Discovery Myanmar

12 Days

Discovery  Myanmar is one of the unique Myanmar Photography Tour which has been designed to provide you with photogenic opportunities throughout all Unique locations of Myanmar . Additionally innovated program of  Myanmar Photography Tour is specially arranged in combination with Architectural land of Myanmar ( Bagan ), The Center of Cultural and Religion ( Mandalay ), Unique lake dweller ( Inle lake ), Primitive Tribal land of tattooed women   ( Chin state ). Furthermore Those who join with Discovery Myanmar Tour will deserve the unique opportunities to capture the most breathtaking photos through the lens.

Why to join Myanmar Photography Tour ?

Myanmar now open doors to the world only a few years ago. hence , It is the right time to go and explore an unexplored corners of country and experience intact culture of its people.

Off course ,The impact of the Western world is evident but hasn’t overrun local traditions – yet.

In contrast, No other country has the sheer variety of Myanmar . Therefore  It is not easy to put your camera away on daily basis .

Even more  this trip is designed to ensure that you get to photograph the obvious highlights at the specific time of day because local guide who is leading this trip is well experienced and highly recommended by his clients on TripAdvisor . Also Your local guide  will always be on hand for advice and tips .

Certainly he will open the doors of your mind and eyes to get you close to the locals and the True Myanmar.

As a result  Every day of your photo expedition with us  will be so full of photo opportunities beyond your expectation .The tour contains 12 full days on tour and 11 nights’ accommodation.

Tour name Discovery Myanmar
Type of tour Private Myanmar Photo Tour
Tour duration 12 Days / 11 Nights
Travel destination Yangon-Bagan-Mindat-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle-Yangon
Tour start point Yangon
Tour end point Yangon
Min / Max Group Size 02 pax to 06 pax
Departure guarantee Departure guarantee for minimum group size of 02 pax
Recommended travel period November to February
Tour customization Absolutely ! Please let us know your specific requirement

The tour will provide you  with an extraordinary diverse range of photographic opportunities, including landscape, architecture, street photography, and environmental and tribal portraiture

The highlights of the trip !

  • Photographing the highlights of Yangon including, India town, Chinatown and a sunset shoot of Sin Oodan jetty and the gold Shwedagon Pagoda and street photography.
  • Shooting selected tattooed women in Chin state , Special photo secession with the most distinguished tribal men and women in Mindat.
  • Shooting village photos, a number of thousands of Buddhist monuments and ruins of Bagan from the secret corner of Bagan. Chasing the Buddhist monk procession going around the typical village.
  • Exclusive admission to the most beautiful wooden monastery in Mandalay for photographing Buddhist monk with special arrangement, hanging around the stone carving area.,
  • Special access to Buddhist Nunnery where to make the great portrait of Buddhist Nuns
  • Iconic sunrise shots at famous wooden U Bein Bridge.
  • Visit to Inle lake for amazing photography opportunity.

<p>On arrival at the Yangon airport, you will be welcomed your tour guide, Transfer to your hotel for check in and a chance to freshen up and relax. Settle into the hotel and meet for a group orientation and lunch break.</p><p>In the afternoon. Then we'll head right out to Little India town, where Yangon's Indian shopkeepers compete and collaborate with their Burmese counterparts to sell the most amazing mix of items — old, obsolete, broken, second-hand and sometimes even new! — right off the pavement. (If you have a few missing letters on your 20-year-old laptop's keyboard, or need an ancient old Bakelite lamp-switch, you'll find replacements here!) As the sun drops, our thoughts inevitably turn to one of the wonders of the religious world: Shwedagon, the famed Golden Pagoda. Photographing Shwedagon is anything you want it to be. There are challenging but still interesting to observe and shoot different religious activities of all Buddhist people. Free shooting around the pagoda platform will be done till sun is completely down. Then have a dinner and overnight stay in Yangon.</p>

<p>Today We are to wake up very early in Yangon but for now Yangon must wait: we'll be back later to explore its remaining highlights.</p><p>After early wake up , take away the breakfast box and transfer to the Yangon airport for your flight to Bagan, ( Flying hour from Yangon to Bagan is approximately 1hrs and 15 minutes ) upon arrival to Bagan, we are directly to proceed to Mindat (Southern Chin State ) (160 Km, 6-7 hours) by 4 x 4 jeep. Mindat which is located in the western part of Myanmar, accessible by road from Bagan, one of the most famous ecotourism sites in Myanmar, . A visit to Chin region ia an opportunities to observe their strange traditional custom and chin women with tattoos on their faces. Mindut are popular destinations in the southern part of chin state visited by tourists for its picturesque beautiful scenery and fine weather. Hunting is still practice and one can see various head bones of animals proudly hanged at walls of their houses. Their primitive weapon is the bow and arrow. In chin this weapon is universal, being used both in fighting and hunting such larger animals. On the way to Mindat Our delicious lunch will be at one of simple local restaurant in the small town called Paut then drive straight to Minday. Upon arrival at Mindat in the evening, check-in at a small & simple hotel. Enjoy dinner at a small local restaurant and overnight stay in Mindat</p>

<p>After wake up , pack all our camera equipments and get all necessary stuffs ready and then drive straight to local restaurant where we will have breakfast . After breakfast, Today’s our mission lies in Mindat . With the help of local experienced chin guide, we are to explore Chin villages around Mindat where you will see three different kind of tattooed women , They are called Munn tribe , Makham tribe and Daing tribe . Each tribe has their distinguished tattooed design. </p><p>Off course, We are going to explore the chin villages , but not all villages , only special places where we can see the chin women with the best tattooed design on their face . and after morning excursion and shooting is done , take a lunch break at good and simple local restaurant . then a little break to recharge your battery and to rejuvenate your enthusiasm for afternoon shooting .</p><p>Afternoon sightseeing include a visit to Pan Auk Village , start half day trekking to Pan Aut Chin Village. We will see different tattooed faces of the other Chin women and their way of life. It is one of the big villages of about 40 villager. In our sightseeing in the village, it will include old shaman’s house, wooden memorial poles of their nat festivals, old stone tombs at their cemetery and Chin traditional huts under decorated by many skulls, horns and bones of the different animals. Where we will do light trek around village to observe the village life of Munn Chin Tribe . Then back to Mindat and dinner is arranged at simple and good local restaurant in Mindat . overnight stay in Mindat.</p>

Today we are to wake up early and enjoy early breakfast , after breakfast , we are leaving Mindat and drive down to CHEE CHAUNG BRIDGE by car – it takes approximately 40 minutes drive to CHEE CHAUNG BRIDGE where are to do trekking to Kyar Htoe Village for 1 and half hour- another option to go to the village to rely on the motorbike – it might take 30 minutes to village from CHEE CHAUNG BRIDGE .
Hopefully we will be arrived to Kyar Htoe Village around 12 :00 noon – upon arrival to Kyar Htoe Village , just have a short break at local house where we are planned to stay overnight and enjoy the lunch – after lunch we are hanging around the village to search the photography opportunities and carry on the afternoon shooting until Sun is down. After sunset , back to local house and enjoy dinner and overnight stay at local house in the village

<p>After simple breakfast in the village , we are to continue shooting the some tribes before they leave for farming – We are planned to do shooting in the village until 10:00 am – after that we are leaving the village and proceed to CHEE CHAUNG BRIDGE where our vehicles will be waiting and then heading back to town for refreshing and then enjoy the quick lunch .</p><p>After that we are driving back to Bagan – The arrival time to Bagan depend on the departure time from Mindat – Upon arrival to Bagan, transfer to hotel and overnight stay in Bagan.</p>

<p>Early in the morning, well before dawn, head off for Sunrise shots from Shwesandaw pagoda, Of course this is a grand indulgence! — but Bagan is one of the visual wonders of the world, up there alongside Angkor in Cambodia and Borobodur in Indonesia. And Bagan is simply vast, nearly 70 square kilometres in extent, and if the weather smiles on us there is simply no better way of photographing its mind-boggling scale or capturing its dreamlike mood .then back to hotel for breakfast</p><p>After breakfast, we will directly proceed to local Nyaung Oo Market in search of the wonderful moments of daily life and interactions between people. After that a visit to Shwezigon pagoda a 1,000-year-old Buddhist stupa whose glittering golden bell-shape dome became a model for pagodas throughout Burma ( Where the great chance for shooting at long corridor with the shadow of concrete pillars ) . Before lunch indoor photo shots with local people in one of the Buddhist temple .</p><p>Then take a lunch break at good local restaurant and then take a little break at hotel for refreshing and relaxing before afternoon sightseeing.</p><p>Afternoon sightseeing begin hanging around the Sularmuni Temple and shooting the farm animals coming back in group on the dusty road near the Sularmuni Temple, then sunset shots from the best corner of Bagan and overnight stay in Bagan.</p>

<p>This morning, Optional sunrise shot and early morning sunrise shots from ground level before dawn . after breakfast we'll explore Bagan and its environs from ground level. Grand discoveries and opportunities await! Especially we are to visit to typical local village namely West Pwar Saw village to capture meaningful portraits of local old woman with very distinguished face, hanging around the behind the scene of the village, explore the traditional lacquer ware workshop and capture the slices of rural life then we are shooting the staged shots with local girl making the lacquer ware besides the temples of Bagan.Then lunch break and relax and rejuvenate energy and enthusiasm for afternoon shooting.</p><p>In the evening, we're off to one of our special Bagan spots to shoot silhouettes shots of local people with special arrangement till sunset . and overnight stay in Bagan.</p>

<p>This morning, a short air-taxi hop whisks us from Bagan to Mandalay. What's here? Myanmar's second-largest city, a population of one million souls, and the busy economic hub of the top half of Burma. Mandalay has its share of famous sights, but we will focus on the most photogenic, the ones likely to give us the most interesting insights and images. Upon arrival at Mandalay, We'll start with a visit to one of the impressive nunnery in Sagaing where we are making the most iconic photos of young Buddhist nuns praying, meditating with special arrangement . after that we are drive straight up to Sagaing hill ,on the way we are to drop in U Hmin Thone Zae Pagoda and then drive straight up to Sagaing Hill to enjoy the scenic view of its environ. Then drive straight back to restaurant for lunch .</p><p>After lunch , we are driving back to the street of stone-sculptors, where men attack blocks of white marble with drills and angle-grinders. From the clouds of marble-dust emerge Buddha likenesses in all shapes and sizes to address Burma's seemingly insatiable appetite for these religious icons .Mandalay's Mahamuni Pagoda, with its ancient Buddha statue, draws us next. The statue is traditionally held to be one of the only five likenesses of the Buddha in existence and the pagoda is therefore especially revered. Simply walking down the main hallway approaching the central pagoda is an experience! — Past fortune-tellers and stalls selling religious knick-knacks, in the footsteps . after that directly proceed to U Bein Bridge, at 1.2km the world’s longest teak footbridge. It's a hugely photogenic structure. It stretches across Thaungthaman Lake it comes alive in every sense as Dust approaches.. you’ll have captured dozens of great images: after making the classic shots near by the wooden bridge. Then drive back to Mandalay and check in at hotel in Mandalay and enjoy the dinner at hotel and Overnight stay in Mandalay.</p>

<p>After breakfast at hotel , we are to check out hotel and drive straight to Mandalay International Airport ( 48 km away – approximately 1 hr drive ) to fly to Heho for a visit to Inle lake , upon arrival to Heho, directly drive straight to Shweyan Pyan Wooden Monastery, famous for Oval shaped window, still having a chance for clients who is sill enthusiastic to make the perfect shots of Buddhist monks there. Then directly proceed to Nyaung Shwe which is major gateway to Inle lake and lunch break at local restaurant In Nyaung Shwe. After lunch , transfer to jetty in Nyaung Shwe and then take a boat ride to hotel for check in and have a short break.</p><p>Afternoon sightseeing start visiting to traditional hand weaving workshop in Inn Paw Khone Village known as the weaving village of Inle lake – Free shooting would be done in the weaving factory till you are happy with you photos – Lotus Fabric ( Unique product of Inle lake as well as Myanmar ) , Silk and cottons fabric are mainly woven traditionally and manually in the factories of the village ), after that we are to float around the typical floating village called Pauk Par Village to have a chance of shooting unique way of life and life styles of People and we are to visit one of local house in the village to connect you with the local family for chatting and shooting .then hanging around the fishermen for shooting fishermen fishing naturally before sun is down . then drive back to hotel and have a dinner at hotel . overnight stay in Inle lake .</p>

<p>Today early wake up is a must-do again for making a sunrise shots with organized fishermen at the best shooting ground nearby your hotel. After sunrise shots, head back to Hotel for breakfast and then directly proceed to five day market called Taung Toe Market Day situated in western lakeshore, 30 minutes drive from hotel ). Taung Toe Market is very authentic and not too touristic you will surely see the tribal people in their traditional clothes selling and buying the seasonal products . then drive straight to restaurant for early lunch and back to hotel for short break to recharge your battery and energy .</p><p>Afternoon shooting is supposed to start around 14 : 30 pm to go and shoot school boats . Leave hotel around 14:30 pm and proceed to one of the huge local school in the lake . we should be at the best shooting ground nearby school to wait for the school boats coming out of the school by rowing a little kid’s feet or leg in their school uniform . This kind of scene would be very authentic and supposed to be the natural scene of Lakedweller of Inle lake. and then directly drive straight to Ywa Ma village to capture the meaningful portrait of Padaung Women with brass neck rings on their neck. ( Shooting the meaningful portrait of Padaung women would be privately and separately organized.) then wander around the biggest floating Garden Areas of Inle lake to see the people rowing the boat with their legs, coming out of floating garden and returning to their hotel . Drive back to hotel before the dust and free and relaxed till dinner time at hotel . Overnight stay in Inle Lake.</p>

<p>This morning early wake up and have a breakfast then transfer to boat stand in Nyaung Shwe and proceed to Heho airport to catch the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon Airport. You will be directly transferred to local restaurant for lunch break . Then check in hotel to enjoy your room till afternoon sightseeing.</p><p>Afternoon sightseeing starts with a visit to downtown area to walk around for street photography and to experience the unique colonial buildings. then we are to head off to Sin Ohae Dan Harbour to experience the local passenger boats , local people loading and unloading the local products and enjoy the sunset by riverside . Then drive back to hotel and overnight stay in Yangon.</p>

After breakfast we are to head off to Yangon Railway station to experience the different activities of Yangon’s mess on rail. We are to take a city circular train (one hour ) and get off at Danyi Gone Train Station where we are going to visit the Wholesales vegetables market . After you are happy at market place. You will be transferred back to hotel for refreshing before check out. then have a lunch at local restaurant and you will be seen off at the Yangon International Airport for your departure.

Services Inclsuion

  • • Professional Local photography guide through the trip
  • • 11 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast
  • • Private ground transportation & private boat
  • • All domestic flights in Myanmar based on detail program
  • • Entrance fees to photography locations and government zone fees
  • • Government Taxes
  • • Bottled waters and refreshing towel during the sightseeing

Services Exclusion

  • • International Airfare to/from Myanmar
  • • Optional single room occupancy
  • • Meals ( Lunch and Dinner )
  • • Modeling fees for staged shots
  • • Permission Fees to Archaeological department in Bagan
  • • Travel insurance
  • • Extra charges for hotel early check in and later check out
  • • Extra charges for excessed checked in luggage at airport
  • • Equipment and baggage insurance
  • • Visas (if applicable)
  • • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone etc.
  • • Tips to local photography guide , driver and boat man
Can I bring my non-photographer partner with me?

YYes, you can. Because We will visit many interesting places in Myanmar and having a great fun , experience and photos during the trip is as much on the program .So that Your partner will enjoy the journey with the group. However, non-photographers should note that our daily activities of trip program is mainly designed to photograph the highlights of the trip and is generally slower-paced than regular travel itinerary .

What should I pack for one of your photo tours?

The clothing you will need will depend greatly on the destination you are travelling to. We will provide a thorough suggested clothing and gear list in our welcome kit that we send out to all tour participants. Our general recommendation is to dress in layers and pack as light as possible. Try to stay away from heavy cotton clothing like jeans, sweatshirts, and coats. Lighter alternatives that are warm, wrinkle free, and light are your best bet.

What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

We suggest one camera bag, preferably a backpack and one bag for clothes/gear, and one small satchel like the size of a personal item allowed on international flights. You are responsible for carrying your bags on and off buses and trains, and up and down hotel staircases, so pack smart and light.

How far in advance do I need to book?

The rule of thumb is: The sooner the better. We have no way to know when other people will book us . Because this is the private photography tour . Our trained and experienced guide to escort you is very limited so it’s hard to know if and when our experienced local guide will be quickly booked . Our advice is to book as soon as you’ve made the decision to travel, that way your spot is secured.

When is the final payment due?

Generally, the final payment is due in full 45 days before the beginning of your tour. If you’ve booked your trip within 45 days of the departure date, full payment is needed at the time of booking. Last minute bookings require payment up front before confirmation.

Do I need to take Travel and Medical Insurance?

Yes. Travel and Medical insurance is mandatory for all Burma Photo Tours trips. Domestic government medical insurance and private health schemes will not cover you in most overseas countries. Burma Photo Tours recommends World Nomads for your travel and medical insurance. You may take other coverage, of course, but you must be adequately insured before participating in our tours. Please check the terms of the policy carefully, particularly the limits of cover (eg. for replacement of photographic equipment, baggage loss etc) and the procedure for making claims (most policies stipulate that claims must be made within a certain time after completion of your journey).

What is required in my medical and travel insurance?

Your policy MUST cover medical costs in case of hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation. If you are going on one of our adventure activities, make sure your insurance covers you for this activity. Once you have paid your deposit or full payment, certain fees will apply if you cancel. Therefore we require taking insurance at the time of booking to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances.
Required Coverage:
• Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $100,000 USD)
• Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $200,000 USD)
• Accidental Death / Dismemberment
• Trip Cancellation Coverage
Suggested Additional Coverage:
• Hospital Room and Board
• Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
• Trip Delay / Interruption
• Visitor to Bedside
We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out travel insurance that covers the full value of the Trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. The Tour Operators their owners, agents and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the Trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid (see the section “Deposits, Payments, Cancellations and Refunds” in the terms and conditions above).
Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the Trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read carefully the fine print of your insurance policy.

Where can I get proper travel and medical insurance?

We strongly recommend World Nomads and Global Rescue.

How fit do I need to be?

Our trips are designed to be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. However some trips visit remote areas with limited or non-existent medical facilities so you must be in good health. Factors such as long walks, bumpy roads, dust, traffic, stairs, humidity, delays and unfamiliar customs and cultures also add to the physical toll. Keep in mind you will need to carry your own bags.

Do I need to take any medical supplies?

The pre-departure information kit will contain a suggested list of items to bring, but it doesn’t cover medications. We recommend you carry personal medical items for managing common minor ailments such as colds, diarrhoea, blisters, headaches, heartburn, and sore throats etc. Travellers who take regular medication should take an appropriate supply. Allergy and Asthma sufferers should ensure that they have an adequate supply of their routine medicine as some major cities have high levels of smog or pollen.

Are there any age limits?

On certain trips, we may require a doctor’s letter that certifies health and fitness of participants who are over 70 years old.
Minors between the age of 13 and 17 are not able to join our tours unless accompanied by a parent. Our tours are not suitable for younger children under 13.

Do your tours include international airfare?

It is not possible to include international airfare in our prices.

Can i make the program flexible ?

Off course , that is your private photo tour , all shooting activities can be flexible and rearranged depending your shooting style and expectation .

How to book a tour ?

Just fill up the contact form telling us details as requested and we will confirm the booking for you.

Tour Prices Nett Per Pax

For group size of 02 pax USD$  2,911 Nett Per Pax
For group size of 03 to 04 pax USD$ 2,281  Nett Per Pax
For group size of 05 to  06 pax USD$ 1,903 Nett Per Pax
Single supplement for single occupancy USD$ 383

Prices is valid till 31st May 2021 & it is subject to change without prior notices

Services Information

Accommodation of 03 star ++++

  1. 02 Nights at Deluxe room of Esperado Lake View Hotel , Yangon

  1. 03 Nights at Standard Room of Hotel Mindat in Mindat
  2. 03 Nights at Deluxe Room of Royal Palace Hotel , Bagan

  1. 01 Nights at Superior Room of Hotel Sakura Princess Mandalay

  1. 02 Nights at Deluxe room of Amazing Inle Resort

( Notes : Prices will be a bit changed if you want us to upgrade or downgrade the accommodation )- And also similar room and accommodation will be replaced and booked if the above mentioned room type of hotels not available by the time of our reservation)

Domestic Flight

04 Domestic flights – RGN-NYU/NYU-MDL/MDL-HEH/HEH-YGN

( Remarks : 20 Kg for checked in luggage & 07 Kg for carry on luggage )

Modeling Fees

Modeling Fees not include in our offered prices and services : please discuss about modeling fees with your travel consultant before you join the tour .

Private Transport

Different types of private transport will be arranged based on different group size

  • 07 seat Van with A/c for group size of two pax to three pax
  • 09 seat Van with A/c for group size of four pax to five pax
  • 14 seat Van with A/c for group size of six pax

Ballooning in Bagan

Optional Ballooning in Bagan not included in our services :

  • USD$ 300 per pax for standard services
  • USD$ 370 per pax for premium services

Offered prices based on double occupancy

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. A single supplement will apply if you like to take a single room .We will make every effort to connect you with a roommate should you like to share a room. However, if we’re unable to make a match, the single supplement will apply.

 Myanmar Visa Fees

Myanmar Fees not included in our services and prices as well- But you are informed to apply Myanmar Visa through Official Government Website –


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