myanmar
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

november 15 - november 23, 2018

$5,865 (per person, based on double occupancy)

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Yangon / Arrival

To begin our arrival day in Myanmar, we will be welcomed by our local guide, Win, and brought to the hotel. We will have an orientation and discussion about our future adventures in this beautiful country.

Then we will head out for lunch at Padonamar Myanmar to enjoy traditional meals custom to the area. We will visit Chaukhtetgyi, the biggest reclining Buddha of Yangon. We’ll also photograph the monasteries around Chaukhtetgyi and do a photoshoot with monks.

Later we'll head to Shwedagon Pagoda, a 2500 year-old gilded stupa comprised of over 90 tons of gold. We will have sights of people praying, offering water to Buddhas, offering candles and inscene, and the overall beauty of sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda.

To end the day, we'll enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant, then head back to our hotel.

Included meals: L, D.

Day 2 - Yangon / Bagan

In the early morning, we'll embark to the airport for our flight to Bagan. If time permits, we’ll have a chance to visit fish market to capture the interesting scenes there. Once arriving in Bagan, we'll start with lunch, then check into our new hotel.

In the afternoon, we'll explore Bagan for its photographic scenes. We’ll be able to capture candles alongside of the Buddha, praying girls, Shwezigon Pagoda with monks walking with umbrellas, and more. There are beautiful moody scenes to be captured with the praying monks in the temple as sun rays pierce through the windows. 

We'll also visit the Sulamani temple with some of the most stunning murals from the 12th and 13th centuries.

To wind down our day, we'll explore the Pyathetgyi Temple and its setting with goats and cows going home, kicking up dust by sunset. Dinner at restaurant. 

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 3 - Bagan

We begin our day with an early drive to Shwesandaw Pagoda for sunrise, then back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we'll follow monks to the village and photograph them collecting rice from the villagers. This is really amazing to see and capture in camera. We'll also pay a visit to the Ananda Temple which has beautiful standing Buddha visions from the 11th century - not to mention, beautiful indoor light.

Then, we will visit the lacquerware-making village and photograph the works in process. Later we'll have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

We will continue to the Okkyaung Gyi Temple and photograph the larger group of temples from the ground by sunset. Dinner at restaurant.

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 4 - Bagan / Mandalay / Amarapur

In the early morning, we'll fly to Mandalay. If time permits, we’ll have a chance to photograph the sunrise from Myaukguni Temple. On the road to Mandalay, we’ll stop at Palaik which has over 800 temples, a weaving village, a local school and more. We'll take some time to explore around and photograph the village life. 

After lunch at a Thai restaurant, we’ll visit the Sandamuni Pagoda and have a photoshoot with monks with umbrellas by the hundreds of white pagodas. Then we'll have a special visit to Amaparura to photograph the Taungthaman Lake, villagers with Thanaka on their faces, fishermen around the lake, and sunset over U Bein Wooden Bridge.

We'll finish the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 5 - Mandalay / Mingun / Mandala

We will have an early breakfast and boat ride to Mingun. We'll have opportunities to photograph the Sin Phyu Me pagoda with nuns and monks with umbrellas, and praying villagers at the top of the pagoda. We'll continue to the unfinished Pagoda Pathidawgyi with a large crack on the wall, photograph the village life, then head back to Mandalay. Lunch at Myanmar traditional restaurant.

After lunch, we'll visit a puppet factory and see workshops with families making traditional art; a Buddha-making family, carving family, painting, etc. We'll then continue to the Ayeyarwaddy riverfront to photograph the life by the river, people weaving bamboo, bamboo traders and fishermen throwing nets by sunset. We'll finish our day with dinner at a local restaurant. 

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 6 - Mandalay / Heho / Inle

Today we will journey via flight to Heho. If time permits, we’ll go up to Mandalay Hill for an incredible sunrise photoshoot. We’ll stop at a local workshop where traditional Shan umbrellas and paper are made. We'll continue to Nyaung Shwe and to the Inle lake. After lunch at Nyaungshwe, we'll embark on a long tail boat road and capture the beauty of the sights along the way.

In the afternoon, we’ll venture out to photograph the villages on the water and a local monastery around the lake as the monks are studying. We'll also see leg rowers and Inle lake fishermen with conical nets by sunset. We'll conclude our night with dinner at a local restaurant.

Included meals: B, L, D. 

Day 7 - Inle / Indein

Today we'll start with a photoshoot of fishermen with conical and stick nets fishing by sunrise. After breakfast, we’ll take a boat ride to a local market. Then we'll head to a special archeological site called Inndein. We’ll spend some time photographing the 1,000 ruins over Inndein and then have lunch at a local restaurant. We’ll also visit Phaungdaw Oo pagoda from the 11th century, and photograph floating gardens, floating villages, a "Long Neck" family (Padaung family) and their weaving house. On the way back to the hotel we'll stop at Inle lake to capture it at sunset. Dinner at Hotel.

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 8 - Inle / Heho / Yango

Today we'll capture sunrise by a village, have breakfast and then enjoy a boat ride to Nyaungshwe. After taking in the sights there, we'll fly to Yangon. We might have a chance to stop at local souvenir shop, then have lunch at Green Elephant Myanmar restaurant. In the afternoon we'll embark to Old Rangoon and experiment with street photography and capturing old buildings. Then we'll proceed to Sin Oo Dan Jetty to photograph the small boats leaving Yangon by sunset with seagulls and boats by Yangon River. Dinner at restaurant.

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 9 - Yangon / Departure

After breakfast, we prepare for our departure flight and head to the Yangon International Airport. We exchange goodbyes with our new friends, say farewell to our gracious local guide Win and Myanmar, and head either to our homes or our next adventures!

Included meals: B.


PRICE: $5,865

  • Per person in double occupancy room

  • $600 additional for single room accommodation

price includes

  • Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
  • Private ground transportation to all locations
  • Hotel accommodations
  • All meals, as described in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Expert photography guidance from Tim Vollmer and Marisa Marulli
  • Entrance fees to national parks, museums and other sites as described in the itinerary
  • Flight: Yangon – Bagan
  • Flight: Bagan  – Mandalay
  • Flight: Mandalay – Heho
  • Flight: Heho – Yangon
  • Entrance and archeological zone fees
  • Boat fees for Mingun and Inle lake
  • Drinking water in the van
  • Maps for everyone
  • Service charges & government taxes

price does not include

  • Optional balloon ride over Bagan $340/person
  • International airfare to and from Myanmar
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • What is not mentioned as included

 

DATES:

November 15 - November 23, 2018

PRICE:

$5,865 (per person, based on double occupancy)

REGION:

Myanmar

Education:

Field instruction

One-on-one critiques

POINTS OF INTEREST:

Yangon

Began

Mandalay

Mingun

Amarapura

Heho

Inle lake

Photography guide: Tim Vollmer

 Photography guide: Marisa Marulli

Photography guide: Marisa Marulli

Tim has everything. He has the knowledge, the eye, the patience. He is an amazing photographer, one of the best I know. A great person and professional photographer. Highly recommended him - he is just amazing.
— Sharon Hahn
I am very happy to recommend Tim and his work. His landscape photography is simply beautiful. Tim’s appreciation of light, composition and his ability to capture the moment is exquisite; with the results on his site speak for themselves.
— Rocky Kirschner