One of the most interesting cities in the world Dhaka certainly has some of
the world's friendliest people. No matter where you go, as long as you are
courteous and approach people in a friendly manner you will get whatever
assistance you need.
Initially, Bangladesh will be a culture shock for most westerners
(particularly the density of population) but once
you settle in you will find that there is so much to see and do there is just
not enough time. Make up your mind to enjoy it and you will most definitely do
||The Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (National Parliament) is a symbol of
parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh. One of the most remarkable
buildings in the world in terms of its architecture it is the source of
considerable pride in Bangladesh. Other views are equally impressive.
|Bangladesh is a land of contrasts. This is a roadside eating place where
one can stop and buy cool drinks and the like. The food is definitely not
recommended to those who do not have stomachs of steel. Curry and rice is the
safest meal. Try "Kickapoo",
one of the local bottled cool drinks (something like orange).
||Rickshaws and Tuk-Tuks are everywhere. There is definitely no shortage of transport
but all modes favour the brave in the highly congested traffic which
apparently has no rules as regards right of way. Despite this, we saw no
accidents and despite traffic jams everyone seems to reach their
destinations safely. Try hiring a car with driver who speaks English to
show you the sights.
|Downtown Dhaka - one of the most interesting places to visit with what
we believe must be the highest percentage of privately owned businesses in
the world. You can buy anything, it just needs patience and time to look.
Natural pearls can be bought in Dhaka at very reasonable prices BUT
BEWARE, imported luxury items are expensive.
||The Buriganga - one of the worlds great rivers is a must to see. Vessels
of every type ply their trade and often overloaded to alarming
proportions. Anyone missing a trip to the river has not been to Dhaka as
far as we are concerned.
|| Taka (about 60 taka = USD1.00)
|| Bangla (State Language) and English (widely spoken)
|| Democracy (totally free)
|| +-130 million
||India, Bay of Bengal and Myanmar
|| Tropical monsoon
Best times to visit:
|| October to February
|| GMT +6 hours
Day of Worship:
|Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism & Christianity
||5 Star to Guest House and Hostel. Convenient suburbs are
Gulshan and Banani when in Dhaka. Try the Far Pavilion Guest House in
Banani (not "posh" but has a very friendly and helpful staff)
||Always a high priority with visitors - we felt entirely
safe wherever we went. Even leaving valuables in hotel rooms appears
to pose no risk. Our rating - VERY SAFE for law abiding people.