myanmar

Why I love Pindaya so much

By Etienne / February 20, 2019 / 2 Comments

For the last 4 years, we have been visiting Pindaya every year on our photography tour and workshop to Myanmar. I first discovered the area a little by accident, when, my tour guide at the time suggested that we do a quick stop there, on our way between Kalaw and Inle Lake. On that day…

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Buyrmese novice lighting candles

Is it still safe to travel to Myanmar?

By Etienne / February 11, 2019 / 7 Comments

Myanmar has been on the headlines for some years now. First, it was about the surprising opening of this very closed country, and the influx of tourists that followed. Then, it was the election and Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party being elected, bring real positive energy in the whole country. For the last couple…

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Pics of Asia travel photography tour participant in Vietnam

Pics of Asia Show-reel video

By Etienne / July 11, 2018 / 2 Comments

Finally, it is here: after years of shooting random video footages while running photography tours around Asia, we have managed to find the time to put it together. We wanted to put up a show-reel video that describes Pics of Asia as best as possible: visiting stunning locations, improving your photography why on location, and…

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Panorama of the temples of Bagan from a hot air balloon in Myanmar during a photography tour by Pics of Asia

Climbing the temples of Bagan

By Etienne / July 4, 2018 / 2 Comments

Check at the end of the article for updates on where is still accessible today!  A question that many people have asked me recently is are we still allowed to climb up the temples of Bagan to enjoy the sunrise and sunset?   Not only Myanmar is struggling in term of tourist arrival with about a…

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Black and white photography of farmers on Pics of Asia Myanmar tour

Myanmar photography tour 2017 recap

By Etienne / May 10, 2018 / 8 Comments

As you know by now, I never reveal too many details about my tours itineraries as I have experienced in the past people copy/pasting them for their own tours. I spend months, sometimes years refining these itineraries depending on the time of the year but mostly depending on how a country changes. And in the case…

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woman walking in the old town

Best of 2017

By Etienne / December 20, 2017 / 14 Comments

I know the year is not over yet, but as I am sitting home with the rain hitting the windows I can’t help but feel melancholic about all the great adventures that happened earlier in the year.   After running almost 200 photography tours around Hoi An with Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop, 6 3-day…

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Novice monk in Myanmar lighting candles at night

Best of 2015 images

By Etienne / December 28, 2015 / 14 Comments

It has been a very very difficult choice to do this selection. It is already difficult to only select 10 photos for the photo review at the end of my photography tours, but to select only 25 photos for one whole year of travelling has been excruciating. I actually couldn’t do it and asked my wife…

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Drew Hopper photography

Meet Drew Hopper

By Etienne / December 15, 2015 / 1 Comment

Here comes a very interesting interview of a great photographer and friend. I met Drew about 2 years ago in Hoi An when he joined one of my morning photography workshops. We then met up a few more times over coffee, and quickly became good friends. So when I mentioned that I was heading to Myanmar…

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Farmers walking home at sunset

The best of Myanmar photography tour 2015

By Etienne / November 23, 2015 / 2 Comments

For my 4th photography tour in Myanmar I had once again 6 great participants. 10 days through amazing Myanmar, from Yangon to Inle lake. This year I added Pindaya on the itinerary and I did not regret it, I will make sure to be back there next year! I asked them to send me 3…

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Chin man smoking a pipe

The shaman from the Chin state

By Etienne / November 15, 2015 / 8 Comments

On my recent trip to the Chin state, Myanmar, I met Ha Mo Ki. He is 60 years old and the shaman of a small village in the surroundings of Mindat, Myanmar. When meeting him and discovering his wild character, I decided to ask him a few questions, with the help of my translator. Ha…

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