This 12-day photography workshop will help you to discover magical Myanmar.
From bustling Yangon to the ancient temples of Bagan, exotic Mandalay to the placid waters of Inle Lake.
Having been closed for tourism until just a few years ago, today Myanmar is considered one of the most photogenic countries in South East Asia. Every year it attracts more and more tourists and many photographers from around the world. Myanmar is a mysterious and amazing country, and these two epithets fully reflect its peculiarity. It has the largest number of golden temples in the world, it is an archaeological, natural and cultural monument.
As we climb aboard for a photographic adventure, following in the footsteps of adventure travelers, Gil will help you to develop your composition and storytelling skills, and our local guides will help us to reveal the real Myanmar. Gil has visited Myanmar several times since 2012 and it is still one of his favorite countries to photograph.
We will start our photography adventure from the former country capital Yangon. Yangon is mostly famous for it’s colonial architecture, busy city life and one of the most important monuments in Buddhism, the Shwedagon pagoda. The pagoda is 98m tall and covered with 6,000kg of pure gold, accordingly to ancient writings it still contains 8 of Buddha’s hairs.
Flights arrive at various times of the day. We’ll come to pick you up from the airport and take you back to our hotel for check-in and orientation.
Arrival can be any time on January 12, 2019. Your room will be ready by 14:00. If you arrive early, we will be happy to request an early check-in. This is a long travel day for many, so the afternoon and evening are free for you to relax and prepare for the awesome journey ahead. We will meet for dinner at a gourmet restaurant in central Yangon, try some local dishes and get to know each other as well as talk about the upcoming trip.
We will start our day early at 5:00 AM,
Board the circular slow train which takes you through all of Yangon suburbs and makes for an interesting behind the scenes insight into daily life in the capital. The train route was built in 1954 during the British colonial area and today the route serves around 150,000 people on a daily basis. Our first stop will be Puzundaung township market and from there we will head to explore other interesting parts of the city.
During the day we will explore different parts of Yangon and finish our evening at Shwedagon Pagoda. The place is always full of Buddhist monks, pilgrims, and tourists, a perfect opportunity to use our storytelling skills.
Early morning we’ll take a flight to Bagan. Bagan is well known as a photographers paradise, the pagodas hit by the morning light look like a fairytale story. This is one of the richest archaeological sites in all of Asia. With some 2,000 pagodas, temples, and monasteries (still standing) spread over a 25-square-kilometers, Bagan shows the very essence of Myanmar’s Buddhist culture.
During the day we will explore the ancient city and it’s pagodas and will finish the day with sunset shooting from one of the pagodas.
Those who decided to go to the optional balloon flight (this needs to be booked in advance and the cost is around $350-$450) will be picked up from the hotel early in the morning, for the rest, we will go to sunrise shooting in one of the pagodas. The rest of the day will be spent among different pagodas and there will be an organized photo shoot with Buddhist monks in one of the temples.
Early morning we will depart towards Moniwa, the journey should take about 4 hours. In Moniwa, we will explore some of the temples that have thousands of Buddha images and the Giant Buddha statue.
Early morning we will depart to Mandalay, the journey will take about 4 hours. After checking in to our hotel and lunch we will explore neighboring areas and head towards U-Bein bridge for a sunset photo shoot.
We will kick off the day very early this morning, as this will be one of the busiest and most exciting days of our tour.
Around 4:30 am we will head to Mahamuni pagoda to watch the morning Buddha face washing ceremony.
From there we will head towards U-Bein bridge for a sunrise photo shoot. Straight after we will go to Mahagandhayon Monastery and try to take a glimpse of the daily lives of Buddhist monks. There are thousands of disciples living there, so it is going to be very interesting. The rest of the day we will spend between the three ancient cities (Amarapura, Ava, and Sagaing)
On this day we will head to Kalaw where we are going to start our village trek to Inle Lake. This day will be mostly spent on the road with some select stops on the way.
After breakfast we will start our trek, it will be a long day walking through fields and villages, a true window into local village life. Make sure to pack some comfortable hiking shoes.
We will wake up before sunrise and explore the village while it wakes up. After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards the lake.
We will arrive at Inle lake by noon where we will take a boat to our hotel. In the afternoon we’ll head to the famous teak wood monastery to take some photos of the monks living there.
Starting the day before sunrise, we’ll shoot the famous Inle lake fisherman. From there we’ll head to a local market which takes place in a different place every day. Most of the day will be spent traveling by boat to different parts of the lake, where we will see how people live on the water and even manage to grow tomatoes in floating gardens.
On the last day, we will fly back to Yangon to finish our trip and head back to our home countries.
In my workshops, I strive to make things easy so everyone can focus entirely on photography. This is the reason why the rates include everything during the tour: accommodation, transportation, all meals, and even tips to local people.
Cancellation fees will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the workshop.
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