Light & Land

The wonder of Myanmar

08th - 18th Feb, 2018 - AVAILABLE

£3995.00 PP / Deposit -£400.00 PP

Approximately - Loading...

After three superbly successful tours in February 2014, 2015 and 2016 and a fully booked tour in 2017, Phil and Clive will be returning to this stunning country at the same time in 2018.

With its harmonious combination of breathtaking and unspoilt natural landscapes, Myanmar is a unique destination for photographers. The fascination of the country lies in the mystery of its history and religion, which offers to visitor’s marvelous ancient cities, enhanced by literally thousands of old Pagodas and magnificent temples. The remains of Myanmar’s glorious past is to be seen everywhere we look. There is no doubt that Myanmar contains the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

Subscribe to Tour/Workshop email notifications, straight to your inbox.

  • Tour Code MYM05
  • Included
    • AIR-CONDITIONED TRANSPORTATION
    • SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
    • BREAKFASTS
    • INTERNAL FLIGHTS
    • TRANSFERS FROM RECOMMENDED FLIGHT
    • ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
    • TUITION FROM PHIL MALPAS AND CLIVE MINNITT
    • PRIVATE LOCAL BOAT FOR MINGUN EXCURSION AND INLE LAKE EXCURSIONS
  • Excluded
    • MEALS NOT MENTIONED
    • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
    • INSURANCE
    • ENTRY FEES
    • VISAS
    • TIPS
    • DRINKS AND PERSONAL EXPENSE
    • INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE AIRPORT TAX
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Exertion Easy
The wonder of Myanmar

After three superbly successful tours in February 2014, 2015 and 2016 and a fully booked tour in 2017, Phil and Clive will be returning to this stunning country at the same time in 2018.

With its harmonious combination of breathtaking and unspoilt natural landscapes, Myanmar is a unique destination for photographers. The fascination of the country lies in the mystery of its history and religion, which offers to visitor’s marvelous ancient cities, enhanced by literally thousands of old Pagodas and magnificent temples. The remains of Myanmar’s glorious past is to be seen everywhere we look. There is no doubt that Myanmar contains the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

But this “Golden Land” has so much more and boasts an abundance of wonderful landscapes thanks to the majesty of its sweeping mountain ranges, its serene lakes, mighty rivers and its lush rain forests.
The people of this remarkable country always offer spontaneous smiles and immediate trusting and generous friendship. They are a radiant people and every meeting seems to enrich us in some way. 
Light & Land has developed a very specific tour that will cover many of the celebrated, photographic locations and some of the lesser known and more remote ones. 

We will be visiting and photographing Yangon (our arrival port) and then onward to Bagan, set on the eastern bank of Ayeyarwaddy River and the once splendid and glorious capital of the First Myanmar Empire. It is impossible to believe but 26 square kilometers are dotted with thousands of ancient pagodas, shrines and monuments that date back very many centuries. In many cases, we will be able to climb up a few steps inside the pagodas for panoramas that will leave us in a state of silent wonder; such is the truly unbelievable nature of this completely unfamiliar landscape.

Onward to Mandalay with its famous 1000 metre wooden bridge for breath taking photography at dawn and dusk and of course not to be missed, the stunning Mahamuni Monastery with its spectacular gold encrusted Buddha and highly polished floors and columns that offer endless compositional opportunities. We will also visit the area where highly skilled artisans hand-carve stone Buddhas for export all over the world and we will spend time with the nomadic river gypsies at Casino Island where entire family groups make their living by manufacturing everything imaginable from bamboo.

From Mandalay, our journey will take us to yet another prize location, the celestial Inle Lake. Our accommodation where we will remain for three nights seems to have grown almost organically from the shallow lakebed itself. Our private boat will be with us for the duration allowing 360-degree photography and the rare opportunities to have our boat maneuver to our wishes. Inle Lake, with its outrageously picturesque settings made up of floating villages and gardens is truly a photographer’s paradise.

We have chosen the month of February for photographers, to allow for the best light and the romantically lit dawn and dusk landscape. Wherever we are in Myanmar, the morning and evening mist is a magical spectacle for landscape photographers and amidst the stunning settings of Myanmar, we are offered countless photographic opportunities that are sometimes utterly overwhelming in their beauty and magnificence.
With Myanmar now arousing more and more curiosity, and still being a relatively undiscovered destination, Light & Land ‘must’ travel to this extraordinary country as soon as possible. We hope you will join Phil and Clive in February 2018.

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

8th February 2018 for one night:

Staying at the Kandawgyi Palace hotel.

Amazing Bagan Golf Resort

9th, 10th, 11th February 2018 for three nights:

Staying at Amazing Bagan Golf Resort

Sedona Hotel

12th, 13th February 2018 for two nights:

Staying at Sedona Hotel, Mandalay OR Mandalay Hill Resort

Paramount Inle Resort

14th, 15th, 16th February 2018 for three nights:

Staying at Paramount Inle Resort, Inle

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

17th February 201 8 for one night:

Staying at the Kandawgyi Palace hotel.

Clive, Phil and the amazing Shine, did a fantastic job on this trip. It must rate as one of the best we have ever been on and we have been on a few organised trips over the years. The photographic opportunities were endless, the organisation was simply faultless and I cannot think of anything you could have done to improve the trip. That said, certain airlines could have been better - but they are outside of your control. I’m sure the photographs will be great and will do justice to all the amazing people and places we saw. Shine’s cast of thousands gave us more than enough opportunities to get good photos - he worked so hard to help us all. Please circulate my email address to the others in the group. They were a great bunch and helped to make the trip such a success. I hope we can meet up with them on a future trip. I am not sure yet just how many photographs that Christine and I took - I would imagine there will be a few thousand to review. Hopefully we can edit hat number down to a much more manageable figure for post processing. As soon as we have finished off the Venice photos we will get started on the Myanmar images and then start uploading them onto the L&L site and onto Facebook, of course. This trip far surpassed our expectations and we will definitely be on a future trip with you and Phil. We are very interested in the North Coast 500 and would love to hear about your recce. Finally, thanks for the photo. Take care and we will see you soon. Neil - March, 2017

Back on Terra Firma after a truly amazing experience in Myanmar over the last couple of weeks. A big thank you to Clive Minnitt and Phil Malpas (and not forgetting our guide Shine) for all your hard work organising and co-ordinating the trip, and to all the lovely people I met - it was a privilege to be there and to spend such a special experience with all of you. Myanmar is a special place and the people have such a lovely, kind and soulful energy. I hope that my photographs help to capture that essence and do them the justice they deserve! Be warned folks - there will be photos, but it may take a while to sort through them all - I did take quite a few LOL!" Beverley - March, 2017

I am extremely lucky and go on lots of "trips of a lifetime" ...... Myanmar was THE trip of a lifetime. Thank you for the help, fun, patience(!), organisation and inspiration! Julia - February, 2017

So many things to photograph and such a well organised trip. I can’t believe we packed in so much, but I’m sure the photographs will confirm it. I can’t help smiling at the thought of the cast of thousands summoned by Shine to perform for us in the ‘Wonderful Avenue’ in Bagan. What a character and what a star that man is! The three of you worked so well together to give the whole group such a wonderful time. And what a group as well - a really great bunch of people who all got on so well. Neil - February, 2017

This was one of the best photography tours that I have been on. The organisation by the leaders was excellent and I cannot think of anything they could have done to improve it. Clive, Phil and Shine were superb and I am not sure how Shine managed to coax so many local people to appear in our photography shoots. I can wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to improve their photographic skills - there are so many opportunities to make great images. Neil - February, 2017

I would check a thrilled box if it were available. This tour exceeded my expectations. February, 2016

Many thanks for a fantastic photo tour in Myanmar - I had a great time and it certainly lived up both to the standard you set on my first trip with you to Tuscany and to my own expectations. No matter how good the subject matter - the tour can only be as good as the example set by the leaders and you two were a great inspiration with your ability to see opportunities and to help us all keep going when we are in danger of flagging! February, 2016

The trip went to all the places that regular tours go to AND then some.... and of course, made use of the special light at sunrise and sunset. My non-photographers friends want to go! They couldn't believe we travelled by plane, balloon and boat! February, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hotels - traveling in a 3rd world country I had not expected the level of the accommodations we were offered. February, 2016

This was my second trip with Clive and Phil - they are extraordinary leaders, both in terms of their talents in seeing images and offering photographic tips, as well as making everyone feel comfortable, at home and part of the group. I can't speak highly enough of them as a team and individually. My goal for the future is to take a trip with them each year, even though I come from 'across the pond' for it! February, 2016

I have just returned from the Myanmar tour with Clive and Phil. I cannot express how wonderful this trip was - the country and its people was marvellous, photo opportunities everywhere we looked, and the leadership, photography advice and organisation from Clive and Phil was second to none. In addition to all this, it was really great fun! I would fully recommend this tour to anyone contemplating it and would like to congratulate Light and Land for having the foresight to visit places which have only recently opened up and which in a few years time may have changed immeasurably. Dr Kumar Sriskandan March, 2015

This was a wonderful, unique and memorable trip to a beautiful country, filled with photography, fun and laughter and expertly led by Phil and Clive. Our tour guide Shine was also truly exceptional. Phil and Clive are very sensitive to each individual's needs and provide a non-intimidating, nurturing and fun environment where everyone can receive just the level of tuition and attention they are happy and comfortable with. The itinerary allowed us to see as much as possible of this wonderful country and lovely people in the time provided and at the same time not feel rushed. There was enough time at each location and it felt as if we had been away for months, so manifold and varied were the locations and photographic opportunities. March, 2015

Well what can I say… yet another superb holiday and I enjoyed the whole trip as much as last year. It was an added bonus to visit some different places and I thought our whole group was great fun. Thank you both so very much for helping to make it such a rich experience and for encouraging me to look beyond the obvious photos. I am still sorting hundreds of images but know that some are much better than last year. February, 2015

What can I say, apart from thank you so much for an amazing trip. Before we went I did wonder if perhaps we should have gone on an ordinary Cox and Kings type tour, but if we had we would have missed so much. No way would we have had time to stand and stare whilst watching the sunrise or enjoy the peace of a little visited temple. The experiences you were able to arrange for us were truly unique and provided us all with an extraordinary experience. I know that this doesn't happen by chance; it requires a great deal of work behind the scenes, for which I am very grateful. I also appreciated how generous you both were with your time and willingness to share your photographic skills. All in all a truly memorable trip - I can't quite believe I've been there! Thank you both. With best wishes. February, 2015

One of the best 2 weeks of my life Clive and Phil. Thanks to you both. February, 2015

I have travelled pretty widely, and on several LandL trips, but nothing compares to this one. Myanmar is a magical place, and Phil and Clive truly bring it to life, letting us see the heart of the country and come home with our hearts ringing for the place and our memory cards full. The care they put into their trips pays dividends. This was wonderful from beginning to end, and I can't wait to travel with them again. Can you start something in Latin America, chaps? Seriously, this was the perfect trip. February, 2015

Light and Land

Javascript Required

Sorry, but our site doesn't work without Javascript enabled. Please enable Javascript in your browser, or click here.