World-Class Photo Tours in Myanmar
Explore the most photogenic sites in Myanmar in the best light! Photograph the most impressive temples, from the majestic Ananda Pagoda in Bagan to the golden spires of Yangon’s golden jewel, Shwedagon Pagoda on our Myanmar photo tours. Our trained and dedicated photographer guides in Bagan, Mandalay, and Yangon are prepared to support your photography goals with unique itineraries and expert knowledge of local lighting conditions.
Explore Our Myanmar Photography Tours
Capture Unseen Myanmar
Explore the most photogenic temples in Myanmar and insider spots known only to locals on our Myanmar photo tours. Improve your portrait photography on a village walk. Or, be captivated by the surreal light of sunset on the Irrawaddy.
No Experience Necessary
You don’t have to be an experienced photographer to join our tours, our adventures are created for photographers of all levels and our experienced trip leaders are pro photographers who are ready to help take your photo game to the next level.
We ensure that all of our guests enjoy personalized guidance, be that learning how to shoot in manual for the first time, experimenting with new photographic styles and techniques, or further refining your photographic vision. All of our Myanmar photo tours and workshops are tailored to your needs and ability level.
Myanmar Photo Opportunities
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.
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.
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.
Distinctively Myanmar: Thanaka Face-Painting and Wearing the Longyi
Burmese Tea Shops and Betelnut
Although Myanmar produces fine coffee, Myanmar tea and lively tea shop culture are preferred by most Burmese. The dark red tea, served in over 20 varieties and often flavoured with condensed milk, is a staple. Myanmar tea shops bustle with stimulating conversation, joking, and debate over many hot cups day and night. Betelnut and the multitude of stalls selling it, can be seen everywhere, the blood-red spit causing blackened teeth a shock to many foreign visitors.
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.
Yangon’s Colonial Buildings
Yangon boasts the largest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia and has a unique colonial-era urban core that is remarkably intact. The colonial-era commercial core is centered around the Sule Pagoda, which is said to be over 2,000 years old. The city is also home to the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist pagoda.