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AUSTRALIA in B'LADESH 2006

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WELCOME TO BANGLADESH, THE FINAL CRICKET FRONTIER!

The Flag cordially invites you to Australia’s inaugural test tour to Bangladesh in April 2006. Bangladesh is crammed with colour, character, and the national sport of cricket! It’s also the most densely populated country on earth so crammed with heaps of people too, adding to the enormous dimension of interest found in the stadiums’ of Dhaka and Chittagong when test cricket comes by.

Immediately following what will be a sensational tour to South Africa, The Flag would like you to join us supporting Ricky Ponting and the boys as Australia take on the Bangladeshi Tigers. Following the Bangers emphatic win over Australia in England last June, the local heroes will be keen to sic the Aussies once more, this time in front their parochial home crowds.


Rickshaws cart everything from families, to flowers!

HISTORY OF THE FLAG IN BANGLADESH

The Flag has visited Bangladesh just once, last August. Though this won’t be a massive tour, it was important to have a feel for the country, its people, and the lifestyle. The Flag also didn’t wish to promote a tour to a country they’d had never been, something I’m sure you appreciate! Bangladesh is similar to other countries in the region, which is sure to help the tour, but remembering Bangladesh will too remain a unique, new, and exciting destination.

ABOUT THE TOUR

Australia will tackle the Tigers in 2-test matches, and 3-ODI’s from April 9-28. As always, so long as you are 18 or above, you’re welcome to join us on this mesmeric tour across the final frontier. This will be a low key tour with some of the usual inclusions left out in favour of just ‘getting together’ at the game.

We will be ‘Waving The Flag’ at every game while staying in 3star bed and breakfast hotels, and we’d love you to do the same but for the independent Flagger not wishing to take our hotel option, please join us with our popular ticket, flag, and shirt option. We look forward to having you with us.

Although flight options to Bangladesh are limited, we still don’t lock you in to airlines, and at times that does not suit which is why we maintain our request that you get your own flights (inbound and internal) and let us work around you. We look after your accommodation, match tickets, commemorative merchandise, and internal rail advice among other inclusions such as match day transfers in Dhaka (due to traffic bedlam) to make your day start a little less chaotically.

There are not many daylong tourism options from either city we visit, so in the advent of early match finishes, we can discuss and organise with you at the time, optional tourism extras. In Chittagong we will certainly visit the ship breaking yards north of the city, though entry (free) is at the discretion of individual management, and not guaranteed.


Have a leftover supertanker? Here’s where you leave it!

ACCOMMODATION

The Flag has booked 3star* bed and breakfast hotels in Dhaka’s diplomatic district, and Chittagong close to central bazaar, railway station, and cricket stadium. The hotel in Dhaka will pick you up from the airport, and even do your laundry at no extra cost!

Each test match option includes the night before, the 5nights of, and the night after the scheduled test match dates, for 7nights in total. The ODI series includes 3nights accommodation in Chittagong, and 5nights in Dhaka.

If you need additional nights to coincide with your arrival or departure, let us know at the time of booking and we can easily add these to your tour.

Please choose between twin share, and single accommodation. If you wish to join us twin share yet are Flagging alone we will partner you with another lone Flagger to help keep you’re your costs down.

*See Booking Conditions (Safety and Standards)


You’re never alone in Bangladesh!

WHAT YOU GET WHEN SLEEPING WITH THE FLAG

7nights 3star B&B hotel accommodation (twin share, or single) including -

  • Airport Transfer to Hotel (Dhaka only)
  • Laundry (Dhaka only)
  • Newspaper(Dhaka only)
  • Mineral Water (Dhaka only)
  • Local Phone Calls (Dhaka only)
  • Internet Access (Dhaka only)
    Match tickets to all your selected games (bought through each venue)
    1-Australia Flag and ‘Flag Pole’
    2-Gold Australia in Bangladesh match shirts
    1-Flag Blue Australia in Bangladesh shirt
    1-Flag hat
    1- Stubby Holder
    1-Tour Banquet the night before Test Match
    The Flag Tour Experience

    WHAT YOU GET IF NOT SLEEPING WITH THE FLAG

    Match tickets to all your selected games (bought through each venue)
    1-Australia Flag and ‘Flag Pole’
    1-Gold Australia in Bangladesh match shirt
    1- Tour Banquet the night before each Test Match


    Railway fayre is always quick and easy!

    MATCH TICKETS

    For all test matches you will Flag, you will be issued the night before each Test with, for ease of purchase, a 5day match pass. For all ODI’s you will Flag, your ticket will be issued the night before each game if not with your test ticket. Test match tickets, and other tour inclusions such as shirts, hats, etc… will be distributed at our pre-Test match gathering, which time and location will be detailed in your tour information.


    M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, is a definitive concrete doughnut!

    FLAGGING TO AND FROM BANGLADESH

    From South Africa, The Flag will fly after the 3rd test in Joburg and connect in London with British Airways to Dhaka. If routing from Joburg to Australia through Singapore with Singapore Airlines (SQ) on one of The Flag’s special South Africa SQ fares (available only through Travelworld, Glenelg), you can conveniently connect in Singapore to Bangladesh with Singapore Airlines.

    Only Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways fly to Bangladesh from Australia. If you wish to fly oneWorld (tm), you will need to book your Qantas or British Airways flight to Bangkok and purchase a separate discount fare from there.

    And as The Flag is not a travel agency, we cannot by law book your inbound or internal flights, and thus are pleased to say Travelworld, Glenelg, is The Flag's preferred and only Travel Agency through which you can book your ex-Australia flights..

    Nick (an India 2001 and 2004, and Sri Lanka 2004 Flagger), Heather, Kathy, and cricket mad Kristine are looking forward to assisting you with any travel enquiry to Bangladesh or beyond, and Australia for the 2006/07 Ashes series.

    Travelworld, Glenelg offer The Flag all your flight and insurance requirements (10% discount on insurance for all Flaggers), booked directly through Travelworld, whose details follow. If you wish to take advantage of the Travelworld’s fares to Bangladesh, or make general flight enquiries, please EMAIL TRAVELWORLD

    If you are travelling ex London/Europe or other ports, please make your flight arrangements with your preferred agent and carrier, and then book your Flag tour Online.


    A rickshaw through the streets will get you through it quicker… just!

    FLAGGING AROUND BANGLADESH

    The Flag will train the 7hours between Dhaka and Chittagong, a journey which you can book and pay for at the time if you too wish to train. Alternatively, you can fly 45mins with Biman Bangladesh, or GMG Airlines between the two cities, for approx US$50 and can be purchased (with local currency) on arrival, subject to availability.

    Travelworld, Glenelg, cannot book any discounted internal Bangladesh airfares from Australia unless bought in conjunction with your inbound international flight.

    If you have any travel query relating to Bangladesh or other destinations be sure to discuss all requirements with Nick, Heather, Kathy, and Kris at Travelworld, or you can EMAIL TRAVELWORLD.

    FLAGGING FROM YOUR COT TO THE CRICKET COLISEUMS

    Due to the chaotic traffic, heat, and untimely local transport, The Flag will commute to and from the National Stadium in Dhaka in an air-conditioned bus. In Chittagong we will walk, or you can take a cycle rickshaw, the short distance to M.A. Aziz Stadium.


    Like many riders, this fellow too works from home!

    BOOKING TO BANGLADESH WITH THE FLAG

    Check out the match schedule and options, and after you've booked your Travelworld (ex-Australia) flights, click on your preferred option, and submit the booking form, letting us know where and when you land in Bangladesh and we'll get back to you confirming the tour price. The Flag will provide your arrival, hotel, and full tour information in the weeks leading up to the tour.

    For all accommodation bookings, we require a non-refundable GBP20 or Aud$50 per person per match holding deposit within 7-days of your receiving our confirmation.

    For all ticket, shirt and flag only bookings, we require full payment at the time of booking, and no refunds will be made in the advent of cancellation 7-days after tour confirmation.


    The market bazaars are filled with excitable youngsters!

    ADDITIONAL TOURS WITHIN BANGLADESH

    As stated earlier, there’s not a lot of choice in Bangladesh that won’t take a few days from your schedule. There’s however endless enjoyment to be had wandering the markets' very non-tourist back streets especially in Old Dhaka. Any additional tours can be discussed with local operators, booked and paid locally.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    We want you to feel comfortable with your decision to join us in Bangladesh and prior to your booking will answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to contact us, sharply.


    The close shaves in Bangladesh are some of the regions best!

    We look forward to welcoming you to Bangladesh and your 'Waving the Flag' for Australia!

    Best Wishes,

    Luke (Sparrow), and Darren (G Lover)

    SAFETY IN BANGLADESH

    Before joining The Flag in Bangladesh, independent travel advice regarding health, safety, and security in Bangladesh should be obtained through Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website:


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