Burma is a special photographic destination. The people are among the friendliest
in the world. They are quick to smile, very warm, and very welcoming. They are
also beautiful, and they make wonderful photographic subjects. The Burmese culture
is fascinating and ancient, and the monuments, the temples, and the villages will
afford you extraordinary photo opportunities. The monks are happy to
pose for your camera. The colors in Burma are fantastic, the food is tasty and healthy, and
for an overall travel experience, Burma will be at the top of your list of fantastic
places you have visited.
Jim will arrange many set ups for your camera. Monks, nuns, boatmen, horse cart drivers, workers, and more will be arranged in perfect locations with great backgrounds. This guarantees classic travel pictures. This is Jim's fourth trip to Burma, and he knows how to set up shots that you'll treasure forever.
Tour cost: $6825
Single supplement (having your own room): $1475
Includes: All hotels based double occupancy, 4 domestic flights,
English speaking guide (who understands photographers) private
air-conditioned spacious vehicle wherever available, entrance fees into
archeological zones, transfer from airport to our hotel, camera fees, all meals (breakfast,
lunch, dinner), bottled water, all boat trips, service charges, baggage
handling at airports and hotels, government tax.
Not included: International airfare, visa fees, drinks, items
of a personal nature.
DAY 1, Sept. 29. Depart U.S. for the trans-Pacific journey to Southeast Asia
DAY 2, Sept. 30. Cross the International date line and lose one day
DAY 3, Oct. 1. Arrive in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) and transfer to our hotel. We will meet our
local guide, Daniel, and Jim will give you an orientation of the trip, answer questions, and if
the tour participants aren’t too jet lagged, we can do some afternoon and evening photography.
Overnight Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon.
DAY 4, Oct. 2. Full day in Yangon. The most stunning pagoda in Yangon and all of Burma is
Schwedagon, a 2500 year old Buddhist temple. The golden stupa is the spiritual center of the country,
and you will see monks in their traditional robes, people in meditation, and richly decorated statuary.
This pagoda offers some of the most incredible architecture photography in Asia. We also visit Kandawgyi
Lake to photograph the incredible floating barge with its twin dragons.We will do night photography this evening because many of the pagodas are illuminated dramatically. Overnight Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon.
DAYS 5 - 7, Oct. 3 - 5. Today we fly to Bagan (formerly Pagan), one of the great treasures
of Burma. Lying along the Ayeryarwady River, Bagan is a vast deserted city of giant pagodas
from the 11th to 13th centuries. It is a treasure chest of stunning photographic opportunities.
The sunrises and sunsets are incredible, and the magnificent temples are as intriguing and
beautiful inside as they are on their exteriors. You will be able to photograph people as well,
and Jim will set up a number of classic shots that will be among your all-time favorite travel
images. Overnight Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort, Bagan.
Day 8 – 10, Oct. 6 - 8. Today we fly to Mandalay. We spend three days exploring this former
capital and its environs. Wood carved monasteries offer a stunning environment in which to
photograph young monks in red robes. We will travel by boat up the Ayeryarwady River to Mingun
where you can photograph pink-robed, cigar-smoking nuns and religious monuments that take your
breath away. In Sagaing, you’ll be amazed at the seemingly infinite corridor of Buddhas in the
Thonze Temple, and the unique style of pagodas in this area can be seen as far as the eye can see.
The 17th century Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda is especially stunning to photograph as is the shocking
red and gold Kaungmudaw pagoda. Bring more flash cards than you think you’ll need because your
camera will be smoking! Overnight at the Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay.
Day 11 – 13, Oct. 9 - 11. We fly to Heho today, and our destination is the incredible Inle Lake.
First we drive to Pindaya, and here you can photograph an incredible cave with over 9000 Buddhas tucked into every nook and cranny. In addition, huge banyan trees offer a fantastic environment in which to photograph horse carts, monks, and other models. We overnight here, and the following day we head to the lake. This will be one of the highlights of a trip full of highlights. Here we will photograph the famous
leg-rowers who propel their fishing boats with one leg twistedd around an oar. Jim will hire some models
so we get the perfect images in perfect light. We also shoot a village built on stilts and you can take pictures
of local vendors as they offer bananas and other types of food by boat. This is the area where we photograph the long-necked Kayan women who wear brass rings around their necks their entire lives. These will be among the most compelling portraits you’ve ever taken. Overnight Inle Inn Pindaya and Villa Inle Inn.
Day 14, Oct. 12. Today we fly back to Yangon and have the rest of the day at leisure for additional
photography, shopping, and for preparing some images to share with the group and for Jim to critique.
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon.
Day 15, Oct. 13. We depart Yangon today for our journey home, knowing that we have had an incredible
photographic, cultural, and artistic experience.
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