BURMA

MYANMAR (BURMA)

January 3 - 13, 2018

March 7 - 17, 2018

January 7 - 17, 2019

March 6 - 16, 2019

5 DAY EXTENSION

January 13 - 17, 2018

March 17 - 21, 2018

January 17 - 21, 2019

March 16 - 20, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Nature and People Photography

Includes

  1. -11 or 15 Days

  2. -Only 4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts & 9 Meals

  6. -3 Domestic Flights

  7. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Myanmar (Burma)

Yangon, Mandalay, Amarapura, Bagan, Heho, Lake Inle

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Experience the land of genuine kindness and golden smiles.

Myanmar (Burma) Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Myanmar (also known as Burma) is known as the land of genuine kindness and golden smiles. You’ll experience the soft morning light and peaceful atmosphere of Myanmar, giving us a contemplative and creative time to connect to what we see.

Our journey will cover many aspects of Myanmar; Architectural monumental, landscapes, street and market scenes as well as portraits. We will photograph the amazing golden Pagodas, with abundance of devotional scenes happening from sunrise to after sunset. In Bagan, the morning light rising over the fog and the many stupas. Mandalay and the craftsmen markets (wood, marble, gold…) and the UBein Bridge. The Lac Inle, fishermen and the floating market, and the small villages where we will have many chances to meet with the local communities.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Can you think of a more amazing location to express your creativity than the exotic land of Burma (Myanmar)?


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by private a/c car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Ian Robert Knight  |  January 3-13/17, 2018

Ian Robert Knight  |  March 7-17/21, 2018

Ian Robert Knight  |  January 7-17/21, 2019

Ian Robert Knight  |  March 6-16/20, 2019


Weather | Sun



January- Temps 89/65 F  31/18 C  Sunrise 6:35 | Sunset 5:45 (17:45)

March- Temps 96/68 F  35/12 C  Sunrise 6:19 | Sunset 6:13 (18:13)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, people, nature and photography

Professional photographer | guide

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Photo walks & discussions

4 or 5 star hotels (except in remote locations)

Breakfasts

5 lunches and 4 dinners

Local transportation (English speaking private guide and driver)

Airport transfers and domestic airport tax

3 domestic flights

Immigration assistance, baggage claim, customs clearance

Also includes excursions to Po Win Taung Caves, Saga and Kakku. Boat from Mandalay to Bagan and boat rides in Inle and Thein Village.


Accommodations



Yangon - Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH Room) or similar

Mandalay - Rupar Mandalar Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar

Bagan - Aureum Palace Bagan (Jasmine/Orchid Villa Room) or similar

Lake Inle - Aureum Palace Inle (Lakeside Villa) or similar


Travel Information



Myanmar Arrival & Departure Airport: Yangon International Airport (RNG) - Transfer time to hotel 60min

Our adventure begins with our arrival into Yangon International Airport.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.


Price



MYANMAR (BURMA) 11-DAY PHOTO & CULTURAL ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 3-13, 2018:  $9,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 7-17, 2018:  $9,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 7-17, 2019:  $9,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 6-16, 2019:  $9,995


MYANMAR 5-DAY EXTENSION

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 13-17, 2018:  $3,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 17-21, 2018:  $3,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 17-21, 2019:  $3,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 16-20, 2019:  $3,995


Single Supplement:  $1700 (Myanmar)  $600 (Extension)

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room (Bangkok):  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room (Bangkok):  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.





MYANMAR (BURMA) 11 DAYS


Day 1 | Arrive in Yangon

Upon our early morning arrival in Yangon, we are welcomed at Yangon International Airport. After a short rest, we spend the afternoon photographing the Shwedagon Pagoda, bright with its golden stupa of 100 m high, and the devotional scenes that surround it. A treasure for photographers. It is a sweet start into the soft yet busy atmosphere of Myanmar. In the evening we celebrate with our amazing “Welcome Dinner”. (D)

Day 2 | Mandalay

During an early morning breakfast we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. After we transfer to airport and fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival, we will visit Mandalay and its amazing temples, such as Kuthodaw and the pagoda Mahamini. We’ll also explore the nearby streets and markets, filled with truly skilled craftsman. We will have the opportunity to have sweet authentic encounter with children and villagers. And of course, we cannot forget sunset over the bridge UBein at Amarapoura. (B) (L) (D)

Day 3 | Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing

We begin day three with a sunrise photoshoot over the bridge U Bein at Amarapoura. After breakfast we visit the monastery Maha Ganayou, where the monks study from very early in the morning. We cross the river Myitnye to go to Ava, a very quiet and typical village where we will discover the teck architecture or Ava’s monastery. And we will end the day at Sangaing, a great center of Buddhism where beautiful images surround us. (B) (L)

Day 4 | Mandalay - Bagan

On Wednesday we checkout of our hotel and take slow boat from Mandalay to Bagan (slow boat only operated on Sunday and Wednesday). Transfer to jetty and take slow boat to Bagan. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Ayarwaddy River. The boat may stop at some villages where we can enjoy capturing the way of life of the local people. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel. (B) (L) (D)

Day 5 | Bagan

Day five is dedicated to discovering Bagan, with the landscapes of stupas. The morning starts with the light rising over the fog and the many stupas. We go to a small village and practice our approach for portraits and street photography. We will spend time photographing the colorful scenes of the market at Nyaug Oo and after the temple visit, we will end our day photographing the sunset over the horizon filled with stupas. The temple Ananda, a masterpiece of the Mon architectural history, and we will end the day we will enjoy the sunset at Myauk Gu Ni Temple. (B) (L)

Day 6 | Bagan - Heho - Lake Inle

On day six we transfer to the airport for our flight to Heho. A drive to Inle and a boat ride on Lake Inle where we will see fishermen. Our boat will take us right to our lakeside hotel. Here we will checkin and rest up for an evening sunset shoot. (B) (L) (D)

Day 7 | Lake Inle (and nearby villages)

Today, like most days, we will look to capture the early morning light so that we are sure to capture the story of your journey. You will discover Burma’s atmosphere from another perspective — by taking an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the lac Inle early morning. Here we will photograph the fisherman and the floating marketing, as well as the village Dein. (B) (L)

Day 8 | Sagar Region

We devote day eight entirely to the Sagar region. This non-touristic area is a treasure of the Shan region. Mountains and small villages, riz filed, between architecture and nature beauty, we will have so many opportunities to capture amazing photos. (B) (L)

Day 9 | Lake Inle - Kakku

Today we spend in Kakku and its 2478 stupas. The village of Kakku lives at the rythme of its ancestral customs. We will explore a beautiful cave with statues all around. (B)

Day 10 | Lake Inle - Heho - Yangon

After one last early morning shoot on Lake Inle, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Yangon. In Yangon we will visit the downtown markets in China town and India town. As well as the eastern door of the Shwedagon Pagoda for the nice market scenes with monks purchasing prayer books and other ritual items. In the evening we celebrate with our “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite Burmese restaurants. (B) (L) (D)

Day 11 | Yangon

Morning breakfast at the hotel, free until transfer to Yangon International Airport and departure. (B)

MYANMAR 5 DAY EXTENSION


Golden Rock - Hpa An - Caves and the Secret Lakes - Rangoon Day

Details to follow.

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  Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Gift Certificates



Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.



Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Loyalty Club**



All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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