Busy, buzzing, and full of rickshaws ferrying visitors and locals alike around its crowded streets, Chittagong is a dynamic city that continually has an air of very friendly but slightly chaotic energy. Expect to be welcomed as a visitor, and you'll probably be invited to a family feast at some stage, where the main dish is a furiously hot beef curry!
The commercial heart of Chittagong has grown in recent years, with a number of tech start-ups bringing a new sense of energy into the economy. Tourists and business visitors are welcomed, and the ongoing development of the city gives it a vibrancy that is hard to resist.
The pace of life in Chittagong is fast, but this charming city also has plenty of tranquil spots where visitors can catch their breath. From manmade lakes to the natural beauty of Kattali beach with its mangrove forest, it's a city of surprises.