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About Dhaka

Dhaka is the lively, crowded capital city of Bangladesh. Brimming with the excitement and energy from the local population of 17 million residents, this Southeast-Asian metropolis is a perfect destination for visitors in search of cultural enrichment and education. Offering religious temples, colourful festivals and the busiest streets you will ever encounter, Dhaka promises an unforgettable experience.

Cheap flights to Dhaka are now available for a limited period of time, so book your flight today and experience the cultural and traditional wonders of this vibrant city! Dhaka is home to Shahjalal International Airport (DAC), located 20 minutes from the city centre by car. Shahjalal International serves a multitude of airlines including Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Dhaka but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Why visit Dhaka

city sights

City Sights

Offering temples, souvenir markets and historical places of interest such as the Bangladesh National Museum, visitors to Dhaka will enjoy the extensive collection of fascinating city sights.

culture

Culture

Dhaka’s culture, a melting-pot of Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Sikh influences, is a colourful and vibrant medley of cuisine, festivals, performing arts and authentic souvenirs.

lifestyle

Lifestyle

Visitors to Dhaka have the opportunity to experience the unique lifestyle of the locals, manifested in local customs and traditions. Dhaka’s water traffic and boat vendors have earned it the nickname the “Venice of the east”.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Bangladesh
Currency Bangladeshi Taka
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 6.15 BDT
Language Bengali and Urdu (some locals speak and understand basic English)
Hub Airport Shahjalal International Airport (DAC)
Airline Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 6
Travel Adaptor Type C/D/G/K

Best time to visit Dhaka

Dhaka experiences warm, dry winters and hot, dry summers as well as a monsoon season. The ideal time to visit is during the months of November to February. During this period, temperatures are at their coolest in Dhaka and many outdoor festivals occur. If you are unperturbed by the heat, Dhaka’s low season takes place between the months of March and May, when temperatures rise to the mid-30s. Most hotels offer off-season specials during this time, just be sure to pack plenty of sunblock! Monsoon season in Dhaka takes place between the months of May and September. Travel is not encouraged during this period due to high rainfall and unpleasant humidity.

Weather & Climate in Dhaka

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 21°C 25°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 27°C 27°C 26°C 23°C 20°C
High °C 30°C 34°C 37°C 40°C 37°C 36°C 35°C 35°C 35°C 35°C 32°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 1 15 46 213 679 136 216 162 210 76 44 0

Overview

Colourful, busy and brimming with people, Dhaka can initially be a little overwhelming for tourists. Once over the initial hurdle, visitors will be charmed and delighted by the city’s incredible sights, sounds and local population. The capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka is also one of the most densely-populated cities in the world, with a population of approximately 17 million residents living in the city and greater metropolitan area. Take a water taxi along the river, and watch local residents sell their wares (rather uniquely) from their paddle boats, and stroll the city streets, stopping in at city square markets where interesting souvenirs and priceless treasures can be found at bargain prices. Outdoor restaurants and cafes are excellent places to sit and people-watch while enjoying a hot coffee or a delicious local dish.

Visa & Customs

South Africans do require a visa to enter Bangladesh. Ensure your passport is valid and will remain valid for at least six months after the duration of your intended stay. Leave at least three passport pages blank for visa stamps.

For more information regarding the visa application process and required documentation please contact the Embassy of Bangladesh on 012 343 2105. Email: bangladeshpta@iburst.co.za

Health & Safety

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for entry into Bangladesh, however it is recommended to be up-to-date with all routine vaccinations (MMR). Additional recommended vaccines include vaccines against Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus. Malaria is prevalent in Bangladesh, so it is advised to take anti-malaria tablets before, during and after your trip. Speak to your doctor at least six weeks before your intended departure about recommended vaccines and medication.

Bag-snatching, pick-pocketing and mugging have been known to occur in Dhaka. Be vigilant of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your possessions. Do not walk around flaunting large amounts of money in the street and do not flash expensive jewellery or equipment. Do not take walk the city streets at night, rather take clearly designated taxi cabs (speak to your hotel about reputable and safe taxi companies). Do not take rickshaws (tuk-tuks) late at night as they leave you vulnerable to robbers.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG DHAKA
Meal inexpensive restaurant R100 R100 R32
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R40
Cappuccino R22 R22 R28
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10 R10 R10
Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro) R37 R37 R32

Where to stay?

Dhaka offers a wide range of accommodation options for travellers, no matter what kind of budget you are working on. International-quality, upmarket hotels are available in the city centre and provide comfortable, clean accommodation while in close proximity to public transport. Mid-range and two-star hotels can be found in the city as well. Budget bed-and-breakfasts offer cosy, family-friendly accommodation, and for adventurous travellers there are quirky youth hostels peppered around the city (although it is advised to do extensive research on hostels before finalising accommodation, as issues of theft and safety are a common problem).

Getting Around

Auto-rickshaws in Bangladesh are known as CNGs (shortened from compressed natural gas- their fuel source). This is the most common and cheapest form of local transport. Extremely efficient, CNGs are able to navigate through the most congested streets (which can sometimes prove a bumpy ride!) and are an ideal option for travelling short distances. Most CNGs have a meter but drivers ignore them in favour of a flat rate, which is often overpriced, so prepare to bargain down and only get in the vehicle once a price has been agreed upon. It is not advised to ride CNGs late at night, especially if you are a lone female passenger.

Taxis are also a common form of public transport. Two types of taxis can be found in Dhaka- regular taxis usually black or white in colour, and more expensive yellow Navana taxis. Navana taxis are more spacious and have air-con but charge a higher price than their black counterparts, so also prepare to do some bargaining. Speak to your hotel staff about car hire options, as many visitors to Dhaka hire a driver to drive them around. Many hotels also offer shuttle services, and it is advised to organise collection if you are planning to stay out late somewhere, as walking after dark is not advised.

Main attractions in Dhaka

Dhakeshwari Temple

Dhakeshwari Temple

Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh Fort

Ahsan Manzil

Ahsan Manzil

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