Photo Tour Myanmar | February 16-March 3 2019

Join me on a 16-day photography tour and expedition to the Golden Land.

Hearted people, ancient traditions, and golden pagodas, all convey in Myanmar. Better know as Burma or the Golden Land, this corner of South East Asia allure all senses. Anyone interested in getting to know and experience South-Eastern Asia’s people and culture should visit Myanmar now.

I have scouted Myanmar extensively in two prior trips and this tour is part of one the upcoming tours I am leading with and for Digital Photo Mentor Tours.  This is a unique opportunity to travel with not just one photography leader, but three! Myself,  Darlene Hildebrandt,  (a fantastic photo educator and the creator of and local photographer BootheeThaik Htun, will all be there to help you get the best shots possible.

Itinerary Detail

Day 1 | February 16th – Arrive in Yangon (D)
Mingalaba – Welcome to Myanmar. You’ll be greeted at the airport and then transferred to our hotel where 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 | February 17th – Yangon (B,L,D)
ur morning begins with a ride on the iconic Circle Train. Traveling to the outskirts of the city we pay a visit to 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 | February 18th – Yangon, Kyaing Tong (B,L,D)
Our day starts off with an early morning visit to the fish market to take a glimpse into daily life in this chaotic city. After breakfast, we will fly to Kyaing Tong when we will really begin to explore the 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 | February 19th – Kyaing Tong (B,L,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 dress. There are no long hikes and you will see very few tourists here having this a unique experience.

Day 5 | February 20th – Kyaing Tong (B,L,D)
This is the second day of exploring traditional villages. We will travel outside of the main town to reach three more tribal villages. As they receive very few tourists, in these remote areas of Burma, they will be happy to pose for a photo or two! Make sure you always have your camera ready to capture the incredible sites you will see on this journey back in time.

Day 6 | February 21st – Kyaing Tong, Mandalay (B,L,D)
Day 6 begins with a morning visit to Kyaing Tong Market, where local tribes meet and gather to sell and exchange goods. This is one of the largest and most interesting markets you will find in Burma because of the diversity of the people gathered here. There are not many countries in the world where you will see so many rare tribes in one place. You will then have some free time to explore on your own. Or if you prefer we will take some time to review your images, using Lightroom, before our flight to Mandalay.

Day 7 | February 22nd – Mandalay (B,L,D)
Sunrises, sunsets, private boat rides and photographing The White Temple are just some of the highlights that await you in Mandalay. Our morning begins at an old monastery for the first sunrise shoot of the trip. After breakfast, we take a private boat ride to Mingun where the White Temple awaits. After lunch is Photographer’s Choice. You will have a range of options to choose from including a teak carved monastery for portraits, environmental, and scenes with monks.

Day 8 | February 23rd – Mandalay, Amarapura, Bagan (B,L,D)
Day 8 begins with our second sunrise shoot followed by an arranged session with local fishermen. On our return to Mandalay, you will get chance to practice your street photography on Marble Buddha Street. After lunch, we have arranged a free shoot for you at Mahamuni Buddha and Temple Complex. This is a very special place as it is ranked as the second holiest site in Myanmar. Our next stop after a short flight is Bagan where spectacular sunrise and sunset temple-scapes await us.

Day 9 | February 24th – Bagan (B,L,D)
With its sweeping temple-scapes filled with glittering pagodas, Bagan is the ultimate destination to perfect our sunrise and sunset photography. We have found you the best locations to photograph over the next four days. 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 portraits 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 10 | February 25th – Bagan (B,L,D)
Our morning will begin with a second Bagan sunrise photo shoot where we hope there will be some hot air balloons for you to capture. After breakfast, we have arranged a photo shoot 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 11 | February 26th – Bagan (B,L,D)
If you still haven’t taken that killer sunrise or sunset shot don’t worry. Today is our final full day in Bagan and we have chosen two incredible locations for you to photograph. As well as Myanmar at sunrise and sunset highlights of today include: photographing an old farmer smoking cheroot, low light portraits in a monastery, photographing silhouettes, Sulamani Temple garden, and umbrellas.

Day 12 | February 27th – Bagan, 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. Our journey includes a 1-hour boat ride and a sunset photo shoot with local Intha fishermen.

Day 13 | February 28th – Inle Lake (B,L,D)
Our morning begins with another sunrise photo shoot, but 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 14 | March 1st – 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, Pa O.

Day 15 | March 2nd – Inle Lake, 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 final dinner together of the tour. This is always a very special evening where we share our fondest memories and enjoy our final evening together as a group.

Day 16 | March 3rd – Yangon (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. You can absolutely choose to stay for a time in Myanmar on your own. If you’ve made arrangements to do so please let us know. There is no accommodation booked for this day, so if you’re staying on, you’ll have to make sure you’ve got a place to stay ahead of time.

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