It is now my last day in Bangladesh. I’ve spent 16 days here and it has been one of the best places I have visited on my travels. The country isn’t blessed with as many sites as bordering India or Nepal but you do get a true sense of adventure by travelling around here.
My first impression of Dhaka is ‘what a hell hole’. So much traffic, poverty and pollution but after a while the city has grown on me. No other capital city is as hectic and busy as Dhaka, it makes travelling in Delhi feel like the Lake District.
The countryside is stunning with miles and miles of green fields and tea plantations. You also get to visit and meet villagers where they hardly see any tourists, especially ones like me.
What has made this trip truly special however is the people. Everybody wants to talk to you and are intrigued as to why you’re visiting Bangladesh. The country is very poor but nobody has a interior motive to try and extract money from you. You get a real sense of community here and that everybody is trying to help each other. Which is sadly lacking in the UK.
If you’re interested in going I would recommend the below company. This guy initially made his name by helping people FOC on the Thorn Tree section of the Lonely Planet website.
I would recommend visiting before this gem of a country gets found out by an influx of tourists.
Ultimately it will frustrate you and at times it can be very challenging, but isn’t that the reason why we travel in the first place? To experience other cultures and to try and get a understanding as to how other people live in this world.
Ignore all of the above If you don’t like chillis though.