Dhaka Journals

Getting to Know Dhaka

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A travel journal to Dhaka by Tammy Ann

New Market Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh More Photos
Quote: Spending four months in Dhaka offered me a glimpse into everyday life in this city.

Getting to Know Dhaka

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Overview

A rainbow of yarn Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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When asked to name the best part of traveling to Bangladesh, the answer has to be getting to know the people. Accepting an invitation to visit in someone's home means sharing tea and sweets or a meal while discussing such diverse topics as international politics or the poetry of Khalil Gibran. Must-do activities include taking a rickshaw to get where you want to go, shopping for everything from spices and skeins of yard to suitcases and textbooks at New Market, and touring the National museum where visiting foreigners might prove as much of a draw as the exhibits. If you're lucky, you might even encounter a wedding procession - complete with a horse-drawn carriage and a marching band of musician...Read More

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel

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Hotel | "Dhaka Sheraton"

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We spent a weekend at the Dhaka Sheraton as a mini-vacation within our longer four-month stay in Dhaka. Coming up the driveway to the entrance of the hotel, you have the feeling of entering an oasis of sorts made up of well-manicured grounds. This effect continues through to the swimming pool and surrounding gardens. Even if you decide against taking a swim, you can sit poolside and enjoy tea or a snack at the pool cafe. Our room, which had a king-size bed, was clean, comfortable and air-conditioned. The room came equipped with a coffee-maker, cable television, and bathroom amenities such as shampoo and bubblebath. The Sheraton has its own water-purification system, so brushing our teeth and eve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2001

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel
1 Minto Road
Dhaka, Bangladesh 1000
+880 2 861-1191

Santoor

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Restaurant

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When you want to splurge on a fine dining experience, Santoor lives up to your expectations. Opened by the owners of the neighboring Chili's (no relation to the American restaurant chain), Santoor offers an intimate and luxurious atmosphere with taste-tempting Indian dishes. From the time you sit down, expect to be waited upon by a team of servers. We started with the vegetable fritters, which were delicious. We then had a korma and a biryani dish - also delicious. The dishes were nicely seasoned for our tastes. However, for those who do not welcome a lot of spicy-heat, include a healthy portion of the cooling yogurt-based raita with your meal. (You might also want to have a large glass of water...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2001

Santoor
Mirpur Road Near Kalabagan
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Aarong

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Attraction

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Four floors of high-quality handmade goods await you at the flagship Aarong store, so successful it has spawned several satellite locations around the world. While each floor of the store is air-conditioned, bring your walking shoes because there is no elevator. Also be aware that the prices here are not negotiable and might be more than you would pay elsewhere in Dhaka. However, the quality of items here is top-notch and well worth the price. In addition, Aarong accepts most major credit cards. The first floor (located on the second floor of the building) houses items that include women's fashions such as salwar kameez (long tunics over loose pajama bottoms), shoes, and silver and pearl jewelry...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2001

Aarong

Dhaka, Bangladesh

New Market

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Attraction

New Market Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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No matter what you're looking for, if you want to get a feel for shopping like a local, New Market is the place for you. Think of it as a cross between an open air mall and a flea market. From the moment you enter the main gate your senses are overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes that you'll find there. Finding what you need and comparison shopping are made easy as the shops and stalls are arranged by type of product or service. Need a suitcase? You'll find no less than ten stalls side-by-side selling bags ranging from new to slightly-refurbished to seen-better-days. Want a new 22-carat gold necklace? You'll be dazzled by the displays in the jewelry shops. Perhaps you just w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2001

New Market
Mirpur Road
Dhaka, Bangladesh

National Museum

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Attraction

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Visiting the National Museum was a two-for-one experience for me. On one hand, I learned a bit more about the country of Bangladesh and its history. On the other hand, as a foreigner I almost became an exhibit myself as Bangladeshi families from other towns and villages would send their children over to see the "bideshi mae" or "foreign woman"! Some of the exhibits at the museum included: * Flora and fauna * Archeological items such as tablets, pillars, doorways, etc. * Furniture, fabrics, clothes and armor from the various ruling dynasties including the Moghuls Perhaps most moving is the exhibit on the War for Independence, which included pictures, artillery, documents, and even a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2001

National Museum
Shahbag
Dhaka, Bangladesh