Angkor Road - Photography Tours
Ta Phrom Temple - this scene is at one point directly behind Angelina Jolie in the Lara Croft Tomb Raiders movie, just as she is about to fall through the hole into the underground chamber. Photography - George Mann
First Class 4WD tours of remote Angkor temples for individual and small groups of photographers.
For small groups ranging from 1 to 10 participants. We specialize in Luxury Adventure Travel & Photo Tours in South East Asia. We can set the itinerary, or you can let us know what you are looking to do and we will set up the trip for you. We are based out of Thailand & Cambodia, so we are always available to conduct these tours, and unless we are already booked, can be hired on very short notice.
If you wish to visit Angkor Wat and photograph the magnificent temples of the Khmer Empire, we would like to suggest scheduling a four day (or longer) stay in the town of Siem Reap. The Angkor Archaeological Park area is much larger and the temples more spread out, than it appears when looking at the maps. Ideally you want to spend at least three days, exploring and photographing the temples in the immediate Siem Reap area.
When contacting us about Luxury Adventure Travel & Photo Tours please provide the following information.
1. For how many days would you like to hire our services? (minimum three days)
2. Do you have a trip itinerary in mind or would you like us to suggest one?
3. On what date would you like to start your tour?
4. How many people are in your group?
Please email George Mann for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Luxury Adventure Travel & Photo Tour details:
With Personal Photo Tour Leader - George Mann
Tour Location & Tour Guide - This agreement applies to any Angkor temple and Tonle Sap locations within one day driving distance (round trip) of Siem Reap - air conditioned van and driver (unless we are on a boat), plus a government licensed tour guide for the Angkor temples and Tonle Sap Lake are part of the agreement.
Transportation - The air conditioned tour van will be equipped with plenty of cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks so that we do not go hungry or have to rely on available food in the countryside. Restaurants in the countryside and in most of the temple areas can be pretty basic.
george mannPhoto Tour Leader - George Mann will be accompanying you on all adventure travel & photo tours and provide a laptop computer for image downloads and reviews (using Adobe Lightroom) while on location in the temples and out in the country side. You can think of George as your photographer friend in Cambodia.
Photography - What type of camera equipment you bring is completely up to you. If you are highly skilled photographer or a beginning enthusiast is not of any importance. We will assist you in every way possible to get the images you are after. At the end of the day we will transfer your images to CD-ROM (no extra charge) and if you wish, discuss your images with you at your hotel before going out for another day of shooting.
Digital Workflow - George Mann is a recognized expert on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and writes for O'Reilly Digital Media and other on-line publications. How much of your Personal Photo Tour is spent on digital workflow questions is up to you. If you would like to maximize your digital workflow experience on this tour, please bring your own laptop computer.
Website Trip Reports - We can help you produce daily web pages of your adventures while you are here, so you can invite your friends and family (by email) to see what you are up to.
Angkor Park Pass - Our fee includes the Angkor Archaeological Park Pass which is $20 per day or $40 for a three day pass, per person. The pass can not be purchased ahead of time, as you have to pose for a photograph at the time of purchase.
Length of Your Tour - 3 days are recommended to see most of the major Angkor sites and a 4th day for Tonle Sap. If you are really pressed for time, we would like to suggest a minimum two day personal photo tours of the main temple sites.
Luxury Adventure Travel & Photo Tour costs:
Tour cost includes: All temple passes, all transportation (4WD, vans and boats) from sunrise to sunset, the highest quality drinks and snacks available at all times, lunch in a quality restaurant, or a picnic basket when no suitable restaurants are available at our tour location.
Tour cost: $300 per person / per day (minimum 2 persons & 2 days)
2 Day Tour cost: (one or two persons) US$ 1,200
3 Day Tour cost: (one or two persons) US$ 1,800
Suggested three day itinerary:
Day 1 - Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan
Day 2 - Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, Beng Melea
Day 3 - Tonle Sap (floating villages), or Koh Ker (remote Angkor temples)
We require a $500 deposit on booking (your tour dates) and 50% of the total fee within 30 days of your tour, the remainder to be paid at any time before the tour date.
Luxury Adventure Travel & Photo Tour options:
All Luxury Adventure & Photo Tours include a 4WD SUV or Van and driver, for sunrise to sunset transportation needs. We provide high quality cold drinks and snacks throughout the day. Lunch will be either at a high quality restaurant, or from a picnic basket if a high quality restaurant is not available at our tour location. Photo assistance & image review will be available at any time you request. A computer will also be available at all locations, for digital download of your memory cards, burning of DVDs and upload to the internet if required (if an internet connection is available).
#01 Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat > Angkor Thom > Bayon > Terrace of the Elephant King.
Classic Angkor Wat sunrise, giant faces of Bayon and other Angkor Thom temple sites.
#02 Ta Phrom & Preah Khan
Ta Prohm > Banteay Kdei > Preah Khan
Ta Prohm is famous as the overgrown "Tomb Raider" temple
#03 Banteay Srey & Kbal Spean
Banteay Srey > Kbal Spean
Banteay Srey - exquisite stone carving, Kbal Spean - river of a thousand lingas
#04 Kulen Mountain & Beng Melea
Kulen Mountain > Beng Melea
Lingas, water fall, reclining Budha at Kulen Mountain. Beng Melea is an unrestored temple in a jungle setting, an opportunity to climb over the ruins and feel like Indiana Jones.
#05 Tonle Sap - fishing villages
Kampong Khleang > Kampong Phluk
Floating villages and houses on stilts. We hire a private boat for the lake.
#06 Koh Ker & remote villages
Prasat Thom > City of Lingas > Rahal
Koh Ker was a more remote capital city of the Angkor Empire than Angkor Thom but it has numerous interesting temple sites and most important, at this time it still has very few visitors.
Option: visit remote village and contribute ceramic water filters to villagers.
#07 Preah Vihaer & Koh Ker - 2 days
Preah Vihaer > Koh Ker > remote villages
Preah Vihaer sits on a cliff at the Thai border, we arrive in afternoon, spend the night in guest house (no hotels available yet), and then backtrack to Koh Ker for sunrise.
Option: visit remote village and contribute ceramic water filters to villagers.
The above options are suggested itineraries only, you may mix and match any destinations and suggest other itineraries that are not shown. We are here to serve your needs.
Our Adventure & Photo Tour Philosophy:
Over the last 30 years I have traveled throughout Asia as a photographer for commercial clients, book and magazine publishers, international aid organizations, and just plain for the enjoyment of it. You could say I am a very lucky man, because my work and my play has always been one and the same. Whenever people ask me where I went on my last vacation, I always have to grin and say that I never take a vacation, I do not understand the concept.
The journeys I always enjoyed the most were those I took with a group of fellow photographers, exploring the roads that normal tourists and even most veteran travelers never venture down. A key ingredient for photographers being, that you have to have control of your method of transport, so that you can protect your camera equipment at all times. Another key ingredient being that you have to allow for chance and opportunity to decide your final destination.
In practice this means that we travel by road in a mini-van or suv as much as possible, so that we can carry all our camera equipment and personal effects with us. It is also very difficult to tell an airplane, train or boat to park it for awhile, so we can take some pictures.
For much the same reason we also specialize in adventure & photo tours for individuals and small groups of friends. Our experience says that throwing a group of strangers together almost inevitably leads to disagreements, about alternate shooting locations, choice of restaurants, hotels, time tables, etc.. This also makes it easier for us to cater to clients with different economic realities.
Siem Reap, where the Angkor temples are located is in some ways an outcropping in the middle of the jungle, but it also has a fair number of five star hotels and restaurants. There is also a large selection of low to medium priced hotels, and guest houses ranging from a few dollars a night to luxurious (foreign managed) Bed & Breakfast type establishments.
This wide variety of accomodations and restaurants makes it very difficult to offer a single tour package that will satisfy everyone, so we would rather offer advice and connect you directly to the appropriate hotel properties. If you want us to take care of the entire package we can, but will require some guidelines so that we can make you as comfortable as possible.
Personally I like nothing better than sleeping on a smooth teak floor and scooping a few buckets of cold water over my head in the morning, but it takes some time to get used to that way of life. The last thing we want is a bunch of grumpy photographers on the way to a sunrise shoot location. So please be realistic about the level of comfort you require.