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2011 Destinations: Get a Bangladesh Visa for a Frugal Adventure

December 30th, 2010
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


Bangladeshi Visa Requirements To Visit the Ruins of Somapura Mahavihara

August 1st, 2010
Today's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh. Somapura Mahavihara was built around 810 AD, during the rise of Mahayana Buddhism in the area.  Although Somapura Mahavihara, which means "Great Monastery," was intended for Buddhist monks, according to Wikipedia it eventually became an important intellectual and religious center for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus alike.   Somapura Mahavihara was part of a network of 5 major monasteries that dominated South Asia, and was an important destination for many Buddhist scholars. The Great Monastery remained a fixture of the region until the 12th century AD, when many of the people living in the surrounding villages and towns converted to Islam. Eventually, the monastery was abandoned and left to the jun


Bangladesh Visa Requirements For Tourists

April 25th, 2010
Bangladesh is a small country (about the size of Wisconsin), surrounded by India to the north, east and west and the Bay of Bengal to the South.  Although tiny, relatively poor and prone to natural disasters, Bangladesh is nonetheless an intriguing place to visit, with an abundance of natural parks, ancient ruins and unspoiled beaches. However, US visitors to Bangladesh do need to obtain a Bangladesh visa. In theory, you should be able to get a visa on arrival. However, as the US Department of State notes, "Bangladesh has not widely publicized their policies for visas on arrival.  Travelers may encounter delays in airport visa issuance or refused entry if they do not have visas prior to arrival." Also, visas issued on arrival are valid for a maximum of 14 days, while visas issued a


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