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The Faces of Myanmar-Burma Photography Tour



  January 15th to January 28th 2025

  *13 nights/13 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 10 participants, and a minimum of 7 participants
         * One pre-tour hotel night is also included

  $6,686 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: $900
  All inclusive except airfare

  The deposit for this photography tour is $900. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival and departure airport: Yangon, Myanmar [Burma] [RGN]
  Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  10 places are available at this time: Enrollment for this trip closes on 4 months prior to the tour start date
  Updated: Wednesday the 24th of April, 2024

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Photography Tour Overview:
From the mystical vistas of the Bagan plain to the iconic images of leg rowing fisherman on Inle lake, Myanmar - formerly Burma - is a premier Asian destination in terms of photography. Old World artisans, saffron robed monks, floating gardens, age old frescoes and temples, perfect weather, fresh food and warm and welcoming beautiful people . . . this Myanmar photo tour is named 'The Faces of Myanmar' for good reason, and beyond the many warm, welcoming smiles there lies the faces of its' landscape, architecture, and most of all the Myanmar culture. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.


*Pre-tour night
Please arrive by January 15th as your accommodation for this pre-tour night is included in the tour cost. Please note that meals prior to January the 16th are not included.


January 16th  |  Day 1  |  Yangon, Monasteries and the Shwedagon Pagoda
Our Myanmar photography tour will get under way at 9:30 a.m. following breakfast, and with our local guide we'll take a riding and walking tour of Yangon which will include Chinatown, jammed with unique stalls and goods; the colorful jetty on the riverfront; high tea at the iconic Strand Hotel; several old Rangoon monasteries and the most revered site in Myanmar, the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.
Yangon, 1 night


Day 2  |  Mandalay
We'll take a flight to Mandalay this morning, and following hotel check-in the day will include Mandalay’s most impressive Pagodas; a panoramic overview of the Irrawaddy River from Sagaing Hill; a charity school where the nuns and novice monks will steal your hearts; pottery and silver smith workshops, and the Kuthodaw monastery.
Mandalay, 3 nights


Day 3  |  Zeygo, Mingun and the U Bein bridge
Photo opportunities abound during the early light at Zeygo Jetty as the Mandalay folk go about their business. Then meet and photograph the locals followed by a relaxing river cruise to Mingun. There you can point a camera at what might have been the largest Temple in the world had it not been damaged by an earthquake . . . and subsequently not completed. There is much to be photographed here such as the beautiful Myatheindan Pagoda with novices skipping on the 7 terraced white stone; many monasteries and nunneries with activities within; local artists; and one-on-one time with entrepreneurial teens who will instruct, guide and carry your gear for a few coins. The afternoon will include a stop to learn about gold leaf making, and python skin leather crafting. On to U Bein bridge for a rowing boat excursion to capture the locals returning home . . . silhouetted against the setting sun.


Day 4  |  Mahamuni Pagoda, Amarapura and the Mahagandayone Monastery
Early light in the vicinity of our hotel, then our day will include the Mahamuni Pagoda; the village of Amarapura where sculptors carve the renowned white Mandalay marble; Buddhas and Mahagandayone Monastery where hundreds of monks will walk in procession for their noon meal. The day will conclude with sunset on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.


Day 5  |  Mandalay, Bagan and Pagodas
Sunrise Shoot at a monastery, followed by a visit to a local market prior to heading in the direction of Bagan. The day will be punctuated with stops for petrified wood carving, and farmers at work in the paddy fields et cetera. After check-in, we'll begin exploration of this mystical land complete with a multitude of pagodas in the evening light; goat herders with their flocks; friendly local faces; sunset and dinner under gorgeous old Acacia trees in which owls nest.
Old Bagan, 4 nights


Day 6  |  Temples, Pagodas and Myanmar village life
Shwezigone Pagoda and Htilominlo Temple; learn the process of lacquerware making in the old tradition and purchase treasures to take back home; Myingaba Village to visit the Manuha Reclining Buddha, experience village life and view sunset from a temple vantage point.


Day 7  |  Pagodas and villages
First light photography at a temple near our hotel. After breakfast we'll head for Khay Min Gha Temple with stops along the way to photograph field workers; Dhammayangyi, the most massive temple of Bagan; Sulamuni and Ananda Temples; Minanthu village and Dhamma Yazika Pagoda; plus another great sunset.


Day 8  |  Mount Popa, and Rhesus Macaque monkeys
Morning travel to Mt. Popa where the adventurous can climb the 777 steps to the top, others can shop their way partially to the top or none of you may get very far because the antics of the hundreds of Rhesus Macaque monkeys who live there will be calling you to photograph them. After lunch at the beautiful Mt Popa resort, we'll take a different road back to Bagan with multiple stops for wonderfully serendipitous photo opportunities.


Day 9  |  Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp
We'll take our time heading east while pausing to shoot the friendly field workers as we go. In the early afternoon we'll photograph inside the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp where you'll be able to interact at close quarters - bathing and feeding! - with the collection of 'retired' Elephants. On to Kalaw for one night.
Kalaw, 1 night


Day 10  |  Pone Taloke Lake, Pindaya, and the Intha 'leg rowers'
After breakfast we'll head for Pindaya in scenic Shan State with its red soil, colorful fields and farmers plowing and harvesting with bullocks. Pindaya is a small town of the Pa'O tribe, and after photographing on the shores of Pone Taloke Lake we'll take a walk through a forest of ancient Banyan trees and Sin Gaung Village. Here you can visit the villagers’ houses to see and photograph their traditional paper and bamboo umbrella making. In the afternoon we'll board boats for the trip south down Inle Lake. We'll check-in to our bamboo huts on stilts, and close the day with an evening photo shoot of Intha 'leg rowers' out on Inle Lake.
Inle Lake, 3 nights


Day 11  |  Inle Lake, Padaung women, cigar making, and the Ngaphe Chaung Monastery
Our full day on and around Inle Lake will include an early morning photo shoot of leg rowers, then the remainder of the day will be taken up with Phaung Dow Oo village market day; Padaung women; cigar making; black-smithing; silk and lotus weaving ‘factories’, plus the Ngaphe Chaung Monastery.


Day 12  |  Inle Lake, Innthein village market day and life on the water
Full day on Inle Lake. Innthein Village Market day; Shan style Stupas; a village and life on the water. Dinner tonight will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.


January 28th  |  Day 13  |  A return to Yangon for evening departures
We’ll take a boat back to Nyaung Shwe this morning, then a flight back to Yangon to connect your flight home.


Photo Tour Photographers/Guides
Myanmar-Burmese guide: To Be Determined
British photographer John Baker


Enhancing Your Photography Skills

Describing the assistance you'll receive on one of our photography tours takes more than a few words, so for greater detail please go here.


Exertion level: Participants should be able to . . .

Walk barefoot in all temples as per the local custom
Climb steps, and traverse uneven ground
Get into and out of small boats [assistance will be available]
Tolerate some degree of heat, humidity
Amble on foot through villages for serendipitous photography opportunities
Note: Those with severe respiratory issues should not take this photo tour

To summarize, this trip is mildly to moderately strenuous

Do you need a Visa for travel to Myanmar?

Travelers from all countries can do a quick check of visa requirements here or here
Our international clients may need to contact the embassy of their intended destination in their own country for a visa. Go here or here

A special request: Sharing your blessings . . .

The people of Myanmar are simple folk with limited resources, and we request that you strongly consider traveling with a second suitcase with donations for the people of Myanmar. Details will be in an update following your enrollment for this photography tour. Thank you!


Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $6,686 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: $900


Trip deposit: The deposit for this photography tour is $900, and is refundable until 90 days prior to the trip commencement. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the trip commencement. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here


Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite] including the pre-tour night of January 15th

  • All meals plus tea and coffee

  • Bottled water on the bus

  • All ground and water transportation, plus 2 domestic flights

  • Airport pick-up, and drop-off on departure day

  • All entrance fees

  • Gratuity for our Burmese guide

  • All gratuities for drivers and assistant, plus waiters et cetera

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

  • **2 domestic flights: Yangon-Mandalay and Heho-Yangon

Q: **Similar tours have 4 domestic flights, so why not us?
A: We found on a previous tour that the other 2 flights are very short, and required clients having to pack for the flights, depart the hotel early, and then wait around the airport. We're sure you'll find it is a lot less stressful and a lot more 'photo-productive ' to continue by road in the the same bus, and with the opportunity for serendipitous photography along the way.


Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Alcoholic, sodas and similar beverages

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Gratuities for special services

  • Travel insurance

  • Evacuation insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

  • An optional balloon ride over Bagan. The cost is approximately $360 USD, and should be reserved when enrolling for our Myanmar photo tour


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