Cambodia Photo Workshop
Join us for a 12-day Classic Cambodia Photography Adventure! Capture the stunning beauty of Cambodia’s ancient temples, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture.
Our Classic Cambodia Photo Workshop takes in the very best of Angkor and beyond!
Marvel at wondrous Angkor, from the most supreme of the temples to her best-kept secrets tucked away in all corners of the rainforest. Lose yourself in a sea of smiles in the sprawling local markets and other remote villages in the countryside and on the Tonle Sap lake. Bask in the luxuriant green of the rice paddies in planting season (August) or the golden season in the harvesting season (November). Stand in awe beneath towering jungle waterfalls. And gain privileged access to modern Khmer performing artists from daredevil acrobats to mystical apsara dancers.
We do all of this in the best light and with crowd avoidance at the forefront of our priorities. We are also incredibly lucky to have so many locations right in our doorstep avoiding long drivers just to optimize our shooting time!
Simply put: There is no better way to see Cambodia as a passionate photographer.
Highlights of the Tour
- Angkor temples in the best light and far from the bustling crowds
- Buddhist monasteries and the daily rituals of novice monks
- Adventures into the rarely seen countryside and the Tonle Sap Lake
- Beautifully intimate meets with local families
- Phare, The Cambodian Circus – privileged backstage access
Aug 19 – 30, 2024 – DEPARTURE CONFIRMED! 3 spots left
Nov 25 – Dec 6, 2024 –
Small group: 3-6 Participants.
We believe in quality, personalised tuition with a ratio 1:6 maximum.
Easy (2/5). Flat ground, walking 4-5km per day, hot and humid weather. Short drives to optimize our time on locations!
We also offer private and costumized guided photo tours >>
Architecture ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Local life ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Landscapes ★ ★ ★
Amazing Photo Adventure
…everything went like clockwork. Details were taken care of behind the scenes and never interfered with our itinerary and shooting. Overall, Angkor Travel Photography put together a terrific itinerary for our visit to Cambodia… read more
Best Travel Photography Trip!!!
My wife and myself just returned from a photography tour trough rural Cambodia with AsiaTravel Photography. This was the best trip we ever did in the past 10 years or so and we do 2-3 photography trips per year all over the world… read more
Best 2 weeks Cambodia photo workshop!
…During these 2 weeks we explored temples, countryside, waterfalls, Buddhist monasteries, local markets and floating villages… I was able to see places otherwise impossible to visit alone. We also had the chance to meet local people… read more
Dream a Little…
Here’s what we’ll see on our 12-Day Classic Cambodia Photo Workshop
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap
You’ll arrive in the quaint town of Siem Reap, Cambodia, where a member of the Asia Travel Photography team will be waiting to greet you at the airport and help you to your relaxing, boutique hotel. Mingle and make new friends with other like-minded photographers over welcome drinks, before recharging for the adventure ahead.
Day 2: Angkor, Ancient Temples, and Buddhist Monasteries
Day two begins with a bang: The mysterious Ta Prohm temple, packed with monstrous forest growth, at her quietest time of day and when the light is at its softest. The afternoon will be devoted to the colossal walled city of Angkor Thom, home to the iconic Bayon with her 200+ smiling faces. We’ll also have the unique chance to observe orange-robed monks and their unique Buddhist rituals at one of the least-known pagodas within Angkor.
Day 3: Pagodas, Countryside Life, and Floating Village of the Tonle Sap Lake
Our day begins early in the morning with a visit to a Buddhist monastery a few kilometres from Siem Reap where you will have the opportunity to interact with and photograph Buddhist monks going about their daily lives in a village pagoda. In the afternoon, we will visit a floating village on the glassy waters of the Tonle Sap lake. Here you will have the chance to photograph local life on the lake in an incredibly intimate manner as we travel by small rowing boat. Sunset will be enjoyed over the rice fields.
Day 4: Phnom Kulen, Waterfalls, and Buddhist Pagoda
Day four will be spent among the pre-Angkorian findings at Mount Kulen; here we’ll marvel at the towering waterfall, the ancient reclining Buddha at the pagoda at the mountain top, and enjoy a picnic by the river of 1,000 linga. There’s even time for a swim!
Day 5: Local Market and Journey into the Provinces
Day five begins with one of Siem Reap town’s most incredible markets, home to a host of colourful characters and produce unimaginable. We’ll get to grips with both street portraiture and more candid shooting techniques. After lunch, we’ll travel to another rural province and enjoy our first review session, chatting about the images we’ve made so far.
Day 6: Cambodian Countryside Life
We’ll be exploring the beautiful Cambodian countryside in either Battambang or Kampong Thom (depending on the season). Get ready to witness a range of activities from rice farming to noodle-making, and meet ordinary Cambodian people going about their daily lives. This is a unique opportunity to experience the authentic lifestyle of the locals, far from the tourist trails of Siem Reap town.
Day 7: Cambodian Countryside Life
We will dive back into the countryside of Cambodia to discover even more hidden gems. We’ll continue to gain insight into the local way of life and soak up the breathtaking scenery. And when we’re done, we’ll head back to our poolside oasis in Siem Reap to relax and reflect on all we’ve experienced.
Day 8: Angkor Temples and Village on the Edge of the Tonle Sap Lake
Today we return to the ancient city Angkor, where we will discover some of the Park’s best-kept secrets, lost in the jungle where very few people venture. After lunch we visit a village nestled at the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake. Take a boat out to the lake before returning to shoot in the village, where we’ll have the opportunity to experience local life quite unlike anywhere else.
Day 9: Angkor Wat Sunrise and Phare Circus
Day nine starts with what is arguably the most iconic site in Cambodia: the sun rising over the silhouetted towers of Angkor Wat. We ll spend the rest of the morning reviewing our images or relaxing with a cold drink by the pool. Spend the afternoon with privileged access to one of Cambodia’s most exciting modern performances, Phare, The Cambodian Circus; with privileged backstage access we’ll shoot the rehearsal and make-up, and afterwards have reserved VIP seating from which to photograph the show.
Day 10: Countryside of Siem Reap and Remote Angkor Temples
Today we’ll start with a throwback to Cambodia’s troubled past: under the Khmer Rouge rule of the 70’s and 80’s, the people of the countryside had to adapt, with spider hunting first appearing in the country during this time. While not widely practiced today, we have the chance to spend the morning with a spider hunter. In the afternoon we will have the chance to meet young Buddhist novices and photograph them in an intimate environment at an isolated temple.
Day 11: Banteay Srei, Silk Factory, and Angkor Wat
We’ll begin our final day of shooting with the intricate Banteay Srei. Dubbed “The Lady Temple”, it is one the most detailed of all the Angkorian temples, carved into pink sandstone, and still displays many Hindu deities. The remainder of the morning will be spent exploring a local silk factory. In the afternoon, we’ll round off our trip with one final visit to Angkor Wat, photographing the temple in the underrated warm light of late afternoon. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell meal at a local restaurant.
Day 12: Departure
Enjoy one final breakfast and say farewell to new friends before departing Siem Reap! End of our Cambodia Photo Workshop and Adventure !
Inclusions and Exclusions
Accommodation (4-star boutique resort/spa).
Private transport during photography excursions.
Daily breakfast at the hotel, Farewell Dinner, chilled drinking water on all excursions, and other meals/drinks as specified.
Guiding/Tuition from a Western professional photographer.
Round-trip pick-up and drop-off at Siem Reap International Airport.
Meals, drinks and snacks beyond those specified.
Alcoholic beverages beyond one with specified meals.
Medical & Travel Insurance.
Who Our Tours are Designed For
Our adventures are perfect for anyone who loves travel and photography, whatever your level of experience with a camera – the most important thing is enthusiasm. Our tours are specifically designed for photographers and aim to unlock opportunities that wouldn't be open to the casual visitor, all while ensuring that we shoot in the best light, away from the crowds.
Refine your Vision
Mastering photography is a wonderful, lifelong journey; the objective of our tours is to help you become a better photographer, day by day, so that you not only capture wonderful images of your trip, but that you take away a wealth of new skills that will serve you well for all of your photographic endeavours yet to come. With our expert guidance, you’ll quickly become more familiar with your equipment and refine your vision for incredible imagery without feeling swamped by technical details. You’ll learn how to read light, how to frame a scene, and how to inject the element of story into all of your captures.
Meaningful Interactions with Local People
Expect the Unexpected
Our itineraries are fun and flexible, and flow naturally - each of our photography adventures is unique, with spontaneous encounters and varying light conditions creating different opportunities at every turn.
Small Group Experience
The largest tours we run are for groups of six. With one experienced professional photographer as tour leader, this ensures that each of our participants will get plenty of individual, hands-on time with the instructor. It also means that we can travel in a less conspicuous manner, blending into our environment and not overwhelming local people during spontaneous encounters.
We are committed to responsible travel in every country we visit, ensuring that all of our tours are respectful of and give back to the communities we visit. We have taken steps to ensure our tours cause as little environmental impact as possible, and continually strive for new ways to leave fewer lasting footprints in all of our host countries. We use local drivers on all of our excursions, and we take care to educate our tour participants of the ethics of travel photography. We advocate for responsible volunteering and tourism. The participants that join our tours come away not only with some amazing memories and photos, but also with a better understanding of how they can make a positive impact in their future trips.