Bangladesh is a wonderful country that many people would not think of when booking their holidays. However, Bangladesh has many things for holidaymakers to see and do and is a very exciting holiday destination. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation and B&Bs.
Bangladesh has some pleasant beaches including at Kuakata and Cox’s Bazar, where holidaymakers can rent sun loungers and umbrellas. Cox’s Bazar is the longest natural beach in the world measuring 120 kilometres. Visitors to the country can take various river cruises as well as boat trips to see whales and dolphins. Holidaymakers may also like to take hiking tours in the mountains and forests or cycle through the countryside. Golf fans will find a few courses in Bangladesh including challenging 18-hole ones in Dhaka and Chittagong.
Visitors to the country will find a good selection of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants serving delicious local dishes as well as burgers, pizzas and other international fare. There are plenty of shops and supermarkets for self catering holidaymakers to buy food and drink from. Tourists can purchase some nice gifts and souvenirs such as handicrafts and garments from the bazaars around the country.
Visitors to Bangladesh will find many interesting places to explore including religious sights, museums and gardens. There are some mosques in cities such as Dhaka and Chittagong that are worth seeing. In Cox’s Bazar on the coast is a Buddhist monastery with a very distinctive appearance, while in Dhaka there is the impressive Dhakeswari Temple. Tourists interested in museums will find several in Bangladesh including Bagerhat Museum, Ethnological Museum in Chittagong and the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka.
Visitors can visit various memorials such as the WWII Memorial Cemetery in Chittagong or Khan Jahan’s Tomb at Bagerhat. For nature lovers there are plenty of places to visit such as the botanical gardens at Mymensingh and Dhaka. Bhawal National Park is about an hour from Dhaka and is an attractive place where visitors may see peacocks, spotted deer, fishing cats and pythons.
Bangladesh has a very wet climate with most of the rain falling in the monsoon season between June and October. The period between March and June has the highest temperate and humidity. The average temperature for this period is often above 32 degrees centigrade, usually peaking in April. Annual rainfall is usually in excess of 79 inches. Bangladesh is prone to annual cyclones and floods, especially in coastal areas between April and May.
Hazrat Shahjalal (formerly Zia) International Airport (DAC) is located in the capital city Dhaka and is the busiest airport in the country. Flights arrive here from various international cities including Beijing-Capital (PEK), Hong Kong (HKG), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW) and Rome-Fiumicino (FCO). There are car rental kiosks at the airport and visitors will also find taxis and tuk-tuks outside the terminal building.