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. See
for yourself in our
itinerary . . .
But wait just a moment, 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
| Day 1 | Yangon, Monasteries and the Shwedagon Pagoda
Myanmar photography tour will get under way at 9:30 am 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 etcetera. 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.
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
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 by John.
| 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.