Through The Lens
Whether on a mobile phone or a fancy DSLR camera, taking photos on holidays captures memories of your journey and is also a great way to share your travel tales with friends back home. And for true shutterbugs, Myanmar is one of the travel world’s best kept secret. The diverse landscapes, vibrant market places, unique traditions and historic sites are a veritable playground for photographers- and our team at Myanmar Diaries know all the best places!
Using our insider knowledge and venturing out with our cameras, we designed a 12-day trip for keen photographers. Not only does the trip visit incredible photo-worthy destinations, it also includes specialist guides and is timed to make sure you are in the right place at the right time for that perfect photo! Read on to discover the unique stops on our photographic journey through Myanmar!
Contrasts of the city
Our Myanmar photo journey starts and finishes in Yangon. The country’s largest city offers up a great contrast of old and new as well as a chance to experience your first taste of local life. You will visit downtown on foot, taking a look at historic colonial buildings and turning down narrow lanes for photos of hidden markets. A ride on the slow-moving circular train let’s you mingle with snack vendors while also being able to snapshots of passing suburban street scenes. And of course, no visit to Yangon would be complete without a trip to Shwedagon Pagoda. Be sure to have your camera batteries charged up- not only will you want to snap pictures if the gold-covered stupa, but also of the fervent spiritual rituals happening on the pagoda platform.
Colorful local life
Thanks to Rudyard Kipling’s writing, the name ‘Mandalay’ conjures up glittering pagodas, tropical weather and exotic cultures in the minds of many. These days the city is a bustling commercial hub that can appear busy and overcrowded at times. But we know where ‘Kipling’s Mandalay’ still exists and share these photographic experiences with our shutterbug guests. Start early in the morning with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddha images. Snap photos as local devotees come to pray and place gold leaf on this auspicious statue. Then it’s on to Thaye Market, a sprawling market place on the train tracks selling everything from fresh produce to fiery spices. The colors and energy is amazing but gets even better when the train comes along at midmorning. Snap photos as the vendors race to get their stalls off the tracks in time! As well during your time in Mandalay, you will get plenty of chances to capture images of amazing pagodas at the perfect time of day and watch the sunrise over U Bein Bridge. Mandalay never fails to impress photographers!
Untouched Nature & Exotic Ethnic Groups
Once you have had your fill of photographing monuments, it’s time to capture images of nature and traditional life. Loikaw is the perfect area for this! The capital of the Kayah State is surrounded by villages where traditional Kayan culture (also referred to by the Shan name, ‘Padaung’) is untouched by time. We suggest a full day trip, crossing through several villages on foot to get a better understanding of these incredible cultures. Meet with ‘long neck women’, who proudly wear coiled brass bands around their neck. Discover the unusual practices of the Kayan animists, who worship a range of protective spirits, and see locals wearing the traditional dress even in these modern times. Of course, throughout the day you will be surrounded by unspoiled nature and colorful farmland, offering up brilliant hues of greens, yellows and blues to fill your camera lens.
This is just a glimpse into the many wonders waiting to be discovered (and photographed!) in Myanmar. Every day and at every turn, you will find something new and inspiring for your creative mind. Our photographic journey has been carefully crafted to make sure you don’t miss a single one of these awe-inspiring moments. From mystical morning sunrises to encounters with colorful traditional cultures, the Myanmar Diaries team will take you on a journey that is filled with picture-perfect moments!