Myanmar (Burma) Through the Lens

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12 Days
Availability : Feb. 7th - 18th, 2021
Start: Yangon
End: Yangon
Min Age : 18
Max People : 8

Tour Overview

Duration: 12 Days
Dates: Feb. 7th – 18th, 2021
Price: $3,575
Single Supplement: $300

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Travel photographers from around the world have celebrated the stunning scenery and rich culture of Myanmar (Burma).  It delivers photographic opportunities like no other place in South East Asia.

This ancient kingdom has managed to evade most of the modern world’s hectic growth.  While Burma is now much more open to visitors than in the past, it still holds onto the mystery and charm that permeates this ancient Buddhist culture.

Our tour will introduce you to a wide variety of destinations and photographic subjects.  From the faded Victorian architecture and breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon (Rangoon) to the ancient cities of historic Mandalay.  From the stunning temples of Bagan to the hill-tribes and fishing villages of Inle Lake.

We will travel this picturesque country by train, rickshaw, Mini-bus, horse/cart, river boat and on foot. As with all our tours we will combine both the iconic destinations with the less known so that you can immerse yourself in the local culture and experience Southeast Asia as it used to be.

What to Expect

Photographer’s Dream: Hands down this is my (Gene Tewksbury your instructor) personal favorite photography destination EVER! Literally on the entire planet there just is nothing I’ve seen that compares to the photo opportunities found in this amazing country.

  • Personal Photography TrainingPhotographers of all skill levels will get personal inspiring training daily throughout the tour and at every location.
  • Shwedagon Pagoda at DuskAn evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. Images abound as monks, locals and travelers alike take in the wonder of this ancient temple.
  • Traditional Rural LifeCapture the serenity that is part of traditional life amongst the Shan Plateau people.
  • Boat AdventuresWe will spend two days by boat exploring Lake Inle and its local markets, lakeside villages, floating gardens and temples.
  • Temples of BaganThe jewel of this journey is the breathtaking temples of Bagan. Hundreds of ancient Pagodas as far as the eye can reach.
  • Delicious Burmese Food!Burmese food is unlike most of its neighbors. While it shares an exotic flavor it uses many ingredients missing from other Asian countries (for instance potatoes)
  • Leisure TimeWhile we try and make sure you get to see as much as possible, we also know that travel can be exhausting. As such we do include "free time" to indulge in your own activities whether that means exploring on your own, napping or having some drinks.
Tour Itinerary
Each day is another adventure!

Day 1:Yangon (Rangoon): Walking tour

Morning arrival in Yangon (Rangoon), and check-in to a comfortable, downtown hotel close to the famous Scott Market. Meet up with your photographer and fellow travelers for an overview of what’s to come. That afternoon we will set out with cameras in hand to explore the streets of Yangon.

Transportation: Walk
Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Yangon

Day 2:Yangon (Rangoon): Train Trip and Shwedagon Temple

The Rangoon circular line will be our first major excursion outside the city. This local train chugs its way slowly through the suburbs and outlying villages providing a great opportunity to photograph the daily life of Yangoon (Rangoon) in a wide variety of locations. Lunch time (yum) then off to the In Sein wet market before a sunset visit to the incredible Shwedagon Temple, one of Burma’s most sacred and iconic destinations.

Transportation: Train, Bus, Walk
Included Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Yangon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Day 3:Mandalay: Inwa ruined city and U Bein sunset

Day three we get up with the birds to catch our flight to the city of Mandalay where we will explore outward to Ava (Inwa). Check-in to our downtown hotel for some leisure time before going back out again to photograph the iconic U Bein Bridge at sunset – reputed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. Is it? Maybe, but it’s very cool no matter.

Transportation: Flight, Minibus
Included Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Mandalay

Day 4:Mandalay: Workshop and afternoon at Mingun

Morning workshop with your photographer. We then will leave by boat up the Irrawaddy River to the site of Mingun. Put your new skills to use among the picturesque riverside ruins of the ancient city and temples.

Transportation: Boat, Walk
Included Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Mandalay

Day 5:Monywa: Rural Chindwin

Overland travel is the word of the day. We first will visit the little known town of Monywa on the banks of the Chindwin River.  Other sites along the way include the world’s largest standing Buddha statue, a monastery housing a mind blowing 500,000 Buddha images and some ancient underground temples carved out of the solid rock. By afternoon we will continue south to Bagan for a visit at dusk to one of the ancient city’s lovely pagodas.

Transportation: Mini-bus
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Bagan

Day 6:Bagan: Day Tour of Temples

Explore the ancient capital of Bagan. The area still contains over 2,000 chedis, stupas and pagodas, scattered across a riverside plain, and is certainly one of the most incredible photographic opportunities you will ever encounter.

Transportation: Minibus, Walk
Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast
Overnight: Bagan

Day 7:Bagan: Day of Self Exploration

Everyone needs time to explore on their own to truly find the images that speak to them. Roam the country lanes by bicycle, hire a pony and trap, visit the best known temples or find some hidden chedis of your own. If you have it in you try getting up early to capture dawn over a pagoda. If you’re feeling spent, sit out the hot part of the day by the pool. Your guide will be on hand to advise and recommend, but we feel it is important that you have the opportunity to explore this phenomenal and highly photogenic site at your own leisure and pace.

Transportation: Minibus, Walk
Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast
Overnight: Bagan

Day 8:The Shan Plateau: Pindaya Caves

Flight to Heho Airport followed by a drive through the picturesque countryside of the Shan Plateau. We will take in one of the local markets before heading to the town of Pindaya to visit the spectacular Shwe Umin cave temples. Then lunch by the lake and a chance to check out the traditional umbrella makers for which Pindaya is famous. In the afternoon we will continue our scenic route to Nyaung Shwe – gateway town to the famous Inle Lake.

Transportation: Flight, Mini-bus
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Inle Lake

Day 9:Inle Lake: Day Tour

Fascinating day trip by boat around the picturesque Inle lake.  We will visit a lakeside village market, a traditional hand rolling cheroot factory, a lotus weaving project and the unusual floating gardens.

Transportation: Boat
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: Inle Lake

Day 10:Inle Lake - Up River to In Dein

An early departure by boat will take us to the small lakeside village of In Dein. Here we will capture photos of the beautiful landscape and visit the site of a ruined Shan city.  The site, known as the ‘Shan Bagan’, has many ancient stupas scattered throughout the lush vegetation. Return to Nyaung Shwe for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.

Transportation: Boat
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Inle Lake

Day 11:Lake Inle: and return to Yangon

Our morning is open for individual exploration (markets, winery, tea shops and street life) until time to fly back to Yangon. That night we will enjoy a farewell dinner.

Transportation: Flight, Minibus
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Yangon (Rangoon)

Day 12:Yangon: - Leisure and Departure

Last chance to explore or go shopping on your own. Perhaps spend time with your instructor going over your images and gathering last minute photography tips.

Transportation: n/a
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Yangon (Rangoon)

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Additional Details

Your Photography Instructor

Gene Tewksbury (read bio)

Departure & Return Location

Depart from: Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Return from: Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Price Includes

  • Professional Photography InstructionFrom your host Gene Tewksbury.
  • Tour GuideLocal guide experienced in all locations and languages.
  • Transportation Land & water & local air transport during the tour dates.
  • Lodging Accommodations for all nights.
  • Partial MealsAs described in the itinerary .
  • Entrance FeesAll entrance fees are included.

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses.
  • Room Service FeesIncidental fees you add to your room (i.e.: room service or phone calls).
  • Travel InsuranceRequired for all participants.
  • Tips & Gratuities

Activity Requirements

  • Moderate walking Up to one mile on relatively flat ground.
  • Easy hikingShort distances ( < 1/4 mile) with moderate to steep grade.
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