BANGLADESH TRAVEL GUIDE
Bangladeshis are renowned for their hospitality and warmth – they’ll invite you home and treat you to their delectable cuisine. They are passionate about food, football, cricket, theatre and music – and if you’re wondering about the strange combination, their social ambit is wide and they are a broad-minded nation. Bangladesh is among the few Asian nations where religions coexist in harmony. However, don’t be fooled by the smooth and urbane capital city, Dhaka – the smaller cities and villages are simple and well behind modern times.
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BANGLADESH QUICK FACTS
Capital: Dhaka (Dacca)
Currency: taka (BDT)
Area: 147,570 km2
Population: 161,4 million (2018)
Language: Bengali (official) English (recognised, has some national status)
Religion: Muslim 90%, Hindu 9%, other 1%
Electricity: 220V/50Hz(US Type A, Europlug, Type D, Type G, and Danish Plug)
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BANGLADESH PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
21 February, Martyrs’ Day/International Mother Language Day
26 March, National Day
14 April, Bangla New Year
1st Monday in July, Bank Holiday
15 August, National Mourning Day
7 November, National Revolution and Solidarity Day
16 December, Victory Day
Also, Buddha Purnima (Visakaha Day), Durga Puja, and Islamic holidays and festivals.
BANGLADESH WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Bangladesh has a humid, warm climate influenced primarily by monsoon and partly by pre-monsoon and post-monsoon circulations and frequently experiences severe local storms and tornadoes. Average temperatures are 26.1⁰C but can vary between 15⁰C and 34⁰C throughout the year. The warmest months coincide with the rainy season (March-September), while winter (December-February) receives less rainfall. Bangladesh is one of the wettest countries of the world, with most areas receiving at least 1500 mm and others receiving as much as 5800 mm of rainfall per year. Rainfall is driven by the Southwest monsoon, which originates over the Indian Ocean and carries warm, moist, and unstable air, beginning approximately during the first week of June and ending in the first week of October. Major climate drivers in Bangladesh include the Easterly Trade Winds, the Southwest monsoon, and the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN BANGLADESH
The best time for outdoor activities in Bangladesh is during the drier months of October to April, as it can really pour with rains during the months of May to September.
BEACH OPTIONS IN BANGLADESH
Bangladesh claims to have the world's longest unbroken stretch of beach of 120km, with beautiful views of both sunrise and sunset. However, being a conservative and predominantly Muslim country, you won't find people sunbathing here due to the strict cultural restrictions.
SURFING IN BANGLADESH
Although not a surfing destination in itself, Bangladesh does receive fairly consistent swell between April and November. If you're looking for small, warm water beach breaks and a rather unique and offbeat surf scene, then you will enjoy the uncrowded surf spots that Bangladesh offers the adventurous surfer.
KITESURF IN BANGLADESH
If you're desperate for some wind sports on the water in Bangladesh, check out Coxs Bazar at Laboni Beach, but don't have any high expectations!
HEALTH RISKS IN BANGLADESH
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.