Discover Bangladesh

A vegetable seller on a floating market in Barisal


Tour Duration: 27 Days / 26 Nights
Location: Barisal, Sundarbans, Rajshahi, Srimangal, CHT, Cox’s Bazar
Tour Attractions: Best attractions of Bangladesh with offbeat paths
Best time to go: October – March
Tour Available: Round the year starting with Sat, Sun, Wed, and Thu
Next Scheduled Tour: 01-27 Oct, 2017 | 03-29 Jan, 03-29 Oct, 2018
Discover Bangladesh


Price: Starting from $2,985 USD*/per pax

Bangladesh travel package to cover the best places in Bangladesh recommended by popular travel guides like BRADT and Lonely Planet, and beyond their recommendations. Focusing mostly on the people and culture of Bangladesh, this package takes you to explore more offbeat destinations outside the capabilities of the guide books, and ends with couple of days of beach leisure before returning home. If you would like to discover the hidden gems of Bangladesh beyond the reach of regular tourists, this is the perfect package for you.

Starting with visiting Dhaka, you will experience the life on the Ganges Delta in Barisal. From there take the century old Rocket Paddle Steamer, and spend three days inside Sundarbans Mangrove forest, visiting the amazing Mosque City of Bagerhat en route. Next few days you’ll explore the rich archaeological sites in Rajshahi and Rangpur division – beautiful Hindu temples, Jaminder palaces, Buddhist monasteries from ancient time, and historic mosques from medieval period, before returning to Dhaka.

After that you’ll visit the tea region of Bangladesh – Srimangal and Sylhet to visit it’s numerous tea gardens, national parks, tribal villages, and enjoy boat ride on beautiful rivers and canals. From there you go to Chittagong Hill-Tracts area, home of many tribal groups of Bangladesh. Starting with full day boat ride at beautiful Kaptai Lake, you’ll discover the beautiful hills of Bandarban where the heaven and the earth meets together. Later relax for couple of days on Cox’s Bazar beach before heading towards home.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit all 03 UNESCO world Heritage sites in Bangladesh.
  • Experience life and culture on Ganges Delta.
  • Visit floating markets, bazaars, schools, brick factories, and explore numerous rivers and canals by boat in Barisal.
  • Explore the largest mangrove forest on earth – Sundarbans, for full 03 days.
  • Overnight journey on a century old paddle wheel steamer called Rocket.
  • Visit historical sites at Bagerhat, a UNESCO world heritage city from 15th century, including 60 Dome Mosque.
  • Visit Sompur Mahabihara, a Buddhist monastery from 8th century, and another UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Visit beautiful mosques of the rich historic city Gaur, the ancient capital of the whole Bengal from medieval period.
  • Visit beautiful temples, palaces, and historic mosques of Rajshahi and Rangpur.
  • Visit Kantaji Temple – the most beautiful temple in Bangladesh, every inches ornamented with terracotta plaques.
  • Spend three days at Srimangal, the tea capital of Bangladesh, in the middle of endless tea plantations.
  • Trekking inside Lawachhara National Park, and visiting tribal villages.
  • Cycling through the trails inside tea gardens.
  • Bird watching on Baikka Beal, a wetland and sanctuary for the migratory birds, paradise for the bird lovers.
  • Full day tour at Old Dhaka including rickshaw ride on narrow streets and boat ride on Dhaka’s busy Buriganga river.
  • Experience simple life of farmers on the islands of Meghna and Jamuna river.
  • Ride 02 Bangladeshi trains – a unique experience.
  • Visit beautiful hills and tribal villages in Chittagong Hill-Tracts area.
  • Boat ride on beautiful Kaptai Lake at Rangamati.
  • Leisure on the longest unbroken sandy beach in the world – Cox’s Bazar.

Itinerary of Discover Bangladesh

Day-01: Arrival

  • A guide of us will meet you inside the airport, pick you up, and transfer you to your hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel 71)

Day-02: Old Dhaka and Ferry

  • Pick-up from hotel lobby at 08.00 H, and visit key tourist attractions in Old Dhaka the whole day, including Dhakeshwari Temple, Lalbagh Fort, Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque, Armenian Church, Star Mosque, Ahsan Manjil, and Sadarghat River Station.
  • Stop for lunch at a descent local restaurant in Old Dhaka, and continue sight seeing.
  • Return to hotel and have couple of hours for shower before heading back to Sadarghat River Station.
  • Enjoy a short boat ride at river Buriganga in the evening on a wooden boat to feel the ritham of the live and vibrant river and enjoy sunset.
  • Embark a traditional ferry at Sadarghat River Station at 18.00 H for an overnight journey to Barisal.
  • Overnight at Ferry (Sleeping Cabin)

Day-03: Experience life on Ganges Delta

  • Disembark at Barisal in the early morning around 5.30 am, and transfer to your hotel.
  • After check-in, and freshen up quickly, drive to a remote place in Barisal on a Tuk-Tuk (01 hour). Upon arrival you’ll embark at our waiting motorized country boat, and start cruising immediately toward a floating market or other interesting place depending on the day of the week. These floating markets starts around 7.00 am and finish within 8.30 am. That is the reason for us to start the days early in this tour.
  • Breakfast will be served on the boat bought from a local market. Being a very remote place where no descent restaurant is available, this will mainly be bread and some fruits.
  • You’ll cruise whole day in the rivers and small canals in Barisal and visit a floating market where they bring everything to sell by boat which is full of activities and perfect for photography. Goods on these markets are mainly sold on wholesale from farmers to vendors.
  • We’ll buy some seasonal local fruits from a local market for lunch e.g. jack-fruit, watermelon, lichee, mango, coconut, and continue cruising.
  • You’ll also visit bazaars on land, stop on villages and have tea while meeting it’s people and exchange culture with them, and visit a factory yard where they make fiber from coconut which is used as a raw material to make carpet and rope.
  • Return to our starting place around 3.00 pm, transfer to Barisal by tuk-tuk, and retire for the day. In the evening, we’ll take you to a descent restaurant at Barisal for dinner.
  • Overnight at Barisal (Hotel Arena)

Day-04: Experience life on Ganges Delta

  • Breakfast on a restaurant at Barisal at 7.00 am, and transfer to a remote place in Barisal by Tuk-Tuk (01 hour). Embark our waiting boat upon arrival, and start cruising immediately.
  • Today we’ll take you some other places to visit through the narrow canals and rivers. You’ll float through the backyards of people’s house and see their lifestyle while they welcome you and greet you from the land, visit numerous guava gardens where 80% of Bangladesh’s guavas are grown, see a floating guava market, visit kids and teachers on a school where you can talk with them and exchange culture.
  • Locally bought fruits will be served for lunch on boat as yesterday.
  • Continue cruising through the narrow canals and rivers. Next attraction for today will be visiting a timber market which is the largest market of this type in the southern part of the country. You’ll see logs dumped beside the river spread in miles long places, carried away on the river very slowly with the help of a boat, loading and unloading them manually with the help of tide. Also we’ll take you ashore to visit numerous saw mills where they saw the logs according to the needs of the customers without taking the least safety measure.
  • Return to our starting place around 3.00 pm, transfer to Barisal by Tuk-Tuk (01 hour).
  • Overnight at Barisal (Hotel Arena)

Day-05: Rocket, and Mosque City of Bagerhat

  • Transfer to Barisal River Station and catch Rocket paddle steamer at 5.30 am.
  • Enjoy the riverine beauty of Bangladesh from Rocket Steamer in the morning. Disembark from Rocket at Hularhat around 09.00 am.
  • Drive towards Bagerhat (01 hr) in an air-conditioned car, and visit 15th century Mosque city once called Khalifatabad, which is the present day Bagerhat, and is an UNESCO protected world heritage site.
  • You’ll visit most of the remaining mosques from the 15th century city Khalifatabad the whole day, including the 60 Dome Mosque, 09 Domed Mosque, Rono Bijoypur Mosque, Chunakhola Mosque, Bigi Beguni Mosque, and Singair Mosque. Also we’ll take you to visit the shrine of Khan Jahan Ali, the saint general from Turkey who came to spread Islam in this country and founded this great city, and Kodla Moth – a very beautiful Hindu temple from 17th century. Drive toward Mongla (01 hr).
  • Overnight at Mongla (Parjatan Hotel Pasur)

Day-06: Sundarbans: Kochikhali

  • Transfer to our waiting boat in the jetty at 06.00 H, and head immediately toward Sundarbans. Stop on a forest station on the way to complete formalities, and continue toward Kochikhali.
  • We’ll go through many small canals and rivers with our small boat where big boats can not go because of their size and the canals being shallow. Taking you through these rewarding narrow canals is the main point of this private tour on a small boat, where is your best chance to spot a tiger and many wildlife. We’ve spotted a tiger on such a canal on 26th September, 2014, which was crossing the river just 200 miters ahead of us in broad day light. We were the only lucky tour operator to spot an wild Bengal tiger in last few years on a tour in Sundarbans.
  • We’ll reach Kochikhali in the evening, and explore a small canal on a small row boat in search of wild-life. They come to drink water in the evening and morning on the creeks and canals. You’ll seat on the boat quietly and float by on a breath-taking environment listening to many birds singing, and the calls of many animals.
  • Stay overnight on the boat in a sleeping cabin, anchoring in the middle of the river in front of Kochikhali forest station.

Day-07: Sundarbans: Kochikhali & Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Ride a wooden rowboat on a canal in the morning in search of wildlife.
  • Back to the main boat, and have breakfast at 07.30 H. Start hiking on the forest from Kochikhali forest station toward the Jamtola Beach (10 km, 03 hrs). Spend an hour on the beach which is the quietest, nicest, and cleanest beach in Bangladesh, and hike toward Kotka forest station through the forest. Reach Kotka station and transfer to our waiting boat which already arrived here from Kochikhali through an inside canal.
  • Lunch on the boat and have couple of hours rest.
  • Go to the watch tower at Kotka and seat there rest of the evening. This is a feeding ground of animals. Lots of deer and other wild animals come here in the evening to eat grass and drink water. You never know what surprises can be waiting for you here!
  • Stay overnight on the boat in a sleeping cabin, anchoring in the middle of the river in front of Kotka forest station.
  • The rout we'll take for hiking inside Sundarbans on our tour

Day-08: Sundarbans: Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Go for a boat ride on the small row boat at 06.00 H and explore a canal near Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary. Return to the main boat at 07.30 and have breakfast. We’ll start our return journey toward Mongla from here through other small rivers and canals.
  • Visit a fishing village in on the way, reach Mongla in the afternoon, and drive to Khulna (1.5 hrs).
  • Overnight at Khulna (Hotel City Inn)

Day-09: Khulna - Rajshahi by Train, and Padma River

  • Transfer to Khulna Railway Station, and depart for Rajshahi on 06.30 H Kapotaksha Express. Arrive Rajshahi around 13.10 H, transfer to hotel.
  • After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, visit Varendra Research Museum, which is the oldest museum in the country rich in it’s collection of archaeological artifacts.
  • Boat ride at river Padma in the evening if time permits.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi (Parjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice).

Day-10: Ancient Bengal Capital Gaur

  • Drive to Sonamasjid (90 km, 03 hrs) and visit some of the best archaeological sights of Gaur, which was the ancient capital of greater Bengal in the medieval period with a rich history. This once rich city is located in Bangladesh-India border and split between two countries. You will visit it’s beautiful mosques, palace, and shrine the whole day.
  • If the tour is in mango season (May-July), we will take you to visit some mango orchards and bazaars, and you’ll get a chance to taste some of the best quality mango in the world. This area is called the mango capital of Bangladesh where eighty percent of country’s mangoes are grown.
  • Return to Rajshahi in the evening.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi (Parjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice).

Day-11: Bagha Mosque, Temples and Palaces of Puthia and Natore

  • After breakfast, drive to Bagha (42 km, 1.5 hrs) and visit Bagha Mosque. This magnificent mosque was built in 1523 A.D. by the Sultan of Bengal Nasiruddin Nasrat Shah. Ornamented with beautiful terracotta, Bagha Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in current day’s Bangladesh.
  • Drive to Puthia (21 km, 45 mins) and visit its beautiful temples and palaces. Largest number of historical temples of Bangladesh are located in Puthia most of which were built in the 19th century.
  • Drive to Natore (20 km,30 mins) and visit the palace of Rani Bhabani which was built in the colonial period. The whole Rajshahi division and part of current day West Bengal was once ruled from here, and the queen was called ‘the lady of half of the whole greater Bengal’.
  • Drive back to Rajshahi (43 km, 01 hr) in the evening.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi (Parjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice).

Day-12: Kusumba Mosque, Somapura Mahavihara, and Mahasthangarh

  • Drive to Kusumba (50 km, 1.5 hrs) after breakfast and visit Kusumba Mosque. Built on 1558-59 AD during the Afghan rule in Bengal, this well preserved mosque is one of the two stone-built mosques in Bangladesh. This mosque has a raised gallery, which is the only surviving example in Bengal of an unscreened internal connecting staircase through the place of male worshiper.
  • Drive to Paharpur (60 km, 1.5 hrs) and visit Somapura Mahavihara, which was the largest Buddhist monastery south of Himalayas from 8th century. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh and a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Drive to Mahasthangarh (60 km, 1.5 hrs), which is the remaining of the most ancient civilization in Bangladesh from 3rd century. You’ll visit several well known sites in Mahasthangarh, e.g. the Citadel, Vasu Bihar, Gokul Medh, Bihar Dhap, and the Mahasthangarh museum.
  • Drive to Bogra (22 km, 30 mins) in the evening.
  • Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden).

Day-13: Kantajew Temple and Tajhat Palace

  • drive to Dinajpur (165 km, 03 hrs) and visit Kantajew Temple, which is the most beautiful Hindu temple in Bangladesh, every inches of which is decorated with beautiful terracotta plaques describing epic Hindu stories.
  • Drive to Rangpur (70 km, 1.5 hrs) and Visit Tajhat Palace, the most beautiful palace in Northern part of Bangladesh built in colonial period. Also visit a beautiful Shiva temple.
  • Drive back to Bogra (100 km, 1.5 hrs) in the evening.
  • Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden).

Day-14: Chars of Jamuna, Drive to Dhaka

  • After breakfast, drive to Sariakandi (50 km, 45 mins). Visit some chars (river islands) of river Jamuna and see how people live on those small islands struggling with the natural disasters.
  • Drive to Dhaka (250 km, 6.5 hrs). Lunch on a highway restaurant on the way. Reach Dhaka in the late evening.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel De Meridian)

Day-15: Tea Plantations, and Tribal Villages

  • Pick up from hotel at 06.30 H, transfer to Airport Railway Station, and take 07.12 H Parabat Express to Srimangal. Our guide at Dhaka will help you board the train and find your seats. Arrive Srimangal around 12.30 H. Upon arrival, our guide at Srimangal will meet you at the train station, and transfer you to the resort.
  • After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, visit tea gardens and a tribal village in Srimangal.
  • After dinner, we’ll take you to Nilkontho Tea cabin to taste the famous 7 layer tea of Srimangal.
  • Overnight at Srimangal (Nisorgo Eco Resort)

Day-16: Lawachara National Park, and Cycling

  • Early morning, go for a rewarding wildlife trekking through the Lawachara National Park. We take the 03 hours trail for the maximum opportunity to see wildlife, specially the Hollock Gibbons for which this forest is famous for.
  • Return to the resort, have lunch, and take some rest.
  • Cycling through the trails of beautiful tea gardens rest of the day. People who love cycling, Srimangal could be a heaven for them. Trails through the tea gardens are scenic and also not very extreme. You’ll also be cycling through the rubber plantations, pineapple gardens, lemon orchards, and village roads. You’ll be cycling until the sun set. If you prefer not to do cycling, we’ll take you in sight seeing by car.
  • Overnight at Srimangal (Nisorgo Eco Resort)

Day-17: Bird Watching, Srimangal - Sylhet

  • Early morning visit Baikka Beal, an wetland sanctuary for the migratory birds and paradise for the bird lovers.
  • Return to the resort late morning. Drive to Sylhet after lunch (02 hrs).
  • After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, visit Sylhet city rest of the day. We’ll take you to visit the century old Kin Bridge built on colonial period and one of the main entrance to the city, Surma river, and the shrines of Shah Jalal and Shah Paran where you’ll see many interesting people.
  • Overnight at Sylhet (Hotel Britania)

Day-18: Picturesque Jaflong

  • Pick-up at 9.00 H from hotel, and a scenic drive toward Jaflong (02 hrs). Here you enjoy your time idly enjoying the beauty of Jaflong. You’ll get an opportunity to photograph the stone collection activities on the river where they collect stones manually and take into crushers, which is highly photogenic. We will take you to the river on a local boat to photograph the stone collecting activities.
  • Lunch on a decent restaurant run by Nazimgarh Resort overlooking the river.
  • Visit the village of Khashia tribe and see their lifestyle. You can visit their gardens and see how they grow betel leaves, and visit some tea plantations for which this area is very famous.
  • Return to Sylhet in the evening.
  • Overnight at Sylhet (Hotel Britania)

Day-19: Boat ride at Lalakhal - Dhaka

  • Pick-up from hotel at 8.00 H, and drive to Sarighat (01 hrs). Upon arrival, transfer to the boat.
  • Enjoy boat ride on the blue-water canal Lalakhal. We’ll take you to the end of the canal close to Indian border and back, which will be about 2.5 hrs ride in total. Also you’ll visit a tea garden on the way. We’ll use a motorized local wooden boat for the journey.
  • Back to Sylhet, have lunch, and transfer to airport.
  • Catch 14.00 H flight for Dhaka. Arrive Dhaka Airport around 14.40 H, and transfer you to your hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel De Meridian)

Day-20: Old Capital Sonargaon

  • Drive to the old capital of Bengal region – Sonargon (2 hrs) after breakfast.
  • Visit Folk-arts and Crafts Museum, Goaldi Mosque – a beautiful medieval period mosque, a school fully made of bamboo for disadvantaged children of the neglected Hindu society, and abandoned merchant city – Panam Nagar. Also you’ll visit a char (small river island) to see the natural lifestyle of farmers.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel De Meridian)

Day-21: Dhaka - Rangamati

  • Transfer to airport, and fly to Chittagong at 7.30 am. Arrive Chittagong at 8.15 am, drive to Rangamati (03 Hrs).
  • Enjoy boat ride at Kaptai Lake rest of the day, and visit a Buddhist temple. Visit tribal handicraft market in the evening.
  • Overnight at Rangamati (Parjatan Hotel)

Day-22: Rangamati - Bandarban

  • Drive to Bandarban after breakfast (03 Hrs). Visit a beautiful tribal museum on the way.
  • Visit Golden Temple, Nilachal, and other popular tourist sites in Bandarban rest of the day.
  • Overnight at Bandarban (Hillside Resort / Parjatan Hotel)

Day-23: Bandarban

  • Drive to Nilgiri early morning (1.5 Hrs) which is a famous hill in Bandarban where you can see the heaven and earth meeting together.
  • Boat ride at beautiful Sangu river in the evening, which is the most beautiful river of Bangladesh.
  • Overnight at Bandarban (Hillside Resort / Parjatan Hotel)

Day-24: Bandarban - Cox's Bazar

  • Morning is free to enjoy nature from resort. Drive to Cox’s Bazar (3 hrs) around 10.00 am. Check into hotel/resort. Guide say good bye from here.
  • Leisure on the longest unbroken sandy beach rest of the day.
  • Overnight at Cox’s Bazar (Long Beach Hotel / Mermaid Eco Resort)

Day-25: Cox's Bazar

  • Whole day leisure on the beach at Cox’s Bazar.
  • Overnight at Cox’s Bazar (Long Beach Hotel / Mermaid Eco Resort)

Day-26: Cox's Bazar - Dhaka

  • Transfer to airport (40 mins) by Tuk-Tuk. Fly to Dhaka in the afternoon, transfer to hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel De Meridian)

Day-27: Departure

  • Transfer to airport according to your flight, say good bye.
  • End of the tour.


27 Days tour package to visit the best sights of Bangladesh recommended by popular guide books like BRADT and Lonely Planet, with offbeat paths.

Price of Discover Bangladesh

Group SizeClassic Package
Comfort PackageLuxury Package
-BDT
Per Person
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Per Person
BDT
Per Person
USD
Per Person
BDT
Per Person
USD
Per Person
02 Pax287,500$3,735----
03 Pax261,000$3,390----
04 Pax230,000$2,985----

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Tour includes:
    • All airport transfers at Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, and Cox’s Bazar.
    • 26 Nights accommodation in hotels and boat cabins as mentioned in the itinerary, with complementary breakfast.
    • Lunch on Day-02 and Day-20 on a decent local restaurant (authentic local food).
    • Lunch with locally purchased fruits on the boat at Barisal on Day-03 and Day-04.
    • All meals, drinking water, tea, and coffee while on the boat at Sundarbans for three days on Day-06, 07, and 08.
    • 1st class cabin on the passenger ferry to Barisal on twin sharing basis.
    • Sylhet-Dhaka, Dhaka-Chittagong, and Cox’s Bazar-Dhaka flight tickets.
    • All train and boat rides.
    • All site entrance tickets.
    • Air-conditioned car, driver, and English speaking guide.
    • 5,500 BDT per person forest permission fee for Sundarbans.
    • All tips except our guide, driver, and boat crew.
  • Does not includes:
    • Any food, drinks, or beverage other than mentioned above.
    • 1,200 BDT Fee for video camera (if any).
    • Any personal item.
    • 27 Days tour package to visit the best sights of Bangladesh recommended by popular guide books like BRADT and Lonely Planet, with some offbeat places.
      27 Days tour package to visit the best sights of Bangladesh recommended by popular guide books like BRADT and Lonely Planet, with some offbeat places.

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      Important Notes on Discover Bangladesh

      Availability

      • Minimum 02 person is required to book this tour outside the scheduled tours. Solo travelers can only join the scheduled tours.
      • This tour is available to start on any Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday – round the year.

      Rocket & Train

      • 1st class tickets of Rocket and train depends on availability. You might have to travel on the 2nd class if 1st class is not available. Only difference on 1st and 2nd class on the Rocket is, 2nd class is located in the back side, and have no air-conditioning. Other facilities are same. Passengers of 2nd class can use all the facilities of 1st class, e.g. dining area, sitting area on the front side.
      • On Monday and Thursday, a traditional ferry comes in service instead of the paddle steam boats. If you book for these days, you have to travel on the traditional ferry instead of a paddle wheel steamer.
      • If for some unexpected reason Rocket ticket is not available, we’ll take you from Barisal to Bagerhat by an air-conditioned car.
      • In case of traveling on the 2nd class of train, you’ll have a reserved seat.

      Sundarbans

      • Itinerary of Sundarbans Tour is just a general outline, and not fixed. It could be changed depending on the season, moon phase, tide, day light hours, and fog. But we’ll try to include all the places and activities mentioned in the itinerary as much as possible.
      • The boat for Sundarbans is a very basic boat without air-conditioning, electricity, and running hot water (we will supply them on bucket). It has accommodation facilities for 08 person in max, and one western style toilet. But we have a larger boat too to arrange tour for bigger groups.
      • The cabins in the boat at Sundarbans are lit by small lights running on battery. We’ll run the generator in the evening for couple of hours everyday to charge your devices.
      • You’ll get mobile phone signal of GrameenPhone on the first half of day-04. In Kotka, a new mobile phone tower of Teletalk opened recently, so you’ll get full network coverage of only Teletalk in Kotka with 2G internet facilities which is very slow. No other SIM card will work inside other parts of the forest.
      • For trekking in the forest on day-05, the land is flat and we will not go through very dense forest, so it will be easy for most of the people, as long as you can walk about 10 km. The trail is dry, not muddy. Bring covered shoes which is suitable for trekking and can protect you from small grass and trees with spikes.
      • If you do not want to walk, you can remain on the boat which will be still enjoyable, as it will go from Kochikhali to Kotka through small canals, which will be a ride of about 03 hours.

      Visa on Arrival

      • Citizens of EU, USA, Australia, Canada, Russia, and some Asian countries can get Visa on Arrival in Bangladesh, which is a pretty straight-forward process. Although there is a rule to take visa beforehand if you have a Bangladesh mission on the country where you are coming from, this rule is completely overlooked. They never check where you are coming from. They only check if you are a national of a country which are eligible for VOA, and directly issue the visa.

        Unless there is a long Que for VOA, it will take just 10 minutes of your time to get VOA. Fee for most of the country is $51 USD. You’ll not require any previous application or anything else to get the visa. However, they will ask you for your hotel reservation and a phone no of the hotel. Simply show our details itinerary which we will send you once you confirm your booking, where all the hotel information will be written. They will be happy enough to give you a VOA of maximum 30 days.

        Check here for more information on visa on arrival for Bangladesh.

      Foreign Exchange

      • ATM Availability: Although Bangladesh has many ATMs, some of these do not accept foreign cards – your guide can give advice on which ATM’s to use but we do not advise relying on ATM’s alone for money.
      • Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are generally only accepted in the more expensive shops and restaurants.
      • Local Currency: Taka.
      • Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollar.
      • Where to Exchange: There are a number of exchange houses in larger towns and cities.

      Eating and Drinking

      • All the breakfasts, 07 lunches, and 02 dinners are included on the trip. You need to pay for rest of the lunches and dinners during your trip. A meal on a decent local restaurant will cost about $2-$7 USD.
      • Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. Mineral water is widely available.
      • Bangladesh is a secular Muslim country, and whilst the people are very liberal and friendly, alcohol is not widely available. There are only a couple of hotels on the trip which have a bar, and even at these establishments you cannot usually drink in the restaurant. Local beer, when available, costs approx. $3 USD for a 300ml can, and a measure of spirits is similarly priced. Wine is not available. It may sometimes be possible to purchase alcohol outside the hotels, but it is prohibited to consume in public places. There is a duty free on arrival in Dhaka airport (before immigration) and you are permitted two bottles of spirits per person.
      • In Dhaka, there are some wire houses from where you can buy alcohol showing your foreign passport. But they only sell whole cartons of usually 24 bottles/cans.

      Tipping / Bakshis

      • Tipping is common practice in Asia. In Bangladesh, most workers will expect a small tip, anything from 50 Taka upwards depending on the service provided. At the end of the tour, if your principle guide, together with the driver and the boat crews have been helpful then you could think about tipping them. The amount can obviously be left to you.

      Miscellencious

      • Booking this tour at least 03 weeks in advance is advised.

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