Bangladesh Unbound organised a very comprehensive and satisfying tour of this unusual and little-visited country. Ms Farjana, Arafat the guide and Liton the driver, managed to take us, 4 ladies of certain ages with baggage, around a country in its infancy of tourism. They certainly showed us “The Best of Bangladesh” in 18 days on the Original tour. We saw Mosques, Temples and monasteries, crocodiles, birds and bazaars, rice paddies and brick factories and People!. They are the smiliest people I have ever met with a huge penchant for taking “Selfies”. We felt like royalty, but it also allowed us to take photos of them too, for our memories.
We stayed in 3, 4 and 5-star hotels, boats, including The Rocket, a 100-year-old paddle steamer, a mountain resort and an eco-lodge on a tea estate with only one blip after a long day’s drive. We visited tribal villages and saw their simple and precarious way of life and we also saw the darker sides of traffic jams, potholes, dust, ship breaking and huge garment factories. The two latter are essential to the economy of this emerging country. We also paid a poignant visit to the WW2 Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Chittagong, where people of all denominations and nationalities are remembered. And we took the train to give us a chance to see another way to get around the country.
All religions are tolerated here and the people don’t push their wares at you but there are colourful and bustling bazaars selling everything you could ever imagine.
Bangladesh is an interesting country, opening itself up to tourism with a big smiling Selfie so go soon before the crowds rush in and enjoy yourself!