Sponsored Panorama Trip to Myranmar

From the desk of Benjamin Porter:

Dear Friends,
I just returned from my second trip to Myanmar, and it was wonderful to be there!!! It is a very interesting time of change for country, if you have been following the recent news.
Here is the link to some of the photos I made in Myanmar on this trip:
http://fotobenjamin.smugmug.com/gallery/22150715_cj9Sk6/1776421413_hBkkt73

***See details below about how to access the photos and view them as a full screen slide show.

I firmed up my plans to lead a tour(s) to Myanmar in the Fall. My new company for these excursions is Small Footprint Travels. We will be small, honor the local culture,  and leave few footprints, if any at all!
The first tour to Myanmar is scheduled for October 18-31, 2012. It is timed for us to be at the Phaung Daw U festival on Inle Lake. Four Buddha images are rowed around the lake on a tour of other pagodas in the various villages.  It is a beautiful and magical time to be there.
We will visit other amazing places in Myanmar such as Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon, and have the option of  a hike and home stay in a tribal village.
I am awaiting the final prices for the tour, but I want you to have the dates so that you can mark your calendar.
If the October dates are not convenient for you, I will consider offering a second tour in mid-November (yes, we would spend Thanksgiving in Myanmar!) to coordinate with the Taunggyi Balloon Festival. Let me know if November is your preference.
I will limit the tour to a small group of 6-10 people plus myself and a guide/driver. We will photograph, enjoy the  food (cooking class offered), and the local culture. You do not have to be a photographer to join us, or perhaps you would like to improve your camera skills. I will be available to help you with your photography.
Each day will be structured to also allow free time within stimulating and beautiful environments.
As soon as I have the final prices, I will send you them to you ASAP, as well as how to register for the tour.

***To see the slide show, I encourage you to double click “Fullscreen” on top right hand side of the photo page. If you want a quicker viewing without reading captions, it will take you about 7 minutes on the “Fast” mode. Scroll your cursor over the image and the thumbnails of the images will appear. Above the row of thumbnails on the lefthand side is the speed setting for you to choose. If you want to read the captions, select “Medium” and the slide show will take about 15 minutes to view. I hope you enjoy them!

At this time contact Ben Porter directly for any questions or to receive more up to the minute updates about this planned trip. If you try to reach him via the IAPP’s contact us page I will try to forward those messages in a timely fashion. But you can click him name to create an email to him: Ben Porter

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