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The People's Republic of Bangladesh (Bangladesh means 'Country of Bengal') is a South Asian country surrounded by India on all sides except for a small border with Myanmar to the far southeast and the Bay of Bengal to the south. It was formed in 1971 when Bengali East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan. The years following independence have been marked by political turmoil, with thirteen different heads of government, and at least four military coups.

The population of Bangladesh ranks 7th highest in the world, but its area of approximately 144,000 square kilometres is ranked 94th, making it one of the most densely populated countries. The country is extremely poor, not helped by the fact that around a third of the country floods annually during the monsoon rainy season, hampering economic development. Tourism is weak here without a huge amount of focus, however the natural beauty of large parts of the country make it attractive to those seeking a more adventurous trip.