Geology for Global Development

Top Travel Tips (7): Bangladesh, from Susanne Sargeant

Over the summer we published a very popular series of posts outlining some Top Travel Tips to help those undertaking mapping projects, fieldwork or research visits overseas. Good preparation is essential to get the most out of overseas work. It helps our work be more effective, more efficient and ultimately more sustainable.

Today, Susanne Sargeant shares her insights from time spend in Dhaka. You can read more about Susanne’s travels in Bangladesh in her Guest Blog.

  • At the moment, you can get a visa on arrival at the main international airport. However, if you have time to get a visa before you travel from the UK, do (if for no other reason than peace of mind).

Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka

  • Make sure you get some time to hit the tourist trail. Dhaka has some real gems like the waterfront, Old Dhaka, and the Liberation War Museum.

This man is making a statue for a hindu temple in Old Dhaka

  • Leave plenty of time to get to meetings, appointments, etc. The traffic is crazy and in Dhaka it is not unusual for it to take a couple of hours to go a 2-3 kilometres.

A river taxi rank in Dhaka

Rosalie was the Himalayas Programme Officer for Geology for Global Development and writer for the GfGD blog. She is a geochemist and a postdoc at the University of Oxford.