Resources

  • Thorn Tree (www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree) The Bangladesh branch has up-to-the-minute info.
  • Daily Star (www.thedailystar.net) Bangladesh’s biggest English-language daily.
  • Dhaka Tribune (www.dhakatribune.com) Bangladesh’s second English-language newspaper.
  • Bangladesh Railway (www.railway.gov.bd) Timetables, train fares.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/bangladesh) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Bangla Trek (www.banglatrek.org) Guide to walking and hiking in Bangladesh.

Top Tips

  • Allow extra time to get anywhere; delays are the norm on all forms of transport in Bangladesh.
  • Be wary of overcrowded boats; it's often safer to stay on deck than sleep below deck.
  • Dress appropriately, covering arms and legs; women should bring a headscarf to enter religious sites.
  • Bring earplugs; traffic noise can be atrocious.
  • When eating street food, stick to busy stalls where you can see food being freshly prepared.
  • Stick to bottled water and avoid ice and ice cream.
  • Steer clear of public protests and demonstrations as they can turn violent.
  • Seek up-to-the-minute advice on the security situation before you travel.
  • Talk to the locals! The Bengalis are some of the friendliest people on the subcontinent.

What to Take

  • A valid visa, if you’re staying more than a month or arriving overland
  • Loose-fitting, modest clothing
  • A hat or headscarf
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • A torch (flashlight) for power cuts
  • A sleeping sheet, for budget hotels
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Antimalarial drugs, if visiting the Chittagong Hill Tracts
  • Some emergency US dollars

What to Wear

Bangladesh is a conservative society, so bring clothing that covers your arms and legs to avoid causing offence. For women, a headscarf is useful if you want to enter religious buildings. Because of the tropical heat, wear loose-fitting, breathable fabrics. Many female travellers buy a salwar kameez (a loose fitting shirt and trousers) and a dupatta scarf, which can double as a head covering.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you are travelling to Bangladesh
  • Check the latest travel advisory warnings for Bangladesh