Getting Around Bangladesh

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    Cycle rickshaws

    by CliffClaven Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The image that most visitors retain of a visit to Bangladesh is the number of cycle rickshaws on the streets of Dhaka. They offer a more leisurely and quieter way of travelling short distances in the city centre than the cacophonous baby taxis. But you may need more conventional means of transport if you are travelling farther in this huge city of more than seven million people.

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    Airlines' domestic routes in B'desh

    by Saagar Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Some times it helps to catch a plane to "get it over with" if you are tired and don't want to negotiate crowded trains and buses, not to say streets.
    Bangladesh Biman, the national flag carrier flies to three destinations within Bangladesh: Cox' Bazaar, Chittagong and Sylhet.
    GMGairlines flies to Chittagong, Cox' Bazaar and Jessore.
    Some fly-by-night airlines come and go.

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    Rickshaws and Death Buses

    by Zisch Written Feb 11, 2004

    The best way to get around Dhaka is by rickshaw. Though this mode of transport might appear cruel and almost slave-like to the modern tourist, it is also the daily bread of thousands of families in the city. Rickshaws have the uncanny ability to get through the worst traffic jams - that they cause a lot of them is besides the point - and the drivers usually have a better knowledge of the city than taxis drivers do. On the otherhand, a lot of rickshaw drivers always seemed to specialise in a particular district of the city, so we always used to change drivers when we travelled between the different areas of the city.
    Avoid Dhaka buses. These are veritable death traps on wheels, with little regard for anything on the road, including rickshaws. There are plenty of them and they charge around the city at break neck speed, usually so overcrowded to the point of tipping. I am sure buses provide a unique insight into travelling around Dhaka, but I wouldn't really advise it.

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  • Dhaka has very few flights to...

    by surasak Written Aug 25, 2002

    Dhaka has very few flights to Europe and Asia. I went there thru Bangkok, they operate twice daily.
    Tiny motobike or called 'Baby-Taxi' is mostly used in the city. Buses are not recommened, and the city do not have trains and tubes service.
    But by the time I arrived in Dhaka, the nations were on strike and all transportation are closed, so I hired one driver at the airport, he charged me for US$20 per day, and he drove me to wherever I wanted to go. The picture shows the busy major centre in Dhaka.

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    Tempos

    by janchan Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    It is faster than rickshaws, but noisy and smokey and a bit more expensive... so take it only if you are in hurry or if you are carrying many luggages.

    Cathy packed in a 'tempo'.. :)
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    Other boats

    by janchan Written Apr 2, 2003

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    Especially during monsoon season (from the end of April til October), for many people of the countryside, the boat is the only transport you can use to go around...

    Boat crossing a river
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    Ferries

    by janchan Written Feb 3, 2003

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    The common way to cross the rivers in Bangladesh is by ferry. They are usually overcrowded, and a little risky sometimes, especially in rainy season, when accidents occur regularly...

    crossing the river...
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    I got a special boat ' Rocket...

    by Kartann Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    I got a special boat ' Rocket boat' from Dakha to Kulluna. Rirst class is cozy but comfortable, you have to get reservation at least afew days before.

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    Babytaxis, or as they are...

    by Maline Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Babytaxis, or as they are called in India, auto-rickshas, are fast and cute. Problem - the fumes they exhaust!

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    Rickshas. Cheaper than...

    by Maline Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Rickshas. Cheaper than baby-taxis, and not as fast.
    Problem - the drivers are reluctant to use the brakes. Be prepared.

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    Rickshaws

    by janchan Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Rickshaws are the most common and cheap way for getting around. Only in Dhaka there are more than 600,000 of them !! Colourful, cheap and quite comfortable... :)

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    Boat

    by Kaleisu Written Dec 31, 2003

    During the wet season (may-september) expect to travel by boat if leaving major urban areas. The entire country of Bangladesh is almost at sea level.

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