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Pros and Cons of Living in Dhaka

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 26, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Dhaka, Bangladesh include its vibrant culture, diverse population, and low cost of living. Dhaka is a bustling city with a wide variety of activities and attractions, making it an exciting place to live. Additionally, the city is home to a wide range of ethnic and religious groups, making it a great place to experience different cultures. Finally, the cost of living in Dhaka is relatively low, making it an affordable place to live. The cons of living in Dhaka include its high levels of air pollution, traffic congestion, and poverty. The air quality in Dhaka is often poor due to the high levels of vehicle emissions and industrial pollution. Additionally, the city is often congested with traffic, making it difficult to get around. Finally, poverty is a major issue in Dhaka, with many people living in slums and lacking access to basic services.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Dhaka?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Dhaka responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Dhaka, often appreciate the low cost of living, which allows them to stretch their budgets and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. They also enjoy the rich culture and history of the city, with its vibrant markets, historical sites, and colorful festivals. The local cuisine is another highlight, offering a wide variety of delicious and affordable dishes. The friendly and hospitable nature of the Bangladeshi people is another aspect that expats and digital nomads appreciate. Locals are often eager to help and make newcomers feel welcome, which can make the transition to living in Dhaka easier. However, there are also several challenges that expats and digital nomads face while living in Dhaka. One of the main issues is the heavy traffic and poor infrastructure, which can make commuting and getting around the city difficult and time-consuming. Air pollution is another concern, as the city often experiences poor air quality due to vehicle emissions and industrial pollution. The lack of reliable and fast internet can also be frustrating for digital nomads who rely on a stable connection for their work. Additionally, frequent power outages can disrupt daily life and work schedules. Another challenge is the language barrier, as not everyone in Dhaka speaks English. This can make it difficult for expats and digital nomads to communicate and navigate the city, especially when dealing with bureaucracy and official paperwork. Lastly, safety and security can be a concern in Dhaka, with incidents of petty crime and occasional political unrest. Expats and digital nomads should take precautions to ensure their personal safety and stay informed about the local situation," said one in 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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