Images of Burma
A fully guided photographic tour led by renowned travel photographer Gary Latham through one of the most photogenic regions of Southeast Asia. Fabulous and varied landscapes
Burma, (Myanmar), photography tour
Burma, Myanmar, photography tour, Images of Burma – a fully guided photographic tour led by renowned travel photographer Gary Latham 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 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.
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
Extra nights in Yangon prior to your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.
Overnight: Yangon Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Yangon (Rangoon) - local train and Shwedagon
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 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 Bridge
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 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 give you the opportunity to explore this phenomenal and highly photogenic site at your own leisure and pace.
Photography themes; Temples, landscape, village life, Bagan
Optional dawn 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 up river 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 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 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,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
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, (and it really is), Shwedagon Pagoda. Incredible sights and sounds at Burma's most iconic temple
- Discover the scenery, villages and still very traditional life of the minority people of the Shan Plateau
- 2 days boating around the stunning Lake Inle; local markets, lakeside villages, floating gardens, temples
- Tour the ruins of Bagan where hundreds of ancient temples spread across a plain, making this one of Southeast Asia's most spectacular sites
- Local food. Ultimately, a unique cuisine though influenced by their neighbours. If you like Thai and Indian food you'll love Burmese!
Air Departures (UK)
- 31 January 21 3,700 GBP
- 13 March 21 3,700 GBP
- 1 February 21 2,850 GBP
- 14 March 21 2,850 GBP
Guaranteed Places Left Special Price Solo Traveller Closed
*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, Bagan view
- Delightful garden setting with temple views
- Swimming pool & poolside restaurant
- Quiet location in Nyaung U Town
Paradise Hotel, Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) 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 https://evisa.moip.gov.mm. 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.
Here is what out guest have to say about their experience on this tour...
" Many, many thanks to All Points East for organising our splendid photographic tour to Burma. The staff were extremely helpful, the sites breathtaking and the scenery stunning. "February 2015
" Amazed by Burma - probably the most laid back and friendly country I've been to.....A fantastic tour with great photo opportunities "July 2014
" An excellent tour, covering a lot of ground in a relatively short time but without feeling rushed. 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.