Would you want to visit Bangladesh for tourism?Watch
That's my country. It's not a tourist destination at all unless you're Bengali or you wanna do charity work there. I went there for the first time a few years ago and I looooooved it! I had some of the best Chinese I've ever had in my life there! Wherever you go, the fries are amaaazing. They have the best sweets and the best crisps. Omg their mangos! Whenever we could we'd pick them off trees and have them while we could. Omg it was AMAZING.
For charity work it's really, really cool. One of my granddads built a school there about 30 years ago and when we went to visit it my sister bought ice cream for about 100 kids. In my entire life I've never seen so many kids look so happy to get like a 10p ice lolly.
If you're from London they love you immediately. I had little cousins (I call them cousins but they were my aunts and uncles who were 5-10 years old ) run up to me and my siblings and ask us to go through the English alphabet, the numbers, and foods and animals with them. Their knowledge of it was almost as good as the kids in this country, and even better than some of the kids in this country! They got so excited when we would speak to them in simple English and teach them how to say things. It was so hilarious, but it was one of my favourite things about being there.
If I can ever go to a country to do charity work I'd run straight there. It's always been a dream of mine to go there and teach English.
Also, I forget to mention the traffic. It's ****ing crazy. Well, when you're going into Dhaka it's ****ing crazy. It must have taken us about 10 hours to get from Sylhet to Dhaka for our cousin's wedding. When we were on our way back to Sylhet my dad was talking to our driver and he asked "do you have insurance?" The man just laughed. It was the middle of the night and we were driving on a highway kind of thing and some truck hit the side of our car pretty badly. My sister was asleep and she had her head leaning against the window. She jumped up and almost freaked out when it got hit. Although we didn't get hurt, the shock really screwed with our minds mostly because that's normal driving to them. "This stuff happens all the time" is what the man said.
It's not a touristy place for non-Bengalis. If you're reeeeaallllyyy into foreign cultures then it's great, but unless you have family there or you have connections of some kind, it's the worst tourist place any typical tourist could go to. White teachers from my secondary school took a couple of students there to do charity work and they really loved it. They're into foreign cultures and charity work and all that so it was fine for them. If I didn't have family to go with I wouldn't go at all. I can speak the language (I'm not great at it!) and I can just about read it. It's difficult to get around unless you know the language or you have a translator.
It is most definitely not the place for a lie-in inside. Honestly, it gets extremely boring (which is why some of my family there keep me from getting bored) so you need to be getting out pretty much everyday. And it is pretty hot. Either that, or it's random burst of rain...still warm though.
As another poster said, one of the biggest drawbacks is that the traffic is absolutely corrupt, especially in places like Dhaka and Sylhet.
I had to spend my entire two month holiday there. Not gonna lie, the first month was no doubt the most boring month of my life ever. Second month was a lot better, but I was gutted when my dad told me we were staying for another month - and I'm glad we did.
Wish we never went for the first month though.
Personally I wouldn't go, the times I've been there with family gotten bitten by mosquitoes, been very hot, had lots of bugs & stuff, frequent power cuts & not much choice in the shops, but yeah it's your choice.
Personally I think Bangladesh is only enjoyable if you're there with people you enjoy spending time with, and I think most of the touristy things would only interest people who are either bengali or genuinely interested in bengali culture and history. There's not a huge selection of touristy things either, there's places like cox's bazaar, jaflong, zakaria city, adventure world etc but tbh most of the touristy things are really boring unless you're with fun people.