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Bespoken Photographic Tour in Myanmar

Destinations : Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon

Duration: 10 days

Capture the beauty of Myanmar through a camera lens on our Bespoken Photographic Tour. 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.

The detailed program

Day 1 : Arrival Yangon 

 

Your bespoken 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 Kyauktatgyi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Park’s Royal Lake.  A walk around downtown in the afternoon affords ample opportunities for colorful photos of the bustling riverside, colonial buildings, colorful markets, and religious monuments of various faiths.

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

Day 2 : Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake

Arise early for an unforgettable sunrise. While the sky is still dark drive to Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s holiest site, and climb the stairs to the base of the stupa. Watch the colors 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 a 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 your own
  • Overnight stay in Yangon

 

Day 2 : Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake

 

Arise early for an unforgettable sunrise. While the sky is still dark drive to Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s holiest site, and climb the stairs to the base of the stupa. Watch the colors 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 a 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 your own.
Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 3 : Inle 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 villages with homes on stilts, 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 your own.
Overnight stay in Inle Lake

Day 4 : Inle Lake

Awaken 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 fishermen 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 workshops for which the lake is known. Later 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 your own
  • Overnight stay at Inle Lake

   

   Day 4 : Inle Lake

 

Awaken 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              fishermen 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  workshops for which the lake is known. Later 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 your own.
Overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 5 : Inle 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 mid-day, 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’s – and photographer’s- favorite.

Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight stay in Mandalay

Day 6 : Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – AMarapura

Timed to capture the best light, you will set off on a full day of sight-seeing around Mandalay. Start at “The World’s 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 into 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 1.2 kilometers.  Capture the setting sun at this wonderful landmark before continuing back to Mandalay.

  • Lunch and dinner on your own
  • Overnight stay in Mandalay

Day 6 : Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – AMarapura

 

Timed to capture the best light, you will set off on a full day of sight-seeing around Mandalay. Start at “The World’s 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 into 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 1.2 kilometers.  Capture the setting sun at this wonderful landmark before continuing back to Mandalay.

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

Day 7 : Mandalay – 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 2,000 religious monuments. Explore some of the main sights as well as an assortment of lesser-known monuments before heading to an elevated platform for sunset photographs.

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

Day 8 : 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 (Note: Only available from mid-October to mid-May). For a unique camera angle, an optional early morning hot-air balloon flight over Bagan’s pagodas is the perfect solution (Note: subject to seasonality). Otherwise, you can start at the lively market where the colorful 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. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel.

  • Lunch and dinner on your own
  • Overnight stay in Bagan

 

Day 8 : 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 (Note: Only available from mid-October to mid-May). For a unique camera angle, an optional early morning hot-air balloon flight over Bagan’s pagodas is the perfect solution (Note: subject to seasonality). Otherwise, you can start at the lively market where the colorful 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. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel.

Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight stay in Bagan

Day 9 : Bagan – 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 your own.
Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 10 : Yangon Departure

Today it is time to say farewell to Myanmar. The day is at your leisure for any last-minute shopping or photography walks you ay wish to complete before transferring to the Yangon International Airport for your departure.

  • Lunch and dinner on your own

Day 10 : Yangon Departure

Today it is time to say farewell to Myanmar. The day is at your leisure for any last-minute shopping or photography walks you ay wish to complete before transferring to the Yangon International Airport for your departure.

Lunch and dinner on your own.

Price Includes:
  • Price is per person with a double occupancy at Superior hotels
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room with a daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Activities and sight-seeing as mentioned in the program
  • Local English-speaking station guides (different guides in each destination – one guide per town)
  • Ground transportation with air-conditioned vehicles (where available) with drivers on touring days
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the program (except camera fees)
  • Sunset cruise in Bagan
  • Horse-drawn carriage in Ava
  • Private, motorized boat at Inle Lake
  • Train ride in Yangon
  • Drinking water and moist towelettes on touring days

Price Excludes:
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare with neither Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Air KBZ, or Man Yadanarpon Airlines
  • Visa fee for Myanmar
  • Tour options (quoted separately)
  • Transfers 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 checkout from the hotel
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and other suppliers
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions

Yangon

Mandalay

Inle Lake

Bagan

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