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About Bangladesh

Bangladesh is busy and loud, and also serene and peaceful – an overall wonderful destination for an adventurous traveller. The landscapes and beaches are untouched and wondrous, and you’re guaranteed to meet locals who will embrace your soul. This beautiful country has a population of 161 million. Top attractions include Sundarbans Forest, Ahsan Manzil Museum and Sonargaon.

Cheap flights to Bangladesh are available for a limited period of time, so get ready to enjoy the sights and sounds of this destination! Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka, is home to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC), located on a 50-minute drive from the city centre. DAC serves a multitude of airlines, including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways and more. Popular connecting flights depart from both Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. The flight duration is approximately 15 hours long.

Why visit Bangladesh

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Place of Rivers

This is a country that travels by boat, and for a real feel of the country, visitors are encouraged to do the same. The world’s largest river delta, the Ganges passes through Bangladesh.

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Track Tigers

Sundurban Forest tours last for 3 or 4 days and in this time you’ll enjoy learning about the region and track and spot Bengal tigers in their natural habitats.

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Friendly Locals

Warm, friendly locals are happy to converse with travellers, practice their broken English and show you around. Smiles reach the eyes of the people in Bangladesh.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Bangladeshi Taka (BDT)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 6.26 BDT
Language Bengali
Hub Airport Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC)
Airline Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Time Zone GMT+ 6
Travel Adaptor Type C /D /G /K

Best time to visit Bangladesh

The best time to visit Bangladesh is during the dry season, which falls between late-October to March. During this time, the weather is also a lot cooler and pleasing for visitors, as daytime temperatures range between 24°C and 30°C. Most of Bangladesh experiences a long monsoon season, between the months of May and September. During this time, it is low season in the country and you will find cheap flights to Bangladesh. Heavy rains and cyclones stay in the region from May until September. March, April and October are good months to visit too, as you will find good day time temperatures and cool breezes.

Weather & Climate in Bangladesh

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 1°C 1°C 4°C 10°C 15°C 19°C 23°C 23°C 19°C 14°C 7°C 2°C
High °C 24°C 28°C 33°C 34°C 33°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 30°C 25°C
Rainfall (mm) 7 28 65 156 339 340 373 316 300 174 34 12

Bangladesh doesn’t hide from it poverty and instead, makes it something beautiful that will have visitors thinking about it long after they’d left. The capital city of Dhaka is loud and bustling, and will have visitors thoroughly exposed to the ways and customs of the country in no time at all!

In Bangladesh, the people are welcoming and with the call to prayer in all towns and cities, locals are happy to invite you along for the experience and for a cup of tea after. Getting around Dhaka will most likely be done in the back of a rickshaw, but be ready for potholes and animals on the road, all adding to the experience of it all!

Out of the big cities, and sometimes even within, hygiene and things such as western toilets are not common, so prepare for a unique experience. Immerse yourself completely in the cuisine of this exotic country as there are few western fast food franchises. By the end of a week you’ll be so accustomed to rice and chilly that by the time you go home, you’ll be craving for more. Roti and dahl are staple foods so get ready to use your fingers and enjoy some authentic cuisine.

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South Africans who wish to visit Bangladesh will need a visa to do so. To complete your application, you will need to fill out an application form, have a valid passport with at least 3 blank pages for stamps, and supply two recent passport photographs, and various other documentation.

For more information, please contact the High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh: 410 Farenden Street Sunnyside Pretoria

Tel: 012 343 2105

Bangladesh has only recently become a tourist destination, and with that in mind, it is a wonderful place to visit, if a bit unsystematic. Visitors to Bangladesh should practice caution, as with all large cities and countries. Locals are very friendly, and willing to help visitors out. Out of the cities, locals may be less familiar with foreigners and very curious, and may want to engage in conversation. Public transport in Dhaka is efficient, but not always the safest as it gets extremely full and can be uncomfortable.

It is always important to go for a general health check-up before a trip overseas. It is best to do this 4-6 weeks before your trip. For your trip to Bangladesh, it is strongly recommended to get the following vaccinations: hepatitis A and typhoid.

Currently, there has been an outbreak of Zika in Bangladesh and pregnant women are not recommended to travel there. Zika is spread via mosquito bites and unprotected sexual encounters.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Bangladesh
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 32.00
Domestic beer (0.5l draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 72.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 20.00 R 33.00 R 27.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 6.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 35.00
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