Dengue is common in
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, between July and December. Mosquitoes are
also responsible for Malaria and several other diseases. So, it is highly
advisable to use a mosquito net while sleeping and use mosquito repellent
products to be safe from mosquitoes. Dengue mosquitoes bite at day time, so
be cautious at day time as well.
There are two types of taxis in Dhaka - Taxi Cab and CNG
Auto-rickshaw. Although by law every taxi has to follow the meter, but in
Bangladesh almost no taxi follow this rule! You need to fix the rent in
advance based on where you want to go and the taxi drivers can ask for an
unusual high rate. So you may need to get an idea about the taxi rents from
a Bengali-speaking friend or from the hotel staff. Also note that, the taxi
drivers do not always agree to go to your destination. They always try to
avoid short distance journeys and crowded areas with traffic jams.
Tap water in not safe in Dhaka or other cities of Bangladesh.
Most people of the big cities boil tap water and filter it before consuming.
If you are living in Bangladesh for a long time, you can follow this
procedure. In a short trip, it is always better to drink bottled water.
Most of the high-end restaurants could be assumed as safe but be
vigilant because the quality control measures in the food industry is not
that tight. Be especially careful in mid and low end restaurants and try to
avoid raw vegetables and salads in these places. If you are doubtful, just
avoid the place. If you get any stomach problem, consult a doctor
As most other Metropolitan cities of the world, Dhaka and Chittagong also
has hijackers and robbers. As Dhaka is an extremely densely populated city,
the number of hijackers and robbers are also high in this city. Do not go
outside alone at night and avoid dark roads. It is better to use a rented
car then to use a rickshaw or taxi at night. Do not carry a big amount of
cash currency, important travel documents such as passports or other
valuables at night.