The travel industry is back with a boom following the pandemic. British citizens made over 71 million visits abroad in 2022.
According to statistics from finder, two thirds of Britons were planning to holiday abroad in 2023. But while Spain and France are top of the destination list, there are a few hotspots that are far less visited.
At the other end of the scale is Bangladesh. Although it had more than 320,000 overnight tourists in 2019, the South Asian country has a population of 169m.
This ratio makes Bangladesh one of the least touristy countries on earth and travellers are unlikely to bump into many other foreign visitors on their trip.
Lonely Planet describes Bangladesh as “south Asia’s greenest jewel”. A spokesperson said: “A country braided with rivers, with a rich culture waiting to be explored by pioneering travellers.”
One of the country’s top attractions is Kantanagar Temple, an incredible Hindu monument constructed in 1752. The building’s decorative panels have intricate depictions of Bangladeshi culture, mythology and society.
The Sundarban is the largest mangrove forest in the world and sits in a delta formed by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers.
Home to Bengal tigers, spotted deer, pythons, monkeys and over 300 species of bird, the forest is one of earth’s most incredible environments.
Capital city, Dhaka, is a megacity and one of earth’s most densely populated metropolises. The city is home to 22 million people and it’s also one of the best places to sample Bangladeshi food.
While tourists are free to explore Bangladesh by themselves, many experts recommend booking a tour with a reputable company.