Myanmar Photography Tour - 14 Days
Tour Code: SITP-1
This photographic journey takes you to one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. It is the Asia of old, where tribal life still exists, where ancient temples are numerous and not over run by mass tourism, and the landscape is spectacular. This trip is for the photographer who likes to immerse themselves in a culture very different than what they have experienced before.
Start ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Finish ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Physical rating: 3 out of 5
“Mingalabar” – “Welcome to Myanmar” at the airport by your tour guide and your EMH – Enjoy Myanmar Holiday’s transfer team. We then transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Meal is not included on this day.
After breakfast, we’ll visit Chauk Htut Gyi Pagoda (with its 70 meters long reclining Buddha image) followed by Kalaywa Tawya Monastery where over 1,200 monks and novices reside. Here we enjoy a great photoshoot of the novices bathing and having their daily meal in the hall. After lunch at a local restaurant, we travel downtown to see and photograph the old colonial quarter. The next visit is the lively and colourful China town before we return to the hotel.
We depart early for our flight to Heho. Upon arrival, we commence our travel, stopping along the road for photography as required. Our first major stop will be Kakku, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights, a huge collection of 2,478 stupas which are believed to have been commissioned as far back as 2,00 years ago with some dating back to the 3rd Century BC. Upon arrival in Loikaw, we will go to a local monastery to photograph a monk praying.
Loikaw is the tranquil capital of Kayah State, tucked away in the remote Karen Hills, near the Pilu River; surrounded by scenic mountain ranges, lakes and waterfalls. Closed to visitors for over half a century, this diverse and picturesque region has only recently opened up again. Its lower profile and secluded location means it attracts only a fraction of the tourist numbers that visit Inle Lake each year, allowing those that do venture in to enjoy the sublime scenery in relative solitude. Experience the warm hospitality of the local communities as you learn about the region’s unique cuisine and customs.
This morning we rise early to photograph the sunrise at a small mountain offering a panoramic view over Loikaw. After breakfast, we drive to Panpet Padaung Village where we’ll enjoy some time meeting and photographing the local Padaung ladies. Lunch will be in their village. After lunch, we proceed to Tanilarle Village where Kayah ladies wear brass and rubber rings on their knees. If time allows, we will also visit De Mow Soe Market which only occurs three days per week. We return to Loikaw in time for sunset.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
We commence our day by road travelling to InLe Lake. This drive will take around 3½ hours. On the way, we will stop at Sagar where we enjoy some time exploring and photographing the village. We’ll then continue our journey to InLe Lake. Upon arrival in Nyaung Shwe (the principle town around InLe Lake), we’ll check in the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Over the course of two days, we will be doing a number of amazing activities around the lake, (if you’ll visit the InLe Lake over the festival time) the main being the Phaung Daw Oo festival in which hundreds of men board purposely built boats and row through villages towing a large royal barge containing sacred Buddha images. This is a festival like nothing you have ever seen.
In addition to this, there is a five-day rotating market which we may be able to visit depending on the location it is scheduled. In addition to attending the local markets, we will also have the opportunity to attend cheroot, weaving, silk/cotton dying and blacksmith workshops. Special photo shoots will also be arranged with the unique fishermen who row with one leg. We will also travel to Indein, a picturesque small village on the western bank of the lake with thousands of stupas. Inle Lake is one of the highlights of the tour and our program will vary according to events and locations we travel to.
Meals: Daily Breakfast
Today we depart Inle Lake and return to Heho for our flight to Mandalay. We will visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, a popular photographic stop in Myanmar, en-route to Heho airport.
On arrival in Mandalay, we proceed to Amarapura, the former capital from 1783 to 1821 and 1842 to 1859. We end the day photographing the sunset over U Bein Bridge from small Sampan boats. U Bein Bridge is a beautiful 200-year-old teak bridge said to be the longest in the world. The bridge’s attraction, however, is the hundreds of locals, monks and fisherman making their way back and forth, affording us the opportunity to get some great silhouette shots.
This morning we’ll get up early to photograph the sun rising over Mandalay Palace and the local monks/novices walking the streets to collect their daily alms.
After breakfast, we will transfer to the jetty and take a private boat to visit Mingun, an unfinished pagoda which would have been the largest in the world if it had ever been completed. The pagoda is also the location of the largest ringing bell in the world, weighing in at 90 tonnes. If we’re lucky we may even see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins which are known to visit this part of the river.
In the afternoon we travel to Paleik to see its famous snake temple and more than 300 long-abandoned temples from the 14th century covered in ivy.
This morning we depart very early for a sunrise shoot at U Bien Bridge before continuing to Bagan by road. The duration of the drive is around 3½ hours. With more than 2,000 temples, pagodas and other religious structures dating back to the early 11th century, Bagan is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites and one of the very best destinations for photography.
The following days in Bagan will be filled with numerous photographic opportunities from beautiful sunrises and sunsets to architectural and controlled shoots with locals.
Upon arrival in Bagan, we’ll check into the hotel before proceeding to lunch. After lunch, we’ll visit the main entrance passageway into Shwezigon Pagoda for a special photoshoot before going out and exploring the magnificent sites in the afternoon and evening.
There is also the option of booking a place on the popular hot air balloon flight (at an additional cost) for the next day!
Bagan is another major highlight of our Myanmar tour and will offer a number of photographic opportunities. For those interested in doing the optional hot air balloon flight, one morning will involve an early rise, briefing, flight and champagne breakfast. Those not doing the flight will have the option of shooting sunrise from one of the temples. The other morning will involve a sunrise shoot from a prime location with the hot air balloons floating past in the distance.
During our two days, we have a number of temples, stupas and monasteries that can be visited, and these will be coordinated according to the route we choose to avoid busy tourist times. Some of these shoots will involve local Monks and Novices. Other interesting photoshoots will be goat herders in the late afternoon light and sunset shoots from prime locations. There may even be an opportunity to do an astrophotography night. One night we will also enjoy a dinner with Marionette show.
Meals: Daily Breakfast & a Dinner with Marionette show
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport to take a short flight back to Yangon. On arrival in Yangon, we’ll visit and photograph Danyin Gone market before enjoying a train ride to downtown Yangon. Later in the afternoon, we’ll go to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda for our final evening shoot.
On our final morning, we rise early to take a walk through the local fish market. We then return to the hotel for breakfast and prepare for our departure. Those interested in catching up in some last-minute shopping can walk to the nearby Scott’s Market. After an early lunch, we’ll say our goodbyes and travel to the airport for our departure.
~ 13 nights accommodation
~ enjoy daily breakfast at hotels
~ lunch in the village on Day 4
~ a dinner with Marionette show in Bagan
~ 3 internal flights
~ professional English speaking tour guides
~ all transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned cars with drivers
~ private boat to explore the InLe Lake
~ return private boat to Mingun
~ return airport transfers
~ enjoy exploring Myanmar as per itinerary
Don’t forget you can modify this tour. Whether you enjoy travelling as a part of a small group with other like-minded travellers, or perhaps you are looking for your very own private journey, we have the right option for you. Click on talk to us button to send us your enquiry.