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n this photographic journey, we will take time to experience and capture the fascinating aspects of daily life in contemporary and traditional Myanmar. We’ll also have the opportunity to be at the incomparable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat for the full moon.
Although the emphasis is on photography, this Photo Cultural tour is suitable for any adventurous traveler looking for a vacation that is out of the ordinary. In addition to our photography expert, the tour is also fully escorted by a cultural guide.
• The renowned Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon,
• Stunning Bagan – repository of a vast array of stupas and temples
• Historic Mandalay
• Unique “foot-paddlers” of Inle Lake
• World Heritage Angkor Wat temples
Easy to Moderate Touring
Easy to Moderate Touring generally indicates walks or time on one’s feet of 3-5 hours each day during sightseeing excursions; possible adverse weather conditions (heat, humidity); and some driving on dirt or poorly maintained roads. Please note that road conditions in Myanmar and Cambodia leave a lot to be desired. The traffic can appear to be wild and unregulated, and horns are used more often than brakes. Bathroom facilities during excursions and long drives are frequently nonexistent or limited to the facilities at a local restaurant or shop. Overnights will be in deluxe accommodations/lodges. Elevations throughout the trip remain below 5,000 feet.
Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Burma
Met on arrival and transferred to our hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to explore the city. This evening, we will meet as a full group for an orientation meeting, followed by our group Welcome Dinner. An early night, as we have a pre-dawn departure the next day.
Day 2: To Bagan
This morning, we transfer to Yangon’s airport for the flight to historic, ancient Bagan. During its golden age in the 12th century, Bagan was known as “the city of four million pagodas.” Visit the Gubyaukgyi Temple, an Indian-style monument that features exquisite interior murals. On the way back to Old Bagan, visit the Shwesandaw, a graceful 11th century temple. Climb the terraces and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding temples, including the 14th-century Shwegugyi temple.
Day 3: Exploring Bagan
After a sunrise photo shoot, we head into the countryside to Mt. Popa, visiting villages along the way. Sunset will find us back on the fields of pagodas.
Days 4 & 5: In Mandalay
Mandalay provides visitors with a wonderful glimpse into the imperial era of 19th-century British Burma. On arrival in Mandalay, our sightseeing tour will include a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda, covered with a very thick layer of pure gold leaves weighing between three and five tons, followed by visits to wood carving, tapestry, and gold-leaf workshops. We will photograph the U Bein teak bridge at sunset.
Days 6, 7, & 8: In Inlay Lake
We fly to Heho airport and then drive to the lake, famous for its scenic beauty and the unique “leg-rower fisherman” of Inthas—the native lake dwellers. We have three relaxing days days at this very photogenic site. We will also visit the Indien ruins, the “lotus-silk” weavers, and pagodas built on islands.
Day 9: To Yangon
Departing Inlay, we make the return flight to Yangon, where we have the afternoon to take in some additional sites and enjoy our last evening in Myanmar. Our final sunset in Burma will find us at the marvelous Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 10: To Siem Reap, Cambodia
This morning we fly to Cambodia (via Bangkok) to explore a UNESCO World heritage Site: the temples at Angkor Wat, a location that should be on every photographer’s bucket list.
Days 11, 12, & 13: At Angkor Wat
We have three additional days to explore and photograph various sites. We will visit the famous Ta Prohn, which has been taken over by nature, and Angkor Thom, with its giant Buddha heads making up a large temple complex. We will also explore the fishing villages on Tonle Sap Lake, and of course the region’s crowning glory, Angkor Wat. Sunrises and sunsets find us at strategic spots for photography. If weather cooperates, we will photograph the full moon rising over Angkor Wat.
Day 14: Morning in Angkor Wat / Depart Cambodia
We have part of the day to continue our exploration of the region. Depending on your international flight timing, you will be transferred to the airport after lunch or later in the afternoon.
2016/2017 Trip Dates
Trip Duration: 14 days/13 nights
Starting City: Yangon, Burma (airport code – RGN)
Ending City: Siem Reap, Cambodia (airport code – REP)
2016 Land Cost
$5,885 per person
Single supplement: $1,200
Minimum: 2 participants
Maximum: 12 participants
Internal Asia Airfare (subject to change by airline)
Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Yangon: $380
Yangon – Siem Reap: $300
IMPORTANT NOTE: Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that the Land Cost is based on usage of these hotels; it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event that any of the above-mentioned hotels are not available, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next-best available hotel, and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement or reduction, as applicable) to you.
Included in Land Cost:
• All accommodations, based on double occupancy
• All taxes and service charges
• All transportation using private, air-conditioned vehicles
• All meals after arrival in Yangon (Dinner Day 1 to Breakfast Day 14)
• Special Welcome and Farewell dinners
• All arrival/departure airport/hotel transfers
• Bottled drinking water during meals and also during the day as needed
• All entry fees at all temples, museums, and monuments on sightseeing excursions
• Services of professional photographer Lewis Kemper
• Services of local Tour Manager/Cultural Guide (Burmese in Myanmar & Cambodian in Siem Reap)
• TourDirect’s Medical ($25,000), Accident and Evacuation Insurance ($500,000) and Assistance Plan
Not Included in Land Cost:
• International airfare to/from Asia
• All internal Asia airfare – cost listed separately
• Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls, shopping, etc.
• Gratuity to Tour Leader/Guides
• Gratuities to other local staff (drivers, bell boys, etc.)
• Trip cancellation, travel delay, or baggage insurance.
(Note: This optional coverage is highly recommended and can be purchased through TourDirect)
At TourDirect, we will assist you in obtaining any necessary visas or other travel permits required for your journey, all done through our Visa Service Partner. Detailed visa instructions, application forms, and information about applicable visa fees will be included in your Pre-Departure Packet.
Myanmar: With pre-authorization, a visa can be procured on arrival in Yangon for most nationals. Alternately, a visa may be procured prior to departure from your home country.
Cambodia: Visas are granted on arrival for most nationals. Visas can also be procured prior to departure from your home country.
No immunizations are required for entry into Myanmar or Cambodia, or to return to the U.S. However, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from (or have recently visited) a country that has risk of yellow fever. Several immunizations are recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control. A copy of the CDC’s recommended immunization list and additional health information will be included in our Pre-Departure Packet.
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