Breaking free from the stereotypes of flooding, political strife and famine, Bangladesh is fast growing into a destination which offers more than your typical South Asian holiday.
Why we like Bangladesh
We strongly recommend visiting Bangladesh now before the tourists come. Unlike its neighbours India and Burma, it is often overlooked but it is actually a far flung Asian trove of wildlife, endearing and fascinating people and scenery that is well worth a visit.
What to expect on your Bangladesh holiday
A regimented structure will get you nowhere in Bangladesh. Inspite of the traffic jams in the cities, the neverending sound of horns, and the often turbulent roads, travelling around Bangladesh will always be a memorable experience (when armed with a sense of humour). Travel by rickshaws, bright and colourful, rickety and raucous, there's no better way to experience the real Bangladesh.
Lovers of 'cha' should head to the tea capital of Bangladesh, Srimongol, and taste the famously delectable seven coloured tea as well as trekking through the Lawacherra Rain Forest nearby.
Far from the densely populated and chaotic cities of Dhaka and Sylhet, Sundarbans National Park is the largest mangrove forest on earth and a UNESCO heritage site which offers adventure for all. It is home to the royal bengal tiger as well as a wide variety of birds, spotted deer, crocodiles and snakes. It certainly is a wildlife enthusiast's delight.
With around 8,000 kilometres of navigable waterways, your trip to Bangladesh won't be complete wihtout a boat trip and there are certainly many different types of boats and areas to choose from. Our Bangladesh travel experts can advise on the best choice.
Some ideas for a Bangladesh holiday
- Take the Rocket Steamer to the Sundarbans to embark on a wildlife adventure in the mangroves.
- Sail down the Saari River in Lalakhal with an afternoon exploring Jaflong and the great waterfall.
- See the beautifully lush vistas and sample the cha at the tea gardens of Srimongol.
- Meet the indigenous tribes of Bangladesh, such as the ancient Murung, and learn about their culture and crafts.
Beyond the Ordinary
Venturing south, Bangladesh has the world's longest sandy beach - Cox's Bazar - which lines the Bay of Bengal. Sail away from this Bangladeshi equivalent of Blackpool to St Martins, a small coral island fringed with coconut palms, great for spotting marine life. It is undoubtedly the best way to while away a sunny afternoon complemented by the Bengal breeze. Throughout your journey you can meet various indigenous tribes from the Manipuri near Srimongol, known for their weaving and handmade shawls, to the Chakma in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
OUR BANGLADESH EXPERTISE
Both Joe and Kate have travelled extensively to South Asia and have built a great deal of expertise through their experiences. Combined with our inhouse British Bangladeshi team member you really are able to get first hand inside knowledge of this country.