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

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.

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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. As a photo tour guide, she brings you to picturesque locations across the country, so you can create and cherish wonderful travel moments.

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.

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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
Balloons Over Bagan
Byron Hartzler
Community Based Tourism
Desmond Tutu
Eat Pray Love
Japanese International Corporation Agency
Leica III f
LGBTQ Myanmar
Mahayana Buddhism
National Geographic
Nelson Mandela
Shan coffee
Shan state
Siem Reap
Sinon Loresca
South Africa
Summicron-M 50
Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival
Thích Nhất Hạnh
UK Aid
United Nations
World War II


Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue

Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
1940’s Slow Dance (Sting)
by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions
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 Thandar Oo, unless otherwise stated

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