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Moving to Bangladesh

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to Bangladesh: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Bangladesh.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bangladesh?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bangladesh, they said:

"Set right expectations. Visit Dhaka first before you decide. Try in May to July when families are ending contracts. Check for mold. Check the water supply. Check any possibility that a construction project may start nearby. If there are one floor houses around, the risk is high that a 6 to 10 floor building will start below your window. By the time it reaches your windows you can touch it by hand. This is close together they build their buildings. Check in clubs. There are lots of info posted there. Check Deshperate in Dhaka on Facebook too," explained one expat living in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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How do I find a place to live in Bangladesh?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Basically my company decided. All expats lived in Gulshan area so we went for same. Baridhara seemed nicer but it was more expensive too. Now they have started construction on high buildings everywhere in both Gulshan and Baridhara and it is quite tough to live in these areas. In a few years these areas will not be so called residential anymore. My company used an agent to see apartments," said another expat in Dhaka.

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What is the average cost of housing in Bangladesh?

If you are thinking about moving to Bangladesh, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Higher. It is difficult to compare, but for a decent apt in Bucharest it will be a few hundreds euro. In Dhaka, it is thousands," remarked another expat who made the move to Dhaka.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Bangladesh?

We asked people in Bangladesh if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:

"Yes, I had an almighty road rage incident, which the locals at whom my rage was targeted could not fathom what it was that I was so worked up about, and probably couldn't understand a word that I was saying (which is probably just as well)," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Dhaka.

"No, I did not. However, it is important to note that I come from a multi religious , multi-racial environment (country of Singapore), and have been exposed to Islamic practices and culture, hence it may have been easier for me," commented one expat who made the move to Dhaka.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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