Join experts in the field
Rush Expeditions owner Dr Jo Rush and Photojournalist Dr Louise Grayson have joined forces to share their passion for photography and travel with this exciting adventure to Burma/Myanmar.
From Marco Polo to Kipling to the Lord Buddha himself, visitors have long been fascinated by Burma (Myanmar), the “golden land”.
Wonderful cities, pagodas and statues are challenged for beauty only by the Burmese people themselves.
Now you have the opportunity to join a professional team of travel, photographic / documentary experts to experience one of the most photogenic places on earth.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION TO MYANMAR
Join international photojournalist Dr Louise Grayson & TV documentary presenter/journalist Dr Jo Rush on their next expedition to Burma/Myanmar.
Learn photo tips & tricks while exploring this fascinatin part of the world that has recently re-opened its doors to international visitors.
Work alongside Jo, Louise and local guides at these exciting
Spend dawn at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon where we will take photos and have the opportunity to offer alms to monks at sunrise;
Witness locals enjoying Inle Lake - a local favourite;
See Phaung Daw U Pagoda’s golden Buddha images;
Fly to Mandalay, a showcase of art and architecture;
Enjoy a day trip to Pyin Oo Lwin, a favorite summer retreat fo the British, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the worlds largest “book”;
Experience the wonder of sunset over the temple city of Bagan; and
Cruise along the Irrawaddy River before a farewell in Yangon.
Every day you have the choice to participate in photo assignments in the field, talks on technique and critique sessions. Alternatively, enjoy the tours and just relax into the holiday of a lifetime.
The choice is yours - make this trip what you want it to be.
1. ARRIVAL YANGON
Welcome to Yangon, the gateway and capital city of Myanmar, previously known as Burma. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, before a welcome dinner, where you will meet your fellow travelers and guest experts. There will be a chance to introduce yourself and discuss your aims for the tour.
Today’s sightseeing includes the BOTAHTAUNG PAGODA for those that wish to photograph the waterfront area at dawn. After breakfast back at the hotel, tour the streets of the downtown area, home to some of the most splendidly kept colonial buildings and ancient pagodas. Next, visit the CHAUKHTATGYI RECLINING BUDDHA. There will also be plenty of opportunity to take photographs under the guidance of our expert.
This morning stroll through KANDAWGYI PARK to the KARAWEIK ROYAL BARGE for a chance to photograph the lake and SHWEDAGON PAGODA at sunrise. Later, visit SCOTT MARKET where you will find a variety of interesting Burmese handicrafts. After lunch, ride a LOCAL TRAIN, where you'll enjoy the chance to interact with the locals. This evening, enjoy the vibrant produce market and atmosphere as you wander through Chinatown, cameras in hand.
4. YANGON - HEHO - INLE LAKE
Board your flight to Heho, the gateway to INLE LAKE, famous for its Inthas (native lake-dwellers) who have a unique way of rowing with their legs. Visit the SHWE YAN PYAY MONASTERY and the silk weaving village INN PAW KHONE to see the intricate design and manufacture of silk products. Continue to NAMPAN VILLAGE where locals make cigars (cheroot), before visiting a floating farm to see how the farmers grow their produce in the middle of the Lake. Today is a great opportunity to practice portraiture, as you will be surrounded by beautiful local people.
5. INLE LAKE - INNDEIN - INLE LAKE
This morning, we are up early to photograph dawn on the lake, then visit the markets, where local people dressed in their colourful traditional clothes buy and sell produce. Lunch today will be shared with a local family, a chance to interact with them and learn more about their life. This evening, enjoy a tranquil CANOE RIDE on the lake, another special photo opportunity.
6. INLE LAKE - HEHO - MANDALAY
Today we’ll fly to Mandalay, the last capital of the Myanmar Empire and a wealth of ancient culture. The remains of the old Royal City as well as the many old monasteries make Mandalay a showcase of Myanmar art and architecture of the 19th century. Highlights this afternoon include a GOLD POUNDERS workshop.
This morning, we will have the chance to photograph dawn at U-BEIN BRIDGE, sure to be a highlight. Choose to shoot from the lake on a small boat, or walking along the bridge interacting with the locals. After a break at the hotel, we'll have lunch at a riverside restaurant before visiting a special Buddhist nun at her home. The gorgeous INNWA TEAK MONASTRY, a BIKE RIDE through the countryside and a chance to photograph an out of the way TEMPLE as the sun goes down complete a wonderful day.
8. MANDALAY - BAGAN
A visit to LOCAL MARKETS this morning is a chance to take in all the colour and movement as the city wakes up. If we're lucky, we may also see monks making their rounds for alms. This afternoon, fly to Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, with over 2,000 pagodas and temples, many of them topped with spectacular golden spires.
This morning, witness sunrise over the gold-topped temples of Bagan, a truly spectacular sight, and a photographers dream! Visit bustling NYAUNG OO PRODUCE MARKET, a riot of sound, colour and smell. Also see some of the most culturally significant and best-preserved pagodas, including SHWEZIGON, GUBYAUKGYI, HTILO MINLO and the amazing ANANDA TEMPLE. After a break, we’ll return to enjoy sunset from the top of MINGALAZEDI PAGODA, just as Marco Polo did!
Photograph the temples from a different spot as the sun rises, working with light in particular, or take an optional balloon ride. Gain a further insight into local life by visiting PHWAR SAW VILLAGE today. This evening, take a relaxing SUNSET CRUISE along the Irrawaddy River, watching and photographing life on the river as the sun sets in the background.
11. This morning transfer to Bagan airport for the return flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch downtown and some free time until dinner tonight, which will also be an opportunity to share some of your photos and stories from your magical trip.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
WHEN: 16th January 2016,
COST: $4,970 USD pp
(Includes accommodation, all meals, transfers, internal flights and touring, expert Australian tour director Dr Jo Rush, guest photographer Dr Louise Grayson and local guides at each destination.)
* Land only price, twin share - does not include flights to/from Yangon
• Double rooms in hotels as listed
• Tour Director + local guide in each city
• International flight transfers
• Internal air travel, transfers, travel in air-conditioned vehicles
• Sightseeing, activities and entry fees
Lunch - 11
Dinner - 11
“In today’s digital age it does not matter if you come along with an iPhone or the latest
digital SLR camera. You can still capture amazing images that will help keep the memories
of this adventure alive forever.”
DAILY PHOTO ASSIGNMENTS
Bring your camera or iPhone along to discover new perspectives of stunning destinations alongside Louise and Jo.
Designed for photographers of all levels, each day the flexible itinerary offers the opportunity to make the most of photographic
We time excursions to take advantage of the best light and linger in picturesque spots to capture the essence of the place.
Whether you’re waiting for the sun to rise over the incredible Bagan archeological park or spending time on the banks of the U Bein Bridge, Mandalay with local fishermen and farmers, you’ll learn techniques from a pair of journalists who are passionate about travel and their trade.
Yangon: Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe room)
Inle Lake: View Point Lodge (Cottage suite)
Mandalay: Hotel Red Canal (Shan room)
Bagan: Aye Yar River View Resort (Grand Deluxe room)
*Hotels may be substituted with an alternative of equivalent standard if necessary.