Episode 058: Ian Hayes & Thandar Oo | Photographers & Co-founders of Three Treasures, & Ambassadors of Myanmar SEEDS


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Three Treasures is a social enterprise that offers private and customised tours in Myanmar to showcase the unique culture and the raw beauty of the region, for discerning travellers. Enjoy the simple and traditional way of life here as you take in the sights and sounds of Myanmar. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like Their Facebook page Enjoy a deeper connection with destinations and people across Myanmar by exploring famous landmarks and lesser known sites. Ian Hayes is the founder of Myanmar SEEDS, and the co-founder of Three Treasures. He's a photography enthusiast and an expert guide who uses his collection of both digital and vintage analog cameras to tell visual stories. He's also regularly ordained as a monk in Bagan. Listen to his journey from growing up in California and moving to Switzerland, to studying sustainability and initiating diverse non-profit projects at destinations close to his heart! Thandar Oo is the co-founder of Three Treasures, and the Project manager at Myanmar SEEDS. She's a photo tour guide and also a supporter of LGBTQ movement in Myanmar. Listen to her journey from growing up in the Ayeyarwady Division and working with Japanese fine dining, hospitality, and community-based tourism pilot projects in Myanmar, to now showcasing the hidden gems of the country, and managing permaculture farms. Embark on your off-the-beaten-path photography adventures individually-designed by Myanmar Photo Tours. Swiss Analog is a non-profit photo association based in Zurich, dedicated to the art of analog film photography and related visual arts. Myanmar SEEDS is a non-profit organisation that promotes environmental sustainability and economic development using education and responsible tourism practices. See their websiteFollow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Experience specially curated walking tours, bamboo craft workshops, sand painting classes, Burmese slow food cooking classes, and Buddhist meditation sessions, while supporting local communities in Bagan. Mi Ta Zu is a boutique farm in Bagan that follows sustainable agriculture methods as a permaculture training center. Sign up for private tours and workshops to learn more about native crops and farming techniques. Also mentioned in this episode: Analog photography Angkor Wat Aung San Suu Kyi Bagan Buddhism Byron Hartzler Community Based Tourism Desmond Tutu Eat Pray Love Fujifilm Hasselblad Irawaddy Japanese International Corporation Agency Leica III f LGBTQ Myanmar Mahayana Buddhism Mandalay MSG National Geographic Nelson Mandela Ooredo Permaculture Rolleiflex™ Shan coffee Shan state Siem Reap Sinon Loresca South Africa Summicron-M 50 Switzerland Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival Thích Nhất Hạnh UK Aid UNESCO United Nations WeChat Wikipedia World War II ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library1940's Slow Dance (Sting) by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions Ischia by The Mini Vandals Mind and Eye Journey by Emily A Sprague Sunrise Drive by South London HiFi All photographs courtesy of Three Treasures, Myanmar SEEDS, Ian Hayes,and Thadar Oo, unless otherwise stated

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