Adventure into Myanmar

Come join me for an incredible adventure through the mystical Buddhist country of Myanmar in South East Asia. During our time here, you will witness sunrise over thousands of Buddhist temples found in the ancient city of Bagan,  float along the smooth waters of the famous Inle Lake, where fisherman will undoubtedly strike a smile at you as they continue to paddle around the lake with their feet and photograph an epic sunset over the U Bein teakwood bridge as monks return from their day of studies at the local temple. This is but a small glimpse just a few of the amazing experiences you will experience throughout this adventure.

Trip Dates

January 12th – 19th, 2020

Tuition Costs

$4000

Group Size

8-12

Difficulty Level

Easy/Moderate

For years, Myanmar was run by an oppressive dictatorship that strictly regulated travel throughout the country, but things have changed over the last few years. With the new free Democratic Elections, the doors to the country have been opened to visitors, allowing you to experience a part of Asia that was not possible just a few years ago.

Our Adventure in Myanmar starts in Yangon where we will meet as a group (Flights arrive daily from Bangkok, Thailand). Here we will spend an evening photographing the gorgeous Shwedagon Pagoda (Golden Pagoda). From there we will fly to Bagan, our first major stop of the trip. There you will have 2 days to explore and photograph the thousands of Buddhist temples while also getting the chance to capture unique images of local Buddhist monks throughout the countryside. From there we will fly to Inle Lake, where we will spend a few days exploring the calm waters, local villages and photographing the famous Burmese fisherman. The workshop will wrap up in Mandalay, giving us an opportunity to capture the natural lives of those crossing the U Bein wooden bridge as well as the life of local Buddhist monks in a nearby Monastery .

Inle Lake Fisherman Sunset Myanmar Photo Workshop

What is Included?

  • All Ground Transportation
  • All Accommodations
  • All Local Guides & Permits
  • All Domestic Flights

What is Not Included?

  • International Flights to Myanmar
  • Meals & Snacks
  • Visas to Enter Myanmar
  • All Tips for Local Guides & Drivers

With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.

 
Workshop Tuition:

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Myanmar and check out our cancellation policies if you have any questions.

 

The Beauty of Myanmar

Areas to Explore

  • Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan
  • Inle Lake
  • Mandalay
  • U Bein Bridge
  • and much more...

What Will You Experience?

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F.A.Q

Absolutely! Although I might be a bit biased 😉 While there are a number of photography workshops being offered in places like Myanmar, none of them offer a similar experience. Not only have I been working as a photo workshop instructor for 13 years, which included time leading trips for National Geographic, but I have spent over 6 years exploring many different locations throughout Myanmar. I work hard to make sure I meet each of my clients at their own level, providing ample 1 on 1 time while we are out in the field. This helps to make sure that you get everything possible out of this workshop experience!

The workshop starts on January 12th, 2020 in Yangon, Myanmar. We will pick you up from the airport and shuttle you to our hotel for the evening.

The workshop ends on January 19th, 2020 in Mandalay, Myanmar. We will have one last final sunrise shoot that morning, so plan for a mid-late afternoon flight at the earliest.

You will fly into the Yangon International Airport (RGN).

You will fly out of the Mandalay International Airport (MDL).

Throughout our time in Myanmar, we stay in nice comfortable 3 - 4 star hotels by Asian standards. Rooms are spacious, beds are comfortable and the staff are amazing. They are also located strategically in relation to locations we will be photographing throughout our time in the country.

Yes, as part of your workshop tuition fees, all domestic flights within Myanmar are covered. Flights between Yangon to Bagan, Bagan to Inle Lake and Inle Lake to Mandalay are all part of the package deal.

Throughout this workshop, you will experience a mixture of candid moments along with scenes that I help organize and create for you. I feel this balance helps give you the best of both worlds while still giving you plenty of opportunities to come away with amazing images of Myanmar!

Yes, although Burmese Government has a very easy online process to help you get your eVisa

Yes! It is required if you wish to join this adventure to Myanmar. Not only is it good to have in case your trip is interrupted or your bag is lost, but also for emergency medical situations. I recommend World Nomads.

Meet Your Instructors & Guides

Colby Brown Bio Photo
Colby Brown Bio Photo

Colby Brown

Owner/Photographer/Author

Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.

Pedro Kin

Workshop Manager/Photo Instructor

Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him in the most scenic mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe. Favoring the cold landscapes and the unspoiled nature of northern Europe, the higher latitudes do not stop him from going after the perfect shot. When not traveling the world with his camera, you can find him back home teaching workshops, testing new gear and experimenting with photography.

Testimonials

Alex B
Magical Myanmar!

There are not enough good words to describe the experience of the workshop in Myanmar. Breathtaking scenery, excellent tutoring and a great group of people to travel with pretty much sums it up!

It was such a positive learning environment thanks to Colby, Erin,(...)

Jennifer B
Myanmar - A must do!

Myanmar was my second workshop with Colby and I think being a return client says it all. My first workshop in Cuba with him was so incredible I talked 2 of my friends into going to Myanmar as well - and everyone had an amazing time! The guide Colby works with(...)

Kim F
A Life Changing Experience!

I am definitely not someone who would normally ever consider joining an organized group to go travel. With that said, my experience traveling with Colby and Erin blew my mind and so far exceeded my expectations that I cannot wait to sign up for a next workshop!(...)

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…

All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge. In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $150 service charge). However if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies:

  • 90 days or more: full refund minus $150 fee
  • 60 days or more: 50% refund
  • Less than 60 days: no refund