American Express Lounge at Shahjalal International Airport
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Amex Lounge at Shahjalal International Airport

One of the perks — not that there are many — of getting a City Bank American Express Credit Card (Gold) is that when you’re leaving the country, you can enjoy a somewhat luxurious lounge at the Shahjalal International Airport.

The lounge is pretty calm and beautiful. It has a good selection of free food that you can eat before you start your journey. There’s free WiFi with adequate speed to do some heavy browsing.

The lounge is accessible after you cross the immigration point, so you will likely not be spending a lot of time in there as you can only cross immigration after you’ve checked in, which is no more than a couple of hours before the departure time.

Why did I say that there aren’t many perks of getting an Amex card? Well, turns out, in Bangladesh, most merchants accept either Visa or MasterCard. American Express is not accepted as widely as Visa and MasterCard. Not that you can live without carrying cash in Bangladesh, but those places that do accept card transaction, they usually don’t support Amex cards, which is a bummer.

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Arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka

The arrival area at the only international airport in Bangladesh. Having traveled through so many international airports abroad, where you have to walk painfully long distance inside the airport to get from point A to point B, when coming back to Bangladesh, this airport feels ridiculously small. But, when you come back from a 30+ hour journey, a small airport makes it that much easy on the body.

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UK Border

While traveling to Canada, getting from one terminal to the next in London’s Heathrow International Airport, where I had a layover, needed me to board an airport bus that drove right next to the airport border. I could see the British road and cars driving past me. But this picture makes it more clear how I had to leave the UK border before I could officially enter it.