Burma photography tour
3-4* (no supplement) & certain meals as per itinerary.
(Visas & local tips not included.) Return flights from the UK from £625.
(Fully licensed, ATOL protected.)
Description of Burma photography tour
Images of Burma is our 2-week special photography tour of Burma (Myanmar) accompanied by one of our professional travel photographers. The tour is aimed at anyone with an interest in travel and photography from the most experienced to complete beginners. We provide hands-on, one-to-one tuition, advice and tips for the latter and in the former case, will do our best to ensure you get to the right place at the right time.
We’ll also cover as wide a range of subject matter as possible (easy to do in such a diverse country as Burma) and we’ll take in the varied landscapes, from serene Lake Inle and the mountains of the Shan Plateau to the fabulous temples of World Heritage Bagan as well as everyday life with street scenes, local markets and traditional villages.
Beginning in the crumbling, moss-covered splendour of old Rangoon we’ll travel to Mandalay with its glittering temples, ancient cities and iconic U Bein Bridge before travelling by boat down the Irrawaddy River for a 2-day exploration of awe-inspiring, World Heritage Bagan. From here we head into the hills and the picturesque mountain landscapes and myriad hill-tribe villages of Shan State before returning by domestic flight to Rangoon, (Yangon).
A fabulous and highly varied tour by road, river and plane through this still very little known and most traditional of Southeast Asian countries.
1. A fully guided, 2 week photography tour for anyone from beginners to budding professionals
2. 2 days 'messing around on boats' on the stunning Lake Inle; local markets, lakeside villages and floating gardens
3. A dusk visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda. Incredible sights and sounds at Burma's most iconic pagoda
4. Tour the ruins of World Heritage Bagan - certainly one of Southeast Asia's most awe-inspiring and photogenic sights
5. Discover the scenery, villages and still very traditional life of the minority people of the Shan Plateau
6. The famous, iconic sites as well as the everyday scenes in local markets, back streets and remote villages
1. Travel by local train to the ancient capital Bago and join the pilgrims at the gravity-defying Golden Rock
2. Take a domestic flight to Thandwe and check out the fishing villages and unspoilt coastline of Ngapali
3. Drive through the scenic Irrawaddy Delta to stay at a comfortable beach-side resort in Ngwe Saung
Note, groups sizes are 4 to maximum 10 persons with most meals (local-style) included and single room accommodation in comfortable 3-4* hotels.
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5 Reviews of Burma photography tour
Reviewed on 07 Feb 2017 by Elspeth RobertsonDifficult to choose.. but Sunrise looking over the ruins of Bagan watching many hot air balloons appear over the horizon was probably the most memorable. I would describe the holiday as a photographic adventure taking in many of the sights of Mayanmar! The accommodation was good standard and trip matched my expectations. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2017 by Linda BaileyThe most memorable was the size and variety of this fabulous country and the warmth of the people plus the food! All great making Myanmar very special. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Feb 2016 by David TileyThe most memorable moment of the trip was the balloon flight over Bagan! Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Feb 2015 by elizabeth McCormickExcellent small group led by an experienced photographer who showed us many different ways of using light and lenses and who was also relaxed and fun to be with. Our experiences felt real. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Nov 2012 by John MartinHaving Nathan Horton on the trip gave a very interesting slant to an already enjoyable holiday. Nathan had a flair for taking the group to places which were not on the tourist trail and this was very much appreciated. Read full review
PlanetBenefits arise with a small group (max 10) with respect to any nature based activities: hiking, snorkelling, bird watching etc. Not only do smaller groups have less negative impact on the natural environment but, as above, it is easier for a guide to transmit instructions and knowledge. There is also far more chance of spotting birds and wildlife with lower numbers.
If governments see that creating and maintaining National Parks can create revenue, then it is an incentive for them to preserve such areas and create new ones instead of short term gain from logging, plantations etc. And if local communities can see that National Parks, Forest Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries etc bring in revenue for local communities and employment for local people then it is an incentive for them to respect such protected areas and participate in tourism schemes.
We therefore feel it is essential to incorporate as many such protected areas into our itineraries as possible – not only to show the scenery and exotic flora and fauna to visitors, but also to encourage authorities and local people to establish and take care of.
PeopleOur Images photographic tours, in keeping with our philosophy, emphasise photography that appreciates local people, their cultures and religions, and encourage a positive impact on the places and people we visit.
We have included destinations not usually included in Burma itineraries such as Aung Ban, Kalaw, Pindaya, Pyin U Lwin as well as including less ‘touristic’ sites such as local markets in the more frequented destinations such as Mandalay and Yangon.
We are also hoping to shortly introduce an extension of our itinerary to Sittwe and Rakhine State.
Experience has shown that our small group sizes offers major benefits in various areas, and is integral to our concept of responsible tourism.
• Socially, small numbers create a much more cohesive group with far less chance of cliques or 'groups within groups' – it's often been described by those who travel with us as "more like a group of friends and not like a tour group at all".
• Service is inevitably improved with a high ratio of guides and tour-leaders to customers and we are able to offer a more personalized service. Information and directions are passed on far more easily and a high level of flexibility can be maintained, which isn't possible with larger groups.
• Transport; we are able to use smaller types of transport as well as making public transport more practical. i.e. pick–up trucks and minibuses instead of large coaches. This has practical as well as ecological benefits
• Restaurants and Accommodation; we use smaller, locally run restaurants and accommodation that larger groups wouldn't be able to do - again another essential element of our tours.
• Interacting with local people; another significant advantage is when visiting local people, villages, tribal groups and so on, a smaller group has far less impact, is far less intimidating and there's a much greater chance of a warm welcome and opportunities for genuine interaction. (No villager is going to invite 16 people in for a cup of tea!)• Nature and the Environment: Similar
Great care has been made to insure that a maximum of expenditure goes to privately owned and local companies, hotels, restaurants etc and a minimum amount to government owned properties such as unavoidable entrance fees to sites such as Bagan, as well as actively endeavouring to avoid places or companies that may be privately owned but have close contacts with the government.
Indeed certain state-run museums and sites we judged non-essential have been deliberately omitted from our itinerary.
Additional specific schemes supported on this itinerary include;
Visits to local handicraft manufacturers and ‘cottage industries’ in for example Inle and Pindaya.
Visits to local markets
Use of local forms of transport where practical such as cyclos/rickshaws and ox or horse carts.
Visits to hill-tribe villages – Palaung and Danu and a visit to a Palaung school where we are looking at possibilities of material assistance in terms of books, pencils, sports items etc
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