Considered a photographers paradise, this area of South-East Asia with its fabulous and varied landscapes, picturesque ruined cities and glorious temples, bustling street life and bewildering mix of ethnic groups is a most photogenic region.
From the faded Victorian splendour and breathtaking Schwedagon Pagoda of Yangon (Rangoon), to the ancient cities of historic Mandalay, the incredible temples of Bagan and the colonial hill stations, myriad traditional hill-tribes and justly celebrated Lake Inle of the picturesque Shan Plateau. We will explore this incredible country by local train, rickshaw, horse and cart, Irrawaddy cruiser, canoe, bicycle and on foot with the emphasis on both famous sites and discovering the local culture, bustling markets, authentic cuisine and incredibly friendly people that comprise this highly varied and truly fabulous country. South-East Asia as it used to be!
The tour is a private tour with an itinerary especially designed with photographers in mind. It will be fully escorted by a tour leader and local guides who understand and are experienced in appreciating the specific needs of photographers.
Dates. 1 – 14 Feb. (only 2 places left), 15st-28th February 2014 (only 2 places left) and 28 Feb – 13 March (only 2 places left)
Costs. Land only is £1350. Single supplement is £250.00.
Estimated cost of flights from Heathrow, with Thai Airways via Bangkok, is £1100. Tour is available with or without flights. Those getting flights independently would join on day 2 in Yangon.
Day 1. Departure from London.
Day 2. Morning arrival in Yangon. Settle in to our downtown hotel close to the famous Scott Market. Sunset visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 3. Morning flight to Mandalay. Afternoon trip to Ava (Inva). Sunset visit to the Iconic U Bein Bridge.
Day 4. Boat trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun with its picturesque riverside ruins of the ancient city. Sunset visit to Mandalay Hill for spectacular sunset view across the town.
Day 5. Early morning departure by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan. Late afternoon orientation visit to the site of the 11th to 13th century capital.
Day 6. Dawn visit by pony and trap to the temples, return to the hotel for a late breakfast. The rest of the day visit Bagan at your leisure.
Day 7. Morning departure, by road, for the distant Shan Plateau. Visit the sacred site of Mount Popa. Lunch at Meilktila before our travelling onward to our destination, the old hill-station of Kalaw.
Day 8. Morning hike through the surrounding hills to visit one of the local Paluang Hill tribe villages. Afternoon return to Kalaw.
Day 9. Day trip through the picturesque countryside of the Shan Plateau, to include local farmers markets before heading to Pindaya and the spectacular Shwe Umin cave temples. Lunch by the lake and a chance to check out the traditional umbrella making for which Pindaya is famous. Afternoon transfer to Nyuangshwe, gateway to Lake Inle.
Day 10. Day boat trip around the lake to include a lakeside village market, a fascinating lotus weaving project, unusual floating gardens and a traditional hand rolling cheroot factory!
Day 11. Morning departure, across the lake and up the river, to the lakeside village of In Dien, from where we will trek to the ruined Shan city. Return to Nyaungshwe for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 12. Free morning at Lake Inle. Afternoon departure, by plane, to Yangon.
Day 13. Morning walk taking in some of the street life and architecture of bustling Yangon. Late afternoon departure for Bangkok and onwards.
Day14. Morning arrival in London.
- Transport (from and returning to Yangon), includes flights, boat, minibus, horse and cart.
- All accommodation in hotels, chalet and guest houses.
- Full board except for 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
- All entrances and activities.
- Drinks (other than water with meals),
- Tips or personal expenses ie. laundry at the hotels.
- Myanmar (Burma) visa, currently £14 and obtained from the Myanmar Embassy in London.
Guest Houses/Hotels are chosen for their local character and are all en-suite rooms. Price is based on two people sharing. If you wish to ensure single accommodation then there is a single supplement of £250.00. Meals are all local style, tour leaders are knowledgeable about the local food and we hope that this is an integral part of the trip, western style three course dinners are not typical and are not included in the itineraries.
Places are limited to 10 participants, so book early, if the demand is sufficient an alternative date is possible (see above).
For further details and booking forms contact Keith Pointon, as soon as possible at:
or: Temple Cottage, Whitcott Keysett, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 8QE
Further details may be found at the All Points East website which is www.allpointseast.com