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Dates of Travel: 6 – 16 November 2019
The journey will take us from the bygone bustle of Yangon to the sleepy settlements lining Inle Lake, and beyond to the temples dotting the Bagan skyline, while seeking out the best spots for photography. We will combine flying and driving to conveniently cover the kilometres, stay in comfortable hotels, and move around with our guides helping us meet the locals and seek out authentic experiences.
But the real beauty of this Leica Akademie adventure is the pace, we will never be rushed, and exploring with like-minded travellers there to look at a location through the lens of a camera guarantees a creative esprit de corps. It’s the ideal way for those with a passion for photography to get under the skin of the place Rudyard Kipling described as being “quite unlike any land you know about’’ while picking up tips to perfect the craft of using a camera.
We will move around Myanmar to visit quiet corners of a country where the locals still smile when visitors lift a camera, there’s a scene to snap at every turn, and golden light illuminates the landscape.
Fly into Yangon and then it’s north to Inle Lake with three days to explore the waterway sitting in the shadows of the Sham Hills that’s home to minority tribes clinging to centuries-old traditions. There will be time to explore the markets that move to a different village every day, meet the weavers and silversmiths living in stilt houses above the water, and watch the region’s famous fisherman at work.
Bagan is the next stop with the region stretching from the Irrawaddy River once the centre of a powerful kingdom and now home to hundreds of temples and pagodas with stupas spiking the sky. Our visit coincides with the Full Moon Festival at Bagan’s Shwezigon Pagoda – the annual event celebrating the end of the monsoon – and we stay out late to capture the after-dark activity with locals lighting hundreds of oil lamps and fireworks sparking the sky.
Then it’s back to Yangon, the colonial-era capital now falling into delightful disrepair, to wander the art-deco pavilions of the Scott Market and golden structures of Shwedagon Pagoda before the 11-day adventure comes to an end.
For couples wishing to share a room, we can offer a discounted price – this reduced price will be applied when final payments are due. Please ask when paying the deposit. Travel to / from Yangon is the responsibility of the guests.
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Leica Akademie Australia events are known for their excellent company and hospitality, welcoming atmosphere, interesting discussions and extensive learning opportunities.
Please bring your camera and memory cards, plus a laptop / iPad for editing and viewing. Any make/model of camera is welcome. Interchangeable lens cameras will be the best choice – a standard zoom and a wide angle zoom would be very useful, plus of course any other gear you would like to use. Leica loan cameras and/or lenses can be requested – please contact us once you have a confirmed booking and we will do our best to ensure your preferred item can be offered.
If you are interested in attending but have a question, we would love to assist you. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to see the pictures you take while in Myanmar! Tag @leica_camera_aus or #LeicaCameraAus Instagram or Leica Camera Australia on Facebook.
The accompanying images were taken by Nick Rains on his most recent visit to Myanmar, following a similar itinerary: