Best places to visit in Bangladesh you can't miss

A comprehensive list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh you can’t miss on your trip for a memorable experience of the country. Want to vist them with convenience? Check out our 1-7 days tour packages in Bangladesh and 8-28 days holiday packages in Bangladesh.

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Bangladesh is the least touristy destination in the world according to World Bank. It is a beautiful country in South Asia bordering India and Myanmar. Tourism is yet to develop in this country. For that reason, there is no tourism-related scam here, and people are generally surprised to see tourists, especially in the rural areas outside Dhaka.

People welcome foreigners everywhere and try to help them in any way possible. Tourist sites are not overcrowded here yet. In fact, you’ll find very few tourists here during your visit. That is why it is the best time to travel to Bangladesh. Here you will find a list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh which you should not miss on your trip for a memorable experience.

You can read some recent Bangladesh experiences of the western travelers and what travelers say about their Bangladesh experience with us and be surprised!

Best places to visit in Bangladesh

Creating a list of the best places in a country is always bound to raise some debate when you are making the list in a specific order. Being in the tourism industry for several years and visiting every corner of the country many times, this is what I think is the best place to visit in Bangladesh. Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with me, and have any suggestions for improvement of the list.

Sundarbans Mangrove Forest - number one among the best places to visit in Bangladesh

Axis Deer at a wildlife sanctuary in Sundarbans. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

1. Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest on earth and a UNESCO world heritage site. Sundarbans is located in between two neighboring countries – Bangladesh and India. The majority of the forest is located in Bangladesh. It is home to the last remaining Bengal tigers in the world and much other wildlife. The environment of Sundarbans is tranquilizing and visiting this forest could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That is why Sundarbans come as number one on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Sundarbans Tour in Tiny Group for a memorable three days tour in Sundarbans Mangrove Forest with a tiny group of a maximum of 5 travelers to have a memorable experience of the forest.

More reading: Sundarbans Mangrove Forest: 8 Top things to do for the best experience.

Chittagong Hill-Tracts - Number two among the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

A tribal family at Chittagong Hill-Tracts area. © Photo Credit: Jean-Christophe Huet.

2. Chittagong Hill-Tracts

Chittagong Hill-Tracts area is a naturally beautiful place full of beautiful hills. It is home to many tribal groups of Bangladesh. This is the best place in Bangladesh for adventure travel. You can trek deep inside the hills for many days here if you can manage permission from the local authority. Also, you can meet different tribal groups in this region and see their lifestyle. The most beautiful river in Bangladesh called the Sangu river is located in this area. A boat ride in Sangu during the monsoon could be a great experience. Chittagong hill-tracts comes as number two on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar tour packages to visit Chittagong Hill-Tracts area.

Srimangal: The tea capital of Bangladesh - Number three among the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Tea plantations of Srimangal. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

3. Srimangal

Srimangal is the tea capital of Bangladesh, located in the north-eastern part of the country. You’ll find lush green tea gardens anywhere you go here. This is one of the few places in the country where if you look around, you may not find any other people anywhere except you. A really nice and calm place. Cycling through the trails inside the tea plantations here could be one of the best things you can do in Bangladesh. Also worth visiting is the Lawachhara National Park, and trek to Hamham waterfalls. You can easily spend a few days here with nature. Srimangal comes as number three on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Sylhet and Srimangal tour packages to have the best experience of Srimangal.

Beautiful Kaptai Lake at Rangamati in Bangladesh - Number four among the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Beautiful Kaptai Lake.

4. Rangamati

Rangamti is a district of the Chittagong Hill-Tracts area. The main reason to visit this place is Kaptai Lake. It is a naturally beautiful man-made lake surrounded by beautiful hills. The best thing to do at Rangamati is to enjoy a boat ride on Kaptai Lake for the whole day. Rangamati is also home to many tribal groups. You can visit their handicraft market here to buy some fine quality handmade fabrics. There is a Buddhist monastery called Rajban Bihara which is also worth visiting. Rangamati comes as number four on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar tour packages to visit Rangamati and enjoying a full day boat ride in Kaptai Lake.

Somapuri Bhihara, the second largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas from 8th century, and a UNESCO world heritage site. Number one on our list of the best archaeological sites in Bangladesh.

Somapuri Mahabhihara in Paharpur. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

5. Paharpur

In the north-western part of Bangladesh, there is a tiny little place called Paharpur, which holds the most impressive archeological site in Bangladesh called Somapuri Mahabhihara, a UNESCO world heritage site. It was the second-largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas in the 8th century. On its prime time, monks from all over the world used to come here for higher education. It was one of the best Buddhist monasteries in the world at that time. Paharpur comes as number five on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our archaeological tour packages to visit this impressive archaeological site.

St. Martin's Island: Beautiful coral island in Bangladesh. Number six among the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

St. Martin’s Island beach. © Photo Credit: Wikipedia.

6. St. Martin’s Island

St. Martin’s Island is a beautiful coral island of the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. For beach lovers, this is the best place to visit in Bangladesh. Local tourists go to visit this island mostly on a day trip. After they leave in the afternoon, it becomes really quiet. You can stay in any resort with a private beach, and relax on the island for a couple of days when becoming tired of traveling for several weeks in the whole country. St. Martin’s Island comes as number six on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar tour packages to visit this beautiful coral island.

A photo of Choto Sona Masjid (Mosque) in Gaur (Gauda / Gour) - number three on our list of the best archaeological sites in Bangladesh

Choto Sona Masjid (Mosque) in Gaur (Gauda / Gour). © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

7. Gaur

Gaur is a ruined city from the ancient and medieval period, located on the India-Bangladesh border. The city was in its prime time during the 12th to the 14th century. It became the capital of the whole Bengal region. It was a very rich and wealthy city in the medieval period, which was finally abandoned because of cholera. Some of the beautiful mosques of Gaur are still remaining hidden behind the mango orchards. The archaeological department of Bangladesh has done some amazing restoration work to some of these mosques. This is an amazing place to visit for history lovers. Gaur comes as number seven on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our archaeological tour packages to visit the remaining of this ancient city.

More reading: Gaur (Gauda / Gour): The rich ancient capital of Bengal located on the India-Bangladesh border

People collecting sand from the riverbed in Jaflong - number eight among the best places to visit in Bangladesh

People collecting sand from the riverbed in Jaflong. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

8. Sylhet

Sylhet is a naturally beautiful place in the northeastern part of Bangladesh, close to the Meghalaya state of India. It has many beautiful places to visit. Green-water canal Lalakhal, stone collecting area Jaflong, Ratargul swamp forest, and many of its tea gardens are the attractions to visit Sylhet. You can also meet some different tribal people in Sylhet, especially in Jaflong. Here you can meet the Khasia tribal people who grow betel leaves in the forest. Sylhet comes as number eight on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Sylhet and Srimangal tour packages to visit the attractions of Sylhet.

More reading: Jaflong: A popular tourist site in Bangladesh with unique photo opportunities

A floating vegetable market at Barisal in Bangladesh - Number nine among the best places to visit in Bangladesh

A floating vegetable market of Barisal. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

9. Barisal

Barisal is a unique place located in the heart of the Ganges Delta. Life in Barisal is fully based on the river. The main attraction to visit Barisal is to experience the unique life and culture of the people of this region. You can visit its many floating markets, bazaars, schools, and villages to experience the unique culture of Barisal. Monsoon is the best place to visit this region when its numerous rivers and canals become full of water and nature becomes very green. Also, it is time for the floating guava markets, which are very photogenic. Barisal comes as number nine on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Barisal Backwater Tour to experience the life and culture of Barisal.

A photo of dilapidating temples at Puthia Temple Complex in Rajshahi - number ten on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh

Dilapidating temples at Puthia Temple Complex in Rajshahi. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan

10. Puthia

Puthia is a small village in Rajshahi full of beautiful Hindu temples. The largest number of historical temples in Bangladesh are found in Puthia, some of which are very well maintained. These temples are unique in design. Some of them are ornamented with beautiful terracotta plaques describing epic Hindu stories. This is a must visiting the place if you visit Bangladesh. Puthia comes as number ten on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our archaeological tour packages to visit temple village Puthia.

More reading: Puthia Temple Complex: A village full of historic Hindu temples in Bangladesh

Sixty Dome Mosque (Shat Gombuj Mosque) at Bagerhat City - number eleven among the best places to visit in Bangladesh

Sixty Dome Mosque (Shat Gombuj Mosque) at Bagerhat City. © Photo Credit: Daniel Whitfield.

11. Mosque City of Bagerhat

Bagerhat is a city founded in the 15th century by a Turkish general, which was formerly known as Khalifatabad. It is full of beautiful historic mosques, among which 60 Dome Mosque is the most famous. This whole city is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city, listed by Forbes as one of the 15 lost cities of the world, has more than 50 Islamic monuments that have been found after removing the vegetation that had obscured them from view for many centuries. Bagerhat comes as number eleven on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Rocket Steamer Tour to visit this historic city.

More reading: Mosque City of Bagerhat: A Lost 15th-Century City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cox's Bazar - the longest unbroken sandy beach in the world. Number twelve among the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

A private beach at Cox’s Bazar. © Photo Credit: Mermaid Resort.

12. Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar is the longest unbroken sandy beach in the world, 125 km in length. It is the most popular tourist spot among the locals in Bangladesh. Perfect place to relax at the end of a long trip. To avoid the crowd, stay on a resort with their own private beach. The Wholesale Fish Market in Cox’s Bazar would be an interesting place to visit while you are here. Cox’s Bazar comes as number twelve on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar tour packages to visit Cox’s Bazar.

Abandoned city Panam Nagar at Sonargaon - number thirteen on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh

Abandoned city Panam Nagar in Sonargaon. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

13. Sonargaon

Sonargaon was the old capital of Bengal in the medieval period. It was a mint capital beside Gaur. Although gone is the heritage of the old capital, there still are some interesting things to spend a day in Sonargaon. The main attraction to visit Sonargaon would be the abandoned merchant city, Panam Nagar. Built on the colonial period, this was a city of wealthy Hindu merchants to fled to India during riots after the partition in the subcontinent. They intended to return someday, which never happened. Nowadays, this is a fully abandoned city of 52 houses built on a single street.

Other attractions of Sonargaon are the 15th-century Goaldi Mosque and the Folk-arts and Crafts Museum. Sonargaon comes as number thirteen on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.

Check out our Sonargaon & Panam City Tour for a day tour to Sonargaon.

More reading: Panam Nagar: An entirely abandoned city of the wealthy Hindu cotton merchants in Bangladesh

FAQs on the best places to visit in Bangladesh

What challenges independent foreign travelers can face traveling to these best places to visit in Bangladesh?

Bangladesh has poor infrastructure. Many of these places will be difficult to access using public transport by independent foreign travelers. Visiting Sundarbans Mangrove Forest will not be possible independently. You’ll need to go on a boat of any tour operator in Bangladesh as it requires getting permits from the forest department. Visiting Rangamati and Bandarban in Chittagong Hill-Tracts will require a special permit for the foreigners, which is also not possible to get independently. These are some of the major challenges foreign travelers will face.

How can Nijhoom Tours help foreign travelers to travel to these beautiful places to visit in Bangladesh?

Nijhoom Tours is a specialist local tour operator in Bangladesh organizing Sundarbans Tours in Bangladesh for foreign travelers on a tiny group of 2-5 people only. We have 1-7 days tour packages in Bangladesh and 8-28 days holiday packages in Bangladesh, which will take you to visit all of these beautiful places to visit in Bangladesh with comfort. We’ll get the Chittagong Hill-Tracts permits for you with our tours. We’ll also provide you support for getting the on-arrival visa in Bangladesh, which will make it a breeze.

Have you ever visited Bangladesh? Which paces on our list of the best places to visit in Bangladesh have you found most impressive? Have I missed something here? Share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments.

5 Comments
  1. I traveled through Bangladesh in 2015 and visited most places. I could found main highlights was the people of Bangladesh.

  2. Wonderful breakdown of places to see and the experiences to expect! I hope to come to Bangladesh soon.

  3. Please feel free to publish my post in your site.
    Thank you and very best wishes.
    JT

  4. I traveled extensively through Bangladesh in 2013 and visited most places on your list as well as a few others.
    One of the main highlights for me could be found in every city, every village street, every single location.
    The People !
    The welcome I received as a foreign tourist was absolutely spectacular, the people of Bangladesh could not have been more welcoming, polite, helpful, kind, compassionate, considerate, generous and thoughtful.
    Bangladesh is a spectacular destination and I would strongly recommend it to anyone considering it.

    • Thank you for the testimonial! Indeed it is the people of Bangladesh who are the main attraction of Bangladesh. Glad to know that you liked it here!

      If you are interested, we can publish your Bangladesh travel story in our site, so that more people can know about Bangladesh, which is the least traveled destination in the world.

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