Mandalay Photo Tours

Portrait at Shwenandaw Kyaung in Mandalay
Htike, your Mandalay photo guide, enjoys making portraits inside the wooden walls of Shwenandaw Kyaung in Mandalay.

Mandalay was founded in 1857 by King Mindon, replacing Amarapura as the new royal capital of the Konbaung dynasty. It was Burma’s final royal capital before the kingdom’s annexation by the British Empire in 1885. The city suffered extensive destruction during the Japanese conquest of Burma in the Second World War. After Yangon, Mandalay is Myanmar’s second-largest city and is today the economic centre of Upper Myanmar and considered the centre of Burmese culture.

Explore the most photogenic sites of Mandalay in the best light! Photograph the most impressive temples, U Bein Bridge, local workshops and more on our Mandalay photo tours. 

Let our team of professional guides and photographers show you the unforgettable sites and secrets of Myanmar’s last royal capital on our Mandalay photo tours. We 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!

Our Mandalay Photography Tours

Faces of Mandalay Photography Tour

Faces of Mandalay Photography Tour

A child in mother's arms at a Mandalay market. This tour brings you closer to the colorful people and vibrant daily life of Mandalay's markets, streets, temples, teashops, and monasteries. Learn the local rhythm of activities that drive Myanmar's...
Mandalay Instagram Photo Tour

Mandalay Instagram Photo Tour

Our Bagan Instagram Photo Tour is a hit for all ages. Engaging temples and Instagram-worthy photography spots around Bagan by air-conditioned taxi.
Rivers of Color: Mandalay & Mingun Photography Tour

Rivers of Color: Mandalay & Mingun Photography Tour

Mingun, Mandalay City Workshops, and U Bein Bridge Sunset Early boat to Mingun for best light and avoid crowds Mingun Pagoda (also Mingun Pahtodawgyi or Mingun Paya), had it been finished, would have measured a whopping 150 m....
Mandalay Photo Gallery

Mandalay Photo Gallery

Check out some of the amazing photographs taken on our Mandalay photography and sightseeing tours!

Mandalay Photo Opportunities

Kuthodaw Pagoda
Built in 1857 on the order of King Mindon on the occasion of the Fifth Great Synod in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The 729 stupas surrounding a central golden shrine contain sacred Buddhist scriptures, sometimes referred to as “the world’s largest book”.

U Bein Bridge
The magnificent U Bein Bridge near Amarapura spans over a kilometer and is the oldest and once the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Wood for the bridge was reclaimed from the former royal palace in Inwa when the capital was moved to Amarapura. The bridge continues to be an important passageway for local people today. The best time to visit is from July-August when water levels are at their peak, and from September to December when colorful skies light up at sunrise and sunset. U Bein Bridge is a guest favourite on our Mandalay sightseeing and photography tours. 

Hsinbyume Pagoda
Built by Bagyidaw in 1816, it is commemorates his favorite consort, Hsinbyume (Lady of the White Elephant), who died in childbirth. The crisp white waves leading up to a platform are modelled after descriptions of mythical Sulamani Pagoda on Mount Meru, part of Buddhist cosmology inherited from the Hindu tradition. The seven concentric terraces represent the mountain ranges leading to Mount Meru itself. In this way pilgrims can ascend from earth into the heavens. Truly a remarkable sight not to be missed when visiting Mandalay! 

Why Choose Us?

Our Mandalay photo tours are created for photographers of all levels and our experienced trip leaders guiding personalized private photography tours in Myanmar since 2015. We will apply our local knowledge of sites and contacts in the community to position ourselves to practice and capture village life, landscapes, portraits, ancient temples, sunrise and sunsets in Myanmar as you’ve only imagined.

Capture Unseen Myanmar

Explore the most photogenic temples in Mandalay, Mingun, and Amarapura, visiting famous sites and insider spots known only to locals. 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.

Personalized Guidance

We ensure that all of our guests enjoy personalized guidance on our Mandalay photo tours, 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 photography tours are tailored to your needs and ability level.