Burma photography holiday

“Join pro-photographer Stephen Studd for a fortnight in Myanmar and benefit from 26yrs' experience and first-hand knowledge of Burma's best locations.”


Tour led by Stephen Studd | professional photography tips | Buddhist temples | Shwedagon Paya | sunrise and sunset over Bagan | Mandalay to Nyaung Shwe | Umin Thounzeh cave | stilt villages on Inle Lake | leg rowing Intha fishermen | sunset from Saigang Hill | Myingyan to Mandalay | photography review |

Description of Burma photography holiday

If you’re looking to go on a photography tour, Myanmar is one location in Southeast Asia that certainly fits the bill in terms of character, charm and an extensive range of natural and manmade photographic opportunities. Just ask Stephen Studd who will be accompanying small groups (max eight participants) throughout the 13 day duration of the holiday.

Stephen has had his photography published on the front of National Geographic as well as having many of his Myanmar images featured within numerous other magazines, books, newspapers and countless online publications.

Throughout Stephen’s time spent in Myanmar he’s got to know the people, the locations and the lighting techniques to maximise photographic creativity, with strong friendships and cultural understanding assisting in the design of this superb photography tour in Myanmar.

This holiday is open to all levels of digital photographer with advice given by Stephen to help you get the best of both your abilities and your camera. There will be group reviews of your work and you’ll also get the chance to pick up some professional tips on managing digital workflow to help you on holiday, and back home. As Stephen won’t be taking his own photos his attention will be solely centred on helping the group which means you’ll benefit from 26 years of photographic experience in one of Southeast Asia’s most welcoming and photogenic countries.

Burma presents an incredible wealth of cultural and characterful locations and you’ll pass through jungles and visit Buddhist temples in order to inspire imagination and set the scene for photography projects to come.

Strolling the streets of rural villages and Burmese towns opens up a whole new world of ramshackle houses, smiling traders and Buddhist monks wearing claret red robes and provides further cultural insight for anyone embarking on a photography tour in Myanmar.

Stephen’s experience and local knowledge allows you to learn more about cultural customs and religious beliefs with the additional experience of train rides from Bagan to Myingyan and the legendary Road to Mandalay both integral for capturing the essence of Myanmar.

Photography tour Myanmar highlights:

- Shwedagon Paya in Yangon
- Lesser-visited walking tour locations
- Sunrise and sunset over the temples of Bagan
- The train ride from Bagan to Myingyan
- Experience the Road to Mandalay
- Sunrise and sunset at U-Bein Bridge
- Sunset from Saigang Hill
- 45 golden statues of Buddha in Umin Thounzeh cave
- Travel through the forest-covered mountain slopes from Mandalay to Lake Inle
- Stilt villages, floating gardens and artisans at work on Inle Lake
- Sunrise, sunset and leg rowing fishermen on Lake Inle
- New locations now featured as part of the 2017 tour.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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05 Nov 2017
£ 2995
including domestic flights only
18 Feb 2018
£ 2995
including domestic flights only
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Responsible tourism: Burma photography holiday


Our Environmental Policy in Burma.
We provide authentic, real travel photography experiences for small groups of guests (maximum 8 people), supporting local projects and charities where we can. In each location we visit we incorporate walking tours in to the itinerary, visiting local markets and artisans getting a real feel for the area at street level.

Free safe drinking water.
In Burma you need to drink plenty of water due to the hot and humid climatic conditions. To minimise the use of bottled water we recommend all guests bring with them a water bottle filtration system, made from BPA free plastics. These filtration systems convert tap water in to safe drinking water, eliminating the need to use countless plastic water bottles.

We have chosen not to fly between each location where time and distance permit, as Stephen feels the best way to see a country is from ground level.

From Bagan to Myingyan we take the Mandalay express train. At Myingyan we stop to take lunch and then take the 'Road to Mandalay'.
From Mandalay to Nyaung Shwe (Lake Inle), we have permits to travel overland through the Shan State, a true classic journey on the road less travelled.

All our accommodation in Burma was sourced by Stephen so that there are great photo opportunities straight outside the front door and within easy walking distance to local restaurants, bars and markets.

In Nyaung Shwe (Lake Inle) we stay at an eco-lodge that is built with local limestone, mud and rice straw, and reinforced with wooden beams. No concrete is used. Only paints made from laterite mud and natural wax decorate the lodge. Rooms are both thermal and sound insulated, and windows use double insulated glass. Air conditioners are not used. You can drink the water straight from the tap in the rom as it is all filtered. All toiletries are handmade locally using organic products. There are no fridges in the rooms instead a haybox which remains cool is utilised instead. In addition the lodge mentors young people training in the hospitality industry.

In our office we use a 100% renewable energy supplier. We buy organic and fair trade goods, as well as growing our own food. We use A+ appliances and power saving computers and hard drivers. We use very little paper as we don't send out brochures, the paper we do use is recycled.


Before the start of the trip we email an information sheet which details, any dress code, or other etiquette that is required to respect the local customs and traditions. We also include the words for hello and thank you in Burmese to encourage our guests to use these phrases as a starter. We also hold an orientation session on the welcome evening to remind people of the particular sensibilities of the country we are in, which reiterates dress code, appropriate behaviour in public and religious buildings, and includes such things as where to find local services, appropriate tipping (by giving an insight into average local wages) and bartering. Further to that on a daily basis guests are advised what they can expect to encounter that day with regards to dress codes, removal of footwear, etc.

Stephen and Rachel have been travelling to the area since 2006 and have forged strong links and friendships with local people and businesses. As Burma has started to open up to the outside world, Stephen on each visit is constantly looking at new projects and community projects to support.

Stephen sources all of the accommodation himself to ensure that they are not owned or connected to the military junta, and that the transportation we use is independent, benefitting local people. We pay all our drivers and boat captains a fair wage and Ko Ko our driver in Bagan is a keen photographer himself and a close personal friend to Stephen.

By encouraging our groups to sample the local cuisine and eat at local restaurants our trips also aim to benefit local businesses and individuals by putting our money into the local economy. We also encourage our guests to buy local handmade crafts and products as this gives confidence and pride to the local artisans, keeping traditional crafts alive by supporting them economically.

We recommend buying books from local sellers about the local history, culture and customs.

Reviews of Burma photography holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Stephen's knowledge of the People and the Country of Myanmar (Burma) made the trip an outstanding experience from day one. Each day brought new
experiences and photographic opportunities that, together with Stephen's guidance, saw my photography develop as the trip went on. The day spent travelling from Bagan to Mandalay was amazing as it allowed our group to immerse ourselves in the people and culture. Credit also to Rachel, who kept us all on track and mothered those of us clumsy enough to get cuts and grazes.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring half the clothes you plan for and twice the bug spray. Also, read the information pdf document that Stephen sends out in advance to guide you through what to bring.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Most definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was, without question, the best and most rewarding holiday I have ever been on.

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

This was an excellent holiday which was well organised by Stephen and Rachel. Travelling across this amazing country by different types of transport and of
course stopping to take lots of photographs. Having the guidance of a professional photographer.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take USA Dollars to exchange to the local currency. GBP is not of interest as a currency to exchange with and you may find that you are unable to obtain monies from an ATM. Don't expect to be able to use a credit card either!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Through buying produce that was made by local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 18 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Many memorable highlights from sunrise to sunset photo sessions, city life, rural life, train ride, boat ride, not forgetting the horse and carriage ride through the dusty plains of Bagan.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a laptop or at least an external hard drive with you, invaluable for the "show & tell" sessions.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - Well thought through itinerary staying long enough to explore each base. Excellent - personal photographic tuition. Excellent - allround care when needed. Thanks Stephen & Rachel for a truly unforgetable holiday.

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