March 2016 – Golden Myanmar Photography Expedition

Golden Myanmar Photography Expedition


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. Sometimes we wake up early and have a late breakfast, sometimes we have the most amazing sunset and eat late, but you will have those amazing photos.



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers*
Travel by private a/c car or minibus
Moderate elevation changes some walking
(*non-photographers also welcome)


David Van Driessche


  • Bangkok Skyline  (Bangkok)
  • Chinatown  (Bangkok)
  • Wat Arun (Bangkok)
  • Wat Pra Keow (Bangkok)
  • Mandalay
  • Ava and its pagodas
  • U Bein bridge
  • Ayerwaddy river trip
  • Bagan and its temples
  • Balloon flight over Bagan at dawn (seasonal and optional)
  • Kalaw
  • Trek (short) through hills above Kalaw
  • Indein
  • Inle Lake
  • Yangon streets
  • Shwedagon Pagoda


Arrival in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel, free stay in the afternoon and possibility to book an evening Phototour in Bangkok (not included about 80UDS)



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.


Departure early flight from Bangkok to Yangon.

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Arrive in Yangon International Airport. Welcome and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Yangon. We then visit the Botataung Pagoda, head to Sule pagoda and take a walk up to the Scott Market and shoot Sule Pagoda again by dusk. Evening dinner in a restaurant where we have an amazing view over the city.

PHOTO EXPEDITION’S  4th DAY: 29 MARCH 2016 : Yangon – Bagan (By Flight)


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 and photograph the beautfull sunset from the best views over the Bagan skyline. Overnight in Bagan.

PHOTO EXPEDITION’S  5th DAY: 30 MARCH 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: 31 MARCH 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. We first walk on the bridge to shoot the locals and then head on a boat to get the most amazing pictures of the sunset on the bridge. Back to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.

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PHOTO EXPEDITION’S  7TH DAY: 1 APRIL 2016 : Mandalay – Mingun – Sightseeing ( by Boat)

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After breakfast at the hotel, we head to the Shwe Kyatyat jetty and sail to Mingun by boat.

We take photographs of the most amazing scenes in Mingun, a white monastery, the Hsinbyume Paya (Pagoda) and the Pa Hto Taw Gyi, a monumental uncompleted stupa began by King Bodawpaya in 1790

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 relax. Evening shoot of the skyline of Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.

PHOTO EXPEDITION’S  8TH DAY: 2 APRIL 2016 : Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw (By flight/ By Car)

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After breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho, we drive to Pindaya sightseeing to the Pindaya Caves. Then proceed to Shwe U Min Paya. This is a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Then we proceed to Myin Ma Hiti Cave and a visit to Nee Paya at Kalaw (Bamboo Strip lacquer Buddha Image). The  Kalaw Shwe U Min Pagoda is also worth a stop before we check-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  9TH DAY: 3 APRIL 2016 : Kalaw – Inle Sightseeing (By Car/ By Boat)

After morning breakfast, we head to the Nyaung Shwe Jetty, where we board the boat transfer to Inle Lake and check in to Hotel. After taking a rest, we start the photography excursion on the Inle Lake. Visit to Indein pagodas, amazing old ruins covered by trees and bushes which are supposed to be old about 500 years, the floating gardens, Floating villages, Lotus-petal robe weaving looms and the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda-the most venerable pagoda on the lake, which houses 5 images of Buddha completely gilded, In Paw Khone village we observe silk weaving,  the jumping cats monastery, etc. Overnight stay at the hotel in Inle Lake.




Full day Inle Photography, now on the second day we go off the beaten track and see mainly events that are not planned in advance (markets change daily so we wake up early to do some people photography. These markets are amazing for people photography as many tribes like the Pao-Oo people are selling and buying goods there.

PHOTO EXPEDITION’S  11 TH DAY: 5 APRIL 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 photoshoot there where we study low light photography. Overnight in Yangon.

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PHOTO EXPEDITION’S  12TH DAY: 6 APRIL 2016 : Yangon Departure

Early morning transfer to the airport for the departure flight to Bangkok.


End Program

PRICING:  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
– Balloons over Bagan riding
– 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
(6) Shoes.

Payment policy:

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.


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
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: hotelfiles@gmail.com

Travel Information

We meet in the capital city of Bangkok to start our photo adventure.

Travel Visa: 30 days visa free for Thailand
Visa 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)


Phototours Travel private photo organizes cultural tours and expeditions for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can adjust any of our existing programmes or explore a new destination that meets your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We cater to the bignners and semi advanced pro-photographers. Our groups exist of not more than 15 people where we have two guides when we reach more than 10 people to maximize personal service and training on your portfolio. We are a registered company with an official Travel Agency Licence based in Bangkok, Thailand and Belgium. Based on our Travel Experience for more than 20 years we have created itineraries, which let you see and photograph many different places, but we also take care of local traditions, special hotels, off the map photography secret locations and we pride ourselves in enjoying the local culinary surprises and delights. Evening time is spent with a nice joined dinner while we relax and transfer our files, aka empty the cards and recharge your batteries for the next adventure.



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  1. Tony Bellens /

    Hi I really like to join this tour, but i have no credit card, please email me back for bank transfer details.

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