January 29 - February 10, 2019
Thailand is known for it’s friendly people. Include this with a rich heritage, it’s many temples, unique cultures, and colorful landscape you have 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 these incredible landmarks.
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 famous 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.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Our 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, 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 is 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.
Day 1 (Jan 29) : Depart home for flight to Bangkok, Thailand.
Day 2 (Jan 30): 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 Siom, Bangkok
Day 3 (Jan 31) : We’ll have early 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 4: (Feb 1) 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 5 and 6: (Feb 2-3) 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 7 and 8: (Feb 4-5) 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: (Feb 6-9) Depart Chiang Mai and 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' AngkorDay 13: (Feb 10) Depart for Home
Ancient Thailand and Cambodia
January 29 - February 10, 2019
Airport Arrival and Departure: Arrange arrival at Bangkok International Airport and departure out of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Participants: Min 6 - Max 12
Single Room Supplement add: $1095.
• 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 Instruction and guide fees
• International flights from home to Thailand and return from Cambodia to home
• alcohol related drinks
• lunches unless otherwise stated
• tips and gratuities to hotel staff and local guides
• single room supplement (participants who prefer a single room please call or email request)
- Tour and Workshop Policies
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Photography Tour Policies
A deposit and a completed Travel Enrollment form will reserve a place for you on a William Manning Photo Tour. Payment can be made by via PayPal or check in US dollars. Payment in full is due 90 days prior to departure date unless otherwise noted.
II. Payment / Refund Policies
a. Photo tour fee includes airport pick-up, ground transportation during tour, lodging, instructor/guide fee and entry fees. All other expenses including meals and and unscheduled entry fees are the responsibilty of participant. Special fees may apply on certain tours, when this applies it will be listed with the tour information.
b. A $500 deposit is required at time of registration for domestic tours. The balance is to be paid in full 60 days prior photo tour date. If registration takes place less than 2 months of tour date then payment in full will be required.
c. Cancellation Policy on tours: Deposit and balance paid will be refunded minus $100 (administration fees) if cancellation is made 60 days prior to tour date. No refunds can be made if cancellation is made less than 29 days before tour date. William Manning Photography HIGHLY RECOMMENDS travel insurance to cover your investment in case of emergencies or other unforeseen need to cancel within the 60 day cancellation period.
• 60 days or more before departure…full refund minus $100
• 59 days to 30 days before departure… 50% of trip
• 29 days or fewer before departure …no refund can be made
Photography Workshop Policies
Participants should know how laugh, ask questions and simply have fun. We don’t discriminate against beginners, just bring a camera along with it’s manual and the desire to learn in a fun and creative environment. If you wish to follow along on classroom techniques bring a laptop with RAW processing and image editing software. Laptops are not mandatory but will allow participants the opportunity to edit, prepare images to share and allow feedback from workshop leader. Film shooters are welcome but photo labs may be difficult to find. If film shooters would like feedback on your photography please bring transparencies or prints from a past project or photo shoot.
II. Workshop Itinerary
The following is a general itinerary but may vary from day to day and from workshop to workshop. Our first day is typically a meet and greet time along with a short introduction, Second day and thereafter – Photograph on location in early morning light and shoot throughout the morning hours. Break for brunch or lunch as a group and depending on time of year we may take a brief afternoon break. We’ll meet for classroom discussion (could be a meeting room or an outdoor location) on issues pertaining to our theme for the workshop and/or creative techniques. Group feedback is a wonderful way to learn and share. I strongly encourage participants to get involved in the group feedback session. Growth as a photographer and artist comes from listening to opinions from various points of view. The last morning we’ll end our workshop with a group breakfast and make our way back to airport and arrive around 12 noon unless other arrangements have been made. Lots of hands on instruction in the field with short group discussions of various topics dealing with situations, subjects, equipment, etc…
III. Payment / Refund Policies
a. The workshop fee includes workshop only. All other expenses including but not limited to meals, transportation, lodging and special entry fees are the responsibilty of participant.
b. A $300 deposit is required at time of registration for workshops. The balance is to be paid in full 60 days prior to workshop date. If registration takes place less than 2 months of workshop date then payment in full will be required.
c. Cancellation Policy on workshops: Deposit and balance paid will be refunded minus $50 (administration fees) if cancellation is made 60 days prior to workshop date. No refunds can be made if cancelllation is made less than 59 days before workshop date. Photovian and William Manning Photography HIGHLY RECOMMENDS travel insurance if you feel there is any of a chance of cancellation within the 60 day cancellation period.
• 60 days or more before workshop date … full refund minus $50
• 59 days before workshop date … no refund can be made
We recommend you purchase travel insurance in case you must cancel due to illness, injury, accident, family or work related issues, etc. The company we recommend is Travel Guard (www.travelguard.com).
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