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11 DAYS MYANMAR - YANGON TO MANDALAY. PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR & WORKSHOP

€880/USD1050*.

29th Dec 2018 - 8th Jan 2019

Set free your creative side with amazing photography,

make new friends and discover Myanmar.

After many years of isolation, Myanmar now offers travellers the opportunity to experience its rich culture. Myanmar retains the aura of a bygone era with a great combination of diverse landscapes, stunning temples, fascinating cultures and warm hospitality.  Let your hair down and celebrate New Year with with new friends among golden pagodas, great landscapes and good vibes.

INFORMATION EVENING - 28th June 2018

Your first time to Asia?  Or you would like a face to face discussion or have any questions?   Great!  I'll love to answer them!  A 90 minute Myanmar info evening will be organised on Thursday 28th June 2018.  Join the information evening by filling in the contact form below.

Manage your own budget.  Meet your own needs.  Fully transparent.

BOOK PHOTO TOUR.

BOOK HOTEL & FLIGHTS.

GET THERE!

ENJOY!

The only photography workshop tour that gives you full control and flexibility by providing the great workshops, and tours which include transport and like-minded photography travel pals.   You just book your flights to get there. Then book the hotels of your choice where we will be travelling through, or use my recommendations.

 

Don't forget, you are also on holidays and may want some time for yourself.  Apart from the workshops where we work and travel together, there is sufficient rest & recreation time included for your own thing. Or if you prefer, hang out with me for meals, drinks and company.  Whatever you decide, is cool for me!  The tour starts from Yangon designed to end in Mandalay where you can choose to extend your stay travelling further with your new friends and photography skills or fly to nearby Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia for the rest of your vacations

 

The Yangon - Mandalay photography workshop tour requires us to wake up rather early (oh god....!).  This is when we have the best light and less crowd.  However, don't forget that you can always take a siesta during the day!

 

Needless to say, you'll get better deals the earlier you book your flights and hotels.

TRAVEL ITINERARY

 DAY 01

29th Dec

Saturday

DAY 03

31st Dec

Monday

DAY 04

1st Jan

Tuesday

DAY 05

2nd Jan

Wednesday

DAY 06

3rd Jan

Thursday

DAY 07

4th Jan

Friday

DAY 08

5th Jan

Saturday

DAY 09

6th Jan

Sunday

DAY 10

7th Jan

Monday

DAY 11

8th Jan

Tuesday

9th Jan

Wednesday

DAY 02

30th Dec

Sunday

Yangon

Inle

Inle

Inle

Inle to Bagan

Bagan

Bagan

Bagan to Mandalay

 Mandalay

(Ubein and Sagaing)

Mandalay

From Mandalay

Yangon

 

2pm.  Meet up for welcome drink, briefing and get to meet fellow photographers. Head off to Shwedagon for sunset shoot followed by group dinner. Both are optional.

Early morning 5am arrival in Inle. Rest.  Afternoon workshop.  Sunset shoot.   Optional group New Year's Eve dinner.

 

Early morning departure  6am.  Full day boat trip Inle  lake.  Optional group lunch & dinner.  Workshop

Early morning departure  6am.  Full day boat trip Inle  lake.  Optional group lunch & dinner.  Possibility of visiting Kakku as an option. Workshop

Morning departure  to Bagan via Mount Popa.  Arrive late afternoon in Bagan.  Optional group dinner.

Morning sunrise  shoot.  Visit nearby temples.   Late afternoon sunset shoot.  Optional group dinner.

Morning sunrise  shoot (different location).  Visit nearby temples.   Late afternoon sunset shoot (different location). Optional group dinner.

9am morning departure.  Arriving in Mandalay late afternoon.  Workshop. Optional group dinner.

 

Early morning 6am departure Ubein bridge for sunrise.  Have local breakfast and explore surrounding areas.  Evening sunset photography of Ubein bridge.Whole day tour.   Back to Mandalay.  Group dinner is optional.

Morning visit to Zeyo market and exploring of Mandalay.  Optional group lunch.  Sunset at Mandalay hill.  Optional end of workshop dinner!  End of tour.

Extend and continue your travels in Myanmar or another nearby country!

5am.  Morning visit to Shwedagon for sunrise shoot.  Optional group breakfast.  Visit rural Yangon by train.  And other areas in Yagon.  7pm Night bus to  Lake Inle

Early group dinner  is optional.

Welcome drink and briefing.  Introduction workshop, city tour. & transport

Workshop, city tour & transport. (boats & bicycles)

Workshop, lake tour & boat transport.

Workshop, lake tour & boat transport.

Tour in Mount Popa, transport and workshop

Transport (e-bikes & van) and workshop

Transport (e-bikes & van) and workshop

Transport and workshop

Transport (scooters) and workshop

Transport and workshop

 

Workshop, city tour. & transport.  Bus transfer to Lake Inle and to your hotel.

Day

Location

Highlights

Included

MORE INFORMATION

Tour participant's profile  :

  • You are a free independent traveller with a lust for adventure and photography.  You are capable of making your own accommodation arrangements at each location.  Everything else is taken care of.  Relax and enjoy yourself.
  • Bummer..... You should have some basic knowledge about photography, understand exposure and handling your camera (not on full auto).  If you are currently shooting on full auto or would like a refreshal, it is highly recommended that you join the half-day photography crash course.
  • Another one....Be willing to wake up at 5.30am as this is where the action is.  Photography is more important than sleep!  Remember, you have the day to take a siesta and at the end of the tour you can extend your stay and wake up at your leisure.
  • Adventurous to take night buses as distances are far and bus travel is the most cost-effective way.  Most buses are pretty comfortable with good leg room.  Able to ride a bicycle, and be pillon rider on scooters as we move around locally!
  • Just reasonably fit as it involves walking and light treks.
  • You share my core values of interacting with the local people & culture, sensitive about their way of doing things, believe in social responsibility  and supporting the local economy.
  • You are easy going, enjoy meeting people and making new friends.  We are a small group of up to 12 photographers and I want everyone to have an a wonderful time with me.  Be zen about life and accept the unexpected as part and parcel of having memorable moments!
  • Like me, you are passionate about travel photography and wish to get amazing photos and not snap shots!

Skills you will take away :

  • Develop core photography competence.
  • Understand landscape, social, people and street photography.
  • Effective composition tips.
  • Shoot great travel photographs.
  • Manage challenging light situations and using available light.
  • Create panoramic images.
  • Other image editing & processing techniques of with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • People interaction skills in spontaneous situations & street photography.

What is included and excluded from the photography workshop tour.

I believe in transparency and accessibility to the tours.  Each of us have personal budgets, different comfort expectations but a common goal of travel photography and great images.  Over 12 days, through the workshops and tours, we will explore many photography techniques, improve your photography skills along the way while working together.

 

Apart from the personal attention you'll be receiving, you will have your own free time.  There will be opportunities as well to share costs with fellow photographers to do other activities not included (optional excursions).

 

The most important components of the tour are already included.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED :

  • Unless mentioned, all land transport during the period and the workshops are included from Yangon ending in Mandalay.

WHAT IS EXCLUDED :

  • Airfare or transport to arrive in Yangon and depart from Mandalay.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Meals, accommodation, entrance fees (will be listed out for you in advance),
  • Tips and expenses of a personal nature
  • Anything else that is not included will be mentioned in the detailed program.

Please take a moment to glance through the links below as they provide insights, tips and suggestions to make your travel arrangements hassle free.

* USD rate is an indication and subject to currency fluctuations.  Check current exchange rate here.

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+32 498 391439

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