Myanmar Exotic Photo Tour
- Itinerary designed to include Full Moon Festival and photography session.
- Optional hot air balloon ride over Bagan.
- Wander remote villages rarely visited by foreigners, temples, pagodas and markets in search of images of daily life and interact with the people.
- Visit locations in the best light for making dramatic scenic photographs.
- Learn to capture the magic light & create meaningful portraits with Win’s guidance.
- Observe daily activities that define Myanmar’s culture.
- Learn to capture the essence or spirit of place through your lens.
- Twelve days with acclaimed tour guides and professional photographers.
per person, double occupancy*
This tour is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you want details when tour dates are announced, or if you are interested in running a private trip for your group.
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 5-7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $1395.
Myanmar (Burma) is a developing country, full of natural beauty with primitive hill tribes, ancient pagodas and temples, silvery beaches, snow-capped mountains and untouched archipelagos. Myanmar’s iconic sights consist of what many refer to as ‘THE BIG FOUR’: Yangon with the Shwedagon Pagoda, British Colonial architecture, street vendors, and monks walking for their morning alms; Bagan with the Irrawaddy River and panoramic temple views from an optional hot air balloon; Mandalay’s monasteries...
Myanmar (Burma) is a developing country, full of natural beauty with primitive hill tribes, ancient pagodas and temples, silvery beaches, snow-capped mountains and untouched archipelagos. Myanmar’s iconic sights consist of what many refer to as ‘THE BIG FOUR’: Yangon with the Shwedagon Pagoda, British Colonial architecture, street vendors, and monks walking for their morning alms; Bagan with the Irrawaddy River and panoramic temple views from an optional hot air balloon; Mandalay’s monasteries and U Bein bridge; Inlay with it’s tranquil floating pagoda’s, gardens and local markets. This new itinerary now encompasses remote villages, rarely seen by other tourists, which provides a more in depth view of this amazing region and it’s people. Please join tour leaders, Eileen Muldoon and Win Kyaw Zan on this incredible cultural and photographic opportunity. The emphasis of the trip is on photography, yet this is much more, one that non-photographic travelers can enjoy just as well. While we maintain an active schedule, the pace will provide ample opportunity to explore and photograph villages, pagodas and markets, and it is an amazing journey. WHAT TO EXPECT:On this tour you will have two photo instructors. The first being professional photographer and tour guide Eileen McCarney Muldoon, who has traveled the world leading international photography tours and is excited to be returning to Myanmar on this new itinerary. Secondly, Win Kyaw Zan is an accomplished professional photographer who is from Myanmar, and has been leading photo tours there for the last 15 years. A note from Eileen ~ I’ve been told my teaching style is very fluid ~ it changes with each individual student. Everyone has their own method of learning, so I adapt to you, rather than you having to adapt to different intructors. That is one of the reasons I enjoy leading workshops. It allows me the opportunity to spend individual time with each student. Travel workshops attract beginner to advanced photographers and it is equally as exciting to see the beginner learn to master the controls of their camera as it is to see the proficient photographer leap to new creative heights. I have seen photography enhance the lives of many students, so I look for ways that each student can apply photography to enrich their life. ~ Eileen Win has been voted Myanmar’s photographer of the year three times now. If you are a beginner, don’t let that intimidate you, as his second passion after photography is teaching others how to take great photos. He has been teaching for many years now, and conducts local weekend courses in Myanmar as a Nikon representative. Win knows the best places to capture just the right light on his countries iconic sights as well as get you off the beaten path, where you will be immersed in the culture and become part of the local scene. All breakfasts and lunches are included in the tour program, Win will provide recommendations for dinners to be taken on your own or enjoy with Eileen and other fellow tour participants.
In the early morning mist, Monks walk quietly in a line to collect their alms in the village. Villagers kneel at the feet of a Buddha statue to pray in many temples. Fishermen ply the waters with their unique boats at sunrise and sunset. Landscapes are studded with a thousand stupa and temples. No matter where you look, the sights are awe-inspiring. As you fill your sensor with images you’ll also fill your soul with a rich experience of a lifetime. You will be assisted and guided by Eileen McCarney Muldoon and local guide Win Kyaw Zan who is also a professional photographer.
Photo Leader TBD
February 7-8: Home - Yangon
You arrive Yangon International Airport this morning and transfer to your hotel. If you wish to arrive a day earlier, please let our office know as soon as possible, as it is possible to arrange that, based on room availability. After a break to freshen up, enjoy lunch at a lovely restaurant. Afterwards head off to visit the 210-foot long Chauk Htet Kyi Reclining Buddha dating to 1905. Also visit the monasteries around the Buddha image. Late in the afternoon visit to Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset photography, followed by candle light offering. Afterwards, head back to the hotel. Overnight two evenings Yangnon or similar. (L)
February 9: Yangon
5:00 am, early morning special visit to the fish market, where you will photograph the people loading and unloading fish from the boats. Return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a visit to Mahananda Hlaing Gu monastery to photograph the monks preparing for lunch. Next door is the nunnery to photograph the nuns studying. There will be a late lunch followed photography at the downtown and Chinatown markets. Proceed to Sin Oo Dan Jetty and photograph the long tail boats in the river, with people working by the river, the large ferry boats, and sunset. (B, L)
February 10-11: Bagan
It is best to register for hot air balloon ($375 per person) ride six months in advance to confirm availability. After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan visit the Sulamani temple and photograph monks in the temple. After checking in to the hotel and having a break, the group will photograph in Bagan including: Ananda Temple from AD 1090, U Pali Thein from mid-13th Century, a visit to a family-run lacquer ware workshop. Also visit Soe Mingyikyaung pagoda, Manuha Temple from AD 1059, and Nanpaya Temple. Plan to photograph sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda from AD 1057. Those taking optional balloon ride will start at 5:00 a.m. and return to hotel for breakfast. Depart on your drive to Shwezigon Anauk monastery and photograph the monks, followed by a visit to Shinpintharlyaung to photograph the monks praying to the reclining Buddha. Late this afternoon visit to Minnathu Village to photograph the village life. Drive to Dhammazika Pagoda and photograph sunset. Overnight Bagan(B, L each day)
February 12-13: Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. On the road to Mandalay, visit Palaik with over 300 stupas from 11 – 15th Century. Visit Palaik weaving factories and a monastic school. Upon arriving in Mandalay, enjoy lunch at a restaurant, and check in at hotel. Then visit the Gold-leaf making house, Mahamuni Temple and street of stone carvers. Drive to Amarapura and visit the silk weaving factories. Late afternoon, you will be at Taung Thaman Lake to photograph sunset. The last full day, take a early morning boat ride to Mingun, with sunrise over the village on the way. Arrive Mingun and photograph the Myatheindan pagoda. Then the Unfinished Pathodawgyi pagoda and the world’s biggest bell. Return to Mandalay for lunch and have an afternoon break at the hotel. Visit a puppet factory and traditional art making families and workshop, which includes photographing those carving and painting. Afterwards enjoy a special visit to Amaparura to photograph the Taungthaman lake, villagers with Thanaka on their faces, photograph the fishermen around the lake and sunset over U Bein Wooden Bridge. Overnight Mandalay (B, L each day)
February 14-16: Loikaw
Early morning drive to the airport for the flight to Heho. Then drive on to Loikaw, where you will have an additional escort, during your stay here. He is an experienced English speaking local Kayan guide, who will be taking you to remote villages with unique tribes. The Kayan tribe is also called Padaung tribe, known to the western world as long neck people. There are a couple of sub tribes with their unique traditional costumes and you will have opportunity to visit and photograph them. Enjoy sunset photography at Taung Kew Zedi. The next day after breakfast, drive to Pampe and explore the Kayan villages. There are villages in this region that in which people where traditional dresses. They work at weaving traditional necklaces, bracelets, and leggings. In the afternoon explore and photograph the Yainphaw tribes in their village, where there may be opportunity to photograph them weaving, or harvesting the fields. There may also be a beautiful sunset from here. The last day you will have a chance to explore the amazing landscape surrounding the villages. Photograph and visit with the spirit pillars, pounding rice, making rice whiskey and doing traditional basket weaving, as well as a local school. They may dress up in ceremonial clothing they wear to weddings and festivals. Continue on to Pa O, and Red Lisu villages with unique traditional dress and culture. Explore their way of life in the village. Afterwards visit Silver Lake, iconic locations such as Shweletwar Monastery and Demowso and Loikaw five-day market. Overnight Loikaw (B, L each day)
February 17-18: NaungshweHeho - Inle - Indein
Depart Loikaw and drive to Naungshwe, and proceed to Inle Lake, all transportation in Inle lake is by boat. Take a brief break after checking in to the hotel, followed by exploring and photographing the floating villages of Inle Lake at sunset. Early the next morning photograph fishermen and their nets at sunrise, followed by breakfast back at the hotel. Proceed by boat to a local market, and then on to the archeological site of Inndein. Lunch will be taken at Nampam village, followed by photography at lotus weaving village. Photograph the floating gardens, floating villages, and sunset from the village. Overnight NaungshjweHeho – Inle(B, L)
February 19: Inle - Heho - Yangon
Early morning boat ride back to Nyaungshwe, with a photography stop at Shweyanpyay monastery. Return to Heho, and take an internal flight back to Yangon. There will be a special visit this afternoon to Shwedagon pagoda for the February full moon festival. There will also be a photography stop in the people’s park to photograph the full moon. Overnight Inle-Heho-Yangon or similar (B, L)
February 20: Yangon - Home
After early morning sunrise photography, return to the hotel for breakfast, and prepare for departure. Check out and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)