Enter a melting pot of various elements of human history, and speak to it in a language of no words. For a conversation with your soul, come to Cambodia.
- A 4-night/5-day exclusive experience in a country where history breathes through architectural ruins
- A soul-enriching exploration and photographic journey in the cities of historical and architectural significance
- A productively satisfying time enjoying architecture, landscape, street and portrait photography
- Extensive photography learning under the guidance of accomplished expert
- A wide spectrum of stunning experiences worth cherishing for always
Cambodia lies entirely within the tropics, its low-lying central plain bordered by low mountains and uplands. In its transitional plains, forested elevations are found as the landscape extends outwards. And it is in these geographical changes that you will find some magnificent temples, royal palaces and other ancient architectural marvels by which to be enthralled.
Despite centuries of political turmoil, depredation and horrors of war, this nation stands as yet another testimony to the essence of endurance, a vital spirit of the human condition. Not only is its culture rich in lowland ethnic majority but also in its diverse hill tribes. In its enchanting landscapes, Cambodia has temples and beaches that attract seekers of raw elegance.
Meanwhile, renowned for the Angkor Wat ruins, Siem Reap is a province in which ancient temples exist amidst natural geographical beauty.
Like most Asian countries, Cambodia too comprises centuries of history in its varying terrains. So you may breathe its air, bathe in its light, and return with many memories to fill you travel memoirs.
Our photographic exploration of Cambodia will begin at Siem Reap. Buddhist monasteries there will make for interesting photography subjects and kindle your vision and imagination, coaxing you gently into making evocative images.
At Banteay Srey and Kampong Kleang, take in all the sounds and colours and smells to the point of intoxication and translate what your senses gather into art.
Dedicated to Shiva, the pink limestone walls containing the best bas reliefs of any temple at Angkor, Banteay Srey will charm you. The wooden houses on tall stilts in Kampong Kleang are a delight to watch. At the Tonlé Sap Lake, floating houses and people’s way of living are some amazing details you would want to record as photographs.
The magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire, the Angkor Archaeological Park will be a breathtaking encounter visually, architecturally and artistically. Explore and photograph the hidden temples, temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants and The Leper King. Visit the main temple, Angkor Wat, which is arguably the main reason many visit Cambodia.
In the remains of Roluos Group of Temples, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Empire, visit the Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong temples. In Bakong temple area, the largest and the most interesting of the Roluos Group of Temples, there is still an active Buddhist monastery.
Explore the jungle-clad temple Ta Prohm, where the atmosphere is hauntingly exotic with overgrown trees whose roots push stubbornly between the huge stone blocks of the temple and still hold them from falling apart. Watch and photograph yet another exquisite sunset at Pre Rup or Srah Sarong.
Now now, what fun if you didn’t wander off into some offbeat places in a foreign country! These are the ruins that aren’t frequented often — Koh Ker (a beautiful jungle temple) and Beng Mealea (meaning ‘lotus pond’ in Khmer). Depictions of scenes from the Hindu mythology are carved in these temples and make for some spectacular photographs.
Please note: This Tour begins on Sunday, 23 June 2019, and ends on Thursday, 27 June at Siem Reap. Journey between your hometown and Siem Reap is NOT included in the Tour itinerary or cost. However, all required assistance will be duly provided.
23 June 2019, Sunday
We will be picked up by our driver who will escort us to our hotel in Siem Reap. After check-in we spend the rest of the day at leisure. There will also be an introductory session in which the Skipper will brief the group about the following days of the Photo Tour.
24 June, Monday
We will be picked up by our driver and guide to visit the Roluos Group of temples after breakfast. Here we will expore the Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong temples. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are notable, as are the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts, which can be some interesting subjects for photography.
Post lunch, we will explore and photograph Ta Prohm, a magnificent jungle-clad temple. After watching the sun set at Pre Rup (or Srah Sarong based on how we are placed that evening), we will return to the hotel.
25 June, Tuesday
In the morning, we will visit the remotely located Banteay Srey, an offbeat area that was once a centre of activity of Khmer Rouge. Built in the late 10th century and dedicated to Shiva, Banteay Srey’s pink limestone walls contain the best bas reliefs of any temple at the world-famous Angkor.
After lunch, we will be escorted to the Kampong Kleang village where we will photograph the nuanced beauty of the countryside. In the late afternoon, we will be taken to Tonlé Sap lake on a boat, where we will evidence the picturesque view of the floating houses and the local people’s way of life. We will then head back to our hotel in Siem Reap to stay there overnight.
26 June, Wednesday
Sprawling across more than 400 square kilometres, The Angkor Archaeological Park stands in all its majesty even though it is nothing more than the remains of the Khmer Empire that reigned between 9th and 15th centuries. We will see and photograph the hidden temples, and the breathtaking temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants and The Leper King.
After lunch, we will visit the artistically and architecturally stunning main temple, Angkor Wat, whose intricate carvings are perhaps one of the best achievements of all of mankind, still demonstrating the incredible skills of the Khmer builders.
27 June, Thursday
We will spend the early hours of the day at leisure until our driver transfers us to the Siem Reap Airport, and then take our flights back home with many a memory of a historical place and its always rejoiced beauty.
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable hotels
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
- Permits and photography fees
What’s Not Included?
- All airfare
- Transfer expenses between your home and Cambodia
- Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
- Insurance, laundry and phone calls
- Bottled water and soft drinks
- Alcoholic drinks
- All applicable taxes
- Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list
- At least 50% of the Tour fee as booking amount
- Remainder by 1 April 2019
- 50% of the Tour fee before 2 April 2019
- 75% of the Tour fee between 3 and 16 April 2019
- 100% of the Tour fee on or after 17 April 2019
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
While Toehold Photo Travel is one of our most popular offerings, we work as a travel agency without bringing the photography guide element in to your travel. In short you would be using our travel experts service to just plan the vacation and execute it.
- Unlike a Photo Travel experience, your Vacation is completely personalised.
- The dates, style of travel, class of hotels and lodges, destinations, everything is tailor-made to suit your custom requirement.
- A Skipper or a photography guide doesn’t travel with you to guide you unless you decide to take our customised and guided photo travel experience.
So take advantage of the immense experience and field knowledge that we bring in to your Vacation’s planning without having to pay for our time and costs. Plus, we don’t charge an additional fee for our time and travel planning services.
What are the requisites to participate in this Tour?
Apart from interest in travel, a minimum level of fitness is essential. If you’re unsure of your fitness or suffer from a known illness, please consult your physician before signing up for this Tour.
Why is fitness required for this Tour?
A minimum level of fitness is essential as we explore some parts of Cambodia on foot, walking especially amongst the temples and temple ruins.
Who can be a part of this Tour?
Any individual above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) who has the requisite fitness to complete the Tour can participate.
I am a newbie in nature photography. Am I eligible?
Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!
What equipment do you suggest on this Tour?
A tripod, filters, a good wide-angle or ultra-wide-angle lens (between 10 and 28mm) are musts. A short or medium fixed telephoto or zoom lens will help you make ‘compressed landscape’ images, abstracts and do candid people or street photography (70mm to 200mm). You may also bring along a portrait lens, such as a 50mm, 35mm or 85mm lens, to make high-quality portraiture. A full-frame (35mm) camera with compatible wide-angle and fisheye lenses will allow you to make the most of the opportunities. If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Visit our Rental Store to see what we offer
How different are your Photo Tours from ordinary tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
We had a lovely time during the trip. Thank you for all the efforts in making it memorable and fruitful! We look forward to being on another photo tour with you soon!
Thank you so so much for everything; you guys are the best skippers ever! I had an absolutely amazing time on the trip; everything was so well organised and taken care of. Can’t wait to go for the next one!
On behalf of the group, let me thank you and the Toehold team for organizing the trip so well. Am sure all of us enjoyed each and every moment of the trip.
Fantastic experience and a great photography learning on this tour.