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Introducing Barisal

Barisal (bore-ee-shal) is a major port city and one of the gateways to the world for Bangladesh, yet it’s strangely isolated from the rest of the country. Appropriately, perhaps, it’s much easier to reach by boat than road, although buses to and from Dhaka are straightforward enough. Barisal is one of the more pleasant cities in the country, with several ponds in the city centre and handsome buildings from the Raj era, crumbling away in quiet backstreets. But it’s the busy river port, constantly humming with life, that is the real hub, and to arrive here by boat in the early-morning mist (as you do if you catch the Rocket here from Dhaka) is an unforgettable experience.