Hearted people, ancient traditions and golden pagodas, all convey in Myanmar. Anyone interested in getting to know and experience South-Eastern Asia's people and culture should visit Myanmar now.
To a street, documentary or landscape photographer Burma is heaven. From the street markets in the bustling Yangon, ancient temples in the plains of Bagan, and captivating villages around Inle Lake... nothing can compare. Most importantly, its amazing people and communities that are always ready to welcome visitors and smile back.
This photo tour will be led by two tour leaders and a local photographer/fixer. A team of two leaders ensures flexibility for the group and provides the perfect mix of photo possibilities throughout the tour Myanmar.
Day 1 | Arrive in Yangon, Airport Code RGN | (D)
Mingalaba, welcome to Myanmar. You'll be greeted at the airport and then transferred to our hotel, there you'll meet the other guests and your tour leaders. After a brief meet and greet, we will enjoy our first evening meal together.
Day 2 | Yangon | (B, L, D)
Our morning begins with a ride on the iconic Circle Train. Traveling to the outskirts of the city, we pay a visit to the Danyingon Market to capture the hustle and bustle of market life. The rest of the day will be spent at a nunnery, followed by a monastery to photograph the famous Reclining Buddha. After a late lunch and some free time, we will meet late afternoon to photograph Shwegadon, the largest pagoda in the world.
Day 3 | Yangon to Kyaing Tong | (B, L, D)
Our day starts off with an early morning visit to the fish market to take another glimpse into the daily life of locals. After breakfast, we will fly to Kyaing Tong, there we really begin to explore a side of Myanmar often not seen by tourists. Once settled into your accommodation, we will explore portrait photography at Wat Zom Khan. Here you will get the opportunity to photograph the monks living there.
Day 4 | Kyaing Tong, En, Lahu, Akha Villages | (B, LB, D)
We will spend the day visiting three traditional villages. Our first stop will be to the En tribe, where we will meet the village chief, in his hut before exploring the village with our cameras. Think Tuk Tuk rides and friendly locals in traditional clothes. There are no long hikes, and you will see very few tourists here having this a unique experience.
Day 5 | Kyaing Tong, Lahu and Akha Villages | (B, LB, D)
This is the second day of exploring traditional villages. Today we will travel about two hours outside of the main town to reach more tribal communities. We will make stops along the way for a variety of impromptu photos in different settings.
Day 6 | Kyaing Tong, to Bagan | (B, L, D)
Today we will start early visiting the Kyaing Tong Street Market, where local tribes meet and gather to sell and exchange goods. This is one of the largest and most exciting markets you will find in Burma because of the diversity of the people gathered here. You will then have some free time to explore on your own. If you prefer, we can take some time to review your images before our flight to Bagan.
Day 7 | Bagan | (B, L, D)
With its sweeping temple-scapes filled with glittering pagodas, Bagan is the ultimate destination to perfect your sunrise and sunset photography. Our first morning will be dedicated to capturing your first sunrise temple-scape. The rest of the day is all about lighting and portraits. We will be focusing on candlelight and window light, as well as pictures of monks and local people. Our final shoot of the day will be capturing rural village life with cattle, goats, and villagers at sunset.
Day 8 | Bagan | (B, L, D)
Our morning will begin with a second Bagan sunrise photoshoot, where we hope there will be some hot air balloons for you to capture. After breakfast, we have arranged a photoshoot with some Buddhist monks and locals. In the afternoon, we will travel back to a monastery in Bagan to photograph window light rays before finishing the day photographing the sunset from a monastery with panoramic views of Bagan.
Day 9 | Bagan | (B, L, D)
If you still haven't taken that killer sunrise or sunset photograph, don't worry. Today is our final full day in Bagan, and we have chosen two incredible locations for you to photograph as well. The highlights of today include: photographing an old farmer smoking cheroot, low light portraits in a monastery, photographing silhouettes, Sulamani Temple garden, and umbrellas.
Also, there will be an option to photograph from the Hot Air Balloon.
Day 10 | Bagan to Inle Lake | (B, L, D)
We will visit Shwezigon Pagoda to photograph its hall of pillars before taking an early lunch and catching a flight to Lake Inle. Lake Inle is the last stop on our incredible adventure across Myanmar. Here we will be focusing on our documentation and street photography at the famous floating markets and gardens on the lake.
Day 11 | Inle Lake | (B, L, D)
Our morning begins with another sunrise photoshoot, for today, we have arranged for you to capture three local fishermen working. This is sure to be a magical morning. After breakfast, we will travel to the 5-day market, visit the floating villages, and capture the lotus silk weaving. We will spend the afternoon taking our time capturing the beauty of the floating gardens of Lake Inle before returning to our accommodation for the evening meal.
Day 12 | Inle Lake | (B, L, D)
After a relaxing boat ride to Indein, you will have time to explore the marketplace. This is a free-shoot, and you are welcome to practice your street, documentation, and portrait photography here. Our second location of the day is the ruins of Nyuang Oak, where we will spend some time before taking a walk to a traditional village.
Day 13 | Inle Lake to Yangon | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we make our way back to Yangon, where our tour began. After our flight, you will have some free time to rest, explore Yangon, squeeze in one final street shoot, or get some last-minute gifts from the 2000 shops of Scotts Market! In the evening we will have our last dinner together during the tour. This is always an exceptional evening where we share our fondest memories and enjoy our final night together as a group.
Day 14 | Yangon | (B)
This is the final day, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home according to your flight schedule.
The tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way, in the spirit of real adventurers.