Private One Day Photo Tours
Yangon, Bagan, Saigon, Jakarta, Mumbai, Delhi
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
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
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 Yangon photo tour prices start at $400* for one person
and get lower with each additional person in your private group. *Add 4% Paypal fee.
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!
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
Saigon, Vietnam w/ Nguyen Vu Phuoc
0630 – Pick up (Districts 1, 3, 5, Phu Nhuan)
0700 – Vibrant Chinatown Street Life, Markets, Temples
1200 – Lunch @ Phuoc’s Favorite Local Restaurant
1300 – Binh Thanh & Lang Ong Temple w/ Professional Ao Dai Model
1500 – Central Light City – Street Life & Portraits
1730 – Sunset Position Near New Light City
1830 – Return to Hotel
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
Price $425*. Private, full day Saigon photo tour prices with Vietnamese master photographer Nguyen Vu Phuoc start at $425* for one person, and get lower with each additional person in your private group.
Price includes full day of photography, Phuoc’s day rate, English speaking facilitator, arranged Ao Dai professional model shoot, image review & instruction (if interested), all entrance and camera fees, all air conditioned transportation, bottled water, lunch at Yesterday Piano Cafe, and return to your hotel.
Due to Saigon traffic, we request that your hotel be located in Districts 1, 3, 5, or in Phu Nhuan. If you stay outside these areas, we will arrange a meeting point and You may contact Uber or similar to get yourself there by 0600. We will provide you with a contact phone numbers.
*Please add 4% for Paypal payments.
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.
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
Delhi, India w/ Swarup Chatterjee
0530 – Hotel Pick Up – Old Delhi (Karol Bagh Area)
0615 – Jama Masjid Mosque Sunrise – People, Birds, Architecture
0830 – Breakfast @ Jama Masjid
0900 – Chandi Chowk Market – Colorful Market Shoot
1000 – Karim’s – Old Delhi Lanes – Portraits & Street Photography 1200 – Depart Lodhi Art Enclave
1230 – Lunch Break @ Lodhi gardens & Photo Discussion/Feedback
1300 – Lodhi Gardens Shoot – Huge Colorful Mural Backgrounds – New Delhi
1430 – Manju ka Tilla – Tibet Town – Photograph Tibetan Monks – Tibetan Market – Enjoy Tea & Momos!
1730 – Janpath & India Gate Sunset – Rashtrapati Bhavan Slow Shutter Techniques – Traffic & Monuments Backgrounds
19:30 – Hotel Return – Photo Discussion/Review
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.
Price: $650* – Private, full day Mumbai photo tour w/ award winning photographer Swarup Chatterjee start at $650* per person, and get lower with each additional person in your private group.
Price includes Swarup’s RT airfare + expenses from Mumbai, full day of photography, Swarup’s day rate, image review & instruction, all entrance and camera fees, all air conditioned transportation, bottled water, Indian breakfast, lunch, and return to your hotel. *Add 4% for Paypal.
Due to Delhi traffic, we request that your hotel be located near Old Delhi (Preferably Karol Bagh). If you stay outside Karol Bagh, we will arrange a meeting point and you may contact Uber or similar to reach Jama Masjid Gate by 6:15 AM. We will provide you with contact phone numbers.
Praise for LJ’s One Day Photo Tour Photographers
“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
"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