RemotExpeditions | Myanmar Photography Expedition
1976
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Myanmar Remote&Cultural Expedition


It’s a new era for this extraordinary and complex land, where the landscape is scattered with gilded pagodas and the traditional ways of Asia endure. ‘This is Burma’, wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘It will be quite unlike any land you know about.’ Amazingly, over a century later, Myanmar retains the power to surprise and delight even the most jaded of travellers. Be dazzled by the ‘winking wonder’ of Shwedagon Paya. Contemplate the 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan. We will immerse in the local culture by visiting temples, remote villages, multiple ethnic groups, and town marketplaces and deeply understand the culture.

Myanmar Expedition 12 Days/ 11 Night


Day 1 Arrive in Yangon – 11th Feb

Meet our guide and photographer at Yangon airport and then transfer to your hotel for check-in. Head to Chauk Htat Gyi or high six layers statue of reclining Buddha image, one of the large pictures of the region. Then start your first photo shoots at Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world and it never fails to enchant visitors. This hundred- meter-high-dome shaped structure covered with hundreds of gold plates. According to legend, it was built 2600 year ago by enshrining eight strands of hair relic of Buddha. It is believed to be one of the earliest pagodas of the Gautama Buddha Era. Wander around china town, the busiest quarters in the city, to see how the oversea Chinese community made their living and to try some popular Chinese foods. Stay overnight in Yangon. (D) (L, D)

Day 2 Yangon- Bagan ( by flight) – 12th Feb

In the early morning, transfer to Yangon airport for your domestic flight to Bagan. Arriving there, visit Nyaung Oo market where you can see daily activities of locals. Then drive to Shwezigon, the most outstanding stupa in Bagan. This high spire was the combined merit of King Anawrahta, and King Kyansittha built in the early 11th century. Continue to beautiful Ananda temple completed in 1090 to see the most significant achievement in the earlier style of Myanmar temple architecture. Then admire the beauty of Thatbyinyu, the highest temple in Bagan plain, before Lunch. Visit one of the monasteries to take the pictures of novices. In the afternoon, visit Manuha Paya temple with large Buddha images housed at small niches.Next, go to Dhamayangyi, the most massive temple noted for its beautiful brickwork. Watch the sunset at one of the artificial hills in Bagan. Stay overnight in Bagan. ( B/L/D)(B, L, D)

Day 3 Bagan Balloon flight – Mindat – 13th Feb

In the early morning, get picked up from hotel for Hot-air balloon ride over Bagan. You will have many opportunities for an aerial shoot over temples. For those who do not want to join Balloon flight will have many opportunities for taking Bagan temples at Sunrise. At 10:30, after check out from the hotel, drive to Mindat, a town in Chin State by passing through hilly road via Pakkukku. (4-5 hours’ drive). On arrival in Midat, check-in at Hotel Mindat. Then take a street photo of the town. Stay overnight in Mindat. ( B/L/D)

Day 4 Photo session – soft trekking around Mindat – 14th Feb

After breakfast, go to chin ethnic museum where the community leader will organize photo sessions with different chin ethnic group. Then trek to the nearby Chin villages. Stay overnight at hotel in Mindat. ( B/L/D)

Day 5 Mindat – Sagaing –Mingun- Mandalay – 15th Feb

After checkout, drive to Mandalay (4-5 hour drive). On the way,stop in Sagaing and visit Kaungmudaw and then continue to Sagaing hill to see Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda located in the second highest hill of Sagaing and U Min Thone Hse Pagoda with 30 crescent-shaped caves. Sagaing mountain range includes 37 cliffs along the bank of Ayeyarwady River. This place has reputed as a mountain retreat for monks and nuns. Then continue driving to Mingun along the narrow road on the bank of Ayeyarwady River. Mingun situates on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady River and famous for its gigantic humanmade structures: Pathodawgyi, the considerable lion status, and the big bell. Visit Patowdawgyi, an unfinished colossal stupa built-in 1790. There are two substantial lion statues made of concrete at its entrance. Both severely damaged due to the earthquake in 1839. After a few minutes’ walks to the north, you will see another gigantic monument, the large Mingun bell. It has a weight of 90 tons and the second most massive bell in the world. Go to Mya Thein Dan pagoda with distinctive architectural style. Schoolgirls and kids will join us for your photo. Take a short boat ride to Mandalay where your coach is waiting for you for hotel transfer. Check-in and stay overnight at your hotel in Mandalay. ( B/L/D)

Day 6 Mandalay- Amarapura- Inwa- Mandalay – 16th Feb

In the morning, drive to Amarapura or Taung Myo situated 11 Km to the south of Mandalay. It was a royal city twice in 1783 and 1841. Take a short walk across the famous U Peins Bridge at Taungthaman Lake. U Peins Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar and built in the year 1849. The supply of wood for the bridge came from the former old palace of Inwa. You can take a photo of fishers catching the fish on the lake. Watch the procession of monks for their Lunch at Maha Gandha Yon monastery, one of the teaching monasteries largest in Mandalay. Then head to the pier of Inwa, and then take a short ferry ride to reach the old city and then explore Inwa by the horse carts to see the monuments, ancient ruins and small communities living around the palace. You will see Bagaya wooden monastery supported by 267 teak pillars. It was the merit of King Bagyidaw and was built in 1834. Next to Nanmyint Palace tower built in 1822 and leaned by an earthquake in 1839. Visit Mae Nu Oak Kaung (brick monastery), donated to Sayadaw U Boak who is the most educated monk in Inwa era. Return to Mandalay city to visit Shwe kyaung and Kuthodaw. Watch the sunset at Mandalay hill. Stay overnight in Mandalay. ( B/L/D)

Day 7 Mandalay- Heho – 17th Feb

After checking out from your hotel, leave for Mandalay airport for the plane to Heho.(about one hour).On arrival at Heho airport, drive to Loikaw. Visit Taung Kwe Mountain, an iconic landmark of Kayar State. Stay overnight your hotel in Loikaw. ( B/L/D)

Day 8 Loikaw – 18th Feb

These cultural tours offer you fascinating, fun insights into local life and culture in Pan Pet, an ethnic Kayan community. The brass rings worn by some Kayan ladies in this ethnic community have become an iconic symbol of Myanmar, and South East Asia tribal culture. After driving for 45 minutes, you will arrive in Pemasong village and welcomed by their local community guide. Then start the soft trekking (for approximately two hours) to the beautiful views of the hill. As you climb the mountain, the guide will make some stops to explain critical cultural sites. These include a monument which honors the village clan, and animist bird totem, and a guardian spirit cave. Continue your trekking to Salong Kana hamlet before artisans’ trail in this village, stop for Lunch at one of the local houses. Next, visit traditional Kayan homes. You can see artisans making Kayan bracelets, weaving traditional textiles, carving wooden statues and weaving bamboo and other handworks. Stay overnight in Loikaw. ( B/L/D)

Day 9 Loikaw- Nyaung Shwe – 19th Feb

In the morning, leave for Nyaung Shwe and then check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon, begin a photo session on Inle lake with fishers. Stay overnight in Nyaung Shwe. ( B/L/D)

Day 10 Inle lake – Yangon – 20th Feb

After having breakfast, start morning photo session on Inle Lake with fishers again. Then start your boat tour by visiting at a local market where a variety of local agricultural products and foodstuff are available. The boat will take you a beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking famous Inle Lake. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda to see five Buddha images heavily covered with gold foils in daily devotion. The photos look like golden balls rather than Buddha images. It is the primary pilgrimage site of locals in Inle Lake. After having Lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to the old Nga Pe Chaung Wooden Monastery to see magnificent and ancient wood carvings of religious artifacts inside it. Those who are interested in traditional handicrafts can visit cottage workshops in such as silversmith, boat making and silk and lotus fiber weaving workshops. On the way back to the hotel, visit the small human-made floating islands where Inthar people grow tomato, onion, and gourd and seasonal flowers. Stay overnight at your hotel in Nyaugshwe ( B/L/D)

Day 11 Heho- Yangon – 21th Feb

Check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your trip to Yangon. Go to Bogyoke market (also known as Scott market). It is one of the oldest bazaar dominated by jewelry shops, antique, some handicrafts and clothing shops. It closes on Monday and public holidays. Then drive to Kandaw Gyi Park and take a short walk around Kandawgyi Lake where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Shwe Dagon pagoda. ( B/L/D) After having breakfast, start morning photo session on Inle Lake with fishers again. Then start your boat tour by visiting at a local market where a variety of local agricultural products and foodstuff are available. The boat will take you a beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking famous Inle Lake. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda to see five Buddha images heavily covered with gold foils in daily devotion. The photos look like golden balls rather than Buddha images. It is the primary pilgrimage site of locals in Inle Lake. After having Lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to the old Nga Pe Chaung Wooden Monastery to see magnificent and ancient wood carvings of religious artifacts inside it. Those who are interested in traditional handicrafts can visit cottage workshops in such as silversmith, boat making and silk and lotus fiber weaving workshops. On the way back to the hotel, visit the small human-made floating islands where Inthar people grow tomato, onion, and gourd and seasonal flowers. Stay overnight at your hotel in Nyaugshwe ( B/L/D)

Day 12 Yangon Departure – 22th Feb

In the morning, transfer to Yangon airport for your international flight.

Dates and Prices

Date: 11th February – 22st February
Cost: $4310
Group size: Min. 4 – Max. 8
Starting/ending point: Yangon airport/Yangon airport
Trip Leader: Spencer Montero
Cost includes: All the accommodation and meal as mention in the expeditions program (BLD), local English speaking guide, airport transfer and ground transportation, Three domestic flight tickets (Yangon-Bagan/ Mandalay-Heho/Heho-Yangon)

Price is based on double occupancy: a single supplements of $530 will apply*
*Note: We will make every effort to connect you with a roommate should you like to share a room, however, if unable to make a match, the single supplements will be apply. During the stay in the remote part will try the best to find the most comfort.

A deposit of $1000 is required to hold your spot, balance is due 60 day prior to departure

Spencer Montero is a British born photographer based in Spain. His curiosity to discover the Earth and its people has taken him to remarkable places like the Altai mountains, the home of the eagle hunters of Mongolia. Spencer stayed with them in their yurts, and shared their nomadic lifestyle through his photographic lens. Whether travelling by motorcycle or backpacking through India, Ethiopia or Myanmar , he always finds a way of capturing the soul of a place.