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Myanmar Photo Tour (Burma)

Next Photo Tour of Myanmar dates: February 16 – March 3, 2019

MANDALAY, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Monk walking and carrying bowl with lunch in the Mahar Gandar Yone monastery in Amarpura

Warm-hearted people, ancient traditions, and golden pagodas … welcome to magical Myanmar. Better known as Burma or the Golden Land, this corner of Southeast Asia is an allure for all senses.

Photo Tour of Myanmar over 15 days

  • Where: Myanmar (Burma)
  • When: February 16 – March 3, 2019
  • Length: 15 Days
  • Who: You and 11 other photography enthusiasts. Spouses and non-photography types (the price is the same for them) are more than welcome to join us in Myanmar as well.
  • What: A 15-day photo tour of Myanmar, catering to photographing in the best light of the day, in the field practice in a fun small group setting, with a flexible schedule and customized photography tips and tutoring to match the group members.
  • Why: Total photography immersion, in a safe environment, with experienced professional photographers providing lots of hands-on help. Learn to take better photos, immerse in some local culture, and have a whole lot of fun while on tour of Myanmar.

Sunrise over the famous temples and pagodas in Bagan in Myanmar

How much is this photo tour?

This tour is specially designed for both adventure and comfort. We stay at mostly 4-star accommodations and have included most of your meals. Little incidentals like water daily, small change (which you'll need for tips and for visiting the toilet), and snacks on the bus have all been taken care of for you for a smooth easy experience.

***The minimum number of people required to run the tour is eight.***

Group SizePrice
10 – 12 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 12 people
$5895 USD
Small Group Supplement
With less than 10 people (8 – 9), a small group fee will apply
+$600 USD

Maximum group size: 12

This is less than many other Myanmar photo tours which include 15 or more people – please look at that when researching and comparing tours.

This lower number of guests allows for a smaller, more intimate group in order to give you the best experience. This means you will have more time with the tour leaders, and a really nice group size for wandering through the small villages of Myanmar.

Three tour leaders; Darlene Hildebrandt, Daniel Korzeniewski, and Boothee Thaik Htun.

Remaining Spots: 12

Do you love to travel? If you are as obsessed with travel and photography as we are, then you need to join us on this tour of Myanmar. Not only will you learn how to take better photographs, through the support of our guide and two expert teachers, but you can rest assured you will travel to the best locations Myanmar has to offer.

Carol Tompkins with face wrapped with scarf in desert
“I felt you were always available to help, inform and teach. One of the greatest things you did for me was to give me a big hug when I first arrived. That made me feel so welcomed and just what I needed after a long difficult trip. During the tour, I learned so much about photography. I feel it was an intense (in a good way) two week all day class. Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to do another.”
Carol Tompkins – Morocco Tour

Woman selling vegetables in the Nyaung U market close to Bagan in Myanmar

Monks lining up and collecting donations before their last meal of the day Mahar Gandar Yone monastery in Amarpura

The Best Light

This photography tour to Myanmar has been specially curated to make sure we are photographing in the best light possible.

You will learn about the best time of day to photograph and how to overcome difficult lighting situations. As well as capturing sunsets and sunrises, you can expect glistening templescapes, rays of light through ancient monasteries and silhouetted portraits of Buddhist monks.

The Best Locations

Don’t expect the typical tourist places! We have found the best locations for you, some totally off the beaten path, and rarely visited.

You will visit Burmese tribal villages where you will meet, interact and photograph local people. We will be visiting floating, indoor, outdoor, and fish markets. If are you looking to improve your landscape photography you couldn’t pick a better place than Myanmar.

Less Rushed

On our photography tours, we like to take our time. At each place that we take you to in Burma, you will have plenty of time to explore and discover all that it has to offer.

We want to make sure you have time to get the best photographs possible. That means if you feel like taking a break, and skipping a location or exploring on your own, that’s not a problem. We are here to support your photographic passion, and if that means taking a break that’s fine by us.

A relatively untouched area of Southeast Asia due to decades of self-isolation, Myramar is a mysterious country full of culture and tradition. With over 100 different ethnic groups, many of whom still retain their traditional culture, the treasures of The Golden Land aren’t just its pagodas.

Step back in time with us on this journey to explore ancient temples, Buddhist monasteries, traditional fishing villages, and floating markets. You won’t just be photographing the places though. What makes this tour different is the interaction with local people. We know these locations and our local guide knows the people. You will get to learn about traditional Burmese culture through interactions with local people who you will also get the chance to photograph. This includes people in traditional dress, fishermen, and Buddhist monks.

Beth Jones, Morocco photo tour testimonial headshot
“I would say “GO!!” You'll have fantastic memories for a lifetime, and pictures to show for it, too. You will see remarkable sights; meet interesting, like-minded people; have ample opportunity to learn from Darlene; experience a completely different culture; and ride camels and ATV's in the Sahara desert! You will have a fabulous experience!”
Beth Jones

If you like photo vacations with an emphasis on improving your camera skills at the same time, a smaller group presents a greater chance you’ll learn what you came to – and then some!

Over the course of the tour, you will get help in areas you may be struggling with, in a small group setting.

This will help maximize your learning opportunities and give you time to get individual help, ask questions, get your images reviewed and allow us to customize the tour dynamically based on the guests' needs and skill levels.

This is a tentative schedule, may not be exactly as shown here:

Day 1 – February 16th – Arrive in Yangon (D)
Mingalaba – Welcome to Myanmar. You'll be greeted at the airport and then transferred to our hotel where you'll meet the other guests, and your tour leaders. After a brief meet and greet, we will enjoy our first evening meal together.

Rose Garden Hotel – Yangon (4 Stars)

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Architectural detail of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Day 2 – February 17th – Yangon (B, L, D)
Our morning begins with a ride on the iconic Circle Train. Traveling to the outskirts of the city we pay a visit to Danyingon Market to capture the hustle and bustle of market life. The rest of the day will be spent at a nunnery followed by a monastery to photograph the famous Reclining Buddha. After a late lunch, and some free time, we will meet late afternoon to photograph Shwegadon, the largest pagoda in the world.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: People walking and wandering around the street market of Yangon.

Day 3 – February 18th – Yangong, Kyaing Tong and Environs (B, L, D)
Our day starts off with an early morning visit to the fish market to take a glimpse into daily life in this chaotic city. After breakfast, we will fly to Kyaing Tong when we will really begin to explore the side of Myanmar often not seen by tourists. Once settled into your accommodation, we will explore portrait photography at Wat Zom Khan. Here you will get the opportunity to photograph the Monks living there.

Amazing Kyaing Tong Hotel – Kyaing Tong (4 Stars)

SHAN PROVINCE, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Group of farmers harvesting sticky rice in the countryside.

Day 4 – February 19th – Kyaing Tong, En, Lahu, Akha Villages (B, L, D)
We will spend the day visiting three traditional villages. Our first stop will be to the En tribe where we will meet the village chief, in his hut, before exploring the village with our cameras. Think Tuk Tuk rides and friendly locals in traditional dress. There are no long hikes and you will see very few tourists here having this a unique experience.

YANGON, MYANMAR: Happy girl playing with pigeons in the streets of Yangon.

Day 5 – February 20th Kyaing Tong – Akha and Lahu Villages (B, L, D)
This is the second day of exploring traditional villages. We will travel outside of the main town to reach three more tribal villages. As they receive very few tourists, in these remote areas of Burma, they will be happy to pose for a photo or two! Make sure you always have your camera ready to capture the incredible sites you will see on this journey back in time.

YANGON, MYANMAR: Woman lighting incense in the Shwedagon Pagoda, a famous landmark in Yangon

Day 6 -February 21st – Kyaing Tong / Mandalay (B, L, D)
Day 6 begins with a morning visit to Kyaing Tong Market, where local tribes meet and gather to sell and exchange goods. This is one of the largest and most interesting markets you will find in Burma because of the diversity of the people gathered here. There are not many countries in the world where you will see so many rare tribes in one place. You will then have some free time to explore on your own. Or if you prefer we will take some time to review your images, using Lightroom, before our flight to Mandalay.

Eastern Palace Hotel – Mandalay (4 Stars)

Sunrise over the plains of Bagan with view of the Dhammayan Gyi Temple on the left.

Day 7 -February  22nd-  Mandalay (B, L, D)
Sunrises, sunsets, private boat rides and photographing The White Temple are just some of the highlights that await you in Mandalay. Our morning begins at an old monastery for the first sunrise shoot of the trip. After breakfast, we take a private boat ride to Mingun where the White Temple awaits. After lunch is Photographer's Choice. You will have a range of options to choose from including a teak carved monastery for portraits, environmental, and scenes with monks.

INLE LAKE, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Fisherman taking a rest and smoking in his boat in Inle Lake, Myanmar

Day 8 – February 23rd – Mandalay – Amarapura – Bagan (B, L, D)
Day 8 begins with our second sunrise shoot followed by an arranged session with local fishermen. On our return to Mandalay, you will get chance to practice your street photography on Marble Buddha Street. After lunch, we have arranged a free shoot for you at Mahamuni Buddha and Temple Complex. This is a very special place as it is ranked as the second holiest site in Myanmar. Our next stop after a short flight is Bagan where spectacular sunrise and sunset temple-scapes await us.

Amazing Bagan Hotel – Bagan (4 Stars)

INLE LAKE, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Fisherman with typical net and boat in the Inle Lake, Myanmar

Day 9 – February 24th – Bagan (B, L, D)
With its sweeping temple-scapes filled with glittering pagodas, Bagan is the ultimate destination to perfect our sunrise and sunset photography. We have found you the best locations to photograph over the next four days. Our first morning will be dedicated to capturing your first sunrise temple-scape. The rest of the day is all about lighting and portraits. We will be focusing on candlelight and window light, as well as portraits of monks and local people. Our final shoot of the day will be capturing rural village life with cattle, goats, and villagers at sunset.

Sunrise over the plains of Bagan with view of the Dhammayan Gyi Temple on the left.

Day 10 – February 25th – Bagan (B, L, D)
Our morning will begin with a second Bagan sunrise photo shoot where we hope there will be some hot air balloons for you to capture. After breakfast, we have arranged a photo shoot with some Buddhist monks and locals. In the afternoon we will travel back to a monastery in Bagan to photograph window light rays before finishing the day photographing the sunset from a monastery with panoramic views of Bagan.

BAGAN, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Hot air balloons flying over the plains of Bagan early morning.

Day 11 – February 26th – Bagan (B, L, D)
If you still haven’t taken that killer sunrise or sunset shot don’t worry. Today is our final full day in Bagan and we have chosen two incredible locations for you to photograph. As well as Myanmar at sunrise and sunset highlights of today include: photographing an old farmer smoking cheroot, low light portraits in a monastery, photographing silhouettes, Sulamani Temple garden, and umbrellas.

View of the terrace overlooking the plains of Bagan in Myanmar from one of the ancient temples.

Day 12 – February 27th – Bagan / Lake Inle (B, L, D)
We will visit Shwezigon Pagoda to photograph its hall of pillars before taking an early lunch and catching a flight to Lake Inle. Lake Inle is the last stop on our incredible adventure across Myanmar. Here we will be focusing on our documentation and street photography at the famous floating markets and gardens on the lake. Our journey includes a 1-hour boat ride and a sunset photo shoot with local Intha fishermen.

Golden Island Cottages – Lake Inle (4 Stars)

INLE LAKE, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Men collecting mud from the bottom of the lake to build floating islands in Inle Lake.

Day 13 – February 28th – Lake Inle (B, L, D)
Our morning begins with another sunrise photo shoot, but today we have arranged for you to capture three local fishermen working. This is sure to be a magical morning. After breakfast, we will travel to the 5-day market, visit the floating villages, and capture the lotus silk weaving. We will spend the afternoon taking our time capturing the beauty of the floating gardens of Lake Inle before returning to our accommodation for the evening meal.
Day 14 – March 1st – Lake Inle (B, L, D)
After a relaxing boat ride to Indein, you will have time to explore the marketplace. This is a free-shoot and you are welcome to practice your street, documentation, and portrait photography here. Our second location of the day is the ruins of Nyuang Oak, where we will spend some time before taking a walk to a traditional village, Pa O.
Day 15 – March 2nd – Lake Inle / Yangon – Farewell Dinner (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we make our way back to Yangon where our tour began. After our flight, you will have some free time to rest, explore Yangon, squeeze in one final street shoot, or get some last minute gifts from the 2000 shops of Scotts Market! In the evening we will have our final dinner together of the tour. This is always a very special evening where we share our fondest memories and enjoy our final evening together as a group.
Day 16 – March 3rd – Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. You can absolutely choose to stay for a time in Myanmar on your own. If you've made arrangements to do so please let us know. There is no accommodation booked for this day, so if you're staying on, you'll have to make sure you've got a place to stay ahead of time.

BAGAN, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Younk Monk paying tribute to Buda in the Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan

Testimonial Headshot - Ann Nickerson, Nicaragua
“I have been on three of Darlene's photography tours.
They are full of adventure, learning opportunities, and fun!
Darlene creates situations that allow you to be creative with your photography
and gives you advice on trying new techniques, all in beautiful settings.”
Ann Nickerson

Why come on this tour with us?

From the chaotic street markets of Yangon to the captivating fishing villages surrounding Lake Inle, if you are interested in street photography, documentation, portrait, or landscape photography Myanmar is heaven. But only if you know where to go, or have the luxury of time to explore for yourself.

With our group tours we find the best locations, work out the best time of day to visit and work with local guides who have relationships with the people you will be photographing. We take all of the stress out of finding the perfect locations, meaning all you have to do is make sure your camera is ready to capture the incredible things you will see.

This tour to Burma really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. As a country in the wake of political and economic reforms tourism is increasing year after year. Now is the time to go before the inevitable changes that mass tourism brings.

Your photo tour leaders:

Photo tour leader Daniel Korzeniewski shown wearing a blue Moroccan Berber headscarf.Daniel Korzeniewski

One of your tour leaders for this 2019 photo tour of Myanmar is Daniel Korzeniewski. Daniel is a Miami-based travel photographer whose work has appeared in several publications. He contributes to various stock photography outlets and often leads photo travel tours.

Daniel contributes articles about travel photography here on Digital Photo Mentor and is the photo leader for this photo tour of Myanmar, our Morocco photo tour, and also Peru and India. Daniel has been to Myanmar twice previously to hand-pick all the stops on the tour, so you'll be in good hands.

photo tour leader Darlene HildebrandtDarlene Hildebrandt

Your second tour leader for this Myanmar photo tour is Darlene. She is the creator of Digital Photo Mentor, a photography teacher, tour leader, traveler, and a cat owner.

She has over 30 years of experience as a professional photographer, has been teaching photography since 2011 and has led over 8 tours and 20 workshops.

Darlene is a Fuji user but speaks almost all other photography languages. Whatever your skill level and experience, she can help you unlock the next level and take better photos.

Boothee Thaik Htun - Photo Tour Guide

Boothee Thaik Htun

Boothee is an award-winning photojournalist turned travel and commercial photographer living and working in Yangon, Myanmar. He is well traveled internationally, and has in recent years become a master drone photographer as well! Boothee is great fun to work with, and we will have him with us for our entire tour!

Cost of Photo Tour of Myanmar

The pricing will be a little different than for our past tours. Based on feedback from other tours we have decided to reduce the maximum number of participants to 12. This means you will have more time with the tour leaders, and a really nice group size for wandering through the villages of Myanmar.

The minimum number of people required to run the tour is eight.

Group SizePrice
10 – 12 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 12 people
$5895 USD
Small Group Supplement
With less than 10 people (8 – 9), a small group fee will apply
+$600 USD

Maximum group size: 12

This is less than many other Myanmar photo tours which include 15 or more people – please look at that when researching and comparing tours.

This lower number of guests allows for a smaller, more intimate group in order to give you the best experience. This means you will have more time with the tour leaders, and a really nice group size for wandering through the small villages of Myanmar.

Three tour leaders; Darlene Hildebrandt, Daniel Korzeniewski, and Boothee Thaik Htun.

Remaining Spots: 12

Single Supplement Price:

  • Prices quoted are for double occupancy. NOTE: You will be paired with someone of the same gender if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.
  • Price for single room is an additional $995 USD.
A non-refundable deposit of $750 is required to hold your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip. The full cancellation policy is on the next page, prior to making your payment.
NOTE: There must be a minimum 8 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we've reached the minimum number of people.

The price of the tour includes:

  • Airport pickup and return (airport transfers) on the start and end dates as indicated. If you arrive early or stay later you will be responsible for your own airport transportation. We can arrange it for you if you wish at an extra cost.
  • 15 nights hotel accommodations.
  • Meals – 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 14 dinners (includes non-alcoholic beverages and tips).
  • Air-conditioned transportation – included driver, fuel, and insurance.
  • Professional English speaking guide, licensed for tourism.
  • Activities including:
    • Entrance fees to any historical sites, museums, and paid locations.
    • Photography lessons and image reviews in a group setting (as time permits).
    • Photography tutoring and help as needed, you just have to ask.
  • Portage tips for bags.
  • Bottled water daily.
  • Domestic airfare in economy class as per the itinerary.

The price DOES NOT include:

  • Your international flight or other travel to Myanmar.
  • Tips for your guide, driver, and tour leader.
  • Lunch on your free days.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal spending.
  • Optional activities like spa treatments or a hot air balloon ride.

Flights to Myanmar: We travel to Myanmar through Yangon International Airport, so book your flights to Yangon, Myanmar. We have arranged transportation to our lodging in Yangon for you if you arrive on the tour start date of Saturday, February 16, 2019. We just need your flight arrival information to get you picked up at the airport.

Note: if you arrive a day or two early (which we actually recommend in order to get acclimatized to the time zone) we can arrange an airport pickup for you at an extra cost of $45.

Flights home from Myanmar: The tour ends, and we depart from Yangon so make your travel arrangements accordingly. Airport transfer is included if you fly out on the last day of the tour, Sunday, March 3rd, 2019.

Sharon Zurbrigg, Morocco photo tour testimonial headshot
“Beyond pleased with the photo tour! Every day was a pleasant surprise and I really didn't want to know the agenda! We explored places that I would never have found on my own. I have met some absolutely wonderful photography friends and I would like to have another gathering of our group!”
Sharon Zurbrigg

FAQs

What is the physical fitness level needed for this tour?

There are many stairs and hills and some of our accommodations do not have elevators. If you are in good health and fitness level you will be fine. But this tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.

What if I don't have a roommate but don't want to pay the extra for a single?

If you request to share a room and we cannot match you with a roommate you will be required to pay the single supplement fee. We do our best to pair everyone up but due to gender mismatches, we may not always have equal numbers of males or females. You can certainly bring a friend along to share.

What skill level do I have to be in photography?

We encourage all skill levels to join us on this tour. It is not about what you know it's about doing photography together, enjoying the adventure, and learning a few things along the way. Whatever your level you can get some tips from the tour leader. You don't even have to be a photographer, but can come along and appreciate the relaxed pace of this tour.

Group SizePrice
10 – 12 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 12 people
$5895 USD
Small Group Supplement
With less than 10 people (8 – 9), a small group fee will apply
+$600 USD

Maximum group size: 12

This is less than many other Myanmar photo tours which include 15 or more people – please look at that when researching and comparing tours.

This lower number of guests allows for a smaller, more intimate group in order to give you the best experience. This means you will have more time with the tour leaders, and a really nice group size for wandering through the small villages of Myanmar.

Remaining Spots: 12

Single Supplement Price:

  • Prices quoted are for double occupancy. NOTE: You will be paired with someone of the same gender if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.
  • Price for single room is an additional $995 USD.
A non-refundable deposit of $750 is required to hold your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip. The full cancellation policy is on the next page, prior to making your payment.
NOTE: There must be a minimum 8 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we've reached the minimum number of people.

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