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 wondrous 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 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 beneath towering jungle waterfalls. And gain privileged access to modern Khmer performing artists from daredevil acrobats to mystical apsara dancers. We do all of this in the best light and with 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
- Local life: markets, villages, workplaces and other daily activities
- Phnom Kulen waterfalls and sacred pagoda
- Life on the Tonle Sap lake – incredible communities on the water
- Phare, The Cambodian Circus – privileged backstage access
Aug 14-25, 2023
Nov 6-17, 2023
USD $3,500 (single supplement $500)
Small group: 2-6 Participants.
We believe in quality, personalised tuition, and so our host-to-guest ratio is always 1:6 or better.
Very comfortable 4-star hotel in Siem Reap. 3-star in rural areas.
A memorable photographic experience
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Dream a Little… Here’s what we’ll see on our 12-Day Cambodia Workshop
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap and welcome drinks
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
Accommodation (4-star boutique resort/spa)
Transport during photography excursions
Breakfast, Arrival and Farewell Dinners, and other meals as specified.
Guiding/Tuition from a Western professional photographer; second photographer guide where there are 6 participants or more.
Tips for Guides/Drivers etc.
All tickets and entrance fees.
Round-trip airport pick-up and drop-off
Airfare to and from Cambodia
Meals, Drinks and Snacks beyond those specified.
Alcoholic beverages beyond one with specified meals
Medical & Travel Insurance
Who Our Tours are Designed For
Our adventures are perfect for anyone who loves travel and photography, whatever your level of experience with a camera – the most important thing is enthusiasm. Our tours are specifically designed for photographers and aim to unlock opportunities that wouldn’t be open to the casual visitor, all while ensuring that we shoot in the best light, away from the crowds.
Refine your Vision
Mastering photography is a wonderful lifelong journey; the objective of our tours is to help you become a better photographer, day by day, so that you not only capture wonderful images of Cambodia, but that you take away a wealth of new skills that will serve you well for all of your photographic endeavours yet to come. With our expert guidance, you’ll quickly become more familiar with your equipment and refine your vision for incredible imagery without feeling swamped by technical details. You’ll learn how to read light, how to frame a scene, and how to inject the element of story into your captures.
The best camera is the one that’s with you! Don’t get me wrong, we like a new toy as much as the next photographer, but you really can make incredible images with any setup – an entry-level DSLR/mirrorless and mid-range zoom is really all you need to make the most of Cambodia’s best photographic opportunities. Of course you’re welcome to bring more, a wide-angle zoom and your favourite prime are always handy, but they aren’t a requirement for attendance. Compact cameras and smartphones are welcome, too. If you can, bring along your laptop so we can critique your photos and also show you a few tips for using Lightroom.
Meaningful Interactions with Local People
You’ll get to meet local people and make meaningful connections, all the while capturing a beautifully intimate portrait of their way of life. Feel free to capture the people we encounter candidly, or we can show you how to break the ice so as to make your camera an asset that creates interesting opportunities like never before.
Expect the Unexpected
Our itineraries are fun and flexible, and flow naturally – each of our photography adventures is unique as spontaneous encounters and varying light conditions will mean different opportunities at every turn. One moment you’ll be marvelling at the sun rising over the iconic towers of Angkor Wat; the next you’ll be sat appreciating the harmony of a monk praying by candle light; or perhaps find yourself in a stilted home above the Tonle Sap, or bumping down a dusty track straddled by farmers in oxcarts pulled by water buffalo.
Small Group Experience
The largest tours we run are for groups of twelve. With two experienced professional photographers as tour leaders, this ensures that each of our participants will get plenty of individual, hands-on time with the instructors. It also means that we can travel in a less conspicuous manner, blending into our environment and not overwhelming local people during spontaneous encounters.
We are committed to responsible travel in Cambodia, ensuring that all of our tours are respectful of and give back to the local community. We have taken all possible steps to make sure our tours cause as little environmental impact as possible. We use local drivers on all of our excursions, and we take care to educate our tour participants of the ethics of travel photography and Cambodian customs. We advocate for responsible volunteering and tourism. The participants that join our tours come away not only with some amazing memories and photos, but also with a better understanding of how they can travel responsibly in future, as well as make a positive impact on Cambodia.
HOW DO I RESERVE A PLACE?
Simply fill out the form below to let us know your preferred dates and details. We’ll need a non-refundable deposit of USD 300 via Paypal or international bank transfer to reserve your place on the workshop. The remaining balance will be due 60-days prior to the commencement of the tour.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
We understand that plans change, but please consider your deposit a firm commitment. In the event of cancellation, you will be refunded any amount outside of your initial deposit so long as you give us at least 60-days notice. In the event that the workshop can not go ahead, e.g. due to insufficient guest numbers, you will be fully reimbursed inclusive of the initial deposit.