Tattooed faced women of the Chin Tribe, hidden monasteries and temples of Mrauk U, idyllic villages and markets of Sittwe
All tours are land tours and based on twin sharing only.If you have registered as a single participant and do not wish to pay for the single supplement, we will try our best to match you with another single participant; otherwise, you will need to incur the single supplement charge in order to join our tour.
The domestic airfare of SGD$200.00 is included. However at the time of booking and confirmation, should the domestic airfare increase, the participant has to bear the additional costs.
Day 1 - Arrive Yangon, transfer to your hotel, free and easy. In the evening, we have a short briefing on our upcoming tour.
Day 2 (B,L,D) - Depart for Sittwe Airport, transfer to jetty for departure to Mrauk U (5-7 hrs). Upon arrival to Mrauk U, transfer to hotel.
Day 3 (B,L,D) - After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to Ratanabon Pagoda with its intricate network of alleyways and corners. Here we will invite our model monks to pose for us as we photograph them in ambient or candlelight. We then continue onto to Htukkananthein Temple to photograph our model monks as well as the Buddhist scriptures and murals. Just before lunch, we have a short stopover at a local Tet village where we will meet the lovely Tet ladies with their age old practice of enlarged ear lobes. They are the last of their kind as we photo document these living idols.
After lunch, we continue onto to two of the grandest temples in Mrauk U, the Shittaung, with its 80,000 Buddhist images as well as the uniquely oblong Kottaung with an equally impressive number of Buddhist statues. By late afternoon, we return to a watering hole near Ratanabon and photograph the local women collecting water with aluminium jars on their head. Sunset will be at an elevated hill near Ratanabon.
Day 4 (B,L,D) - This morning, we wake up extra early for the classic sunrise over the Mrauk U valley at one of the pagodas. After breakfast, we depart for the Chin tribe up river (3 hrs) to photograph the tattooed women of the Chin tribe, the last of their kind in a natural mountain village setting. At the villages, we will distribute a collection of clothing and foodstuffs to the local villages and children. These will include a charity pack of rice, basic foodstuffs, stationary, etc.
Lunch will be a packed lunch. Return to our hotel in Mrauk U in the evening.
Day 5 (B,L,D) - Sunrise today will be at Mrawa Paya, with its multiple layers and distant pagodas, a scene that looks like out of a page of the ancient Wethali kingdom. We return to the hotel for breakfast before transferring to the jetty for our return boat back to Sittwe. Upon arrival into Sittwe, we check-in our hotel and visit ViewPoint Beach where we will practice coastal photography and the use of filters for long exposures. After dinner, retire for the night.
Day 6 (B) - After breakfast, we visit the lively Sittwe market. Lunch is on your own before we transfer to airport for our return flight back to Yangon and catch the connecting flight back to Singapore.
- Domestic airfare: Yangon-Sittwe-Yangon (incl. taxes & 15kg baggage allowance)
- English speaking guide throughout
- 5N accommodation in comfortable basic hotels
- All meals as per itinerary
- Boat fees to Mrauk U and Chin tribe
- Temple passes to Mrauk U archeological park
- Monk model hire fees
- Singapore Trekker Tour Leader & Photography Assistance
- International Airfare: SIN-YGN-SIN
- Personal expenses eg. beverages during meals, shopping, etc
- Personal travel insurance (recommended)
This is about my 6th trip with SgTrekker and i\’ve enjoyed all the trips – i like the comaraderie with the various groups (always punctual), fun, food and decent to luxurious accommodation, . Adrian ensures that we are well-fed with good to best local food, and he patiently ensures all our different dietary requirements. Besides bringing us to interesting and scenic places and an element of adventure, there\’s also a balance in knowing about the culture, food and people. Lake Baikal has been an adventure for me as i always wondered if i\’d survive the extreme cold. Thankfully, Adrian briefed us well, and so we were prepared and survived. This is another trip with fond memories and thanks to Adrian for his generous sharing of tips and tricks and ensuring that we all get some good shots to bring home.
I have travelled with SG Trekker several times and Adrian has been meticulous in his planning and welfare. His places are varied and cater to every genre of photography. His instruction of what gear to bring along to a certain place to shoot is concise. We always have great fun in his workshop and is quite ensured that the trip will be filled with photos returning home. He will stake a lookout for newbies and guide them along. Will I join SG Trekker again- YES.
Uzbekistan is one of lesser known countries in Central Asia which I long to visit since 2015. It is truly a beautiful country with rich historical past. Photographers will easily find many iconic hotspots and very impressive landmarks from north to south in Uzbekistan where they can indulge their passions in photography. Once again, Adrian had done a wonderful job – taking care of everyone\’s needs and comfort throughout the trip. With his expert guidance and dishing out camera\’s settings, I managed to bag some awesome and beautiful pictures. Big a thank you to you, Adrian! All team members had so much wonderful fun and laughter in the tour.