Siem Reap Cambodia Photography Tour
Monday 3 July – Sunday 9 July 2017
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 villagers at 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, there will be editing 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!
Info Session on the 2 February at 6.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time( 7pm Queensland Australia time)
Please see below for itinerary, inclusions, what to bring, cost, getting here, info on Cambodia, what happens if, liability and more.
Airport pick up
Instruction from photography tutors covering both technical and aesthetic aspects; Bluedog Photography E-Tour Pack: with photography notes, worksheets, map, 4GB USB 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)
Photographic shoots with monks and traditional Apsara dancers 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
Image above courtesy Nicky Dowling
Airfares, visa, accommodation and meals; souvenirs, phone calls and incidentals; additional tours or activities you may wish to undertake.
Photography Participants: $2,750.00 AUD inc GST
Non Photography Partners: $550.00 AUD inc GST
Applications to attend are open and on approval a $500 deposit is required to secure your place. To receive further information or to request a registration form please email firstname.lastname@example.org or to organise a time to speak with Danielle personally re joining the tour.
Sample Cambodia Photography Tour Itinerary
Meet in Siem Reap for our introductory get-together commencing at 5.00pm.
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, trained Apsara dancers and food in a family home plus make many new friends.
Final day and a look at he work we have achieved. We farewell Siem Reap, it’s amazing temples and gracious people.
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.
Tonle Sap Lake is the largest body of fresh water in South East Asia, and home to floating villages of stilted houses.
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.
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.
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 in Siem Reap varies from cheap and cheerful to pricier with opulence.
We are happy to recommend options to you.
TBC: The Royal Crown Hotel have a number of rooms should you care to stay there. The rooms are $35US per night for a single or twin room and this includes breakfast and free wi-fi. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, tour desk. www.royalcrownhotel.com.kh
If you are interested in staying with the Royal Crown we can forward details for bookings.
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.
What Happens If?
I don’t have a tripod?
It is not necessary and Danielle rarely uses one in Cambodia so you will get by without it.
It will! We are visiting during the rainy season, however storms during this time, while usually tropical, are finished 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!
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.
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