According to thembaprograms, Bangladesh (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ, Bāṁlādesh) is a country in Asia bordering India and Myanmar. The meaning of the name Bangladesh is “Land of the Bengalis”. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka (Dacca). Dhaka is also the largest city in Bangladesh. Some major cities in Bangladesh are: Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhit.
Bangladesh is mainly known for child labour, the national sport of cricket and the natural disasters that hit the country. However, what many people do not know is that the country is making progress as a holiday destination. The country has plenty to offer for tourists who still want to experience the purity of a country. The people are friendly and hospitable. In addition to the many tea plantations, rice fields, traditional Bengali villages and Buddhist temples, you will also find large untouched nature reserves where Bengal tigers, leopards and elephants live. See smartercomputing for honeymoon in Asia.
Where is Bangladesh?
Travel information of Bangladesh
Official name: People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Area: 143,998 km²
Capital city: Dhaka
Country code: BD, BGD
Population: 161,376,708 inhabitants (2018)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,052 m (Mowdok Mual)
Distance (Amsterdam – Dhaka): 7,657 km
Flight time: approximately 10 hours
Current status: All non-essential travel to border areas in southeastern Bangladesh is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow and orange.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Bangladesh may have (temporary) measures that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Bangladesh, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Bangladesh. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Bangladesh?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Bangladesh at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Bangladesh has a tropical climate. The climate consists of a wet and a dry season. The wet season is from mid-June to September. Throughout the year, the minimum temperature is approximately 21 degrees and the maximum temperature is approximately 35 degrees. The sea water has a temperature of 28 degrees. Due to its location, there are often floods and tornadoes in the country.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Bangladesh can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Bangladesh can be found at Climate info.
January, February, March, April and December are the best months to travel to Bangladesh. This avoids a turbulent period with a lot of rainfall, high temperatures, cyclones, tidal waves and floods.
Bengali is the official language in Bangladesh. In addition, English is also spoken on a small scale.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Bangladesh.
A visa is required. You can apply for this in person at the Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Bangladeshi Embassy in the Netherlands: bangladeshembassy.nl.
Bangladeshi consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for Bangladesh if you have visited a yellow fever country in the seven days before you visit Bangladesh. In addition, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in Bangladesh (with the exception of Dhaka). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Bangladesh people pay with the Bangladeshi taka (BDT).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Bangladesh can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Bangladesh are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -51% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (70% cheaper), food (41% cheaper), imported beer in catering (52% more expensive), cigarettes (62% cheaper) and public transport (87% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Bangladesh it is not customary to tip. Nevertheless, a tip of around 5-10% is expected in more and more tourist areas.
During our summer time in Bangladesh it is 4 hours later.
During our winter time it is 5 hours later in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Bangladesh can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Bangladesh you have to drive on the left.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Bangladesh you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Bangladesh can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999
– Fire: 999
– Ambulance: 999
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap. In some cases, the drinking water is poisoned with arsenic.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Bangladesh can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Bangladesh can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Bangladeshi websites end in.bd.
Bangladesh official websites: bangladesh.gov.bd and parjatan.gov.bd.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Bangladesh is 00880 or +880.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Bangladesh? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
All Bangladesh area codes can be found on Wikipedia.
Telephone numbers can be found in the Bangladesh Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Bangladesh.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Bangladesh.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Bangladesh.
An overview of all public holidays in Bangladesh can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Bangladesh, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Bangladesh?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Bangladesh. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Bangladesh can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Bangladesh can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Bangladesh? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Bangladesh, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Bangladesh, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Bangladesh.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking prohibited.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 15.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence more than 10 years.
Did you know that…
…Bangladesh is hit almost every year by natural disasters such as floods?
…The endangered Bengal tiger still lives in southwest Bangladesh?
…Almost two thirds of the population live from agriculture?
…Bangladesh is known for its global shipbreaking yards?
…Do people in Bangladesh only open gifts when the giver is gone?
…Cricket is national sport number 1 in Bangladesh?
Our verdict on Bangladesh as a travel destination
Bangladesh has little to no tourism and is mainly known for its poverty. It’s a shame when you know what the country has to offer and how little you have to pay for it. The population is friendly, hospitable and unobtrusive. You will find beautiful World Heritage sites, historic cities and untouched nature reserves in Bangladesh, where even Bengal tigers still live in the wild. Lonely planet has included Bangladesh in its list of top destinations for 2019. So there is a good chance that the country will experience a greater influx of tourists in the coming years.