Hiding behind the evening-news images of cyclones and floods is a lush land with a rich history. Visit archaeological sites dating back over 2000 years; check out the longest beach and the largest littoral mangrove forest in the world, and see the decaying mansions of 19th-century maharajas.
Despite being the world's most crowded country, rural Bangladesh feels relaxed, spacious and friendly: travellers from India have been agreeably surprised to find border officials offering them cups of tea rather than reams of forms to fill in.
Facilities are limited but, if you have an independent streak, it's definitely worth avoiding the crowds heading to India and Nepal and following the old slogan of Bangladesh's tourist body: 'Come to Bangladesh before the tourists'.
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