Recently I’ve got a copy of the Lonely Planet travel guide 2008 edition. It suggest the travelers to spend 2 days to see the Dhaka city. Might be handy for the travelers who have that time to spend here. Continue reading “Seeing Dhaka in 2 days – Lonely Planet travel guide suggestion”
A nice video of the “Sixty Dome Mosque” or “Shat Gombuj Masjid”, located at Bagerhat in Bangladesh. This 15th century mosque is a UNESCO world heritage site. Continue reading “Video | Sixty Dome Mosque”
An excellent documentary on the largest mangrove forest of the world – Sundarbans, in south-west Bangladesh. A team of wildlife experts exploring the forest and many of its wildlife. Continue reading “Video | Sensational Sundarbans of Bangladesh”
Recently Bangladesh tourism board has released an wonderful video named “Beautiful Bangladesh” in the occasion of world cup cricket of which Bangladesh is a co-host. This video shows every tourist spot in the beautiful Bangladesh, and every way you can have lots of fun here. Continue reading “Video | Beautiful Bangladesh – The travel video”
If you ever have necessity to send any fax to all the national daily newspapers of Bangladesh, this post could be handy for you. Here you’ll find the fax and phone numbers of all of them. Continue reading “Fax and phone numbers of the Bangladeshi newspapers”
Sonargaon is the ancient capital of Isa Khan’s kingdom in Bengal. It is located near the current-day city of Narayanganj. Part of the capital is now saved as the “Lokshilpo Jadughar” or “Folk arts & crafts museum” – a place worth visit in your Dhaka tour. Continue reading “Photo | Sonargaon folk arts & crafts museum”
Bhasani Novotheater is the only Planetarium in Bangladesh located at the Bijay Sarani in Dhaka. This is a modern space center built by the ministry of science and IT. This building is another unique architecture in Bangladesh. Continue reading “Show-time for the Bhasani Novotheater in Bangladesh”
Tourists in Bangladesh frequently ask for a budget hotel recommendation in Dhaka which is safe and provide good service. We list some of them here. Continue reading “Best budget hotels in Dhaka”
Bangladesh is a very beautiful country. During monsoon, everything becomes so green. Visiting country side during this time could be a nice opportunity to freshen the mind and soul. Here are some photograph of a country side area of Bangladesh during monsoon. Continue reading “Photo | Country side of Bangladesh”
St. Martin island is one of the most beautiful place in Bangladesh. It is the most attractive tourist spot for local and foreign tourists. People want to know many things about traveling St. Martin Island, which is difficult to find. In this post, we try to answer the most frequently asked questions about traveling St. Martin Island.
Going to St. Martin island
Q. How to go to the St. Martin Island?
A. You can go to the St. Martin Island from Dhaka, Chittagong, or Cox’s Bazar. First you have to come to Teknaf. From Teknaf you can ride a Sea Truck, Ship, or Shallow engine boat to St. Martin Island.
Q. From where to ride bus in Dhaka?
A. Buses goes to Teknaf from Saydabad & Fakirapul bus station. There are many bus service to Teknaf – Eagle, Modern Line, S. Alam, Shyamoli, and St. Martin.
Q. Any contact no?
Eagle Bus Service: +88-01713-145584, +88-01190-124127
St. Martin Service: +880-1732-406352, +88-01711-321143
Q. How much is the fare from Dhaka to Teknaf?
A. A/C bus – 1,100 Tk, Non-A/C bus – 560 Tk.
Q. When does the last bast goes from Dhaka?
A. 10.00 pm. Reaches Teknaf about 8.00 am.
Q. Where to get-down at Teknaf?
A. Teknaf Ship Station. You have to tell the bus stuffs before to let you down at the Ship station.
Q. How to go to Teknaf from Cox’s Bazar?
A. Micro buses goes from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf. You can reserve one or can ride in person basis. Also can take a bus from Cox’s Bazar bus station. Fare is 80 Tk.
Q. How much is the fare of micro bus to Teknaf from Cox’s Bazar?
A. About 1,500 Tk.
Q. How to go to Teknaf from Chittagong?
A. Buses goes to Teknaf from Chittagong regularly. Fare is about 220 Tk.
Q. How to go to St. Martin from Teknaf?
A. Ships, Sea trucks, and Shallow engine boats goes to St. Martin Island and Teknaf everyday. Among them, sea trucks are the safest and the most comfortable.
Q. How much is the fare in sea trucks?
A. 550 Tk. in the economy class with return ticket.
Q. How long it takes from Teknaf to St. Martin island?
A. About 3 hours.
Q. Which one is the best sea truck?
A. Carie Sindbad. It is the most comfort and the fastest. You can book ticket advance: +88-02-8125881, +88-02-8156296, +88-02-8156297, +88-01817-210427
Q. What is the time table for sea trucks?
A. Sea trucks leaves Teknaf every morning at 9.00 am, and return from St. Martin island in the same day at 3.00 pm.
In the St. Martin island
Q. What transport is available in the island?
A. Only rickshaw van.
Q. How much is the fare for these rickshaw vans?
A. In the pick hour (the time between arriving the ships and leave) they demand 100 Tk+ for a van. But in the off-pick hour, the fare is normally about 20 Tk. per van.
Q. Where to stay in the island?
A. There are many hotel and motel in the island. Some of them are listed here:
Blue Marine:+88-01819-063418, +88-01722-473613, +88-01819-063425
Abakash: +88-02-8358485, +88-02-9342351, +88-02-9359230 (Have to book from Dhaka.)
Pacific Resort: +88-01732-434264 (St. Martin), +88-01712-643694, +88-01720-939090 (Dhaka)
Swapno Probal: +88-01814-274409, +88-01722-545872 (St. Martin), +88-02-861-1428, +88-01711-110919 (Dhaka)
Simana Periye: +88-02-883-5831, +88-01911-121292
Q. Does mobile phone network available in the island?
A. Yes. Grameen Phone and Robi network is available.
Q. How much is the price of coconut?
A. Normally 15-20 Tk. per piece. But in the season, they can demand more.
Q. Is there electricity in the island?
A. Electricity is supplied in the whole island with generators from the evening till 12 am midnight only.
Q. Is there grocery shops or market in the island?
A. Yes. You can find your everyday requirements in the island. But being an island, some things are regularly short.
Q. What about drinking water?
A. Drinking water is available in the island. It is supplied from the underground of the island.
Q. I’ve heard there is scuba diving facilities in the island?
A. Yes. A small company gives the facility of scuba diving during the tourist season. You can contact:
Oceanic Scuba Diving Center
Q. How much they charge?
A. 2,000 Tk for every hour. Also provide training. 4 days course is 15,000 Tk. every person.
A. How to go to the Chhera Dip?
Q. Speed boats and shallow engine boats goes to the Chhera Dip every morning around 8-9 am. Or you can track if you wish.
A. How much is the fare?
Q. Speed boats take about 100 Tk. per person.
A. How long it takes?
Q. About 15-20 minutes in speed boat, and 50 minutes in the shallow engine boats.
A. What about tracking?
Q. Chhera Dip is about 4-5 k.m. from the main island. In the morning, a small way comes out, but it goes down during the tide. So you have to be careful about tide.
Have any other question? Feel free to ask.
Learning Bengali Language for foreigners could be handy while traveling Bangladesh. Most educated people at Bangladesh can understand and speak English. So it will not be any problem in your travel if you can’t speak Bengali. But if you can speak a little Bengali/Bangla, you can win the heart of any local people here in less then a minute. So if you have any plan to stay longer at Bangladesh, it is advisable that you learn some Bengali.
Here are some of the institutes where you can learn Bengali very well:
Institute of Modern Language, Dhaka University
This institute has short and long course on Bengali for the foreigners. A library and five language labs are available for the students. Being a public university, it is also cheap. You can contact:
Prof. Monsur Musa
Bengali Language Department
Dhaka Language Club
They have 2 campus at Banani & Dhanmondi. Provide short course on Bengali language for foreigners.
Heed Language Center
They provide several short courses on Bengali whole year long.
House # 96, Road # 13/C, Block # E, Banani, Dhaka-1213
Phone: +88-02-8812390, +88-02-9896028, +88-01199022281
LearnBangla Bangla learning center
They have language course from beginners to advance level. Have good materials to assist learning.
House # 57, Road # 7/A, Block # H
Know about any other language center? Let us know in the comment.