This 14-day Myanmar photography tour is designed for shutterbugs who wish to go beyond the surface and have an in-depth exploration of Myanmar at their own pace.
from US$3,425 P/P
Oct. to Feb.
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Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!More
Betty A, Feb 2024
Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Explore49612084715, Feb 2024
We traveled to Shanghai in Jan/Feb 2024 with China Highlights. Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Lydia, Feb 2024
Shanghai trip for Mihail
Me and my wife had a trip to China and part of it we spent in Shanghai. Our private tour guide was Kris Lee and I have to say he was very much up for the task. His knowledge of China's history was quite comprehensive and more than I could have expected. If only I could have that kind of memory. His level of English exceeded my expectations and that of course served us very well not only in understanding the Chinese culture, traditions, way of life, etc, but also allowed us to order meals, drinks, make purchases, ask whatever questions coming to mind, making us comfortable to experience the place without the inherent language issues we could have had otherwise. All in all Kris Lee is certainly an asset for any travel agency from ChinaMore
Mihail D, Feb 2024
Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!
Daisy was our guide for 3 days in Dali. She was the best guide we have had in China. She was very warm. Just like a close friend. She was extremely knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area. She took many pictures of us even without our asking her to.Her English was excellent!More
David, Feb 2024
Daisy was an amazing guide
Daisy was an amazing guide. She took us to the old town, on a boat ride, and to Sha xi. She was very warm. She explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. She made us feel very welcome.More
文 文, Feb 2024
1 Day in Beijing
Nice views, Not too much people, Jessi (guide ) so friendly and she have a great service & she knows the answer of all your questionsMore
Fernando J, Feb 2024
Zhangjiajie/ Spectacular scenery and great taste of local culture.
Zhangjiajie immediately went to the top of our list of natural attractions in the world. The landscapes are fascinating and unique. We really valued the guidance by China Highlights. Roger was good accommodating to our needs during the planning phase. In the actual trip Linda provided us with knowledgeable and passionate guidance. She was very personable and respectful at the same time. Her advice was critical to be able to see so much - as in every park or area there are multiple buses to move around. She showed us the best spots at the best time.Local restaurant selection was good. One piece of advice- make sure to specify how much spice you enjoy in your food. Local food can be quite spicy.More
Raul C Mexico city, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needsMore
Iriana Iriana, Jan 2024
An excellent day with Linda
Linda (Ling ling)is a great tour guide,provide a lot of knowledge and history of the great wall,and took us to taste very delicious food too,we had a very good time with her!highly recommend her!More
Angeline Lim, Jan 2024
Great time in Beijing with Bruce
We stayed in Beijing for three days altogether. We went to the summer palace. the Tian'an'men square, the Forbidden City,the Temple of heaven and the Great Wall. Our tour guide Bruce is very friendly and speaks English fluently. He explained every scenic spot to us patiently and humorously. my family are very satisfied with his service.More
Mayra C, Jan 2024
Profesional and detail oriented
My last stop was Shanghai. I was greeted by Martin. It is pretty much a 1 day itinerary there. Martin took me to all the stops and introduced me to a cool tea house not on the agenda. With the extra time we had we also stopped Starbuck’s Reserve which is the largest in the world. Martin also helped me make reservations at the Old Jazz Club at the Fairmont Hotel.More
Megan Sandbothe, Jan 2024
We recently spent 4 days with Alvin hosting us throughout Huangshan, Tunxi and Hongcun. The scenery was spectacular, hotels quirky, food excellent and knowledge and passion from Alvin was so invaluable and also fun! Would highly recommend.More
Joanne, Jan 2024
Great couple days in Shanghai. Thanks to my guide Martin for showing me best of Shanghai. Great work by China team - trip very well organised.More
Steve P, Jan 2024
Amazing experience !!!
Great tour! Very flexible and our tour guide Chris was so amazing that he adjusted to our last time request there! I totally recommend this tour !!More
Victor A, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needs. We had great 3 days in Beijing.We also visited Luoyang. Our travel advisor arranged a Business class seat for our high speed train to Luoyang. We were picked up at the station by our guide in Luoyang, Lisa. We then visited Dengfeng to see Songyang academy, shaolin temple, Luoyang grottoes. She also took care of us very well and very knowledgeable about the history.More
, Jan 2024
2 days in the mountains
Alvin was attentive and good company. He went to the extra effort to show us things we were interested in viewing and provided detailed information.More
Robert Fleming, Jan 2024
Amazing trip in China
Guides were Mark in Beijing, Jenny in Xi’an, Frank in Guilin/Yangshuo and Kris and Peter in Shanghai. I can’t say enough how wonderful each of them were to us. They worked very hard to give us a five star tour. The drivers were five star as well. Our hotels were very clean and wonderful with a great breakfast buffet each morning. Our guides would take us to a great locals place for lunch each day and then dinner we were on our own, but each guide would give us fantastic places to go. I know without a doubt our trip was exceptional due to booking with Liberman at China Highlights Tour Company.More
Mary Ann Brady, Jan 2024
China Highlights is Excellent
Jenny was the tour guide in Xian, showed us the terracota warriors found in 1974 by a farmer behind a mountain masoleum, with projected ongoing excavations for next 100 years. Made clay model terracota warriors.Jenny is very enthusiastic and bubbly, helped us all the way, from picking up us from train station to dropping us off at the airport.More
Brahma P, Jan 2024
Datong, China's best kept secret!
I've had multiple guides for different locations with China highlights but Joy was exceptional. She was easy to talk to, super knowledgeable and also amazingly organised. When visiting the Yungang grottoes not only did I get wonderful explanations of the symbolism of the cave carvings and history of the art styles but Joy even prepared a notepad for the commemorative stamps available there so that I had a souvenir to tax home with me.More
Kris, Jan 2024
Your personal tour guide, who is an expert at photography, will lead you to go off the beaten path to explore Myanmar's best sights. Connecting with the locals will enable you to have an insight into the local cultures, World Heritage religious treasures, and their lifestyles.
Your tour guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to adjust to the jet lag.
If you feel energetic, you can spend some leisure time wandering around your hotel. Inya Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda, which are near your hotel, are good places to relax and take photos at dusk.
Jump onto a train at Yangon Circular Railway for an overview of this city. This journey takes about 3 hours even though it's only for a distance of 45 kilometers. Being seated among different commuters on their way to schools, offices, and marketplaces, this is a good chance to record the daily lives of the locals. Your photos will fully express the local culture and why Yangon is more laid-back compared with other capital cities in Southeast Asia. You will stop by a local market with numerous stalls.
Moving forwards, you may want to capture the sacred Chaukhtatgyi Paya, which is 200 feet long, with a wide-angle lens. This giant reclining Buddha is one of the most important sites for local devotees.
You will visit Chinatown in the evening to capture how the locals spend their nights.
Depart from your hotel for a 4-hour drive to the spectacular Golden Rock in Kyaiktiyo. When you reach the summit, an imposing view of a huge boulder mystically balanced on the edge of a cliff is presented. Capture this stunning view from the best angle with help from your guide.
You will have the opportunity to take more photos at dusk and at night as you wish since your hotel is on top of the mountain.
The Golden Rock is an ideal place for meditation. Local monks and devotees from all over the country worship and pray there. Discover the mystical Golden Rock and meet with interesting people by visiting it at dawn.
After having breakfast, you will head back to Yangon.
Take a morning flight to Mandalay. Start your day by visiting Kuthodaw Pagoda with the superb sight of hundreds of tablets clustered around a main pagoda. Capture the color-contrasting images and you will understand why it deserves the name of the world's largest book.
Take the elevator up to Mandalay Hill where you can get panoramic views of Kuthodaw Pagoda and capture the incredible views at dusk.
One of Buddha's instructions was to have one meal a day. You will discover how monks have their lunch at Mahagandayon Monastery. Thousands of pious monks stand solemnly in line to receive their food — you will never know how pious they are until you witness this.
Continue your visit to U Bein Bridge for its spectacular views at dusk. You will visit U Bein Bridge on land first, then hop on a boat to enjoy its charm. From land or the river, the breathtaking sight of U Bein Bridge stretching its enchanting outline in the fading light of the day will amaze you.
Grasp your camera, then head to Mahamuni Buddha Temple for a holy ceremony in the early morning. Local devotees go there regularly for a daily face-washing ceremony (this starts at 4am and lasts for one hour) with offerings. Soak up the pious atmosphere and store these memories in your camera.
After having breakfast at your hotel, you will depart to Bagan.
The Bagan Archaeological Zone, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ideal destination for every shutterbug. You will spend two full days there to capture its ever-changing scenery from dawn until dusk. Adorned by the morning mist, hundreds and thousands of temples, stupas, and pagodas spread out solemnly and magnificently. At sunset, you will see the very different side of Bagan, dotted by glittering temples, stupas, and pagodas in the fading light of the day.
Models can help to perfect your shots and we will hire locals and monks to pose while you take photos.
Lots of hot-air balloons will ascend over Bagan every morning to get the best panoramic views. To take these poetic and picturesque photos, you need to wake up early and hit the road to catch the best shooting time.
After having breakfast, you will fly to Heho (the airport town near Inle Lake).
If you want to participate in the optional hot-air balloon flight, please note that the available reservation time is October to March, with a fixed schedule every morning. A sunset flight is available upon special request. This activity is in great demand so it's recommended to make a reservation 3 months in advance to secure your booking.
Your journey starts with a short visit to Nampan Village by boat, which is on the way to Kakku.
Move forwards to Kakku Pagoda Complex and the Indein Pagoda complex — both of them attract photographers worldwide with thousands of historic pagodas and temples.
Kakku Pagoda Complex, dating back to the 3rd century BC, is one of the most sublime monuments in Myanmar. On the way back to Inle Lake, hop onto a boat and paddle along narrow waterways and, as you sneak into a hidden path, the magnificent Indein Pagoda complex will burst into view. Hundreds of small stupas spring out at the lakeshore and the moss-covered surfaces tell you about their historical story.
Take your time to enjoy the splendid views and capture as many photos as you wish.
A delightful journey to a local market, which is held every 5 days, will give you an overview of how the locals trade and live there. You will keep pressing the button to capture photos of a bustling market that's busy with boats crossing the water, vendors selling exquisite handicrafts, and more.
Move on to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which is highly revered by local devotees.
You may be curious about the floating gardens and skilled fishermen rowing a boat with one leg. As your boat cruises among the narrow water lanes and floating houses, you will learn about the ethnic cultures and traditions from your knowledgeable guide. The locals collect weeds from the depths of the lake to fertilize vegetables and fruits in their farmlands. The lake is their homeland, which they have built and developed from generation to generation.
The fishermen will pose for you to take photos if you ask them to.
No activities have been arranged for this day. We will arrange a boat for you so that you can visit any desired spots to take more photos.
Your guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.
Global Highlights is more than happy to be part of your unforgettable Myanmar photography tour and we hope to help you again soon.
Price from: $3,425 (Tour code: gh-ah-12)
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