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Day trip to Chittagong Shipbreaking Yards

Price $241 1 Day
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Day trip to Chittagong Shipbreaking Yards

$241 per person

This is a special day trip to the Chittagong shipbreaking yards for photography and learning about fascinating facts. A day in Chittagong is not enough, this amazing, unexplored city has more to offer. Travellers’ physical fitness, flexibility and willingness to accept some uncertainties are required on this trip. This trip depends on river tides, weather and some other local circumstances, like walking through deep mud to reach a shipbreaking yard. Our main goal is to get the most out of the day.

A photographer will find hundreds of stories to follow for a day around shipbreaking yards, fishermen’s villages, morning fish markets, flea markets, old towns, shipbuilding yards, salt harvesting and refining old fashion industry, various recycling industries, old bazaar areas, Karnaphuli River and architectures.

Bangladesh’s second largest and commercially important port city, standing on the northern bank of the Karnaphuli River, has the busiest seaport. Chittagong has a population of around 8.6 million (in 2017). The climate is pleasant year-round; it becomes cooler in winter and slightly hot and humid during the summer—the annual rainfall of Chittagong is on average 2735 mm (107.7 in) per year. The Chittagong region is still off the beaten track.

  • Basic Plan
  • $ 241
    Per-person trip price for a group of 4+ PAX


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, closed shoes, hat. Warm jacket during the winter (November to February). Raincoat/ umbrella during the rainy season (May to August). Full sleeves are always necessary while visiting any religious place, mosque, temple, church or a trip during Ramadan.
  • Included
    AC vehicle with experienced chauffeur for sightseeing and transfers
    All air, bus, train and launch tickets as per itinerary
    All entrance fees and local permits
    All Museum Tickets
    All rickshaw/ cycle / boat / local transports
    Bottled water, soft drinks and seasonal fruits during the sightseeing
    Expert English-Speaking Guide
    Trip as per itinerary
    Typical Souvenir
  • Not Included
    Accommodation in twin sharing basis as per itinerary
    Any activity not mentioned in the itinerary.
    Local guide/ escort/ experts/ academics
    Personal expenses
Ship Breaking yards, local life, culture and architecture around Chittagong
Your guide will come to pick and transfer you to the domestic airport to avail of the first (morning) flight (7:00 AM) to Chittagong. Upon arrival in Chittagong, you will be received by your driver and guide. Today, your visit will include an exciting sea fish market, an impressive wooden fishing shipbuilding yard, a short cruise on the Karnphuli river by country boat, and boating or walking around the world's largest shipbuilding yard. Your guide would decide the time order of mentioned visiting places according to the time and situation. Please note that the tourists/ photographers are not allowed by the local authority and yard owners to step into the shipyard. Therefore, we are left with only a few limited options for a glimpse of the industry:
Plan – A: Boating around the shipyards by country boat few hours.
We shall take a fishing boat to cruise around the yards and ships for a few hours, which is very interesting. Being on the country boat, you will have a sharp image of every detail of the ship breaking industry. You can go significantly closer to the vessel where they are at dismantle. Sometimes they (Worker/supervisor) allow you to step into the ship and take pictures as they are very far from the yard owner's eyesight. A photographer can spend a whole day cruising around the shipyards and taking photographs.   Most importantly, you can make the boat trip around the shipyards only during the high tide and when the sea is calm (between October to the first week of March). The mentioned itinerary is just a rough travel plan of what you will do on this trip. You will receive a revised travel plan after booking confirmation according to the tide table coordination.
Plan – B: Walking around the shipyards nearby a fishing village
We will leave the car by the Dhaka-Chittagong highway and start walking through a Hindu fishing village, which is scenic. This walk ends at a seashore which has some shipyards around. You can see all actions of the industry even without entering into the yard.  Most of the time, we were fortunate with the golden light in the afternoon at this place. This afternoon golden light photography requires a walk through the deeper and sticky mud closer to the ship. So, physical fitness is necessary, and you have to be equipped with the right shoes for sticky, deeper (can be up to your knee) mud with lots of rusted metals.  We must come to this place during the low tide.We are one of the few guides in Bangladesh who have spent a long time researching and photographing for personal hobbies and assignments.

Tour Location

Chittagong and ship breaking industries

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