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Bangladesh is an area of fascinating people, rich waterways, world-famous cuisine and an unrivalled culture. Known for its stunning rivers, it’s home to more than 700 of them, whose shores offer a wonderfully lush green landscape for farming. Boat is the preferred method of travel, and life on the waterways is laid back and relaxed.
As one of the planet’s most densely populated countries, the frenetic crowds of the cities soon give way to a slower pace of life in the countryside. Whether you fancy some haggling on Dhaka’s packed street markets or the beautiful Sundarbans' mangrove forests are more your scene, it’s easy to jump on a boat and explore everything this unique country has to offer.
Don’t forget to include a trip to the Buddhist remains at Paharpur, as well as the 15th-century mosques and mausoleums of Bagerhat. Both of these are Unesco World Heritage Sites and make for some wonderful memories and photo opportunities. Whilst modern Bangladesh is mostly Muslim, it’s still home to many Buddhist and Christian Adivasi tribal communities. The temples in Dhaka and its surrounding regions also tell of the strong Hindu influence on the country.
Whilst you’re there, make sure you tuck into some traditional Bangladeshi food, such as morog polao (chicken pilaf), paratha (unleavened bread) and haleen (a spicy lentil soup). You certainly won’t leave hungry!
Here are five things you may not have known about Bangladesh, which you’ll want to make note of before packing your bags:Time Difference: UTC +6 hoursCurrency: Bangladeshi takaNative Language: BengaliWeather: Bangladesh has a subtropical monsoon climate characterized by wide seasonal variations in rainfall, high temperatures and humidity. There are three distinct seasons in Bangladesh: a hot, humid summer from March to June; a cool, rainy monsoon season from June to October; and a cool, dry winter from October to March.Sales Tax: 15%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about flying to Bangladesh from Australia, including flight times and entry requirements.
Flights from Australia to Bangladesh generally take around nine hours. There are no direct flights available from anywhere in Australia, however you can fly with just one stop from airports such as Sydney, Avalon and Melbourne.
Australian citizens who are also travelling from Australia are required to obtain a Bangladesh visa before departing Australia as they are not eligible to get visa on arrival/landing permit at the port of entry (i.e. airports, land ports etc.). You will also need a valid passport.
The following airlines offer one-stop flights from Australia to Bangladesh:
- Qatar Airways
- Kuwait Airways
If you’ve never visited Bangladesh before and are wondering what the ‘must-see’ sights and attractions are, here are our top ten:
- Saint Martin Island
- National Parliament House, Dhaka City
- Liberation War Museum, Dhaka City
- Ratargul Swamp Forest
- Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho (National Martyrs' Memorial)
- Ahsan Manzil
- Inani Beach
- Dhakeshwari Temple
- Bangladesh National Museum
- Lawachara National Park
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