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The eighth most populated country in the world, Bangladesh is an undiscovered gem for travellers. Straddling the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar, this lush country is home to tigers, Buddhist temples, friendly locals and the longest beach in the world at Cox’s Bazar.
High season is from October to March when the temperatures are cooler and the rains have passed. Between April and May the mercury rises dramatically, and from June onwards the monsoon rains can leave swathes of the country under water.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines flies direct to Sylhet several times a week, but flights involving one or more connections are much more plentiful and cheaper.
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Optimal flight times from UK airports to Bangladesh are:
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka is the busiest in Bangladesh but has few of the trappings of a big city airport. It is located 13 miles outside the city, and pre-paid taxis are available outside the terminal.
Direct flights from the UK arrive at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet, in the northeast of the country. It is takes around 30 minutes to reach the city centre.
Bangladesh’s third international airport is Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong, in the southeast.
Only Biman Bangladesh Airlines flies direct from the UK, but other carriers provide connecting flights to Bangladesh.
In the cities you can get around by taxi or rickshaw. There are local buses but they can be crowded and uncomfortable.
Travelling around Bangladesh can be done by coach or train. There are also internal flights, but the most romantic way to travel is by boat. Paddle steamers, known as Rockets, still take passengers from Dhaka to Morrelganj.
It is not possible to hire cars in Bangladesh, but you can hire a vehicle and driver, even for overnight trips.
Spot tigers in the Sundarbans National Park, where the largest mangrove swamp in the world is home to the world’s largest single tiger population. The best way to experience it is on a boat tour.
Cox’s Bazar in the southeast of the country boasts a 120-mile beach, the longest in the world. Away from the beach there are Buddhist temples and local handicrafts to admire.
Sylhet region to the north offers wonderful trekking. This lush region has tea plantations, paddy fields and nature reserves. This is the area to where most British Bangladeshis can trace their roots.
Bangladesh is a Muslim country so alcohol is hard to come by. The locals are universally friendly, but it is worth checking the security situation before travelling. Do not expect everything to run smoothly and on time.