10 Photogenic Locations in Myanmar
You are here for something more than great photos
Super friendly people make for candid portraits, thousands of pagodas make for postcard shots, these are the two most compelling reasons why Myanmar is a treasure trove for photographers.
Why You'll Love It
- Being a tropical country, long daylight hours and camera-friendly lighting make it an easy catch for photographers of any skillset.
- Being self-content and fully-devoted to their faith, Burmese people are by far the most friendly people that we've ever known and they are not camera-shy.
- Modernization hasn't yet torn down its colonial buildings or pagodas, street photography opportunity lies at every corner.
- Photography means something more when you are traveling with Gatsby who knows the best lighting, locations, angles and locals like no one else.
Top 10 Photography Locations in Myanmar/Burma
Amazing photos or videos online give you the very impetus and you've decided to come. Excited to be a stranger in a strange land and looking forwards to awesome photos. Making your way throughout the country is pretty much like a treasure hunt but you know you will definitely come home with plenty.
Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun
Villages & Villagers
Train Station & Train Ride in Yangon
Mahagandayon Monastery in Mandalay
U Bein Bridge at Sunset
Ethinc Minority's Life and Cultures
Life over the Water in Inle Lake
Our photography tours are designed to facilitate professional photographers or shutterbugs' passion by scooping out the best locations and time of the best lighting. Here's an example how it goes:
- Day-01: Mandalay Arrival
No activities arranged.
- Day-02: Mandalay
Shooting: Morning ritual at Mahamuni Pagoda, lunchtime at Mahagandayon Monastery and sunset at Mandalay Hill.
- Day-03: Mandalay
Shooting: Hsinbyume Pagoda with novices modeling, Bargaya Monastery and U Bein Bridge at sunset.
- Day-04: Mandalay to Bagan by Air
Shooting: Nighttime shooting at Bagan's major temples.
- Day-05 to 07: Bagan
Shooting: Bagan temple complex and nearby villages.
- Day-08: Bagan to Inle Lake by Air
Shooting: Sunset photos with fishermen posing for you.
- Day-09 to 12: Inle Lake
Shooting: Indein Pagoda Complex, markets, villages and floating gardens by boat.
- Day-13: Inle Lake to Yangon by Air
Shooting: Colonial Area by walking, inside of The Strand's and sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda.
- Day-14: Yangon
Shooting: Yangon's Circular Train, local markets and streets.
- Day-15: Yangon Departure
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For more details, please check out our itinerary: Enchantment Myanmar: Myanmar Photography Tour. And keep in mind that your taste decides how the trip goes and we have more ideas to make it your own photo workshop of a lifetime.
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Gatsby Tips for Photographers
Weather, lighting and equipments are the basics for photography. Although weather can sometimes be tricky in Myanmar, our local knowledge and resources provide us more options given the itinerary is flexible enough to coordinate with alternatives. Nevertheless, we have some tips before you set out.
- The best time for photography falls during August to December. It rains a lot from August to October but the sky before and after the rainstorm is worthwhile. Longer daylight, better lighting, and less rain from November to December, always pleasant.
- You will definitely need these gears: tripod, filters, wide-angle lens, power adaptor and lots of memory cards. Yes, traveling with big bags is no fun; normally we will go with a lens of something like 24-70mm.
- Be mentally prepared for early mornings. The sun is up much much earlier, say 0400am to 0500am, and you will have at most one hour before it gets too bright. This, goes without saying, means you need to allow some rest time between sites and cities.
- Burmese are fairly friendly and wouldn't mind being photoed. However, it never hurts to be culturally aware. Ask for permission before taking photos, especially for kids, monks and nuns.
- Be in the moment. Allow yourself some time to get comfortable with the surrounding, finding good angle or talk to the villagers whom you are shooting. Soulful photos tell great stories and they can only be taken by a photographer with keen eyes and a kind heart.
After so many trips to Myanmar, welcome to a understanding that this country deserves to be known by more. Awe-inspiring photos can be one way, yet the most important thing is you get underneath the country's layers and be connected. Yes, this is exactly what makes a photography tour more than just taking great photos.
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