What did you think of your group leader?
Khan was our local leader, who was very experienced and obviously knew the country very well. He also seemed to know everyone and could get things sorted out, such as arranging our visits to the Brick factory and Rice place by sweet talking the managers. He also arranged for a police escort, as there was some political issues as the trip happened around the time of the election, just in case we might run into trouble - we didn't, but he was clearly thinking ahead and planning for all eventuallities. He also knew where to get beer from, which for us, was his most accomplished achievement.
Suzy was our UK tour leader who had flown out from the UK a couple of days before us and returned on the group flights. Suzy again was a leader of considerable experience and talent, who, because she was also experiencing Bangladesh as we were, for the first time, exuded enthusiasm for everything we did as much as we did and it was a learning experience for her too, which she obviously relished. Between them, Suzy and Khan made a great double act and ensured everything went like clockwork.
I should also mention Shahid, our driver, who was employed by the local operator, but was a driver of serious ability, navigating Bangladesh's clogged, and quite frankly, dangerous roads with considerable skill. We drove overnight one day to ensure we could reach Dhaka before a general strike that could have prevented us completing a ferry crossing of a river we needed to cross, and watching out of the front window as dozens of lorries thundered down the road towards to, weaving in and out of vehicles with no lights while avoiding all the other numerous obstacles was quite terrifying, but he navigated everything perfectly. Shahid received a very generous tip from everyone - and every Taka was richly deserved.