Raise your travel portrait skills to a new level in a country full of fabulously photogenic people, who don't mind being photographed. A land of chaotic intensity, raw beauty, surreal scenes, and faces that tell a thousand stories. A place where you may not see another tourist in a whole week.
Bangladesh will touch you deep inside with extreme emotions and unforgettable moments. It will steal your heart with the warmth and openness of its people. It will leave you speechless.
Be prepared for some very crowded places, where we ourselves will be a subject of curiosity and cheerful following.
Fully-vaccinated visitors can enter Bangladesh without a Covid test.
Non-vaccinated visitors need a pre-departure PCR test to enter the country (taken within 72 hours before arrival).
Level of Difficulty
A fairly easy trip, as we will move around in a private minivan, with just 2 domestic flights.
You just need to be prepared for:
A 5-hour minivan drive on bumpy roads (twice)
Some very crowded spaces
Several boat & motorboat rides (up to 2 hours)
Early morning starts to catch the best morning light (sunrise at 7am).
We will navigate Dhaka's infamous traffic jams to photograph its vibrant markets and local communities. We will see other-worldly river port where dozens of hand-paddled shallow boats criss-cross chaotically in between bigger ships. We will take one of these boats across the river to a ship-repair yard. We will also take a day trip out of town to a photogenic old-world pottery village.
From extreme crowds to peaceful serenity, Bangladesh's 2nd largest city has a range of terrific places for people photography, where we can play to our heart's content. We will see up close how hard Bangladeshis have to work - often in hazardous conditions - to earn a basic living. And how they still manage to retain dignity, politeness, and smile.
Ship Breaking Yards
What happens to a commercial vessel when it comes to an end of its life? It goes on one last trip to Bangladesh, and is driven full-speed into a beach - where hundreds of workers break it down manually into pieces small enough to be carried by 2-3 people back to the land. You will see 20-30 monster ship carcasses in various stages of decay.
Experience river life full of floating markets, in the heart of the Ganges delta, about 5-hour drive from Dhaka. This will be an opportunity to see the rural life of Bangladesh, intrinsically connected with the endless waterways of the country. On our way to Barisal, we will also stop at Satla, the village of water lillies, for an idyllic break from overcrowded Bangladeshi cities.
Sat 2 Nov
Meet & dinner at the hotel in Dhaka
Sun 3 Nov - Chittagong
Flight Dhaka - Chittagong 8:30-9:25
Fishing port; Boat trip to dhow shipyard
Mon 4 Nov - Chittagong
Fish market; Fishing port
Salt processing; Slums
Tue 5 Nov - Chittagong
Ship breaking yard
Flight Chittagong-Dhaka 20:10-21:05
Wed 6 Nov - Dhaka
Dhaka bazars, fish market, train track life
River boat crossing & ship repair yard
Thu 7 Nov
Drive to Barisal (5h)
Village life photography on the way
Fri 8 Nov - Barisal
Barisal river life
Sat 9 Nov - Barisal
Early morning drive to Satla village (1.5h)
Water lillies boat ride
Drive to Dhaka (4h)
Evening flight back home
Full-time coaching by Pawel Lipski
Creative techniques & tips for travel portraits - both candid & posed
Camera settings for travel portraits
Location-specific briefings & assignments
Daily reviews of best photos
Written feedback on your 10 best shots after the trip
Full-time travel portrait coaching
Accommodation in 4-star hotels (twin sharing)
All meals (with beverages)
Return domestic flight Dhaka-Chittagong
Ground transportation in private minivan
English-speaking local guide
Boat fares & entry fees
Tips for guides
International flight into Dhaka
Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)
This Trip Is For...
This trip has been designed primarily for people who have already completed my training "3 Steps To Stunning Portraits", and are already familiar with natural light and composition techniques for people photography.
During this trip, you will learn how to apply these techniques to travel portraits - both candid and posed.
You need a good camera with a telephoto lens up to at least 200mm (full frame) - plus a wider lens when we can get up closer to people.
Personally, I will bring 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8.
Important To Know
Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent 2 months before the trip
No vaccinations required
Visa: most nationalities get visa on arrival (please bring US$ 55 in cash). Check eligibility: Bangladesh Visa
If YOU cancel participation:
100% refund if canceled by 31 August
50% refund if canceled between 1-30 September
0% refund if canceled after 30 September
If the TRIP is cancelled:
If the trip is cancelled due to Covid surge or other force majeure, it will be postponed to the next year OR full refund will be given minus costs I have already paid that cannot be recovered (e.g. domestic flight tickets).
If the trip is cancelled due to insufficient number of participants or any other reason else than force majeure, full refund will be given.