I loved having the chance to get truly off the beaten track in Bangladesh, getting to experience a country in person rather than just through the media. I was surprised by just how beautiful and diverse it was. We were looked after expertly by our leader, who negotiated the challenges of travelling in a country such as this with ease.
Our trip up through Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal was a fantastic chance to compare and contrast the impact the last 50 years has made on some of the Himalayan kingdoms. Bhutan was a particular highlight with it's friendliness and focus on developing sustainably. Our local guide really bought the trip to life with his incredibly friendly personality and we with the truck managed to see a good section of the country in a small amount of time. A good knowledge of availability of side-trips, and the bureaucracy required to get them to work, enabled us to have a good choice of trips in Sikkim. Walking close to Rhinos in Chitwan National Park was also fantastic, as was hearing some of the stories about the impact that the park has on people's life. Through all of this, a balance was struck between comfort, with a very comfortable truck, and fairly upmarket accommodation, with opportunities to wander on our own and see more more of real life in the countries we visited. A heavily organised coach trip this is not.