Rivers of Color – Bagan Photography Tour

Spectacular views in Bagan
Spectacular views in Bagan

Bagan Through the Lens

Explore the most photogenic Bagan temples in the best light! Photograph the most impressive Bagan temples, from the majestic Ananda to the golden spires of Shwezigon.  Let our team of professional guides and photographers show you the secrets of unforgettable Bagan. We all live here, and we know the optimal times of the day to see the temples in the best light with the fewest crowds—and we’re sharing our secrets with you! Your Bagan photography tour includes sunrise balloon shooting among the ancient pagodas. Try photography of village people and farming activities during “blue hour” after sunrise. Enjoy an al fresco light breakfast with local pastries, fruit, and fresh coffee/tea at our “home” pagoda situated within the harvest area of a local community.

Bagan Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

“Bagan is an exceptional example of the living Buddhist beliefs and traditions of merit making, expressed through the remarkable number of surviving stupas, temples and monasteries, supported by continuing religious traditions and activities.” – UNESCO World Heritage Inscription, July 2019

Experience Bagan’s Magical “Golden Hour”

  • pre-sunrise pickup and orientation to position ourselves to make the most of available light during the sunrise/sunset “golden hour”
  • get closer to real people and communities your tour fees support to capture the everyday beauty, culture, and colors of Myanmar
  • late afternoon village life under warm pre-sunset light
  • sunset in intimate location for capturing exceptional moments otherwise inaccessible
  • journey by horse cart, ebike, or taxi

Bagan Photography Tour Highlights

  • maximize your limited time available in Bagan for capturing the epic sunrise, balloons, shrines, architecture, and amazing local people
  • get closer to real people and communities your tour fees support to capture the everyday beauty, culture, and colors of Myanmar
  • late afternoon village life under warm pre-sunset light
  • sunset in intimate location for capturing exceptional moments otherwise inaccessible

The Most Authentic Myanmar Photo Tour!

Photograph the iconic pagodas and villages in comfort on our Bagan photography tours. For example, drinks and refreshments are provided throughout the day. A large, air-conditioned private vehicle is always on hand to transport your gear and provide a break from the heat. All our Bagan photography tours allow you the flexibility to design your own itinerary. We will apply our local knowledge of sites and contacts in the community each day. Visit local farmer and artisans for close-up photography of daily life in Myanmar. Practice your portrait photography with children on their way home from school. Have a laugh with local monks as they sit for their portraits. We know the light and how to position ourselves to capture village life, landscapes, portraits, ancient temples, sunrise or sunset.

Sample Itinerary

05:30: Pickup from your hotel by air-conditioned private taxi to position for sunrise 
06:00-07:30: Sunrise balloon shooting at location within the monument zone. Due to changing regulations and to avoid crowds, specific site will be chosen shortly before tour date. 
07:30-8:30: Photography of village people and farming activities during “blue hour” after sunrise. 
08:30-09:30: Al fresco light breakfast with local pastries, fruit, and fresh coffee/tea at our “home” pagoda situated within harvest area of local community. Orientation to Bagan, its historical significance, topography, agriculture. Discussion of shooting goals and confirm the day’s shooting plan. Return to hotel for breakfast by request. 
09:30-12:00: Shooting largest and most iconic pagodas, most of which are clustered along the riverside from Old Bagan to Nyaung U. Emphasis on exterior landscapes, dramatic interiors, significant structures, and murals. 
12:00-13:30: Lunch break and travel time 
13:30-15:30: Rest time at hotel OR interior tours of main (and less-visited) pagodas in riverside section of Old Bagan-Nyaung U to avoid harshest light. 
15:30-17:00: Shooting late-period ruins in northeastern sector against tourist traffic, situated adjacent to agricultural village and reservoirs with amazing golden light in late afternoon. Sunset shooting among village ruins OR position for classic shots among Old Bagan pagodas. 
17:00-18:30: Sunset at secluded pagoda in northeast section or Old Bagan based on your desired subjects and perspectives. 
18:30-19:00: Return to your hotel or drop-off at local restaurant by private taxi

Price includes:

  • Air-conditioned private taxi and driver
  • Experienced English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • Outdoor breakfast
  • Chilled drinks all day

Price excludes:

  • Bagan Archaeological Zone fees
  • Lunch

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