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Bangladesh is a country that most people skip on their Asian backpacking trip, and it’s a real shame. Sandwiched between 2 backpacking hotspots, India and Thailand, I’m surprised that more people don’t take the plunge and visit a country where the warmth of people can’t fail to impress you.

Ahsan Manzil Dhaka
Ahsan Manzil in Dhaka

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, but not a day will pass without an invite to someone’s house for some tea. Walking around anywhere in this fascinating country and you’ll feel like a celebrity, groups of people will follow you around daily and should you stop and try to ask someone a question, you’ll literally be surrounded within 60 seconds – it’s a crazy feeling!

If your wandering soul takes you off the beaten track to the shores of Bangladesh, make sure you squeeze in these five gems during your time there:

1)     Dhaka: The capital and probably your starting point for the adventure ahead. If you’ve never visited the subcontinent you’re in for a treat. If you’re feeling like jumping in at the deep-end, head over to Old Dhaka and sort out your accommodation – just don’t expect much luxury! Then you can spend a day or two checking out Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manzil and Para Bibi’s Tomb, or make your way down to Buriganga river and rent a small boat to see the hustle and bustle of Dhaka from the water front. One trip to Dhaka, and you’ll never forget it – I assure you of that!

Lalbagh Fort Dhaka
Lalbagh Fort Dhaka

2)     The Sundarbans: Located near Khulna, the Sundarbans mean it’s safari time! This mangrove forest is home to over 400 Royal Bengal tigers – you can sort out your safari from either Khulna or Dhaka. Expect to pay around $30 for everything, which is a great bargain considering what you may see. No guarantees on the tigers I’m afraid folks, but always worth the gamble!

Bengal Tiger on Safari
Bengal Tiger on Safari

3)     Cox’s Bazar: The longest sea beach in the world! Over 120km long, what more could you ask for!? This place offers great respite from the madness of Bangladesh, and it’s dotted with religious sites too. The beaches get quite crowded and there’s plenty of accommodation to be found upon arrival.

Cox's bazar Bangladesh
Cox’s bazar beach

4)     Bagerhat: Accessible from Khulna or Mongla, Bagerhat offers a couple of impressive Mosques and the famous tomb of Khan Jahan Ali. Lots of locals make pilgrimages here daily so expect some organized chaos!

Shat Gambuj Mosque Bagerhat
Shat Gambuj Mosque in Bagerhat

5)     Nafa-Khum:  This one is a bit of a wild card. You’re already off the beaten track by simply being in Bangladesh but if you want to really get away from it all, then this is the place for you. Nafa-Khum is a beautiful waterfall found a 3hours walk from Remakri, which  is found 3 hours by boat from Tindu, which is a 3 hours drive from Thanchi! It may not be the biggest waterfall but it’s awesome none-the-less and you can swim in the pool, the trek is beautiful too and you’ll really feel like you’re traveling if you make it out here!

Nafa-Khum waterfall Bangladesh
Nafa-Khum waterfall

There you go folks, five of Bangladesh’s most awesome sites. This country is not easy to travel in, not by a long shot, but it’s well worth the effort. This is real backpacking! Happy Travels!

 

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15 thoughts on “Things to See in Bangladesh – Top 5 Sights

  1. I have to convey my respect for your generosity giving support to folks who have the need for guidance on this particular theme.Your special dedication to getting the solution all through has been pretty informative and has without exception permitted guys and women much like me to arrive at their dreams. Your new important instruction signifies a whole lot a person like me and additionally to my mates.

  2. Thanks for the infos. I will take a closer look. But hey can you explain me what you mean by sandwiched between India and Thailand? Thailand is not near Bangladesh…

  3. Making a top 5 list of a country will always raise arguments. In my opinion, only Sundarbans could be on the list of 5. There are many other sites in Bangladesh which could be on this list, e.g. the ancient Bengal capital Gaur located in the border between India and Bangladesh where you can see many beautiful mosques from the medieval period, far more superior than the mosques at Bagerhat. Another impressive site is the Sompur Mahabhihara at Paharpur from the 7th century, which was the largest Buddhist monastery south of Himalayas where monks from all over the world used to come for higher study, and a UNESCO world heritage site.

    Interested readers can find some good articles about all of them in my blog on Bangladesh: http://nijhoom.net/bangladesh-travel/

    Cheers from Bangladesh!

  4. It´s wrong, Cox’s Bazar it´s not the longest beach in the world. The longest beach in the world is the 253 km beach between Cassino and Chuí in the extreme South Brazil. This beach retains the Guinness World Record.

  5. I woke up and kinda curiously browsed through the internet and found your writing and cannot stop laughing :D. You are extremely positive, I’m impressed even though I’m born negative. Thanks for being so positive about Bangladesh.

    One thing, about the tigers, you wanna see them? Erm….it’s very dangerous cos they are generally very deep in the jungle…you can find them if you follow the honey hunters from the villages nearby Sundarbans…But many of these poor villagers cannot return back because our tigers eat them up…they just love eating human..they are probably the last human eaters of the world that don’t fear human..and they are very clever because they have found Human are extremely vulnerable in deep Sundarbans due to it’s awkward and kinda exceptional natural condition. But, best of luck if you wanna see the tiger :p.

  6. You are too kind and far more adventurous than me haha (I dont think they have those but it makes me curious to find out). I would love to have some of your optimism as after what you went through I would’ve just gotten out of there super fast. I shared what happend to you with my mom and she was horrified. Many many thanks for sharing your stories with us on here! I was writing a study abroad scholarship essay when I changed upon your site and I haven’t finished that essay but I’ve read just about every corner of your site 😉 If I dont get that scholarship money I’ll be blaming you =P

  7. Thank you so much for shedding such a positive light on my country! It is wonderful to see that some foreigners are able to adjust to certain things and take it in good humor any bad experiences they come across. If you ever get to come visit again and I hope you can stay at a better place and get to see some other parts and ofc. I would love to show u around myself although I haven’t been there in a while myself. But you saw some stuff I’ve never even seen so cheers from the Western Hemisphere 🙂

  8. We didn’t even make it to Bangladesh. It seems like a great place to actually explore without the large crowds of tourists. Thanks for sharing.

      1. No problem! I’m merely impressed by the fact that you actually write back to all the comments even though you seem to have been writing this blog for a while and dont have to care as much probably since more people visit. You at least make an effort to communicate with your readers & seem like a genuinely nice person that isn’t out to scam people.

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