12-Day Cambodia Photography Workshop
Join us for a 12-day adventure in Siem Reap and other rural provinces!
Our 12-day photography expedition takes in the very best of Cambodia: Marvel at wonderous Angkor, from the most supreme of the temples to her best-kept secrets tucked away in all corners of the rainforest; Lose yourself in a sea of smiles in the city’s sprawling local markets and other remote villages in the countryside and on the Tonle Sap lake; Bask in the luxuriant green of the rice paddies in planting season; Stand in awe beanth towering jungle waterfalls; and gain privileged access to modern Khmer performing artists from daredevil acrobats to mystical apsara dancers. We do all of this with the best light and crowd avoidance at the forefront of our priorities. Simply put: There is no better way to travel for a passionate photographer.
Highlights of the tour
- Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon in the best light
- Hidden temples – far from the bustling crowds
- Buddhist monasteries and the daily rituals of novice monks
- Adventures into the rarely seen countryside
- Beautifully intimate meets with local families
- Phnom Kulen waterfalls and sacred pagoda
- Local life: markets, villages, workplaces and other daily activities
- Life on the Tonle Sap lake: floating villages
- Phare Circus rehearsal, backstage access, and VIP show access.
Feb 11-22, 2019
Jul 29-Aug 10, 2019
Nov 04-15, 2019
Dec 02-13, 2019
We believe in quality, personalised tuition, and so our host-to-guest ratio is always 1:6 or better.
…everything went like clockwork. Details were taken care of behind the scenes and never interfered with our itinerary and shooting.
Overall, Angkor Travel Photography put together (incorporating our preferences and inputs) a terrific itinerary for our visits to Vietnam and Cambodia… read more on Tripadvisor Kathryn Sklenak Dannay - USA
Dream a Little… Here’s what we’ll see on our 12-Day Cambodia Workshop
Day 1: arrival and a taste of Angkor
On day one you’ll arrive in the quaint town of Siem Reap, Cambodia, where a member of the Angkor Travel Photography team will be waiting to greet you at the airport and help you to your relaxing hotel. Late afternoon and early evening will be spent soaking up the last rays of golden light as we get our first glimpse of an ancient temple within the Angkor Archaeological Park, before retiring to our poolside retreat to chat with new friends over welcome drinks.
Day 2: Angkor, ancient temples and buddhist pagodas
Day two begins with a bang: The mysterious Ta Prohm temple, packed with monstrous forest growth, at her quietest time of day and when the light is at its softest. The afternoon will be devoted to the colossal walled city of Angkor Thom, home to the iconic Bayon with her 200+ smiling faces. We’ll also have the unique chance to observe orange-robed monks and their unique buddhist rituals at one of the least-known pagodas within Angkor.
Day 3: Pagodas, countryside life and floating village
Our day begins early in the morning with a visit to a monastery in a village a few kilometres from Siem Reap where you will have the opportunity to interact with and photograph Buddhist monks and their daily lives in the pagoda. In the afternoon, we will visit a floating village on the glassy waters of the Tonlé Sap lake. Here you will have the chance to photograph local life on the lake in an incredibly intimate manner as we travel by small rowing boat most of the year. Sunset will be enjoyed over the rice fields.
Day 4: Phnom Kulen, waterfalls and buddhist pagoda
Day four will be spent among the pre-Angkorian findings at Mount Kulen; here we’ll marvel at the towering waterfall, the ancient reclining Buddha at the pagoda at the mountain top, and enjoy a picnic by the river of 1,000 linga.
Day 5: local markets and pagodas
Day five begins with one of Siem Reap town’s most incredible markets, the sprawling Phsar Leu, home to a host of colourful characters and produce unimaginable. After lunch, we ll travel to another rural province where first we lll review our images together.
Day 6: Countryside activities
That day, we will explore the Cambodian countryside, witnessing a range of activities from rice farming to noodle making and meet people in their daily-life away from the tourist sites.
Day 7: countryside life and local activities
We’ll spend and discover even more deeply the Cambodian countryside before heading back to Siem Reap.
Day 8: Angkor and life on the Tonle Sap lake
Back in the city of the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap, we will discover temples lost in the jungle where very few people venture.
After lunch we visit Kampong Phluk, a village nestled at the edge of the Tonlé Sap Lake dubbed “The CIty on Stilts.” Take a boat out to the lake before returning to shoot in the village, where we’ll have the opportunity to experience local life quite unlike anywhere else.
Day 9: Angkor sunrise, post processing session and Phare Circus
Day nine starts with what is arguably the most iconic site in Cambodia: the sun rising over the silhouetted towers of Angkor Wat. We ll spend the rest of the morning reviewing your images. Spend the afternoon with privileged access to one of Cambodia’s most exciting modern performances, Phare, The Cambodian Circus; we’ll shoot the rehearsal and make-up, and afterwards have reserved VIP seating from which to photograph the show.
Day 10: countryside life and remote temples
This day will also allow us to see and discover some of the habits from the Khmer Rouge period during which Cambodians were dying of hunger, such as hunting tarantulas. In the afternoon we will have the chance to meet young bonzes novices and photograph them in an isolated temple.
Day 11: Factory and lotus farm
We will shoot inside a brick factory. In the afternoon we will meet fishermen not far from the lotus farm of the city and will attend our last sunset if the weather permits before sharing our last meal together.
Day 12: departure
Depart day twelve.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Who Our Tours are Designed For
Refine your Vision
Meaningful Interactions with Local People
Expect the Unexpected
Small Group Experience
HOW DO I RESERVE A PLACE?
Simply fill out the form on this page to let us know your dates and preferences. We’ll need a USD $300 deposit via Paypal to reserve your dates.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
We understand that plans change, but please consider your deposit a firm commitment. A non-refundable deposit of USD $300 is payable to reserve your spot, with the remaining balance to be paid on or before 45-days prior to the commencement of the tour. Please check with us before making travel arrangements.