Food

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Bangladesh cuisine is greatly influenced by regional, social, and geographic factors.  The food is traditionally infused with spices.  The traditional meals consist of rice, daal, fish or meat, and vegetable.

A variety of restaurants are available that provide traditional Bangladeshi cuisine in  a variety of settings, from local dining hall to upscale.  Moreover, Dhaka has a plethora of continental and international style restaurants for all palates.  A list of popular restaurants can be found here or here.

Water:

The tap water in Dhaka is not safe for consumption.  Tap water must be boiled to ensure potable consumption.  Bottled water should be purchased from established shops and not from street vendors to ensure safe consumption.  Bottled water is affordable and when purchased ensure that the seal has not been compromised.

Culture and Customs:

Bangladesh is predominantly a Muslim country, although all major world religions are represented.  The call for prayer is a common sound throughout Dhaka city and Friday is the primary holy day.  Conservative dress is appreciated including covering of legs.  Many women wear scarves (orna) to cover their heads and chests, although covering of head is not required in public.  Men commonly wear button down shirts with trousers.  Traditional dress for women includes shalwar khamiz or saris and men wear lungis and punjabis.

Dhaka is hot, so cotton or other natural fabrics are most comfortable.  For exploring the city, comfortable shoes are also recommended as the sidewalks and streets in many areas are in poor repair.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited due to its ban in the Islamic faith.  However, the purchase and consumption is allowed for non-Muslims in the country and can be purchased and consumed in many international hotels.