The last Uppu Tribal Photography Expedition


This trip starts from Mandalay and after a full day shooting new scenes in Bagan, we leave to the Chin state to start our Photographic adventure. We are going to remote areas in the Uppu tribal regions to look for the last Tattoo ladies that have their face covered completely blacked with ink. We also photograph other Chin Tattoo ladies on the trip, but our focus is to find the last Uppu women and document as much as we can by photography their way of life. This trip is done by sitting on the back of a motorbike (private driver) so a good insurance is recommended although drivers are calm and well experienced with the roads. We also sleep at some homestay so be prepared for limited luxury conditions during your trip.


Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and pro photographers.
Travel by private a/c car and MOTORBIKES. Moderate elevation changes and some walking. (*non-photographers also welcome)

Arrive in Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to Bagan. Shooting scene with monks on the way to Bagan at a temple in Inwa with Novice monks and candle scene.

Full day Bagan Shooting
Morning scene at viewpoint in Bagan, full morning scenes in Bagan with models and novice monks catching the morning beams in the windows of the Bagan Pagoda’s amazing interior design. Rest at noon and lunch near the hotel. Small rest after lunch and then continue to shoot scenes in Bagan with horsecart, interior temples etc

Bagan Kanpetlet (By Car)
After breakfast, we depart for our trip to Kanpetlet. Arrive in the afternoon in Kanpetlet and visit to the local town for a small walk around the main market area. Overnight in Kanpetlet.

(by motorcycle) Kanpetlet, Saw and Tattaw
Early in the morning take the photos of some tattoo face ladies around Kanpetlet township. (Lunch at Saw township). In the afternoon visit to “Tattaw” village to see Uppu tribe tattoo face ladies. After tattoo face ladies continue to “Lung Shae”village.(Over night at lung Shae village.)

Lung Shae-Maw Chaung Mhan Taung – Ma Ser Twe village .(by motorbike.)
Early in the morning , we will visit to the only blacksmith around the township to take the photos of traditional style blacksmith labour. Lunch at “Maw Chaung village”. After lunch we will take the photos of Yin duu tribes tattoo face ladies. Continue to Mhan Taung village.Over night at Ma Ser Twi village.

Kyin Dwee -Aye Chaung -Phonh dwee Gyin.(by motorbike/by traditional boat)
Full day shorting around 3 village , Uppu tattoo faces , traditional style fishing. The children around the villages.

(by motorbike) Kyin Dwee– Pyaw Lone Immnuu-Maw long Lone– Kha Yine.
Full day Shooting around “Dai tribe” tattoo face.Over night at Kha Yine village with bone fire festival ,enjoy with traditional foods and local wine.

(by motorbike/by Boat) Kha Yine Kyin Dwee – Law pone – A paw village -Own war village.
Full day shooting and travelling between these villages to shoot the natural way of life, interior shots in the houses and how they cook food and collect the ingredients. Over night at Own war village.

(by motorbike) Own war – Zaytoketayar township.
Early in the morning thake the photos of one Asho tribe tattoo face. Continue to Asho tribe tattooface around Zeytoketayar township. Overnight at Zaytoketayar township.

(by car) to BAGAN
Early morning sightseeing around a small town ship.After Sightseeing continue to Bagan from Zaytoketayar along the new road. Overnight in Bagan.

Bagan – Mandalay
Drive to Mandalay to your flight to your home. (or flight to Yangon extra cost)


Air asia has a flight to Mandalay from Bangkok.


All teaching done by professional photographers and guides that know the locations very well.
Accommodations based on shared double room, please note accommodations in Chin State are basic, and outside Kanpetlet we stay in Homestays.
Personal motorbike taxi driver and luggage drivers for our expedition in the remote Uppu Tribal area.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Photography guidance
Transport (A/C Minibus .
Model fees, guides setup, assistants and special entree fees for specific locations


Entree fees for all parks (Bagan, Mount Victoria)
International flights to and from Mandalay
Personal expenses and drinks during meals
Tip for your driver and guide VISA: You need an international passport valid for more than 6 months and a visa for Myanmar which can be applied to by online:

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