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Places to visit in Bangladesh
Why visit Bangladesh?
Once you get over the shock of Dhaka (and you will be shocked – by the noise, the smells and the heat) then Bangladesh starts to work its magic on you. It can take a day or more to get over the culture shick, even if you are used to other large Asian cities. Dhaka is certainly unique.
Once you have settled in, then the first thing you notice will be the people. So friendly, welcoming and inquisitive that you cannot help but smile as you are asked for a selfie for the umpteenth time that day. There are also rather a lot of them. Bangladesh is the eighth-most populous country in the world. When you are there and you are walking around, you do tend to wonder how it is only ranked as eighth!
There is also no escaping the poverty in Bangladesh. It is common and beggars are a part of every day life here. A holiday in Bangladesh is not for the faint hearted and you will see the best and the worst traits of humanity, often side by side.
Once you begin to explore Bangladesh and make your way out of the city, it really starts to get interesting. Don’t be afraid to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. The food is amazing and the street food is even better. The locals will happily tell you the best place to eaat and if you have a guide with you, expect the VIP treatment at any street stall or local restaurant.
Something that few people know is that Bangladesh is a great wildlife destinations. In places like the Sundarbans and inthe far north, the wildlife is as wild and untamed as anywhere in the world. Walking through mangrove swamp while being told the stories of the fishermen who have lost their lives in Tiger attacks really brings this home.
For a history or cultural holiday, then Bangladesh is also an excellent choice. You can take tours around a vast array of amazing temples and ancient sites. Learn about the more modern colonial history in the tea plantations or go along and watch a game of cricket, a national obsession.
Bangladesh is a country that should be at the top of any adventerous travellers holiday destinations list. The fact that it is not and that you will rarely see another tourist makes it so very special.