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Bangladesh is officially called the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh.  Geographically, Bangladesh lies to the east of India on the Bay of Bengal. It is a South Asian country marked by lush greenery and many waterways. Its Padma (Ganges), Meghna and Jamuna rivers create fertile plains, and travel by boat is common. On the southern coast, the Sundarbans, an enormous mangrove forest shared with Eastern India, is home to the royal Bengal tiger.  Bangladesh is a land of natural beauty, with sandy beaches, wildlife, forests and historical monuments and resorts.

Trip Planning

Bangladesh is not usually on peoples lists of travel destinations.  But maybe it should be!  With beautiful landscapes and architecture, it is one of those unexplored countries waiting to be discovered

When To Go March to April are generally considered as the ideal time to visit Bangladesh. The country experiences a transition season during March and April that attributes to cooler and more pleasant climate conditions.

Electricity In Bangladesh the standard voltage is 220 V (safe to use your appliances from the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Bangladesh. You will need a travel adaptor coming from some countries, so make sure you get one before you leave home

Weights and Measures The Bangladeshi's use the metric system

Insurance Make sure you have your travel insurance before leaving to ensure you are covered for medical and travel emergencies. Check with your local GP before you leave as to what immunisations are recommended from your country. Bangladesh can be prone to Dengue Fever outbreaks, so make sure you are prepared with mosquitoe repellant

Money Currency used in Bangladesh is the Bangladeshi taka. you will need to change your money after your arrival in Bangladesh.  You are unlikely to get the best rates at the airport or your hotel, so on arrival only change enough money to get to the city where you will find local money changers offering better rates.  Visa, MasterCard and AmEx are accepted at many shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and other tourist hotspots. However, you should always carry some cash with you just in case.  It’ll be a lot harder to find places that accept card payments once you venture out to more rural areas. ATMs and foreign exchange kiosks are also less common here, so be sure to withdraw enough cash ahead of time

Tipping Tipping is not expected in Bangladesh but it is very much appreciated. Giving a small amount to show your appreciation for good service is always appreciated by the locals

Getting There  27 countries around the world offer direct flights to Dhaka. Check your local carriers for details

Visa Check the official Bangladesh Visa site to determine what you need to do to get your tourist or business visa.

Things To Do

Ahsan Manzil - also known as the Pink Palace, was the official residential palace and seat of the Nawab of Dhaka. The building is situated at Kumartoli along the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka.  With a long history, the building was acquired by the Bangladesh government in 1985 and is now a museum

Barisal - located in the heart of the Ganges Delta, is a great place to visit during the monsoon season.  Here you will experience the unique life and culture of the people here.  Visit it's many floating markets, schools, bazaars and villages to experience the real Barisal

Puthia - a small village in Rajshahi with the largest number of historical Hindu temples in Bangladesh. this is a must visiting place if you visit Bangladesh.

Cox's Bazaar is the longest unbroken sandy beach in the world, measuring 125 km in length! It is a favourite destination of the locals

What To Eat

The food of Bangladesh has a very Indian influence, so food such as mutton biryani and beef kebabs are very popular here

Places To Stay

There is a vast range of accommodation types in Bangladesh, from very basic, to luxurious. Your destinations and budget will determine the type of accommodation you will need in Bangladesh. try searching for accommodation here

Books To Read

Lonely Planet Bangladesh Your guide to what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Cruise the Sundarbans spotting deer and tigers; stand amid the chaos of old Dhaka; or visit the lush Chittagong Hill Tracts.  Find it all in this guidebook

A History of Bangladesh by WIlliam Van Schendel.  Bangladesh is a new name for an old land whose history is little known to the wider world. A country chiefly famous in the West for media images of poverty, underdevelopment, and natural disasters, Bangladesh did not exist as an independent state until 1971. Willem van Schendel's history reveals the country's vibrant, colourful past and its diverse culture as it navigates the extraordinary twists and turns that have created modern Bangladesh. The story begins with the early geological history of the delta which has decisively shaped Bangladesh society. The narrative then moves chronologically through the era of colonial rule, the partition of Bengal, the war with Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh as an independent state. In so doing, it reveals the forces that have made Bangladesh what it is today. This is an eloquent introduction to a fascinating country and its resilient and inventive people.

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Bengali

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