Formerly part of India, and subsequently Pakistan, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It became independent in 1971 after a war with West Pakistan. Much of the country is occupied by the Ganges Delta, and it is highly vulnerable to cyclones and flooding. Floods in 1998 left two-thirds of the country underwater. Cox's Bazar is the world's longest beach and a popular tourist spot.

The Sundarbans are also in the south and are the largest mangrove swamp in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The capital, Dhaka, is home to 12 million people but few tourists linger too long.


Bangladesh flag

Why you should go:

You have been to India and loved it.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't like crowds.

Map of Bangladesh