This 14-day Myanmar photography tour brings you to 6 destinations in the country to seek the most dramatic pictures. Be amazed by the stunning landscape, be warm by the friendly people, and be charmed by the wonderful man-made masterpieces that survive after the ups and downs of the historical flow. This 14-day tour will be the most memorable photo journey that you might have never experience before. Gearing up your suitcase, and let our expert photography leade takes you to every corner of Myanmar.
 

Duration: 14 days/13 nights
Start/End: Yangon/Yangon
Tour Route: Yangon – Loikaw – Inle Lake – Kalaw – Bagan – Chin Hill – Bagan – Yangon
Tour Type: Photography, Landscape, History, In-depth Cultural
Age Rank: 16-80 years old
Tour Category: Myanmar adventure tours
Experience this 14-day Myanmar Tour With:

  • Guides: hand-picked best tour guides with deep knowledge, humor, profession (English speaking guides, other languages upon request)
  • Drivers: polite,  friendly, responsible, reliable with many years of driving experience
  •  Vehicles: comfortable, spacious, air-conditioned & clean
  • Meals: meals are arranged at local restaurants so you can taste authentic Burmese cuisine
  • Accommodation: well-chosen accommodation are listed below. Besides, various types of accommodation are available, from 5-star hotels, 4-star hotels in the best location, good value 3-star hotels, to boutique hotels reflect the style of the region

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Yangon Arrival – Half day city tour
Day 2: Yangon city tour – Discover the Old Quarter
Day 3: Yangon – Loikaw
Day 4: Loikaw photography – Explore the Panpet Villages
Day 5: Loikaw – Drive to Inle Lake via Pinlaung
Day 6: Inle Lake Discovery
Day 7: Inle Lake – Kalaw by Train
Day 8: Kalaw – Drive to Bagan
Day 9: Bagan Temples & Pagodas Exploration
Day 10: Morning balloon Photography – Drive to Chin Hills
Day 11: Chin Hill Villages Discovery
Day 12: Chin Hill Villages Discovery
Day 13: Chin Hill – Drive to Bagan – Fly to Yangon
Day 14: Yangon Departure
Please note that every element of the tour below can be tailored. Tell us your specific interest and we will be happy to make adjustments for you. This inquiry is totally free and you are under no obligation!  

 
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Day 1: Yangon arrival – Half day city tour

Mingalaba! Welcome to Yangon, the city of glistening temples! Today, meet and greet your guide at the airport. Our driver then will transfer you to the hotel in the downtown city for check-in. After a short break, start our amazing photography tour to capture the exotic colonial architecture, busy markets, and spectacular Buddhist monuments.

We will make our first visit to Bogyoke Aungsan Market, the most lively market in the city where you can capture the hectic pace of trading and colorful stalls where sell an array of fabric, jewelry, and attractive items. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and gazette holiday). Then proceed to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to the incredible 66 meters long reclining Buddha image. You can spend your time to witness the daily homage of Burmese people and explore the special symbols on the feet of the statue before moving to the next destination. Follow your guide to Kandawgyi Lake, a beautiful photo stop of Yangon where you will have a chance to save the best photo from the park to the golden floating Karaweik Palace, one of the most iconic landmarks of Yangon. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Overnight in Yangon

bogyoke market

Day 2: Yangon city tour – Discover the Old Quarter

Power up your morning photography at Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most impressive Buddhist pagodas in Myanmar and the pride of Yangon. The morning ambiance at the pagoda is incredible as you will beat most of the crowds. Take this chance to save the best photo to the peaceful ambiance and several monks in the pagoda. After that, your guide will take you to the street around Yangon to photograph the narrow street which is full of small workshops and market stalls. Also, don’t miss your chance to take photos of the local people who live there.

In the afternoon, wander through old Yangon to see its crumbling colonial buildings, bookshops, and street side food stalls. Around twilight, we will make our way to Chinatown, one of the most vibrant streets in Yangon. Make use of the last light of the day to take the photo and enjoy the hectic atmosphere of the 19th-century street
Overnight in Yangon

shwedagon pagoda sunrise

Day 3: Yangon – Loikaw

Leave Yangon this morning to board a flight to Loikaw, a city and the capital of Kayan State where attracts travelers with the greatest ethnic diversity in the country. Arrive at Loikaw, visit Hta Nee La Leh village. Head to Kaetoebu hall and shrines, where animist traditions are practiced. The totem poles which tower into the sky will be highlights of our morning visit. Together with photography, you will have an opportunity to learn why these sites are significant to Kayan people, and about the festival and events, which held every year. Also, learn about the traditional ritual of hunting at the village hunting shrine. The people here are so friendly and happy to be subjects for your pictures for a short time.
Overnight in Loikaw

loikaw myanmar

Day 4: Loikaw photography – Explore the Panpet Village

Today is an amazing day for you to explore the life of Kayan people living in the Panpet village. The spectacular rice fields outer rim are wonderful scenery for you to capture the natural beauty in the region. Keep going in the village, you will have a chance to meet with the special long neck women who still keep their tradition of wearing brass rings to make their necks appear longer. There is no tourism infrastructure in the village but the people here are always welcome and happy to take photos.
Overnight in Loikaw.

long neck woman in Panpet village

Day 5: Loikaw – Drive to Inle Lake via Pinlaung

This morning, say goodbye to the authentic tribal life of Loikaw to take a scenic drive to Inle Lake, a beautiful highland lake where will excite your travel senses by the breathtaking mountain ranges and water melted into another. The route takes us through the small town of Pinlaung and across a scenic plateau.
Upon arrive at Nyaungshwe, we will embark on a stunning boat trip to reach Inle Lake. Today’s stopover will be Ngaphechaung monastery, the largest wooden monastery in the region. Here, use the afternoon light to capture the novice monks who are studying here.
Overnight the hotel in Nyaung Shwe

a man working on his floating garden

Day 6: Inle Lake Discovery

Start the day with an early boat trip to Indein village, a small village on the Western shore of Inle Lake. After passing through bamboo groves, there will be over a hundred ancient stupas that are over 1000 years old in front of us. They are impressive and attractive with different sizes and shapes. Some are crumbling and have vegetation attempting while others still glittering with their golden exteriors. Spend your time to wander around these sites and walk through the colonnade where is filled with market stalls before returning to the lake.

After that, we will spend the whole afternoon to explore the natural beauty of the lake itself. Continue your boat trip and look for the iconic leg-rowing fishermen for a photo dream. We also make our way to Ywama village to visit the traditional silversmiths. Then we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest site in Inle Lake where houses five 800-year-old golden Buddha statue.
Overnight the hotel in Nyaung Shwe

ancient stupas in indein pagoda

Day 7: Inle Lake – Kalaw by Train

Leave Inle Lake this morning to get on the train ride to transfer to Kalaw. The 3-hour ride will give you a window to numerous villages scattered around the beautiful scenery. Besides, it allows you to rub shoulders with the locals along the way. At an altitude of 1320 meters above sea level, Kalaw is a beautiful hill town for an escape from the summer heat. Spend your time to walk around the street to capture the ancient architecture on the street’s building. Then make your way to a hill tribe village near the town to experience the local life and photograph the daily life of the villagers who still maintain their living in simple houses.
Overnight in Kalaw

kalaw hill town

Day 8: Kalaw – Drive to Bagan

Today will be a long day of driving to Bagan, the land of sun and ancient pagodas. The scenic drive will lead you through beautiful scenery and interesting villages where provide you many opportunities to take photos. Before arriving in Bagan, you will reach Mt Popa, an extinct volcano where is famous for the monastery that perches dramatically atop a sheer-sided volcanic plug. It’s also home to 37 Nats (Burmese spirits), an important worshipping of Burma. Take time to climb up to 7787 steps where is filled with interesting monkeys which can be a great subject for photos. From the top of the mountain, the magnificent view of the large area. Save your best photos then return to the car to transfer to the hotel in Bagan for check-in.
Overnight in Bagan.

mt popa in bagan-where is famous for a monastery that perches dramatically atop a sheer-sided volcanic plug

Day 9: Bagan Temples & Pagodas Exploration

Today is a full day for you to explore the man-made masterpiece of Bagan remains among the countless temples and pagodas in the region. Start the day with a visit to Shwesandaw Temple, one of the tallest pagodas in Bagan with 100 meters high. As the sun flickers across the sky, take the best photo of one color melted into another as the sunrise. Then your guide also leads you to the most popular temples in the region such as Ananda Temple, one of the most well-preserved temples in Bagan which houses four standing Buddha images; Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple where is notable for containing the oldest original painting to be found in Bagan and two stone pillars with inscriptions written in four languages: Pali, Old Burmese, Old Mon, and Pyu. Together with the impressive sites, we will also find monks and novices who help us to enhance our pictures.

In the late afternoon, head to one of the most popular sunset hills in Bagan where we can capture the most amazing scenery of sunset, perhaps one of the best sunsets in the world. How interesting is it?
Overnight in Bagan.

ananda pagoda

Day 10: Morning balloon Photography – Drive to Chin Hills

Wake up early this morning to make sure you do not miss the best moment in the day to have an awesome photo with hot air balloons. From all four corners, it’s hard not to be hypnotized by the wonderful temples merging into the blue sky dotted with colorful hot air balloon.

After returning to the hotel for breakfast, we make our way to Mindat, a little mountain town in Chin State where is famous as the kingdom of the face tattooed women. Perched on the slopes of a mountain, Mindat does not steal the heart of intrepid people for its stupendous view over the soft feminine blue curves of the surrounding mountain but it also where you can discover the vibrant culture and daily life of the fascinating face tattooed women who made this place well-known to the world.
Overnight in Mindat.

bagan hot air balloon

Day 11: Chin Hills Village Discovery

Begin your amazing morning with a visit to the local market where you can expect to capture authentic people shots. Then we also head into the mountains to visit some remote villages to discover their daily life, traditional culture, dancing, music and fold tales. Nowadays, the custom of facial tattoos has been forbidden by the Myanmar government and young generations do not want to practice it as well. As a result, it is predicted that this Chin culture’s part will be gone soon. So make sure you travel as soon as possible to not miss the chance to save their best pictures.
This evening, we spend the night in a local house in the village to experience their life.
Overnight in the homestay

facial tattooed women in mindat

Day 12: Chin Hills Villages Discovery

Today is another day for you to explore the Chin Hills village. Continue to visit the villages and trek through the mountainous scenery for some landscape photography.
Overnight in Mindat.

chin hills scenery

Day 13: Chin Hills – Drive to Bagan – Fly to Yangon

Say goodbye to the untouched landscape of Mindat this morning to drive back to Bagan. Upon arrival, we take a domestic flight to Yangon. Back to Yangon, drive to Shwedagon Pagoda to take the sunset photo when it lit up against the night sky.
Overnight in Yangon

Day 14: Yangon Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and then our driver will transfer you to the airport for a departure flight. Trip ends, we hope that you would love the itinerary we design for this Myanmar itinerary 2 weeks. Thank you for making your trip with Go Myanmar Tours!

Price: Please contact us for the price of this package
What’s included?

  • 12 nights accommodation & 1-night village homestay with 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Expert photography leader and local guide
  • Local transportationDomestic air tickets

What’s Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Meals & drinks (not offered in the itinerary)

Recommended Hotel List:

Location

Hotels & Ratings

YangonMerchant Hotel or Similar
BaganBawgatheddi Hotel or Similar
LoikawFamous Hotel or Similar
MindatHotel Mindat or Similar
Inle LakeHotel Nyaung Shwe or Similar
KalawKalaw Heritage Hotel or Similar
Chin Hills VillageHomestay