The People's Republic of Bangladesh (Bengali: গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ, Gônôprôjatôntri Bangladesh) is a nation in South Asia, on the edge of the Indian subcontinent. It is nearly completely surrounded by India, but it also has a small land border with Myanmar.
Bangladesh is one of the most homogenous countries in the world; Bengalis make up 98% of the population, and the country is believed to have the world's highest population density. The vast majority of Bengalis (nearly 90%) in Bangladesh are Sunni Muslims and the country has one of the largest Muslim populations the world.
The country is endowed with pristine beaches, numerous archaeological sites, bustling markets, numerous sites of religious importance, forests, delicious food, and more importantly, hospitable and friendly people. There's plenty to do in this small, densely populated country.
- 1 Dhaka – The capital city of the country and a booming metropolis.
- 2 Barisal – Southern city famous for growing paddy, floating markets and many rivers, best reached by a slow-paced and relaxing boat ride on the Rocket Steamer.
- 3 Chittagong – A bustling commercial centre and the second largest international shipping port in the country just after Payra port.
- 4 Jessore – A small town famous for Gur which is a form of cake-like molasses produced from the extract of date trees.
- 5 Khulna – Located on the Rupsha river, famous for shrimp and a starting point for journeys into the Sundarbans.
- 6 Mymensingh – A historic city located by the side of river Brahmaputa. It has got a rich cultural and political history dating back more than 200 years.
- 7 Rajshahi – The silk city.
- 1 Cox’s Bazar – The country’s premier beach destination, filled to the brim with boisterous Bangladeshi holiday makers and street vendors (hawkers). It is the world’s longest natural coastline with 112 km (70 mi) of pristine unbroken sandy beach.
- 2 Bagerhat – An important historical centre and site of several historic mosques including the famous Shait Gumbad Masjid (Sixty Domed Mosque).
- 3 Padna Meghna River Estuarine – A low lying island in the Ganges.
- 4 Somapura Mahavihara – Ruins of an ancient Buddhist vihara in Paharpur (the centuries old Paharpur Buddhist monastery).
- 5 Saint Martins Island – The country’s main coral island with friendly locals, a laid back vibe and coconuts to spare.
- 6 Sundarbans – The largest mangrove forest in the world, with lots of bird life and the home of the very elusive but endangered Royal Bengal Tigers.