Bespoke Photographic Tour in Myanmar

Capture the beauty of Myanmar through a camera lens on our bespoke Photographic trip. In addition to the classic visits of a Myanmar holiday, this 10-day journey incorporates vivid local markets, scenic villages and opportunities to see the deep rooted cultural traditions of the people. With daily itineraries timed to capture the best natural light, shutterbugs will return home with a collection of images reflecting the wonders of Myanmar.
 
***Price per person based on 2 persons and Superior Hotels

Day 1

Kandawgyi Park in Yangon Arrival Yangon

Your bespoke photographic holiday begins in Yangon, the former capital. Spend the day discovering the main sites and hidden wonders of the city starting with a visit to the massive reclining Buddha at Kyaukhatgyi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Park’s royal lake.  A walk around downtown in the afternoon affords ample opportunities for colourful photos of the bustling riverside, colonial buildings, colorful markets and religious monuments of various faiths.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2

Local Woman on Inle LakeYangon – Heho – Inle Lake

Rise early for an unforgettable sunrise. While the sky is still dark drive to Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most holy site, and climb the stairs to the base of the stupa. Watch the colours change on the gold-covered pagoda as the sun begins to rise and enjoy the calming chants of local worshippers who come to pray at this hour. Continue to capture scenes of a Myanmar morning with a visit to a nearby monastery and tea shop before driving to the airport for your flight to Heho. A short drive takes you to Inle lake where you will take a boat along the placid waters in the late afternoon to your hotel.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.

Day 3

Stupas in Indein near Inle LakeInle Lake – Indein

Set off for a full day on Inle Lake, a shutterbug’s dream. Venture to the eastern shores of the lake to a village and observe the traditional methods of making local snacks such as tofu and rice crackers. Back on the water pass by stilted villages, floating gardens and leg-rowing fishermen stopping often for photos or to chat with the friendly locals. An afternoon adventurous excursion takes you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein which is noted for its stupa-studded hill with fantastic views over the lake.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.

Day 4

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda on Inle LakeInle Lake

Wake before the sun rises to enjoy a quiet morning on Inle Lake. Under the sun’s first rays your driver will turn off the boat engine in a scenic spot so that you can watch the lake come to life as local fisherman and merchants start their day. Continue to explore the lake by boat stopping at sites such as Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, a teak monastery with a collection of Shan Buddha images and many of the cottage industries for which the lake is known. Late this afternoon you will have the unique chance to observe a leg-rowing fisherman up close, allowing for fantastic pictures under the light of the setting sun.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.

Day 5

Jetty in Nyaung ShweInle Lake – Nyaung Shwe – Mandalay

Spend the morning exploring the photogenic town of Nyaung Shwe by local trishaw. Visit colorful morning markets, watch boats of produce being unloaded at the jetty and encounter friendly locals as they bike by on their way to school or work. At midday drive to the airport where a domestic flight takes you over the Shan Hills to Mandalay. The former royal capital is today a busy trading city but with its riverside location and rich cultural traditions it remains a traveler – and photographer- favorite.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 6

Sunset on U Bein BridgeMandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Amarapura

Timed to capture the best light, you will set off on a full day of sightseeing around Mandalay. Start at ‘The Worlds Biggest Book’, a collection of more than 700 inscribed marble slabs before heading to the town of Sagaing on the western side of the Irrawaddy River. The town is filled with pagodas and nunneries as well as a fascinating local market and pottery village, all of which make for great photos. Heading south you will next delve in to the history of Myanmar, exploring the dusty lanes and crumbling buildings of the former royal capital of Ava and continue on to the famous U Bein Bridge, a teak bridge spanning 1.2km. Capture the setting sun at this wonderful landmark before continuing back to Mandalay.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 7

Bagan Temple PlainMandalay – Bagan

Another early morning start to see a unique ritual not found elsewhere in Myanmar. Witness the pre-dawn washing of the Mahamuni Buddha image, a solemn yet exciting event as locals come with clothes and toothbrushes to scrub the gold-covered statue. Continue to the airport for a flight to Bagan, an archeological wonder of more than 2000 religious monuments. Explore some of the main sites as well as an assortment of lesser known monuments before heading to an elevated platform for sunset photographs.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 8

Bagan Sunset on the River Bagan

OPTION: HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER BAGAN

The morning will start off with an exciting hot-air balloon ride above the Bagan countryside. You will observe one-of-a-kind views when the sun begins to rise over the Irrawaddy River and various stupas in the region. You’re simply not going to find many other opportunities like this on earth. (Only available from mid-October till mid-May.)

For a unique camera angle, an optional early morning hot air balloon flight over the pagodas of Bagan is the perfect solution (note: subject to seasonality) Otherwise start at the lively market where the colourful produce and throngs of shoppers in traditional longyis creates a truly ‘Burmese’ atmosphere. Resume your temple touring with more villages, monuments and plenty of photo stops before boarding a boat for a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Capture images of life on the water as well as temple spires dotting the skyline as you move away from Bagan.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 9

Yangon Circular TrainBagan – Yangon

To make the most of your last morning in Bagan you can, once again, rise early and venture away from the main plains to a hill with stunning views at sunrise. Then a short domestic flight will take you back to Yangon. An afternoon trip on the slow-moving circular train is ideal for shutterbugs. Traveling around the outskirts of the city with people hopping on and off at various stations you will get a taste for the urban landscapes and lifestyles of Myanmar’s biggest city.  A special farewell dinner can be arranged this evening should you wish.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 10

Goodbye MyanmarYangon Departure

Today it is time to say farewell to Myanmar. The day is at your leisure for last minute shopping or photography walks until transferring to the Yangon International Airport for your departure.

 

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  • Price per person based on 2 persons and Superior Hotels
  • Accommodation on shared twin room basis with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Activities and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
  • Local English speaking station guides (different guides in each destination – one guide per town)
  • Ground transportation with air conditioned vehicle (where available) with drivers on touring days
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the program (except camera fees)
  • Sunset cruise in Bagan
  • Horse cart in Ava
  • Private motorized boat on Inle Lake
  • Train ride in Yangon
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels on touring days
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfares with either Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airways, Air KBZ or Man Yadanarbon Airways
  • Visa fee for Myanmar
  • Tour options (quoted separately)
  • Transfer for dinners if meals are not included in the itinerary.
  • Drinks during meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry etc.)
  • Peak season surcharges (Myanmar Water Festival, Christmas, New Year, etc.)
  • Christmas and New Year compulsory dinner supplement (TBA at time of booking)
  • Early check in and late check out from hotel
  • Tips for guides, driver and other suppliers
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions

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