Day 1 Departure from London.
Day 2 Morning arrival in Yangon, (Rangoon), via Bangkok and check-in to a comfortable, downtown hotel close to the famous Scott Market. Introductory session from Gary before an afternoon walking orientation tour of the city followed by a scenic sunset boat cruise on the Rangoon River. (B, D) Photography themes; introduction to travel photography, street-life, architecture, sunset
Day 3 Morning departure for a fascinating and unusual train journey on the Rangoon circular line. The (very) slow local train completes a loop through the suburbs and outlying villages providing an original and ‘behind the scenes’ view of local life and Rangoon city – a great introduction to Burma. After lunch we’ll take a stroll through the picturesque Kandawgyi Lake Gardens before a sunset visit to the incredible Shwedagon Temple – Burma’s most sacred & certainly one it’s most awe inspiring sites. (B, L) Photography themes; local life, markets, Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 4 Morning flight to Mandalay and time to explore the nearby ancient city and former 14th to 19th century capital of Ava (Inwa). Discover the ruined city, temples and villages by horse and cart before. Check-in to our downtown hotel and time at leisure before a sunset visit to the iconic U Bein Bridge – reputed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world.(B, L) Photography themes; street-life, ruined temples and modern temples, U Bein Bridge
Day 5 Morning workshop with Gary followed by an afternoon boat trip up the Irrawaddy to the spectacular site of Mingun for chance to put some ideas and advice into practice amongst the picturesque riverside ruins of the ancient city and temples. (B, L) Photography themes; technical advice and tips, river-life, ruined temples
Day 6 Early morning departure by boat down the Irrawaddy River to Bagan; bucolic river scenes, mountain views & a great way to arrive in the historic, ancient city. An opportunity for sunset at one of the temple sites before checking in to our hotel. (B, L) Photography themes; river-life, landscapes, sunset at Bagan
Day 7 Orientation visit and introductory tour to the site of the ruined 11th to 13th century capital – still containing over 2,000 chedis, stupas, pagodas scattered across a riverside plain & certainly one of the most incredible sites of Southeast Asia! (B, L) Photography themes; Temples, landscape, village life, Bagan, sunrise
Day 8 Visit Bagan at your leisure: with a map, hat and torch (to discover temples’ hidden stairways), roam the country lanes by bicycle, hire a pony and trap, visit the best known temples or find some hidden chedis of your own. Rise early to take in dawn or sit out the hot part of the day by the pool – your guide will be on-hand to advise and recommend but we’d like to let you visit this phenomenal and highly photogenic site at your own leisure and pace. (B) Photography themes; Temples, landscape, village life, Bagan
Day 9 Morning flight to Heho Airport and day trip through the picturesque countryside of the Shan Plateau taking in, firstly, one of the local farmers’ markets before heading to the town of Pindaya to visit the spectacular Shwe Umin cave temples. Lunch by the lake and a chance to check out the traditional umbrella making which Pindaya is also famous for. In the afternoon we’ll continue our scenic route to Nyuangshwe – ‘gateway town’ to the famous Inle Lake. (B, L) Photography themes; ‘on the road’, landscapes of the Shan Plateau, handicrafts, Pindaya Cave Temples
Day 10 Day boat trip around the picturesque lake including visits to: a lakeside village market, a traditional hand rolling cheroot factory (!), a fascinating lotus weaving project and the unusual floating gardens. (B, L) Photography themes: village life, handicrafts and traditional industries, fishing and lake-life, landscapes
Day 11 Morning departure across the lake and up river to the small lakeside village of In Dein from where we’ll hike through the picturesque landscape to visit the site of a ruined Shan city – known as the ‘Shan Bagan’ – where myriad ruined stupas dot the lush vegetation. Return to Nyaungshwe for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. (B, L) Photography themes: lake-life, local people, local markets, landscapes, ruined city of In Dein
Day 12 Free morning at Lake Inle to do your own thing: cycle to the extraordinary Red Mountain Winery, check out the local market, visit a local village by canoe or just relax in a tea shop before an afternoon return flight to Yangon. Farewell dinner and overnight in Yangon. (B, D) Photography themes: local markets, street-life
Day 13 Free time to perhaps do some last–minute souvenir hunting at the famous Scott Market or check out one of the City’s bustling markets before a late afternoon departure for Bangkok and onwards. (B) Photography themes: local markets, street-life
Day 14 Morning arrival in London.
Note: This tour is offered with or without a return flight from London. Persons not wishing to take up the flight option should join the tour in Yangon on day 2 of the itinerary and depart in Yangon on day 13.
Visa requirements: A Myanmar visa is required to be obtained in advance from your nearest embassy. A visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue so do not apply for your visa until three months before your return date. e-visas are now available for 67 countries, including UK, Australia, US, Canada, France and Germany http://evisa.moip.gov.mm
You are applying as a Foreign Independent Traveller NOT a Package Tour Group. The hotel for visa purposes is the Asia Plaza Hotel, Rangoon c/o Tour Mandalay (our Ground Handler). You should not require any other details. For UK residents wishing to apply for a visa at the Embassy please use this link. Payment is made by postal order.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
A central location is one of the main criteria in the sprawling city of Rangoon and the Panorama Hotel opposite the central station and a short walk from Scott Market fits the bill.
Spectacular night time view of the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda from the rooftop bar of the centrally located Asia Plaza Hotel, Rangoon.
Sunset view of Irrawaddy River from the ‘sky bar’ at the newly opened and fantastically situated Aerawaddy Hotel, Mandalay
Kumudura Hotel. Comfortable chalet style accommodation, a refreshing pool, friendly restaurant/bar and view over the nearby temples make this one a favourite spot in Bagan.
One of our favourites in the Inle Lake ‘gateway town’ of Nyaungshwe is the friendly, comfortable chalet style Paradise Hotel.
The awesome Ngapali Beach where we stay at the Thande Beach Resort. Unspoilt beach, local fishing villages and traditional lifestyles.
"An excellent tour, covering a lot of ground in a relatively short time but without feeling rushed. Chris was a very good leader – relaxed, patient, knowledgeable and encouraging – who dealt admirably with the varying requirements and photographic abilities of the participants. The local guides were friendly and eager to assist. All the travel arrangements ran very smoothly, which was quite a feat given the extensive range of modes of transport that we used. The hotels were all of a good standard: clean, comfortable and well located. The restaurants we visited for group meals were charming and the food was superb."
Eileen Ridgewell - Jan 2016
"Amazed by Burma - probably the most laid back and friendly country I've been to.....A fantastic tour with great photo opportunities".
David Sutton Dec. 2012
Please find below a list of suggested extensions for this tour. For reservations please use the tour booking form on the same page
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