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As one of the most charming countries in the world, Myanmar is a must-explore destination especiall for those who are interested in the rich culture and distincetive religion. This photographic tour is a special opportunity to experience, explore as well as to save all the exciting moments you will be through during the trip. All the highlights and attractions of this Myanmar photography tour are worth a visit and a discovery.
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Welcome to the hidden land of Myanmar. You will arrive at the airport of Yangon - the largest and also the most important place of the country in domestic and international tourism. The capital is famous for its colonial background and religious tradition which make the city an authentic place to explore religion throughout Southeast Asia. Once arrival at the aiport, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to the airport for check in.
Your impressive photographic tour will start with a visit to the Kyaukhatgyi Pagoda. Here you get a great chance to capture the fascinating image of the 70-meter long reclining Buddha statue. Then, move to the Kandawgyi Park for a short stop at the Royal Lake. Do not miss the chance to take some photos of daily activities of the residents especially in sunrise and sunset. The nearby Karaweik Hall is a great place for photo opportunities as well as for the magnificent view over the unique Shwedagon Pagoda.
If time permits, you have chance to explore the downtown area with a leisurely walk. Remember to get your camera ready at any time for some pictures of bustling activities happening around you. Set off your walking tour on Mahanbandola Road, make your way to the east passing through some alleyways filled with food stalls and colorful markets. Continue onto Pansodan Street where you can see some stalls with second-hand and photocopied books. The walk takes you through the High Court Building, the grand Inland Water Transport offices and the grander Myanmar Port Authority building before reaching Strand Road. This is a great chance for you to save the beautiful places in your camera. Once on the impressive Strand Hotel, you will be amazed by the great view of the Pansodan Jetty as well as the daily activities of the locals on Yangon River.
Take the chance to as many photos as you want of the hostorical hotel. Continue your walk on Strand Road until you see the the Customs House and the Law Court. From there, head north to the vibrant Bank Street and up to the Sule Pagoda Road. You may see some fortune tellers under the trees and of course you could try to be consulted by one of them. You will then make a stop at Sule Pagoda - a landmark of Yangon downtown located admist the picturesque Mahabandoola Gardens. As the day comes to a close, take a special chance to get some wonderful pictures of the pagoda as well as the colonial buildings around the area.Continue your way through Kon Zay Dan Street, passing the narrow side streets and getting to China Town which offers a great opportunity to get some pictures of the colorful Khen Hock Keong Chinese temple. You will discover the bustling streets where all kinds of fruits and vegetables are sold. You could also stroll through "little China"of the city while taking in its atmosphere.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Yangon.
Take the great chance in the early morning to get the magical photo of the golden Shwedagon Pagoda. The morning is the best time to admire the hidden beauty of the pagoda as the sun shines upon the golden stupa giving it a magnificent glow. Your exploration of Myanmar could not be complete without a visit to this legendary temple.
You will witness the change in colors on the 100- meter chedi. The pagoda is considered to be the most significant religious site for the Burmese. Take the opportunity to visit a monastery to take some pictures of the daily life of the monks. And then learn in depth the typical Burmese life by visiting a tea house, a bustling street market or just admiring beautiful colonial buildings.
In the late morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic drive for one hour to Nyaung Shwe - the gateway to the enchanting Inle Lake. Along the way, you are offered various opportunities to get beautiful pictures of the surroundings. After getting on the lake shore, embark on a private motorboat and head out to your hotel located on the lake. The boat takes you through some stilt villages where the local Intha people inhabit. You may observe the unique scene of local fishermen rowing boat with one leg and their floating gardens.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight on Inle Lake.
This morning, try to wake up early and travel at the break of dawn onto Inle Lake. On boat, you are served a cup of coffee or tea while enjoying the tranquility of the lake at sunrise. This is a great time to take in the true beauty of the lake as the lake is almost free of tourists. There are just local fishermen and market vendors on the lake. You will then pass through a local village where you can observe the morning activities of the locals preparing for their new day. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel for breakfast.
- Weather: temperatures may be very cold from October – March.
A blanket will be provided however we recommend dressing appropriately
After breakfast, set off your trip to Khaung Daing village to learn more about local lifestyle. Enjoy a walk through small alleyways and witness the daily routines. The village is famous for its product of tofu. After the visit of the village, continue onto the morning market on the lake with a rotation of 5 days. The market is a meeting point of the local residents and the locals from surrounding villages as well. The visit of the market is a great chance for amazing shots of the colorful market
In the afternoon, take a boat ride down a small canal to get to the Pa - Oh village of Indein. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the village and then climb up to the top of a hill. Once you are at the summit, you will be greeted by an iconic Buddha image located among hundreds of ruined stupas - a great view for impressive pictures. Here, you also get amazed by the breathtaking views of the peaceful surroundings. Back to the boat and return to your hotel.Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight on Inle Lake.
Your scenic afternoon sightseeing will start with a visit of the Botanical Gardens. The garden has a rich and diverse collection of flora, including many English plant varieties, and is without a doubt among the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.
Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Pyin Oo Lwin.
This morning, wake up early and take a boat ride along Inle Lake. After approaching to a picturesque spot, you are offered a great opportunity to take in the authentic charm of the lake. There are barely any tourists, just you and local fishermen and merchants floating on the lake. After some time relaxing, make your way back. Along the way, there is a stop at a village for some unique pictures of the locals on the lake preparing for their new day.
Your next stop is Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery which still stores many ancient Buddha images. The monastery was once known for its ‘jumping cats’ but nowadays none are jumping anymore. Continue onto the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda - the highlight of the lake which houses five sacred images of golden Buddha. Let these stunning images be saved in your camera to be a part of your amazing trip. Inle Lake is also famous for its traditional craft shops. If you wish, there will be a stop to visit one of the workshop making woven items, a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silver smiths.
At around sunset, you may witness the unique rowing technique used by local fishermen on the lake. This offfers a great photo opportunity to capture the art of rowing as well as some magical pictures over the lake as the sun starts to set. Wrap your day with a boat trip back to the hotel.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight on Inle Lake.
This morning, pay a visit to Nyaung Shwe. Along the way, you are offered great opportunities to take amazing shots of the wonderful scenery. This charming Shan city is still less visited by most of the tourists. The early morning is the best time to get an authentic glimpse of the local life. You may see the rustic scene of school children on their way to the class. You will be then taken to Nyaung Shwe’s morning market - the meeting point of local residents of the lake and the surrounding areas to come and sell their fresh produces.
After visiting the market, take a trip on a trishaw and travel along a busy canal. The canal is truly busy in the morning with boats from the lake filled with tomatoes and other vegetables which will be sold all over the country. You will witness first hand how the baskets are unloaded from the boats and then loaded to the trucks to other areas. Let your camera ready to take some nice shots of the colorful scenery. You will then make your way to some workshops in villages which make traditional Shan paper and unique umbrellas. Do not miss the chance to stop at the Shweyanpyay monastery to admire the intricate wood carving artwork.
As the second largest city in Myanmar, Mandalay is considered to be the most traditional and alluring city. Once visiting this vibrant city on the banks of the Irrawaddy River with thriving business, you still see the heart of culture and the lively traditions of music, dance and drama remained in the city. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in.Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Mandalay.
Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay.
In the exploration of Mandalay, you will visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as "The World's Largest Book" with a huge collection of 729 marble slabs. Take this special chance to capture the unique image of the pagoda.
Your excursion today also includes an investigation to the ancient capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. Cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to get to Sagaing. Sagaing Hill is said to be the spiritual hub of Myanmar with thousands of local monks and numerous pagodas and monasteries. Pay a visit to some of them including Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing.
Afterwards, make your way to a local market in Sagaing before heading out to a small pottery village famous for producing water pots. Take the chance to observe the unique traditional method applied by local tradesmen to produce their goods. Your next stop is Ava which was served as the capital of the country between 14th century and 18th century. Cross the river by ferry and then take a horse cart ride to the wooden Bagaya Monastery- famous for its exceptionally intricate wood carvings. Do not miss out the chance to have a look at Nanmyint Watch Tower, also known as the leaning towner of Ava, and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery. Take in the endless impressions and do not forget to take some amazing photos.
In the afternoon, continue your exploration with a visit to Amarapura - the royal capital of Myanmar. Your first stop is a silk weaving workshop which is famous for its exquisite products throughout the country. Proceed to Mahagandayon monastery - known as a center for monastic study and strict religious discipline. As the day comes to an end, take a stroll along the exceptional U Bein Bridge. Spanning 1.2 km, the bridge is said to be the longest teak bridge in the world. Soak up in this special moments when the sun casts long shadows over the bridge. Save this stunning moment with some amazing shots of the bridge. Finally, transfer back to Mandalay for the night.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Mandalay.
Wake up early this morning and transfer to Mahamuni Pagoda to witness first-hand the unique ritual of washing of the Buddha's face. This ritual takes place every morning in which the monks wash the face and brush the teeth of the Buddhe image. This offers you a unique chance to capture these stunning moments.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in.
Set off your afternoon excursion to this marvelous land. You will pay a visit to traditional craftsmen to get a true glimpse into Burmese culture. Start your exploration with a visit to the famous Ananda temple built in Mon style. The temple houses two different Buddhe images of which the expressions seem to be transformed. From the temple, continue your journey through Thatbyinnyu- the highest temple in Bagan, the grand Dhammayangyi Temple - famous for its magnificent brickwork and the Sulamani Temple. At around sunset, tranfer to the upper terrace of one of the surrounding temples for amazing shots of breathtaking scenery over Bagan.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Bagan.
OPTION: HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER BAGAN – US$ 285/pax
This morning, experience an amazing hot air balloon ride over Bagan. This is a unique chance for you to take in the endless charm of the region in a very different perspective when the sun rises over the Irrawaddy River and numerous stupas and temples. It is hard to find the same opportunity like this on earth.
• Only available from mid-October till mid-May
• UK-certified pilots. Balloons have international security standards
• Launch time and flight time depends on wind conditions
• Flight can be cancelled on short notice due to bad weather conditions. In this case the full amount will be reimbursed
• Please book in advance due to limited seat availability
• Please indicate the weight (in kg) of passengers at the time of booking
Afterwards, head out to the colorful market of Nyaung Oo where the locals come to buy and sell their fresh produce. From the market, take a look around Old Bagan. Start with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda - one of the most important religious structure of Bagan. Make your way through dirty lanes passing through temples and monasteries to a small village. Take a leisurely walk around the village to get a true insight into local way of life. With the camera in hand, you can take any rustic snece you wish the save the film of rural life in Bagan. The temples in the background and the oxcarts traveling on dust roads will create amazing pictures for your journey.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Bagan.
OPTION: SUNRISE FROM THE TOP OF A HILL
Wake up early this morning and take a horse cart to get to Bagan’s savannah. After a short ride, you arrive at a small hill. Take your time to enjoy a warm cup of tea or coffee. You have a great chance to soak up in the tranquility of the morning and changing scenes over Bagan as the sun starts to rise. After breakfast and sunrise view, leave the little hill and make your way to the legendary temples of Bagan by horse cart. At this time, you are free to explore these attractions without crowds. Take the opportunity to admire the intricate architecture and ancient paintings of these temples. If time allows, you also visit Shwe San Taw temple and enjoy the panoramic view of Bagan from the top. Then, transfer back to the hotel for full breakfast.
In the last afternoon in Myanmar, you are offered anther chance to explore Yangon. Pay a visit to the beautiful Bogyoke Market which is famous for typical Myanmar goods and handicrafts. Do not forget to take some pictures to see the hustle and bustle of the market. After that, take a local train at Yangon Station for a short trip to Kyee Myin Daine Station. This is a special chance to observe the beauty of the surroundings as well as rustic scenes of daily life of the locals. Take the last chance to take any pictures of memorable moments to wrap your beautiful day.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Yangon.
Today, it's time to say goodbye to one of the most charming countries in the world. Our guide and driver will take you to the airport depending on your flight departure. Lunch on your own. End of trip.
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