Bangladesh Travel Facts

By | March 14, 2022

Bangladesh is located in South Asia and borders both Myanmar and India. The very poor country only became independent in 1971 as a result of the Bangladesh war. The country’s national animal is the endangered Bengal tiger. Around 600 to 700 specimens live in the protected mangrove forest area of ​​the Sundarbans.

Capital City dhaka
Size 147,570 km²
Resident 160,000,000
Official Language Bengali
Currency taka
Time Zone UTC+6
Telephone Area Code +880

Source: Destination Explorer

Fast facts to know

  • A lot of agriculture (rice, jute, sugar cane, wheat, tobacco, legumes, tea).
  • The country’s most serious environmental problem: Poisoning of groundwater with arsenic.
  • The Sunderbans are one of the last refuges for the endangered Bengal Bengal tiger.
  • One of the poorest countries on earth.
  • Very religious / 90% Muslim.
  • A visa is required for entry.
  • Route Changes Permission required for departure by land.

Exciting cities in Bangladesh

  • dhaka
  • Chittagong
  • Rajshahi
  • Khulna
  • Barisal

History of Bangladesh

  • Part of British India until 1947.
  • Division of the country and addition of India and Pakistan.
  • East Pakistan becomes independent in 1971 and changes its name to Bangladesh.
  • Parliamentary democracy is replaced by military dictatorship.
  • 1990 popular uprising leads to return to democracy.

Climate & travel weather in Bangladesh

  • Tropical climate.
  • High temperatures all year round.
  • Rain (June-October) and dry season (November-March) alternate.
  • March, April, October often with hurricanes.
  • Best travel time: November – February.

Ideas for trips in Bangladesh

  • Tea plantations at Sylhet.
  • Ruins of the former royal city of Jaintiapur.
  • Excursion to Sherpur and other historical places.
  • Swamps and jungles in Khulna.
  • Sunderbans National Park.
  • Terracotta Mosque Shad Gambuj Masjid.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Parharpur.
  • Lowacheera Reserve.
  • Boat ride on Kaptai Lake.
  • Historical city of Sonargaon.
  • Mosque city of Bagerhat.

Eating & Drinking in Bangladesh

  • Mostly South Asian cuisine.
  • Curry and rice important components.
  • Some sharpness almost always present.
  • Traditionally, eating is done with the right hand without any tools or cutlery.
  • Poultry, lamb and seafood are often processed.
  • Typical dishes:
    • Shis kebab, shami kebab (meat skewers).
    • Baht (white rice).
    • Lentil porridge (dhal or jhal).
    • Biryani (spiced meat rice).
    • Pulao (vegetarian rice variant).
    • Desserts: Keora, Zorda, Sundesh.

Particularly scenic

  • Sunderbans, at almost 4,000 square kilometers one of the largest mangrove forest areas in the world.
  • Cox’s Bazar – one of the longest beaches in the world.
  • Waterfalls in Sylhet.

Bangladesh Travel Facts