Dates: January 27–February 5, 2020

Begins & Ends: Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

Nearest Airport: Yangon (RGN)

Leaders: Jeffrey Chapman & Winslow Lockhart

Maximum Participants: 8

Tuition: $8,700
(including domestic flights)

Accommodation: Included
(optional single supplement: $300)

Meals: Included

Payment Policy: 3 Installments
     • $500 deposit to confirm participation
     • 50% due by June 1, 2019
     • Balance due by September 1, 2019

This photographic adventure begins and ends in Yangon, Burma/Myanmar. Tuition includes hotels/boat (based on double occupancy; single occupancy is available with payment of a single-occupancy supplement), meals, 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 the Moken “sea gypsies” in the Mergui Archipelago of southern Burma/Myanmar.

The Moken are one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer populations of Southeast Asia. They make the sea, which they call “Mother Ocean,” their home. Foraging food from oceans and forests, trading fish and shells for other necessities, the Moken have maintained a self-sufficient, nomadic way of life along the Andaman coast of Burma and Thailand for centuries. Most spend their daily lives on small, covered wooden boats called kabang. Moken men use harpoons and nets to catch fish. Moken women and children collect crustaceans and shells during low tide on the beaches. They also dive for food, and a recent study showed that the eyesight of Moken children is 50% more powerful than that of European children. Over hundreds of years, they have developed the unique ability to focus under water, using their visual skills to dive for food on the sea floor. Historically, they are born, live, and die on their boats. For a few days we will mimic them — albeit with far greater luxury — as we live, photograph, and dine on our boat.

Our base in the Merqui Archipelago of southern Burma will be a yacht (yes, a yacht!) as we explore the archipelago and photograph the Moken. It’s our perfect home to start each day with an early-morning breakfast overlooking the sea and to finish the day with sunset gin and tonics from the roof.

As exotic as we find some of these minority groups, 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.

Mergui Archipelago (Days Two – Nine)

After a morning flight from Yangon, we will begin our cruise of the Mergui Archipelago at the Myoma Jetty in Kawthaung, where we will climb aboard our yacht that will be our traveling home for seven nights as we explore the pristine archipelago in search of the Moken “sea gypsies,” who make these 800 islands their home.

Each day, we will take Zodiacs to Moken villages where the children and curious adults will welcome us. As these are remote villages on islands distant from shore without easy access to shops, we will bring some vital supplies with us for the villagers. We will photograph Moken boys speardiving in the sea from their wooden boats, swim with the Moken off an island beach, photograph the Moken underwater, board Moken fishing boats to photograph fishermen doing their daily chores (mending nets, etc.), and when we feel that we’ve exhausted our pixels for the day we’ll visit secluded island beaches to hunt for shells and float in the warm waves as the sun sets. In the evening, we can even fish for squid from the back of our yacht.

Kawthaung (Days Nine – Ten)

After lunch on board our yacht, we will transfer to the Victoria Cliff Hotel & Resort in Kawthaung for one last seaside evening in Burma before flying back to Yangon the following morning and saying our goodbyes as we connect for our intercontinental flights home.

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

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