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David Metcalf 13 Days Myanmar

  • 13 Days in Myanmar Workshop

    The Soul and Spirit Tour

February 8-20, 2017

The start date is fixed as the activities and events we will participate in are already set and confirmed.

US$ 4300 (double)

Supplement of US$ 400 for single. To view the terms of booking and to reserve a place, please scroll down to the form at the end of this page.

Group Size

The target group size is from 6 to 10 participants, so that the experience and training is personal. We need a minimum of 6 participants to confirm the tour is a "go".

Full Package

Excellent 3-4 star lodgings, with full amenities for relaxing at the end of the day. Dining in high quality local places with varied menus to suit all palates.

Photo tour led by David Metcalf and Suki Belaustegui

Myanmar has more than a hundred different ethnic groups. We will visit some of these as we explore some of the less touristy parts of this country, which is going through enormous change. It is a fascinating and wonderful time to visit as it ventures down the road of democracy.

Like many, Dave visited Myanmar for the first time in 2015 and was immediately captivated by the beauty of the landscapes, fascinating history and genuine, warm friendly people.

There will be a strong emphasis on photography and learning ways to capture the true spirit of the people of Myanmar, as Sebastian (Suki) Belaustegui, a renowned photographer from Argentina, guides you through his world of story telling through images.


Of course you can bring your companion with you! With our local partners we have created a number of interesting and rewarding activities for them to fully enjoy the time too.


This is the end of summer season so the days will be relatively mild and the nights increasingly cold, even close to freezing, so bring a mix of clothes.


Energetic but not hiking or mountain climbing. You do have to be in reasonable health, capable of one hour hikes up hills. Do bring good walking shoes and comfortable clothes.

Tour Program

This workshop will spend a lot of time in traditional villages getting to know the people and understanding about the way they live and giving you the confidence and skills to make truly breath taking images.

The workshop begins in historic Mandalay, a fascinating city for street photography and some beautiful areas to visit nearby. You see a colour palette of beautiful sunrises, historic monasteries, colourful monks, river scenes over the three days we will spend here.

Then to Bagan, the charming temple town where we step back in time and visit villages where it seems time has stood still. This vast archaeological area contains three thousand temples, which date back to the 11th century CE and we will photography these from above in a hot air balloon (optional), by horse and cart and then cruise up the Ayeyarwady river at sunset.

We will visit villages around the Mount Popa area and then make our way to Inlelake for four days. Inle is simply amazing, however we will not follow the typical tourist trail but head to the southern end of the Lake and explore the village of Samkar.

We will meet and photograph the Shan, the Intha and the Pa-O tribes, to learn something of their way of life. We will stay overnight here for a very authentic experience.

We then head by plane to Yangon for a day where we finish this wonderful adventure.

Photos from David's and Suki's tour in Myanmar


We provide flights between tour  destinations, transfers, tour transport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, light refreshments and soft drinks, museum passes and other related tickets. For indoor photography we have reflectors and light boxes. All fees quoted are inclusive of taxes.

Don't forget!

Other than your digital camera (any type will do) you should bring some lenses, a sturdy tripod and ideally a shutter release cable. There is a fair amount of walking, some in rough patches, so wear sensible shoes and casual clothes with lots of pockets. The sun can be strong; light headgear might be good for some.


If you do not have or do not want to bring a PC with you, we can arrange for you to use one locally. If you do not have imaging software on your computer, we can provide you with a free copy that has basic functionality. If you don’t bring a tripod we have some spares. If you are using a Nikon DSLR then we also have some extra lenses.

Reserve your place on this tour

Once we receive your request we will call and email you to confirm details.


Bookings are made directly with the photographer. For more details please contact David Metcalf by email to davidmetcalf3@mac.com


  • Fees are exclusive of your own travel to and from Yangon.
  • Fees do not cover international travel and medical insurance.


  • 50% to be paid on confirmed booking.
  • Balance of 50% paid at least 45 days before the tour start date.
  • By credit card or bank wire transfer.


  • 100% refund if made 30+ days before the tour start date.
  • 50% refund if made 15+ days before the tour start date.
  • 25% refund if made 7+ days before the tour start date.

Registration Form

Just to be clear, filling in and sending this form does not commit you to anything or any payment until the booking is confirmed, which will be done with the photographer directly after you both have spoken and agreed everything.

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David Metcalf

Originally from New Zealand, David's passion for photography started when, 19 years old, he bought his first Kodak camera. David is an insightful tutor who inspires you to put the manual down, engage with the subject, access your creativity and capture the essence of a photo. He is the author of three cultural photography books and is a spokesperson for the indigenous Dayak people of Kalimantan. David’s tours connect you with travel and culture, opportunities that take you to a higher level of seeing and feeling.

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