Photography tour in Laos
Description of Photography tour in Laos
Our Images of Laos tour, photography special, is a fascinating, varied and comprehensive 2-week tour of Laos accompanied by a professional travel photographer. It’s aimed at anyone from beginners, who’ll receive hands-on, individual assistance, advice and tips to budding pros who’ll we’ll endeavor, to the best of our abilities, to get to the right place at the right time.
As with all our Southeast Asia photography tours the intention is to show you the everyday scenes - street-life, local markets and villages – as well as the famous sites and magnificent landscapes. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to sample the wonderful local cuisine and meet the exceptionally friendly inhabitants but again the emphasis is on natural travel photography with no models or arranged scenes.
Our tour begins with an exploration of the laid-back, capital Vientiane, on the banks of the Mekong, before a short flight takes us to the ancient town, now World Heritage site, of Luang Prabang nestled in mountains in the far north. We’ll discover the picturesque lanes, temples and well-preserved colonial architecture as well as the surrounding countryside and villages before heading to the old French river port of Pakse in the far south. Our southern section includes the scenic Boloven Plateau with its plantations and minority villages, the UNESCO-listed, Angkor period temple of Wat Phu and the bucolic landscapes of the 4,000 Islands region.
Our tour ends at Pakse International Airport which offers local flights to Bangkok, Saigon or Cambodia’s Siem Reap (for Angkor).
An unforgettable Laos photography tour including varied landscapes, spectacular architecture and ancient temples as well as bustling markets and everyday life as we follow the Mekong River from the far northern mountains to the inland delta known as the 4,000 Islands on the Cambodian border.
1. Hands on photographic assistance, tips and advice by our experienced professional travel photographer
2. A wealth of fantastic photo opportunities of street-life, local markets, landscapes and village scenes
3. Discover the ancient temples and well-preserved colonial architecture of World Heritage Luang Prabang
4. Boat trip up the Mekong River to the thousand Buddha images of the Pak Ou cave temples
5. Explore the sublime landscapes of the picturesque 4,000 Islands on foot, by tuk tuk and, of course, boat
6. Tour of some of the sights of Laos' capital Vientiane on the banks of the Mekong followed by an evening street-food tour
1. Fly from Pakse to Siem Reap for a few days exploring, and photographing, the temples of Angkor
2. Squeeze the most out of your airfare with our fascinating Bangkok Behind the Scenes extension
3. Head down to the Gulf of Thailand for some quality island time on Thailand’s Koh Mak or Koh Chang
Note groups sizes are 3 to maximum 10 persons and includes single room accommodation (no supplements) in comfortable 3* hotels.
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PlanetGroup 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.
PeopleIn 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
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