Located in South Asia, a holiday to Bangladesh offers bustling cities and stunning scenery. Its capital, the historic city of Dhaka, sits on the Buriganga River and is packed full of sights to see such as the 17th Century Lalbagh Fort and Dhakeswari Temple. Saint Martins Island, in the Chittagong Division, is laid back and home to the country's only coral island, while the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sundarbans in Khulna is the largest mangrove belt in the world, with many species of birds, and Bengal Tigers. Then there's the silk city of Rajshahi and beach resort Cox's Bazar.
Gulf Air, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Etihad Airways all offerflights to Bangladesh arriving in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong from various airports in the UK. You can't fly direct. Those heading to the beach during a holiday to Bangladesh can fly to Cox's Bazar with either Qatar Airways or Emirates from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
If you plan to travel around during your holiday to Banglasdesh you will find domestic flights both plentiful and very affordable. If you really want to push the boat out though, you can even hire a helicopter! If you plan to travel by bus avoid the low cost buses identifiable by their appalling condition. Instead, opt for the safer, air-conditioned luxury buses operated by companies such as SilkLine and GreenLine which offer business-class comfort at affordable prices.
Boats and ferries are also an excellent way of travelling in Bangladesh as there are over 230 rivers throughout the country. You can opt for private sightseeing trips taking you from one city to another, use the Rocket Steamer service that connects Dhaka and Khulna or the ferry operated by BIWTC. It's advisable to book tickets in advance and purchase the first class option where possible.
Affordable accommodation can be found all over the country so it's not difficult to findcheap hotels in Bangladesh. From budget hostels, sometimes costing as little as £1 a night, to high-end, five star hotels - there really is accommodation to suit every budget.
Bangladesh produces garments for many big clothing brands such as Nike, Levis and Adidas, and although these products aren't supposed to be sold in the country, they can be found in most local markets and sell for a lot less than in the UK so you could find yourself some real bargains. Bangladesh is also hagglers paradise as almost everything can be bargained foreven items that display fixed prices! Make sure you brush up on your negotiating skills before getting on a flight to Bangladesh.
Updated 12th June 2013
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