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Bangladesh, one of top 10 countries 2009

Lonely Planet is in the absolute world lead of publishing travel guides and guidebooks. Their book Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2009 recommend top 10 countries, regions and cities – all of which represent destinations and experiences travellers ought to consider for 2009.

It is time to plan a break from the routines of the everyday, and think of the kind of travel that will sustain you through the less exciting times of the year. We think you will find quite a few ideas in this edition of Best in Travel.
Travel is two things for us: destination and experience. Well, maybe three – the journey is definitely a part of the story. (p. 6)

The Lonely Planet top 10 countries 2009 are Algeria, Bangladesh, Canada, Georgia, Greenland, Kyrgyztan, Oman, Peru, Rwanda and Sierre Leone. This is how Lonely Planet presents Bangladesh:

California dreaming
Let’s get this straight from the start. Bangladesh is not the country of disappointment as portrayed in ‘Brick Lane’ or by the international media, nor is it merely the poorly endowed cousin of India. Instead Bangladesh is a revelation that actually leaves India looking a little worse for a wear. Any visitor who ventures here will return home with stories so improbable that claiming you have a pet unicorn is likely to be met with fewer disbelieving shakes of the head.
So, what is it that makes accounts of this big-hearted nation so refreshingly unlikely? An excellent starting point is that this country, one of the poorest nations on earth has, quietly and with minimal fuss, done what California, the richest area on earth, claims is too prohibitively expensive – Bangladesh has banned all petrol and diesel vehicles from its two major conurbations and, very shortly, from the entire country. If that hasn’t got the heads of the disbelievers shaking, then wait until they hear that the highest point in Bangladesh, a country famous for being frying-pan flat, is higher than the highest peak in Scotland, a country famous for being leg-achingly mountainous. With an unexpected environmental and geographical profile like this Bangladesh deserves to leave its ‘basket case’ stereotypes far behind and be welcomed by the wider world as the trendsetting, breathtaking and hard-working country it really is.

Deadly Honey
There’s more than environmental enlightenment and thousand-metre peaks to make Bangladesh proud in 2009. A visitor to its green, pleasant and often waterlogged shores can relish in the joy of activities offered by no other country on earth. How does hunting for the most dangerous honey in the world grab you? Or what about going fishing with a family of fluffy otters instead of the usual rod and reel? Not enough of a lure? Then how does watching whales out at sea, or counting freshwater dolphins a hundred miles from the sea float your boat?
Away from the natural wonders you can attend the world’s second-largest Muslim gathering, visit Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim temples by the bucket load, and walk through tribal villages in the mountains where you very presence is likely to be something of a revelation. And of course there is that sweaty and steamy piéce de résistance: the spooky world of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to tigers which kill a man every third day! (p. 14)

Spread the word – this is a world of a lifetime opportunity for Bangladeshi tourism!

This article is written by Majbritt Thomsen, administrator on ‘Views On Tourism’.

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