"Better Moments is created with a deep passion for photography."
Experience a string of Asia’s most beautiful places with both picturesque temples and historic towns mixed with a friendly population. Laos, Thailand and Cambodia are unique countries and
complement each other in this wonderful journey. We have provided time for both reflection and to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities this trip offers the photographer.
- Sail down Mekong River.
- Visit local tribes.
- Angor Wat, Beng Mealea and other great temple areas.
- Pak Ou caves with thousands of Buddha statues.
- Beautiful and cultural cities of Indochina.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Learn about how to approach the unique challenges of travel and landscape photography, how to capture candid moments and portraits and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.
- Teaching and training in the best techniques with personal hints and advices.
- Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, middleground and background.
- Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and aperture.
- How to handle equipment with care on location.
- Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.
- Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
- Workflow in Photoshop and/or Lightroom, and printing.
- Portfolio Review.
- A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.
DAY 1: CHIANG RAI
Arrival and accommodation at our hotel and briefing on the coming workshop. Chiang Rai is a city located in northern Thailand in the Chiang Rai Province near the border with Burma (Myanmar) and Laos. In the Province of Chiang Rai, we will visit the enchanted temple of Wat Rong Khun.
DAY 2: CHIANG RAI PAK BENG
Today begins our two-day river trip down the Mekong River, which forms the border with Laos. With a traditional boat we will set sail for an authentic rather than luxurious experience. We’ll float silently through lush Laotian jungle and visit along the way several villages inhabited by various local tribes. Late in the day, we shall arrive in the small town of Pak Beng, an idyllic spot at the river bank, which nestles up on a hilly slope. Here we stay in a simple hotel and get the chance to experience life as it is lived by most of the Lao population.
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG
Steep hillsides and dense jungles await us on the day sailing. We dock at the Pak Ou caves where some of Laos’s most important cultural treasures are found in the form of thousands of ancient Buddha statues collected from across the country for centuries. In the evening we arrive in Luang Prabang – Laos’ second largest city, which is included on UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage.
DAY 4-5: LUANG PRABANG
We immediately sense the French and Vietnamese atmosphere from the time when Laos was once a part of French Indochina. The remaining French colonial architecture and the many cafes and restaurants inspired by Vietnam and France bear’s witness to the more than 50 years as a French colony. We visit Luang Prabang’s main attractions, including companies such as the lavish temples of Wat Sensoukarahm, with its ruby red and gold facade and Wat Xieng Thong, where gold decorations adorn every wall, pillar and door.
DAY 6: CAMBODIA – SIEM REAP
From Luang Prabang we fly to Cambodia – Siem Reap, our base for the next few days exploring the magnificent Angkor Wat temples.
DAY 7: ANGOR WAT
We embark our journey in Angkor Wat. The old city center is now a ruined city surrounded by a square, with eight-meter high walls. After passing the entrance gate flanked by impressive elephants, we move into the Bayon Temple, located exactly in the center of the city. The Angkor Wat is one of the largest of many temples that reside in the area, although it has given its name to the whole area. Angkor Wat is one of the buildings that continue to astound visitors, and instead leaves no doubt that the Khmer Empire has had its eligible heyday.
DAY 8: BENG MEALEA
40 km from Ankor Wat is the temple Beng Mealea that we visit today. The temple can not be accurately dated, and its exact history is unknown, but it was originally built as a Hindu temple, which is reflected in the extensive carvings with scenes from the Hindu mythology. Beng Mealea is not as extensive than Angkor Wat and not nearly as well known or visited by tourists. The ruin is much more rough and overgrown with an alluring appearance to walk, climb and explore the jungle surroundings.
DAY 9: PHNOM PENH
We set off to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. On the way we stop in a town called Spider Ville, where the local specialty is fried spiders of considerable size. We then approach to the watery side of Phnom Penh, to board a wooden boat that will sail us to the last stretch of the Mekong River. Along the way, we visit a village where we get insight into the production of the soft fabrics ranging from silk butterflies and cocoons to weaving silk. We also pass a floating village where life is lived on the river itself. Part of the village houses stand on stilts in the water, and residents carrying around in small boats.
DAY 10: PHNOM PENH
You have a few hours to visit some of the city’s sights or do your shopping before driving to the airport and depart for home.
INDOCHINA: THAILAND, LAOS, CAMBODIA
ASIA FOR FEINSCHMECKERS
November 4 – 15, 2017
TRAVEL WITH THE BEST
Christian Nørgaard is the founder and CEO of Better Moments. For years he has photographed and travelled extensively in Asia and has received wide acclaim for his unique photographic talent. In recent years he has also collaborated with Steve McCurry and other of National Geographic’s leading photographers for exhibitions and events.
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: Private boat, 4×4 vehicle, busses
Exertion level: Easy
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Travel & Landscape
Weather: average temperature 25 °C
€3,695 per person in double room.
€3,955 per person in single room.
If you sign-up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.
Hotel accommodation and all meals.
Water and ground transport.
Coaching, teaching, workshops and seminars with Christian Nørgaard.
Transportation to Chian Rai, Travel insurance, alcoholic beverages.