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Encounters Photo Tours

Encounters Photography Expeditions
In conjunction with Peace of Angkor Photography


Cambodia and Laos through the Lens

March 4th  to March 16th 2011


Current Bookings for this Trip : 12    No Places available  

The School Teacher's Daughter, Siem Reap



11 very full and varied days of photography and visits
Please consult carefully what is included in this price, for example it includes all food, two flights, two photographic tutors etc.

This trip is designed to cordinate with Viet Nam through the Lens but is competely free standing. 

Includes all meals, flights from Siem Reap, Cambodia  to Vientiane, Laos and from Luang Prabang to Ho Chi Minh City to link with Viet Nam Through the Lens tour commencing March 16th (£100 reduction for those ending tour in Luang Prabang).


This trip is my first collaboration with Cambodian-based UK photographer Dave Perkes and his company Peace of Angkor, based in Siem Reap – the bustling town which serves as the centre for visiting the amazing Angkor Wat complex of temples. There are enormous advantages working with locally based guides and being able to work with a photographer who is based in Cambodia is exceptional.

I travelled to Cambodia and Viet Nam to scout my trips in January/February 2010 and found the area absolutely brilliant – wonderful people, terrific village and urban life, fantastic landscapes, riverscapes and seascapes, animals and wildlife in abudance good food and a very safe environment. Photographically, the area has everything.

The tour commences in Siem Reap Cambodia on 4th March 2010 (international travel can be via Bangkok or KL etc) and finish on 16th March 2010 with an included flight from Luang Prabang, Laos  to Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

As well as Ian’s photographic tuition and guidance, this trip includes an English speaking  Khmer guide + photographer Dave Perkes as tour leader, a/c transport , all meals and  drinking water.  Accommodation will be in twin /double rooms at a good quality mid range hotel with swimming pool.  Tickets for Beng Mealea, bird sanctuary, Phnom Kulen. Angkor passes @ 3 days $40 per person are excluded, as are international flights to Siem Reap (eg via Bangkok) and visas, personal travel insurance etc.

Flights from Siem Reap to Vientianne and from Vientianne to Ho Chi Minh City (to link with the trip to Viet Nam commencing on March 16th are also included in the price. For those not going on to Viet Nam the cost is reduced (see end of details). It is also possible to do just Cambodia or just Laos – see end of notes. 

Itinerary Outline


Please email for update - trip now 2nd March to 16th

The itinerary structure can only give a bare outline of the photographic opportunities as the beauty of travelling with a small group of photographers is that we can seize opportunities as they present themselves.

Day 1 March 4th 2011
Arrive in Siem Reap  - check in to hotel evening - walk in Siem Reap Town and river. 

Day 2 March 5th 2011
Angkor temple Tour introduction including Angkor Thom; Elephants and Leper king Terraces; with visit to Pagoda where ritual ablutions are carried out. Apsara dance model shoot at the Bayon.                  

Day 3 March 6th 2011
Grand temple circuit including sunrise at Angkor Wat with Banteay Kdei, Ta Som, Pre Rup and Preah Khan with others to be added.

Day 4 March 7th 2011
Sunrise Sra Srang Reservoir and early visit to Ta Prom - drive in the  countryside  to Banteay Srey and  the Khmer Pilgrimage centre of Phnom Kulen; this is  great for people photography  -  finish 3 to 4 pm. 

Day 5 March 8th 2011
Morning visit to the spectacular lake villages of Kompong Khleang with visit to Floating village on Tonle sap Lake  and fish markets –fish  lunch in typical stilt home.  Afternoon drive to the jungle temple of Beng Mealea; with an opportunity for sunset on the way back.

Day 6 March 9th 2011
Prek Toal Early bird tour retuning at 2pm free afternoon for market photography etc  

Day 7 March 10th 2011
Transfer for flight to Vientiane, Laos. 

Our Laotian itinerary includes the Capital City of Vientiane, a road journey to the town of Vang Vieng with dramatic limestone pinnacles caves and river.  From Vang Vieng the drive becomes spectacular with some of the most impressive mountain scenery in South East Asia.  Luang Prabang has an idyllic position at the confluence between the Mekong and Nam Kan rivers. It is World heritage town and one of the most photogenic places in the region. For Luang Prabang we stay in a luxury resort with two hectares of tropical gardens, right on the river front and only 10 minutes walks from the town centre. 

Day 8 March 11th 2011
Vientiane City tour; includes: the iconic That Luang Stupa; Victory gate and a drive out to the eccentric Buddha Park on the banks of the Mekong River.

Day 9 March 12th 2011
We drive to north to Vang Vieng with opportunities to photograph the impressive mountain scenery on the way. 

Day 10 March 13th 2011
Walk around Vang  Veng; with  its dramatic scenery, river and caves  

Day 11 March 14th 2011
Drive to Luang Prabang; check in at hotel and night photography of markets. 

Day 12 March 15th 2011
Luang Prabang city tour including early morning ritual of monks with Alms-giving bowls Wat Mai;  Wat Manolam, Phusi Hill and  Lao ethnic minority village with Mekong River sunset .  

Day 13 March 16th 2011
Airport transfer and flight from Luang Prabang to HCMC (flight included in the tour price).

Booking Details

All payments – except final payment - to Ian Wright Photography

Deposit of £150 to secure a place on the tour.

An additional 50% of the remaining balance by December 1st 2010.

Final balance to be paid in Cambodia at the commencement of the tour in US$Put page content here...

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