Dhaka Travel Blog› entry 30 of 37 › view all entries
We had a day or so in Dhaka before we were due to head to Sri Lanka. We got the bus back from Bogra without any problems, and found an autorickshaw at the bus station to take us into the centre of Dhaka. The hotel we asked to be taken to looked a bit grotty, so we walked around for a while trying to find somewhere better. In the end we ended up back at the first hotel. At one point a complete stranger came up to us on the street and offered to help us; he gave us his business card and said we could call him if we had any problems. It's not the only time that we came across helpful people like this. Unlike in India, in Bangladesh we felt that we could be pretty sure that such offers were genuine.
One of our best experiences in Bangladesh was going to post a parcel home. We'd accumulated a lot of souvenirs from our time in India, and so we headed to the main post office, where we were lucky to bump into a guy who did parcelling up of things. This was done by sewing them up in a sheet of heavy fabric, a task which he performed very carefully with a large needle. Having created this bundle, he went around the seams and sealed them with sealing wax. He also helped us buy the correct amount of stamps and get the address label filled in correctly, since we didn't speak Bangla. For all this he charged 200 taka (US$4), which seemed like a good deal to us. The postage on the parcel to the UK was about 1500 taka, which was very cheap considering its size and weight.
When we came to head to the airport for our flight out we managed to find an autorickshaw who used the meter, so we gave him a big tip; he seemed very pleased with that. We ate in a suprisingly good restaurant at Dhaka airport, and waited for our flight.