Photography tour in Laos

“A small group, 11 day photography holiday with experienced photography pros as your guides. Following an itinerary that sees Laos from all its perspectives. ”

Highlights

Luang Prabang | Hill tribe artisan market | Kuang Si Waterfalls | Traditional silk weaving village | Free the Bears Rescue Centre | Cruise on Mekong River | Nong Khiaw | Boat trip on Ou River | Pak Ou cave temples | Baci ceremony | Phonsavan and Plain of Jars | Mines Action Group office (MAG) | Muang Khun | Vientiane

Description of Photography tour in Laos

This photography tour in Laos is a small group tour, led by experienced professional travel photographers who have worked to create an itinerary that not only takes us to some of the country’s most splendid sites, but also offers an eclectic mix of photographic themes.

These themes vary between historic, cultural and of course natural wonders of the north of the country. Historic sites include the ancient and mysterious Plain of Jars or the more contemporary history witnessed at the Mines Action Group or the COPE exhibition centre. Cultural highlights are many: meeting hill tribes, passing through villages on the Mekong River, seeing a traditional Baci ceremony or just watching everyday life in both Luang Prabang and the capital city of Vientiane.

Laos’ natural heritage is everywhere to be seen and admired, in a country that has been very untouched by tourism and where landscapes like the Kuang Si Waterfalls, the Ou Valley and the Mekong feel untouched by time.

We welcome amateur photographers on this tour of Northern Laos, our experts teaching not only technique and creativity but also our responsible photographic philosophy, which is to make sure that you respect the Lao people and their culture wherever you go.

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Date
Price
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03 Feb 2019
£ 1850
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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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