Surface area : 144000.0 km2
Population : 138000000 inhabitants
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.
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).
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.