- 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.
- 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.
- 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