Chittagong (চট্টগ্রাম) is Bangladesh‘s main port and second largest city, as well capital of the Chittagong Division in the south east of the country. It’s situated on the banks of the Karnaphuli River, which ends in the Bay of Bengal. As of latest measurement the city has population of 2.6 million people, and is constantly growing as it’s listed 10th on the world fastest growing cities list.
The city of Chittagong is fairly big and spread out, just like the capital city Dhaka the streets are messed up and filled with traffic, motorbikes and rickshaws. Although it does feel the local government puts more efforts in keeping the sidewalks clean. Travelers will notice a increase of beggars and con artists than in other parts of the country. The busiest part of town is the area around Station Road and Jubilee Road, while 2 miles north you find yourself center of the middle to upper class life, with gigantic shopping malls and fancy restaurants.
When visiting Chittagong there’s several sightseeing within city limits worth going by including; Patenga Beach, Foy’s Lake, Adventure Land & Paradise Valley, Shrine of Baizid Bostami, World War II Cemetery, Ethnological Museum, Chittagong Zoo, Baitul Falah, Chandanpura Mosque, Chittagong College, Mohsin College, Court Building and the Red-light district. Not all sightseeing’s are free or charge, some may require entrance fees or a guided tour.
United States citizens do not need a visa, you will receive a three months visa upon arrival after showing your valid passport and return ticket at immigration. In case you would need a visa for your country there’s visa on arrival offices available throughout the Dhaka International Airport for 30-day up to 90-days stay.