Description of Bangladesh vacation
The sprawling city of Dhaka is the starting point for this in depth tour of Bangladesh, which follows the river south, by paddle steamer, all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sundarbans. This world’s largest mangrove forest shelters some 260 bird species – as well as the Bengal tiger. En route, you’ll visit palaces, Hindu temples, mosques, Buddhist monasteries and impressive archaeological sites, giving a unique insight into the past and present culture of Bangladesh, and its spirituality and religion.
As well as the big draws, this Bangladesh vacation is packed with lower-key but no less special treats, such as meeting fishermen who used trained otters to round up fish, the stone collectors of Jaflong and Khasia tribal people who live close to the Indian border. Stretch your legs with a hike through the Lawachara Forest Reserve, home to birds, monkeys and rare gibbons, and spend two days cruising through the Sundarbans, winding your way along the wider rivers and narrow channels in search of the thriving wildlife.
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3 Reviews of Bangladesh vacation
Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020 by Laurie MontagueExcellent. Bangladesh is a beautiful , diverse country, from chaotic Dhaka to the serenity of the Sunderbans , populated by the most friendly people imaginable , curious but polite on meeting foreign tourists, who, are a rarity on this relatively unexplored country. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jan 2019 by Antony GriggsWe found the Bangladeshi people one of the friendliest Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2014 by Miranda CliftonVery interesting and enjoyable. The most memorable part is the amount of curiosity we aroused wherever we went - people were interested to see us and wanted to talk to us - and have their photos taken with us Read full review
Planet and peopleWe are proud of our involvement in Bangladesh. Being pioneers in the development of the country’s tourism we take our responsibilities seriously and are determined to set the standard for other operators to follow.
We have been working with our locally owned operator Abdur for many years. We have helped Abdur with initiatives that can be taken to sustainably grow his business, not just with us, but with other operators. When visiting the tribal people of the Chittagong Hill Tracks we have insisted that you are accompanied by a local tribal guide as well as your main guide. This means that the money you spend is going directly to the people that benefit the most.
When visiting the Sundarbans, a World Heritage Site, we are accompanied by a park ranger. We use the services of the Divisional Forestry Office responsible for and protecting the delicate ecological balance of the Sundarbans. The fees you pay as part of the trip directly support these activities and the preservation of this unique environment. At the end of the journey travelers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicine and books, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travelers. This has much less impact when traveling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travelers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.