People in Bangladesh were extremely friendly, full of questions, always posing for pictures, asking to have their picture taken. I have never been in a country where people were so friendly.

Traffic in Bangladesh however was pretty bad. In Dhaka it was a free-for-all, no apparent rules.

Agriculture is very important in Bangladesh. Most of the land is cultivated, rice being a major crop.

With its location around the Ganges Delta, shipping is an important activity. A lot of transportation is by boat and ship.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

People in Bangladesh

Village Life
Village life. (1023k)
Local People Watching Tourists
Local people watching the tourists. (1007k)
Woman Red Hat Our
The woman with the red hat is one of our group. We drew crowds and were mobbed like that almost everywhere we went. People wanted to take selfies with us all the time. (777k)
Taking Picture
Taking my picture. (831k)
Big Smiles Always Happy
Big smiles, as always happy to have their picture taken. (647k)
People Small House Boat
People on a small house boat, as always smiling. (700k)
Women
Women. (721k)
Women
Women. (787k)
Woman Sari
Woman in sari. (829k)
Kids
Kids. (947k)
Kids
Kids. (959k)
Boys
Boys. (893k)
Kids
Kids. (902k)
Village People
Village people. (730k)
Girls
Girls. (963k)
Girls
Girls. (823k)
Girl
Girl. (818k)
Girl
Girl. (657k)
Girl
Girl. (700k)
Girl
Girl. (707k)
Girl
Girl. (609k)
Eyes!
Those eyes! (693k)
Young Women
Young women. (760k)
Women Baby
Women and baby. (892k)
Women Baby
Women and baby. (582k)
Women Baby
Women and baby. (729k)
School Children Posing
School children posing. (885k)
Man Children Posing
Man and children posing. (1290k)
Family
Family. (738k)
Family
Family. (838k)
Children
Children. (692k)
Young Child
Young child. (895k)
Young Child
Young child. (665k)
Happy Kids
Happy kids. (825k)
Mother Child
Mother and child. (713k)
Women
Women. (880k)
Women
Women. (696k)
Bathing Men
Bathing men. (616k)
Boy
Boy. (858k)
Young Women
Young women. (677k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (627k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (636k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (574k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (539k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (589k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (640k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (676k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (617k)
Young Woman
Young woman. (614k)
Smiling Woman
Smiling woman. (763k)
Woman
Woman. (1116k)
Old Woman
Old woman. (1003k)
Old Woman
Old woman. (617k)
Young Man
Young man. (729k)
Man
Man. (606k)
Bicycle Rickshaw Driver
Bicycle rickshaw driver. (808k)
Old Man
Old man. (753k)
Old Man
Old man. (706k)
Deciding Do
Deciding what to do. (753k)
Old Man
Old man. (736k)
Old Man
Old man. (681k)
Old Man
Old man. (623k)
Old Man
Old man. (672k)
Old Man
Old man. (674k)
Old Man Beard Dyed
Old man with beard dyed orange with henna. (723k)
Old Man Hair Dyed
Old man with hair dyed orange with henna. (611k)
Pensive
Pensive. (752k)
Kids Going Trash Along
Kids going through the trash along the Buriganga River. (1332k)
Playing Badminton
Playing badminton. (835k)
Washing River
Washing in the river. (1004k)
Washing River
Washing in the river. (1096k)
Washing Collecting Water
Washing up and collecting water. (1020k)
Washing River
Washing in the river. (1098k)
Collecting Water
Collecting water. (685k)
Preparing Meal
Preparing a meal. (852k)
Relaxing Card Game
Relaxing with a card game. (794k)
Playing Local Instrument
Playing a local instrument. (976k)
Time Off River
Time off at the river. (1157k)
Time Off River
Time off at the river. (878k)
Drinking Coconut Juice
Drinking coconut juice. (751k)
Woman Market
Woman in the market. (809k)
Selfie
Selfie. (686k)
Worshipers Mosque
Worshipers in a mosque. (1031k)
Children School
Children in school. (710k)
School Children
School children. (788k)
School
School is out. (823k)
Woman Organizes Runs School
This woman organizes and runs a school for poor children in a slum area in Dhaka, entirely from donations. (643k)
Children Privately Organized School
Children in the privately organized school. (729k)
Children Privately Organized School
Children in the privately organized school. (716k)
Children Privately Organized School
Children from the privately organized school, showing their drawings. (798k)
Our Police Escort Excursions
Our police escort on excursions from Rajshahi. (712k)
High Official Visiting Rangamati
A high official was visiting in Rangamati, this was his honorguard. (704k)
Veiled Women Rare Saw
Veiled women were rare, I saw that only in Sylhet. (782k)

Transportation

Lot Transportation Done Foot
A lot of transportation is done on foot. (848k)
Train Tracks Used Foot
Train tracks are used by foot traffic. (910k)
Train Approaching
A train is approaching. (652k)
Carrying Load Head
Carrying a load on the head. (927k)
Carrying Large Load Basket
Carrying a large load in a basket. (1009k)
Colorfully Decorated Bicycle Rickshaw
Colorfully decorated bicycle rickshaw. There were lots of them in Bangladesh. (915k)
Bicycle Rickshaws
Bicycle rickshaws. (959k)
Bicycle Rickshaw
Bicycle rickshaw. (833k)
Bicycle Rickshaw Night
Bicycle rickshaw at night. (646k)
Elaborately Painted Bicycle Rickshaw
Elaborately painted bicycle rickshaw. (987k)
Sylhet Bridge Over River
In Sylhet there is a bridge over the river with a steep incline. The bicycle rickshaws were helped over the bridge by a second man pushing the rickshaw. (966k)
View Bicycle Rickshaw Traffic
View from a bicycle rickshaw in traffic in Old Dhaka. (1011k)
View Bicycle Rickshaw Traffic
View from a bicycle rickshaw in traffic in Old Dhaka. (1034k)
Traffic Old Dhaka
Traffic in Old Dhaka. (994k)
Horse-drawn Cart
Horse-drawn cart. (1042k)
Cart Drawn Water Buffaloes
Cart drawn by water buffaloes. (861k)
Auto Rickshaw Called Cngs
Auto rickshaw. They are called CNGs in Dhaka, since they all run on Compressed Natural Gas. (788k)
Small Auto Rickshaw
Small auto rickshaw. (740k)
Version Auto Rickshaw
Another version of the auto rickshaw. (746k)
Version Auto Rickshaw
Another version of the auto rickshaw. (831k)
Horse-drawn Transportation Dhaka
Horse-drawn transportation in Dhaka. (1072k)
Full Open Minibus
Full open minibus. (740k)
Local Buses Local Buses
One of the local buses. Most of the local buses looked like they were playing bumper cars. (787k)
Big Double-decker Bus Dhaka
Big double-decker bus in Dhaka. (834k)
First Class
That is some First Class. (693k)
Colorful Truck
Colorful truck. (984k)
Washing Truck
Washing his truck. (821k)
Traffic Dhaka Atrocious
Traffic in Dhaka was atrocious. (562k)
Red Traffic Lights Completely
Red traffic lights were completely ignored in Dhaka, people drove right through. The policeman had to direct traffic, because the traffic light was ignored. (845k)
Train Dhaka Passengers Roof
Train in Dhaka, with passengers on the roof. (659k)
Train Dhaka
Train in Dhaka. (767k)
Train Dhaka
Train in Dhaka. (891k)
Train Dhaka Passenger Hanging
Train in Dhaka, passenger hanging on everywhere. (678k)
Busy Railroad Crossing
Busy railroad crossing. (847k)
Burning Old Basket Train
Burning an old basket on the train tracks. (898k)
Small Canoe Everywhere Water
Small canoe. They were everywhere there was water. (1126k)
Small Boat
Small boat. (507k)
Rowed Ferry Boat
Rowed ferry boat. (959k)
Kid About 10-12 Years
The kid was about 10-12 years old, driving the boat. (692k)
Small Ferry Boat Kaptai
Small ferry boat on Kaptai Lake. (740k)
Ferry Boat
Ferry boat. (987k)
Ferry Boat Sangu River
Ferry boat on the Sangu River. (938k)
Bridges Across Buriganga River
There are bridges across the Buriganga River, but a lot of traffic across uses the small rowed ferry boats. (1082k)
Ferry Boats Buriganga River
Ferry boats on the Buriganga River. (718k)
Rowing Small Ferry Boats
Rowing one of the small ferry boats on the Buriganga River. (502k)
Small House Boats Buriganga
Small house boats on the Buriganga River. (535k)
Small House Boat Buriganga
Small house boat on the Buriganga River. (575k)
Boat Ship Traffic Buriganga
Boat and ship traffic on the Buriganga River in Dhaka. (991k)
Passenger Ships Buriganga River
Passenger ships on the Buriganga River. (715k)
Barge Katcha River Part
Barge on the Katcha River, part of the Ganges Delta. (530k)
Barges Pashur River Part
Barges on the Pashur River, part of the Ganges Delta. (463k)
Ships Pashur River Part
Ships on the Pashur River, part of the Ganges Delta. (617k)
Car Ferry Across Pashur
Car ferry across the Pashur River. (542k)
Loading Car Ferry Kaptai
Loading the car ferry on Kaptai Lake. (940k)
Unloading Car Ferry Kaptai
Unloading the car ferry on Kaptai Lake. (791k)
Rocket Paddle Steamer
Rocket Paddle Steamer. (546k)
Rocket Paddle Steamer Jetty
Rocket Paddle Steamer at the jetty. (729k)
Boarding Rocket Paddle Steamer
Boarding the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (746k)
Boarding Rocket Paddle Steamer
Boarding the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (746k)
Engine Rocket Paddle Steamer
Engine of the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (828k)
Paddle Wheel Rocket Paddle
Paddle wheel of the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (700k)
Paddle Wheel Rocket Paddle
Paddle wheel of the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (432k)
Board Rocket Paddle Steamer
On board of the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (831k)
Top Rocket Paddle Steamer
Top of the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (657k)
Bridge Rocket Paddle Steamer
Bridge of the Rocket Paddle Steamer. (781k)
Ferries Across Pashur River
Ferries across the Pashur River. There was a long line of people waiting for their turn on the ferry. (590k)
Ferry Across Pashur River
Ferry across the Pashur River. (564k)
Our Ship Sundarbans
Our ship in the Sundarbans. (636k)
Our Ship's Crew
Our ship's crew. (793k)
We Needed Permission To
We needed permission to go to the Rangamati area, and had to sign in and sign out. Apparently there is some unrest in that area because of the dam and the reservoir that flooded local villages. (831k)
Sign-in Post Rangamati District
Sign-in post for the Rangamati district. (949k)

Agriculture and Livestock

Growing Gourds
Growing gourds. (938k)
Drying Chili Peppers
Drying chili peppers. (1312k)
Banana Plants
Banana plants. (998k)
Banana Plantation
Banana plantation. (1165k)
Bananas
Bananas. (901k)
Sugarcane Fields
Sugarcane fields. (785k)
Planting Rice
Planting rice. (1128k)
Freshly Planted Rice Paddy
Freshly planted rice paddy. (1462k)
Rice Harvest Hand
Rice harvest by hand. (1145k)
Rice Harvest Hand
Rice harvest by hand. (1083k)
Rice Spread Drying
Rice spread out for drying. (1099k)
Pile Rice Ready Winnowing
Pile of rice ready for winnowing. (1024k)
Winnowing Rice
Winnowing rice. (658k)
Winnowing Rice
Winnowing rice. (979k)
Winnowing Rice
Winnowing rice. (657k)
Tea Plantation
Tea plantation. (1230k)
Pineapple Plantation
Pineapple plantation. (1300k)
Lemon Tree
Lemon tree. (1236k)
Date Palm Steps Attached
Date palm. The steps are attached so people can climb up and collect date palm juice at the top. (1331k)
Cutting Grove Date Palm
Cutting a grove in the date palm tree makes the sap run. (1106k)
Date Palm Pot Collecting
Date palm with a pot collecting the date palm juice. (1071k)
Date Palms Collecting Pots
Date palms with collecting pots. (1207k)
Jackfruit Pineapple
Jackfruit and pineapple. (989k)
Farm Work
Farm work. (862k)
Coconut Palms
Coconut palms. (913k)
Empty Coconut Shells Collected
Empty coconut shells are collected and processed for the fiber. (1324k)
Coconut Fiber Processing
Coconut fiber processing. (910k)
Coconut Fiber Processing
Coconut fiber processing. (1004k)
Machine Tumbles Coconut Shells
Machine that tumbles the coconut shells to free the fibers. (1043k)
Processed Coconut Fiber
Processed coconut fiber. (1279k)
Bundling Jute Fibers
Bundling jute fibers. (889k)
Chicken Pecking Rice
Chicken pecking rice. (1169k)
Chicken Baby Chicks
Chicken with baby chicks. (769k)
Rooster
Rooster. (721k)
Taking Chicken Market
Taking chicken to the market. (798k)
Goats
Goats. (970k)
Goat Resting Shade
Goat resting in the shade. (754k)
Goat Dressed
This goat was dressed. (600k)
Baby Goat
Baby goat. (1068k)
Pig Piglet
Pig and piglet. (964k)
Herding Cows Across River
Herding cows across the river. (845k)
Cow Market
Cow market. (1011k)
Calf
Calf. (955k)
Apparently Calf Needs Help
Apparently the calf needs help finding milk. (996k)
Cow Dung Wrapped Around
Cow dung wrapped around the stick serves as fire fuel for cooking, etc. (1482k)
Cows Going Carbage Find
Cows are going through carbage to find food. (919k)
Domesticated Asian Elephant
Domesticated Asian elephant. (641k)

Markets

Market Old Dhaka
Market in Old Dhaka. (991k)
Idea But Very Colorful
I have no idea what this was, but it was very colorful. (903k)
Bringing Flowers Local Market
Bringing flowers to the local market. (1001k)
Flower Vendor
Flower vendor. (1150k)
Flower Vendor
Flower vendor. (947k)
Flower Vendor
Flower vendor. (996k)
Fruit Market
Fruit market. (973k)
Fruits Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables. (873k)
Local Produce
Local produce. (865k)
Local Produce
Local produce. (949k)
Local Produce
Local produce. (829k)
Local Produce
Local produce. (917k)
Local Produce
Local produce. (916k)
Beans
Beans. (1094k)
Peppers Sale
Peppers for sale. (818k)
Preparing Coconut
Preparing a coconut. (1196k)
Pottery
Pottery. (932k)
Sickles
Sickles. (821k)
Colorful Hand-woven Rugs
Colorful hand-woven rugs. (959k)

Markets in Dhaka

Looked Pretty Chaotic
It looked pretty chaotic. (807k)
Wholesale Vegetable Market
Wholesale vegetable market. (994k)
Wholesale Vegetable Market
Wholesale vegetable market. (993k)
Tomatoes
Tomatoes. (1023k)
Kohlrabi German Turnips
Kohlrabi (German Turnips). (1093k)
Pumpkins
Pumpkins. (998k)
Large Pumpkins
Large pumpkins. (1070k)
Bananas
Bananas. (909k)
Pineapples
Pineapples. (978k)
Beans
Beans. (1062k)
Cucumbers
Cucumbers. (1002k)
Cauliflower
Cauliflower. (855k)
Cabbages
Cabbages. (1019k)
Lots Onions
Lots of onions. (995k)
Eggs
Eggs. (998k)
Meat
Meat. (811k)
Don't Know
Don't know what these are. (781k)
Eggplants Longer Than Usual
Are these eggplants? They are much longer than usual, but look like eggplants. (945k)
Chili Peppers
Chili peppers. (1035k)
Weighing Produce
Weighing produce. (929k)
Cutting Stalks Off Radishes
Cutting stalks off radishes. (989k)
Bagging Purchased Produce
Bagging purchased produce. (1063k)
Carrying Produce Head
Carrying produce on the head. (650k)
Squeezing Sugarcane Juice
Squeezing sugarcane juice. (1004k)
Poultry Market
Poultry market. (1013k)
Chickens Sale
Chickens for sale. (1189k)
Chickens Sale
Chickens for sale. (1070k)
Loading Chickens Display Cage
Loading chickens in the display cage. (900k)
Ducks Sale
Ducks for sale. (955k)
Geese Sale
Geese for sale. (1038k)
Turkeys Sale
Turkeys for sale. (930k)
Carrying Off Purchased Chickens
Carrying off purchased chickens. (948k)
Bringing Home Chickens
Bringing home the chickens. (936k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (1064k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (912k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (977k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (1006k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (1047k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (1017k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (1018k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (1061k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (880k)
Retail Vegetable Market
Retail vegetable market. (1106k)
Colorful Market Scene
Colorful market scene. (1003k)
Colorful Market Scene
Colorful market scene. (1098k)
Chili Peppers Spices
Chili peppers and other spices. (973k)
Various Spices
Various spices. (1005k)
Curries
Curries. (718k)
Spicy Stuff
Spicy stuff. (950k)
Chili Peppers
Chili peppers. (1172k)
Grains Beans Etc
Grains, beans, etc. (921k)
Seafood Market
Seafood market. (701k)
Seafood Market
Seafood market. (833k)
Seafood Market
Seafood market. (873k)
Big Fish
That is a big fish. (739k)
Meat Market
Meat market. (884k)
Hardware Market
Hardware market. (884k)
Hardware Market
Hardware market. (888k)
Auto Spare Parts
Auto spare parts. (999k)
Auto Spare Parts
Auto spare parts. (943k)

Betel Nuts

From the Paan entry in Wikipedia:

Paan is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut widely consumed throughout Southeast Asia, East Asia (mainly Taiwan), and the Indian subcontinent. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects. After chewing it is either spat out or swallowed. Paan has many variations. Slaked lime (chunnam) paste is commonly added to bind the leaves. Some preparations in the Indian subcontinent include katha paste or mukhwas to freshen the breath.

The origin and diffusion of betel chewing originates from and is closely tied to the Neolithic expansion of the Austronesian peoples. It was spread to the Indo-Pacific during prehistoric times, reaching Near Oceania at 1,500 to 1,000 BCE; South India and Sri Lanka by 1,500 BCE; Mainland Southeast Asia by 1,000 to 500 BCE; Northern India by 1500 CE; and Madagascar by 1400 CE. From India, it was also spread westwards to Persia and the Mediterranean.

Paan (under a variety of names) is also consumed in many other Asian countries and elsewhere in the world by some Asian emigrants, with or without tobacco. It is an addictive and euphoria-inducing formulation with adverse health effects. The spit from chewing betel nuts, known as "buai pekpek" in Papua New Guinea, is often considered an eyesore. Because of this, many places have banned selling and chewing "buai".

Areca catechu
Betel Nut Palms (Areca catechu, german: Betelnusspalme, french: Palmier à bétel). (1145k)
Harvesting Betel Leaves
He is harvesting betel leaves. (1271k)
Sorting Betel Leaves
Sorting betel leaves. (709k)
Cracking Areca Nuts
Cracking areca nuts. (792k)
Ingredients Paan Stuff Use
Ingredients for Paan (the stuff you use for betel nut chewing): Slaked lime (left), areca nuts and betel leaves. (591k)

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