Distinct Faces of Bangladesh | Photo Essay

Bangladesh is one of the most fascinating countries I’ve ever visited. It’s truly off the radar of even the staunchest of backpackers – and that’s truly a shame – because the country has so much to offer the adventurous sort. With some of the friendliest locals on the planet, Bangladesh rivals only Thailand (in my opinion) as the friendliest country in Asia.

Whether one just wanders down the side streets of Old Dhaka or musters up enough courage to take a rowboat ride along the Sadarghat amidst large vessels, there are adventures to be had in a country that receives hardly any tourism. The following is a photo essay capturing Old Dhaka and a Sadarghat river cruise:

Man carrying basket on his head – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man carrying basket on his head – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rickshaw riding for the whole family – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rickshaw riding for the whole family – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Smiles between friends – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Smiles between friends – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Grinning rowboat captain – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Grinning rowboat captain – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Rickshaw Repair: father & son – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rickshaw Repair: father & son – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Boy posing for the camera – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Boy posing for the camera – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Cute boys making silly faces – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Cute boys making silly faces – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man playing badminton – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man playing badminton – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Distinct Paddler – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Distinct Paddler – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

An ecstatic lady smiling and waving – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

An ecstatic lady smiling and waving – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Boys carrying sacks and munching on snacks – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Boys carrying sacks and munching on snacks – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Passing another rowboat with passengers – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Passing another rowboat with passengers – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Boat scene along the hectic Sadarghat – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Boat scene along the hectic Sadarghat – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

The captain of the boat gliding – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

The captain of the boat gliding – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Man paddling in the small vessel – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Man paddling in the small vessel – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Small craft versus Large craft – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Small craft versus Large craft – Sadarghat, Bangladesh

Man sleeping on the street – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man sleeping on the street – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man previously smiling from ear to ear suddenly becomes serious for the picture – Old Dhaka

Man previously smiling from ear to ear suddenly becomes serious for the picture – Old Dhaka

Group photo of Bangladeshi men – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Group photo of Bangladeshi men – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man posing for a portrait – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man posing for a portrait – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rickshaw scene down a busy side street – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rickshaw scene down a busy side street – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Candid moment over a cup of tea – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Candid moment over a cup of tea – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man carrying heavy load on his rickshaw – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Man carrying heavy load on his rickshaw – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Candid shot of a man squatting and talking on his cellphone – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Candid shot of a man squatting and talking on his cellphone – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Men hauling heavy loads – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Men hauling heavy loads – Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • http://www.bittenbythetravelbug.com/ Nicole Smith

    Stunning photography mate!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thank you Nicole! :)

  • http://www.bittenbythetravelbug.com/ Nicole Smith

    Stunning photography mate!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thank you Nicole! :)

  • http://UncorneredMarket.com Audrey

    Great photos here! Brings back good memories from our travels through Bangladesh earlier this year. The people there are amazing, aren’t they?

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Audrey, they’re probably the friendliest people I’ve ever met!  I’d love to go back in the near future :)  You must have gone just after me.  I was there in late 2010.

  • http://UncorneredMarket.com Audrey

    Great photos here! Brings back good memories from our travels through Bangladesh earlier this year. The people there are amazing, aren’t they?

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Audrey, they’re probably the friendliest people I’ve ever met!  I’d love to go back in the near future :)  You must have gone just after me.  I was there in late 2010.

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    Michael, thanks for featuring my photos on your site.  It’s quite an honour & I’m hoping your readers will enjoy a photo essay on a very under-rated country, as far as travel is concerned.

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    Michael, thanks for featuring my photos on your site.  It’s quite an honour & I’m hoping your readers will enjoy a photo essay on a very under-rated country, as far as travel is concerned.

  • Traveling Ted

    Wonderful photos. I have enjoyed Samuel’s blog and pictures ever since it skyrocketed onto the scene.

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Ted, love your blog as well :)  Looking forward to more stories from your Costa Rica adventure :)

  • Traveling Ted

    Wonderful photos. I have enjoyed Samuel’s blog and pictures ever since it skyrocketed onto the scene.

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Ted, love your blog as well :)  Looking forward to more stories from your Costa Rica adventure :)

  • Davemckendal

    I enjoyed this set of images svery much. Thank you for sharing them.

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thank you, really glad you enjoyed them :)

  • Davemckendal

    I enjoyed this set of images svery much. Thank you for sharing them.

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thank you, really glad you enjoyed them :)

  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

    Thanks for visiting my homeland Samuel. Great photos man.. really great memories.

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Ah, you’re welcome!  I hope I get the chance to return again someday – I love my time there.

  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

    Thanks for visiting my homeland Samuel. Great photos man.. really great memories.

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Ah, you’re welcome!  I hope I get the chance to return again someday – I love my time there.

  • http://www.neverendingvoyage.com Erin

    Beautiful images. I’d love to go to Bangladesh – I think it’ll out crazy India!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Erin, given that you love India I think Bangladesh would be a place I could highly recommend for you to visit.  One thing that is noticeable is that Dhaka is considerably cleaner than many other large India cities with less trash and wayward animals :)

  • http://www.neverendingvoyage.com Erin

    Beautiful images. I’d love to go to Bangladesh – I think it’ll out crazy India!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Erin, given that you love India I think Bangladesh would be a place I could highly recommend for you to visit.  One thing that is noticeable is that Dhaka is considerably cleaner than many other large India cities with less trash and wayward animals :)

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    Absolutely stunning photos!!!  I love love love portraits!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Andi, glad you enjoyed them and thanks for checking them out :)

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    Absolutely stunning photos!!!  I love love love portraits!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Andi, glad you enjoyed them and thanks for checking them out :)

  • http://www.globalbasecamps.com/blog Global Basecamps Ali

    Wow, amazing photo essay!!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thank you, Bangladesh was an ‘amazing’ country to visit :)

  • http://www.globalbasecamps.com/blog Global Basecamps Ali

    Wow, amazing photo essay!!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thank you, Bangladesh was an ‘amazing’ country to visit :)

  • http://alittleadrift.com/ Shannon O’Donnell

    These photos are really beautiful!! :)  Now I’m itching to go visit!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Shannon! :)  I highly recommend you do!

  • ShannonOD

    These photos are really beautiful!! :)  Now I’m itching to go visit!

    • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

      Thanks Shannon! :)  I highly recommend you do!

  • http://www.women-on-the-road.com Leyla Giray

    I spent a week in Bangladesh last year and it was amazingly beautiful and welcoming. I just couldn’t believe there were so few travelers – what a shame. People are incredibly welcoming, I felt safe in most places, the food was brilliant – and your photos bring it all back. Thank you!

  • http://www.women-on-the-road.com Leyla Giray

    I spent a week in Bangladesh last year and it was amazingly beautiful and welcoming. I just couldn’t believe there were so few travelers – what a shame. People are incredibly welcoming, I felt safe in most places, the food was brilliant – and your photos bring it all back. Thank you!

  • Fida

    Beautifully captured! I haven’t been to Bangladesh. But just watch me ;)

  • Fida

    Beautifully captured! I haven’t been to Bangladesh. But just watch me ;)

  • http://www.tripsthatwork.com/ Irina

    I just found this collection and absolutely love it! The first picture is my favorite!I always feel uncomfortable photographing people on the street especially if I’m going for a candid shot where they are not posing or looking at the camera. I always feel that they would get mad at me for “spying” on them… Do you normally ask people for permission to photograph them?

  • http://twitter.com/TripsThatWork Irina

    I just found this collection and absolutely love it! The first picture is my favorite!I always feel uncomfortable photographing people on the street especially if I’m going for a candid shot where they are not posing or looking at the camera. I always feel that they would get mad at me for “spying” on them… Do you normally ask people for permission to photograph them?