Bangladesh Travel and Transportation

By | March 21, 2021

One of the suburbs and transshipment points of Dhaka

One of the suburbs and transshipment points of Dhaka

Landmarks are scattered across the country. Examples are:

  • ancient sites: ruins of Buddhist temples in Nilphamari and Paharpur; Ruins of the Pala dynasty; the ancient capital of Sonargaon
  • more natural sights: tea gardens in the northeast of the country; Mangrove forests of Sundarbans in the southwest, for example in Khulna; Sandy beach at Cox’s Bazar in the southeast; Chittagong Hill Tracts can only be entered with permission

Transport and traffic

On a ferry

On a ferry

Road users are very diverse in Bangladesh, a country located in southern Asia according to mathgeneral. Different types of rickshaws, pedestrians, cars, trucks, smaller compressed natural gas vehicles (Abbr.: CNG) sometimes contribute to a confusion in Bangladesh’s cities. Road traffic in Bangladesh is on the left. Buses seem to be the most common means of road transport. Except in the case of long-distance buses, getting on and off the bus can also take place outside of regular stops. Communication takes place from the road using hand signals, which means that the driver may reduce the speed. Then you jump on the rolling bus or get out of it. Payment of the transport fee is often made on the bus or in advance at regular stops. Cycle rickshaws or CNG taxis – often just called ‘CNG’ – are called or, if they are parked, spoken to directly. Taximeters or odometers are often not calibrated to the current status. It is therefore customary to agree on the fare before the journey. Ask a local friend for their assessment of the fare. Also take into account that driving during rush hour will cost more than outside of it. Trains appear to be more convenient compared to long-distance buses. It’s faster by plane. Numerous, also private airlines in the country fly to cities such as Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar, Sylhet, Barisal and Jessore in addition to Dhaka. In a water-rich country like Bangladesh, the transport of people and goods with ships of different categories plays an important role.

Bike excursions are possible, but only recommended if you know the area accordingly

Bike excursions are possible, but only recommended if you know the area accordingly

Security

Observation of a demonstration by members of the 'Rapid Action Battalion'

Observation of a demonstration by members of the ‘Rapid Action Battalion’

Police protection for church visitors at Christmas

Police protection for church visitors at Christmas

Bangladesh is a comparatively safe country. However, it is important to avoid certain situations, regions and times of the day or to move carefully in these. Much to the alarm and annoyance of the vast majority of the population, an increase in violent people and often religiously or politically motivated assaults has been observed. Almost every week there are threats, attempts at intimidation, violent attacks or murders of entrepreneurs, publicists and bloggers critical of the government or Islam, members of religious minorities, development workers and journalists, and university employees and reported to many others. The aggressors mostly act at night and mostly in groups. In addition, the majority of them are male. The divided political scene in Bangladesh contributes to a climate of latent aggression between the individual political and social groups against one another. Often the perpetrators cannot be identified, which prevents them from being assigned to extremist, terrorist groups. At the beginning of July 2016, a hostage-taking took place in a restaurant in Dhaka that is popular with foreigners. 20 hostages, two police officers and five hostage-takers died and at least 22 people were injured. The Islamic State or the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh are believed to be the originating organizations of the perpetrators. Abuse and rape are also commonly reported. This also often, but not exclusively, affects religious and ethnic minorities. For your own safety, it always seems advisable to ask local acquaintances and friends to move with them under certain circumstances, not to visit certain areas in Sylhet and the south-east of Bangladesh without a local guide, to avoid confusing crowds of people, not to enter into contact with strangers, if strangers make contact, to continue walking quietly, to wear long, baggy clothing without potentially provocative imprints, to refrain from spending time outdoors between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. and avoiding mixed-sex body contact in public spaces Furthermore, the notes of the German Foreign Office and the British Foreign Travel Service complementary and helpful. The UBER internet service in the area of ‘carpooling’ is a novelty for safer locomotion in the Bangladeshi metropolitan regions of Dhaka and Chittagong. Anyone who has to be out and about at night or, of course, has mobile internet access during the day, can order a safer transport service via the UBER app. In November 2016, UBER started offering its services in Bangladesh. The waiting time can be up to 30 minutes, depending on your starting point, the destination and the time of day and is the most expensive means of transport alongside taxis. The Indian provider OLA, which is comparable to UBER, announced in August 2017 to offer its services in Bangladesh in the future.

Armored vehicles and water cannons near the Shaheed Minar monument

Armored vehicles and water cannons near the Shaheed Minar monument

Police control at one of the entrances to the wealthy residential area of ​​Gulshan

Police control at one of the entrances to the wealthy residential area of ​​Gulshan

A police escort like the one in this picture is seldom necessary in rural Bangladesh

A police escort like the one in this picture is seldom necessary in rural Bangladesh