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7 Amazing must visit unique tourist attractions in Bangladesh

  • Published at 10:35 am August 4th, 2018

A walk through the best of what Bangladesh has to offer

Nestled between India, Nepal and Myanmar, lies the unique country of Bangladesh – a country that very few tourists know about. In fact, most of the expats living, visiting or residing here usually do so in the course of fulfilling their work related obligations. 

These very same expats usually return home to tell tantalizing tales – tales about the land of smiles, the land of the royal Bengal tiger, the season of kites battling each other in the sky, the paradise waiting for bird-watchers to visit, the acres and acres of tea gardens mingling with waterfalls nearby, the numerous tribal villages with their unique customs and way of life, the longest beach in the world – the list goes on and on. 

Today we will be walking you through the best of what Bangladesh has to offer. Trust us – by the end of this piece, you’ll be itching to look into the best flight deals to Bangladesh ASAP!

Soulful serenity at the hill tracts of Rangamati

I’m starting off with Rangamati, because I have the fondest memories of this place during my adolescent years. Just a couple of hours away by road from the port city of Chittagong, this serene place will capture your heart and your interest and keep it! 

Attractions here include, but are not limited to: 

Amazing local hill-tract cuisine at Peda Ting Ting island restaurant, the “Hanging Bridge”, taking a serene boat ride around Kaptai Lake, Shuvolong Waterfalls, Chakma Rajbari (old palace of the Chakma Tribal Chief), Rajban Bihar Pagoda and many more!

Blissful lake rides at gorgeous Kaptai

Located near Rangamati, Kaptai is Bangladesh’s largest artificial lake, created in the 1960s for a hydroelectric project. This beautiful lake is dotted with small islands and the mysterious green waters lend a serene feel to the surroundings. The Kaptai sub-district is a part of the Rangamati District of the Chittagong division and therefore a trip to Rangamati is incomplete without a side trip to Kaptai. 

Attractions here include, but are not limited to: 

Exploring the serenity of the lake by taking a boat ride in the green waters, visiting the many tribal villages, Kaptai town center for a taste of the local life, produce and cuisine, and many more!

Chasing sunshine at Cox's Bazar

Despite being the “longest beach in the world”, Cox’s Bazar remains relatively calm, enabling you to enjoy the tranquility of the ocean on calm days. On other days, you can witness the stormy clouds and revel in the wildness of the waves, secure in the knowledge that your hotel or resort is just a few steps away, making it convenient to shower, change and rest. Plenty of seafood restaurants offer their freshest catch up for grabs. Also, the magnificent island of St Martin is just a short boat ride away!

Attractions here include, but are not limited to: 

Cox’s Bazar main beach, Inani beach, Himchori waterfalls, freshest available seafood, fresh coconuts, tiny red scampering crabs, ATV beach rides, parasailing, Mermaid Beach Resort, Laboni Point, Burmese Market, cruising along Marine Drive, SonadiaDwip and Pechar Dwip, Jhau Bon and many more!

Revel in the cloud heaven of Bandarban

Located in the south, further down from Rangamati and Kaptai, lies the mysterious Bandarban. More commonly recognized as the “heaven of clouds”, this piece of paradise is a favorite amongst the Bangladeshi travelers. Students seeking adventure, couples seeking harmony, families seeking remarkable sights – all venture there to create some marvelous memories and capture some awe-inspiring photos. 

Attractions here include, but are not limited to: 

Camping at the mysterious Boga Lake, Nafakhum and Amiakhum Waterfalls, Rama Zadi Temple, Nilgiri (where you can frolic through the clouds!),MilonChori Viewpoint, Chimbuk Hill, Remakri, Prantik Lake, Bhelakhum, Golden Temple, Nilachal, ShoiloPropat, Bawm Market, Bamboo raft riding on River Sangu, Marma cuisine, Tribal Bazarand many more!

Step back in time at the Mainamati Ruins 

The Buddhist ruins of Mainamati, located in the district of Comilla, make up an amazing archaeological site and have become a point of interest for several visitors over the years. These ruins hold the power to easily transport you back in time, whilst you explore the nooks and crannies to your heart’s content. If you are a history/ archaeology buff, then don’t miss out on this! 

Attractions here include, but are not limited to: 

The Ruins, Salban Vihara, Rupban Mura, Itakhola Mura, Mainamati-Lalmai Hills, Mainamati War Cemetery, Jagannath Temple and many more!

Floating guava market at Barisal

An overnight ferry (aka launch) and a short road journey away from Dhaka, lies this hidden gem of Barisal. Mostly famous for its floating guava market, the ideal time to visit Barisal is during the monsoon season when you can jump on a boat and ride the waterways. The guava market is reminiscent of the floating market in Bangkok, but here it’s just concentrating on guavas alone. 

Attractions here include, but are not limited to: 

Floating guava market, floating rice market at Banaripara, and others!

Sunrise and sunset from the same beach at Kuakata

Located just a short distance from Barisal town, Kuakata is famous for giving tourists the opportunity to witness sunrise and sunset from the same spot. Along with that, the multitudes of crisp, clean and white sandy beaches are a welcome relief from the usual hustle and bustle of city life. Whilst you’re there, also don’t forget to gorge yourself on amazing local cuisine and fresh seafood!

Attractions here include, but are not limited to: 

Kuakata sea beach, Lebur Chor, Kauar Chor, Red Crab Beach, Mangrove Forest, Gangamati Reserved Forest, Jhau Bon, ancient Buddhist temples, Fatra’r Chor, ShutkiPolli, and many more!

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