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Moving to Dhaka, Bangladesh

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Expats move to Dhaka, Bangladesh for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to experience a unique culture, the chance to explore a vibrant and diverse city, and the potential to take advantage of the country's growing economy. Additionally, Dhaka offers a low cost of living, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their budget. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and growing economy, Dhaka is an attractive destination for expats looking for a new home.

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What do I need to know before moving to Dhaka?

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

"Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and is a bustling city with a population of over 18 million people. It is important to be aware of the cultural norms and expectations in Bangladesh, such as the importance of respecting elders and the need to dress modestly. The city is known for its traffic congestion, so it is important to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel. The cost of living in Dhaka is relatively low, but it is important to research the cost of accommodation and other living expenses before moving. English is not widely spoken in Dhaka, so it is important to learn some basic Bengali phrases to help with communication. Finally, it is important to be aware of the security situation in Dhaka and take necessary precautions," said one expat who made the move to Dhaka.

"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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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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