Myanmar blends a revered collection of photogenic ingredients. Otherworldly landscapes are untouched by development, remote hill tribes are unknown to the world and ancient religious worlds crumble across the jungle. Welcoming locals are happy to share tea and friendship, and best of all, the country has been photographed by very few foreigners. The images captured on this 13-day photographers' tour will be redolent and raw, enveloped in mystique and bathed in the surrealist hues of an enigmatic...
Yangon – Golden Landscapes of Shwedagon
Gold shimmers at sunset as the light bounds off the facade of Shwedagon Pagoda, the preeminent religious image in a religious country. Pilgrims wander around the complex to stop to pray at various Buddha images. There's a serenity here in the small rooms that fill with the rolling chants of monks. There is also action as hundreds of locals kneel on the floor around the gold. As you land in Yangon, take the time to relax and freshen up before a sunset visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. The light changes by the minute as the temple flickers through the tones and the scenes before the drop into a luminous blackness. It's an excellent location to test out your skills in different lighting conditions, and enjoy a huge range of potential subjects and angles.
Yangon – Colonial Relics of Rangoon
Bagan – Capturing the Iconic Temples
Bagan – Hot Air Balloon Aerials and Low Light Portraits
Mandalay – Life Along the River
Inle Lake – Novice Monastery and Fishermen Sunset
Inle Lake – Ruins of Nyaung Oak and Shan Villages
Inle Lake to Sittwe – Sunrise Market Scenes
Sittwe to Mrauk U – Sittwe Fish Market Shoot and Onwards to Mrauk U
Mrauk U – Chin State Tattoo Tribe Villages
Mrauk U – Unique Temple Jungle Landscapes
Mrauk U to Sittwe to Yangon – A Novice Nunnery on Route Back to Yangon
Yangon – Departure
- Photograph the mystique of Myanmar with a dedicated tour that blends sublime landscapes with intimate portraits
- Travel across a country that is only just opening to the world and has rarely been documented by photographers
- Visit the remote and little-visited Chin State, where tattoo tribe villagers provide an inspiring subject
- Capture the essence of Bagan and photograph one of the world's greatest religious landscapes, with thousands of ancient temples on a sandy plain
- Use the lens to explore the contradictions of Yangon, a city that blends spectacular pagodas with crumbling colonial history
- Head into the remote Shan State and photograph its traditions, including stilt villages and leg-rowing fishermen at sunrise
- Discover the hidden temples of Mrauk U and enjoy exclusive access to photograph in monasteries and nunneries
- Test your skills from many different angles, including the view from a hot air balloon and then a boat as you cruise along the Irrawaddy River
Myanmar is a delight for a camera lens. The landscapes blur boundaries into the surreal, from jungle-clad temples to undulating hills dominated by serpentine rivers and tiny untouched villages. Astonishing monuments provide a focal point, like the ancient temples of Bagan, the golden facade of Shwedagon, or monasteries hidden amidst the hills. Portraits are like no other; tattooed tribe villagers, traders in stilt village markets, junior monks, and a hundred smiling faces whenever you produce the camera. There are so many possible angles, and you will find it impossible to define Myanmar with just one. Instead, this 13-day itinerary takes you across the country to reveal its different photogenic sides, covering famous attractions and very off the beaten track destinations.
Myanmar is not an easy place to photograph. Dust can swirl, the light can be difficult, and many of your subjects have rarely been captured on camera. But those keen on for a challenge will find a country that is wrapped in mystique and charm. Images are raw; high on impact as they portray a realm that's unknown to most of the world. Rather than a photography tour that seeks to encounter classic and iconic scenes, this itinerary is centered on inspirational and impromptu opportunities. There's no hype in Myanmar, no must-capture image. Every photographer, regardless of their skill level, discovers a destination with a generous soul, one that can be demonstrated in so many different ways.
With a specialist photographer guide, travel across Myanmar. Start in Yangon as the colonial relics and golden pagodas make for an intriguing introduction to the area. The bustling streets and faded charms provide an iconic series of prints that could have come from 120 years ago. Bagan's ancient temples offer the subjects as your days continue, thousands of flamboyant sandstone structures that lead you into Buddha images and 800-year-old murals. From here, cruise along the river to capture life along the banks of the mighty Irrawaddy.
After these iconic destinations, hone your skills with the Myanmar landscape, as your travels take you into a very remote and unseen world. Stop at Inle Lake, Sittwe, and Mrauk U to journey to the places and people that may never have been before the camera lens. Visit tattoo tribe villages in Chin State, photograph fish markets at sunrise, cruise through stilt villages on the water, visit a nunnery and novice monastery, and find a series of 700 temples that are wrapped around the jungle in Mrauk U. Each day is filled with rare photographic opportunities; a distillery hidden in a palm shack, fishermen rowing with their legs, tribal elders with faces etched in ink. The recent evolution of Myanmar's flight network means most journeys are relatively short and through the air, maximizing your time on the ground amidst the surreal subjects.
$3,037 per person (excluding international flights)
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