Bangladesh is the world's eighth most populous country. It has its capital city in Dhaka which is also its largest city followed by Chittagong, which has the country's largest port. If you are planning to visit Bangladesh, the ideal travel time is between the winter months of November to February when the temperature Is cooler and there is almost no rain. Spring times in Bangladesh are between the months of March to May while a long season of rain occurs from the months of June to October. Bangladesh has a rich and diverse culture which has evolved over time with influences from several social groups. Bangladesh is home to these ethnic groups, the Bengali, Bihari, Chakma,Meitei and other minority groups. The people of Bangladesh are predominantly Muslims while a smaller population practice Hinduism and Buddhism. Its most popular foods are rice, fish, thick lentil soups and flat bread. The official language spoken is Bangla also know as Bengali, you will find that some of the locals can also speak English as well as Hindi and Urdu.
Getting around bangladesh is quite easy, there is a good train network connecting most of the cities in Bangladesh. There are also domestic flights too which run between Dhaka and some other big cities which allows you to explore the country better. For intra city travel, trains are generally a comfortable and more reliable option . There are other options available, like taxis, Ubers, buses, car hire services and rickshaws. Bangladesh is generally safe and few tourists experience crime. However, basic crimes like pickpocketing and petty thefts in crowded places are frequent.
Bangladesh is home to the most beautiful natural terrain on earth, from crystal clear lakes tp tropical jungles, ancient relics and green hills. If you are visiting or exploring Bangladesh, must see festivals are the Milad un-Nabi, Durga euja, Shab-e-barat, Eid ul- fitr and Eid ul-adha.
There are over 3000 places to visit and explore while you are in Bangladesh. Here are some options you can explore:
The Cox’s Bazar, famous for its 120 km long sea beach, which is the longest sea beach in the world. You enjoy a walk down to the beach, listening to the rumbles of the sea, while experiencing the charming sunrise or crimson sunset. Its unique feature is the blend of the sea and hills which provide a magnificent landscape.
The Sundarbans, and the world’s largest mangrove forest. The forest is home to the famous Royal Bengal tiger, and you will also discover numbers of birds like the small minivet, white-bellied sea eagle, brown-winged kingfisher, black-capped kingfisher, Italian pond heron and much more. It is every bird lover dream destination.
The Paharpur Bihar, a seventh-century archaeological site which holds the evidence of the era of ‘Mahayana Buddhism’ in Bengal and was a renowned intellectual center until the twelfth century. This monastery city represents a unique artistic achievement, and you will find a vast collection of carved decoration, breathtaking terracotta plaques, pottery, coins, ornamental bricks, and other minor clay objects.
The Bangladesh National Museum which introduces any tourist to the culture and history of the ancient land of Bangladesh. You will see a large array of artefacts, mementos, exhibits, photos and artworks at the National Museum, from pieces of classical art, to exhibits exploring the natural beauty of Bangladesh, and the variety of wildlife and sea creatures which thrive in the country.
While you are visiting Bangladesh, it is best to dress conservatively to respect the local culture. A salwar kameez, which is local style Indian / Bangladeshi tunic, loose trousers, and a scarf which can be draped across your chest or over your head is the best clothing for women in Bangladesh. There are made of cotton and also comfy to wear. It is important to ensure that your full legs, arms, elbows are covered, arms, and avoid any tight clothes and cleavage. Men can wear the traditional wear called Panjabi.
If you are ever in Bangladesh they are a lot of available options of places to stay, from guesthouses, resorts, and budget or luxury hotels.
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Bangladesh
Is English understood by the people here?
English is like the second language in Bangladesh. Children are taught English in schools from Grade 1. You will always find people around who can speak English too and willing to communicate.
Is this country safe for solo female travellers?
Bangladesh is one of the safest places to travel solo. The people are so nice and welcoming. It is best to be dressed modest and not be out late in some places.
What is the name of the currency in Bangladesh?
The name of the Bangladeshi currency is BDT- Bangladeshi Taka. The locals simply call it Taka.
How expensive is it to visit Bangladesh?
Bangladesh is a destination for people travelling on a budget. If you are travelling on a really tight budget, you can get a room for only 300 BDT, get breakfast for 40 BDT, get a big meal for 150 BDT. If you prefer luxury instead, there are 5 star hotels, and more expensive restaurants in the big cities. It is absolutely up to you however you want to travel.
Is the tap water safe to drink?
Tap water is generally not safe to drink and unfortunately, filtered water (UV or RO) is not readily available in Bangladesh. It is safer to drink boiled water or use a UV water filter to purify the regular tap water.
What are the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Bangladesh
There are 6 mobile network operators and also quite a number of internet service providers in Bangladesh. You can checkout the
list of networks operators in Bangladesh
and also details about each of them.