Myanmar Tours for Photographers
& Discriminating Travellers
Burmese history, culture, and traditions are unique in Southeast Asia. More than the panoramic landscapes and majestic Buddhist temples, there is a special feeling we have in Myanmar that calls visitors back. The leisurely pace, traditional ways of life and friends we make along our journey are all part of the magic of our tours in Myanmar. Myanmar is also one of the safest countries in the world to travel.
Featured Myanmar Tour Destinations
Unique Myanmar Sights
Bagan, Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive today. Our Bagan temples tours and photography experiences uncover the hidden gems of this unique site of global importance.
Buddhist Monasteries, Monks & Nuns
Theravada Buddhism is practiced by a great majority of the Burmese population, where monasteries are respected education centers and monks are venerated in society. Myanmar daily life is characterized by personal merit-making rituals and community charity activities, or “donations” (dana), to accumulate good karmafor a favourable rebirth. Our monastery meditation experience in Bagan offers an exclusive opportunity to get a taste of monastic life in Myanmar.
World-Class Myanmar Photo Tours
Capture the most photogenic temples and colorful faces on our photography tours in Bagan, Mandalay, and Yangon. Enchanting temples, lively walking tours, and authentic interactions with locals make our tours an unforgettable experience in Myanmar.
Unique Myanmar Photo Opportunities
Unforgettable Ancient Temples & Remarkable Panoramic Landscapes
Myanmar’s deep Buddhist roots are exemplified in the country’s dense temple architecture dating back 2,500 years. From the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, covered in over fifty tons of gold and thousands of precious stones, to the 2,200+ temples of the Bagan plain, finding the right position and the best light is the biggest challenge for the travel photographer. Our tours directly support the care and maintenance of more than a half-dozen temples and monuments in Bagan.
Thanaka Face-Painting and Wearing the Longyi
Thanaka, used daily across Myanmar, is a cosmetic made from the bark of a native tree and is known to have sun-protecting and moisturizing properties. Normally worn by women and young people, it is not uncommon to see thanaka applied in lovely designs and patterns that appear bright yellow on the wearer’s face. A gift from India, thelongyiis a one-piece garment widely worn in Burma on the lower body. Traditional culture retained into the present day are part of what make Myanmar such a unique place to visit.
Myanmar Street Photography
The juxtaposition of old ways and new trends is a fascinating sight on the streets of Yangon and Mandalay. Brightly-colored walls, decorative wood carvings, and golden features offer stunning backdrops to unpredictable street scenes. Red-robed monks, smiling children, and the energetic working life of a country emerging into a globalized world after decades of isolation await the keen street photographer in Myanmar.
Our Quality Guarantee
We host our own tours, using only our own guides and staff. You will never be passed on to freelancers or third-party operators.
Our sightseeing and photography tours in Myanmar are led by a team of professional Burmese and Western guides who pride themselves on professionalism and responsible tourism. Three Treasures is a locally-owned, western-managed social enterprise created to promote sustainable tourism and improve local livelihoods in Myanmar. This isn’t just empty talk or a company policy. We work closely with our founding non-profit, Myanmar SEEDS, to re-invest our tour income in community projects in Bagan. On our tours you will see firsthand the projects supported by your tour fees.
Award-Winning Myanmar Tours!
We won a 2017 Tourism Innovation Award from UK AID/BIF for our community-based tourism activities in Bagan. Above all, we create rewarding exchanges between host communities and our guests that empower and inspire. Because of our close relationships with local communities through our development projects, you will see firsthand the projects and communities who benefit from your visit.
Ian and his team arranged an incredible two days for us, full of sunset dinners, e-bike adventures, sunrise sightseeing, Buddhist history and culture, private Pagodas, and wonderful conversations about life, love, and happiness. It was truly an experience we will never forget.
Alli, Chicago (via Tripadvisor)
Join us for the intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you traveled so far to find. Forget the big bus tours – we invite you to join our family of village communities for an amazing holiday experience in Myanmar!