• 8 Days Yangon, Bagan & Inle Lake Photography Trip with Bobby Lee

    Document this changing country before it's lost in the wheel of time with Bobby Lee. Extend your stay to include the breathtaking Inle Lake, home to the iconic one leg-paddling fishermen. Here, meet a local Shan family, and hear stories about the vanishing tribes and clans of Burma.
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FLEX DEPARTURE
8 days | 21 Feb - 04 Jan 2018
From AED13,920/Adult

Itinerary

This itinerary is a flexible departure.

Pick your own departure date and group number - ideal for private groups.

 

  • Day 01 - Dubai / Yangon
    Fly Dubai/Yangon   EK 388 0330/1140 (5h 40m) – Daily

     

    On arrival at Yangon International Airport, meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Yangon. Rest and your adventure starts in the next day.


    Accommodation: Yangon
    Meals: NIL

  • Day 02 - Yangon

    After breakfast, we start our tour at Shwedagon Pagoda. What’s behind the golden façade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? This morning we take you through the back door and show you the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of all people living in the immediate surroundings of the pagoda and a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda and a visit to a fortune teller.


    This afternoon, we spend the rest of our day in Yangon downtown, unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing and the central railway station. You find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century buildings, religious and secular. This walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Walk through the back streets in a relaxed tempo and explain you the history of each building. This walk along the streets of Yangon will at least architecturally take you a step back in time. 

    Before sunset we will be back to the illuminated Shwedagon pagoda – a magic and mystical moment at a time it’s not very busy on the main platform. We go straight to platform at the Shwedagon Pagoda where 1000 oil lamps are prepared for you to lit up – a beautiful sight in the evening.
        
    Accommodation: Yangon
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 03 - Yangon / Bagan

    What’s happening in the streets of Yangon when most other people are still sleeping or taking their shower? Our tour starts early in the morning, with a visit to the fish market on the Yangon River when it’s already busy. We continue to a vegetable market which is open 24 hours a day and go to try the famous Burmese breakfast called Mohinga (a mild fish soup with noodles and crackers). By that time the monks are walking through the streets of Yangon to collect their alms and you will wait for them to pass and donate some food to them. Continue to the fruit and vegetable market before heading back to your hotel to have your full western breakfast.

    Check out and visit local monastic education. After lunch, transfer to airport and fly to Bagan. 

     Fly Yangon / Bagan K7 206 1530/1650 (1h 20m)
    This later afternoon, we take a boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and have some sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river (if the river is not too high). A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while you will be served cocktails and some snacks.

    Accommodation: Bagan
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 04 - Bagan

    A full day tour in Bagan, will show you the best known temples of the area. We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here we visit some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Bobby will guide you through on how to capture monks and locals with all these temples. 

    After lunch we visit a local village and whenever you see a temple you like, just ask you guide to stop to have a look at it – simply pick your own favourite temple. This later afternoon we continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset. 

    Accommodation: Bagan
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 05 - Bagan

    This morning, you may want to capture more pictures with the alms giving to the monks.

    Start the day early with 4x4 driving out of Bagan meeting local women carrying fire wood and the market while the sun rises behind them. Nyaung Gyi is the first village visit and we stop to see a black smith work shop. In Se Ywa village we visit several local workshops (Plum purifying, cooking oil producing and wooden slipper maker). Then we continue to Taung Kong village where majority of the people are farmers but also making pottery. A great trip for photographers and anyone interested in daily life of local people. 

    After lunch we visit more local small factories like lacquer wares, and food products like tamarind paste or candies are made. Also visit to some local monasteries before heading to the airport.  

    Enjoy sunset at one of the quiet and beautiful high rise temple.

    Accommodation: Bagan
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 06 - Bagan / Inle Lake

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Heho.

    Fly  Bagan / Heho K7 242 0905/0945 (40m)

    In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a “pagoda forest”. We will walk about 1 hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake. A home-made cooked lunch is served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired paddling yourself we continue by motorboat back to your hotel. 

    Accommodation: Inle Lake
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 07 - Inle Lake

    Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in village built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today we will take you by private motorboat around the lake, discover the beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea at a local family’s house.

    On and around the lake traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule and today we will take you to visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. We will certainly also visit a local house where cheroot (the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house where a traditional Intha lunch is served and if wanted we visit a weaving factory

    We will have time to visit local villages including monasteries and school.

    Accommodation: Inle Lake
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 08 - Inle Lake / Yangon

    This morning boat trip to see early life on the lake, visit local market, villages and handicrafts workshop. We have a Shan lunch at the Viewpoint restaurant and then continue the tour to the local market looking for some traditional Shan cotton and Shan traditional dresses. A visit to the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with the oval windows is certainly giving the opportunity for some great pictures. Then we fly back to Yangon.

    Fly  Heho / Yangon K7 203 1625/1735 (1h 10m) 

    Enjoy a farewell dinner before we connect the international flight. 

    Accommodation: N/A
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 09 - Yangon /Dubai
    Fly Yangon/Dubai EK 389 0105/0505 (5h 45m) - Daily


    Accommodation: N/A

    Meals: N/A

 

 

 

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