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Hello fellow travelers.
I'll be working in Dhaka from now until mid-August. I'm also hoping to do a little bit of travel outside of Dhaka and see other areas of Bangladesh.
Anyways, I'm looking for great activities and places to visit in Dhaka as well as outside. Anybody have any stellar recommendations.
Also, if anyone wants to meet up, whether for sight-seeing or a beer, let me know. I'm a 32 year old grad student from New York working on an agriculture and business project here in Dhaka.
I'd love to visit next February, but have some concerns since the US State Department warns against travel near election time. While I often find the State Dept warnings to be overly cautious, I'm wondering if anyone can comment on the general post-election moods in Bangladesh. I realize that there are a lot of "ifs" involved here and that no one can accurately predict what will happen, so at this point all we can do is speak in generalities. Do the losing parties tend to stir up trouble immediately after elections, or is there a bit of calm? I'll have a month to visit, so a day here or there stranded due to hartals won't ruin my trip.
I am writing here cause I am curious about the infamous route change permit mentioned in Lonely Planet when leaving Bangladesh. I have done a search ón the forum and from there I could see that they should no longer be necessary, but being a worrier I just wanted to check with the all-knowing thorn tree forum crew. If it changes anything I am entering by land and leaving by air.
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This proves to be a very handy classified group on facebook, termed,
Group description: For all the passersby; long term or short term to the permanent ones...all in the vicinity of the concrete jungle, we refer to as dhaka. This is a platform where you can look for a new habitat, sell a bike, look for a jogging partner, sell your body to fund your round the world trip.
After a few weeks of reading, preparing et cetera I am almost ready to make my plans to travel to Bangladesh concrete.
I'm very excited about it and looking forward to travel the country and meet the bangladesh people!
I am aware of the facts that CAN make travelling around difficult, like floodings, but I would like to see Bangladesh during Monsoon season. From what I have read it must have it's own character then.
However, and this is what my question is about. On the Internet I read that the Hartals are more an more disrupting normal life in Bangladesh. As far as I know, nobody here has the ability to look into the future. But I would like to ask somebody, but preferably more, to advice me about my travelling from late June to early July to Bangladesh. I mean, to what extend could my travel plan be disrupted? Are there nationwide hartals several times a week, which disr... more »
I'm planning a three week trip to Bangladesh from 21st of June. After a few days of Dhaka, I'm planning to make a Sundarbans-trip, 2 nights, three days, from Khulna. I have two itinerary suggestions for a trip. Now I would like to ask if there is someone / more people who also would like such a tour. Then we could split/share the costs, as paying it all by myself doesn't fit into my budget at all.
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We have recently returned from Bangladesh which was an interesting and yet enjoyable experience. I would like to formally thank Mahmud and his network of contacts throughout the country for their time and patience in assisting us in making things so much easier for us than it could have been. A big thank you to Linton in Srimangal for taking us to see all the sights in the area and for going above and beyond what we would have expected from him ie: when our overnight train to Chittagong was running 2 1/2 hours late and departing at 1.40am instead of 11pm - he kindly waited with us at the train station to ensure that we got on the train ok. He organised for us to leave our luggage at a friends business so we didn't have to drag it around with us and most importantly, he contacted the Coca Cola representative in the area to find out which stores sold Diet Coke so I could get my regul... more »
So, I plan to go to BD/India around December or January. I am wondering if it would be better for me to fly into Kolkata then travel to Bangladesh via bus or train,spend my time in BD then back to India, or just fly into Dhaka and eventually after my visa expires go to Kolkata?
Do I need to show proof of return/outward ticket if I choose to start in Dhaka, or can I just tell them I want to travel to Kolkata with a bus or train?
I would already have my Indian visa of course before I left.
Dhaka-Barisal first time daytime ferry (Locally called LAUNCH) is going to start on April 28. The Ferry ‘Bay Cruiser’ will start from barisal at 7 am in the morning and reach Dhaka at 1 p.m. From Dhaka It will start 2 p.m and reach Barisal 7.30 p.m.
As all the ferries of this route operate night time, this new service will be a good chance for travelers to see the river beauty of Bangladesh in the sunshine.
For picture and other details you can CHECK HERE
A holiday in Bangladesh I just realised is a lot like a visit to the show ( fair) ground.. At every turn there are new delights to arouse your senses, everywhere milling crowds, disorder and beneath you lots of debris. Every ride allows you to tense up and scream, no different to the average CNG in Dhaka. But Bangladesh is real, not fantasy and leaves you far more fulfilled and exilarated.
I will be in Khulna end of May and plan on doing a two days one night trip in the Sunderbans.
What are the best place to go to given the short time frame?
And can anyone recommend any tour agency that takes solo travelers?
All replies greatly appreciated!
I am having some problems regarding my visa for Bangladesh and wondered if anyone could offer me some advice?
I applied for a research visa, but due to some problem I was given a tourist visa. This means I can enter for 30 days, then have to leave for a week, and re enter for another 30 days. I actually need to be in the country for 70 days without leaving, so need to extend my visa for this time. I leave London on 17th April, so have little time to change the visa here. Does anyone know if I can do this in Dhaka upon arrival?
We plan on staying between 2 and 3 weeks - getting a train from Kolkata to Dhaka.
Any suggestions would be greatly received.
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