Myanmar Photo Tour – 14 day tour of Myanmar

£4,200 per person (9th – 22nd Jan 2021) – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake

“This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about” said Rudyard Kipling. Myanmar is a mystical and relatively unexplored country. It is a country that is brimming with culture and more pagodas than you could imagine. From the magical ruins of Bagan and Maruk U to the shores of Inle Lake, on this Myanmar photo tour, you’ll discover why this diverse and friendly country is unlike anything you have seen before.

Myanmar Photography tour

Our 15 day Myanmar photo tour is designed to guide you to the most photogenic locations at the best time to capture the perfect light. The aim is to help you capture unforgettable photos but also to learn the skills necessary to take your photography to the next level. On this tour, you will learn how to photograph people of a different culture to tell a story. We will also guide you through the considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions. You will be inspired and enjoy good times and even a few glasses of the local brew.

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Why you should come on our Myanmar photo tour

Our Myanmar photo tour is designed to guide you to the most photogenic locations at the perfect time of day. We will teach you how best to utilise the light available and to aid you in visualising and preparing a scene. Bhutan is still relatively off the usual tourist trail. This makes it an ideal photography location.

On this Myanmar photo tour, we will help you train yourself to see and harness your creativity. You will learn how to survey the landscape, and utilise your environment. We will teach you how to approach and photograph people. Not only will you take home an amazing set of images, but continue to put your new skills to use. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and even a few local brews.

Myanmar Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Yangon (D)

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be greeted by our local guide and taken transferred to our hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon is known for its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage and the magnificent 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda.

Day 2 – Yangon (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we’ll visit Chauk Htut Gyi Pagoda (with its 70 meters long reclining Buddha image) followed by Kalaywa Tawya Monastery where over 1,200 monks and novices reside. Here we enjoy a great photoshoot of the novices bathing and having their daily meal in the hall. After lunch at a local restaurant, we travel downtown to see and photograph the old colonial quarter before visiting the lively and colourful China town. Dinner will be at a local restaurant with a great view of the city.

Day 3 – Yangon => Heho – Kakku – Loikaw (B, L, D)

We depart early for our flight to Heho. Upon arrival, we commence our long day of travel, stopping along the road for photography as required. Our first major stop will be Kakku, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights, a huge collection of 2,478 stupas which are believed to have been commissioned as far back as 2,00 years ago with some dating back to the 3rd Century BC. Upon arrival in Loikaw, we will go to a local monastery to photograph a monk praying.

Day 4 – Loikaw => Panpet => Loikaw (B, L, D)

This morning we rise early to photograph sunrise at a small mountain offering a panoramic view over Loikaw. After breakfast, we drive to Panpet Padaung Village where we’ll enjoy some time meeting and photographing the local Padaung ladies. Lunch will be in their village. After lunch, we proceed to Tanilarle Village where Kayah ladies wear brass and rubber rings on their knees. If time allows, we will also visit De Mow Soe Market which only occurs three days per week. We return to Loikaw in time for sunset.

Day 5 – Loikaw => Sanghar => Inle Lake (B, L, D)

We commence our day by road travelling to Sanghar where we enjoy some time exploring and photographing the village. At Sanghar we transfer to Long-tail boats and then commence our amazing boat trip up through the lake system to our hotel. Long-tail boats will be our means of transport over the next few days, and we need to take all our luggage with us. There will be many opportunities to take photographs as we travel including amazing scenes along the river and a fishnet making village.

Day 6 & 7 – Inle Lake (B, L, D)

Over the course of two days, we will be doing a number of amazing activities around the lake, the main being the Phaung Daw Oo festival in which hundreds of men board purposely built boats and row through villages towing a large royal barge containing sacred Buddha images. This is a festival like nothing you have ever seen.

In addition to this, there is a five-day rotating market which we may be able to visit depending on the location it is scheduled. In addition to attending the local markets, we will also have the opportunity to attend cheroot, weaving, silk/cotton dying and blacksmith workshops. Special photo shoots will also be arranged with the unique fishermen who row with one leg. We will also travel to Indein, a picturesque small village on the western bank of the lake with thousands of stupas. Inle Lake is one of the highlights of the tour and our program will vary according to events and locations we travel to.

Day 8 – Inle Lake => Nyaung Shwe => Heho => Mandalay (B, L, D)

Today we depart Inle Lake and return to Heho for our flight to Mandalay. We then return to Nyaung Shwe before visiting Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, a popular photographic stop in Myanmar.

On arrival in Mandalay, we proceed to Amarapura, the former capital from 1783 to 1821 and 1842 to 1859. We end the day photographing the sunset over U Bein Bridge from small Sampan boats. U Bein Bridge is a beautiful 200-year-old teak bridge said to be the longest in the world. The bridge’s attraction, however, is the hundreds of locals, monks and fisherman making their way back and forth, affording us the opportunity to get some great silhouette shots.

Day 9 – Mandalay (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll get up early to photograph the sun rising over Mandalay Palace and the local monks/novices walking the streets to collect their daily alms.

After breakfast, we will transfer to the jetty and take a private boat to visit Mingun, an unfinished pagoda which would have been the largest in the world if it had ever been completed. The pagoda is also the location of the largest ringing bell in the world, weighing in at 90 tonnes. If we’re lucky we may even see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins which are known to visit this part of the river. Lunch will be provided on the boat whilst we make our way back to Mandalay.

In the afternoon we travel to Paleik to see its famous snake temple and more than 300 long-abandoned temples from the 14th century covered in ivy.

Day 10 – Mandalay => Bagan (B, L, D)

This morning we depart very early for a sunrise shoot at U Bien Bridge before continuing to the airport for our flight to Bagan. With more than 2,000 temples, pagodas and other religious structures dating back to the early 11th century, Bagan is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites and one of the very best destinations for photography.

The following days in Bagan will be filled with numerous photographic opportunities from beautiful sunrises and sunsets to architectural and controlled shoots with locals.

There is also the option of booking a place on the popular hot air balloon flight at an additional cost! Upon arrival in Bagan, we’ll visit the main entrance passageway into Shwezigon Pagoda for a special photoshoot before proceeding to lunch. After lunch we check into our hotel before going out and exploring the magnificent sites in the afternoon and evening.

Day 11 & 12 – Bagan (B, L, D)

Bagan is the second major highlight of our Myanmar tour and will offer a number of photographic opportunities. For those interested in doing the optional hot air balloon flight, one morning will involve an early rise, briefing, flight and champagne breakfast. Those not doing the flight will have the option of shooting sunrise from one of the temples. The other morning will involve a sunrise shoot from a prime location with the hot air balloons floating past in the distance.

During our two days, we have a number of temples, stupas and monasteries that can be visited, and these will be coordinated according to the route we choose to avoid busy tourist times. Some of these shoots will involve local Monks and Novices. Other interesting photoshoots will be goat herders in the late afternoon light and sunset shoots from prime locations. There may even be an opportunity to do an astrophotography night. One night we will also enjoy a dinner with Marionette show.

Day 13 – Bagan => Yangon (B, L, D)

This morning we get up early to prepare for our flight to Yangon, stopping to visit Shwezigon Pagoda on our way to the airport. On arrival in Yangon, we’ll visit and photograph Danyin Gone market before enjoying a train ride to downtown Yangon. Later in the afternoon, we’ll go to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda for our final evening shoot.

Day 14 – End of Tour (B, L)

On our final morning, we rise early to take a walk through the local fish market. We then return to the hotel for breakfast and prepare for our departure. Those interested in catching up in some last-minute shopping can walk to the nearby Scott’s Market. After an early lunch, we’ll say our goodbyes and travel to the airport for our departure.

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What's included on our Myanmar Photo Tour


– Professional photographer and English speaking guide

– Accommodation for the duration of the tour

– Economy return flight to Sittwe from Myanmar

– All tour related ground transport (including boats where required)

– Domestic flights including taxes

– Meals during the tour as indicated in the itinerary

– Bottled water daily throughout the tour

– All entrance, zone and camera fees

– Fees for local models


– Any meals not included in the itinerary

– Alcoholic drinks

– Personal purchases such as souvenirs

– Additional activities such as spas or massages

– Optional hot air balloon flight

– Excess baggage fees on domestic flights

– Personal travel or medical insurance

– Medical expenses

– Gratuities for hotel porters, local guides or driver

– International flights to Myanmar

– Myanmar visa

Myanmar Photography Tour Dates: 9th to 22nd Jan 2020 – BOOK NOW

Prices Quoted

Prices quoted are for double occupancy. You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.

Single Supplement

Main tour: An additional £550 per person will be charged for the duration of the tour for single supplement.

£850 to reserve your spot, the balance of £3,350, will be due 120 days prior to the trip. The total cost of the main tour is £4,200.

NOTE: There must be a minimum of 4 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we’ve reached the minimum number of people.

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Or if you can’t attend these dates, add your name to our waiting list for photo tours of Myanmar and we will inform you of any future dates.

Additional Information

Tour Leader: Malcolm Fackender

Your photographic leader Malcolm Fackender is an Australian award-winning travel photographer who specializes in small group photographic tours. With more than 30 years in the photography industry, Malcolm initially focused primarily on nature photography, however, has broadened his photographic interests over the years to encompass many other genres, including travel, people and landscape photography.

Group Size

The group size for this photo tour is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 guests.


This photo tour is ideal for beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers but even non-photographers are welcome on this tour.


Although for most locations there will be some walking involved, these will be short and easy. So if you are in good health and fitness level, you will be fine. This tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.


You don’t need expensive or professional equipment for this photo tour. We would recommend DSLR or mirrorless cameras and a tripod for this tour.


Whilst in Myanmar we will be travelling via a private air-conditioned bus and boats. There are also some domestic flights involved.


Please check if you require a visa for Myanmar. Visa costs are not included in the quoted tour price. To find out about visa requirements please click here.