Friendly Sylhet may be a divisional capital, but it has a small-town feel to it with bustling roadside market stalls, particularly around Bandar Bazar, adding colour to the streets come evening. The majority of British Bangladeshis hail from here and are likely to wax lyrical over the place. Those with stronger ties to the homeland continue to pour money back into the local economy, which has helped create a city that is more modern than others of similar size in Bangladesh. It also means that you’ll meet a disproportionately large number of people here who speak excellent English.
Sylhet, of course, is best known for its tea. This is where the country’s commercial tea production first began, and there are still more than 150 tea estates in this region, some of which are walking distance from the city centre.