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Moving to Bangladesh

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 07, 2024

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Bangladesh for its low cost of living, diverse culture, and friendly people. People can find a place to live in Bangladesh by searching online for rental properties, or by asking around in the local community. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Bangladesh are Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet.

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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:

"Bangladesh is a culturally rich and diverse country, so it is important for expats to familiarize themselves with the local customs and etiquette before moving. Expats should also be aware of the language barrier, as English is not widely spoken in Bangladesh. It is also important to research the cost of living in Bangladesh, as it can be significantly lower than in other countries. Additionally, expats should be aware of the political situation in Bangladesh, as it can be volatile at times. Finally, expats should make sure to obtain the necessary visas and permits before moving to Bangladesh," said one expat in Bangladesh.

"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," said 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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