Myanmar – Exploratory tour to Southern Myanmar

November 8th st to 18th, 2018

For the last 50 years, the majority of Southern Myanmar has not been especially accessible to the outside world.  Even Myanmar’s locals from other regions in the country had to apply for special permits to be allowed to visit the South. As a result, Mass tourism and crowds have not spoiled the area’s innocence.  Join us!  Explore Southern Myanmar’s unique cultures, landscapes, and religious sites – and many undiscovered photographic opportunities await!  The TIME to Go -is now.

Tour Fee: 3975.00 USD

Single Accommodation: 495.00 USD

 Day 1 – Nov.8th  – Arrive in Yangon Afternoon meet/greet, followed by an evening photo visit to Shwedagon Pagoda.

Upon your arrival, our Myanmar tour representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel in the City.  It is recommended that you should arrive a day earlier in either Myanmar or Thailand so you can adjust to the time zone. Around 3 PM, we’ll depart for  Shwedagon Pagoda, where will be photographing through the evening. (D) Yangon

Meal: Dinner


Day 2- Nov.9th  – Yangon Fish Market, China town, and  Nunneries

Early a.m. departure to photograph Yangon’s bustling and photographically exciting Fish Market. So full of photo content, we’ll be here for about two hours; then off to the Chinatown to photograph long-standing edifices and a vibrant, morning market.

Our afternoon’s visit will include the Nunnery, about one hour from Yangon.

Back to Yangon for Dinner and pack for our next day departure (B, L, D) Yangon

Back to Breakfast and clean up.

Lunch, In the afternoon, will visit the Nunnery one hour drive out of Yangon.

Back to Yangon for Dinner and pack for our next day departure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 – Nov.10th –  Yangon to Kyaikhtiyo(Golden Rock, is one of the three, most Sacred Religious sites in Myanmar!)

Early morning drive to Kyaikhtiyo. Upon arrival at base camp, we’ll transfer to another special, open-air truck.  Typically this is a crowded vehicle that breezes through the spectacular jungle scenery to a second camp.  Arriving here, your options are to hike up or take a gondola through the lush bamboo forest to the Golden Rock, which is completely covered by gold leaf, delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff and crowned with a small pagoda. We’ll have opportunities to photograph the unique pilgrimage activity, plus enjoy sunset photography. Return to our hotel with transfer vehicle.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 – Nov.11th – Mawlamyine

(Mon State’s capital and fourth largest state in Myanmar). Home to the first capital of British Burma between 1826 and 1852, home to Messrs Orwell and Kipling, both of them wrote lyrically about its natural and man-made beauty.

 Following breakfast, we’ll drive to  Mawlamyine with frequent stops to photograph the rural communities as we pass through. Arrive in the afternoon, check-in and photograph through the evening. (B, L, D) Mawlamyine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 – Nov.12th –  Mawlamyine

Early morning Market, followed by breakfast.  Then depart for our visit to Win Sein Taw Ya monastery in Mudon.  This religious site has the world’s largest reclining Buddha., a 180m long reclining Buddha. After lunch, we continue to Mudon, photographing along the way.  We may see traditional weaving and various village lifestyles. Upon return to Mawlamyine, we enjoy sunset along the river, as we dine. (B, L, D) Mawlamyine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6- Nov. 13th –  Drive to Hpa An,

Today we’ll drive to Hpa An, a delightful small town in Kayan state with a population of around 40,000. Located between the Thanliwin river and the Carst Limestone mountains, it offers a very different side of Myanmar. Sunset photography.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 7 –  Nov.14th – Hpa An area

Following our breakfast, we will photograph and visit Kaw Kun cave, with wonderful cave murals on the walls. From here, we continue to Bayintnyi cave, which hosts many images of Buddha, goldenly gilded on the cave’s limestone walls.  Additionally, it is famous for its natural, hot and cold, springs lake. A visit to Mt. Zwekabin follows our return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 – Nov. 15th –  Hpa An Ethnic mountain villages exploration today we visit and photograph Mountain villages and interact with peoples of varying ethnicities. In the afternoon, we visit the Kyak Kalap Stupa, a truly unique pagoda, set on the top of an unusual, rock formation in the middle of the lake. It is an unusual sight to photograph!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9 – Nov.16th Hpa An

An exciting day to photograph! After a short drive of  22 kilometers SE of Hpa An, we photograph the inside of the spectacular Sadan Cave, which opens onto a massive cavern filled with Buddhas and pagodas. We will photograph as we wander through towards the other side. Returning, we take a small wooden boat back under the mountain, along picturesque waters. Following lunch, we’ll hike to the top of Mount Zwegabin.  The assent is via route of stairs and steps to the top; it takes approximately 2 hours each way, to reach the summit and return, dependent on your pace. The summit photography offers extraordinary opportunities to shoot views of far-reaching mountains and valleys. As this is an optional climb, those who don’t participate will enjoy other photographic opportunities in the area.

Day 10 – Nov 17th –  Drive back to Yangon

With multiple stops on the way to photograph the unexpected we drive back to Yangon, we’ll make frequent stops to photograph local lifestyles and people-related activities as we travel. The evening offers free-time, or a return to photograph more of the area around the Shwedagon pagoda.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation Yangon:

Day 11- Nov.18th –  Fly back home

Meals: Breakfast.

Payment Schedule

To reserve your spot, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 per person is required when registering.  The tour balance is due 180 days before the departure date of the trip. When registering within 180 days of the trip departure date, full payment is due at the time of registering. If full payment is not received by the due date, we have the right to cancel your reservation and retain deposit and trip fee per the payment schedule.

If you need to cancel your reservation, the cancellation would have to be in writing and would be valid as of the day of received in our office, at which time the following fees apply:

– Cancellation 90 days or more before departure: 100% of trip land cost refundable except deposit. 

– Cancellation 89 to 60 days before departure: only  50% of trip land cost refundable 

– Cancellation 59 or fewer days before departure: no part of the trip land cost is refundable

This photo tour and workshop is offered as a complete package. Once the trip commences, we do not provide partial refunds for any cancellation or unused portion or service for any reason

Cost increases may occur unexpectedly due to rising costs of airfares, ground transport, fuel surcharges, accommodations and currency fluctuations, among others. International  Photo Tours may be compelled to amend prices, and we reserve the right to do so without prior notice. An increase in trip prices shall not be sufficient grounds for any refund of funds paid for the trip other than as determined by the terms of our cancellation policy.

Price includes:

    • Hotels 10 nights accommodation
    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner,.
    • Ground transportation
    • Guide and driver and baggage handler
    • Permits and museum fees
    • Mineral water on drives
    • Tour leader fee

Price does not include:

      • International Airfare
      • Visa
      • Guide and driver tip
      • Laundry charges
      • International Calls
      • Other Beverages except for water
      • Travel Insurance

Please print out and complete the following forms. Send the completed and signed forms via mail to:

International Photo Tours

10710 35th Avenue SW

Seattle, WA 98146

Or FAX the forms to 206-332-0990

Registration Form

Release and Assumption of Risk Form

Payments can be done through Bank Transfer ( wire transfer ):  

Deposit 1,000.00 USD

Remaining trip fee: 2,975.00 USD

Single accommodation: 495.00 USD

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