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Images of Burma | Photography Tour

A fully guided photographic tour led by one of our experienced travel photographers, through one of the most photogenic regions of Southeast Asia

Burma (Myanmar) photography tour

Our Burma (Myanmar) photography tour, Images of Burma, is a fully guided photographic tour led by one of our highly experienced travel photographers, Gary Latham or Jeff Perigois, through one of the most photogenic regions of Southeast Asia. Fabulous and varied landscapes, picturesque ruined cities and glorious temples, bustling street-life, vibrant local markets and a bewildering mix of ethnic groups make Burma a paradise for both beginners and experienced travel photographers.

You’ll discover a wealth of highly varied destinations and photographic subjects: from the faded Victorian splendour and breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon (Rangoon); the ancient cities of historic Mandalay; the incredible temples of World Heritage Bagan; to the colonial hill-stations, traditional hill-tribes and the celebrated Lake Inle of the picturesque Shan Plateau.

We’ll explore this incredible country by local train, rickshaw, horse and cart, Irrawaddy cruiser and on foot and by road with the emphasis, as usual, on combining both famous sites and the lesser-known ones, as well as discovering the local culture, bustling markets, authentic cuisine and incredibly friendly people that comprise this highly photogenic and truly fabulous country. Southeast Asia as it used to be.

The tour is aimed at anyone with an interest in travel photography – from beginners all the way up to experienced pros. For the former, hands-on, individual technical assistance will be provided in terms of getting to know your camera as well as tips on the aesthetics of travel photography while for the latter, our experienced photographers will do their best to get you to the right place at the right time. In addition to technical aspects, you’ll also learn some of the ethics of travel photography in the sometimes complex cultural and social context of Burma (Myanmar).

A fascinating, rewarding and fun 2-week Burma (Myanmar) photography tour of this still little known Southeast Asian nation.

(Please note, tour price is inclusive of a single room supplement.)



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Day 1 - Yangon (Rangoon) - walking tour and sunset cruise

Morning arrival in Yangon (Rangoon), and check-in to a comfortable, downtown hotel close to the famous Scott Market. Introductory session from your photographer before an afternoon walking tour of the city, followed by a scenic, sunset boat cruise on the Rangoon River and a welcome dinner.

Photography themes; introduction to travel photography, street life, architecture, sunset on the river

Overnight: Yangon Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: D,

Day 2 - Yangon (Rangoon) - local train and Shwedagon

Morning departure for an unusual train journey on the Rangoon circular line. The local train completes a leisurely loop through the suburbs and outlying villages providing a behind the scenes view of everyday city life. 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 and certainly one of its most awe-inspiring sights.

Photography themes; local life, markets, Shwedagon Pagoda

Overnight: Yangon Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 3 - Mandalay - Inwa ruined city and U Bein sunset

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. 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.

Photography themes; street-life, ruined temples and modern temples, U Bein

Overnight: Mandalay Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 4 - Mandalay - Workshop and afternoon at Mingun

Morning workshop with your photographer followed by an afternoon boat trip up the Irrawaddy to the spectacular site of Mingun for an opportunity to put some ideas and advice into practice among the picturesque riverside ruins of the ancient city and temples.

Photography themes; technical advice and tips, river-life, ruined temples

Overnight: Mandalay Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 5 - Monywa - off the beaten track on the Chindwin

Overland departure for the fascinating, yet rarely visited town of Monywa on the banks of the Chindwin River.  We’ll take in what is said to be the world’s largest standing Buddha statue, a monastery housing an astonishing 500,000 Buddha images and some ancient underground temples hewn out of the solid rock. In the afternoon we’ll continue south to Bagan for a dusk visit to one of the ancient city’s fabulous temples.

Photography themes; architecture, temples, landscapes, sunset at Bagan

Overnight: Bagan Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 6 - Bagan - day tour of the temples

Orientation visit and introductory tour to the site of the ruined 11th- to 13th-century capital. The area still contains over 2,000 chedis, stupas and pagodas, scattered across a riverside plain, and is certainly one of the most incredible sites of Southeast Asia.

Photography themes; Temples, landscape, village life, Bagan, sunrise

Overnight: Bagan Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 7 - Bagan - at leisure to explore at your own pace

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, find some hidden chedis of your own; rise early to take in dawn or check out some local villages. Your guides will be on hand to advise and recommend, but we’d like to give you an opportunity to explore this spectacular, highly photogenic site at your own pace.

Photography themes; Temples, landscape, village life, Bagan

An optional, dawn air-balloon ride over Bagan can be arranged.

Overnight: Bagan Transport: Taxi, Bike, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 8 - The Shan Plateau - Pindaya Caves

Flight to Heho Airport and drive through the picturesque countryside of the Shan Plateau taking in one of the local 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.

Photography themes; ‘on the road’, landscapes of the Shan Plateau, handicrafts, Pindaya Cave Temples

Overnight: Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 9 - Inle Lake - day tour

Fascinating day trip by boat around the picturesque lake.  We will visit a lakeside village market, a traditional hand rolling cheroot factory, a lotus weaving project and the unusual floating gardens.

Photography themes; village life, handicrafts and traditional industries, fishing and lake life, landscapes

Overnight: Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) Transport: Boat,  Meals: B,

Day 10 - Lake Inle - up river to In Dein

Morning departure across the lake and upriver to the small lakeside village of In Dein from where we’ll walk through the picturesque landscape to visit the site of a ruined Shan city.  The site, known as the ‘Shan Bagan’, has myriad ruined stupas dotting the lush vegetation. Return to Nyaungshwe for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.

Photography themes: lake life, local people, local markets, landscapes, ruined city of In Dein

Overnight: Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 11 - Lake Inle - at leisure and return to Yangon

Free morning at Lake Inle to do your own thing: cycle to the Red Mountain Winery; check out the local market; visit a local village by canoe or just relax in a tea shop before an afternoon flight to Yangon. Farewell dinner and overnight in Yangon.

Photography themes: local markets, street-life

Overnight: Yangon Transport: Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, D,

Day 12 - Yangon - morning at leisure and departure

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.

Photography themes: local markets, architecture

Additional nights in Yangon after your tour or a beach extension on the Bay of Bengal coast are available if required

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Burma, Myanmar, Bagan (by Gary Latham)

Just a few of the many highlights

A photographer's dream: spectacular, varied landscapes; colourful street-life; local markets, rural scenes in the Shan Hills; Yangon's atmospheric crumbling Victoriana; Mandalay; Bagan's fabulous temples; breathtaking Lake Inle.

  • A fully guided, 2 week photography tour for anyone from beginners to budding professionals
  • A dusk visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda. Incredible sights and sounds at Burma's most iconic pagoda
  • Discover the scenery, villages and still very traditional life of the minority people of the Shan Plateau
  • 2 days 'messing around on boats' on the stunning Lake Inle; local markets, lakeside villages and floating gardens
  • Tour the ruins of World Heritage Bagan - certainly one of Southeast Asia's most awe-inspiring and photogenic sights
  • The famous, iconic sites as well as the everyday scenes in local markets, back streets and remote villages

Air Departures (UK) *From

  • 24 October 21 3,075 GBP
  • 28 November 21 3,175 GBP
  • 1 January 22 3,425 GBP
  • 6 February 22 3,175 GBP

Land Departures

  • 25 October 21 2,450 GBP
  • 29 November 21 2,550 GBP
  • 2 January 22 2,550 GBP
  • 7 February 22 2,550 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Rangoon (Yangon)

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Asia Plaza Hotel Yangon view

  • Great central location near Scott Market
  • Rooftop bar with 360 degree views
  • Friendly, helpful staff

Ayarwaddy River View Hotel Mandalay view

  • Great waterfront location in downtown Mandalay
  • Sunset views over the Irrawaddy River from the 'Skybar'
  • Friendly staff, comfortable and well-appointed rooms

Bagan Umbra Hotel view

  • Delightful garden setting with temple views
  • Swimming pool & poolside restaurant
  • Quiet location in Nyaung U Town

Paradise Hotel Inle Lake view

  • Our favourite in Nyaung Shwe, gateway town for Lake Inle
  • Chalet styel rooms with balconies and cane chairs
  • Garden setting and convenient location

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Burma (Myanmar): You will need to get a visa before you travel.  E-visas are now available for many countries. Alternatively, you need to apply at your nearest Burmese Embassy or Consulate.  A visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue so we recommend applying for one about 2-3 months before your return date.

Note: 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.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Burma.  You may be refused entry if your passport is damaged or in poor condition.

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