Private One Day Photo Tours
Angkor Wat, Yangon, Bagan, Hanoi, Mumbai, Jakarta
When you don’t have the time for a longer photo adventure, a one day photo tour through some of the most photographically fascinating cities of south and Southeast Asia might be just the ticket! Photographing any of these cities with a top flight professional photographer who actually lives there (access biographies here) makes all the difference in the world. This is true whether you are an advanced, intermediate or novice photographer. Obviously those with more to learn will learn more, but everyone benefits from the superb local knowledge of light and locations, as well as inside access that is not afforded the average visiting photographer. For more testimonials, please scroll down past the itineraries.
“I can highly recommend my experience with Luminous Journeys Photo Tours. (Day tours in Yangon and Bagan). From start to finish the service was efficient, reliable and beyond expectations. The two photographer guides/fixers I was lucky enough to have (Soe Myanmar in Yangon and Arrow Bagan) were great, and I couldn’t have asked for more professional people to help me get the most out of my photography in Myanmar. I look forward to booking with them again and would highly recommend Luminous Journeys Photo Tours to anyone considering it.”– Georgia Darlow, England
Cambodia - Angkor Wat & Environs w/ Kimleng Sang
0500 – Hotel Pick Up – Sunrise at Angkor Wat
0730 – Ta Prohm jungle temple – be among the first to enter for best shooting
0930 – Breakfast
1000 – Banteay Kdey Temple
1200 – Lunch Break
1330 – Preah Palilay, Wat Tepbranam with water blessing and Buddhist nun activities, Victory Gate, Death Gate, the many faces of the Bayon
1730 – Sunset shoot along the south gate moat of Angkor Thom
Hanoi, Vietnam w/ Diep Van
0630 – City awakening at Hoan Kiem Lake
0700 – Breakfast & local coffee
0800 – Incense Making or Traditional Soy Sauce / outskirts of Hanoi
1200 – Lunch break with tasty Hanoi style food
1300 – Street shooting in the vibrant Old Quarter
1500 – Fascinating Train Street shoot
1730 – Golden light w/ locals at rustic Long Bien historical bridge 1830 - Sunset and Blue Hour at Westlake
Private, full day Angkor & Environs photo tour prices start at $325* for one person and get considerably lower with each additional person in your private group. Price includes English speaking Cambodian pro photographer guide, monk donations/impromptu model tips, hotel pick-up & drop off, air conditioned transportation, bottled water, refresh towels, breakfast & lunch. If you need us to purchase a one day Angkor pass, the cost is USD $37 per person. *Please add 4% for Paypal payments.
Inquire for pricing. Private, full day Hanoi photo tour prices with award winning Vietnamese photographer Diep Van includes full day of guided photography, Diep's day rate, image review & instruction (if interested), all entrance and camera fees, all air conditioned transportation, bottled water, breakfast & lunch. *Please add 4% for Paypal payments.
Yangon – One Day Private Photo Tour
0615 – Hotel Pick up
0645 – Chinatown Street Market
0745 – Breakfast
0830 – Yangon Circle Train & Indoor-Outdoor Locals Market
1030 – Novice Nunnery (young nuns in pink robes)
1200 – Lunch & Optional Image Review – Monsoon Restaurant
1300 – Reclining Buddha & Monastery
1430 – Shwedagon Pagoda & Environs
1530 – Transfer Downtown for Colonial Yangon photo tour, ending.@ the historical landmark of The Strand hotel for refreshment.
1715 – Photograph activity at Wa Dan Jetty on the Yangon River
1815 – Transfer to Chinatown and photograph the colorful night market
1900 – BBQ Dinner & image review on vibrant 19th St. in Chinatown
Private, full day Yangon photo tour prices start at $400* for one person and get lower with each additional person in your private group.
Price includes English speaking Burmese professional photographer, any donations or model fees, image review/instruction, entrance & camera fees, air conditioned transportation (starting from meeting place), bottled water & refresh towels, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hotel drop off. Wow!
*Add 4% Paypal fee.
Bagan – One Day Private Photo Tour
0500 – Hotel pick up for sunrise temple panoramas
0715 – Breakfast at Hotel
0830 – Shwezigon Pagoda – Hall Pillars Shoot w/ Monks, etc.
0930 – Temple Buddha – Candle Light Scenes/Portraits
1100 – Orphan Monastery Shoot
1200 – Lunch Break
1330 – Low light Portaiture
1500 – Dramatic Chiaroscuro Lighting Shoot – Local Monastery
1630 – Temple Garden Free Shoot
1715 – Sunset/Twilight Temple Panoramas
1830 – Return to Hotel
Private, full day Bagan photo tour prices start at $425* for one person, and get lower with each additional person in your private group.
Price includes $100 governemnt fee, expert local photographer fixer, arranged model shoots, image review, private air conditioned transportation, bottled water, refresh towels, and lunch.
*Plus 4% Paypal fee.
**Does not include Bagan Zone fee.
*** Except for pick up time, all times are approximate and subjects may change
Jakarta, Indonesia w/ Rarindra Prakarsa
0500 – Hotel Pick Up
0530 – Palmerah Traditional Market, West Jakarta
0730 – Breakfast – Light & Local Indonesian – Photo Discussion
0830 – Istiqlal Mosque – Architecture – People – Dramatic Light
1230 – Lunch & Photography Discussion
1400 – Old City – Street Photography
1630 – Old Harbor – Sunda Kelapa – Boats – People – Sunset
1800 – Return to Hotel
Mumbai, India w/ Swarup Chatterjee
0530 – Hotel Pick up
0600 – Meet @ Gateway of India – Silhouettes – Street Shooting as Mumbai Awakens
0830 – Breakfast & Photo Discussion @ Taj Colaba Hotel
0930 – Haji Ali Dargah Mosque – People – Ancient Architecture – Nearby Market
1200 – Lunch & Barbeque Nation – Review & Feedback Morning Shoots
1330 – Bhindi Bazaar – Portraits & Street Photography – Dramatic Light
1530 – Chor Bazaar – Antiques, Ancient Artefacts & Brothels – Still Life & Portraits
17:30 – Leopold Café & Colaba – Photo Discussion and Image Review – Refreshments & Beer
Price $425*. Private, full day Jakarta photo tour prices with renowned Indonesian photographer Rarindra Prakarsa start at $425* for one person, and get lower with each additional person in your private group.Price includes full day of photography, Rarindra’s day rate, image review & instruction (if interested), all entrance and camera fees, all air conditioned transportation, bottled water, light Indonesian breakfast, lunch, and return to your hotel.
Due to Jakarta traffic, we request that your hotel be located in West Jakarta. If you stay outside West Jakarta, we will arrange a meeting point and you may contact Uber or similar to get yourself there by 0500. We will provide you with a contact phone numbers.
*Please add 4% for Paypal payments.
Price $400* – Private, full day Mumbai photo tour prices with award winning Indian photographer Swarup Chatterjee start at $400* per person, and get lower with each additional person in your private group.
Price includes full day of photography, Swarup’s day rate, image review & instruction (if interested), all entrance and camera fees, all air conditioned transportation, bottled water, 5 star Indian breakfast, BBQ lunch, evening beer and snacks and return to your hotel.
Due to Mumbai traffic, we request that your hotel be located near Colaba. If you stay outside Colaba, we will arrange a meeting point and you may contact Uber or similar to reach Gateway of India by 6:00 AM. We will provide you with a contact phone numbers.
*Please add 4% for Paypal payments.
Praise for LJ’s One Day Photo Tour Photographers
“Kimleng Sang’s deep knowledge and insight both on & off the beaten track led to remarkable access and unimagined photo ops time and again. His generosity of spirit and love of country made photographing Cambodia an experience I will always remember with great fondness. I’m smiling now as I write this!” – Swarup Chatterjee, Canon Brand Ambassador
“It’s impossible to overstate how happy I am with Boothee. He was extremely professional and nice. My visit to Yangon would not have been half as enjoyable and productive if it wasn’t for him.” – Blago Dachev, USA
“Phuoc was priceless, his eye for photos, attitude, energy and good nature made the tour a joy – Chuck Mauter, USA
“Nguyen Vu Phuoc was a very nice surprise – active, creative and a fun person to work with. Some of the set-ups were simply astonishing, and the locations were amazing…” – Benny Hanigal, Israel
"As a professional photographer I sometimes afford myself the luxury of allowing someone to organise all the behind-the-scenes preparation and see how another professional deals with the customer. From the initial contact with Benn in the office until bidding farewell to Arrow (my fixer) on my Bagan one day tour I could not fault the service. Everything went exceptionally smoothly and nothing was ever too much trouble. The day involved visiting multiple locations that had I been travelling independently I would never have found.
These trips aren’t cheap and I know there are often a few to choose from but for the enjoyment of the day, the enthusiasm of Arrow and the quality of the image, I feel it was well worth the cost and would highly recommend it." – Dominic Byrne, UK
"We had a wonderful time with AP in Yangon. My wife got some great candid shots at the market and on the train. AP not only provided good technical instructions in the moment, but we also really appreciated his style in approaching subjects in public. He is very respectful and patient, establishing a rapport with people before asking if he can take their photo. It was fun to see how many folks agreed, especially on the circle train.
The visit to the nunnery was the highlight of the day. We have traveled around the region enough to know that we were treated to something special. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the day and captured some precious images.
You have created a special business, and have won these seasoned travelers over as fans. We’ll be sure to reach out for our next trip..." – Paul Choiniere, USA
“Swarup (Chatterjee) was fantastic! My husband and I discussed after the workshop that having him as our photography trainer was one of our best decisions! Swarup is not one of those prototype trainers. He touches your heart!” – Kaushiki Sen, India
“Expert Vietnamese photographer Nguyen Vu Phuoc was persuasive with the locals, creative and a genuinely nice guy. The friendly positive atmosphere and good humour contributed to the wonderful time had by all.” – Lyn Vernon, Australia
Everything (in Saigon) was great. Phuoc was a lot of fun, very resourceful, and full of ideas. I enjoyed my day and would love to see him again.” – Blago Dachev, USA
“I had the great pleasure of spending a day with Soe Myanmar in Yangon on a day photo tour. It was a fantastic experience! Her enthusiasm for Yangon and street photography was infectious, and with the locals being so open and friendly, Yangon was the perfect place. I got great photos with her help and I would highly recommend her as a guide for anyone, beginner to pro. And if there is anything really specific you want to see, make sure you ask her as she will definitely go that extra mile to help you find it!” – Bruce Furmedge, Australia
“I was in Mumbai and had attended Swarup’s Basic Photo Workshop. Good that I did! The two day workshop with Swarup was very informative, practical & enjoyable. Swarup really knows his stuff & will share all his knowledge with enthusiasm! I can’t recommend this workshop enough. The first day was full of information and the second day that followed was action packed full of different locations to target specific techniques & settings. I only wish I did this sooner! Thank you India!” – Ted Moore, USA
“Rarindra Prakarsa was born, raised and lives in Jakarta, and knows it like the back of his hand. He’s a sincerely nice gentleman who is generous with his knowledge, whether it be street photography and portraiture, or the more idealized forest and village work he is so widely known for.” – S.K., USA
“I just wanted to let you know that we had a great experience with Arrow in Bagan. Arrow is a “master of light”. The scenes that he created were imaginative, dramatic and he was well organized but flexible, especially when tour buses arrived on location. He seemed to always have back up plans when needed. He was fun but also a patient teacher. My wife learned a lot more about her new camera during the shoot. She really enjoyed spending the day with him in Bagan. Many thanks to you & Arrow. What a great service!” - Paul Choiniere, USA
“I can highly recommend my experience with Luminous Journeys Photo Tours. (Day tours in Yangon and Bagan). From start to finish the service was efficient, reliable and beyond expectations. The two photographer guides/fixers I was lucky enough to have (Soe Myanmar in Yangon and Arrow Bagan) were great, and I couldn’t have asked for more professional people to help me get the most out of my photography in Myanmar. I look forward to booking with them again and would highly recommend Luminous Journeys Photo Tours to anyone considering it.” – Georgia Darlow, U.K.
“Boothee (Yangon) is a warm, personable type who one quickly considers a friend. He was quick to attend to our every need and ensured a comfortable, pleasurable trip. His photographic skills are superb. His has excellent technical skills in all types/makes of camera and proved a valuable asset…”– David Fleeger, USA
“Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with a very talented woman photographer, Soe Myanmar. Our time was spent photographing Yangon and surrounding rural towns and villages. She has a wonderful way of looking at and simplifying images to create memorable pictures. I feel very lucky that our paths have crossed and loved our time together photographing the beautiful country of Myanmar.” ~ William Gordon, Los Angeles CA
“Since attending a Luminous Journeys photo tour in Myanmar with A.P. Soe, I’ve become so passionate about photography that I started traveling more, trying to apply the valuable techniques I learnt during the tour. People who see my photos sometimes ask me if I’m a professional photographer. This is how much AP helped me improve! I am very grateful to AP for that but also for being such a nice person and friend, it really made the photo tour an absolutely memorable experience that I keep building on day after day.” — Eddie Hui-Bon-Hoa, France