Introducing Chittagong Hill Tracts

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Decidedly untypical of Bangladesh, both in topography and culture, this Adivasi (tribal) stronghold is a stunning region of hills, ravines and cliffs covered with dense jungles of bamboo, creepers and shrubs, and dotted with tall, slender waterfalls.

The whole region is full of the flavours of neighbouring Myanmar (Burma); it’s utterly fascinating and exceedingly beautiful. It also offers a chance to stretch the legs with some of the country’s best hiking on offer.

There are three districts: Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban. Most tourists visit only the latter two, which are the more scenic, and are the two we cover here.