Taste and Vision: A Photographic Mixture of images for all the Senses –Feb. 5-15, 2018
A Cultural and Photographic tour for both the travel photographer and connoisseur of rich, cultural experiences – an absolute indulgence of exotic SE Asian cuisine and flavours, plus access into local photographic and cultural circumstances, with hands-on experiences. We aim to capture “food in motion, from field to tabletop”
Price: 6340.00 USD
Single Accommodation: 662.00 USD
Day one: Feb 5th – Arrive in Bangkok. After taxiing to the hotel, check in; group convenes in the lobby at 2:00 pm. Late afternoon to be spent roaming the crowded streets of Bangkok. Handholding our cameras, we’ll stroll the streets and alleyways looking to document the lifestyles plus sample various types of the local food. Dinner at a traditional local restaurant. (Bangkok B, L, D)
Day two: Feb 6th – Bangkok – Following Breakfast, we meander photographically through the old Bangkok (China town) and Wat Po (Reclining Buddha temple) areas. The Bang Rak neighbourhood is one of those great districts in the world for food, its local style of diverse and tasty cuisine heightens the overall experience. As we journey through its narrow streets and Markets of old Bangkok you will both meet and engage with market vendors, while our chef takes us to buy the items needed to prepare some of the local cuisines. You will get full exposure to wonderful Thai gastronomic traditions while you are photographing the local culture and lifestyle. Lunch at one of the local restaurant nearby. We’ll return to the hotel for a short break before we re-visit our chef, who will give us a demonstration how to prepare traditional cuisine, and a traditional dinner with a large variety of Thai Flavors. (Bangkok B, L, D)
Day three: Feb 7th Bangkok to Chiang Ma – Following Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Chiang Mai. An ancient city, Chiang Mai was one of the first capitals of the Thai Kingdom, known as the Lana Kingdom. Food in this region has very different flavours and cooking styles compared to Bangkok. After our flight, we’ll enjoy lunch upon check in at our accommodation. Get Cameras ready, following our meal-time, we’ll stroll through old Chiang Mai, visiting old temples, food markets and capturing the essence of the region with our photography. (Chang Mai B, L, D)
Day four: Feb 8th Chiang Mai – Rise early, as we’ll be visiting the early a.m. local markets, where people arrive shortly after daybreak, to purchase the freshest of goods. Before returning to the hotel for breakfast. We will walk some of the historic city neighbourhoods until lunch. Afternoon break to relax, after our mid-day meal and early morning gaunt. In the late afternoon, we’ll photograph our educational session about the main national food dishes of the country. Our local chef will describe the ingredients and spices he or she purchased at the a.m. local market. Some of us will photograph the food preparation while others will assist the chef in preparing the ingredients of this Northern Thai Cuisine. Return to Hotel, for the evening, following dinner. (Chang Mai B, L, D)
Day five: Feb 9th Chiang Mai to Bangkok – After Breakfast, drive through various Ethnic villages to photograph unique meal preparations and styles of cuisine. Return to hotel for lunch, and packing for our return flight to Bangkok. Flight to Bangkok, transfer to the Bangkok hotel. (Bangkok B, L, D)
Day six: Feb 10th Bangkok to Hanoi (Viet Nam) – Rise early, breakfast and then depart for our flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to our accommodation in the old French quarter for Check in. Lunch will be a close walk to one of the nearby restaurants. Late afternoon photographic strolls through the old narrow streets of Hanoi. (Hanoi B, L, D)
Day seven: Feb 11th Hanoi –Following Breakfast, we drive to more remote neighbourhoods outside of Hanoi to photograph the Bamboo basket makers, the incense makers, and local markets. Lunch at one of the local eateries. We’ll then photograph through the small residential regions to witness the ethnic lifestyles. Return to Hanoi for Dinner. (Hanoi B, L, D)
Day eight: Feb 12th Hanoi – Morning visit to the vegetable market, photograph and purchase fresh products with our local chef. Meander back to a local, small, meat-street market for photos. Then return to the hotel for our late breakfast. Brief free time to rest or download your images. Lunch and a short visit to the first University of Northern Vietnam, late afternoon, meet-up with our local chef to begin the dinner preparations. We’ll, again photograph or be taught how to make traditional Vietnamese dishes. (Hanoi B, L, D)
Day nine: Feb 13th Hanoi to Siam Reap (Cambodia) – Early morning photographic visit the unique residential area, along the train tracks. Following our breakfast, pack your bags we are departing to Cambodia. Fly to Siam Reap. Arriving at Siam Reap, our local guide will escort us to our accommodation for dinner. (Siam Reap B, L, D)
Day ten: Feb 14th Siam Reap – Early morning visit the Angkor Thom, which was established as the capital of Jayavarman VII’s empire, and was central to his massive building program. One inscription found in the city refers to Jayavarman as the groom; the bride is the city. Return to hotel for breakfast. Free time to download or rest until Lunch, after which we will visit the Angkor Wat. This is the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). Originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. Departing Angkor Wat, we drive to Bayon – also a well-known, richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist, King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom . Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of Mythological and historical, and everyday scenes. (Siam Reap B, L, D)
Day eleven: Feb 15th Siam Reap – Before breakfast, we will drive to the early a.m. fresh food market to purchase the day’s fresh ingredients. While at the market, we’ll take the opportunity to thoroughly photograph the bustling activities of vendors. Breakfast and free time to either download or relax. Lunch will be prepared by our chef; after which we will visit one of the local temples. In the late afternoon, the chef will demonstrate how to prepare the traditional Khmer cuisine, while some of us photograph the food preparation while others will assist the chef in preparing the meal of this region. (Siam Reap B, L, D)
Day twelve: Feb 16th Siam Reap to Bangkok – Rise early, take Breakfast and pack your bags, we are returning to Bangkok, Thailand. Departure flights to your onward destination, or your return home. (B)
- (11) Nights’ accommodation
- all meals
- Three International Flights: Bangkok – Hanoi – Siam Reap – Bangkok
- Two Domestic Flights (Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Bangkok )
- English Speaking, local guide, in each location
- All transfers, sightseeing by private air conditioned car
- All entrance fees & all zone fees
- Government Tax & Service charge
- Not included :
- All beverages, alcoholic or otherwise
- Use of any Internet, phone, fax services
- Other personal expenses
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