Your Personal Photographer in Bagan

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES

from $119usd/person
Bagan 12+ Hours 1+ Guests

Our “One-Day Wonder” in Bagan

On this classic Bagan temples tour, your guide will unravel the mysteries of the defining features of each structure, including their floorplans, structural features, and distinctive decoration, each shaped by historical influences over Bagan’s 450-year history.

Learn about Bagan’s ancient temple and stupa architecture, paintings, and sculpture on this premium Bagan temples tour experience. See the iconic 9thto 13th-century monuments of Bagan including Ananda Pagoda, Dhammayangyi, Shwezigon Pagoda, Sulamani, Dhammayazika, and Htilominlo temples and stupas.

 

Balloons over Bagan at sunrise
"Bagan contains an extraordinary ensemble of Buddhist monumental architecture, reflecting the strength of religious devotion of an early major Buddhist empire. Within the context of the rich expressions and traditions of Buddhist architecture and art found throughout Asia, Bagan is distinctive and outstanding."

What to Expect

We have curated this itinerary to include the most carefully restored and best-preserved examples from the 2,000+ temples of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colorful people, lively discussion, and stories that tie it all together add to the experience on your Bagan Classics temples tour.

Bagan Classics Tour Highlights

  • A tour that goes deeper on Bagan’s most important sites
  • Save time and avoid “temple fatigue” – see only the best examples of temple architecture, mural paintings, statues, and stone carvings in Bagan
  • Great choice for a first-time Myanmar visitor to learn about local culture, traditions, and food
  • Combine sightseeing with an authentic cultural experience
  • Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with experienced English-speaking guide
Bagan's temple panorama

Visit Bagan with Insiders

Uncover hidden sites and secret temples on our Bagan temples tour. Classic temples, as well as lesser-known and remote sites await as you travel comfortably by air-conditioned private taxi and driver. We take you to significant sites, monuments and locations rarely visited by tourists. A truly exceptional day out for the “Best of the Best” in Bagan!

Following our tradition of being the most valuable resource for Bagan private tour experiences, we offer this compact showcase tour of Bagan’s must-see sites. For each, we provide as much detailed information as you are interested in, without making your tour a history lesson! The Bagan Archeological Zone is vast, and your time is limited. 

"The tour with our incredible guide Thandar hit the spot. From the sunrise on Bagan temples, to the sandpainting workshop, to the handycraft village... she brings you to places off the beaten tracks and is very knowledgable about the place and people living there. Moreover, part of the money you paid is going toward helping out community and that brings the feel good factor."

Sample Itinerary

The challenge of visiting Bagan’s most iconic temples is often avoiding the crowds and finding the best viewpoints. Our approach is to time our visits to maintain a distance from the big-bus crowds while capturing the most magnificent views of these masterworks. We realize most visitors can only maintain interest in a few sites each day before everything begins to look the same. This Bagan Classics temples tour brings you to the most notable and special sites across the Bagan Monument Zone.

06:00 (or 30 mins before sunrise): Pickup from your hotel by air-conditioned private taxi to position for sunrise

06:15-07:30: Sunrise balloon viewing 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: Discover the elegant struggle of daily life with Burmese people from nearby villages as they go out into the fields to farm or bring their animals to graze in the fields between the ancient temples. Smiling faces and colorfully dressed, with thanaka across their cheeks, Burmese women are constantly active with daily chores.

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 your goals and confirm the day’s plan. Return to hotel for breakfast by request.

09:30-12:00: Guided tour of Bagan’s 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: Interior tours of main (and less-visited) pagodas in riverside section of Old Bagan-Nyaung U to avoid harshest light and heat.

15:30-17:00: Tour of late-period ruins in northeastern sector against tourist traffic, situated adjacent to agricultural village and reservoirs with amazing golden light in late afternoon. Sunset viewing and photography among village ruins OR position for classic views 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

Small Group
Great for solo travellers
$119/per person
  • Join others to reduce costs
  • Sunrise-to-sunset tour
  • Includes Hotel Pickup/Drop-off
  • Min 2, Max 6 guests
Private Tour
Exclusive Bagan Experience
$149/per person
  • Your day, your way
  • Sunrise-to-sunset tour
  • Includes Hotel Pickup/Drop-off
  • Min 2 guests
Private Solo Tour
Exclusive Bagan Experience
$249/per person
  • Your day, your way
  • Sunrise-to-sunset tour
  • Includes Hotel Pickup/Drop-off
  • Free handmade gift

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

On all our Bagan tours, your guide is trained and available to take photos of you with your own phone or camera at no extra charge. This includes our Bagan Instagram photo tour that visits many great photo locations for you to pose with the temples and people. Our Bagan tour itineraries are listed here: https://myanmar-treasures.com/day-tours/bagan/. For those interested in higher-quality travel photos and photo shoots in Bagan, we also offer personal photographer services and shoots in Bagan, Mandalay, and Yangon on a limited basis.

Capture Your Bagan Memories

Capture Your Bagan Memories with a personal photographer! Visitors come to Bagan for the stunning views and photo opportunities. It’s an excellent time to take amazing photos of yourself in Bagan to capture the magic of your surroundings. Bagan is an Instagrammer’s dream and heaven for social media photo fans. Treat yourself to a private photo shoot in Bagan and preserve the memories forever. Your friends won’t believe it!

Me and my girlfriend hired Ian as a photographer as well and he did amazing photos of us along the way.

Ekaterina, LA/Moscow (via Tripadvisor)

Share Your Bagan Experience

We offer a selection of photo shoot packages competitively prices to suit every budget. For our guest photo shoots, we use high-end digital and analog camera equipment, including Nikon dslrs and flashes and Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. lighting equipment is available and we can arrange local props, costumes, make-up artists, hairdressers, sets and permits as required for your desired photo shoot.

Editing Available for Print or Online

Depending on your wishes, we can edit and optimize the image files from your Bagan photo shoot in high resolution for printing as well as optimized cropping and formatting for online and social media.

Bagan Personal Photographer Pricing

We offer two options:
1. Hourly: Photographer hourly rate of $159usd + $5 per edited photo
2. Tours with Photographer Guest Photos
– Half-day tour with photo shoot at one location $359usd including 10 edited photos
– Full-day tour with photo shoots at up to two locations $499usd including 20 edited photos
– Additional edited photos available at $5usd per photo

Inclusions

  • Photographer/guide
  • Airconditioned vehicle/driver
  • Props for photos
  • Bottled water, cold drinks, snacks

Exclusions

  • Horse cart and driver (if desired)
  • Private boat and staff (if desired)
  • Bagan Archeological Zone entry fees
  • Fresh flowers, costumes
  • Photography permits (when required)
  • Lunch

Why Choose Us?

Part of what makes our Bagan photography tours so special is the direct contact with locals as we share our community connections with our tour guests. This allows our guests to experience Myanmar more authentically than any other tours on offer, and to capture better, more intimate photos of local people and activities. Our photography tours are operated in cooperation with Myanmar SEEDS, our development nonprofit and founding partner. 

Ethical Travel Photography

We understand that some visitors have concerns about staged photographs and paid models. These concerns are especially serious when photographing monks, monasteries and religious sites in Myanmar. What makes our Bagan photography tours unique is that we work directly with local communities in authentic settings.

Your Bagan photography tour fees go directly to local community projects, including monastery education programs for children. We offer these photo tours only after building long-term relationships with village leaders, including the abbots of local monasteries where we shoot. The monks who participate in our photography tours are not paid; a portion of your tour fees is donated to the monastery directly or into the monastery education fund. During your tour you are welcome to meet these village leaders who welcome your participation on our tours.