Stunning Images: By You!


Rice terraces in northern mountains of Vietnam

June 18 – July 2, 2018 (2 Spots Open)

David Lazar – Vietnam

Our Luminous Vietnam photo tour spectacular is designed & led by the wonderful Nat Geo contributor David Lazar, who is teamed with one of Vietnam’s most awarded photographers & fun loving photo tour leaders, Nguyen Vu Phuoc.

“My Luminous Vietnam Journey was far and away the best photo tour I have been on. It was more than a photo tour, it was an investment in myself as a keen photographer…” – Lindsay Earle, Zimbabwe


Bali girl dancing in the forest in traditional costume
Sep 30 – Oct 11, 2018 (Sold Out)

David Lazar – Bali + Java

“Luminous Bali – Off the Beaten Path” is led by world renowned travel photographer David Lazar, with special guest, Dukun Jawa.

“…I consider this to have been the best photo tour we’ve been on…and we’ve been on quite a few around the world. Luminous Bali was impeccably researched, planned and executed with a rich, full and unique itinerary that left no photographic stone unturned.” – Lee Ann Birkenstock, USA


Mother and child and tossing rice in Myanmar Golden Triangle with A.P. Soe

Oct 14 – 27, 2018

A.P. Soe – Burma

Iconic Myanmar – Golden Triangle Expedition… The inspirational brilliance of A.P. Soe returns to bring you the classic grandeur of his homeland, as well as guide you off the beaten path and into the heart of The Golden Triangle and its colorful tribal groups during the rice harvest! Including the mysterious En…

“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…” – Ora Buerkli, Switzerland


A.P. Soe light rays and dust on marble worker in Mandalay, Myanmar

Nov 17 – 30, 2018

A.P. Soe – Burma

($300 Early Bird Discount before May 1)
Luminous Myanmar – Journey to the Lost City… The inspirational brilliance of A.P. Soe leads you through the classic grandeur of his homeland, as well as takes you off the beaten path to the fabled Lost City of Mrauk U… Includes remote river journey to photograph the last of the Chin “tattoo tribes” living outside of Chin State.

“The inside access from A.P. would not have been possible for a foreigner…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


Ta Prohm with monk walking in Cambodia, Angkor Wat

Dec 30 – Jan 13, 2019 ($300 Discount, 1st 3 Only!)

David Lazar – World Heritage Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam!

Luminous Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam – A UNESCO World Heritage Photo Tour is led by Nat Geo contributor David Lazar. The region is definitely a ‘bucket lister’ for any travel photographer worth their salt, and here is a rare 4 for 1 opportunity! The four UNESCO World Heritage sites we visit are Ayutthaya, Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; Angkor wat & Environs, Cambodia; and Hoi An, Vietnam. Plus a lot more great photo opportunities!


Incredible temple scene at Bagan, Myanmar

Jan 9 – 22, 2019

Kyaw Kyaw Winn – Myanmar

Photographers Gone Wild – Chin State Expedition is one of our 3-time Myanmar Photographer of the Year‘s favorite photo tour itineraries. K.K. Winn is the ultimate Myanmar photography insider, who knows the light, locations and people of Myanmar like no one else. Includes the “tattoo tribes” of remote Chin State, and Bagan’s Ananda Pagoda Festival.

“I’ve been on quite a number of photo tours all over the world, and Luminous Journeys has been the best –BY FAR. Kyaw Kyaw Winn and the people of Myanmar will always be in my heart.” — Benny Hanigal

Naga baba at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India

Jan 25 – Feb 8, 2019 (2 Spots Open – Book Now!)

D. Lazar – India + Kumbh Mela!

Luminous India & the Kumbh Mela represents a once in 6 years opportunity to photograph the largest, most colorful religious festival in the world. And by “colorful” we mean it! “Sky Clad” Naga Babas who began this great gathering more than 3 thousand years ago; various other Hindu holy men & women practicing mind blowing austerities; and much, much more! You’ll have Luxury tents in a prime location, and inside access to it all! Tour includes insiders Varanasi, Rajasthan & the Taj Mahal.

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Tiger's nest with prayer flags by David Lazar on Bhutan photo tour

Mid April, 2019 ($400 Discount, 1st 3 Only!)

David Lazar – Bhutan

Luminous Bhutan with renowned travel shooter David Lazar is the latest edition to the LJ line up of world class photo tour adventures. David absolutely loves Bhutan, and was thrilled we decided to add it to the roster. Our only regret is not to have added it earlier! This tour focuses on iconic Bhutan, plus has special inside access to a fantastically photogenic, off-the-beaten-path festival, as well as arranged shoots in small villages w/ ethnic tribes in traditional dress. More details coming soon, but you can start with…


Luminous Journeys Photo Tours

Myanmar – Bali – Vietnam – India – Bhutan – Thailand – Laos – Cambodia

Myanmar is one of those rare places of allure — especially for a photographer — that is difficult to resist. It is without a doubt one of the most enjoyably photogenic places in the world, made all the more so for the fact that most Burmese are warm and welcoming and happy to be photographed. What’s more, once you’ve been, it’s even more difficult to resist returning. Not just to get the shots you missed or discover more places, but because you miss the way it makes you feel, which really is something bordering on the magical.

Bali is much more than its reputation as a crowded honeymoon & party animal haven, a reputation that prevents all too many photographers from seeing what an absolute photo tour paradise it is, at least in the hands of Luminous Journeys. David Lazar’s Luminous Bali is a completely original & exhilarating Bali photo tour experience that goes well off the beaten path and into the true heart of The Island of the Gods. The tour also ventures to the island of East Java for two unforgettable shoots – the surreal volcano-scape of Mt. Bromo, and the Tengger horseman w/ volcano backdrops. Wow!

Vietnam is one of our very favorite places to photograph. Our next photo tour in Vietnam is once again with the superlative team of David Lazar, Nguyen Vu Phuoc & Diep Van, and will take place in June of 2018.. The diversity of landscapes and peoples from North to South is nothing short of spectacular, and along with street scenes adorned with a blend of Vietnamese and French colonial architecture, the Indochine dream comes to life for the travel photographer. The June Vietnam photo tour features the incredible rice terraces of the northern mountains, which is something everybody should experience.

India is vast and marvellous, with perhaps the widest array of impact image making opportunities – across the full spectrum of styles – of any single nation on earth. And because it can be a difficult place to travel and photograph on your own, this is precisely why a Luminous Journeys photo tour workshop with experienced professionals leading the way is so valuable.

Beautiful Ao dai model on David Lazar Vietnam photo tour

Mt. Bromo volcano on Java by Nat Geo contributor David Lazar

Why Luminous Journeys Photo Tours?

Our Commitment to You
We are absolutely committed to your best overall travel and photography experience; from first contact to post tour follow up. As photographers ourselves who live and work in Southeast Asia, we have an in depth understanding not only of works best on photo tour workshops in general, but also how to tailor to your goals and expectations within the small group dynamic. After the tour, we share behind the scenes images privately with all, and are happy to continue photo reviews, publish some of your images if you are amenable, and share information going forward. Our overall client satisfaction rate is still at 100%, and our returning client rate is excellent. We also offer a returning client discount of $300 on all full length photo tours wherever we operate.

Response & Responsibility
We always respond promptly to inquiries and are more than happy to answer any and all questions completely and forthrightly. We understand this is a significant commitment on your part, and want you to feel comfortable and secure in making it. We take our responsibility to you very seriously.

Major Award Winning Photographers, Local & Western
The most important ingredient to our success is the high quality of our photographers, both as leaders and as human beings. Not only do they deliver in terms fantastic image making opportunities, they also make it a priority to see those opportunities realized for our guests. Having a lot of fun along the way just comes naturally! All are major award winners and very experienced photo tour guides, see their Bios for details.

Unparalleled Inside Access
While the great iconic travel sites offer great photo opportunities, they can also come with their challenges. The inside access afforded by our photographers is key to navigating locations that can sometimes be overcrowded. This is less of a problem in Myanmar for the time being, but nevertheless you want leaders who know all the best angles and have the connections to open doors that are otherwise closed or unknown to the public.

We go off the Beaten Path!
You might be surprised at how many Myanmar photo tours do not, and the same for photo tours in Vietnam and Bali. We appreciate that you appreciate the opportunity to capture rare and special images, and so we go the extra miles to get you those opportunities. Every photo tour of 12 days or more takes you to at least one remote destination, whether for stunning landscapes, colorful tribal peoples, or both!

We Specialize in our own Backyard
While our main offices are in Myanmar, along with the majority of our photo tours, we continue to spend time on the ground finding special locations and developing close working relationships in nearby Indonesia and Vietnam. We don’t just drop in once a year! Not the mention the fact that we work with outstanding local pro photographers in each country.

We Genuinely Welcome ALL Skill Levels
We don’t say this just to fill slots, and understand that inexperienced shooters can feel left behind on some other Myanmar photo tours. We make certain this never happens, and are quite confident that novice to intermediate level photographers will learn much more and have a lot more fun with us. Advanced shooters may not have as much to learn technically, but the value of getting professional tips, insights and techniques while in the field – along with the best available access should not be underestimated.

Best Value for Money
We offer up to $500 a day! more value for the same quality hotels, restaurants and transportation as other photo tours at the 4 star level. Even more importantly, our photographers always put your image making first and foremost. How can we charge so much less? Simple – by NOT demanding the outrageous profits most celebrity (and even some non-celebrity) pros do!