Yi Peng & Loi Krathong Festivals
Yi Peng & Loi Krathong Festivals
Explore the fascinating culture of Thailand and Cambodia on this comprehensive Quest, which takes you from bustling Bangkok to the remote hill tribes, including the Black Hamong, Lisu and the famous Karen Long Neck tribe in Northern Thailand.
Photograph the Loy Krathong Festival (The Lantern Festival) in Chiang Mai, featuring beautifully illuminated lanterns, which are either carried, or displayed in houses and temples. Capture the highlight during full moon when tens of thousands of paper lanterns (khom loy) are set off into the sky and thousands more candle-lit floats are released along waterways.
In Cambodia, photograph Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat and the famous Bayon in Angkor Thom, the capital city of the Khmer Empire, as well as Ta Prohm. Complete the Quest with a traditional Aspara dance performance.
You will get the best tips, advice and hands-on assistance no matter what level of photographer you are as you travel through stunning landscapes, picturesque ruined cities, glorious temples and markets, while photographing friendly locals and colorful minority hill-tribes.
Photograph the Black Hamong, Lisu and the famous Karen Long Neck tribe in Northern Thailand
Photograph the amazing Lantern festival In Chiang Mai
Photograph sunrise and sunset in Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat
Photograph the old Capital city of Ayutthaya & Ancient Siam
Photograph sunset at the floating village of Tonle Sap
Photograph panoramic views of the city from the Prathat Doi Suthep temple
Portrait lighting techniques using one flash
How to tell a story with your images
How to pose and photograph models
Digital Workflow using CS6
How to do night photography
NOVEMBER 10 - BANGKOK ARRIVAL (BKK)
Upon your arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport, our local guide will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.
NOVEMBER 11 - BANGKOK, AYUTTHAYA & ANCIENT SIAM-GRAND PALACE, WAT ARUN
After breakfast at 8 AM depart for the ancient city of Ayutthaya, located about 50 miles north of Bangkok. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was home to 33 kings from many different dynasties. Photograph Wat Yai Chai Mongkol flanked by a row of saffron-draped Buddha statues. Capture the ruins at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, a temple complex situated within the former Royal Palace grounds, which served as a model for Bangkok's Temple of the Emerald Buddha. After lunch, board a motorized long-tail boat for an afternoon cruise, with a stop at a Muslim village. Return back to Bangkok to photograph The Grand Palace, an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics. Photograph the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) at sunset, whose towering spire has become an iconic symbol of Bangkok. Overnight at the Sofitel Hotel. (B,L,D)
NOVEMBER 12 - BANGKOK, FLIGHT TO CHIANG MAI, OPENING CEREMONY
Meet at 6:00 AM in the lobby for a visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the monks which is a unique ritual. Each morning, monks in saffron robes carry alms bowls to receive boiled rice and condiments from local people. We will have the opportunity to participate in this very special Thai custom by personally presenting alms at a temple and receiving the monks’ blessings in return. After breakfast transfer to the airport for our 9:40 am flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, you will be met by our local guide.
At 5pm depart for the photograph the opening ceremony for Chiang Mai Yee Peng Festival 2018 at Tha Pae Gate. (B,L,D)
NOVEMBER 13 - CHIANG MAI YEE PENG LANTERN & LOY KRATHONG FESTIVALS
After breakfast at the hotel, explore the old city by rickshaw ride to photograph Wat Phra Singh. Drive up the mountain to visit Prathat Doi Suthep temple to photograph panoramic views of the city from the mountain top. Be at Prasert Land parking lot at 4pm (1600) for departure to Mae Jo University to photograph the massive lantern release where tens of thousands of paper lanterns (khom loy) are set off into the sky. Overnight Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel (B,L)
NOVEMBER 14 - CHIANG MAI
Early morning depart to photograph the Bo Sang Umbrella Factory renowned for its production of umbrellas and parasols followed by a visit to the Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals.
Tonight we will see lanterns floating on the waters, strings of pretty lights hanging from houses and temples. Setting out on foot with our guide, photograph the other festivities which usually include fireworks, boat racing on the Ping River and parades through the streets. Overnight Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel. (B,L)
NOVEMBER 15 - CHIANG MAI
After breakfast visit Wat Suan Dok, one of the oldest temples in the history of mankind. Then photograph Wat Phra Singh which dates back to the 14th century and is considered one of the most beautiful and revered temples in the walled city. Lastly visit and photograph Wat Phan Tao, one of the older temples found in the walled city of Chiang Mai. Originally a throne room for the kings of Chiang Mai, it was later torn down and its wooden panels were used to construct the hall of Wat Pan Tao. After lunch visit the Karen Long Neck Tribe in Padaung Village. Dinner at he River Market restaurant.
Overnight Movenpick Suriwongse, Chiang Mai. (B,L,D)
NOVEMBER 16 - CHIANG MAI-CHIANG RAI
Today, we travel through splendid mountain scenery and tropical jungle, approximately 3 hours to Chiang Rai, with a stop at Mae Ka Jan hot spring, one of the most well-known hot springs. Then visit Wat Rong Khun to admire the beauty of the temple Rong Kun or White Temple. This temple is considered one of the emblems of Buddhism in Thailand and much of Asia. In the afternoon, explore Chiang Saen town, the capital of the first Thai Lanna kingdom, located in the Mekong River on the border between Thailand and Laos. Visit the "Hall of Opium" a new museum that traces the history of opium through its historical implications, economic, sociopolitical and so on. Stop at a place called "Golden Triangle". Over the hill to Muang Sam Moum, get a great view that embraces the whole Golden Triangle and the border of three countries. Then embark on a local boat and cross the river to Don Xao village on the border with Laos. Cruise back to Thai side. Overnight the Riverie, Chiang Rai. (B.L)
NOVEMBER 17 - CHIANG RAI, MAE SALONG-BAAN TONG LUANG, LONG NECK TRIBES
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to Mae Salong to photograph its mix of cultures. You will also visit several hill tribe villages: Akha, Lisu and Muser. Lunch at a local restaurant, then continue to Baan Tong Luang village of the long neck tribes, known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Visit a Longneck Karen Village in Chiang Rai before we head to the hotel. Overnight the Riverie, Chiang Rai. (B,L)
NOVEMBER 18 - CHIANG RAI, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Transfer to the airport for our 9:30 AM flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia (via Bangkok). Photograph our first sunset at Angkor Wat near the reflecting pools. Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including
forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. Overnight Borei Angkor Resort, Siem Reap. (B,L,D)
NOVEMBER 19 - SIEM REAP, ANGKOR WAT TOUR
Depart for Angkor Wat to capture the Angkor sunrise. Return to hotel for breakfast, then visit the overgrowth jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. After Ta Prohm, visit Ta Keo and Thommanon temples. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Banteay Kdei (a Buddhist temple),East Mebon and Pre Rup. Enjoy the sunset at La Bayon. This temple located in Angkor Thom is breathtaking any time of the day, but even more so at sunset. The multiple stone carvings of King Jayavarman VII’s face glow beautifully in the late afternoon light. Dinner with a traditional Apsara dance performance at local restaurant. Overnight Borei Angkor resort, Siem Reap. (B,L,D)
NOVEMBER 20 - SIEM REAP, DEPARTURE
After breakfast, depart hotel at 7:30 AM and drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60 kilometers from Siem Reap). There is a lot to see in the approximate 2-hour drive as it takes you through many lively villages and rice paddy fields. Explore the long
abandoned temple from the 11th century, strangled by the jungle. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to the floating village on Tonle Sap for sunset photography. Photograph the floating village. After our final dinner fly from Siem Reap (REP) back to BKK. (B,D)
Accommodations based on double occupancy.
A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.
Mirjam is a New York City based travel photographer specializing in international environmental portraiture, landscape photography and adventure images. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she has photographed in more than 80 countries, including many of the most exotic places in the world. Mirjam's photographs are indicative of her unique capacity to personally connect with diverse cultures and communities. Her eye for location lighting is highly stylized and works to illustrate and heighten the unique characteristics of each international locale. She is able to transcend cultural and language barriers with an intangible spirit that is conveyed in every image. Her work has appeared in AFAR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Departures, Golf Magazine, AARP, Outdoor Photographer, PDN, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo, MSN Travel.
Thailand occupies the western half of the Indochinese peninsula and the northern two-thirds of the Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia. Its neighbors are Burma (Myanmar) on the north and west, Laos on the north and northeast, Cambodia on the east, and Malaysia on the south. Thailand is about the size of France.
Situated on the Indochinese peninsula, Cambodia is bordered by Thailand and Laos on the north and Vietnam on the east and south. The Gulf of Thailand is off the western coast. The size of Missouri, the country consists chiefly of a large alluvial plain ringed by mountains with the Mekong River to the east. The plain is centered around Lake Tonle Sap, which is a natural storage basin of the Mekong.
This moderately-paced, escorted Thailand tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.
Thailand: The climate is always hot and humid, with the highlands being around 10 degrees cooler. November through February is the best time to go when the days are more mild.
Cambodia: December and January are the best months for travel in Cambodia although it is still hot and humid. The months of November and February are tolerable.
The currency in Thailand is the baht. Please review the current exchange rate for the baht. ATMs are located everywhere in major cities.
The currency in Cambodia is the riel.
U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Thailand for tourist stays up to 30 days. U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Cambodia, which will be issued upon arrival. You must bring two passport-size photos and $30 (exact change, U.S. dollars only) visa fee with you
Malaria is not present in major cities. Although not required, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis vaccinations should be considered if you're going to remote areas.
Thailand: 220 volts. Plugs A & C. You will need a plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
Cambodia: 230 volts. Plugs A & C. Some outlets are a combination of type A and C and can accept either type plug. Plug G may be found in some hotels.
Computer / Digital Accessories
Laptop with charger and Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom (not mandatory)
Portable hard drive
All cables for drives, computer, card readers, storage devices, etc.
Power converters/adapters for all international quests
Cover for camera (for shooting in the rain)
Lightweight tripod (carbon fiber)
Cable release (for night shots)
Small headlamp and flashlight
Camera and extra body SLR
Battery charger & extra batteries
Memory cards (bring plenty)
Sensor cleaning supplies
Flash with plenty of batteries
Wireless transmitter for flash
24-70mm for portraits
70-200mm lens for portraits
Lens hoods for all lenses
Lint-free cloth to clean lenses and blower ball for dust
$6450 based on double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $1650.
PQA will try to match you with a roommate if you do not opt for a single supplement. However, if a roommate is not available, you will be charged the additional single supplement fee of $1650.
Limited to 8 participants.
International Airfare to Bangkok and back from Siem Reap
Thailand Visa processing and issuing visa fee
Meals and drinks other than specified as included
Travel Insurance or expenses of personal expenditures (mini bar, laundry, etc.)
Tips or gratuities to guides/drivers, local restaurants
Accommodation based on double occupancy with breakfast daily
Airfare Bangkok/Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai/Siem Reap
Transfers by private vehicle with local English speaking guides
Meals as mentioned in itinerary
Entrance fees, national park fees
Thai government tax (currently 7%) and services charge (currently 10%)
Pass to visit Angkor Archeological park
Entrance fee to visit Beng Mealea Temple
Private boat cruise to visit floating village
Floating village on Tonle Sap for sunset photography
Traditional Cambodia Apsara dancing performance show and dinner
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.