Green Line AC bus leaves the main office station (3 minutes from our Living Inn) right at 7:30am but doesn't head out of Dhaka until it stops 3 more times to pick up more passengers.
Takes an hour + to get out of the city into countryside, agriculture the same as before, lots of jute harvest going on plus the expansive rice paddies, cucumber plots, livestock grazing, bananas, and numerous other plots of plants I can't identify but which they obviously grow for some purpose. About noon we get into thunderstorms, traffic a bit less but still quite heavy, lots of buses, cargo trucks as well as bicycle & CNGS hauling people and all kinds of other goods. I counted at least a dozen trucks packed with cattle and water buffalo heading ?? someone once told us they're going to India. Cross the Padma River by ferry. By 3 we were in Jessore but then the bus just quit. We sat in the non-AC AC bus for half an hour before they got it started again.
It took 1 1/2 hours to get to Khulna where we again struggled with communications...the auto rickshaw/tuk tuk fellow said he knew where Hotel Babla was (in the LP) but he went totally in the wrong direction before asking and coming all the way back & past where we started from before we recognized a landmark and just told him to let us out. Then we proceeded to wander around trying to use the LP map to guide us to Hotel Babla which finally, when we asked, a gentleman said it was no longer open! Then we tried finding our next choice from the LP, Hotel Jalico and this search proved just as frustrating as we determined that it no longer existed either. By now it was getting dark and it was over an hour since we began our 'adventure'. I was hot and frustrated, Bon accused me once again of being negative (which is probably true) and suggested we get another tuk tuk and go to THE ONLY hotel we'd seen coming in on the bus, City Inn! This we did and after checking out Hotel Millennium next door as well, doing a thorough evaluation of +s and -s, the fact that City Inn had internet (even though it will cost $7.50 US more per night), it was a brighter room and bigger won the day! Still way over our budget but as Bon has concluded, Bangladesh has upper end places to stay for Indian tourists (we have seen only two very unpleasant Swedish lads as tourists in this country other than Indians), and very budget low end places for ??, but nothing like mid-ranch hostels or guesthouses! Yes, we're getting soft I fear and it's beginning to wear on our pocketbooks.
So, once again, we're in a nice hotel with TV, AC, complimentary breakfast, and all the other amenities the upper crust tourists expect. I'm not complaining just explaining, and it's all going to come back to bite us when we haven't been able to save anything for the inevitable high prices in Australia!
It seems to me that countries where the central government has few programs to develop infrastructure or maintain control over development, the fundamental reason is they are corrupt and purposely weak...Bangladesh, India, Nepal come to mind. These also suffer under the burden of over population (especially under 30), lax tax laws, wealth highly concentrated among a small %age of the population, and political parties which have ideological bases and do not work for a consensus to address the obvious problems that beg to be worked on for the betterment of the whole!