Burma/Myanmar

Dates: January 6–18, 2019

Begins & Ends: Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

Nearest Airport: Yangon (RGN)

Leaders: Jeffrey Chapman & Winslow Lockhart

Maximum Participants: 6

Tuition: $6,800
(including all domestic flights)

Accommodation: Included
(optional single supplement: $900)

Meals: Included

Payment Policy: 3 Installments
     • $500 deposit to confirm participation
     • 50% due by June 1, 2018
     • Balance due by September 1, 2018

Optional Bagan Extension

Dates: January 18–22, 2019

Tuition: $2,800
Single Supplement: $500

This photographic adventure begins and ends in Yangon, Burma/Myanmar. Tuition includes hotels (based on double occupancy; single occupancy is available with payment of a single-occupancy supplement), meals, all domestic flights (cost of flights are based on current rates and are subject to change if the airline increases prices), driver and guide tips, and local group transportation for the duration of the adventure. It does not include souvenirs, bar beverages, laundry, insurance (travel, medical, cancellation), nor any personal expenses.

This adventure is suitable for all levels of photographic experience. Participants must be in good health and able to spend each day walking and carrying their own equipment.

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Tribes of Burma Within The Frame Photographic Adventure

Tribes of Burma Within The Frame Itinerary

Tribes of Burma is about a deeper experience with some of the fascinating minority groups in Burma (Myanmar), including the longneck Kayan (aka, Padaung), the colorful Akha with their beautiful headdresses, the Ann with blackened teeth, and the remarkable balancing Intha fishermen on Inle Lake. This photographic adventure deviates from the more classic route in order to see and photograph these disappearing cultures now that more of Burma is open to foreigners. However, the ancient kingdom of Bagan, with its incredible temples, is included as an optional extension for those who have a bit more time.

As exotic as we find some of these minority groups with their neck rings, headdresses, and colorful clothing, we will photograph these people with cultural respect and human dignity. Jeffrey and Winslow will work to foster an environment of mutual respect when we are photographing these minority groups. The photographs that we create will be stronger as a result of the sincere care that will accompany our cultural curiosity.

This photographic adventure is about the passionate discovery and photography of people, place, and culture, with emphasis given to going deep not wide, and pursuing that most elusive of photographic necessities — our vision. It is appropriate for photographers of all levels, and you will be free to photograph independently or always with the assistance of one of the leaders.

Yangon (Day One)

We will all arrive in Yangon, the former capital city (once known as Rangoon), in time for a meet-and-greet dinner and an orientation to discuss our itinerary and events for our shared photographic adventure.

While in Yangon, we will stay at the luxurious Chatrium Royal Lake Hotel. Its lakeside setting, beautiful gardens, and rich colonial-style heritage make it a wonderful place to relax after a long flight or day out photographing.

Kengtung (Days Two — Five)

This morning we will fly from Yangon to Kengtung, which is nestled in a lush valley in the eastern Shan State. It is home to the Akha, Ann, Lahu, and Palaung minority groups. We will visit their villages and also photograph them in the morning market where villagers from the surrounding area come to sell their products and barter for goods.

Many of the local minority hill tribes still wear their traditional clothing every day. The Akha wear beautifully ornate headdresses, while the Ann dress in black and have blackened teeth. The Paluang wear very colorful clothing, while the Lahu often wear black with colorful accents. All of these groups are very diverse, but they are all kind and welcoming of us as photographers.

For three nights in Kengtung, we will stay at the Private Resort Hotel. Situated along a quiet avenue, within walking distance of downtown, the resort is designed in traditional Southeast-Asian style and is constructed out of local materials such as teak and pine.

Inle Lake (Days Five — Nine)

This morning we will fly from Kengtung to Heho and drive to the Nyaungshwe at the northern tip of Inle Lake. From there we will take boats the rest of the way to our lakeside hotel.

Inle Lake is home to the Intha, who live both around and on the lake itself. We will spend a lot of time on the lake, photographing the (very famous) fishermen, stilted villages, floating gardens, etc. We also photograph the Pa-O, and other minority groups, who live in the hills around Inle Lake and come down to the lake to trade at the rotating daily markets. We will also photograph at the Indein pagoda complex and among the 200 ancient stupas of Kakku.

Myanmar Treasure Resort will be our luxurious home while on Inle Lake. The views from our front-row, Deluxe Lake View rooms are amazing. As are our villas’ outdoor showers.

Loikaw (Days Nine — Twelve)

Our trip to Loikaw will be an amazing journey. We will travel by boat to the very southern point of Inle Lake. Most tourists only manage to see the upper portion of Inle Lake (which is separated from the larger southern portion by a long canal lined with farms and beautiful landscapes), but, starting near the northern tip, we will travel the full 22km (13.7mi) length of Inle Lake to its southernmost point at Pekon. From there we will drive the rest of the way to Loikaw.

Loikaw is home to the Kayan (known as Paduang in the local Shan language) “long-neck” women, who wear brass rings around their necks. They start wearing these rings when they are as young as five-years old. Anthropologists disagree on why this tradition began, but the women who wear the rings explain very simply that it is part of their cultural identity and makes them more beautiful.

In Loikaw, we will stay at Loikaw Lodge in Deluxe rooms for three nights. The beautifully-crafted rooms and spaces at the lodge give us every comfort while blending effortlessly into the unspoilt surroundings.

Yangon (Days Twelve — Thirteen)

After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our flight back to Yangon. We will have some time to visit Yangon, including the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, before our final, farewell dinner followed by flights home the following day (for those not continuing on to the Bagan Extension).

Although this represents the photographic adventure’s planned itinerary, it is subject to change at the discretion of the adventure leaders.

Bagan Extension

Bagan (Days One — Five)

After an early breakfast, we will fly from Yangon to Bagan (Nyaung U).

The kingdoms of Bagan date back to the early 2nd century. At its height there were more than 13,000 temples. It is one of the most remarkable archeological sites in Asia. We will photograph in, around, and on top of these temples for five days. We will photograph baloons rising from behind surrounding temples at sunrise and cattle being driven home along dusty roads as the sun sets. For a completely different perspective of the temples, one morning we will take a hot air balloon and rise with the sun over the temples.

We have timed this to be in Bagan for the annual Ananda Pagoda Festival. The festival celebrates this beautiful and cultural destinaion with traditional entertainment, special foods, games, and markets full of artisan crafts. This lively festival attracts a lot of monks, who come to deliver sermons.

We will fly back to Yangon on our last day in time to connect with international flights home that evening.

For four nights in Bagan, we will stay at the Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort. Set in a unique location among the ancient temples, the beautiful resort spreads across 27 acres of tropical landscapped gardens. The rooms are spacious and elegant with luxuriuos amentities. It is our perfect haven after long days photographing.

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