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Myanmar Photography in 15 days

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HIGHLIGHTS

Capture stunning landscape
Get amazed by the jungle and mountain area in Kan Hlan Konr and shoot the best photo of fishermen on the Inle lake showing their special fishing technique.

Snap the local life through your lenses
Portrait elderly men and women at the Home for Ages in Mingun. Catch everyday life in local villages away from the tourists at Shan Kalay Island and a tropical plantation field.

Frame iconic Myanmar
Zoom in on Bagan, one of the world’s wonder and capture the “Golden Rock” in the sunset light. Focus on the pagodas with monks walking towards prayers in the largest city, Yangon.  

Myanmar Travel Map

ITINERARY

Day 1YANGON - Arrival

Your adventure in Myanmar has started.

  • You will be welcomed at the airport then transferred to your arranged hotel for relaxation.
  • Get ready for a welcome dinner, hosted by your local expert. Learn about the culture in Myanmar while enjoying good quality Burmese cuisine and let the excitement begin!.

Highlight experience: Traditional Burmese food

Day 2Yangon - FLY - Bagan

Settle into a morning flight from Yangon to Bagan.

  • Hanging around the market ground of Nyaung U Market in search of the wonderful moments of daily life and interactions between people.
  • Great chance for shooting at long colonnade with the shadow of concrete pillars while visiting Shwezigon pagoda, a 1000-year-old Buddhist stupa whose glittering golden bell-shaped dome became a model for pagodas throughout Burma.
  • Indoor shot with set up photo secession of young Buddhist novices in one of the Buddhist temples.
  • Lunch break, refresh and relax at the hotel.
  • Shooting farm animals coming back in groups on the dusty road near Sularmuni Temple.
  • Sunset shots from Pyathatgyi, one of the best temple of Bagan.

Photo shooting highlight:  Sunset shot from one of the best temples in Bagan.

Day 3Bagan - Highlights

Use the day in Bagan – one of the world’s wonder alongside Angkor in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia.

  • Sunrise shots from one of the most secret corner pagodas in Bagan.
  • Indoor shots inside the temple with natural rays coming through the perforated window while exploring highlights of Bagan through your lens.
  • Lunch break, refresh and relax at the hotel.
  • Explore the less touristic local villages for shooting village photos (a few photo secession will be arranged to shoot lacquerware maker or designer at lacquerware factory in the village.
  • Silhouettes shots of the cluster of Bagan Temples from the ground.

Photo shooting highlight: Insight shooting of a temple with natural rays.

Day 4Bagan - FLY - Mandalay - Highlights

Fly from Bagan to Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, a population of one million souls and busy economic hub of the top half of Myanmar. Home to plenty of famous sights which including the most photogenic and interesting insights.

  • Explore the street of stone sculptors, where men attack blocks of white marble with drills and angle-grinders.
  • Visit a village on Shan Kalay Island located at the Ayeyarwaddy River.
  • Lunch break, refresh and relax at the hotel.
  • Indoor shooting opportunities at Wooden Monastery of Shwe in Bin In, iconic attraction in Myanmar.
  • Street and wholesale fish market photography and sunset shot around the riverside of Mandalay.

Photo shooting highlight:Capturing the local life in a local village on the Shan Kalay Island.

Day 5Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Mingun - Boat - Mandalay

Get ready for a busy day with enthusiasm throughout the whole day, as the day will start with a beautiful sunrise and end with a stunning sunset.

  • Free sunrise shots at the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak footbridge reaching 1.2 km. The bridge stretches across the Thaungthaman Lake and comes alive in every sense as dawn approaches. Monks in crimson will cross from one end to the other; fishermen cast their nets in the still waters, and the occasional cyclist adds movement and backlit geometry to the scene. You will capture dozens of great images before the morning has even started!
  • Make the most iconic photos of young Buddhist nuns praying and meditating with the special arrangement at one of the secret place for professional photographers in Sagaing’s impressive nunnery.
  • Free shooting around Mingun with the Massive Mingun Pagoda (Pa Htoe Daw Gyi) and some organised photo secession at the unique architectural Myatheindan stupa with Buddhist nuns.
  • Make the best portraitures of elderly men and women with distinguished looks at Home For Ages in Mingun.

Photo shooting highlight: Shoot some great shots of elderly men an women at the Home For Ages in Mingun.

Day 6Mandalay - Monywa

Leave Mandalay and head to Monywa, located 180 km away.

  • Optional sunrise shots from around the corner of the moat of Mandalay Palace
  • Stop at Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda in Sagaing for shooting
  • Visit local villages on the way to Monywa with tropical plantation field
  • Shooting around the river bank of Chindwin River and hunting sunset

Photo shooting highlight: The stunning Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda in Sagaing for some architecture pictures.

Day 7Monywa - Poe Win Taung - Mandalay

Excursion to Poe Win Taung located beyond Chindwin River. Transfer to Jetty and take the ferry to cross Chindwin River. Take a one hour drive to Poe Win Taung “ Natural Cave “

  • Indoor shots and staged shots around Poe Win Taung Cave. A Buddist cave complex that contains 947 small and large richly decorated caves.
  • Overnight in Mandalay

Photo shooting highlight: Beautiful cave decorations at the Poe Win Taung Cave.

Day 8Mandalay - FLY - Heho - Inle - BOAT TRIP

Settle into a morning flight from Mandalay to Heho.

  • Indoor shoat Shwe Yan Pyay Wooden Monastery, famous for its oval-shaped windows. Creating different and beautiful scenery to your picture collection.
  • Take a boat ride from Nyaung Shwe to the hotel in Inle for a short break.
  • Free silhouettes shots of fishermen during the sunset.
  • Connect to the local people and shoot the portraiture of lake dweller in Pauk Par village.

Photo shooting highlight: Portraits of local people in Pauk Par Village.

Day 9Inle - Indein - BOAT TRIP

Boat down to the west of Inle Lake through a long narrow canal to Indein village, known for its market and two groups of ancient pagodas.

  • Sunrise shots. A set up of fishermen is made to create the perfect picture.
  • A visit to Indein Fiver Day Market local market to photograph market activities, tribal people in their traditional clothes walking up to the pagoda complex of Shwe Inn Dein.
  • Free shooting at a traditional hand weaving workshop in Paw Khone Village
  • Sunset shots around floating garden area

Photo shooting highlight: Pictures of the iconic fishermen a the Inle Lake.

Day 10Inle - Shwe Nyaung - TRAIN - Augn Ban - Pindaya - Kan Hla Kone village

Travel from Inle to Kan Hla Kone village, a little village of the Pa O Tribe where they grow oranges and tea leaves at plantations. It is the best village to discover the daily life of the hill tribes through your lens and the village activities.

  • Experiencing a train ride down to Heho from Shwe Nyaung.
  • Landscape photography and take a light trekking to Kan Hla Kone from Pindaya
  • Homestay at Village Monastery of Kan Hla Kone

Photo shooting highlight: Best shooting opportunities for landscape photography.

Day 11Kan Hla Kone - Pindaya - Heho - FLY - Yangon

Early morning free shooting around the village with morning light.

  • Enjoy your breakfast at the village monastery before trekking down to Pindaya.
  • Transfer to Heho for a flight back to Yangon, where you will overnight in Yangon

Photo shooting highlight: Morning pictures in the Kan Hla Kone village.

Day 12Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Golden Rock

Set off for a pleasant drive to Kyaikhtiyo, home to one of Myanmar’s most well-known landmarks. Renowned for its unstable location and religious significance, the ‘Golden Rock’ is a massive boulder covered entirely in gold leaf and precariously balanced right on the edge of a jagged cliff.

  • Allied War memorial park near Htauk Kyan, the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers where you can make a brief stop.
  • Kin Pun, a small town at the foot of the mountain, switch vehicles to a public local truck for a winding, exhilarating ride to the top of the mountain.
  • Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo

Photo shooting highlight: The view of the mountain where Kyaikhtiyo is located.

Day 13Golden Rock - Bago - Yangon

Visit the Golden Rock

  • Merge in a totally different atmosphere gazing at the glinting boulder bathing in the purple and misty light of dawn.
  • Explore several stupas and shrines scattered on the ridge at the top of Mount Kyaikhtiyo.
  • Take a return trip to Yangon and explore the former capital of the Mon Kingdom. Browse through the colorful local market where vendors sell flowers, produce and spices
  • Visit a thousand-year-old Shwemawdaw Pagoda which features a spire taller than the one of Shwedagon Pagoda and the 55-meter long Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha, which is recognized as one of the country’s most extraordinary images.
  • Overnight in Yangon

Photo shooting highlight: The breathtaking landmark of Myanmar, the ‘Golden Rock’.

Day 14Yangon Free Shooting

Free to relax or taking wonderful shooting around Yangon at your leisure time.

  • Street photography around downtown Yangon. Optional visit the Yangon train station in the afternoon to photograph life around the station.
  • Free shooting around the pagoda platform of the Famous Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 15Yangon - Departure

Free time to explore the last parts of Yangon until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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EXTENSION

BEACH BREAK - SIHANOUKVILLE
Mandalay - Bagan - Cruise
BANGKOK DISCOVERY - THAILAND

Lounge on the beach and let the sand kiss your toes!
Sure, Sihanoukville (ក្រុងព្រះសីហនុ) would never win first prize in a pretty-town competition. But despite the rapid and mostly unwanted development, it has remained the jumping-off point for the best of Cambodia’s white-sand beaches and castaway-cool southern islands!

Day 1 – ARRIVE IN SIHANOUKVILLE Ready your senses for something truly exceptional? Sihanoukville is worth the wait. This destination is the perfect tropical paradise for your getaway. Wide boulevards and white sandy beaches signal relaxation and happiness, the Ochheuteal and Serendipity beach is an attractive seaside stopover.

Day 2 – TREKKING – WATERFALLS The Kbal Chhay Waterfalls are a tiered, 14-metre drop in the middle of extensive forests, with loads of food stalls, picnic spots, hammocks and local shops selling all manner of useless stuff to help you while away a very relaxing few hours in between splashes.

Day 3 – DIVING OR SNORKELLING The best time of year to go diving or snorkelling in and around Sihanoukville is December to April when the dry season and currents mean that visibility is at its best. On the other hand, while conditions might be less ideal in quiet months you’ll get more of that ocean all to yourself. Cambodia does offer some of the cheapest scuba-diving in the region in some of the least crowded waters.

DAY 1. MANDALAY – SAGAING & AVA
Board the luxurious cruise on the riverside of Mandalay. Today you will head to Sagaing and the former royal capital of Ava.

DAY 2. AVA – YANDERBO The cruise will continue to the village, Yanderbo. You can explore the village on foot while looking at the techniques and skills to produce a variety of pots. Try making one of your own. The evening has an open air cinema under the stars on the sun deck showing classic movies.
DAY 3. PAKOKKU – BAGAN  The stop of today is the old trading town on the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady, Pakkoku. Right before arrival, you will see the longest bridge in Myanmar. This town is known for its small industries like Cherrot-rolling factory and producer of flip-flops.

Pakokku is also well known for the production of tobacco, so if you look for buying Burmese cigars, this is the place. In the afternoon you reach Bagan, the city with over 2.000 temples, stupas and pagodas, where you will visit the most remarkable once.
DAY 4. BAGAN The morning starts at the Nyaung-U market, which is a Burmese market where everything is offered. After the market, you visit the revered Shwezigon Pagoda and stop at a lacquerware workshop, which is a must-see of long-standing, fascinating craftsmanship. In the afternoon you can see an exploration of Myinkaba Village, where the Manuha Pagoda from 1059 is located.
DAY 5. BAGAN Enjoy a last breakfast on board before your cruise ends and your journey on the land of Ancient Capitals is over or can be continued with one of our other extensions offered.




 

BANGKOK – A vibrant city / 3 days 2 nights
Spice your holidays by stepping in a vibrant city, mixing modernity and spirituality. Stroll around golden temples and palaces. Get a shopping session through all of the markets of the city, and end your trip experiencing the Thai lifestyle for three days.
Day 1 – BANGKOK – ARRIVAL Spice your holidays and step into the vibrant city of Bangkok. After a short flight from Phnom Penh, settle in your hotel and start your Thai adventure. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel before having dinner on the rooftop of one of Bangkok’s skyscrapers.

Day 2 – BANGKOK – HIGHLIGHTS After breakfast, visit the highlights of the city such as the Grand Royal Palace complex which includes the Royal Palace and the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (known for the Statue of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho, a giant house of the lying Buddha or the Beautiful part of the Khlong with a mix of old wooden houses and new modern mansion. In the evening enjoy a drink on the rooftop of a bar and have a taste of Bangkok’s nightlife.
Day 3 – BANGKOK – MARKETS
After breakfast, relish the taste of the local snack and photograph the Maeklong railway market, slow down on the waterway to the picturesque floating market of Damnoen Saduak and experience the vibrancy of Bangkok daily routine.

TRAVEL NOTE

TIME TO VISIT MYANMAR

DRY SEASON

Feb - Mar
Feb - Mar
Mar - May
The weather is hot and dry in the whole country
19°C–34°C (66-94°F)
The weather is the hottest, can reach up to 40°C
22°C–36°C (70-96°F)

WET SEASON

Jun – Aug
Jun – Aug
Aug – Sep
Consistent rainfall throughout the months
24°C-32°C (76°F-89°F)
Still rainy, but temperatures don’t drop much
24°C-30°C (76°F-87°F)

More information on best time to visit Myanmar here

PHYSICAL LEVEL

Cycling Tour:
Level:
This is a middle-level Cycling Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old
Kayaking Tour:
Level:
This is a low-level Kayaking Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old.

PASSPORT AND VISA

There are two options for a Burmese visa – Normal Tourist Visa (50USD) and Tourist Visa Express Service (56USD)

  • You will get a single entry tourist visa which allows a stay up to 28 days
  • Your passport must be valid 6 months after the expected date of your departure from the country
  • You have to upload one COLOR PHOTO (4.6 cm X 3.8 cm) taking during last (3) months
  • Visa exemption up to 14 days for some ASEAN Countries, and up to 30 days for a few Asian Countries such as Japan, China.

For more information regarding visa for Myanmar, refer to this page.

WHAT TO PACK

To make sure you will enjoy all of the activities included in this trip without missing of anything, here is a short list of what you should bring with you:
– Trekking shoes (or running shoes)
– Sunscreen
– Sunglasses
– A raincoat
– Insect repellant


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