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A few photos from a recent street photography tour of Phnom Penh lead by Jeff, (Jean Francois) Perigois. Jeff is a long term resident of Cambodia’s capital so can lead you down a few back alleys you’d certainly never find – or dare to go down – yourselves and his great rapport with locals provides obvious advantages for street, market…

The sprawling city of Rangoon, or Yangon, is no longer Burma’s official capital but is still the nation’s largest and most important city by far and very much its commercial, cultural, historic and geographical centre. Rangoon is congested, hectic, noisy, grimy, frequently smelly; pavements are obstacle courses, street lighting is to say the least erratic and much of its wonderful…

Rangoon’s magnificent and iconic Shwedagon Paya, (Pagoda), is the City’s best known tourist destination and indeed Burma’s single most prestigious religious site. If you only see one temple in the country then you’d better make it this one! The sprawling temple complex is considered to date originally from the Mon period some 1,500 years ago but has been updated, repaired…

Rangoon, (Yangon’s), famous circular, or circle, train leaves from the City’s Central Station describing a 30 mile loop through the inner city and suburbs before returning to it’s point of departure some 3 hours later. The train is scheduled hourly and alternates between clock-wise and anti-clockwise circumnavigations and the price is a couple of hundred kyat for the round trip….

The harsh light of Bagan can make temple photography during the middle of the day somewhat hard work and for your more atmospheric and photogenic opportunities you’ll be restricted to those relatively short early morning and late afternoon times. Don’t worry during the intervening period there are more manageable village and rural life subjects since villages, farms and contemporary temples…

Estimates of the precise figure vary but suffice to say there are the best part of 2,000 temples, pagodas, stupas, chedis and monasteries scattered across the wide plain between the Irrawaddy to the east and the range of low hills to the west. Differences between the categories of religious sites can also be somewhat vague and may depend upon which…

The first thing to bear in mind is that Burma is a relatively large country, at least in Southeast Asian terms, with a poor transport infrastructure so when composing any itineraries don’t be too ambitious! The antiquated rail system can get pretty arduous after the first couple of hours and the only  ‘highway’ worth the name is the long central…

A frequently asked question but not an easily answered one and at the risk of doing some unapologetic fence sitting we’d say every season has its pros and cons. Broadly speaking Burma’s climate falls into 3 general seasons: rainy, dry cool and dry hot, though of course in such a large and geographically varied country exceptions are numerous. The former…

Another of our off the beaten track Burma suggestions is the small, picturesque and highly photogenic town of Hpa-An in Karen State. Posessing a magnicifent setting on the banks of the scenic Salween River, surrounded by dramatic limestone, karst scenery and home to one the best local markets we know in the country this is another, little known, yet superb…

The somewhat remote, Irrawaddy Delta town of Pathein is actually officially the 5th largest ‘city’ in Burma – which makes it slightly smaller than Moulmein – yet even fewer tourists ever make it down to this super-friendly and  fascinating river port than visit Mon State’s picturesque capital.  Pathein is the Delta’s commercial hub and the riverside area and central market…

So, Inle Lake, U Bein Bridge, Bagan and Shwedagon Pagoda are the spots to get your iconic Burma travel photos but it’s well worth thinking outside the box in terms of your Burma itinerary since some of the lesser known destinations cane often be the most rewarding both in photographic and non-photographic terms. Shan State’s Kengtung being a case in…

Most people, whether in Southeast Asia or elsewhere, enjoy seeing photos of themselves. When taking people photos then the first thing to do is to show your LCD screen image to the subject of your shot – we’re yet to meet anyone who wasn’t interested.  Ok the much-photographed Padaung woman at Inle or meditating monk at Shwedagon may not get…

No would be our easy answer! Increasingly in Burma’s tourist hotspots you will see local people posing for photographs in return for money and to our minds this is a habit that shouldn’t be encouraged. If you don’t want your photo taken then suffice to say so; we don’t feel it should be a financial transaction, though the recent proliferation…

You may be highly experienced or still wearing an ‘L’ plate in travel photography terms but if you’re not used to taking photographs in tropical conditions then Burma can present a few particular problems. Firstly many visitors are surprised with the rapidity of sunrise and sunset in these latitudes. Your dawns and dusks can last barely 30 minutes and that…

Delighted to welcome Jean-Francois, (Jeff), Perigois to our team for the upcoming 2014/15 high season. A superb travel photographer and long term Phnom Penh resident and with his  vast local knowledge and boundless enthusiasm Jeff seemed to us the ideal person to lead our photography tour groups around the country he loves. We’ve continued our successful Images of Burma, photography…

Superb set of Burma photographs we gratefully received from Martin Woods taken on his recent Burma tour, “….quite unlike any land you know about”. Glad you enjoyed the trip Martin and thanks very much for the photos. All pics by Martin with captions and additional text from All Points East. Rangoon’s circular train describes a large loop through the downtown…