Photography tour in Laos

“A small group, 14 day photography holiday travelling from north to south of Laos, with an experienced travel photographer as your guide.”

Highlights

Vientiane | Luang Prabang | Kuang Si Waterfalls | Traditional silk weaving village | Free the Bears Rescue Centre | Cruise on Mekong River | Nong Khiaw | Boat trip on Ou River | Optional: morning hike | Pak Ou cave temples | Pakse | Bolovan Plateau sites | Coffee plantation visit | Tad Yeuang Falls | Boat trip to Champassak | Wat Phu | Wat Tomo | 4,000 Islands | Khong Island | Khone Island | Khone Phapaeng Falls

Description of Photography tour in Laos

This photography tour in Laos travels from the north of the country down to its lesser visited south, to discover its landscapes, cultural highlights and historic sites. Suitable for all levels of enthusiastic photographers, the tour is expertly guided by a professional travel photographer. Its aim is to help you become more confident and familiar with your camera and learn to meaningfully engage with the diverse subject matters, from landscapes, to local people, markets and river life. We take a respectful approach to travel photography, with the emphasis on creating a positive impact on the locations we travel to and actively appreciating local people, cultures and religions.

This tour begins with time in the beautiful capital Vientiane, sitting on the banks of the Mekong and also Laos’s ancient capital, Luang Prabang. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to atmospheric temples and fine colonial buildings and is widely regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s best preserved cities.

Travel south from here to discover the former French Mekong River port of Pakse, the beautiful sites of the Boloven Plateau where many ethnic groups live and where Laos’s coffee industry is based, and the 4,000 Islands, a truly beautiful stretch of the Mekong. Along the way, we’ll visit another UNESCO site, the dramatic pre Angkor Khmer temple of Wat Phu.

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30 Jan 2019
£ 2450
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08 Nov 2019
£ 2450
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Photography tour in Laos

In marked difference to some photography trips and in keeping with our philosophy, this tour emphasizes photography that appreciates local people, their cultures and religions, and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.

Please note that all group sizes are between 2 and 9 persons. Groups are accompanied at all times by Gary Latham a professional photographer and one or more local guides. All transportation is organized by local operators and using local drivers. We feel that our ‘discreet’ group sizes lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with the high ratio of guides/tour-leader to clients.

We instigated the visits to a Lanten tribal village close to Huay Xai in N.W. Laos with the assistance of the local schoolteacher who has since set up a small village co-operative stall where local handicrafts can be sold as souvenirs. This has led to an increase of interest amongst the villagers in traditional handicrafts as well as the locally produced mulberry paper the production of which had almost disappeared.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

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