Bangladesh is a country defined by water and though the country does experience flooding and some extreme weather, the rivers of Bangladesh (the Padma, Jamuna and the Meghna as well as hundreds of smaller waterways) bring fertility to this lush part of the world.
This densely populated nation of nearly 150 million people has had its hard times since becoming a country in 1971. But today, investment is being placed in its education and health sectors, and the country is seen as progressive with a promising emerging economy.
The capital city of Dhaka is a teeming metropolis in perpetual motion. It's one of South Asia's mega cities, known by some as the City of Mosques and by others as the Rickshaw Capital of the World. Dhaka’s old quarter is fascinating -- a swirl of narrow streets and bustling bazaars, mosques and Hindu temples.
Visitors can venture out to the highlands and take a trip up to the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Those looking for a beach can visit the longest natural sandy sea beach in the world - Cox's Bazar. The Sundarbans -- the world's largest mangrove forest – is home to exotic flora and fauna including the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Bangladesh is often a jumping-off point for jaunts around India, Nepal, Thailand or Cambodia.