Myanmar photography and trekking tour
Slow eco travel - no internal flights! Single occupancy as standard! No single supplements Unlimited photography coaching and advice from 2 professional photographers (max 1-5 ratio)
Fully flexible bookings for 2021 tours! Full refunds, free transfers to another date or vouchers for the entire amount paid to be used towards other tours, valid for 3 years - should a tour not go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions
Description of Myanmar photography and trekking tour
2022: 30 Nov
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe chose to work with a local supplier who matches our ethos and values, and we selected a family-run travel business lead by an amazing local woman and mother to design and organise our entire itinerary upon consultation with us and what we envisaged for the trip. We will further strengthen that partnership which promotes sustainable travel, staying with local families and respecting and preserving local environment by embracing the local ways of living and transportation.
This tour has been designed specifically with a low carbon footprint in mind, seeing that a lot of Myanmar trips rely on several internal flights, we decided to design a tour that focuses on slow travel and over-land and water transportation only, as well as trekking. We have worked with a local tour operator to design this tour in the most environment-friendly way possible, while at the same time enhancing the experience of local life as well as the photographic opportunities throughout.
Our meals are planned around offering local food and also vegetarian options, and we do our very best to reduce the dependence on plastic water bottles although this is not always easy in Asia.
As our tour includes a trekking element, as well as environmental-friendly means of transportation for example e-bikes or horse-drawn carts to explore Bagan.
In addition this tour is all about taking advantage of the local experience, from using a local agency to source all accommodation, transportation and meals to using a local guide and staying with local families during the trekking part of the trip.
PeopleA fair deal for the local communities: we have designed and are running this tour through a local family-run tour operator to ensure the money stays local and it supports the local economy. We have included trekking through villages and an overnight stay with families in hill tribes to ensure we support those communities directly, and we will have a local guide and eat and stay in small local businesses avoiding chains and equivalent.
Local crafts and culture: Our itinerary includes several visits to local craft workshops as well as markets and we always encourage our participants to shop from market stalls and small family businesses to support their life on the ground. We also always encourage our participants to pay a fair price for the products they buy and not 'haggle' unnecessarily because even a small amount for us means a lot for a local family.
Travelling with respect: As this is a photography tour we are 100% committed to ensuring that our small group is capturing images in the most unobtrusive and respectful way possible especially when attempting street photography or portraiture. We encourage everyone to engage with the locals and always try to create a report / ask for permission when taking someone's portrait, as well as showing / sharing that image with them afterwards which creates lovely connections even beyond any language barriers.