Thailand / Golden Triangle Though the Lens (Extended)

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13 Days
Availability : Dec. 6th - 18th, 2020
Start: Bangkok
End: Chiang Mai
Min Age : 18
Max People : 10

Tour Overview

Duration: 13 Days
Dates: Dec. 6th – 18th,  2020
Price: $3,550
Single Supplement: $450

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$3,300 pp

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Exotic Thailand has always been a place to experience a whole new world of culture, food, art and environment.  As wonderful a destination it is for such life changing adventures, it stands singular as a visual Eden for photographers.  Every corner, every alley, every food stand is fodder for your camera. 

Our Thailand / Golden Triangle Extended tour travels from the modern world of Bangkok to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai.  From Chiang Mai’s stunning temples and markets to the highland mountain forests of the infamous Golden Triangle Region.

Our photography tours focus on cultural immersion and “everyday life”, from back street markets to beautiful Buddhist temples.  We avoid the tourist traps whenever possible (some locations it simply can’t be avoided) and focus our tour times around the unique needs of photographers.  Our small groups ensure that everyone (of any skill level) receives the attention they need from the photography instructor.


What to Expect

From Bangkok’s canals and floating markets to World Heritage Sukhothai, the historic lanes and ancient temples of Chiang Mai and on to the serene mountains of the far north

  • Personal Photography TrainingOur small groups make it easy to receive hands on photography training and advice every day and at each location.
  • UNESCO World Heritage SitesCapture the beauty of Sukhothai, an ancient Thai capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Amazing Chiang MaiPeaceful Buddhist temples, bustling night markets and cultural institutions. Chiang Mai has it all.
  • Exotic BangkokWe will visit markets and travel by waterways and canals. See sacred temples and more. Bangkok is a photographer's delight.
  • Mountain HighlandsThe Chiang Rai region is picturesque, with landscapes of jungle, forest, valleys and farms. Visit the hill tribes of the North.
  • Delicious Thai FoodsYou could spend your whole life trying all the variety of foods Thailand has to offer, but we shall make the most of our 13 days tasting dishes from many cultural regions.
  • Leisure TimeTraveling is exhausting for all. So we make sure to include plenty of free time for you to rest or explore on your own. Get some drinks or just people watch.
Tour Itinerary
Each day is another adventure!

Day 1:Bangkok - Arrival

Upon your arrival in Bangkok you will check in to a comfortable, downtown hotel in the City’s Banglamphu district. Time to rest from your travels or explore the local streets. That evening the group will gather for orientation and some overview from your instructor.

Transportation: Walk
Included Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2:Bangkok - Street photography and some of the sights

The group will explore Bangkok by riverboat, skytrain, tuk-tuk and canal boat – we shall hit some of the famous locations including the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow and ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha. We will also make sure to escape the tourist zones in order to capture images of local daily life in the markets and communities.

Transportation: Train, Tuk-Tuk, Boat, Walk
Included Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Bangkok

Day 3:Amphawa - Canals and floating markets

Time to leave the city’s downtown for the canals, traditional wooden stilt houses and floating markets of Amphawa district. Along the way we make a stop at the famous Maeklong ‘Railway Market’. In addition, we will see some some of the area’s local industries such as salt production and parasol makers.

Transportation: Mini-bus, Boat, Walk
Included Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Amphawa

Day 4:Chao Phraya Valley

The morning starts early with a canal boat trip through Amphawa followed by travel through the valleys and rice growing districts of Suphanburi. We will stop by the Sam Chuk, or Hundred Year Market. Get ready for an exciting photographic opportunity exploring the maze of narrow aisles and wooden river-side walkways. That afternoon we’ll continue to Uthai Thani for a boat trip amongst its unique floating raft house settlement – one of the few remaining in Thailand.

Transportation: Mini-bus, Boat
Included Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Uthai Thani

Day 5:Across the central plains to Sukhothai

Start the day with a bit of free time to explore the riverside markets or just relax at a local street cafe. That afternoon we will travel across the lush plains of Chao Phraya River on our way to Sukhothai.  We will have time for some sunset views and night street photography within the local market.

Transportation: Mini-bus, Walk
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Sukhothai

Day 6:World Heritage ancient Sukhothai

Tuk-tuk tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai – former capital of Siam – This location is ripe for photography with ancient sandstone temples, wall carving, Buddha statues and lotus ponds.

Transportation: Minibus, Walk
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Sukhothai

Day 7:Sukhothai, Lampang and Chiang Mai

Yay, elephants! We will stop by the Elephant hospital where elephants are cared for and rescued from those who would exploit them. Onward to explore the markets and architecture of Lampang Town. Finally we arrive in Chiang Mai and it’s time to relax by the pool before an evening at Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar.

Transportation: Minibus, Walk
Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Chiang Mai

Day 8:Chiang Mai - Walking tour of the old city

Morning walking tour of the oldest parts of Chiang Mai. Great time to work on imagery of temples and statues and monks as they engage in their daily tasks. Afternoon is free time to explore on your own, try the local culinary dishes or get a massage.

Transportation: Walk
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Chiang Mai

Day 9:Chiang Mai to Mae Salong

Time to leave for the more remote areas of Northern Thailand including Tha Ton. We will make a stop on the way to visit the cave temples of Chiang Dao, before experiencing the views from the Tha Ton Pagoda situated high on a mountain-top along the Thai / Myanmar border.

Transportation: Mini-bus, Walk
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Mae Salong

Day 10:Mae Salong - Former opium town

This day is dedicated to the region of Mae Salong – for many years this area was not available to travelers because of its role as a center for the opium trade but the area is now known for tea plantations and spectacular scenery. This location is also known for its population of local hill-tribe peoples. Discover the plantations, markets and unique architecture of this picturesque region.

Transportation: Mini-bus, Boat
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Mae Salong

Day 11:Down-river to Chiang Rai

An early morning visit to a traditional market before taking a van to Thaton, via the Akha village of Lorcha. Here we board a boat for a trip down the Kok River to Chiang Rai where we will visit Wat Rong Suea Ten, (the Blue Temple) and the sprawling, souk-like old market.

Transportation: Mini-bus, Boat
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Chiang Rai

Day 12:Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

A scenic drive back to the city of Chiang Mai with a stop to visit the spectacular Wat Rong Khun Temple. Mid-afternoon arrival with time for some more exploring or relaxing before your departure the next day.

Transportation: Minibus, Walk
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Chiang Mai

Day 13: Chiang Mai - morning at leisure and end of tour

Morning exploration (or packing depending on your leave time). Do some last minute shopping or visit the famous Doi Suthep or a Thai cookery lesson can be arranged. Tour ends at your convenience

Transportation: n/a
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: n/a

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Additional Details

Your Photography Instructor

Gene Tewksbury (read bio)

Departure & Return Location

Depart from: Bangkok, Thailand
Return from: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Price Includes

  • Professional Photography InstructionFrom your host Gene Tewksbury.
  • Tour GuideLocal guide experienced in all locations and languages.
  • Transportation Land & water 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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