Fly To Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka is the embodiment of colourful chaos, and this thriving metropolis of over 18 million people can be overwhelming if you’re unprepared. It’s a melting pot of movement, joy, poverty, glamour, old, new, and everything in between. The obvious gaps between rich and poor will tug on your heart strings, but so will the pervasive energy and unique rhythm that moves this behemoth of a city in strangely addictive ways.
Find the cheapest flights to Dhaka by using our search tool above, and save your money to spend in the many markets of Bangladesh’s capital. You’ll not only come home with some wonderful finds, but you’ll be supporting the local industries and artisans too.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Dhaka, or anywhere else in Bangladesh. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Jahangir Tower, 10 Kazi Nazur Islam Avenue, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka, 1215. Phone: + 880 2 912 5792 (extension 103).
See and do
You could live in Dhaka your whole life and never see all it has to offer, but there are a few attractions that stand out of the crowd.
There are hundreds of religious buildings scattered around Dhaka, but Dhakeshwari Temple, Khan Mohammad Mridha’s Mosque, the Armenian Church, and the Star Mosque are the most popular with visitors. They all offer fascinating insights into the cultural and religious influences on Dhaka and Bangladesh, and their architecture is as diverse as their beliefs.
For the less spiritual visitor, try the Lalbag Fort, the Ahsan Manzil and the Parliament Building, or visit Baldha Garden, Suhrawardi Uddyan, or the National Botanical Gardens for a break from the city madness.
Shopping is an experience in Dhaka, no matter what you’re looking for, and if you’re ready to bargain hard you can get a great deal. For souvenirs try Banga Bazar, or the stores at 60 Kemal Ataturk in Banani for higher quality goods. Hand-dyed cotton and silk clothes are a popular choice, as is locally made jewellery, leather and linen.
Dhaka has very little in the way of official public transport, and suffers from terrible traffic congestion as a result. Most visitors use rickshaws or auto-rickshaws to get around, as the buses are horribly crowded and signage is all in Bengali. There are taxis in theory, but they’re nearly impossible to flag down, and clearly mark you as a foreigner since few locals ever use them. You can rent a car, but driving is a hair-raising experience, and many travellers prefer a chauffeur/transfer service instead.
Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport – DAC
Food and beverage: There is one restaurant and several snack shops at which to grab a bite to eat or something to drink.
Currency Exchange: There are exchange facilities at HSIA, but you’ll get a better rate exchanging your money in town.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, and the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel.
Car Hire: Cars may only be rented with a driver from the airport, even if you have an international driving permit.
Airport Hub: Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (code DAC) is a hub for Biman Bangladesh Airlines, United Airways, Regent Airways and NovoAir.