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Cox's Bazar, BangladeshSunset on the world's longest beach, at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
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Bangladesh is a densely populated country in South Asia. It is almost surrounded on three sides by India, although it does share a border with Myanmar to the southeast. The country faces the Bay of Bengal to the south.

Bangladesh is the product of the partition of Pakistan into two separate countries in 1972. East Pakistan becomes the independent state of Bangladesh. The people of Bangladesh have more in common with those living in the Indian state of West Bengal, in that they share a common language, Bengali, also called Bangla, than with their former countrymen, the Pakistanis.

Places in Bangladesh on this website

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Travel Tips of Major Cities in Bangladesh

  1. Dhaka Travel Tips
    Capital as well as biggest city in Bangladesh.
  2. Chittagong Travel Tips
    Second biggest city and the main seaport of the country.
  3. Khulna Travel Tips
    Third biggest city and a major industrial and commercial hub.
  4. Rajshahi Travel Tips
    Fourth biggest city, located in the northwest of the country, a major centre for silk and fruits such as mangoes.
  5. Sylhet Travel Tips
    City on the northeastern part of Bangladesh, currently one of the richest city in the country.
  6. Barisal Travel Tips
    Old port on the north shore of the Bay of Bengal.
  7. Rangpur Travel Tips
    Centre of trade and commerce in northwestern Bangladesh.

Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, DhakaNational Assembly of Bangladesh in Dhaka. It is also known as Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban.
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Despite a size of only 147,570 square kilometers, Bangladesh is home to 147 million people. Many however live below the poverty line, and the gap between the have's and the have-not's is quite apparent.

Tourists to Bangladesh will find the world's longest sea beach and the largest mangrove forest in the world, which stretches from Bangladesh all the way to West Bengal in India. The country experiences a tropical monsoon climate. Temperature is fairly constant and high throughout the year, averaging from 20°C to 30°C

St Martin's Island, BangladeshBoulders formed from dead corals protruding from the sea at St Martin's Island, Bangladesh
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Planning your visit to Bangladesh

Nationals of all countries need a visa to enter Bangladesh. You should get it from a Bangladesh embassy in your home country or from a neighbouring country. The visa fee varies by country: for US nationals, US$131; for Australian citizens, A$150; Canadian citizens, C$80, and for UK citizens, £40.

The main international gateway to Bangladesh is the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. There are only a few airlines flying to Dhaka, among them GMG Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. For budget travelers, AirAsia flies to Dhaka from Kuala Lumpur.

Planning your travel within Bangladesh

Even for budget travelers, for the sake of comfort and safety, I would recommend that you check out the air conditioned bus services rather than the crowded public buses that the locals use. Among the operators are Green Line and SilkLine.

Kaliya Jue Temple, Dinajpur district, BangladeshKaliya Jue Temple, Dinajpur district, Bangladesh
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Major Tourist Destinations in Bangladesh

  1. Cox's Bazar
    The main beach resort of Bangladesh.
  2. Rangamati
    A rural part of Bangladesh where you can visit different hill tribes.
  3. St. Martin's Island
    The only coral island in Bangladesh, in the northeast part of the Bay of Bengal.

World Heritage Sites in Bangladesh

Bangladesh ratified the World Heritage Convention on 13 August, 1983. As of August, 2010, it has two Cultural World Heritage Sites and one Natural World Heritage Site. Bangladesh has also five properties on the World Heritage Tentative List.
  1. Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat
    City formerly called Khalifatabad, with numerous historical mosques.

  2. Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
    The most important Buddhist ruins in Bangladesh.

  3. The Sundarbans
    One of the biggest mangrove swamps in the world.

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