First time in Bangladesh
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Aug 28, 2012 5:43 AM Last Post By: CBrad
Aug 18, 2012 4:15 PM
First time in BangladeshHi everyone
I'm going to Bangladesh for the first time next February.
I've travelled in India before so I'm sort of prepared for the culture shock :-).
I just have a few questions. Im flying into Kolkata and will be travelling in from there. I was planning on getting the Visa in Kolkata and then travelling over land. However I see that you can get a Visa on arrival if you fly in to Dhaka. The question is, is the Visa on arrival 30 days long and easy to get? Also are there any cheap airlines that fly Kolkata to Dhaka? Im from Britain by the way.
Also I was wandering what places you would recomend in Bangladesh? Im into a bit of everything, Cities, country side, trekking, lazing on a beach, whatever really.
Thanks a lot for the help
Aug 20, 2012 7:06 AM
1visa easy in kolkata,go there from 9-11 and receive visa the next day, except friday, think jetstar is cheap or biman bangladesh, you can go easy by bus from dk international hotel near sudder street in kolkata to benapole. from benapole(bangaon) by train to kulna or jessore (depart 12.45 at border) and from kulna you can do many things, there are boats in every port to various locations.
Aug 20, 2012 4:28 PM
Aug 21, 2012 10:58 AM
3travelling by boat is more relaxing, bus is very noisy, always honking, crazy drivers,from kulna you can go by bus to hularhat and from there the rocket to dhaka, though there are many launches(ferries) going everywhere.barisal dhaka is a good connection by launch as well. i went from galachipa to dhaka by launch
Aug 21, 2012 12:55 PM
4Have a look at my pics and you'll have an overview of BD ...
Aug 22, 2012 11:00 AM
5How many place you can visit is depend on how many days you stay in the Beautiful Country Bangladesh.
I strongly recommend to visit
lazing on a beach
1) Saint Martin Island
2) Silkhali beach, Teknaf
3) Innani Beach,Cox's Bazar
4) Sonadia Island, Mohes Khali,Cox'sbazar
1)Sonargoan Folk museum, Meghna River, Ancient Panam city (35 KM from The Capital city Dhaka)
2)Padma resort & Padma river
1)Sundorbon ( Bangladesh Part)
City & Tea Garden:
Edited by: mahaajab
Aug 22, 2012 5:55 PM
Aug 23, 2012 5:35 AM
7Hi there, Opodo is probably your best bet for flights Kolkata to Dhaka. I am flying this route next month for £100 (one way). To be honest I think it very much depends on how much time you have. If not much (like me) then spending a day on a bus is not a good use of my time and plus there is the visa issue. If however you are staying a bit longer then just get your visa in London. It's £40 I think and you won't have to worry about extending it etc. I have done trip reports if you can find them on here. Bangladesh is a GREAT country, different from India in a good way. Strongly recommend you get the new Bradt guide (guys: I know it sounds like I bloomin work for them, I don't, I just think it's a great book) and read up before you go. Also ask away on here. I personally loved St Martins and the brewery in the North-West but there is so much to see and do. I reckon 6 weeks is a good amount of time to do it justice, a little longer better, shorter time possible especially if you throw a bit of money at it and take a few flights. Enjoy.
Aug 23, 2012 5:37 AM
Aug 23, 2012 5:55 AM
Aug 24, 2012 4:41 AM
Aug 24, 2012 7:25 AM
11You can get VOA at Dhaka airport easily (4 weeks visa). But if you want to come by land border, pls take visa in advance from Kolkata. It take 1 working day (Apply today, get visa tomorrow).
Kolkata-Dhaka : United Air offers the lowest rate (http://www.uabdl.com/) in this route. Also can come by Biman or Jet airways.
Reg Travel inside Bangladesh, please try to :
- Take Rocket steaner trip.
- Visit Rangamati, Sundarbans, Srimongol, St. Martins Island.
- Try to stay 1/2 nights in a village in BD to see real Bd lifestyle
For any kind of specific info, feel free to ask me.
Aug 25, 2012 1:17 AM
Aug 25, 2012 2:47 AM
Aug 25, 2012 3:13 PM
14Thanks again for all the replies guys, again its a massive help. I have had a look at a few of your suggestions and St Martins looks fantastic, I will be heading there, it looks like it may be hard to leave.
I think I would prefer to fly, it saves a lot of time and I know from experience land borders range from being quick and easy to absolute nightmares.
It sounds like I should be able to get a VOA then, Does anyone know If I need any specific documents to get this?
natclare thanks for the flight info and do you have anymore details on that brewery?
mahmud do you have any recommendations on villages or ecotourism projects?
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