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Sydney to Dhaka Travel Course Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is the most popular connection between these two cities?

    John F. Kennedy International Airport is the most popular connection for one stop flights between Sydney and Dhaka City.

  • What is the average flight time from Sydney to Dhaka?

    The average flight time from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Dhaka is 12h 50min

  • When is the best time to visit?

    Peak travel season in subtropical Dhaka is Feb–mid-May when temperatures are warm.

Exploring Dhaka

The capital and most altogether city of Bangladesh occupies the banks of the Buriganga River in the centre of the country. A choking mass of humanity—12 million at last count—it is not for the faint of heart and is certainly noisy, but offers many highlights and is nothing if not lively. Though a poor country, Dhaka has wealth, with glitzy malls and mega hotels juxtaposed against its rambling bazaar markets and uninspiring shop house architecture.

Most tourists head direct for Old Dhaka, the super-busy part of town against the river which has a large waterfront area, Sadarghat, and is where much of the action and tourist hotels are at. There are many standout landmarks in this area, including the large Lalbagh Fort and the Baroque-styled Ahsan Manzil palace. The city is also strewn with parks, mosques and cricket grounds.

Sights nearby

Dhaka has a wealth of sights but it’s best to plan and not do too much as the city is choked with traffic. Old Dhaka has the best of it—the area north of the river—where there are many relics of the era of British rule.

Ahsan Manzil
The Pink Palace is a major Dhaka colonial highlight, located on the banks of Buriganga River. The governor of Dhaka served here under British rule during the Raj era and it has been faithfully restored. The highlight is to gaze upon the grand facade, which is accompanied by an equally stately set of steps and green lawns. There are more than 30 rooms within and it also has a museum covering its history. Tours are cheap.

Lalbagh Fort
Lalbagh Fort is another of Dhaka’s main highlights in the old part of the town. It’s a pretty historic place, hailing from the 1600s under Prince Mohammad Azam and has seen many battles, including the British and the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. It’s a huge site that visitors can spend many hours exploring. Highlights include the Lalbagh Mosque, the Pari Bibi Tomb and Nawab Shaista Khan Hammam. The best way here from your hotel is to take a rickshaw as it’s a nightmare on foot.

Dhaka Zoo
Those with kids could head up to this okay zoo in the Mirpur area—note: it is often called ‘Mirpur Zoo’. The highlight here is the collection of beautiful royal Bengal tigers. There are also elephant and crocodiles, along with horseback riding and a fantastic collection of birds. It’s a fair way from Old Dhaka, not far west of the airport, and is cheap.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Dhaka has an incredible number of eateries and stalls and the curries are to die for. It is naturally really cheap on the street, though there is also refined international eating in the big hotels, such as the four-star Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka, near Bashundhara City Mall, or the three-star Best Western La Vinci Hotel in Tejgaon. The Gulshan neighbourhood, farther north, has good eating, while Old and Central Dhaka are packed with places to wine and dine. The city is also home to numerous expat nightclubs. Banga Bazar is the main market for shoppers, while Bashundhara City mall is easier going.

Public transport

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is north of town and the main gateway to Bangladesh, with meter taxis and limos providing the most reliable transfer to hotels. Buses are more popular than the limited train network, while getting about is mostly cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws, both of which typically require negotiating for the fare. Taxis are tough to get, but many locals resort to bicycles.