Photo Tour | Cambodia
The vibrant town of Siem Reap is a photographer’s paradise and the gateway to the world-renowned Angkor Heritage site. This tour offers an opportunity to traverse the lush landscape and history of Cambodia while receiving expert guidance and photographic instruction from GPP instructor Tonya Colson, whose cultural insights and local experience further enrich the tour.
We will visit several temples, including the famed Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, in addition to photographing Apsara dancers, colourful monks, street life, and a floating village.
This Photo Tour boasts unique shooting locations, a modern hotel (with a great breakfast!) and thorough instruction, which will include image review and feedback by Tonya.
We will start each day at sunrise, visiting locations such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm, and Sra Srang. We will have the opportunity to visit local monks and photograph Apsara dancers in traditional costume, as well as to capture the stunning landscapes and temple structures. We will visit one of the floating villages on Tonlé Sap and walk the streets of Siem Reap with our cameras. There will be a break for lunch/siesta and image review in the middle of each day before we head out again at sunset to capture more stunning images.
Summary of relevant information:
Dates: March 24 - 29, 2017 (5 nights, 6 days)
Hotel: The Villa Soksan Square Hotel. Well-appointed, modern and clean with good facilities and great food.
Cost per person: USD 2,450 for single occupancy. Please contact us if you are planning to travel with a companion and would like to share a room so that we may inform you in the event of an available discount and coordinate with the hotel accordingly.
Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, bottled water, airport transfers to/from Siem Reap, local transport in Siem Reap, 3-day temple pass, and a Tonlé Sap boat tour are all included in the price of this tour.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Flights, visas, alcoholic beverages, and incidentals are not included in this tour.
Arrival Day: Siem Reap
We will meet at the Villa Sok San lobby at 4pm sharp. From there we will travel via tuk tuk to collect our temple passes and have a quick glimpse of Angkor Wat. Bring your cameras! After sunset we will head back to town for a group dinner.
Day 2: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace & Pre-Rup Temple
We will begin our day at Angkor Wat for sunrise before heading to Ta Prohm, Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace. We will then enjoy lunch at a temple-side café before heading back to town for a quick rest. The afternoon will be spent relaxing and editing photos. We will close the day with a sunset trip to Pre-Rup Temple followed by dinner back in town.
Day 3: Sra Sang & Banteay Kidae Temple
Our day will begin at Sra Sang for a sunrise shoot before we go to explore Banteay Kidae Temple for the rest of the morning. Depending on when we finish, we will have lunch at the temples or else head back to town to for lunch. In the afternoon we will return to the temples to photograph Apsara dancers before finishing the day with an evening meal in town.
Day 4: Banteay Srae & the Siem Reap Night Market
We will meet for breakfast at the Villa Sok San before heading to Banteay Srae, the pink temple, to shoot. We will remain at Banteay Srae until mid-afternoon (including our lunch stop) before heading back to the hotel for some rest and photo editing. After dinner we will visit the Siem Reap night market.
Day 5: Kompong Phluk, Wat Prom Roth Pagoda & Street Photography in Siem Reap
We will have breakfast at the Encore Angkor before heading to the Kompong Phluk floating village. After lunch we will visit the monks at the Wat Prom Roth pagoda and embark on a photo walk to explore the street life in Siem Reap. We will reconvene in the evening in the lobby of our hotel before heading out for a group dinner.
Day 6: Sunrise Shoot and Departure
At dawn we will have an optional sunrise shoot, followed by breakfast. We will then gather mid-morning at the hotel for final editing help, image sharing and a few final pictures before eating lunch and departing. If you would like to make other departure arrangements, please let us know in advance, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
*Timings and schedules may be adjusted according to weather or other unforeseen events.
- English is widely spoken.
- Most Cambodians are Buddhist. Temples are considered religious sites, so respectful dress (covered knees and shoulders) is advised.
- Electrical Current is 220V; most plugs are flat 2-pin. Adapters are widely available.
- Bottled water is recommended.
- Cambodia has a tropical climate with high temperatures in April/May averaging 34 C. Rain showers are possible during this season. The sun can be strong in Cambodia, so please consider bringing a hat and sunscreen.
What to Bring
- Your camera, lenses, battery charger, and memory cards (wide angle and regular lenses are most useful)
- A polarizing filter can improve skies and water scenes
- A sturdy tripod is necessary for evening/night photography sessions
- A remote trigger that allows you to keep the shutter open in bulb mode is recommended
- Conditions can be dusty, so a cloth or cleaning kit can come in handy
- Long exposure night photograpy uses battery power, so an extra battery can come in handy (charge batteries whenever possible!)
- Bring your laptop - we will be review and edit images while on the trip so you can continually improve your photography skills
- Please remember to keep ALL of your camera gear (except your tripod) in your carry-on baggage when you travel
- A backpack is strongly recommended over a wheeled or off-the-shoulder style bag
More than 60 days prior to the start of the Tour : Full refund less 10% admin charge
Between 60 and 30 days prior to the start of the Tour: 50% refund
Later than 30 days prior to the start of the Tour: No refund
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Who Should Attend
You have a sense of adventure and are confident using your camera in Aperture/Shutter Priority or Manual Mode. If you would like to join the tour but don’t have such experience, consider taking one of our Photography Level 1 workshops to bring you up to speed.