BRB...GONE CAMPING | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 30, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 30, 2019


One of my fondest memories consists of three days spent camping with my friends, in the large field behind my school. Messing around with the tents until someone who knew their business set it up for us, making “gadgets” out of driftwood or tree branches, the “freezer” made of wet cloth and/or sand etc, food cooked over a crude stove fashioned out of stones and brick, with more leaves and wood as fuel, and the delicious mishmash of vegetables egg and rice that we called a fried rice, and sleeping cuddled into our sleeping bags. The cramped quarters, dealing with bugs and spiders, and learning various knots of the rope…all were bonding experiences like no other. Ah, good times!

Ever since, I have looked out for a similar experience, so scarce in this concrete jungle where we live life as a rat race— forever running.

But wait! There is hope yet for people like me, pining over the safe streamside camping grounds that so liberally dot the countryside of developed nations, even in Bangladesh! Look no further than Basecamp Gazipur (and Munlai, Bandarban), as they attempt to provide a curated camping experience, toned down with modern amenities, to accommodate those less acquainted with nature and rural lives. The nature rooms and camping tents (available only September through March), provide precious privacy despite the group setting, albeit the bathrooms are common, as suitable to a camping site! The open space all around creates a good breeze, and on a moonlit night, the effect can be sheer magic. Not to mention the scope to enjoy the crystal clear swimming pool, some boating on a lake, tree activities, and a wonderful open air barbecue, this experience won’t get boring anytime soon.

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