The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!!

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Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! by Shyikh Mahdi
Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! by Shyikh Mahdi
Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! by Shyikh Mahdi

If you are a Bangladeshi youth, you may have missed some of the most wonderful things-to-do here because of the stereotypical mindset and mostly, lack of information. It is not quite uncommon, thanks (?!) to the socio-economic reality of our country. The popular myths among the general Bangladeshi people are like – Traveling costs too much; it is not for me; I won’t survive in the wilderness; I am happy with my life; So why ghuraghuri !!!

Well, from the great prophets to philosophers to global leaders to social change makers, everyone had spent a considerable time of their life in traveling, roaming around the earth. Nobody in the world can teach you better than the world, the Nature itself. Just make a decision, take the step and you will be the part of the nature! Like Gandalf the Grey once said to Bilbo Baggins – ‘Home is now behind you, the World is ahead’!

Caution: Be friendly with everyone and everything while traveling, especially to the Nature and environment. Leave no trace except your footprints, return with nothing but memories and photographs.

Here is my Bucket list for Bangladesh, and I believe every Bangladeshi youth should explore at least something of those before starting the busy life of professional struggles………. However, these are nothing but my random thoughts, so read and act on your own risk ;) :p

Clarification: By terming the heading as ‘Before 30‘, I meant the physical strength (and mental too) and capacity for average Bangladeshi people, because some of the activities described below require heavy physical strain and courage. But if you are over 40-50 years of age and still up for those adventures, you are my inspiration !!!!

1. Quest for the Fountain of Youth: Nafakum, Amiakum & beyond……

Enough said already !! These glamorous falls in the rocky Bandarban and other hilly districts will quench the thirst of your heart, that’s for sure!! Try at least any one of those…..


Amiakum Falls – the most beautiful waterfall of Bangladesh. Photo Tourist Mun

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 1/39 by Shyikh MahdiNafakum Falls, Thanchi, Bandarban. Photo M Rohool Kaiser

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 2/39 by Shyikh MahdiLung-Pher-Bha Saitar, Silopi Para, Bandarban. Photo Fahim Hasan


Khoiyachhora Falls at Mirershorai, Chittagong. Photo Durbar Faisal

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 3/39 by Shyikh MahdiSohosrodhara Falls at Shitakunda, Chittagong. Photo Fahim Hasan

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 4/39 by Shyikh MahdiTlublong Falls (Double falls), Bandarban. Photo Ruhul Sumon

Best time to go – All seasons (Especially Rainy Seasons, it will be risky but worthy)

Lowest possible cost – BDT 4500 (Approx)

2. Touch the Sky: A Trek to Bangla Mountains

Mountains in Bangladesh? Well, theoretically anything exceeding the height of 1000 Meters or 3,300 feet can roughly be called a Mountain. We have got a number of such mountains in Bangladesh. Try at least one from Saka Haflong (3,488 feet), Dumlong (3,312 feet), Mowdok Mual (3,353 feet), Keyokradong (3172 feet) or Tajindong (2856 feet). You will never forget this trek; the soft and moist touches of the clouds and the breathtaking view from the top will make you speechless.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 5/39 by Shyikh MahdiRun to the Hills !!! Photo Hasan Mahmud Tipu

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 6/39 by Shyikh MahdiFar over the Misty Mountains Cold !!! Photo Samir Mallik

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 7/39 by Shyikh MahdiUnforgettable evening on top of the hills in Bandarban. Photo Shyikh Mahdi

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 8/39 by Shyikh MahdiIt may not be understood from the photo, but we were literally walking through Clouds. Photo Nazmul Hasan

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 9/39 by Shyikh MahdiThe breathtaking view from the top. Photo Tanim Ashraf

Best time to go - All seasons except Rainy Season. Winter is Best.

Lowest possible cost – BDT 2300 (I did)

3. On Stranger Tides: A visit to Cox’s Bazar

Nothing more to say about it, everyone knows well. The longest beach of this planet should bear your footprint as well !!!

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 10/39 by Shyikh MahdiCox’s Bazar, the Longest Sea Beach of the World. Photo: Courtesy

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 11/39 by Shyikh MahdiA glimpse of the largest Bay of the World from hilltop. Photo: Courtesy

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 12/39 by Shyikh MahdiKutubdia Island Beach with the Wind Mills. Photo: Emdad Tushar

Best time to go - All seasons.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 2000 (I did)

4. The Under ‘Water’ World: Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at the Saint Martin’s Island

The culture of scuba diving and snorkeling is fairly new. The only institutional support is available at the Saint Martin’s. You must know to swim before exploring the underwater. I haven’t been their yet, but I know, the only coral island have Bangladesh have much more to offer in its underworld than over board for sure.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 13/39 by Shyikh MahdiCorals underwater. Photo Fazlay Rabby

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 14/39 by Shyikh Mahdi  Corals Underwater !!! Photo Sharif Sarwar (Save our Sea)

Best time to go - All seasons except Rainy Season.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 5000 (Approx)

5.  A Sneak Peek to the Tiger’s Den: The Sundarbans

Nothing more to say about it too, everyone knows well. The largest Mangrove forest of this planet should bear your footprint as well!! Look out for the spotted dears, crocodiles, birds, snakes and if you’re lucky, then you know who !!!

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 15/39 by Shyikh MahdiDear Deers !! Photo Shamsul Alam

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 16/39 by Shyikh MahdiLooking for a Royal Bengal Tiger, may be ?? Photo: Courtesy

Best time to go - All seasons except Rainy Season.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 5000 (Approx)

6. The Green Serenity: A Long walk in the Tea Gardens, Sylhet

Just walk through the tiny trails between the hillocks and the flash of greenery around you. The tea gardens of Sylhet will blow your mind. You can also find rubber gardens around you.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 17/39 by Shyikh MahdiTea Gardens at Sylhet. Photo Shyikh Mahdi

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 18/39 by Shyikh MahdiA glimpse on roadside….. Goyainghat, Sylhet. Photo: Fahim Hossain

Best time to go - All seasons.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 1500 (I did)

7. The Oceanic Rush: Bike riding at the Marine Drive Rode. Teknaf

Riding the bike with the largest bay of the world by my side? It’s just a matter of feeling of the outer world. If you have a bike, grab it and just go! I haven’t been there yet, but will do soon.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 19/39 by Shyikh MahdiThe bike riding with the sea !!! Photo Fazlay Rabby

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 20/39 by Shyikh MahdiResting at the shore. Photo Rakib Hasnayeen

Best time to go - All seasons.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 3500 (Approx)

8. The Biriyani Trek: Hustling around the Old Dhaka

Can’t afford to go outside the city because of busy schedule and everything? Well, this 400 years old boy has also a lot of offerings for you. And the best of them all, a day trip for Biriyani in Old Dhaka! Try the dishes as much as you can, and then explore the history at Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manjil; but a simple walk in the bustling tiny roads will be the thing that you’d remember for long. Always keep your eyes open, sometimes you may need to shut your nose :p

Best time to go - All seasons.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 150

9. A Boat journey between the Rocks and Misty Mountains: Sangu

This will be a journey of a lifetime. Start from Ruma or Thanchi, head for Tindu or Remakri through the misty mountains and the giant rocks. The scenery will blow your mind away. And in case you want more, a bamboo rafting in the mystic lagoons in Bandarban will make you speechless.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 21/39 by Shyikh MahdiFrom Tindu to Remakri. Photo Living with Forests

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 22/39 by Shyikh MahdiBamboo Rafting at Mathbarakhum, Bandarban. Photo Shamim Shahadat

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 23/39 by Shyikh MahdiRafting between the Rocks, Saatbhaikhum, Bandarban Photo Rajib Hasan

Best time to go - All seasons except Rainy Season.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 4000 (Approx)

10. Into the Caves: Alutila, Kudum and Ali’s Cave

There are a few natural caves in Bangladesh. The famous Alutila at Khagrachhari, the Ali’s cave at Bandarban and finally, the great Kudum Guha at Teknaf…. try any one of those. You may consider the last one as a Bat cave, though there are many other wild Bat caves in deeper Bandarban. And if lucky (or unlucky?) you might meet some pythons at Kudum Guha as well!

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 24/39 by Shyikh MahdiAlikodom Cave, Alikadam, Bandarban.  Photo Amit Sen Gupta

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 25/39 by Shyikh MahdiThe great Kudum Guha, Teknaf Game Reserve. Photo Javed Hakim

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 26/39 by Shyikh MahdiThe Nature’s dungeon !!! (Inside Alutila Cave, Khagrachhari) Photo: Flickr

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 27/39 by Shyikh MahdiA 21st Century caveman in Alutila, Khagrachhari !! Photo Nazmul Hasan

Best time to go - All seasons except Rainy Season. Winter is Best.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 1800 (I did)

11. The Whale Hunter – A visit to the Swatch of No Grounds

The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay of the world, and this Swatch of No Ground is the deepest part of it. Therefore, it has become the playground for large whales and Ganges bottlenose Dolphins (Irabati Dolphins). A brave and patient effort can make you successful to meet them and say Hello !!

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 28/39 by Shyikh MahdiDolphins playing in the sea !! Photo The Guide Tours

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 29/39 by Shyikh MahdiThe Blue Whale at Bay of Bengal !!! Photo The Guide Tours

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 30/39 by Shyikh MahdiA Whale tilting in the Bay !!! Photo The Daily Star

Best time to go – All seasons except Rainy Season.

Lowest possible cost – BDT 5000 (Approx)

12. Call of the Wild – A Day Hike in the Eastern Rainforests

Just a walk and nothing more. Get out and explore any of the Eastern forests – Lawachhora, Saatchhori, Rema Kalenga, Rajkandi or any other…… all of them offer almost the same view, and that is just sublime.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 31/39 by Shyikh MahdiTrail begins at Saatchhori National Park. Photo Shyikh Mahdi

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 32/39 by Shyikh MahdiMadhabkunda, Sylhet. Photo Shyikh Mahdi

Best time to go - All seasons except Rainy Season.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 1500 (I did)

13. The Desi Amazon – A visit to Ratargul

The Earth has only 22 freshwater Swamp Forests; the subcontinent has got two of them, and one of them is Ratargul. The submerged beauty of Hijal and Karach will make you speechless.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 33/39 by Shyikh MahdiRatargul Swamp Forest, Sylhet. Photo Shyikh Mahdi

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 34/39 by Shyikh MahdiDon’t be afraid of snakes; You’ll see a lot of’em ;) Photo: Nijhoom

Best time to go - Exclusively Rainy Season !!!

Lowest possible cost - BDT 1500 (I did)

14. Cast Away – A Dark night on a Stranded Island at the Bay of Bengal

Robinson Crusoe was my childhood hero, and I memorized his story from a to z. But when it comes to be the real cast away man in a stranded island, I might need some things, at least some friends :p . The chars and small islands like Sonadia, Kuki Mukri, Nijhum Dwip or Kutubdia, Moheshkhali…… there are lots of islands to spend one of the best nights of your life !! The seafood, the strong winds, the sounds of the sea and endless adda, the night will never end!

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 35/39 by Shyikh MahdiChhera Dwip and the Coral stones. (Saint Martin Island) Photo Sohrab Chowdhury Sajal

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 36/39 by Shyikh MahdiAn afternoon beach ride in the wet sands will not be bad after all !! Photo: Shishir


Night Adda at Char Kukri Mukri Photo Tushar S Chowdhury

Best time to go - All seasons except Rainy Season.

Lowest possible cost - BDT 4000 (Approx)

15. The Ultimate: Bangaliana – A Walk in the Meadows

The easiest, and probably the very best thing to do, a simple walk in the meadows of rural Bangladesh. Nothing can be compared with it. The nature, the people, the hospitality and the feeling of connectivity with the motherland, you’d need nothing more than that in a lifetime.

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 37/39 by Shyikh MahdiBest time to go - All seasons.

Lowest possible cost - It costs nothing

Bonus places………. ;) ;)

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 38/39 by Shyikh MahdiPorikunda Falls, Sylhet. Photo Shyikh Mahdi

Photo of The Bucket List: 15 Must-Do things in Bangladesh before you turn 30 !!! 39/39 by Shyikh MahdiMaya Jhorna, Meghaloy, India (?!). Taken from border by Shyikh Mahdi

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Great list! Well done!!
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Eto kachhe eto sundor jayga achhe ... Honestly awesome
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awesome
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W O N D E R F U L ! ! !
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