAMBODIA

MYANMAR

NEPAL

Explore modern Singapore, plus Indonesia’s temples, beaches, and disappearing tribes.

The countries of Singapore and Indonesia — neighbours in the furthest south region of southeast Asia — couldn’t be more different. The modern bustling metropolis of the city-state of Singapore is a world financial capital, with a small population and a strong desire to establish itself as one of the most liveable places to live in Asia. With casinos, theme parks, Formula 1 races, super clean streets, architectural wonders and an efficient mass transit, it attracts visitors year round. At only 280² miles, it’s a small country, with huge potential.

Indonesia, by contrast, is 2648 times bigger in size. And it’s the fourth biggest country in the world by population. It’s the Goliath to Singapore’s David. And with that massive size, comes an equally large variety of culture, topography, religions, history and languages. We’ll get a small taste of this variety, by visiting three very distinctly different islands in Indonesia. These three regions of the country are so very different from each other that you’d think it was in three countries. That’s what makes Indonesia the mosaic it is. From deeply Buddhist Borobudur, to hedonistic Bali, and rustic West Papua — you’ll come away with an understanding that Indonesia is more than you thought.

Indonesia has so many unique cultures that it’s almost impossible to describe in a simple sentence. The diversity of its people, its animals and flora, the many different geographical regions, and the contrasts of large cities and small villages makes Indonesia seem like a country of many countries.

Hidden amongst Bali’s luxury villas and world-class restaurants lies a culture that’s existed for thousands of years, with historical rituals carried down through generations. When we visit Java, we will witness the centuries-old temples, with massive Buddhist shrines deep in the jungle. And in West Papua, we will sit with vanishing tribes, that work hard to maintain their traditions, while modern Indonesia marches through their homeland.

With so much variety in a vast land, we are only just scraping the surface. But what we see on that surface will bring memories of experiences with cultures and people that are proud of their heritage.

On our guided Singapore and Indonesia photography tour, you will become knowledgeable about 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 foreign countries. 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 amazing Singapore and Indonesia!

Indonesia has so many unique cultures that it’s almost impossible to describe in a simple sentence. The diversity of its people, its animals and flora, the many different geographical regions, and the contrasts of large cities and small villages makes Indonesia seem like a country of many countries.

Hidden amongst Bali’s luxury villas and world-class restaurants lies a culture that’s existed for thousands of years, with historical rituals carried down through generations. When we visit Java, we will witness the centuries-old temples, with massive Buddhist shrines deep in the jungle. And in West Papua, we will sit with vanishing tribes, that work hard to maintain their traditions, while modern Indonesia marches through their homeland.

With so much variety in a vast land, we are only just scraping the surface. But what we see on that surface will bring memories of experiences with cultures and people that are proud of their heritage.

On our guided Singapore and Indonesia photography tour, you will become knowledgeable about 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 foreign countries. 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 amazing Singapore and Indonesia!

TOUR OVERVIEW

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

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

Weather | Sun

August – Temps 88/72 F | 31/24 C  Sunrise 7:04 | Sunset 7:14 (19:14)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Local professional guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels + lodges
  • Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners, 3 Lunches
  • 4 flights
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival and Departure Airport: Singapore, Singapore (SIN) – Transfer time 45min
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at 6 PM on the last day.
Travel Visa: A few visas may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Singapore – Parkroyal on Pickering, Capitol Kempinski, Six Senses Maxwell, or similar
Borobudur – Plantaran Heritage Borobudur Hotel, or similar
Nusa Dua – InterContinental Bali, Apurva Kempinski Bali, or similar
Ubud – Kamandalu Ubud, The Westin Resort & Spa, or similar
Baliem Valley – Baliem Valley Resort
Jayapura – Swiss-Belhotel Papua, or similar

Singapore & Indonesia Prices & Dates


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Ian Robert Knight

August 8 – 21, 2021
August 7 – 20, 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

SINGAPORE + INDONESIA 14 DAY PHOTO TOUR

Day 1 | Singapore

We begin our adventure in the Merlion City of Singapore. Located on the tip of the Malay Peninsula, the small city-state of Singapore is a tight, clean and organized capital city. With almost no natural resources, Singapore has established itself as an economic powerhouse. As Asia’s most modern city, the streets are super clean, the trains are efficient, and everything is a short distance away, no matter where you are.

We’ll meet in our luxury hotel, in central Singapore at 11am, and discuss the plans for the next two weeks in Singapore and Indonesia. We will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “The Art of Seeing” photographic technique. Everyone on the trip will have their own expectations on what they hope to achieve photographically, and we will go over those during our early discussions as well.

There’s a lot to see in Singapore, and we have a few days to get it all in. We will head to Chinatown first, and check out the famous Hawker Stands for lunch — our first experience with  Singapore’s world-famous foodie culture. Later in the day, we’ll get in some blue hour photography of Singapore’s modern skyline.

Day 2 | Singapore

Since Singapore sits just 60 miles above the equator, the weather doesn’t change a lot throughout the year. Every month brings some rain, but the summer months are the most pleasant, with the least amount. But all that rain creates a very tropical, lush environment, making the city one of the greenest in Asia. Most visitors to Singapore come away surprised at the abundance of parks the small city has. Today we spend time in one of the most impressive parks you’d find anywhere in the world.

Singapore has 4 official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Each of these languages are in wide use, everywhere we venture around the city. One of the more interesting districts in the city is Little India, with its brightly coloured Hindu temples and markets. If time permits, we’ll take in some of Singapore’s colonial past when we visit the civic centre and Marina Bay areas.

In the evening, we’ll have our fabulous Welcome Dinner, in one of Singapore’s countless world-class restaurants. (B, D)

Day 3 | Singapore to Central Java, Indonesia (flight)

Before we check out of our hotel, and out of Singapore, we start the day with a city walk that takes us through the business district. Singapore has grown significantly in the last 20 years, and is home to some impressive buildings, like the world’s most expensive to build hotel — The Marina Bay Sands. The building has become a symbol of the city state, and features prominently in much of the advertising for the country. It’s so monumental, that no one would believe you’ve been to Singapore if you don’t have a photo of it.

In the early afternoon, we fly south to Java — one of Indonesia’s most important islands. While it’s not the largest island, it’s home to more than half of the country’s population. But before we fly out, we need to spend a little time exploring Changi Airport. You’ll quickly see why Changi has repeatedly been awarded the best airport in the world. This is one airport you don’t mind staying in for a few hours.

When we reach Yogyakarta, we meet up with our guide that will be with us for the next week, as he whisks us away to central Java, where we will spend the next 2 days. The reason most people visit this part of Indonesia, is for the Borobudur Temple, which is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Built in the 9th century, it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and tens of thousands of Buddhists make a pilgrimage to it every year. The temple is very detailed, with over 500 Buddha statues on it. Along with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, and Myanmar’s Bagan, it’s considered one of the greatest archeological sites in Asia. Understandably, it’s Indonesia’s single most popular site to visit.

We stay in a hotel not too far from the temple, so we can access it easily. We spend a little bit of time going through images we’ve taken so far, and address any editing or camera techniques. An early night tonight, as we have an early morning tomorrow. (B)

Day 4 | Borobudur, Java

We get up early today, for special access to the Borobudur temple before sunrise. Seeing the sun rise up over the temple is an experience that will remain in your memory forever. After sunrise, we will spend time exploring the temple and all its 9 levels, with highly detailed carvings. The temple can be a little overwhelming, both in its scale and its importance to Indonesian culture.

We return to our hotel for a late breakfast or early lunch and a little rest. When we head out again, we spend the afternoon visiting local craftspeople, who make pottery, shadow puppets and intricately carved wooden masks. Each of these crafts are handed down through the generations, with some families perfecting their crafts over centuries, trying to stop them from dying out.

We may have an opportunity to photograph the temple at sunset today as well, depending on the weather and our other activities. (B)

Day 5 | Borobudur, Java, to Nusa Dua, Bali (flight)

Our morning includes an optional revisit to Borobudur Temple, for those who feel they want to take a second run at obtaining that perfect sunrise shot. After checkout, we make our way to the airport in Yogyakarta, for our flight to Denpasar, Bali.

Once we arrive on the island of Bali, our guide will gather us again, and bring us to our luxury hotel in the Nusa Dua area of the island. Nusa Dua (literally “two islands”) is the southernmost part of Bali, and is home to dozens of 5-star resorts along with famous beaches, and some of the best surfing in the world.

We settle into our hotel and aim to shoot one of Bali’s legendary sunsets before dinner. The island has countless ‘destination restaurants’ and clubs overlooking cliffs, or right down on the beach. “Bali Style” will be evident everywhere. (B)

Day 6 | Nusa Dua, Bali

Bali has some of the best beaches to be found in Indonesia. And for a country made up entirely of islands, that says a lot. And with beaches, comes surfing, and with surfing comes some great opportunities for photography. Our day will be begin with a visit to Uluwatu beach, famous for generations of surfers. The culture that comes with Bali surfing is colourful and unique, and attracts people from all over the world.

The afternoon is spent exploring some of the cliffside beaches along the southern coast, as well as one of the most famous temples in Bali, which sits on a small rock promontory, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

When the sun is beginning to lower, we visit with a troupe of Kecak Dancers, before they perform their famous dance, which tells the story of ancient Balinese culture, and includes more than 100 performers. (B)

Day 7 | Nusa Dua and Ubud, Bali

Our morning includes additional opportunities for some early light seascapes, with some of the most spectacular cliffs and beaches in the country at our doorstep. After checkout, we begin a 90 minute drive north, into the jungle community of Ubud.

Ubud is world famous for several reasons. Among them are its stunning landscapes of tiered rice paddies, carved perfectly into the sides of mountains. In the movie Eat, Pray, Love, it was in Ubud that the love portion took place. After a few days in this community, you’ll begin to see why.

The culture of Ubud is largely based on artisan crafts, quality food, and relaxed living. Locals who call Ubud home are very likely involved in the arts community, in some way or another. We meet many of them in the markets, or in the nearby hamlets, where we will learn from them, as we photograph them creating their art. (B)

Day 8 | Ubud, Bali

Today, we immerse ourselves in some of the unique cultural elements of Bali. We meet and photograph a small troupe of Legong dancers, which perform traditional Balinese dances that are fascinating to witness.

In the afternoon, we spend time in some ancient temples and also visit the monkey forest, famous for its playful macaque monkeys, always hamming it up for the cameras.

At the end of the afternoon, we drive to one of the most beautiful tiered rice terraces in Bali, to photograph the verdant layers of the rice paddies, as the sun sets and creates bold colours. (B)

Day 9 | Ubud, Bali

Today is filled with beautiful landscapes, with stacked rice fields, with temples with lotus ponds, and other Ubud landmarks. As Ubud is in the more mountainous area of the island, it has countless waterfalls, each more spectacular than the last. Our guide will take us to the best one of the season, which is carved through the jungle cliffs, plunging into deep pools below. This will be our chance to try out some long exposure photography, in some of the most beautiful places in Indonesia. (B)

Day 10 | Ubud, Bali to Jayapura, Papua (flight)

We start the day with a visit to one of the larger markets in Ubud. The markets here are overflowing with crafts created by local artisans, who have dedicated their lives to producing traditional works that preserve their culture.

We have a late checkout today, after which we drive back down to the Seminyak area of Bali, for a sunset dinner along the beach, in one of Bali’s most popular beach destinations. It’s here we say goodbye to our Balinese guide, as we prepare to travel to our next province — Papua.

Our flight to Papua, the furthest east province of Indonesia, will be an overnight hopper, leaving in the wee hours, and arriving early the next morning. Travelling from Bali to Baliem Valley will be like stepping back in time. No more posh hotels, international brands, or $30 cocktails. Papua is Indonesia at its most basic. It’s like the rest of the country has moved into the 21st century, but forgot to tell Papua. (B)

Day 11 | Baliem Valley, Papua

We arrive first into the provincial capital of Jayapura, on the northeast coast of Papua. From here, we take a short flight to the interior town of Wamena, using a local airline. Our local guide collects us and organizes our permits that allows us to visit this region of the country.

After the formalities are finished, we dive straight into the culture of Papua with a visit to the local market. This market is lively every day of the week, and the place that indigenous tribes come to sell their produce and animals. For first time visitors, a stroll through the market will be visually overwhelming, with all manner of products for sale, in a very modest setting.

We should arrive at our hotel resort before lunch, where we are greeted by tribal dancers performing a traditional welcome dance. After a long travel, we can rest for a few hours, before we head out to visit a small hamlet not far from the resort. This little village will introduce us to the Dani tribe that have inhabited this part of Indonesia for centuries. The traditional ways of these people are quickly disappearing, as Indonesia pushes forward and assimilates the tribes into modern times. (L, D)

Day 12 | Baliem Valley, Papua

Today is a very special day, both for us, and for a Dani village we visit. For today, we witness a very sacred and traditional ceremony, filled with history, dances, mock battles and deep-seated rituals. The Dani people have a very close relationship to the land and its animals, and today they hold a pig roast in our honour, as their special guests.

The ceremony is attended by many village elders, plus most of the women from the village, and all of the children. They greet us with a traditional mock warfare games to set the mood, followed by a collection of songs and dances performed by the women and children.

What follows is hard to put into words, but suffice to say that it is bound to be one of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have in Indonesia. The day we spend with the villagers will be visually moving, and you’ll want to photographic everything you see. The event is not only a feast in the true sense of the word, but also a feast for the eyes.

After the ceremony, we head back to the resort to gather ourselves and clean up. In the evening, we have time to go over some of the photos from the last week. (B, L, D)

Day 13 | Jayapura, Papua

After checkout of the resort in Baliem Valley, we take a short flight back to Jayapura and spend our last day there. The following morning, we begin our return to Singapore.

The city of Sentani (where the airport is) sits on the shores of Lake Sentani, where we spend a little time exploring. It’s the largest fresh water lake in Papua, and home to hundreds of families living on stilted houses along the lake’s many islands. We have lunch in one of the best fish restaurants in the area.

After lunch, our drive takes us into Jayapura for a visit the local fish market. This market is lively, colourful and fun to spend time in. The local vendors love to interact with photographers, so it makes for some wonderful photographs. The market sells every kind of fish you can think of, and has a thriving tuna business, with some extremely large tunas.

Tonight, we have our Farewell Dinner in one of Jayapura’s best restaurants. Indonesia is full of memories for us, and Papua is a great place to finish. We have an early flight the next morning, so we will try to make an early night of it. (B, L, D)

Day 14 | Jayapura to Singapore (flight)

Today, we travel back to Singapore, and say farewell to everyone. Our first flight will bring us to Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city (for now). After a few hours layover, the next flight should get us into Singapore by later afternoon. Flights home can be easily arranged for the evening. 

We encourage you to spend some more time in Singapore or one of the other exciting countries of Southeast Asia before you return home. Why not visit Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia while you’re in the region?

(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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We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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