Beautiful, Ancient Thailand and Cambodia

Thailand and Cambodia: Land of Temples, Shrines, Unique Cultures and Friendly People
November 18 – 30, 2018

Experience the Loy Krathong, Festival of Lights

Photography Tour Leaders: William Manning and Adam Jones

Thailand is known for it’s friendly people. Include this with it’s rich heritage, it’s many temples, unique culture’s, and colorful landscape you have all the ingredients for an incredible photo experience. Our journey begins in the bustling city of Bangkok where we explore and photograph famous city temples, unique markets, unspoiled back streets and the iconic Grand Palace. This Buddhist nation has over 40,000 temples. Temples and Shrines are the heart and soul of this country and many date back to the 13th century. No visit to Bangkok can be complete until you visit at least a couple of these incredible landmarks. 

Thai Markets

Markets are very much a part of daily life throughout Thailand. Thai markets are fun, festive and unique places to photograph regardless of their locations throughout the country. We’ll explore the well known Damnoen Floating market, a must see along with small lesser known markets of Chinatown. Beyond the boundaries of Bangkok we’ll explore Northern Thailand where artisans are hard at work creating their handicrafts. We’ll photograph Bo Sang Handicraft Centre where we can see first hand these artisans at work. The night and morning markets in Chiang Mai provide unique photo and shopping opportunities as we begin our day or close out the day of photography.

Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand

Travel photography is about learning, exploring and sharing. There is no better way to experience these values than enjoying a first hand encounter with local cultures. Beyond the blended cultures that make up Bangkok, our journey takes us into Northern Thailand, home to interesting and colorful ethnic minorities, known as hill tribes. There are seven hill tribe groupings: Karen, Lisu, Hmong, Lahu, Akha, Padaung and Mien. Many of these people are migrants from Central China, Myanmar, Yunnan, and Tibet. Our visits to these remote villages allow us to experience and photograph their traditional ways of life.

Yi Peng and Loy Krathong, Festival of Lights 

Our trip has been scheduled to coincide with the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong Festival or Festival of Lights in Chiang Mai. We’ll have the afternoon into early evening hours to photograph this extraordinary and colorful event. The festival features beautifully illuminated lanterns that are carried, displayed in houses or temples or launched into the night sky. Originally the ceremony was where people came to pay their respects to the Gods, today the lanterns are donated to temples and people show their respect to Buddha and say a prayer and ask for their wishes and hopes to be fulfilled. The highlight of this event will be the launching of the lanterns into the night sky where we’ll witness this beautiful event with many photo opportunities or simply enjoy this wonderful tradition of the Thai people.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Out final leg after a rewarding photo experience in Thailand leads us to Cambodia where we turn our cameras on the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and the cultures of Siem Reap. We’ll explore the central region around Angkor Thom and then farther afield into Banteay Srey, Banteay Sanre, Chau Srei Viol and the Rolous group. Siem Reap is the capitol city of Siem Reap Province where the present day meets the old times of Ankor. We’ll photograph local markets, some monasteries and finish our photo journey in the scenic fisherman villages of Lake Tonle Sap.

Thailand, you gotta see it and experience it. If this land of ancient treasures are on your bucket list now’s your opportunity. William Manning and Adam Jones will lead this photo journey and  invite you to join us on our return to Thailand and Cambodia to photograph ancient temples, unique cultures and a colorful environment.

Itinerary

Day 1: (November 18) Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants will be met at the airport by William and Adam and our local guide. Participants will be transported to our hotel and gather for a welcome dinner and introduction to Bangkok. After dinner we’ll have an evening walk on the streets of Bangkok or those who want to rest after their long flight can enjoy a relaxing Thai massage and head to bed to rest up for an incredible two weeks in Thailand and Cambodia.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom, Bangkok

Day 2 : (November 19) We’ll have breakfast at our hotel and head out to explore and photograph the incredible sights of Bangkok. There are no shortage of markets in Bangkok, we’ll visit the Damnoen floating market during the morning hours which offers endless photo opportunities. Our exploration will continue on Wat Pho, and the Grand Palace. These temples have many unique features that make beautiful photo opportunities, The golden reclining Buddha, ornate chapels, Khmer style towers with beautiful views of Bangkok and it maze of rivers are just a few of the sites as we explore the temples of the city. Chinatown is a must see when visiting Bangkok, this region has many hidden treasures of unspoiled back streets filled with locals and tourists.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom, Bangkok

Day 3: (November 20) We’ll take a day trip from Bangkok to the ancient capitol of Siam and UNESCO world heritage site, Ayutthaya. We’ll explore Ayutthaya temples, stone ruins and Buddha statues. Several important temples lie within this ancient site, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mangkhon Bophit and Wat Phanan Choeng known for its gilded seated Buddha.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom, Bangkok

Day 4 and 5: (November 21-22) Arrive via air in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand. We’ll spend the day exploring the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar all meet. After exploring the ancient city of Chiang Saen we’ll take a boat trip down the mighty Mae Khong River where we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the villages along this spectacular stretch of river. Visit the hill tribe villages of the Long Neck people (Karen Tribe), these colorful woman wear brass rings around their neck and offer unique photo opportunities. After the Long Neck tribes we’ll move on to visit and photograph the Akha, Yao and Lisu tribes, all give us a look into the traditional and daily lives of these unique people of Northern Thailand.

Overnight at Dusit Island, Chiang Rai

Day 6: (November 23) Land Transport to Chiang Mai where we’ll arrive in time to enjoy day’s activities of the beautiful Loy Krathong Festival or Festival of Lights in Chiang Mai. The exact dates are typically not known until a month before the festival but always coincides with the full moon of November. Our timing should be right on time as November 23, 2018 is full moon. The festival is filled with parades, firework displays, cultural highlights involving Lanna and the highlight of the day begins in early evening with the lighting of the thousands of sky lanterns lifting into the night sky. 

Overnight at Lotus Hotel Pang Suan Kaew, Chiang Mai

Day 7 and 8: (November 24-25) A visit to the Handicraft Village give us a look into the workings and talent of Thai artisans. We’ll photograph these local artists creating hand-woven silk products, get a first hand look into the making of umbrellas and paper parasols from beginning to end including the painting of these colorful art works, and watch the making of silverware. We’ll visit Doi Suthep Temple built in 1383 and photograph the sunset of the panoramic view of Chiang Mai and Ping Valley from the summit of Doi Suthep Mountain.

Our last full day in Chiang Mai give us the opportunity to learn, experience and photograph the daily lives of a mahout and his/her elephant at the Elephant Rescue Park. Participants can change into a mahout uniform if you wish and join in on the feeding and interact with these massive creatures. The day will be filled with observation and photographing of the daily tasks of the mahouts and their elephant

Overnight at Lotus Hotel Pang Suan Kaew, Chiang Mai

Day 9 through 12: (November 26 through 29) Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We’ll be met by our local guide and begin our exploration of the central area around Angkor Thom where the biggest temple of Angkor Wat resides. The following days we’ll explore farther afield and focusing our creative time at the sites of Banter Srey, Banteay Sanre, Chau Srei Viol and the Rolous Group. Beyond the ancient temples of Angkor Wat we’ll photograph the scenic fisherman villages on Lake Tonle Sap. Our last day in Cambodia we’ll visit local markets and several monasteries of Siem Reap. Siem Reap give us the opportunity to witness present day Cambodia in contrast to the old times of Angkor.

Overnight at Silk D’ Angkor, Siem Reap

Day 14: (November 30) Depart for Home  

Cost of Tour: $5995.

Deposit: $1000, balance must be paid 90 days before departure date

Tour price is based on double occupancy. Single room supplement, please add $995.

Includes:
• All Lodging throughout tour (lodging is based on double occupancy)
• In-country ground and river transportation
• In-country flights (Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mia to Siem Reap, Cambodia)
• All breakfast and dinners during tour
• All scheduled entrance fees to temples, tribe villages and other noted attractions in itinerary.
• All tour guide fee
• Photography Instructional and guide fees

Not included:
• International flights from home to Thailand and return from Cambodia to home
• alcohol related drinks
• lunches unless otherwise stated
• massages
• tips and gratuities to hotel staff and local guides
• single room supplement (participants who prefer a single room please call or email request) 

*** Itinerary and costs associated with this tour are subject to change due to circumstances out of our control such as currency  fluctuations, rising costs of in-country airfare, ground transport, fuel surcharges and accommodations.

• $1000 deposit can be paid via PayPal. Only Deposit can be paid by credit card or PayPal. Balance must be paid by check, bank transfer, money order or cashiers check.

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Thailand, Cambodia 2018