Bangladesh

Bangladesh Overview

Bangladesh once formed part of Pakistan, which gained independence in 1971 after a nine-month civil war between East Pakistan and West Pakistan. From 1947 to 1971, the region that is now Bangladesh was East Pakistan. More than half the people of Pakistan lived there.

Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves, and Buddhist Temples make what Cox’s Bazaar is today, the tourist capital of Bangladesh. The World’s longest uninterrupted beach slopes down to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal against a background of a deep green forests.

CLIMATE

Bangladesh is generally warm and humid throughout the year. The temperature varies little from one part of the country to another, though the north may be slightly cooler than the south in winter. Temperatures in Bangladesh average about 82° F (28° C) in April, the hottest month in most parts of the country. January, the coldest month in Bangladesh, has an average temperature of 64° F (18° C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Dhaka
POPULATION: 153.5 million
LANGUAGE: Bangla, English
CURRENCY: Bangladeshi Taka
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or either a two or three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: BD
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +880
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +6

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all but essential travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (this does not include the city of Chittagong). If you propose to visit the Chittagong Hill Tracts you are required to give the Bangladeshi authorities ten days’ notice of your travel plans.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk