Bangladesh Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Bangladesh

Where is it?: Bangladesh is in southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India.

Why do people go here?: Even though it’s very crowded and poor, Bangladesh has much to offer the intrepid traveler.

What are the main entry points?: Bangkok and Kolkata and the main entry points by plane. Overland there are a few crossing from India but check for advice first. There is no crossing via Myanmar

Currency used: Taka

Country Code for Phones: 880

Area codes for Major Cities: Dhaka 2

Religion: Muslim 83%, Hindu 16%, other 1%

Population: 162 million

Ethnic Groups: Bengali 98%, tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims

Government: Parliamentary Republic

Languages: Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English

Travel Information

Major Cities: Dhaka

Attractions: Cox’s Bazar, Sundarbans National Park, Somapuri Vihara

Accommodation: Bangladesh Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Bangladesh Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: St Martin Island

Health Issues: Cholera, Hepatitis, Malaria, Meningococcal Meningitis

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Early October to the middle of February is the best time to visit Bangladesh

Specific Events/Holidays: The Festival of Colours: March, Durga Puja: October

Getting Around: There are multiple ways to explore Bangladesh. Trains are the most efficient and safe. Buses are okay, but there is a high amount of accidents in the country

Good to know: Traveling by boat is a great way to see the country.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Bangladesh are Zia International Airport and Amanat International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Bangladesh travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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