“This two week Bangladesh holiday crosses the country by paddle steamer, train, plane, boat and on foot, allowing you to cover plenty of ground – but also get up close to wildlife and people.”


Dhaka | Mahastangarh Buddhist monastery | Chars of the Jamuna River | Paharpur Buddhist archaeological site | Sundarbans boat cruise | Bagerhat Sixty Domed Mosque | Otter fishing village | Sylhet | Jaflong | Meet Khasia tribal people | Srimongal | Lawachara Forest Reserve | Hail Haor Wetland Sanctuary | Dhamrai

Description of Bangladesh holiday

The sprawling city of Dhaka is the starting point for this in depth tour of Bangladesh, which follows the river south, by paddle steamer, all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sundarbans. This world’s largest mangrove forest shelters some 260 bird species – as well as the Bengal tiger. En route, you’ll visit palaces, Hindu temples, mosques, Buddhist monasteries and impressive archaeological sites, giving a unique insight into the past and present culture of Bangladesh, and its spirituality and religion.

As well as the big draws, this Bangladesh holiday is packed with lower-key but no less special treats, such as meeting fishermen who used trained otters to round up fish, the stone collectors of Jaflong and Khasia tribal people who live close to the Indian border. Stretch your legs with a hike through the Lawachara Forest Reserve, home to birds, monkeys and rare gibbons, and spend two days cruising through the Sundarbans, winding your way along the wider rivers and narrow channels in search of the thriving wildlife.

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22 Dec 2018
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£ 2565
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bangladesh holiday

We are proud of our involvement in Bangladesh. Being pioneers in the development of the country’s tourism we take our responsibilities seriously and are determined to set the standard for other operators to follow.

We have been working with our locally owned operator Abdur for many years. We have helped Abdur with initiatives that can be taken to sustainably grow his business, not just with us, but with other operators. When visiting the tribal people of the Chittagong Hill Tracks we have insisted that you are accompanied by a local tribal guide as well as your main guide. This means that the money you spend is going directly to the people that benefit the most.

When visiting the Sundarbans, a World Heritage Site, we are accompanied by a park ranger. We use the services of the Divisional Forestry Office responsible for and protecting the delicate ecological balance of the Sundarbans. The fees you pay as part of the trip directly support these activities and the preservation of this unique environment. At the end of the journey travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicine and books, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.

We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

4 Reviews of Bangladesh holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable part is the amount of curiosity we aroused wherever we went - people were interested to see us and wanted to talk to us - and have their photos taken with us. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. I enjoyed the peacefulness of the waterways (a contrast to the roads!) and visiting the small villages.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need stamina - there are some very long days of travelling. Also not advised if you're nervous in traffic - the roads can be very busy and driving somewhat hair-raising.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very interesting and enjoyable.

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I loved the Sundarbans and seeing the tribal people of the CHT

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Trust the company in Bangladesh, their representatives are really good

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

All the people we used were local companies, so yes it benefitted local people and we went to see ordinary people who were truly glad to see us/me.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely wonderful

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Finding a recent tiger paw print in the mud and some on the beach as well. Never saw the elusive tiger itself but at least we knew at least one had been around recently! Also seeing otters, monkeys, kingfishers and woodpeckers as well as a variety of other birds on our boat trip in the Sundaurbans.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Expect lots of very friendly Bangladesh people to want to talk to you and practice their English! Order your food early as it takes a while to cook, which is a good sign that it's fresh and worth the wait.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Reviewed on 09 Feb 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The trip on the Rocket Steamer and afterwards smaller boat around the Sunderbans

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared and be patient when schedule cannot be adhered to. Our flight from Chittagong kept being cancelled where we waited from 4 pm until 9pm; eventually a minibus had to be hired to drive us all the way to Dhaka taking nearly 6 hours during the night. We had another 3 hours to wait at Jessor. Also, right at the beginning, because of the haj gathering in Dhaka, our trip was re-scheduled which meant missing ou Chittagong. However, we managed to persuade the tour operator to divert us from Cox's Bazar to Chittagong overland rather than fly out from CB to Dhaka.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, everyone around us were very aware of the environmental issues and it was impressive to see that hardly any plastic bags were being used. Everywhere could be seen brown paper bags being carried around.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Considering very few tourists go to Bangladesh, it was surprising to find that accommodation and food was up to good standard. Rooms were clean and everywhere they made sure that mosquito sprays were used before bedtime. Also there were no signs of creepy-crawlies or mice around all the premises we stayed in.

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