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Myanmar/Burma Trip 2018

My next Myanmar/Burma trip will be in November of 2017. We will be cruising the Chindwin River with excursions to remote villages and temples. After the cruise we will explore Pyin Oo Lwin, Sipaw, several Shan Villages and Lashio. This is a very popular trip and our quota was filled in less than three days after posting it.

If you are interested in a Chindwin River cruise or perhaps the Mergui Archipelago in 2018, please contact me soon as the number of people interested will dictate whether I plan another trip. Meanwhile, I highly recommend John's trip in January of 2018.

January 16-28, 2018 with John Baker
We are looking forward to January 16-28, 2018 when John Baker, owner of travelimages.com will be the trip planner and photo guide. John is an award-winning photographer and has led photo tours around the world for well over two decades. He offers a top-shelf tour for all levels of photographers, and non-photographers alike. He will assist you with your photography as needed. The trip will be similar to the one described below with a few tweaks and additions. Please go to travelimages.com to see some of what he photographed on this past Feb. 2016 trip.

Your Trip
Your adventure begins in Yangon at the beautiful Chatrium Hotel. Yangon has the most revered Pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon, guilded with more than 20,000 solid gold bars and topped with a single 76 carat diamond! You will visit colorful markets and the city’s busy jetty and see examples of 19th century British colonial architecture. You’ll have High Tea at The Strand Hotel made famous by George Orwell. In Mandalay you will see the skilled marble sculptors, wood carvers, gold leaf makers, silk weavers, leather crafters, tapestry embroiderers and more. Shopping is irresistible!

Old Bagan is famous for its lacquer ware and its magnificent Pagodas. If you choose, and reserve early, you may schedule a balloon ride over the lush Bagan plain studded with hundreds of ancient stupas. Incredible images abound. Imagine goat herders in evening light beside golden stupas, and sunrise and sunset looming over the magical vista. Dine under the magnificent tree canopies at our hotel and relax and recharge at the pool.

In Pindaya, a famous cave of 9,000 Buddhas calls to be seen. Warm friendly people welcome you into their village. Stroll around the beautiful lake with morning mist at sunrise when the people come to bathe, collect water and do their laundering.

Shan state has beautiful rolling hills similar to Tuscany, with rich red soil and colorful plantings. Photograph farmers planting and harvesting rice by hand, plowing with bullocks and villagers building roads without mechanized equipment.

Photo ops are everywhere. Monks gathering alms, novice monks at play, little nuns all dressed in pink, welcoming villagers and ancient temples abound.

Finally you will take a long tail boat on Inle Lake to your hotel on the water. You’ll see the unique leg rowers casting their fishing nets in early morning and evening light. Travel by long tail boat to a market on the lake where you will observe the colorful Pa O people selling their wares. Visit cottage factories to see women spin and weave mulberry and silk. In the Inle region you may also encounter the colorful Padaung Women known for their elongated necks adorned with brass rings.

About the Trip
This trip is not for everyone—it may be warm, roads are bumpy, schedules are not exact, bare feet are required in temples and while rare, some toilets along the road are not Western style. One must be adaptable, physically able to tolerate heat, walk on uneven ground, climb stairs, board and disembark from small boats, and tolerate some discomfort and inconvenience. I want to share this incredible country with very special people who want to learn about the culture, interact with the people, be generous with the needy along the way, capture some incredible images and have the experience of a lifetime.

Past travelers with us would be happy to share their experiences with you if you'd like references. Since there has been a lot of interest in these trips, I would encourage you not to delay if you are seriously thinking you would like to come along.

For full itinerary, cost and registration, go to... www.travelimages.com/brochureburma2016.html

For any questions please write to me at chriskogutphotography@gmail.com

Myanmar has become the focus for my humanitarian efforts, therefore, in exchange for a trip of incredible value, I am suggesting that each traveler pack a second suitcase with collected donations of good used or nearly new clothing for school aged children such as T-shirts, modest, short-sleeved blouses, skirts , shorts (for boys), sandals, hats and raincoats—items appropriate for children that dwell in a very hot, humid and often wet climate. Fleece is also good for donations (all sizes—adults too) when you visit higher elevations. It will be a much more rewarding trip for you in return. The people share their lives and welcome you in and through your guide, you give them much needed clothing in exchange for some invaluable photo opportunities. I personally am a repository for such, so I’d be only too happy to send you what you might carry.

If this trip sounds right for you, John looks forward to hearing from you! Email him at phototours@travelimages.com. Meanwhile, please enjoy the short videos (above)—a sampling of what you will experience on these trips.

How this all began
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