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Travel the world to capture the most incredible landscapes
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a magical land of traditions, stoic sagacity and the most charming people of more than 100 different ethnic origins. Thousands of exquisite sacred stupas and temples decorate the mysterious landscape of rivers and forest filled round plains.
Myanmar truly is a treasure chest for passionate travel photographers who dream of displaying ancient history merging with pure and enticing natural wonders and beauty of the land. We also witness the treasured culture and traditions amongst the friendliest of nations. With warm smiles, wide open arms and doors to their humble homes, the guileless people of Myanmar show us hospitality at its best without the slightest hint of preference for material wealth. Everywhere you go, you are genuinely welcomed by a friendly hand and interesting conversations, with offers of food and drink from the first instant.
It is worth mentioning that we travel in entirely safe environments, far away from any turbulent situation mentioned in world news.
The team of local Moe and international Oli H.
We are privileged to enjoy the company and guidance of the brilliant and experienced guides, Oli H., a passionate, professional travel photographer and the co-owner of Iceland En Route and the local guide in Myanmar, Moe. With all the right connections in Myanmar, Moe effectively works both as a general tour guide as well as a photography tour expert, already fulfilling the dreams of guests from all over the world capturing over 200 award winning images at various competitions.
Born in Yangon, Moe spent his early years in central Myanmar where he first discovered his wanderlust at the age of five, when he ventured out all alone on a train heading to Mandalay. He found himself lost at Mandalay Railway station where he was rescued by a stranger and returned home. His grandfather worked for Burma Railways and Moe thus enjoyed numerous trips with him all over Myanmar. Already appreciating photography, he met with a US photography journalist in 2007 and Moe’s passion for photography grew fast as he became one of the early pioneers to operate and lead photography tours in Myanmar. Since university, Moe studied tourism and is now a licensed tour guide with extraordinary knowledge and understanding of Myanmar´s history, politics, archaeology, traditions and culture.
Oli H., our tour producer and facilitator at Enroute, is a designer and professional photographer from Iceland with tireless passion for the art form. His successful career as a photographer traces back to his early teenage years, hovering around his mother’s work in one of the most popular studios in Reykjavík. Oli H is a brilliant mentor with years of teaching experience in both computer skills and photo editing as a background and although he has already made a treasure chest of invaluable images from Iceland, he now thoroughly enjoys his tours around the world, discovering new and unexplored paths. Oli H tirelessly seeks to find new perspectives and on his adventures to do so, finds great joy in introducing and sharing his findings with new people.
With this great duo of guides, you will be in the greatest hands to enjoy a life changing and successful photography tour in Myanmar.
A developing opportunity to be seized
Now is the time to capture this well kept secret as only a few years ago, Myanmar was completely frozen in time and untouched by westernised development. Precious traditions and unique customs have thus been cherished until now however with increased exposure to the western world, one can already sense a slight modernisation and change in the bigger cities. We offer you the life changing chance to witness, feel and capture this immeasurable culture and society bound to change and develop quickly – an opportunity otherwise missed forever.
A shared experience
Myanmar photography tour is without a shadow of a doubt one of our very favoured and impressive tours, perfect for a shared experience so do bring your partner along, your friend or your sibling. Photography aside, they too will surely enjoy an amazing time in Myanmar. Sharing this extraordinary experience of cultural gems, ancient traditions, authentic food and enticing nature, will only enliven everyone with a bundle of lifetime memories.
Tonight we stay at a Lake Inle hotel, built on the water.
Inwa Island is next on our list but to reach it we travel by a ferry boat and old fashioned horse carts. We visit the Bagaya monastery of Inwa Island, supported by massive teak columns dated back to 1834AD. We explore the significant pagoda ruins of Inwa which was in fact the capital of Burma however collapsed in devastating earthquakes in the 18th century, never to be resurrected. It was then that the seat of Burmese power was moved to Amarapura. We end the day where we started with a drive towards the sunset over Amarapura’s U Bein bridge.
Later in the afternoon and as time allows, we may embrace unique photo opportunities at the Shwenandaw Monastery or Golden Palace monastery on Mandalay hill. The palace, built in the late 19th century in traditional Burmese architectural style, holds many exquisite teak carvings of buddhist myths, decorating walls and ceilings.
Again we visit various local gems, markets, monasteries, different temple sites and there will be opportunities to do portrait sessions with novice monks under low indoor lighting.
Later that afternoon we enjoy the Bagan sunset and chase the goat herds for some fun shots.
We stay another night in Bagan.
We stay still another night in the same hotel in Bagan.
By the end of the day we reach Myanmar airport to fly to our chosen destinations.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas. The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable.