National features of the inhabitants of Bangladesh

  1. According to local traditions, women do not swim in the ocean at all, they can only enter the water up to their ankles. Acceptable beach wear is called shalwar kameez (consists of a tunic and bloomers). European bathing suit (especially for women) can create problems even for tourists. Men go into the water in clothes – a T-shirt and shorts. Much more democratic views on foreign bathing suits on Inani Beach (this is part of Cox’s Bazar Beach).
  2. The level of prices for goods and services in Bangladesh is quite low. However, when they see a foreigner, the locals raise the price several times, so you definitely need to bargain. Since the laws of Islam require compliance with the bargaining procedure, Bangladeshis easily bargain and reduce the price by two or even three times.
  3. Tipping in restaurants is not accepted, but waiters in places frequented by foreigners can leave 5% of the bill. Throughout the country, it is customary to give “baksheesh” (a material form of gratitude for any, even a minor service) to a porter, clerk, taxi or tuk-tuk driver.
  4. Kilometer-long traffic jams in the capital and other major cities of Bangladesh are commonplace. Sometimes passengers prefer to leave the vehicle and travel on foot, because. the average speed of movement in a traffic jam is 3-4 km per hour. For example, in Dhaka, the distance to the airport from the city center is only 10 km, at night the road there will take about one hour, and during the day – at least three to four.
  5. In cities, you can see many unfinished, but exploited buildings. This is a common practice. With a lack of budget, the construction of an object is started, and completed at the expense of funds received from the commissioning of the lower floors.
  6. A characteristic feature of the Bangladeshi mentality is to litter everywhere and not notice the consequences of this. Seeing an empty pack of cigarettes thrown out of the window of an expensive car or a bag of half-eaten chips is a common thing, but it is not at all necessary to talk about the actions of the uneducated poor.
  7. On the bus, it is not recommended to lean against the back of the seat, because. it may have lice from a previous passenger.
  8. Most cars run on gas. But safety rules are not respected here, drivers also like to smoke 10 meters from the gas station itself.
  9. In traffic jams and at traffic lights, poor and beggars knock on the windows of cars, of which there are a lot in the country. Once, when a cricket tournament was being held in Chittagong, the city authorities awarded them a $2 stipend to leave the city streets and not disturb the tourists.
  10. At night, a woman unaccompanied by a man should not go out and even ride in a taxi.
  11. Snakes in Bangladesh pose a real threat to life. There are about 80 species of them here, 20 of them are poisonous. Six thousand people die every year from their bites. Reptiles are found not only in villages, where they are considered an integral part of life, but also in cities. Here you need to be especially careful near water bodies and ancient objects (temple complexes, etc.), which have become a haven for hundreds of snakes nesting under ancient ruins. In the event of an attack, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  12. Bangladesh is one of the tropical countries where the viral dengue disease is prevalent. Its carriers are mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment for this disease, but early diagnosis and medical care can significantly reduce the likelihood of death.
  13. As a gift or souvenir, freshwater pearls grown here and very expensive ones are brought from here – pink (it is mined in the wild), reed and bamboo products, tea, coconut oil or muslin products (the fabric that is produced here).
  14. The country has an acute problem with drinking water, including due to the high content of arsenic in the soil. Therefore, tourists are advised to use exclusively bottled water, including for washing fruits and brushing their teeth.
  15. A white man is exotic for the locals, they want to take a picture with him, touch him, treat him … A crowd gathers, and this is a great opportunity for pickpockets, so it’s safer to take a photocopy of documents and small amounts of money with you for a walk.
  16. The most common form of transportation in Bangladesh is the trishaw. There are over 400,000 of them in Dhaka.
  17. Rice is the basis of many Bangladeshi dishes. It is most often steamed here, less often boiled or fried. And the locals eat it by hand, without appliances.

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