Anyone interested in getting to know and experience South-Eastern Asia’s people and culture should visit Myanmar now.
Myanmar is going through a wake of political and economic reforms, many places were off-limits or totally banned for foreigners to visit just a couple of years back. With that, one of the most fascinating aspects of visiting Myanmar today is that in a lot of ways, you feel like a clock has turned back. Especially in the countryside, where people still use horse carts to get around, buffalos are used to plow the fields, and villagers enjoy the simple pleasures of traditional life.
To a street, documentary, or landscape photographer Burma is heaven. From the street markets in the bustling Yangon, ancient temples in the plains of Bagan, and captivating villages around Inle Lake…nothing can compare. Most importantly, its amazing people and communities that are always ready to welcome visitors and smile back.
Our group will start exploring Yangon. Often overlooked, the city has a lot to offer. There are many colonial buildings worth seeing, parks to wander, street markets, the circular train, and of course, the Shwedagon Pagoda, namely the biggest one in the world.
We’ll visit the ancient city of Bagan, an archeological zone located in the Mandalay Region. The site is surrounded by small towns and villages, but the center of the action happens in the plains, which is dotted with over two thousand pagodas and Buddhist temples.
Most of them were constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries during the golden era of the Kingdom of Pagan. Bagan is definitely the place to catch unique sunrises and unique spiritual experience.
We’ll also explore Inle Lake, home of the Intha, they support themselves by tending floating gardens of vegetables, fruits, and fishing. Small boats are the primary way of transportation here, we’ll move around the villages and visit the markets in the same fashion the locals do.
We’ll also go totally off the beaten path and explore traditional tribes and ancient villages, the ones not often covered in the regular photo tours. This journey is the result of two scouting trips to the area and designed not only to show you Myanmar in all its glory but also to learn and interact with its people.
When: November 9th to 22, 2021.
Who: Open to all skill levels, non-photographer spouses are welcome.
Group Size: Minimum 4 People, Maximum 12 People.
Where: This photo tour starts and ends in Yangon, Myanmar. Airport Code (RGN).
Fitness Level: Relaxed. Access to most of the shooting locations in Myanmar is easy. The walks are relatively short, and there is no much hiking involved. In the area of Kyaing Tong, there are some easy hikes to the hill tribes; distances are 2 to 3 miles round trip, with little elevation gain.
The tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way, in the spirit of real adventurers.
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