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To Bangladesh and beyond

ToBangladesh.com is not a travel agency; it is a gateway, bridging the gap between you and the local service providers throughout the country. It is a concept, an initiative, infusing the combined resources of Grace Tours, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Interspeed Media, a Dhaka based advertising company.

Via this website you will not only be able to have an overview of available destinations within Bangladesh and different levels of accommodation, (on our website, you can choose from a wide variety of accommodations – homestay hideaways, heritage hotels & palaces, rural farms, beach villas, jungle lodges, spa retreats, and even tree-houses!), but you will also be able to contact locally based hotel owners and tour guides, ask questions, provide answers and buy travel products and services all in one place.

Getting Around

By Air: The airline market in Bangladesh has just seen a few new competitors setting up shop, which at first was very good for local travellers but prices have since increased to the point where some might think twice before flying, especially because bus travel is just so cheap in comparison. At the time of research, routes were changing frequently to reflect the growing airline business in Bangladesh. Currently there are services between Dhaka and the major divisional cities (Rajshahi, Jessore, Chittagong, Sylhet and Cox’s Bazaar; and with less frequency Barisal and Saidpur).

By River: Compared with all other forms of transport, river journeys are the most ‘Bangladeshi’ way to travel, a type of journey you really can’t experience anywhere else. Given the fact that the country lies at the mouth of the Ganges - Brahmaputra river basin, the world’s largest delta, any journey to Bangladesh should include time spent on the water, whether that be a multi-day excursion to the Sunderbans, a cross-country journey on the Rocket paddle steamer or a day outside Dhaka on the Sitalakhaya. These trips allow for some real insight into the country and its inner workings, with the rivers serving as the arteries of the nation, the lifelines by which the remotest corners of an unexplored country can be reached.

By Road: By far the cheapest and definitely the slowest form of transport is the public bus, which vary greatly in terms of comfort and price. This form of transport is probably the most accessible and has experienced the greatest growth in terms of luxury services as there are almost a half-dozen companies offering coaches with reclining leather seats, air-conditioned interiors, and in some cases, massaging chairs, at a cost that barely qualifies as splurging. Unfortunately safety can be a major issue here - as a rule of thumb it is best to buy the most expensive ticket you can afford.
 
By Train: The aging train system of the former East Bengal feels like it stopped being upgraded when the British left Kolkata in the first decade of the 1900s and moved the capital to Delhi. Were it not for the presence of a few new rail cars circa 2007, this assumption would probably not be far off the mark. Despite their age, the accumulated dirt and the noisiness of a rail car, Bangladeshi train journeys can still be preferable to hair-raising bus rides, especially if you manage to get your hands on sleeper tickets including air conditioning, something of an accomplishment in itself.