The experience at the end of a Bangladesh flight is a sensory explosion of sights, sounds and smells like no other...
From the ancient capital of Dhaka to national parks filled with magnificent wild animals, from ornate Buddhist temples to the beautiful Bay of Bengal and gorgeous beaches, Bangladesh has plenty to offer.
International flights to Bangladesh land at Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC), formerly known as Zia Airport. It is located around 20 kilometres from central Dhaka.
Hotel accommodation is abundant in downtown Dhaka, and there is plenty to see in this metropolis of some 10million inhabitants. The city's mosques - there are literally hundreds of them - are legendary.
Outside the capital, some of the most impressive mosques can be seen in the town of Bagerhat, in the south-west of Bangladesh, including a famous 60-dome mosque.
Those with an interest in architecture will also be stunned by the many ornate Buddhist temples in Bangladesh, one of the most jaw-dropping being Buddha Dhatu Jadi, in the town of Balaghata.
Bangladesh combines big-city living with fantastic wildlife spotting. National parks such as Sundarbans and Rajendrapur and the lakeside district of Rangamati are great places to see animals such as Bengal tigers and colourful birds in their national habitat. Many tour operators run trips to the national parks from Dhaka.
Adventure tourists and outdoor types will find plenty of exciting activities in Bangladesh, with the Chittagong Hill Tracts in particular offering excellent terrain for trekkers and climbers. There are some 13,000 square kilometres of jungle-clad hills, ravines and gorges.
Sylhet is another popular trekking region, with challenging walks and sublime views. The gorgeous beaches at Kuakata and the famous Cox's Bazar resort are perfect places to just chill out and catch your breath.
Located on the beautiful Bay of Bengal, Cox's Bazar is officially the longest beach in the world. Sunbathers have plenty of elbow room even as the destination attracts increasing numbers of international visitors.
Another area of great natural beauty in Bangladesh is Srimangal (sometimes spelled Sreemangal), known as Bangladesh's Capital of Tea. A land of sloping hills thick with rain forest, Srimangal offers breath-taking views - as well as wonderful cups of that hot beverage.
The monsoon season in Bangladesh brings daily rainfall and high temperatures. The best time of year to find a cheap flight to Bangladesh is during this wet season, which runs between May and September.
Tourism is at its peak in Bangladesh between October and March, when average daytime temperatures hover around 28C and rain is infrequent. Book well in advance and you can secure great deals on Bangladesh flights for departures at any time of year.
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national carrier, has direct flights to Dhaka from the UK operating three times a week...
With a flight time of around 11 hours, these are the only non-stop flights to Bangladesh from the UK
Most passengers fly on one of many connecting services. Some routes are via India, with Air India or Jet Airways. Others are with Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar via their Middle Eastern or Asian hubs.
The latter flights have excellent regional connections from the UK. Connecting flights take upwards of 13 hours.
Travel in Dhaka, including getting to and from the airport is cheap - but it's not always easy...
Taxis are available from a rank in front of the airport. A typical fare from the airport to the city centre is 400 Bangladeshi taka (around £3). Avoid the airport surcharge if you wish by walking across the main road from the airport and getting a taxi at the roadside.
For an authentic Dhaka experience, visitors can travel by auto rickshaw - a covered and usually open-sided, three-wheeled vehicle, also known as a baby taxi. It costs around 100 taka to hire one of these for the airport-city journey.
Not all taxi and rickshaw drivers speak English, so it's wise to brush up on the local lingo, Bengali, or have where you wish to go written on a note you can show to the driver.
There are also regular shuttle buses from the airport to popular destinations in the city centre, and some hotels offer pick-up services.
Whether your budget stretches to basic hotels or ultra-luxury, Bangladesh will not disappoint...
Fancy a five-star stay in the city? A glorious sea-view suite? How about a lodge by the river with some wildlife spotting from the balcony? Whatever kind of holiday you are after in Bangladesh, there's a hotel waiting to issue you with a welcome as genuine and toasty as the long, hot days.
Whether you stay in the city, get close to nature in the national parks or just totally relax at one of the nation's beautiful beaches, booking early is advised to secure a great rate. This is especially true in the busiest month of October, when dry, warm weather lures tourists.
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