Dhaka Travel Guide

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Dhaka Highlights

  • Pro
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     Very inexpensive, good restaurants, good handicraft shopping, abundance of flowers 

  • Con
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     Pollution, traffic jams 

  • In a nutshell
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     Come prepared, have a game plan, and you may find yourself on an adventure of a lifetime! 

Dhaka Things to Do

  • MAKING BRICKS

    Walk round Dhaka and you will find people labouring to make bricks from the red clay in the river, then they will sometimes smash them to bits to provide material for construction.

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  • Take a boat trip on the Tongi River

    We had finished our meetings at 4pm and so had a couple of hours before dusk to get out and explore a bit further afield. Out past Uttara, a northern district of Dhaka, the Tongi river can be accessed from where it's possible to hire a small boat for a short while. There is also a bigger pleasure boat moored on the riverside. There was a small...

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  • Take a rickshaw ride

    The rickshaws are everywhere in Dhaka. I bet there are more rickshaw drivers than any other type of occupation in the city.The proud drivers decorate the back panel and some fantastic designs can be seen. I expect there is an annual contest for the most attractive rickshaw. There would certainly be amazing competition.I saw Rickshaws with 3 people...

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  • Take exercise in Gulshan Park

    During the early morning and around dusk you will find many people out for their power walks round the small lake. In places groups of 15 - 20 men will be working out in group exercises lead by a trainer. Joggers do the circuit around the park once or twice.Gulshan is the upmarket area of Dhaka where there are many of the embassies and consulates....

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  • Bangladesh Jatiya Jadughar (National...

    A wide collection, both historical and contemporary; it contains everything from antique textiles to stuffed tigers, to ancient sculptures and coins. A must see for history buffs!

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  • Bangabandhu Memorial Museum

    This was the residence of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Situated at Dhanmondi Residential Area, it has been turned into a musuem. It houses a rare collection of personal effects and photographs of his lifetime.

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Dhaka Hotels

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Dhaka Restaurants

  • If you are hungry: 110 Bufeet Items!

    Baton Rouge is both a spectacular restaurant and one of the best places to host formal parties at. Baton Rouge claims to be able to arrange buffets for up to 700 people. It is a great place for food enthusiasts who want all kinds of cuisine under one roof, being it Chinese, Continental, Indian, Italian, and Mexican � the restaurant serves it all....

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  • The best thai food in Dhaka

    Located in the diplomatic zone of Baridhara, the Atrium probably serves the best Thai food in Dhaka. The ambience is amazing with a beaufully maintained front garden and a miniature lake. The top foor has comfortable seating arrangements with a large screen TV, good for all the sheesha lovers. My favorites are their Tom Yam, Chicken Cashewnut...

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  • Dont miss a fantastic afternoon/evening

    The restaurant is famous for its incredible atmosphere, u can have some real live music, mainly western, have a smoked chicken sandwitch in hand and watch the beautiful sunset. The restaurant also offers movies once or twice in every two weeks..for a cool evening with music/movies n also some real tasty food, u can head towards this place. Smoked...

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Dhaka Nightlife

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  • Nightlife of Dhaka

    You don't always have to go to Sheraton,Sonargaon or this kind of 5* hotels to spend eveningtime with beer or some hard drinks. There are lots of bar here in Dhaka and Chittagong. And ofcourse you don't need to spend as much money as of 5* hotels. You may go to "RED BUTTON" and "SHALIMAR" restaurants,both situated in Farmgate. You can enjoy there...

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  • Party Scene

    IC is a member's only club wherein there are weekend parties happening and also lots of other activities like music nights, new year's party, christmas parties etc.* Membership is almost impossible to get except if you are a diplomat or a corporate.* You can enjoy one of the organized events though by purchasing a tkt or a pass for that evening.*...

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  • After hours in Dhaka

    Bangladesh is a Muslim country so when you ask "where's the pub?" you're likely to get a rather puzzled look. There is no real nightlife in Dhaka - what little there is centres around hanging out in a fast food joint, going for a meal, or talking to guys on the street. Illicit alcohol can of course be obtained but only if you know where to look (if...

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Dhaka Transportation

  • Rocket Steamer Ticket

    The Rocket Steamer ticket has to be the most elusive ticket on the planet. My journey through Bangladesh was dominated by obtaining this ticket. Information regarding the boat journey is so elusive that many people in the country dismiss it as no longer running. Apparently there is a Dhaka Khulna service but after two days of searching I gave up...

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  • The worst taxi drivers in the world!

    The taxi drivers in Dhaka are possibly the worst in the world. No, forget possibly - they are! It's not that they try to rob you or deafen you with loud music. They're mostly friendly and fairly safe drivers, and few try to overcharge (it's on a meter anyway). But not a single one of them - not one! - has the slightest clue where they're...

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  • Rickshaws

    There are about 350,000 of these things in Dhaka alone, and they're found at every street corner and junction - many drivers scraping a living off one fare a day. If you're a visitor here then you have to ride in one at least once. You're driven around by a man on a bike while sitting in a carriage attached to the back, which fortunately has a...

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Dhaka Shopping

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  • Alcohol is cheap at the Duty Free

    There a number of stores selling alcohol at the duty free complex. But head to the one that is exclusive for alcohol and perfumes (sorry, I don't remember the name). They have a limited selection of alcohol. A few blended whiskys and a fewer still single malts but these are available at the cheapest rates that I have seen in any airport. The good...

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  • Quality Traditional handicrafts

    I believe there are several Aarong stores dotted around Dhaka. They are a perfect place to buy those gifts or souvenirs of your visit to Bangladesh. I particularly like the way the stores provide an outlet for the artisanal handicrafts many of which I understand are made by disabled people in Bangladesh. The quality of the items is very high and...

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  • Jamdani Sarees

    Jamdani sarees of Bangladesh are famous. They are beautiful, generally light coloured fine sarees with single or multi coloured geometric or floral designs. When we went to Bangladesh, I remember, all the ladies of our 23 members team were busy doing lots of shopping of Jamdani sarees.

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Dhaka Local Customs

  • Talk Talk Talk... It's Genuine!

    The Bangladeshi people I met are VERY genuine and truly are interested in you. I read a tip here on VT that they'd walk into your hotel room and wouldn't leave - just to keep chatting with you. Well, it happened to me and while strange by American standards they have a real interest in who you are and want to share their culture with you. So don't...

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  • Corruption..when will it end?

    Citing another example of corruption, another Biman official said, "An amount of $56,000 has been showed as the repair charge of an Inertial Navigation System [INS] whereas it is possible to buy a new system for $12,000-15,000 only." The repaired INS went out of order just a day after being installed, he added.Biman Managing Director MA Momen...

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  • Corruption..when will it end?

    Except from a local paper called the DAILY STAR There mottoCommitted to PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOWFront Page Vol. 5 Num 842 Sun. October 08, 2006 Nothing impossible in Biman purchaseFrom banana to spare parts, everything is bought at higher pricesRashidul HasanOne dozen of banana may cost Tk 40 in local markets, but if it is bought for Biman, the...

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Dhaka Warnings and Dangers

  • BEGGARS

    Wherever you go in Dhaka you will be approached by beggars who have absolutely nothing but if you are seen giving to one, you will find yourself surrounded by others, so it may seem hard but my advice is to give to none of them. Once i saw a man arrive on his rickshaw, placed a plastic sheet on the ground, then arranged a black umbrella to shade...

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  • Avoid the monsoon

    It may sound like an obvious piece of advice, but unless you have experienced the monsoon you may think that you might go to Dhaka anyway even if it might be a bit drizzly. Think again. The rain gives the word 'torrential' a whole new dimension of meaning and the atmosphere becomes very unhealthy indeed. Work forced me to visit just at the...

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  • TRUCK STOP..Confirmed Darwin Award

    TRUCK STOPConfirmed Darwin AwardMarch 2002, Bangladesh | Six highway robbers, who had apparently watched too many gangster movies, were caught in their own trap when they blocked a bypass with their car at midnight. The driver of an oncoming truck carrying a cargo of cows was unable to halt his heavy vehicle in time. The truck rolled right through...

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Dhaka What to Pack

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    by jcastrodoj Written Dec 19, 2008

    Luggage and bags: disenfectants (lysol/dettol), sleeping bags if you're traveling outside dhaka and are not sure which hotels you will be staying; some warm clothing if traveling in middle of december to february as it can get quite chilly

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Dhaka Off The Beaten Path

  • Chandpur

    Chandpur is a district near Dhaka which is easily and comfortably accessed by steamer and motor boats. Bangladesh is a riverine country and numerous rivers makes up the life-line for the majority of people. To experince how rives is playing its role in inner trade and commerce and to see the lives and living by the river, a trip to Chanpur is...

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  • Jahangirnagar University

    On the way to NAtional Memorial at Savar, lies Jahangirnagar University, the only one residential public university in the country. In Pakistan era the then central government wanted to crush the student uprising and growing involvement of students of Dhaka University in national politics made the government think about moving the Dhaka University...

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  • Comilla City

    Comilla is one of the oldest district city of Bangladesh and has indigeneous Bengali Hindus and Buddhists along with Muslim Population. Comilla (Town) stands on the bank of the Gumti river. Several cultural personalities alongwith natioanal poet Kazi Nazrul Islam have made their contribution in this city. Marks of rich ancient civilization have...

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Dhaka Sports & Outdoors

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    The Bangladeshi cricket team

    by mafi_moya Updated Sep 6, 2004

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    I was living in Sri Lanka when I went to Dhaka so I jumped straight from one cricket crazy nation to another. Unlike one-time world champions Sri Lanka though, Bangladesh have taken it up quite recently and with rather less success so far!

    In 2000 the Bangladesh 'Tigers' became the 11th official Test-playing nation. Since then they've played 20 one-day internationals and 26 Test matches... and haven't won a single one! They did technically manage a draw against the West Indies but only because it got rained off. Sorry guys but more like pussycats than tigers at the moment!

    I'd love to be in Dhaka when they do finally win though, as all these losses haven't dampened the local enthusiasm for the sport and it's played by pretty much everyone, pretty much everywhere.

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  • Road to Murapara

    cool place! i ever seen My kids were interested to see angels as they watched a telefilm with angels (in bengali "PORI"). so we were looking for PORI!

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  • What to take home!

    Every one goes to Aarong! I was there on my last visit. But I understand they have become a bit up-market now.If you want to buy sarees then the place to go to is Tangail Sharee Kutir (Rangs Arcade, Gulshan 2. Phone 8811046). I understand they have an outlet elsewhere in Dhaka too. This is the go-to place for tangail and jamdhani sarees . They also...

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  • Dhaka -- unlike anything you've heard

    Dhaka is a thriving, colorful and congested metropolis of some 12 million people, and growing steadily. Many people might take sometime to adjust in Dhaka at first sight - it has to be one of the most frenetic places on Earth. The streets are rivers of chaos filled mostly with very colorful rickshaws - around 400,000 to be exact, the highest number...

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