Mysterious Myanmar photo tour: 30 October – 12 November 2018

Burma is one of those countries which seem to have been favored by nature. Its soil is rich, producing rice and other food crops in abundance. There are vast forests containing a large variety of trees from which valuable timber is extracted. The ground yields petroleum and many minerals and precious stones including rubies, sapphires and jade. The rivers and streams are full of fish; and from the sea along Burma’s coastline come not just seafood but some of the world’s loveliest pearls. It is therefore not surprising that

Burma has been described as a golden land, an eastern paradise of untold riches. But of course, no country on earth is a real paradise and, for all its natural wealth, Burma is not among the rich nations of the world today. It is nevertheless an extremely beautiful country peopled by many different races. It is from the Burmese people, who form the biggest racial group, that the name of the country is derived.

From “Freedom from Fear” of Aung San Suu Kyi (Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize)

Myanmar : formally known as Burma, remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world and we welcome you to the golden land of pagodas, breathtaking natural beauties with friendly people of different ethnics. Myanmar has been forgotten and closed its door in self-isolation and now it reopens to the outside world, revealing its unique, unspoiled culture and beautiful natures to the visitors. Myanmar has something to offer at all times of the year with a wide diversities of anthropology composed with many ethnic groups, different topography or terrain that ranges from snow-capped mountains in the north, to the pagodas studded plains in the center, beautiful white sand beaches along the western coast and virgin islands in the south to be explored and discovered.

Yangon (1 night) – Mrauk U (4 nights) – Yangon (1 night) – Bagan (2 nights) – Mandalay (2 nights) – Inle Lake (2 nights) – Yangon (1 night) (30th Oct to 12th Nov 2018, 14 Days / 13 Nights)

Day 1 (Oct/30) Arrive Yangon before 1 p.m.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to start the city tour from the downtown area, where you can take street photos of the combination of colonial and modern Yangon. After walking around the downtown area for about 1 hour, have lunch on own account. After lunch, visit 70 meter long reclining Buddha Statue of Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda. After that, get on our minibus and proceed to the most magnificent, landmark, glory of Yangon and the most sacred of all Myanmar Buddhist people Shwedagon pagoda which stands 326 ft (99.4m) on the Singuttara Hill. The legend says and the people strongly believe that the eight strands of the Buddha’s hair were enshrined inside the pagoda 2500 years ago. Then, we can go to Kandawgyi Park for the sunset with Shwedagon Pagoda background.

Day 2 (Oct/31) Yangon – by flight – Sittwe – by boat or car – Mrauk U

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to fly to Sittwe. Upon arrival, have lunch in Sittwe and take a cruise to Mrauk U for about 5 hours. (by private car for about 3.5 hours) Check in hotel and relax.

Day 14 (Nov/12) Yangon Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, depart the hotel for your international flights. Any flight after 10 a.m.

Included in the price:

    • 13 nights’ accommodation on ½ twin/double room basis with daily breakfast
    • 6 Domestic flights Yangon – Sittwe– Yangon – NyaungU(Bagan) – Mandalay – Heho(Inle lake) – Yangon
    • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
    • English Speaking local Photography Guide
    • Tips for models for photo shoots
    • Porter fees at the airports
    • Entrance fees for the visits

 

Not included in the price:

    • International ticket to/from Yangon
    • Meals (L= lunch, D = dinner)
    • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
    • Visits not mentioned in the program
    • Drinks and personal expenses
    • Tips for car and boat drivers
    • Single supplement – 650 USD (you’ll get a single room instead twin share)

Price: 4900 USD

Group limit: 6 guests maximum (small group)

 

What to bring

Gear:
– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm

Wear:
– Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperatures 0 – 10 C)
– Waterproof pants
– Warm down-jacket and thermal pants
– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches and photography workshops

Full list of recommended wear will be sent to participants.

 

Accommodation

Hotel Name Location Room Type
Grand United Yangon Deluxe
ShweThazin Mrauk U Deluxe
Su Tine San Bagan Deluxe
Yadanapon Dynasty Mandalay Deluxe
Golden Island Cottages Inle Lake Deluxe


Tour leaders


Daniel Kordan

Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. After that, he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.
I consider Baikal lake as top place for photographers from all over the world. I will help you to reveal its beauty.


Khun Phyo – announce is illustrated by his photos

Khun Phyo has been participating in Myanmar Tourism business for more than 10 years as a freelance tourist and photo guide. Together with his energetic friends, Khun founded Broadway Myanmar Travels. They all have the same passion and mission to be a part of promoting the development of tourism in Myanmar Tourism and of related local communities by means of participating in social welfare, educating them in environmental conservations.

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