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Siem Reap Cambodia Photography Tour

Siem Reap Cambodia Photography Tour

Monday 2 July – Sunday 8 July 2018
Join Danielle Lancaster in Siem Reap Cambodia, the home of Angkor Wat and many other amazing ancient temples. During our time there we visit a living monastery and nunnery, photograph the people and floating villages of Tonle Sap, visit the children and village at Mondul 3 with New Hope and engage with local culture and the region at a grass-roots level.

This specially designed tour will consist of challenging field work for the level you are at. Beginners to advanced are welcome as we work on small tour sizes.

Critiques of work will be conducted in both private and group sessions, presentations and intensive tutorials on topics such as portraiture and advanced camera techniques. The tour includes a photographic session with a Buddhist monk and traditional Apsara dancer.

As with all the Bluedog tours: this is a photography tour designed for photographers by photographers!

An online information session will be held on the 10 October online. To register follow this link or email us on info@blue-dog.com.au.

Please see below for proposed itinerary, inclusions, what to bring, cost, getting here, info on Cambodia, what happens if, liability and more.

Cambodia photo tour Inclusions
Airport pick up
Instruction from photography tutor/s covering both technical and aesthetic aspects; Bluedog Photography E-Tour Pack: with photography notes, worksheets, map, and a copy of Danielle’s Nikon- Walkley award winning photo essay ‘Healing Cambodia’s Wounds: the role of the Don Chee (white-robe nuns), along with other notes.
Photographic shoots with a monk and traditional Apsara dancer at a pagoda
A three-day admission pass (an ‘Angkor Pass’) to visit the temples and sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park and entry to  Beng Melea Temple, Floating Village and transport to all scheduled outings.

Image above courtesy Nicky Dowling

Photography Tour Cambodia

Image above courtesy Nicky Dowling

Exclusions
Airfares, visa, accommodation and meals; souvenirs, phone calls and incidentals; additional tours or activities you may wish to undertake.

Price
Photography Participants: $2,770.00 AUD inc GST
Non Photography Partners: $650.00 AUD inc GST

Early Bird: $2,720 AUD inc GST if booked and deposit paid by 30 October 2017
Those doing a second tour: $2,500.00 AUD incl GST
Those doing a third tour: $650.00 AUD incl GST
Repeat clients please apply personally for a special discount.

Applications to attend are open and on approval and receipt of your registration form which is emailed, a $600 deposit is required to secure your place.
To receive further information or to request a registration form please email info@blue-dog.com.au or to organise a time to speak with Danielle personally re joining the tour.

Life in cambodia

Sample Cambodia Photography Tour Itinerary
Day 1
Meet in Siem Reap for our introductory get-together commencing at 2.00pm.
We then head to the John McDermott Gallery to view his images followed by a visit to the Foreign Correspondent Club (FCC).
Day 2-7
Field work, critiques in both private and group sessions, presentations and intensive tutorials on topics such as portraiture and advanced camera techniques. Visit  ancient temples, rural villages, Komplong Phhluk a traditional floating village on Tonle Sap, artisans, have private photo shoots with practicing Buddhist monks, Apsara dancers and much more as opportunities open plus make many new friends.
Day 8
Our final day we look at the work we have achieved, have a dinner together and farewell Siem Reap, it’s amazing temples and gracious people.

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About Cambodia
Cambodia is located in the heart of mainland Southeast Asia. Siem Reap, in the north west, is a city with a mysterious past, rich in cultural heritages and is the home of the world’s renowned ancient temple city.

We will visit many of the temples including the legendary Angkor Wat (the magnificent Empire erected by Kings between the 9th and 13th centuries) that continues to draw admiration from Khmer’s and foreigners alike, Bayon and Ta Prohm along with Tonle Sap Lake, the largest body of fresh water in South East Asia, and home to floating villages of stilted houses.

Cambodia Photography Tour

The population of Cambodia is around 10 million. About 90-95 percent of the people are Khmer ethnic. The remaining 5-10 percent include Chinese-Khmers, Khmer Islam or Chams, ethnic hill-tribe people, known as the Khmer Loeu, and Vietnamese. About 10 percent of the population lives in Phnom Penh, the capital, making Cambodia largely a country of rural dwellers, farmers and artisans. They are proud, beautiful people.

For more information on the photography and tour details
Tel: +61 7 5545 4777
Email: info@blue-dog.com.au
For more info on Cambodia visit www.tourismcambodia.com

Quick Facts
Visas are required for entry into Cambodia and these are available as an e-visa or at the airport upon arrival. A passport photo is required for your visa.
The airport sits 6km from town, close to the temples, occasionally affording spectacular views of Angkor Wat during landings and take offs. Outside the terminal is a ticket booth for registered taxis into town. Independent taxis and motorcycles wait just outside the airport. The price is the same for both: motorcycles are $1 and cars are $5 into town. Most hotels offer free transportation from the airport but you must notify them in advance of your arrival.

Geting there
There are many options for travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Most airlines include Siem Reap as a destination. From Phnom Penh, the capital, buses also travel to Siem Reap.

Accommodation
Accommodation in Siem Reap varies from cheap and cheerful to pricier with opulence.
We are happy to recommend options to you.
The Royal Crown Hotel where Danielle will be based for the tour has rooms at $35US per night for a single or twin room and this includes breakfast, wi-fi, swimming pool, restaurant, tour desk. www.royalcrownhotel.com.kh
If you are interested in staying with the Royal Crown we can reserve you a room – payment will be required on check out.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g297390-Siem_Reap-Hotels.html has some excellent reviews on hotels in Siem Reap and is worth a look if you are trying to decide on appropriate accommodation.

Santa Clara on River Road West,Treang Village, Mondul 2, is an intimate resort offering Bluedog Tour Participants a 15% discount: use the promo Code is BDP1. Bookings to be done direct with Santa Clara.
Allow $3 US each way for a tuk tuk to our meeting points. Our tuk tuk drivers will be available should you require.
www.santaclaracambodia.com

What Happens If?
I don’t have a tripod?
It is not necessary and Danielle onlyb really sues one for sunriswe at Angkor and if there is an opportunity for a great sunset.

It rains?
It will! Storms during this time, while usually tropical, are finish fast and it gives us a chance for dramatic skies. We can’t tell Mother Nature what to do and we will have to work with her. Danielle has visited Cambodia during the rainy season now many times and it is her favourite time due to the dramatic skies.

I forget something?
We’ll be sending out reminders and the full list again to those that register hoping you don’t forget anything. Photographic supplies are limited in Siem Reap.

I can’t come to this one – will there be another?
Yes if we get enough interest we’ll run another!

Liability Clause:
Please be aware: You are required to have comprehensive travel insurance.

Participation in any activity is solely at the discretion of the individual and Bluedog Pty Ltd or any employees/contractors will be exempt from all liability in respect of any event, negligent act, omission, accident, personal injury, death, sickness, irregularity, loss or damage whatsoever, howsoever and by whosoever caused.

We just want you to have a great experience!

To reserve a place or for further information contact us at info@blue-dog.com.au

Testimonials
The opportunity to do a ‘Cambodian Journey’ should not be missed.  The photographic opportunities are unique and when undertaken with the professional expertise of a top class photographer as a mentor, it is a one off chance to improve and enjoy a new environment and culture at the same time.  The administration of the tour is excellent with everything in the right place at the right time.  The opportunity to mix with Cambodian families is uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable.  Cambodia/Siem Reap is an experience you should treat yourself to; it is unique where the friendliness of the people is a memory that stays with you.  Couple this, with visiting truly memorable ancient sites (that are stunning), then the trip is something not to be missed.’

Alsaistar 2017

‘I can honestly say one of my best ever holidays… love my photography and loved the fact that we ventured out past the touristy crap! and see what is the real life experiences in Siem Reap.   The people were amazingly receptive to you taking pics of them, at first I was a bit tentative and didn’t want to invade their privacy but eventually I realised that they quite enjoyed seeing themselves on the other side of the screen.  I also like others, enjoyed the company within our group and the fact that there was really “no problems… only solutions lol”  … there was nothing I didn’t enjoy about Cambodia!

I went on this tour with an open mind, dragging my poor friend Julie on her first every o/seas trip.  She coped amazingly and we had a fantastic time, we also had opportunities to photograph under no pressure and were encouraged to take the plunge and test our skills and play with various aspects – there was not strict guidelines involved, but what I loved was the fact that Danielle offered opportunities to see from her eyes the aspect of images and … really JUST HAVE A GO!

Donna 2017

Images courtesy of:

Danielle Lancaster
David Alexander
Linden Neill
Kelsey Brown
Nicky Dowling

 

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