GOLDEN MYANMAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION (12 DAYS/ 11 NIGHTS TOUR PROGRAM)
This tour departs in Bangkok, where we use a full day to shoot here, and head the next day to yangon, the capital of Burma (Myanmar) we shoot mainly Architectural, monumental, landscapes, street and market scenes and portraits. Markets and Temples are the epicentre for Photographers and with world landmarks like the Temples of Bagan and the fairy tale like Inle Lake we do not miss out on the highlights of Myanmar.
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers*
Travel by private a/c car or minibus
Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
(*non-photographers also welcome)
David Van Driessche
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 1ST DAY: 05 july 2016 : YOUR HOME – BANGKOK
Arrival in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel, free stay in the afternoon and possibility to book an evening Phototour in Bangkok.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 2 ND DAY: 06 JULY 2016 : FULL DAY BANGKOK TOUR
After breakfast we travel by minivan to discover Bangkok, first we visit Wat Arun, then the Royal Palace and of course Chinatown with it’s exotic markets. Evening Photoshoot @ Wat Arun. Please be prepared and well rested for this day as we cover many hours.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 3RD DAY: 07 JULY 2016 : BANGKOK-YANGON
Departure early flight from Bangkok to Yangon.
Arrive in Yangon International Airport. Welcome and transfer to the Hotel. After the break, we visit the 210 feet long Chauk Htet Kyi Reclining Buddha image from 1905. We’ll also visit the monasteries around the Buddha image. Evening visit Sin Oo Dan Jetty by the river and sunset from there. Back to the hotel and overnight at hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 4th DAY: 08 JULY 2016 : Yangon – Bagan (By Flight/ By Car)
After breakfast, early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and visit Sulamani temple and photograph monks in the temple. Check in hotel and prepare for the sightseeing. Sightseeing in Bagan include: Ananda Temple from AD 1090, Ananda Oykkyaung from AD 1137, U Pali Thein from mid- 13 Century. After lunch, visit family lacquarware workshops. We’ll also visit Soe Mingyikyaung and pagoda. We’ll visit the Manuha Temple from AD 1059 and Nanpaya Temple, Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple with the murals restored by UNESCO, Myazedi Pagoda with the earliest Myanmar writings from AD 1113. Sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda from AD 1057. Overnight in Bagan.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 5th DAY: 09 JULY 2016 : Bagan
Early morning , Sightseeing in Bagan: Shinpintharlyaung reclining Buddha to photograph the monks praying to the reclining Buddha, and lunch at restaurant. After the break, visit to Minanthu village and photograph the ox-carts and the temples. Sunset shooting around Tayoepyay temple. Overnight in Bagan.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 6TH DAY: 10 JULY 2016 : Bagan – Mandalay (By Flight)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Arrive in Mandalay airport. On the road to Mandalay, we’ll visit Palaik with over 300 stupas from 11 – 15 century. We’ll visit Palaik weaving factories and a monastic school. Proceed to Mandalay. Check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing: gold leaf making house, Mahamuni Temple and stone carving street. Drive to Amarapura and visit silk weaving factories. Proceed to Taung Thaman Lake with famous teak bridge, U Bein. Sunset by the bridge. Back to Mandalay overnight in Mandalay.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 7TH DAY: 11 JULY 2016 : Mandalay – Mingun – Sightseeing (By flight/ By Car/ by Boat)
After breakfast at the hotel, check in hotel transfer to Shwe Kyatyat jetty and sail to Mingun by boat. The Bell, which the world 3rd largest, was made of bronze; but it is said that Buddhist devotees inserted gold, silver ornaments and jewellery into the bronze. The Bell measures eleven cubits and four thits (fingers) in diameter at its mouth; 33 cubits, one mit (6 inches) and four thits in circumference and 13 cubits, one mit and four thits in height. It weighs 55555 viss. After that we visit to village and observe the way of life. Then drive back to Mandalay. Visit Mahamuni Paya. Continue visiting of traditional handicraft workshops such as, marble carving, gold leaves beating, Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses 729 marble slabs sculptured the teaching of Buddha, Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery, which is the masterpiece of wood carving, etc. Finally enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill where we can admire the beauty of Mandalay City. Come back to hotel and leisure. Overnight in Mandalay.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 8TH DAY: 12 JULY 2016 : Mandalay – Amarapura (U Bein’ bridge) – Sagaing – Ava Sightseeing (By Car)
After morning breakfast, visit to Mahamuni Paya. After that visit Handicraft workshop. Silk waving workshop. In afternoon, visit to U Bein’s Bridge, which the shallow Taungthman Lake is crossed by a long and rickety teak bridge, curved to withstand the wind and waves. During the dry season, the bridge crosses mostly dry land. . After that drive to Sagaing, cross the Inwa Bridge, you see the hilltops, each crested with a pagoda, the banners proclaiming the Buddha’s teaching, the refuge from all ills and tribulations where over 600 monasteries for monks and nuns are located for Buddhist studies and meditation. Visit to Sagaing Hill, Padamyazedi, U min Thonze or thirty caves pagoda has many Buddha images in a crescent shaped colonnade. Mural paintings can be seen in the Tilawkaguru cave temple, which was built around 1672. Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda nearby was constructed in 1312. The view of Sagaing from Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin and its approach is marvelous. After proceed to Ava, across the Myit Nge River and ride the horse-cart, visit Mahaaungmyebonzan Bagaya Kyaung, and Ava Bridge. Then drive back to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 9TH DAY: 13 JULY 2016 : Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw (By flight/ By Car)
After breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho, drive Pindaya sightseeing to Pindaya Caves. Then proceed to Shwe U Min Paya. This is a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. On the way, we can do sightseeing to Tea plantation, seasonal fruit plantation. Driving will take one and half hours (50km). Visit to Myin Ma Hiti Cave, visit to Nee Paya at Kalaw (Bamboo Strip lacquer Buddha Image) after that visit to Kalaw Shwe U Min Pagoda. Checking in at hotel in Kalaw. This was a popular hill station in the British days and it is still a peaceful and quiet place. At an altitude of 1320 m it is also pleasantly cool in every season. Overnight in Kalaw.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 10TH DAY: 14 JULY 2016 : Kalaw – Inle Sightseeing (By Car/ By Boat)
After morning breakfast, Check out to hotel drive back to Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe driving hours round about transfer to Nyaung Shwe Jetty, transfer to Inle Lake by boat and check in to Hotel. After taking a rest, we start boat excursion on the Inle Lake. Visit to Indein pagodas in ruins covered by trees and bushes which are supposed to be old about 500 years, floating gardens, Floating villages, Lotus-petal robe weaving looms, Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda-the most venerable pagoda on the lake, which houses 05 images of Buddha completely gilded, In Paw Khone village to observe the silk weaving, jumping cats monastery, etc. Overnight stay at the hotel in Inle Lake.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 11 TH DAY: 15 JULY 2016 : Inle – Heho – Yangon (By flight/ By Car)
Early morning boat ride to Nyaungshwe. Drive to Heho and flight back to Yangon. Shopping in Yangon. Evening visit to hotel and the downtown. Special visit to Shwedagon pagoda. Sunset from there. Overnight in Yangon.
PHOTO EXPEDITION’S 12TH DAY: 16 JULY 2016 : Yangon Departure
Early morning transfer to the airport for the departure flight to Bangkok.
2016 trip details coming soon!
– 9 night accommodation in single or double or twin with daily hotel breakfast (single room has extra fee)
– 2 nights in Bangkok Hotel
– Full day Photo Excursion in Bangkok
– All kinds of internal transportation as above mentioned itinerary
– Travel, landscape, architecture, people, nature and photography
– Professional photographer Guide
– Domestic air-ticket fee for Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Mandalay, Mandalay-Heho & Heho -Yangon
– Photo walks & discussions
– Sightseeing on Inle Lake by private boat
– Airport transfers
– Guests assisted through immigration, baggage claim, customs clearance at Yangon airport
– Domestic airport tax
– Flight Bangkok Yangon (Return Flight)
– Bangkok departure tax and Myanmar Arrival tax
– Entrance Fees & Zone Fees as per mentioned program
– Boat Fee for Mingun Trip
– Pony cart riding in Bagan & Ava
– Domestic Airport Tax
– Government Tax
– Service Tax
– International Ticket Fare to Bangkok with insurance surcharge and Fuel surcharge
– Visa Fees & Travels insurance
– Porter for trekking
– Meals (lunches & dinners) as per mentioned in the program (between 5 and 15 USD per meal, depending on locations)
– Personal Expense such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry services, Minibar, etc….
– Drinks at meals and purify drinking water and snow Towel along in program
– Myanmar Visa Fees 30 USD
– Video & camera Fees
– Other services not mentioned above including
Remark: You should bring –
(1) Some extra clothes,
(2) Torch light for the night,
(3) Rain jacket,
(4) Hat or cap for the sun,
(5) Sun cream and
1. By credit card:
Click the VISA/MASTERCARD Thai Epay option and pay the 500 USD deposit to guarantee your booking (additional 4 percent will be charged for the payment gateway/visa charges. In case you wish to pay the second part by VISA we will prepare a payment link for you or you can transfer the amount by Bank Transfer.
2. INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFER ; Payable to:
Asia 4 You Co Ltd, based in Onnut 53 Yeek 1-7, Ket Praweth Bangkok 10250.
Bangkok Bank: Account Number: 232-481172-4
Branch: Seacon Square
SWIFT code is BKKBTHBK
Full amount of 500 dollars needs to be paid to have a booking secured.
Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Emailpayment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet in the capital city of Bangkok to start our photo adventure.
Travel Visa: 30 days visa free for Thailand
Visa in advance needed for Myanmar,
contact your local embassy of Myanmar for more information, in case you cannot have one come two days in advance to Bangkok and you can apply here. (weekdays and non Thai or Myanmar holidays needed)
Myanmar’s currency, the kyatt (pronounced chat, and abbreviated K) is divided into the following banknotes: K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1.000 K5.000 K10.000. Travellers should ensure they arrive in Myanmar with their entire travel budget in US dollars, as ATMs are now everywhere, they can be offline or not working in weekends. The bills should be unmarked and in excellent condition, as money changers are reluctant to deal with damaged notes, even a small tear in the bill can be unacceptable. The $100 bill gets a slightly better exchange rate than a $50 or $20, and so on. in 2014 you get a bit more than 1000 Kyatt for one dollar, so they are almost equal minus a 1000 which is an easy way to calculate.
Myanmar is only just starting to introduce ATMs, and even then only in Yangon and major tourist hubs. Currently these should not be relied upon, and travellers should bring enough US dollars to cover their entire trip when they enter Myanmar.
Many restaurants and hotels quote prices in US dollars. These places usually accept kyat, but at a slightly disadvantageous rate (perhaps a difference of K50 or K100 to the dollar). Some hotels, shops and government ferry clerks give change in kyat or with torn US bills that you can’t use elsewhere in Myanmar. If you’re counting pennies, bring lots of small dollar bills – ones, fives and 10s – and use them to pay for your hotel.
Government-run services (such as archaeological sites, museums and ferries) and flights are paid for in US dollars or FEC notes, not euros.
Items such as meals, bus tickets, trishaw or taxi rides, bottles of water or beer and market items are usually quoted in kyat.
If you bring amounts over $2000 per person they are supposed to be declared upon arrival.
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