Ever wanted to stand on a foggy hilltop, inhale deep with profound satisfaction and savor each and every molecule of air that enters through your nostrils? If you want some of that then Bandarban is the place you go, two hours bus trip from Chittagong, at the top of Bangladesh and by the beautiful river of Shangu.
Usually rainy and summer seasons are not good for traveling in Bangladesh, or most of the other countries in South Asia for that matter. But in case of Bandarban, don’t just disregard a summer trip. Well, summer trips have their own difficulties, like rainfalls can easily jeopardize your plans or hot and humidity can create such discomfort. If you are not too much into trekking you might consider a summer trip, as with rain the whole place become so alive, and you will also be able to enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls at their best. In that sense, you might want to consider a visit during late March or early April, when rainy season hasn’t started with full force yet. Try to avoid May. OR you can just visit during, November to February when the weather is cold and there is no rainfall.
There are not too many hotels in the area. With some luck, not too much, you can get a government rest house in the offseason. You should easily find a very good place for $15-$25. The best place with a tremendous view of Shangu is the Hillside Resort. Cost should be $30-$50.
This is the least populated area in the country of Bangladesh and there is no shred of traffic jam. What you go through in Dhaka stays in Dhaka, fortunately. You can cover the whole town just by walking. There are also rickshaws and three wheelers. To go to popular tourist attractions far from the city there are some jeeps called Chander Gari. You can find them from Ruma and Rowangchhari Bus Stations, also near the Sonali Bank. Cost of these depends on how many spots you go to and how much time you keep it. Costs usually start from 4000 Taka, only if you reserve it, otherwise you can share with 12-15 people.
Food is usually very hot and spicy here, so proceed with causation. The cost of food though is unbelievably cheap. You can have very good meal for less than $10 per day, three times.
Tourist spots of Bandarban