Bangladesh Travel, Tours, Gap Year & Volunteering
Bangladesh is an under-rated and under-visited destination, many people choose to visit India but you will not be disappointed if you travel here. There are so many beautiful places to visit and natural beauty is everywhere with rural villages, over 700 rivers and stunning scenery not to mention to exotic wildlife like tigers.
Adventure Tours, Gap Year Trips & Volunteer Programs in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Travel Guide
If you would like to travel to Bangladesh search our amazing activities and trips on One World 365. You can also view tips including advice for places to go, the best packages available and get information about costs, accommodation, transport, health and safety.
- Capital: Dhaka
- Government: Parliamentary democracy
- Currnecy: Taka (BDT)
- Country Size: 147,570 km2
- Population: 156,118,000 (approx)
- Language: Bengali (official), English
Top Reasons to Visit Bangladesh
You will get a really authentic experience visiting Bangaldesh and we have travel packages which will take you to the heart of the country. Expect:
- Exotic wildlife
- Relatively low tourist numbers compared to nearby countries like India, Myanmar and Nepal
- Untouched by globalisation
- Spectacular countryside and scenery
- Very cheap, you will get great value of accommodation, sightseeing and activities
Best Places to Visit in Bangladesh
If you are planning to travel to Bangladesh these are some of the most popular tourist sights in the country you should consider adding to your itinerary:
- Cox's Bazer - 125km sandy beach, one of the most impressive in the world
- St Martin's Island
- Chittagong Hill-Tracts
- Sundarbans Mangrove Forest
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests.
Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
One of the most popular reasons to visit is to see exotic wildlife. These trips are incredible! You will get to see exotic wild animals and get photos and memories to last a memory. On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van and typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
Volunteer in Bangladesh
If you want a culture shock and get away from other tourists whilst being able to stay a little longer and make a real difference consider going to work in Bangladesh. The pace of life in Bangladesh is very slow, you should go in with an open mind and not let the little things frustrate you. Voluntourism in Bangladesh is growing every year and this country is going to attract more volunteer workers in the future, by applying now you will avoid the crowds and get an authentic experience.
Volunteering in Bangladesh is a really rewarding way to experience the country where you will get to meet friendly people, learn more about the culture and also give back. This country might be a bit of a culture shock but Bangladeshi people are very friendly by nature, most people can't speak English so it's a good idea to learn some basic words and phrases. If you volunteer in rural areas people will make you feel very special and the centre of attention.
Location of Projects
A lot of programs are located in the capital Dhaka and more rural towns and villages. This country is less developed compared to other Asia volunteering destinations, you might want to search our India volunteer page for more options.
Bangladesh has a huge population, around 151,000,000 - one of the biggest in the world. A lot of people live in poverty and need assistance all year round. There are large international charities and local NGO's working to help people and move the country forward. Bangladesh has long had poor infrastructure and less tourists bring money in. There is a need for people to help with building, construction, healthcare and human rights programs. You can join short and long term projects
A lot of local NGO's work to help people excluded from the social and economic growth in Bangladesh or who suffer from poverty or who live in rural areas. Around 30 million people need help - a shockingly high number. Some projects involve working with discriminated and marginalised women and also indigenous tribes - this will be a rewarding experience. There are other programs with children and youth, helping them get a good education and find employment. You could also help in a medical capticity with the aim of stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS, helping disable people.
"I volunteered in a small rural village in Bangladesh for 3 months as part of the programme. Myself and 4 others worked with a team of 5 young local people, planning and delivering a series of workshops on topics such as gender equality, women's rights, child's rights, health and hygiene, education and the environment, to raise awareness on the importance of these issues within Bangladesh and on a global scale. Throughout the placement I grew more confident, and met so many amazing people along the way! We stayed with host families, local people who welcome you into their home and treat you like part of their famly! It is a life changing, once in a life time opportunity. It is a great way to experience a different culture, whilst gaining important skills that will not only help you in the future, but they also look great on your CV!" - Ciara Rooney volunteered in Bangaldesh with International Citizen Service
Health and Safety
Be sure to visit your doctor between 4-8 weeks before you depart and check needed vaccinations. Whilst in Bangladesh you might want to only drink bottles water (even when brushing your teeth).
How to Apply
Are you ready to see the very best of the country? Search our featured trips above or contact us for specific advice.