Bangladesh hartal

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Hi, Imikers, just back from Bangladesh (Rajshahi district) I’ m writing down some advice.
The situation is very critical, police everywhere, often using water cannon to repel the crowd protesting against the continuing violence.
I spent a third of my time stuck to the hotel because the strike (hartal) blocked any form of transport.

However, Bangladesh is a beautiful Country inhabited by friendly and honest people.
Since I often travel in India, I would like to highlight the most significant differences :
Regarding the prices can be considered 1RS = 1TK. I mean that if something costs 100 Rs in India (hotels, bus, drink, etc) for the same pay Tk 100 in Bangladesh, but you get € 1 = 100 tk instead of 1 € = 65 rs, so Bangladesh is 35% cheaper than India.
Obtaining VOA in Dhaka Airport takes at least 2 hours, especially if your flight arrives together with another International flight.

Outside of Dhaka is not easy to find a car hire with a driver, but you can move very well with bus.
Unlike the India, chai (cha) is still done in a very traditional way and at the moment, without thermos. The cha is one of the pleasures of travel in Bangladesh, ranging from 5 to 10 tk, is sweet, creamy and very tasty. A good Doi cup (curd) costs just 20 tk.
Even in the simplest hotel rooms are equipped with toilet paper, you do not need taking it from home…

In Dhaka I was at De Meridian hotel in Airport Road, Uttara. Found by chance, very useful to moving to the north of the Country, avoiding the famous Dhaka jam. 3 km north of the airport. Tk 2400 , Fridge, AC, clean, nice toilet, balcony. Roof restaurant. Free pickup – drop to airport hdmeridian@yahoo.com

In Bogra I changed 2 hotels : Akboria, very centrally located, simple, Tk 1000, AC, fridge, dark and small room, they do not accept reservation. Century Motel, Chat bus stand, 3 km from the center, excellent room , wide and clean, fridge, AC, big toilet, Tk 1.500, centurymotelcm@yahoo.com

In Rajshahi I stayed at Nice hotel,very good, excellent position, new rooms from 1.500,00 to 4000 tk (suite). Poor breakfast.

Because the “hartal”, I could’nt reach Dinajpur, please check the safety situation before buying airticket.

Hope this help.

Ciao a tutti.
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You have any idea of Chittagong??
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Originally Posted by sanuroxz View Post You have any idea of Chittagong??
The city of Chittagong is usually less disrupted than Dhaka. However, the hartals are national, and enforced. There will be ongoing tensions pending the elections due next year. To my knowledge, the BNP (opposition) do not have any rallies scheduled for Chittagong over the next month.

EDIT: It is worth adding that Chittagong is a port city, so the effect of the hartal is felt most keenly there. Which may, conversely, reduce other public disruption.
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post The city of Chittagong is usually less disrupted than Dhaka. However, the hartals are national, and enforced. There will be ongoing tensions pending the elections due next year. To my knowledge, the BNP (opposition) do not have any rallies scheduled for Chittagong over the next month.

EDIT: It is worth adding that Chittagong is a port city, so the effect of the hartal is felt most keenly there. Which may, conversely, reduce other public disruption.
I came to know there are not much to see in Dhaka... so my plan is to skip Dhaka... will that be a good idea...

DrRudi have you visited BD?
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Very briefly, during my last visit to India. I spent time in Dhaka, and then took a boat trip on the Sunderbans.

I keep an interest in BD because I have friends living there.
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post Very briefly, during my last visit to India. I spent time in Dhaka, and then took a boat trip on the Sunderbans.

I keep an interest in BD because I have friends living there.
My plan is to Fly from Bnagalore to Kolkata /Agartala ... i dont know where exactly i can get visa sooner... then will enter BD
My main intention is Chittagong , Cox Bazar and St martin's Island..

How is Dhaka by the way?
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@ sanuroxz

I really liked Dhaka.

Speaking as a foreigner, with limited time in both India and BD, I saw a lot of similarities between the countries - the people, the dress, the food.

I found Dhaka a lot like Indian cities, and with a sense of 'more space'. I think their transport infrastructure is better, perhaps, the roads seemed better, and the traffic moved quicker than in Delhi or Mumbai for example. Dhaka had rolling power outtages - where I'm from we'd call it "load shedding" - but it seemed quite organised.

I don't know if this helps?
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Good to know that Transportaion in Dhaka is faster than India.. I had earlier some negative impression for the huge traffic jam in BD specially in Dhaka.
And I am sure food is mouth watering there. the major advantage for me is I am a die hard fish and sea foods lover.
What all places are must in BD according to you?
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Originally Posted by sanuroxz View Post What all places are must in BD according to you?
Well, as I said, I only spent time in Dhaka and the Sunderabans (via Jessore and Mongola).

My friends liked Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar, St Martin, and Sylhet.
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post Well, as I said, I only spent time in Dhaka and the Sunderabans (via Jessore and Mongola).

My friends liked Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar, St Martin, and Sylhet.
My plan is i will spend not much time in Dhaka
Mostly i will be in Chittagong ,Coz Bazar and St martin's island

I will post my plan ...later
Please review that
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One silly question... As per my knowledge BD Taka is not allowed to carry out of th country.. is that true?
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There are no silly questions. I was not aware of any restrictions, and only had a small amount of Taka with me when I left.

The US State Department has this advice on its website:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p.../cis_1011.html
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As of December 2012 the Bangladesh Customs Authority has established a currency export policy for travelers as they are departing the country. Travelers are not allowed to carry more than 2000 BDT when exiting Bangladesh. This is applicable for all land, sea, and airport travel. Some travelers have reported being questioned by customs officials on how much taka they are carrying and even having to surrender excess taka.
I cannot find a reference on the BD Customs website, nor is the matter listed in the baggage rules.

I did not have any problems using ATMs in BD.
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post There are no silly questions. I was not aware of any restrictions, and only had a small amount of Taka with me when I left.

The US State Department has this advice on its website:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p.../cis_1011.html


I cannot find a reference on the BD Customs website, nor is the matter listed in the baggage rules.

I did not have any problems using ATMs in BD.
But as far as i remember i have seen in some post that BD taka can not be taken back out of BD

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