Iconic Myanmar Photo Tour
Iconic Myanmar –
Golden Triangle Expedition
October 14 – 27, 2018
Designed & Led by Nat Geo Contributor &
2-Time Garuda Award Winner
Price: $6495 Now $5995! (excellent value-for-money @ only $428 per day)
Optional “Lost City” 5-Day Extension- $2395
Hotels: 4 & 5 Star (Best available in remote locations)
Highlights : Yangon & Shwedagon Pagoda – Golden Triangle Tribes & Rice Terraces – Hot Air Balloon over Bagan – Irrawaddy River Cruise – The Mandalay Array – U Bein Bridge – Magical Lake Inle – The Wonderful People of Myanmar!
As unique and rewarding as travel photography in Myanmar is, the key to maximizing the experience is having leadership that not only has intimate knowledge of the land and its people, but who always puts their client’s image making above their own. A.P. Soe has shown himself time and time again as this kind of leader, always genial and generous with his time & willingness to share. He warmly welcomes all skill levels, novice to advanced.
Iconic Myanmar – Golden Triangle Expedition is uniquely exclusive, and ventures to some places no other Burma photo tours do. The itinerary not only offers the most photogenic icons of the country, but takes you off the beaten path for rare image making opportunities in the Golden Triangle. Here you will trek to the village of a vanishing tribe and spend most of the day experiencing and photographing them, visit other tribal villages where they still dress in the traditional way, and be able to photograph the stunning rice terraces just before the harvest.
Moreover, and in general, the level of inside access afforded on LJ photo tours is truly unparalleled. This access is both experience and contact based – the latter meaning having a network of local insiders throughout the country who open doors that would otherwise remain closed.
For a look at the basic itinerary, just hit the Itinerary tab above. For pricing & details, see Pricing & Details. You are bound to have questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We promise a prompt and cheerful response!
“A.P. Soe’s work is unique, emotive and beautiful.” — David Lazar, National Geographic Contributor & Multi-Major Award Winner
Skeleton Itinerary* – Iconic Myanmar: Golden Triangle Expedition
October 14 – 27, 2018
Oct 14: Yangon Arrival – Slideshow Presentation – Shwedagon Pagoda – Welcome Dinner
Oct 15: Yangon Circle Train – Golden Triangle / Kyaing Tong
Oct 16: Kyaing Tong – Vanishing En Tribe Village Trek & Photo Shoot
Oct 17: Kyaing Tong – Rice Terraces & Various Tribes
Oct 18: Kyaing Tong – Bagan – Temple Sunset 1
Oct 19: Bagan Temple Sunrise 1 – Novice Monastery & Environmental Portraiture – Sunset 2
Oct 20: Bagan – Sunrise 2 – Hot Air Balloon – Monks & Temple Interiors – Low Light Portraiture – Temple Sunset 3
Oct 21: Bagan – Mandalay – Street Shoot – Monastery Shoot – U Bein Sunset Bridge
Oct 22: Mandalay Hill Sunrise – Irrawaddy River Cruise to Mingun – Mingun Model Shoot
Oct 23: Mandalay – Inle Lake – Teakwood Novice Monastery – Fishermen Sunset
Oct 24: Inle Lake – Indein – Ruins of Nyaung Oak – Padaung “Studio” Session
Oct 25: Inle Lake – Sunrise of the Intha Fishermen! – Floating Villages – Yangon
Oct 26: Yangon – Novice Nunnery – Free Time – Farewell Dinner
Oct 27: Yangon Departure Day – You’ll Miss This Place! (or continue to Sittwe/Mrauk U)
Hotels: Rose Garden, Golden Island Cottages, Amazing Bagan, Golden Star, Eastern Palace, Sule Shangri La
Mrauk U “Lost City” Extension w/ A.P. Soe
Oct 27: Yangon – Sittwe – Afternoon Street Shoot
Oct 28: Sittwe – Morning Fish Market / Street Shoot – Mrauk U by Private Riverboat
Oct 29: Mrauk U – Sunrise Pagoda Landscape – Fortress Pagodas & Portraits – Sunset Monks
Oct 30: Mrauk U – Remote Chin “Tattoo Tribe” Villages
Oct 31: Mrauk U Sunrise Shoot – Sittwe – Yangon by 4:30 pm – Departure
*Itinerary is a close sample only. While subject to intraday change, you will never be shortchanged!
**Image review and/or Lightroom tutorials are available on an ongoing basis.
***Free time is essentially anytime you choose, as long as you don’t miss a flight!
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Testimonials - A.P. Soe, Luminous Journeys Photo Tours
“AP, what a star he is… Travelling and photographing the beauty and heritage of this fabulous country with him was an experience I will never forget. His enthusiasm and passion for both craft and country were never-ending… I learned so much just from watching how he set up for a shot and brought his vision to life. Throughout the tour he would go to any lengths (including lending lenses!) to make sure everyone captured great shots… A.P. Soe is without a doubt the friendliest, happiest photo tour leader I have ever had the pleasure of photographing with… I cannot wait to chase the light with him again soon. I will certainly recommend his photo tours to anyone I know. An amazing experience.” — Richard Cawthra, United Kingdom
“Since attending a Luminous Journeys photo tour in Myanmar with A.P. Soe, I’ve become so passionate about photography that I started traveling more, trying to apply the valuable techniques I learnt during the tour. People who see my photos sometimes ask me if I’m a professional photographer. This is how much AP helped me improve! I am very grateful to AP for that but also for being such a nice person and friend, it really made the photo tour an absolutely memorable experience that I keep building on day after day.” — Eddie Hui-Bon-Hoa, France
“What a great trip we had! David Lazar and A.P. Soe are amazing photographers and teachers — and just great people. My photography improved by leaps. It was a fabulous tour with real pros that actually care that you become a better photographer. What more can one ask for?” —Patricia Pomerleau, USA
“The Myanmar photo tour with A.P. Soe has been the highlight of my photography experience. Traveling with a local photographer is a privilege and we got to see and do things that are otherwise not accessible to foreigners. I learned a tremendous amount from him. He is a talented, patient and generous teacher with a keen eye and an excellent understanding of both artistic and technical aspects of photography.” — Ora Buerkli, Switzerland
“A.P. Soe is not only is a truly great photographer – he is an artist, knowing exactly how to take technically perfect shots – but he also knows how to transport emotions in a photograph! A.P. taught me a lot of valuable things, but two in particular that as a beginner changed my thinking – that having expensive gear is NOT important, while understanding light and how to work with it is absolutely critical!
The trip was relaxed and wonderfully organized. The inside access from A.P. would not have been possible for a foreigner like myself without him, and every day delivered one highlight after another to experience and photograph. It was an absolutely overwhelming experience that will stay with me for a lifetime!” —Dr. Thomas Kreis, Germany
“The Myanmar photo tour was wonderful…the group was so funny, we had a great time together. The trip was flawless; we were treated like VIPs and of course the shooting was amazing! I can see you [Luminous Journeys] continuing to organize these trips for a very long time. You are the best at inspiring people to attend your photo tours, and living up to your promises. I just read the itinerary for India and I am very interested. I would love to join David [Lazar] on this tour!” —Paul D’, Switzerland
“I am always impressed when a company actively seeks feedback. The organisation during the photo tour was seamless & very impressive… KK & AP Soe are tremendous photographers and the standard of their work was amazing. There is no doubt this was the real deal. Care also was obviously taken over restaurant choice as none of our group was ill at all… Overall, this was a fantastic & memorable holiday – it is going to take me ages to sort out all the photographs!” – Steve S., United Kingdom
“A.P. Soe makes things happen. That sounds deceptively simple. But I can assure you that many of the high points for the photographers were made possible through A.P’s interaction with the monks, fishermen and others… His mastery of landscape photography also ensured us that we were in the right place at the right time to be able to bring home special images of Myanmar.
This trip convinced me… As someone who has always traveled solo I now understand the value of a targeted photo tour that has been carefully designed to maximize shooting opportunities. With good leadership and smooth logistics from Luminous Journeys, I was free to photograph.” — Sandy McElroy, Canada
“Luminous Journeys has a number of excellent photographers who assist with the group’s needs. A.P. Soe was ours and he was able to set up shots and give us directions on settings and best angles. It is only after you see the images that you realise how crucial his input has been. Apart from A.P.’s relaxed and jovial manner, he is an excellent photographer who I will always credit for having taught me the art of low light portraiture. A great journey through a very interesting country; many thanks!” —Roger Wood, Australia
“I had the pleasure of traveling in Myanmar with A.P. Soe in November 2014. AP is an excellent photographer, skilled, imaginative, and extremely helpful. I have been all over the world shooting, and Myanmar was one of my photographic highlights, largely do the presence of A.P. Soe. I would do this trip again….anytime!” – Dr. Jeff Landman, USA
“A.P. was fabulous. He’s a great photographer and a patient teacher. If I return, I won’t hesitate to hire him again. I really can’t say enough good things about A.P. Soe. Thanks Luminous Journeys for the opportunity to work with him.” – Steve L., USA
“A.P. was always a genial and attentive host, and of course, an outstanding photographer. It was great to be given the benefit of inside local knowledge for shooting pictures. I got the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy myself and produce some good work at the same time. You can’t ask for anymore than that. Thanks A.P.! ” — Dick Beilby, Australia
“We were very pleased with our experience and with leaders A.P. Soe and Boothee. The entire trip was well organized and the leaders optimized the time we had in various areas… Luminous Journeys gets an A+ in its response to Bob’s fall in Mandalay and their ability to access the medical care necessary to evaluate him and allow us to continue on with the tour… Boothee and local guide San San accompanied us on three separate clinic visits and were very professional and reassuring… You can be proud of them both. We will be happy to recommend Luminous Journeys to any potential clients.” – Bob & Bunkie Ludwig, USA
“I enjoyed the Myanmar photo-workshop with A.P. and Boothee. They genuinely created pictures rather than merely taking pictures, and were impressive in doing so! The workshop exceeded what I had expected. Overall, I had excellent experiences and I will recommend it to my friends.” —Harry Joh, USA