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Dhaka on a Dollar
While most people who hit the subcontinent go to India, I tried my chances on Bangladesh and visited the capital city Dhaka to see how far my dollar would stretch. While the local currency is called the Taka, a “Dollar” will get you very far. Dhaka must be the most jam-packed city on earth. Picture Times Square on New Year’s Eve, and you’ll get the idea!
But everywhere you look, shops abound… in malls, multi-tired shops and even on the streets. I tried my luck on the streets, of course, where the best bargains are to be had… But if you’re a foreigner, be prepared to bargain… and be aware of getting cheated.
Word of advice, whatever you’re quoted, quote back one third of that and try to settle for half. And if the vendor doesn’t budge, just walk away… and before you have gone a few feet, he’ll be begging you to come back, complaining that he won’t be able to feed his children, that he’s taking a loss, and in the end, he’ll meet your price to make the sale!
I would visit the Old Town (Laxmi Bazar) or Elephant Road (no elephants anymore), Chandni Chowk or New Market for the best bargains. And for the absolute best bargains — if you can somehow deal with the crowds and the narrow lanes – visit Bongo Bazaar. Avoid Gulshan and Dhanmondi if you want to see the real Dhaka and stretch your dollar. Those places are high-end and charge high-end prices.
If you can deal with the heat, the crowds and the “squirts” icon smile Dhaka on a Dollar , you’ll definitely be able to see Dhaka on a few dollars. I know I did!
By the way, the latest exchange rate for 1 USD is about 80 taka.