If You Want No-Frills, You'll Love Bangladesh

Illustration for TIME by Harry Harrison.

Vacation in Bangladesh? you're kidding, right? The name is synonymous with every kind of disaster, from fatal floods and endemic disease to violent strikes, crushing poverty and—an extra recent thrill—rebels who kidnap foreigners for ransom. A local writer once said Bangladesh was a place where no one should ever have lived. He was only half joking. This is not a destination for relaxation, pampering or guided tours of picture-perfect settings. Leave that for Bali or the Bahamas. The country used to sell itself with the rather telling slogan: "Come to Bangladesh before the tourists." This is a land to make you...

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