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Bangladesh - a surprise!

Yes, in many ways Bangladesh is a surprise.
Within its short recent history of independence (since '71), political turmoil and bad news has been much of the news heard of the country in foreign media.
But there is another side to Bangladesh that is worth exploring. It is a genuinely unique place to visit for a number of reasons:
- The Bangladeshi countryside is very green and beautiful.
- The people are beautiful and welcoming and curious
- The seafood is very good
- There are some significant places of historical and ecological interest.

Most of these things are unknown to travellers - "why bother about Bangladesh?" seems to be the sentiment. But as you will see in other's VT tips sections, many find Bangladesh an easier place to travel in than India. But, like for India, you got to be well prepared.

"Visit Bangladesh before the tourists come!"

This was the slogan of the government tourist company, the Parjatan Corporation, when I first visited Bangladesh in 1980.
I came back in 1986 only to see the same catchy slogan.
In 2001 I visited again, but didn't look for the sign. But by the number of bona fide tourists I could see, I could deduct that the slogan hadn't been much successful.
And I am hoping to find a new opportunity to go, and I'll report on the signage then!

Bangladesh Online Resources:

Getting Started:
http://www.bangladesh.gov.bd/
http://www.bangla2000.com/
http://www.bgyellowpages.com/
http://www.frugalfun.com/bangladesh.html

News:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/index.php
http://www.bdnews24.com/home.php
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/banglade.htm

Travel:
Parjatan Corporation: http://www.bangladeshtourism.gov.bd/
Train: http://www.railway.gov.bd/
Boat: http://iguide.travel/Bangladesh/Getting_Around/By_boat
Bus: http://www.greenlineparibahan.com/route_map.html
Planes: http://www.biman-airlines.com/schedule/intl_schedule.asp

Places:
Dhaka: http://www.dhakacity.org/
Chittagong: http://www.chittagong-website.com/
Sylhet: http://www.bangla2000.com/Bangladesh/Cities/sylhet.shtm
Cox' Bazaar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cox's_Bazar_District
Sundarbans: http://www.unep-wcmc.org/sites/wh/pdf/Sundarbans%20%5Bboth%5D.pdf
Chittagong Hill Tracts: http://www.angelfire.com/ab/jumma/cht.html
St. Martins Island: http://travel.discoverybangladesh.com/travel-St.Martins-nijhum-island.html

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful countryside, amazing life in the cities
  • Cons:Crowded, hard travelling
  • Last visit to Bangladesh: Feb 2001
  • Intro Updated Feb 4, 2010
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  • muguruki's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    The more I read about Bagladesh the more tempting it gets. The way I fancy seeing the country is on a locally bought bike. Loving your tips.

  • earthflyer's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Bangladesh was a big surprise for me aswell and one day hope to return to see North Bangladesh. It's a shame all we ever here about the country is the bad things but cleary there is another side to the country.

  • Jun 8, 2009 at 3:08 AM

    thank you for all the details you put on your site ! i would like now to go in bangladesh and explore this country as well as you do it !

  • janiebaxter's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Hi Thanks for very useful tips and pages! I will be travelling there in March- really looking forward to it!

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2007 at 5:06 AM

    Just come back from Bangladesh - the sign is still there, but still no tourists!

  • Rumi-fan's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2007 at 4:32 AM

    Your Bangladesh pages remind me so much of Pakistan. I notice you've been there too. Can you put up some of your pics and info from there? See my Paki pages.

  • Nov 27, 2005 at 7:16 AM

    Very interesting pages.

  • Narviking's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2005 at 1:18 PM

    Godt å se at det er flere enn meg som liker Bangladesh !

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 2:48 PM

    Saagar, your Bangladesh pages are terrific. I have been planninig to go there, and your tips are most informative. Thank you.

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2004 at 1:05 PM

    Nice description and some really nice pictures from Bangladesh!

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