Lee Frost Photography
MYANMAR (BURMA) PHOTO ADVENTURE
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading back to Myanmar again in February 2021 to lead my 4th photography tour there. If you enjoy the variety and spontaneity of travel photography then you’ll love this trip, which covers most of the country’s key photographic destinations.
Myanmar is a stunningly beautiful country, the people are friendly and welcoming and the photo opportunities are pretty much unlimited. We'll shoot everything from landscapes and architecture to portraits and close-ups. February is a good time of year to visit too, as the weather is dry, and as with all my photo tours, we'll be shooting from dawn to dusk at every opportunity.
The trip starts off in the country’s capital, Yangon, where we visit the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda for an evening/dusk shoot, and also one of the city’s bustling markets. After an overnight stay, we fly to Mandalay then board a boat and head down the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to photograph Pahtodawgyi, a monumental brick stupa dating back to 1790, and the stunning white temple known as Hsinbyume Pagoda. This part of the trip also includes sunset and sunrise shoots at U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, and Taungthaman Lake, Shwe In Bin Kyaung, teak Monastery’, Mahamuni Paya, famous for its 2000-year-old golden Mahamuni Buddha image, and the marble Buddha carvers of Chanmyathazi.
The legendary Bagan is our destination for the next leg of the trip. Set in the central plains of the great Irrawaddy River, Bagan's golden age ended with the invasion of the Mongols in 1287, but around 2,200 temples remain today as one of the most iconic images of the country’s ancient past. We will explore some of the temples at close quarters, arrange portrait shoots inside with young monks and capture views over Bagan at sunrise and sunset. We will also photograph young monks collecting alms in the streets of Old Bagan, bullock carts on dusty tracks among the temples at sunset, visit the amazing Shwezigon Pagoda, and the busy market at Bagan where people from the different hill tribes gather to buy and sell in a busy, colourful and highly photogenic environment. You will also have the option to take a balloon flight over Bagan at dawn – an unforgettable experience.
From Bagan, we take another internal flight to Heho then drive through picturesque countryside and rolling hills to our final destination, Khaungdaing, situated on Inle Lake not far from the main township, Nyaungshwe. Inle is famous for the Intha ‘leg rowing’ fishermen, who we photograph on the lake from longtail boats at sunrise and sunset. We’ll also visit the famous 5-day market, local monasteries, a silk-weaving factory and photograph the famous long-necked women of the Kayan (Padaung) tribe wearing brass coils around her neck. We will also take a longtail boat trip to the village of Indein, a ‘mini Bagan’ with old temples and stupas. It’s fascinating to see life along the river as we travel, and while at Indein we’ll have the chance to shoot some portraits of young women from the Pa’O tribe.
This is one of my favourite photography tours, simply because Myanmar is such a colourful and fascinating country. We also stay in fantastic hotels, the food is delicious, and every day offers something special.
I have organised the trip in conjunction with Intrepid, who have years of experience taking groups out to Myanmar. In order to benefit from Intrepid's ATOL and ABTA protection, bookings must be made direct with them and deposits paid direct to them, so if would like to join me on this trip, please email me via the Contact page in the first instance, then I will send you a full itinerary and pass on your name and email address to Intrepid so they can send out a booking form and deposit request. Intrepid will also recommend flights and can book them on your behalf if you like.
I will still be your first point of contact for anything photography-related, so you can contact me at any time, and I will also send out advice on photography equipment, clothing etc approx 2 months before the trip.
To get a better idea of the locations and subjects we’ll photograph during this trip, check out my Myanmar portfolio on this website. There are also more images from Myanmar in the Black & White Travel and Portraits portfolios.
At A Glance...
Deposit / Price
£200.00 / £3,615.00
Sharing Discount - £620.00
07th - 18th February, 2021
All accommodation in en-suite rooms, internal flights, 9 x breakfasts, 1 x dinner, airport transfers on a group basis for recommended flights, all transport during the trip, all entry fees and permits, services of Engligh-speaking local guide, local driver, tuition from Lee Frost.
International flights to/from Yangon, any meals and drinks not mentioned, optional balloon flight, visas, travel insurance, tips, photographic equipment and materials.
Various, Myanmar (Burma)
Max Group Size