Since it’s almost New Year’s Eve, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend the next few days looking at different destinations that travel experts have recommended for 2011. First, let’s take a look at Bangladesh, a country that is definitely under-utilized by tourists at the moment.
The folks over at Lonely Planet recently recommended Bangladesh as one of their top value destinations for 2011, so if you’re not yet feeling the economic recovery, this Southeast Asian country might be a good choice for you. According to Lonely Planet, you can eat quite well for less than a dollar a meal and get a decent night’s sleep in a hotel room for less than $10.
Bangladesh features a menu of activities worthy of even the most seasoned adventure traveler: hiking through dense jungles in one of the country’s many national parks, stalking tigers in the Sundarbans (or joining the local honey gatherers, called maualis, on a dangerous jaunt into the forest), canoeing and whale watching. If you’d prefer something a little less active, hang out on the beaches at Cox’s Bazaar or contemplate the silence of an ancient temple.
To visit Bangladesh, you’ll need a Bangladesh visa. Technically, you should be able to get one when you land, but don’t count on it. The US Department of State notes that “Travelers may encounter delays in airport visa issuance or refused entry if they do not have visas prior to arrival. Additionally, if issued, landing permit validity is usually limited to a maximum of 15 days.”
So, it’s best to get your visa before you leave. Here’s what you’ll need to get one:
- Your US passport
- 1 Bangladesh visa application form
- 1 passport photo
- Roundtrip airline tickets or itinerary. If you are traveling by land, you’ll need a letter explaining when and where you will be entering and leaving the country.
Also, keep in mind that parts of Bangladesh are experiencing unrest and may not be safe for tourists. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t go, of course, but you should educate yourself about the security situation in different regions and plan your trip accordingly. The Department of State’s Consular Information page on Bangladesh (referenced above) will help.
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