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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.

Bangladesh Overview

For a little country tucked away in the corner of South Asia, Bangladesh holds many more surprises and delights than visitors usually expect. Given the country’s disposition towards natural calamity in the form of devastating cyclones or vast floods, it is with great relief that most people learn that Bangladesh actually offers a bumper of positive stories for those who dare to look behind the headlines. 

First and foremost among these surprises are the extraordinary kindnesses and hospitality of Bangladeshi people. The culture is one overwhelmingly favouring the respectful treatment of guests, as is dictated by not only Muslim hospitality but also the giving nature of Bangladeshi people. Everywhere you travel in Bangladesh there is a talkative person willing to sit down and exchange ideas with you, learn about your homeland and ask you why you’ve travelled to a country where few others go. The hospitality is such that even if you were to travel these lands alone and by foot, the local people would you would give you their own beds each night and create meals well beyond their capacity, simply for the honour of hosting you as their guest. Nowhere else in the world does this extraordinary spirit of giving exist towards foreign guests. 

The second most unique feature of Bangladesh is unquestionably its dominant rivers. As these meandering ribbons have shaped the landscape of Bangladesh, so too have they shaped the destinies of its people. As the annual monsoons unleash their pregnant skies in sporadic bursts over the landscape, the rivers swell to enormous proportions. God-like, they restore much-needed nutrients to Bangladesh’s heavily farmed lands, while simultaneously taking lives or livelihoods when their wrath cannot be controlled by human means. During the dry season, these rivers are best enjoyed from the deck of a restored historic sailboat. Beautiful arrays of sky blues, tropical greens and earthen browns merge over the landscape, blurring the distinctions between them all.

While Bangladesh doesn’t offer tourists ‘sights’ in the classic sense of the word, (i.e. think Taj Mahal or Angkor Wat), it does have some premium draw-cards that offer guests unique and unforgettable experiences.

First among these draw-cards is the Sunderbans. Meaning ‘beautiful forest’ in Bengali, the Sunderbans is Bangladesh’s most pristine wilderness, a giant 10,000 square kilometre tract of forest, where hundreds of Royal Bengal Tigers roam the jungles, sometimes stalking people as their prey.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts is our second personal favourite for its varied geography and distinct ethnic background. The best way to explore this region is to trek, meandering through hillside villages and interacting with local Buddhist people. Journeys here blow apart the stereotype that Bangladesh is a Muslim nation - in fact its diversity of Hindu, Buddhist and Christian cultures help make it just as diverse as anywhere else in South Asia.

The tea growing regions of the Sylhet region make it Bangladesh’s own ‘little Darjeeling’, perfect for two-wheeled explorations on a motorcycle or bicycle, great for the simple weekend escapes or for the more adventurous traveller seeking tranquil retreats from Bangladesh’s three throbbing cities (Sylhet, Chittagong and Dhaka).

Finally, some mention must be made of the fact that Bangladesh is a far from programmed experience. Within its borders there are so many human stories: these range from unending cycles of misery rooted in systemic poverty, to uplifting tales of human resilience and emotion. It’s the kind of place where only the true travellers test their mettle, as the country’s tourism infrastructure is ‘embryonic,’ to put it kindly. For those willing to adventure into the unknown, Bangladesh and its people will offer a helping hand at every turn, and it is that simple and plain fact that makes this country so special among its neighbours.