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Sacred Cambodia and Magical Myanmar Photo Tour
Myanmar
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8 Persons
English
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Brief

Experience and photograph the sacred past of two of the old world's most powerful empires.

Tour Detail

Asia possesses some of the worlds most impressive ancient ruins and arguably the two most awe-inspiring and photogenic lie in Cambodia and Myanmar. Angkor Wat was once the grandiose centerpiece of the world's largest city nearly a thousand years ago while the Temples of Bagan sprang up during the same time period at the height of the Pagan Empire, with 2200 of the original 10,000 structures still standing.


Despite the comparable wonders occupying these two fascinating countries today, the parallels cease there. Modern Cambodia is often remembered for the atrocities that occurred in the 1970's. That sad history didn't keep the Khmer people down for long. Armed with infectious smiles and eyes firmly fixed on the future, the population is stubbornly driving the country forward. Myanmar recently suffered through 50 years of strict and uncompromising military rule, keeping the outside world at arms reach and shrouding the country in mystery. Successful 2015 democratic elections finally opened the doors to the outside world and have provided the eager populace long awaited freedoms, spirits and happiness have never been higher. Our Sacred Cambodia and Magical Myanmar trip will bring you up close and personal with these two inspirational and fascinating cultures, the World Untouched way.

There is no better place to photograph the beauty of the world's optimism than in Cambodia and Myanmar!  

Overview

A Truly Unique Experience

Extraordinary experiences are a World Untouched specialty and we know this is only realized with small group sizes, our photo trips are limited to 8 travelers to ensure the best possible conditions for that shot of a lifetime. These two countries present endless opportunities for fascinating cultural connections and charming encounters, we will give you a front row seat so feel free to leave the long lens at home.

The Finest Adventure Leader and Local Guides

Our guides, aside from being experienced, affable, and capable, know the best locations to frame your shots away from the crowds with the best lighting. Throw in an accomplished Adventure Leader who is a skilled shooter and you are sure to have an educational journey through the history, culture, and lifestyle of these unique countries through the lens or otherwise.

Sensational Lodging

We are serious about a luxurious and comfortable nights sleep at World Untouched. We rigorously searched for, identified, and selected the most unique and charming accommodations available. All lodging showcases local decor and design in a peaceful and relaxing setting. Overlooking Inle Lake, minutes from Angkor Wat, neighboring Phnom Penh's Royal Palace, and within eye-shot of Bagan's temples, the hotels are as exhilarating as the destinations.

Initiation to Exotic Southeast Asian Cuisines

Tantalizing the taste buds is invariably a high point on any journey and this trip will be no different. The ever popular Thai and Vietnamese specialties have kept the Khmer and Burmese cuisine largely in the shadows. We have a suspicious feeling, however, the minute you get a taste of the elaborate flavors featured in these two cuisines you will not turn back. Burmese highlights include Teal Leaf Salad, Khow Suey, and delightful curries. The Khmer answer with Lap Khmer, Nom Banh Chok, and the ever popular national dish, Amok. From traditional multi course spreads to the best street food, you will be questioning when its time for the next meal.

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh- The Pearl of the Orient

The Sacred Cambodia and Magical Myanmar Photo Adventure begins in Phnom Penh, the Pearl of the Orient. After streamlined immigration and customs procedures you will be whisked away by private transport to an oasis in this bustling city, the Plantation Urban Resort and Spa. This journey will afford the first peek into Cambodia's beating heart and the seemingly organized chaos of Phnom Penh. Your first taste of the delectable Khmer cuisine at the Welcome Dinner will round out the day. Bring your cameras!

Day 2: Phnom Penh- Historical and Culinary Introduction

We'll start early to beat the heat and enjoy a short walk to the glimmering, picturesque Royal Palace before heading to a local market to photograph smiling locals and incredible colors before you decide whether to join our exclusive cooking class OR visiting the National Museum. 

Cambodia's recent history is shrouded in violence and heartbreak stemming from Pol Pot and his unrelenting Khmer Rouge regime. We will come face to face with the brutality with visits to the Toul Sleng genocide museum and Choeung Ek killing fields. This afternoon will be an emotionally powerful, heart wrenching experience but iscritical to truly understand and appreciate not only the atrocities the Khmer people underwent, but gain appreciation for their inspirational will to rebuild and look forward, all the while wearing a smile they are rarely seen without.  Trust us. This day will enrich your trip going forward. 

Day 3: Tonle Sap- Photographing the Amazing and Endangered Floating Communities of Cambodia

Our exclusive, luxury, all wood boat will take us on an overnight cruise from Phnom Penh up the river to Southeast Asia's largest lake, the Tonle Sap. You'll be amazed at how many locals wave and smile as we float by.  The amount of pictures taken on this portion of the trip will amaze you.  Take in the sights from the comfort of your room or sundeck as we watch villages go about their day, some of which are floating on the lake! 

Day 4: Tonle Sap and Angkor Wat Sunset

After visiting one of the larger floating villages on the lake we will journey on to Siem Reap and our eye popping spa accommodations just minutes from the entrance to Angkor Wat. Prior to filling memory cards during sunset at Angkor Wat, we will visit the remarkable Angkor Museum to gather a better historical understanding of the Khmer Empire civilization and temples.

Day 5: Photograph the Temples of Angkor

While Angkor Wat is the most dramatic and imposing, it serves as the focal point for hundreds of other temples peppering the landscape that, at the height of the Khmer Empire, was the world's largest city. After sunrise over Angkor Wat we will continue to the more acclaimed and striking temples of the ancient city. By days end there will be no doubt why this commanding complex belongs in the Seven Wonders of the World.

A stopover at the landmine museum to appreciate their inspiring work followed by another stunning temple sunset will round out this mind-blowing day.

Day 6: Angkor Wat Off the Beaten Path

One can certainly visit Angkor Wat alone.  Guide books will take you on a journey that thousands of others will be on.  Big Circuit? Small Circuit? No thanks, we'll do the World Untouched Special Circuit. Time to leave the crowds behind and explore a few little known yet equally exciting temples. Be amazed as our local guide takes you to temples covered in jungle with no-one else around.

Siem Reap isn't all about temples and in the afternoon we will pay a visit to a fascinating non-profit silk farm. The friendly staff will lead us through the intricate process from beginning to end while we interact with the smiling silk specialist as they showcase their intricate craft. The finished pieces are stunning but can't quite hold a candle to the special surprise we have in store soon after.

We are chomping at the bit to tell you about our surprise!  Those on the trip will be the only one's privy to experiencing one of the most unique and special events in the travel industry. We promise. 

Day 7: Sunrise Over Angkor and our First Tastes of Myanmar

We'll get up early this morning for one more sunrise photo shoot in Cambodia. By now you will be addicted to Cambodia and it will be hard to say goodbye but we will hop a flight to the second and equally captivating country of the journey- The magical. The alluring. Myanmar.

Our initiation will begin in the former capitol of Myanmar, Mandalay. We will occupy the afternoon discovering some of Myanmar's most sacred templesw, one of which features the largest book in the world.  We'll end the day with an amazing sunset at U-Bein bridge, one of two photo shoots at the largest teak bridge in the world.  Sunset will prelude a soothing night in a charming, Burmese themed boutique hotel.

Day 8: Mandalay to Bagan Enjoy Irrawaddy from our Exclusive Boat

Watching the sun rise over the world's longest teak bridge will not only provide some spectacular photo opportunities but launch another exceptional day with World Untouched. The 200 year old U-Bein Bridge is used extensively each morning by villagers off to haggle at the market, children heading to school, and monks collecting alms. The morning will provide a completely different perspective than the sunset the day before.

The balance of the day will be consumed by a relaxing trip down the Irrawaddy river on an exclusive one night cruise aboard a beautiful luxury boat bound for Bagan. This outing will exhibit both Myanmar's rural and natural beauty as well as an up close perspective of Burmese culture as we visit a traditional village supported by our 5 Plus 5 program. Would you mind helping us give locals fresh drinking water?

Day 9: Irrawaddy River and Our First Tastes of Bagan

Upon hesitantly disembarking our opulent river boat, the World Untouched local guides take over as they escort us through Old Bagan while we attempt to comprehend the overwhelming number of temples, pagodas, and stupas scattering the landscape. The biggest challenge will be where to direct your lens next!

Similar to the temples of Angkor, a noteworthy way to take in the wonderment and expanse of the ruins is by viewing them during the Golden Hour from atop one of the 2200 structures strewn across the plain. Tonight, we take in Bagan as a whole before we break it down individually and photograph what is so special about each and every temple.

Day 10: Bagan The Sacred Heart of Myanmar

The vast majority of adolescent males and nearly as many females that practice Theravada Buddhism will study at the monastery as a novice monk or nun once in their lifetime. It is one of the most important life events for most Burmese and the traditional ceremony marking the occasion is nothing short of amazing. We will witness and photograph this remarkable occasion as honored guests in a small village, an encounter foreigners rarely experience. 

The fun doesn't end there as we spend the afternoon off the beaten temple track viewing some of the more unique and interesting temples side by side with farmers tilling fields and goat herders directing their animals to the next grazing location. These will be some of the best photographs of your entire trip. 

Day 11: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Bagan Before Exploring Picturesque Inle Lake

For travelers interested, its all aboard exclusive hot air balloons to enjoy the sun rising over the Bagan plain as we float peacefully over the ruins, a once in a lifetime experience.  This will be a trip highlight for most. As the adrenaline rush from the exhilarating balloon ride slowly wanes, we will travel to Inle Lake in the Shan State via a short, comfortable flight. 

Although the Villa Inle Resort lakeside rooms coax even the most active to sit back and relax, we will momentarily resist the urge in order to visit the Red Mountain Estate Winery. The vineyard features a fantastic panoramic view of the lake and is a fine place to enjoy the setting sun and delicious wine!

Day 12: Inle Lake Like No Place on Earth

Carp fisherman maneuver their boats using just their feet to finesse the oars as they toss their bamboo nets, floating gardens of all sorts, golden stupas atop temples perched on stilts, and a profusion of bird life will fill the viewfinder as we explore Inle in comfort on custom luxury lake boats.  

Day 13: Myanmar's Beautiful Capital Yangon

Sunrise over the lake will preceed breakfast in the beautiful Villa Inle Resort gardens.  Afterwards, we'll board a flight to the rapidly changing capital city of Myanmar, the final destination of our fulfilling journey- Yangon. Absorb a taste of the past as we cruise the streets of Yangon in 1950's era Chevy buses, painstakingly restored into luxury coaches. Old colonial buildings butt up against rising towers in the ever changing skyline as Myanmar finally takes long awaiting steps towards modernization. Sightseeing will fittingly conclude at the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda dates back more than a millennium and represents the finest in Burmese heritage, sculpture and art, a worthy finale to our journey through this exceptional country. During the Farewell Dinner we'll relive highlights, exchange contact information, and begrudgingly say our goodbyes until we meet again on your next World Untouched Adventure.

Day 14: Breakfast in Yangon

We'll explore Sunrise over Shwedagon Pagoda before having a final breakfast as a group. A private shuttle to the Yangon airport will follow hugs and goodbyes from your fellow travelers.  

Price Detail
Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Sacred Cambodia and Magical Myanmar Photo Tour
Myanmar
0 Days
8 Persons
English
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Brief

Experience and photograph the sacred past of two of the old world's most powerful empires.

Tour Detail

Asia possesses some of the worlds most impressive ancient ruins and arguably the two most awe-inspiring and photogenic lie in Cambodia and Myanmar. Angkor Wat was once the grandiose centerpiece of the world's largest city nearly a thousand years ago while the Temples of Bagan sprang up during the same time period at the height of the Pagan Empire, with 2200 of the original 10,000 structures still standing.


Despite the comparable wonders occupying these two fascinating countries today, the parallels cease there. Modern Cambodia is often remembered for the atrocities that occurred in the 1970's. That sad history didn't keep the Khmer people down for long. Armed with infectious smiles and eyes firmly fixed on the future, the population is stubbornly driving the country forward. Myanmar recently suffered through 50 years of strict and uncompromising military rule, keeping the outside world at arms reach and shrouding the country in mystery. Successful 2015 democratic elections finally opened the doors to the outside world and have provided the eager populace long awaited freedoms, spirits and happiness have never been higher. Our Sacred Cambodia and Magical Myanmar trip will bring you up close and personal with these two inspirational and fascinating cultures, the World Untouched way.

There is no better place to photograph the beauty of the world's optimism than in Cambodia and Myanmar!  

Overview

A Truly Unique Experience

Extraordinary experiences are a World Untouched specialty and we know this is only realized with small group sizes, our photo trips are limited to 8 travelers to ensure the best possible conditions for that shot of a lifetime. These two countries present endless opportunities for fascinating cultural connections and charming encounters, we will give you a front row seat so feel free to leave the long lens at home.

The Finest Adventure Leader and Local Guides

Our guides, aside from being experienced, affable, and capable, know the best locations to frame your shots away from the crowds with the best lighting. Throw in an accomplished Adventure Leader who is a skilled shooter and you are sure to have an educational journey through the history, culture, and lifestyle of these unique countries through the lens or otherwise.

Sensational Lodging

We are serious about a luxurious and comfortable nights sleep at World Untouched. We rigorously searched for, identified, and selected the most unique and charming accommodations available. All lodging showcases local decor and design in a peaceful and relaxing setting. Overlooking Inle Lake, minutes from Angkor Wat, neighboring Phnom Penh's Royal Palace, and within eye-shot of Bagan's temples, the hotels are as exhilarating as the destinations.

Initiation to Exotic Southeast Asian Cuisines

Tantalizing the taste buds is invariably a high point on any journey and this trip will be no different. The ever popular Thai and Vietnamese specialties have kept the Khmer and Burmese cuisine largely in the shadows. We have a suspicious feeling, however, the minute you get a taste of the elaborate flavors featured in these two cuisines you will not turn back. Burmese highlights include Teal Leaf Salad, Khow Suey, and delightful curries. The Khmer answer with Lap Khmer, Nom Banh Chok, and the ever popular national dish, Amok. From traditional multi course spreads to the best street food, you will be questioning when its time for the next meal.

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh- The Pearl of the Orient

The Sacred Cambodia and Magical Myanmar Photo Adventure begins in Phnom Penh, the Pearl of the Orient. After streamlined immigration and customs procedures you will be whisked away by private transport to an oasis in this bustling city, the Plantation Urban Resort and Spa. This journey will afford the first peek into Cambodia's beating heart and the seemingly organized chaos of Phnom Penh. Your first taste of the delectable Khmer cuisine at the Welcome Dinner will round out the day. Bring your cameras!

Day 2: Phnom Penh- Historical and Culinary Introduction

We'll start early to beat the heat and enjoy a short walk to the glimmering, picturesque Royal Palace before heading to a local market to photograph smiling locals and incredible colors before you decide whether to join our exclusive cooking class OR visiting the National Museum. 

Cambodia's recent history is shrouded in violence and heartbreak stemming from Pol Pot and his unrelenting Khmer Rouge regime. We will come face to face with the brutality with visits to the Toul Sleng genocide museum and Choeung Ek killing fields. This afternoon will be an emotionally powerful, heart wrenching experience but iscritical to truly understand and appreciate not only the atrocities the Khmer people underwent, but gain appreciation for their inspirational will to rebuild and look forward, all the while wearing a smile they are rarely seen without.  Trust us. This day will enrich your trip going forward. 

Day 3: Tonle Sap- Photographing the Amazing and Endangered Floating Communities of Cambodia

Our exclusive, luxury, all wood boat will take us on an overnight cruise from Phnom Penh up the river to Southeast Asia's largest lake, the Tonle Sap. You'll be amazed at how many locals wave and smile as we float by.  The amount of pictures taken on this portion of the trip will amaze you.  Take in the sights from the comfort of your room or sundeck as we watch villages go about their day, some of which are floating on the lake! 

Day 4: Tonle Sap and Angkor Wat Sunset

After visiting one of the larger floating villages on the lake we will journey on to Siem Reap and our eye popping spa accommodations just minutes from the entrance to Angkor Wat. Prior to filling memory cards during sunset at Angkor Wat, we will visit the remarkable Angkor Museum to gather a better historical understanding of the Khmer Empire civilization and temples.

Day 5: Photograph the Temples of Angkor

While Angkor Wat is the most dramatic and imposing, it serves as the focal point for hundreds of other temples peppering the landscape that, at the height of the Khmer Empire, was the world's largest city. After sunrise over Angkor Wat we will continue to the more acclaimed and striking temples of the ancient city. By days end there will be no doubt why this commanding complex belongs in the Seven Wonders of the World.

A stopover at the landmine museum to appreciate their inspiring work followed by another stunning temple sunset will round out this mind-blowing day.

Day 6: Angkor Wat Off the Beaten Path

One can certainly visit Angkor Wat alone.  Guide books will take you on a journey that thousands of others will be on.  Big Circuit? Small Circuit? No thanks, we'll do the World Untouched Special Circuit. Time to leave the crowds behind and explore a few little known yet equally exciting temples. Be amazed as our local guide takes you to temples covered in jungle with no-one else around.

Siem Reap isn't all about temples and in the afternoon we will pay a visit to a fascinating non-profit silk farm. The friendly staff will lead us through the intricate process from beginning to end while we interact with the smiling silk specialist as they showcase their intricate craft. The finished pieces are stunning but can't quite hold a candle to the special surprise we have in store soon after.

We are chomping at the bit to tell you about our surprise!  Those on the trip will be the only one's privy to experiencing one of the most unique and special events in the travel industry. We promise. 

Day 7: Sunrise Over Angkor and our First Tastes of Myanmar

We'll get up early this morning for one more sunrise photo shoot in Cambodia. By now you will be addicted to Cambodia and it will be hard to say goodbye but we will hop a flight to the second and equally captivating country of the journey- The magical. The alluring. Myanmar.

Our initiation will begin in the former capitol of Myanmar, Mandalay. We will occupy the afternoon discovering some of Myanmar's most sacred templesw, one of which features the largest book in the world.  We'll end the day with an amazing sunset at U-Bein bridge, one of two photo shoots at the largest teak bridge in the world.  Sunset will prelude a soothing night in a charming, Burmese themed boutique hotel.

Day 8: Mandalay to Bagan Enjoy Irrawaddy from our Exclusive Boat

Watching the sun rise over the world's longest teak bridge will not only provide some spectacular photo opportunities but launch another exceptional day with World Untouched. The 200 year old U-Bein Bridge is used extensively each morning by villagers off to haggle at the market, children heading to school, and monks collecting alms. The morning will provide a completely different perspective than the sunset the day before.

The balance of the day will be consumed by a relaxing trip down the Irrawaddy river on an exclusive one night cruise aboard a beautiful luxury boat bound for Bagan. This outing will exhibit both Myanmar's rural and natural beauty as well as an up close perspective of Burmese culture as we visit a traditional village supported by our 5 Plus 5 program. Would you mind helping us give locals fresh drinking water?

Day 9: Irrawaddy River and Our First Tastes of Bagan

Upon hesitantly disembarking our opulent river boat, the World Untouched local guides take over as they escort us through Old Bagan while we attempt to comprehend the overwhelming number of temples, pagodas, and stupas scattering the landscape. The biggest challenge will be where to direct your lens next!

Similar to the temples of Angkor, a noteworthy way to take in the wonderment and expanse of the ruins is by viewing them during the Golden Hour from atop one of the 2200 structures strewn across the plain. Tonight, we take in Bagan as a whole before we break it down individually and photograph what is so special about each and every temple.

Day 10: Bagan The Sacred Heart of Myanmar

The vast majority of adolescent males and nearly as many females that practice Theravada Buddhism will study at the monastery as a novice monk or nun once in their lifetime. It is one of the most important life events for most Burmese and the traditional ceremony marking the occasion is nothing short of amazing. We will witness and photograph this remarkable occasion as honored guests in a small village, an encounter foreigners rarely experience. 

The fun doesn't end there as we spend the afternoon off the beaten temple track viewing some of the more unique and interesting temples side by side with farmers tilling fields and goat herders directing their animals to the next grazing location. These will be some of the best photographs of your entire trip. 

Day 11: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Bagan Before Exploring Picturesque Inle Lake

For travelers interested, its all aboard exclusive hot air balloons to enjoy the sun rising over the Bagan plain as we float peacefully over the ruins, a once in a lifetime experience.  This will be a trip highlight for most. As the adrenaline rush from the exhilarating balloon ride slowly wanes, we will travel to Inle Lake in the Shan State via a short, comfortable flight. 

Although the Villa Inle Resort lakeside rooms coax even the most active to sit back and relax, we will momentarily resist the urge in order to visit the Red Mountain Estate Winery. The vineyard features a fantastic panoramic view of the lake and is a fine place to enjoy the setting sun and delicious wine!

Day 12: Inle Lake Like No Place on Earth

Carp fisherman maneuver their boats using just their feet to finesse the oars as they toss their bamboo nets, floating gardens of all sorts, golden stupas atop temples perched on stilts, and a profusion of bird life will fill the viewfinder as we explore Inle in comfort on custom luxury lake boats.  

Day 13: Myanmar's Beautiful Capital Yangon

Sunrise over the lake will preceed breakfast in the beautiful Villa Inle Resort gardens.  Afterwards, we'll board a flight to the rapidly changing capital city of Myanmar, the final destination of our fulfilling journey- Yangon. Absorb a taste of the past as we cruise the streets of Yangon in 1950's era Chevy buses, painstakingly restored into luxury coaches. Old colonial buildings butt up against rising towers in the ever changing skyline as Myanmar finally takes long awaiting steps towards modernization. Sightseeing will fittingly conclude at the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda dates back more than a millennium and represents the finest in Burmese heritage, sculpture and art, a worthy finale to our journey through this exceptional country. During the Farewell Dinner we'll relive highlights, exchange contact information, and begrudgingly say our goodbyes until we meet again on your next World Untouched Adventure.

Day 14: Breakfast in Yangon

We'll explore Sunrise over Shwedagon Pagoda before having a final breakfast as a group. A private shuttle to the Yangon airport will follow hugs and goodbyes from your fellow travelers.  

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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