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Highlights of Myanmar

Myanmar Photo tour


Golden pagodas, warm-hearted people and historic colonial cities

Travel with us to mysterious Myanmar. Photograph countless fascinating motifs this country has to offer. The land of a thousand pagodas combines fairytale landscapes, historic colonial cities and mystical temples and pagodas. Myanmar offers an extremely rich cultural heritage. The multi-ethnic state is home to over 130 different ethnic groups. Get enchanted by the cordiality of the people.

19.11. - 2.12.2020 (fully booked)

14 days / 13 nights from /to Yangon

maximal 8 guests

Yangon – Golden Rock – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan - Yangon

English & German speaking
This Myanmar photo tour offers an extraordinary number of photographic highlights!
  • Royal city Bagan with its more than 2000 mystical pagodas from a bird's eye view during a hot air balloon flight at sunrise
  • Picturesque landscapes around Inle Lake with its famous leg rowers, stilt houses, floating gardens and quiet monasteries
  • Magnificent golden shining Shwedagon pagoda in the heart of Yangon by the sunset
  • Colourful villages, lively markets, smily people
  • Portrait photography with monks
  • The golden rock of Kyaikhtiyo and its fantastic views over the surrounding landscapes
  • Magical lighting moods that let photo motifs shine in a soft light

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Yangon and visit of the impressive Shwedagon Pagoda
After making your way to Yangon you will be greeted by our local tour guide at the international airport after your arrival. Today's program will be flexible depending of the arrival time of all participants.

After you have stored your luggage in the hotel, you can join for a relaxed arrival day’s program. Depending on the arrival time of all the guests, you will be taken to Yangon station from where we will take a short ride with a typical local train, which drives all around Yangon. The train is extremely slow due to its age but gives us an opportunity to experience vividly the everyday life of the locals.

As the first highlight of the tour we will visit Myanmar's most magnificent monument - the Shwedagon Pagoda. The most sacred building in the country, with its 90-metre-high main stupa covered with gold leaves, will delight you. Here you'll enjoy and photograph the sunset in this unique and beautiful scenery.
Fotoreise Myanmar
Fotoreise Myanmar
Day 2 – Yangon in a different way– photographing day with a local professional photographer
A local photographer is waiting for us early in the morning.

Today’s focus will be on on photographing people, colourful markets, monasteries, colonial architecture and manufactories off the beaten tourist tracks. Our professional photographer from Yangon will be on our side with advice and deed, and will show us his city from a completely different perspective. The exact daily plan will be flexibly arranged.
Fotoreise Myanmar
Fotoreise Myanmar
Day 3 and 4 – The impressive Golden Rock
In the morning we will drive to south of the country, to the Golden Rock. On the way we will stop in Bago, the capital of the 6th century Mon kingdom. Here we will visit different temples and pagodas such as a 55m long lying Buddha, the Shwemawdaw Pagoda as well as the Kambozathadi Palace with its four sitting Buddhas.

After that we will continue to Kyaikhtiyo and will reach the base camp in Kinpun. Here we will change to a local means of transport (the loading area of a truck) and will drive uphill for about 1 hour to the "Golden Rock". The extraordinary location of this temple will amaze you. The golden pagoda stands on a rock covered with golden leaves, which gives an impression that it could fall down at any moment. According to legend, a Buddha's hair is supposed to keep the granite foundling and thus also the pagoda in balance, so that both can remain in this place forever. Numerous pilgrims come daily to Kyaikhtiyo to glue a small golden leaf on the rocks.

You will stay in this area for two nights. Thanks to the perfect location of our hotel the Golden Rock area can be reached within a couple of footsteps. While here you'll be photographing the sunsets and sunrises. Also the numerous pilgrims will provide countless photo motives.
Fotoreise Myanmar
Fotoreise Myanmar
Day 5 - Return to Yangon and flight to Heho, Inle Lake
Early birds will have a chance to enjoy the sunrise and the sacred atmosphere of the country's most important pilgrimage site before descending to the base camp after breakfast. From the loading area of the truck, we will change for a more comfortable vehicle and travel back to Yangon Airport.

From here we will fly to Heho, the starting point for our trip to Inle Lake. From Heho a pleasant drive takes us through the Shan Plateau to Nyaung Shwe and onwards to our hotel.

The Intha, "the lake people" have inhabited the region for centuries and have oriented their way of life towards the lake. 70,000 people live on stilts and plant floating beds, which they can move and transport as they like. Particularly striking are the unique fishing nets and the very special way of rowing, because the Inthas use the "one-leg rowing technique" to get ahead with their boats.
Fotoreise Myanmar
Fotoreise Myanmar
Day 6 – Explore the villages around the lake and visit a morning market
Today’s program begins with a visit to the morning market to see the inhabitants and visitors of the surrounding mountain tribes at trading. The place of the market changes in the 5-day rhythm of the moon calendar, so that almost every day the shopping can be done in a different village. After visiting the morning market, we will drive by boat along a canal to other small villages, temples and pagodas. Many of the pagodas have been magically wrapped by the vegetation over the years. You'll also have the opportunity to capture beautiful portraits of the local people.

In the afternoon you'll be photographing the famous leg rowers of the Inle Lake. Shortly after sunset you'll head back to the hotel where you'll enjoying a delicious dinner.
Day 7 – More exploring on the Inle lake
We will undertake a photo shooting session with the leg rowers in the early morning by the blue hour and afterwards at sunrise.

After breakfast we will visit more various villages in the area and learn more about local handicrafts such as lotus weaving and umbrella production or visit other interesting destinations such as monastery.

In the afternoon we will return to the hotel where you can enjoy the sunset or have a drink at the bar.
Fotoreise Myanmar
Fotoreise Myanmar
Day 8 – Mandalay
After breakfast we will be driven back to the airport of Heho and fly to Mandalay. Mandalay was the last capital of the country before the British finally took over the region and so the city still has great cultural and historical importance. The Buddhist monasteries in and around Mandalay belong among the most important in the country. More than half of all monks in Myanmar lives here.

You'll visit various handicraft quarters such as leaf producers for example. The production of gold leafs is very interesting, as the applied technique has not changed for centuries. Later you'll also visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as the largest book in the world. This pagoda is georgous with its numerous tiny white temples. Perfect to capture beautiful images such as local pilgrims or simply the stunning architecture.

At the end of an eventful day, during sunset time, we will visit the 2 km long U-leg bridge. It is over 200 years old and made of teak.
Fotoreise Myanmar
Fotoreise Myanmar
Day 9 - Sunrise in Mandalay and exploring Mingun
Early in the morning we will have a sunrise photograph session near the Mandalay Palace.

Afterwards we'll search for monks who are on the road for their daily alms. In their red robes the monks walk one after the other through the streets of Mandalay to collect small meals from the local population with their donation pots.

Later we will take about 1h boat drive up the Ayeyarwady (=Irrawaddy) river to Mingun. Here we will visit the most important sights, like the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi. The construction of this large brick building was never completed, because an astrologer predicted that the king would die if the temple was completed.

We will of course also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda, which has an uncanny resemblance to the mystical mountain Meru, the "seat of the gods". The pagoda is also known as the Taj Mahal of Myanmar.
Fotoreise Myanmar
Fotoreise Myanmar
Day 10 - Day cruise from Mandalay to Bagan
After breakfast we will be picked up and taken to the small ferry port of Mandalay. Today you can relax on board on a day cruise on the way to Bagan.

In the early evening the first pagodas appear on the horizon and we willreach Bagan. For 230 years, from the 11th to the 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of the country, over thousand stupas, temples and monasteries were built and most of them are still preserved as ruins. Bagan is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and offers countless photographic subjects.
Day 11 – The temple field of Bagan
Our tour guide will lead us through the "Wonders of Bagan". When Bagan was the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to the 13th century, the rulers of the country had thousands of beautiful stupas and small temples built. These are still preserved in their splendour today. The impressive temple world on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy river has already enchanted countless visitors. Among other things we will visit the impressive Shwezigon Pagoda and the beautiful Ananda Temple. In the evening we will photograph the sunset in Bagan.
Fotoreise Myanmar - Bagan
Fotoreise Myanmar - Bagan
Day 12 – A day with local professional photographer in Bagan
A local photographer will accompany us for a whole day and will show us hidden vaults, temples and monasteries. We will also have opportunity to photograph young novices’ monks. The result is unique, sensitive images with special lighting moods. Look forward to an extraordinary day!
Fotoreise Myanmar - Bagan
Fotoreise Myanmar - Bagan
Day 13- Hot air balloon flight over Bagan
Early in the morning, by the sunrise, we will take a hot air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan. Seeing the unique temple world of Bagan from a bird's eye view is certainly an impressive experience. We offer you the opportunity to float with a hot air balloon over the extraordinary temple landscape and experience the peaceful atmosphere of this region. You will glide slowly through the air and enjoy the views of the pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. You will remember this impressive experience for a long time and look back again and again with enthusiasm.

In the afternoon we will fly back to Yangon.
Fotoreise Myanmar - Bagan
Fotoreise Myanmar - Bagan
Day 14- Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and flight home in the evening
In early morning we will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda again, which was earlier allowed to experience only in the evening light.

We have arranged a late checkout with the hotel. You can use the rooms until 18 o'clock. In the evening we will say goodbye. You will be then driven to the airport in time for your flight back home or onward travel.

Accommodation

Yangon
The hotel is located near the central business district of Yangon and is only 1.6 km from the Shwedagon Pagoda. The innovative design and state-of-the-art facilities make the hotel an elegant and comfortable accommodation. Several restaurants offers culinary variety. Look forward to very beautifully furnished rooms.
Inle Lake
The hotel is located directly at the beautiful Inle Lake. The charming Garden Cottages have shower, air conditioning/heating, TV, telephone, free internet, minibar and safe. Here you can enjoy beautiful sunsets with the Shan Mountains in the background.
Mandalay
The hotel is located in a quiet area. The rooms are simply furnished and have air conditioning, television, telephone and free Internet. In the beautiful garden you can relax comfortably. A pleasant hotel with Burmese warmth.
Bagan
Our 4-star boutique hotel is located in a small village between Old Bagan and Nyaung Oo. The hotel offers modern facilities with a special ambience in a historic setting. It has 24 tastefully decorated deluxe rooms with elegant wooden furniture. The rooms have air conditioning, shower/bathtub/WC, hairdryer, safe, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities and a terrace or balcony overlooking the pool or garden.
Kyaikhtiyo
The hotel is only 5 minutes’ walk from the golden rock. The rooms are simple but cleanly furnished. From up here you can enjoy wonderful sunrises and sunsets.
Fotoreise Myanmar Hotel
Fotoreise Myanmar Hotel
Fotoreise Myanmar Hotel
Fotoreise Myanmar Hotel

Foto Guides

Jennifer Brühlmann
Jennifer Bruehlmann
On this Photo tour you will be accompanied by Jennifer Brühlmann. Jennifer knows Myanmar very well and is happy to show you the most beautiful places of the country. In addition, you will benefit from local travel guides and will be supported in selected sessions by local professional photographers.

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Who is this photo tour suitable for?
This photography trip is perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. Due the small group sizes, your photo guides will be able to meet the different needs of beginners and advanced photographers.

Price

We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)
Included in the Price:
  • All domestic flights
  • 13 overnight stays in the Hotels listed above
  • German speaking tour guide
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees and photo permissions according to the program
  • Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Hot air balloon flight in Bagan
  • Privat, local boat trips according to the program
  • Drinking water & refreshing tissues
  • Half-board
    Not included in the Price:
        Individual travel to and from Yangon
        Meals and services not mentioned in the program
        Drinks, tips, personal expenses
        Visa entry fee Myanmar (approx. CHF 40,- per pers.)
        Cancellation cost insurance, travel insurance

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    Good to Know:
    • Flights: We recommend Thai Airways flights from Zurich to Yangon. We will be happy to assist you in booking the appropriate flights for this photo trip.
    • Language: Tour guide speaks German and English.
    • Weather: In Myanmar it is tropical warm all year round. The best travel time for Burma is from November to March, in the "cool", dry season. Temperatures vary between 18-32 degrees. In the higher altitudes (e.g. Inle Lake) it can cool down considerably at night.
    • Insurance: It is strongly recommended that you take out cancellation insurance and return travel insurance, which covers evacuation, local hospitalisation and return travel costs to Switzerland in the event of an emergency.
    • Entry requirements for Myanmar: Swiss citizens need a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return and a visa to enter Myanmar.
    • Myanmar Visa: The tourist visa required for entry into Myanmar must be obtained from the Consulate General in Geneva prior to departure. It is now also possible to apply for a visa online: www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. You will receive a confirmation letter with the visa barcode within 3 working days. It is essential that you take this letter with you on your journey. The letter must be presented at the immigration desk when you enter the country so that you receive the stamp in your passport!