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Bangladesh

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
Surrounded by India, Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, belonged to Pakistan until 1971. An extremely poor country, the only wealth in Bangladesh is in its fascinating architectural heritage of temples and mosques. The country has suffered considerable political and economic unrest, and has no infrastructure for tourism so it is not recommended that you travel to Bangladesh.

Our Editorial team's advice

Bangladesh is a country that is Muslim and conservative, even fundamentalist, in certain areas. The Bangladeshi writer, Taslima Nasreen, has had a "fatwa" imposed on her for several years. In the seaside resort of Cox's Bazar, women are advised to respect the clothing codes.

pros

  • +The Ganges delta is a geographical curiosity.
  • +The biggest mangrove swamp in the world is found in the region of the Sundarbans.

cons

  • -Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries on the planet.
  • -In summer, the climatic conditions bring frequent flooding, followed by famine.

Food

The typical Bangladeshi dish is curry or massala, based on meat (beef, mutton, chicken) or fish. You can find eggs or vegetables here, cooked in a spicy sauce and served with yellow lentils (dhal) and a lot of white rice (bhat). The main dishes based on rice are biryani, pilau and khichuri, a mixture of rice and lentils. Kebabs and kofes (meatballs) are available everywhere, like chapattis. You can find a few vegetarian dishes (bhaji) consisting of fried vegetables. You can consume numerous very sugary desserts based on rice pudding (firni, pais, kheer), flavoured with saffron or cinnamon. The traditional drink is milk tea (cha).

Souvenirs

You can buy jewellery (bracelets of glass or shells) and items in copper or leather. You must not miss the products made of jute, notably the carpets. You can find them in all sizes and all colours, and at affordable prices. The fabrics are of good quality: allow yourself to be tempted by saris in embroidered silk and delicate muslin. The clothing industry in Bangladesh is one of the most prolific in the world, for export. You can clothe yourself from head to toe (tee-shirts, cotton shorts and trousers, jeans, saris...) in the Banga Bazaar in Dhaka. Shops usually open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM apart from on Friday, the official closing day.

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Dhaka