Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sinar Eco Resort (20 & 21 Jan 2018)




Lobby area




Living room




Container style for couples




Tour


Pool room


Karaoke room






Boat ride


Rabbits


Cows


Sheep


Horse


Cats


Goose


Lunch


View from roof top


Durians


Night time





More pictures: Sinar Eco Resort (20 & 21 Jan 2018)

Monday, January 01, 2018

Bangladesh (23 - 31 Dec 2017)

Exchange rate and budgeting


Decided to change from SGD to USD instead of directly to BDT (Bangladeshi taka ৳)



=========================================================


Flight plan:

Flight 1

Scoot Airline
TR-514
Date of Journey
23 Dec 2017, 05:55 PM
From
Singapore (SIN)
Changi Intl Arpt, Terminal 2
To
Dhaka (DAC)
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Terminal 1
Flight 2

Scoot Airline
TR-515
Date of Journey
31 Dec 2017, 09:00 PM
From
Dhaka (DAC)
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Terminal 1
To
Singapore (SIN)
Changi Intl Arpt, Terminal 2

Flight Cost: SGD341.92

=========================================================

Day 1, 23 Dec 17


On flight TR514


Everyone rushing to alight


Shahjalal International Airport (DAC)


Visa on Arrival was USD $51. I was told it is possible to get visa done in Singapore at approximately SGD$37.


Changed USD $100 for ৳8340 at the airport, and bought a traveller SIM card at ৳400. 10 days temp SIM with 2GB data and 1GB for Facebook.


First night at Golpata Bed & Breakfast, Dhaka (6km / 20min taxi ride, ৳1000, from Airport, but took way much longer due to road closure)


Common kitchen


The mixed dorm


View from the window

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 2, 24 Dec 17


This is how Golpata Bed & Breakfast's building looks like




Road works


Having tea "char"




Goaldi Mosque - গোয়ালদি মসজিদ


Panam City পানাম নগরী






Lunch at Highway Inn



- Ship-breaking yard
http://www.deshghuri.com/bangladesh-tour/2-days-trip/bangladesh-ship-breaking-yard-tour/


Kids playing

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 3, 25 Dec 17

Fishery port

Chittagong Railway Station Old Terminal চট্টগ্রাম রেলওয়েস্টেশন প্রাচীন টার্মিনাল

Chittagong Court Building চট্টগ্রাম কোর্ট বিল্ডিং

Park


War cemtery




At night do an overnight Bus journey to Bogra (192km / 5hrs)


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 4, 26 Dec 17


Reach Bogra very early in the morning and do breakfast at local restaurant. Afterwords explore sites around and move to Mahasthangarhমহাস্থানগড়, the first sign of early civilization in Bengal of 4th - 6th century

Afterwards explore Somapura Mahavihara সোমপুর মহাবিহারlocally called paharpur then drive towards Rajshahi.

On the way, you may explore Kusumba Mosque কুসুম্বা শাহী মসজিদ



Took a day bus from Bogra to Rajshahi (120)

The Padma River separates Bangladesh from India (similar to Mekong River seperating Laos and Thailand)

Rajshahi
- Rajshahi College রাজশাহী কলেজ (Red building)
- A.H.M Kamruzzaman Memorial Chattor (Sculpture)



-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 5, 27 Dec 17


Start early in the morning and explore Phutia Temple Complex পুঠিয়া রাজবাড়ী,

A round trip from Rajshahi to Phutia and back to train station cost me a whopping 1,000 because I did not have small change and the driver just drove off with my note.


Catch the train at 2PM to reach at Khulna at 9PM

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 6, 28 Dec 17



Bagerhat
- Shaat Gombuj Mosque (Sixty Dome Mosque) ষাট গম্বুজ মসজিদ
- Chunakhola Masjid চুনাখোলা মসজিদ
- Nine Dome Mosque


Took the Surovi 8 Launch.

No more cabin, so I slept on the deck with the locals. 200taka

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 7, 29 Dec 17

Arrived in Dhaka at about 6.40am


It was a Friday and I did not manage to visit many places. Fatigue also limited me to explore further.

- Tomb of Pori Bibi পরী বিবিরমাজার
- Lalbagh Fort লালবাগ কেল্লা
- Dhakeshwari Mondir ঢাকেশ্বরীমন্দিরে (ঢাকেশ্বরী মন্দির)

Stayed at Airbnb, Hosted by Swapan
https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/19376730


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 8, 30 Dec 17


- Museum of Independence স্বাধীনতা জাদুঘর


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 9, 31 Dec 17




-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Did not manage to visit:

- Ahsan Manzil (Pink Mosque)  আহসান মঞ্জিল
- Liberation War Museum মুক্তিযুদ্ধ যাদুঘর
- Kamalapur Railway Station কমলাপুর রেলস্টেশন
- City Centre সিটি সেন্টার
- Dhaka New Market ঢাকা নিউমার্কেট


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Final thoughts
- Get visa done in Singapore
- Be careful, while there are nice people, there are also people out to take advantage.
- Transport is expensive
- Have small change ready at all times
- Take note of opening hours and their break time for visiting places.


=========================================================

More pictures: Bangladesh (23 - 31 Dec 2017)