Traffic in Dhaka, Bangladesh

If you think your city gets a lot of traffic, you should visit Dhaka to realize that you don’t really know what an actual traffic looks like. This picture below shows you a normal flow of the traffic, which is a rare think.

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Beeping sounds of different sorts is the 24 hour music of the city (listen to the recording above). If you want to go any further you must beep at others, and sometimes just for fun. Rickshaws, small cars, mopeds, bicycles and other vehicles are all mixed up. It may seem that there is no rules apply, but time to time you will see a policeman with a regular wooden brown stick, directing the traffic. If you are a pedestrian, you can cross the road at any point, though I have noticed that they usually gather a small crowd of people to make the group more visible, which makes it safer to cross.

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When you see a bus in your side mirror, you better let it pass you, scratched lines on the sides of the bus always reflect the possibility of running you over and destroying your car side. Busses are usually fully filled with passengers, many sit on the steps of the bus. Doors never close. So if you think that you will walk faster then the bus, you can get at any time, or just chill outside while waiting for you traffic to move another meter.
Very frequent you will see men walking through the traffic offering some sort of flowers, which appear to be some kind of pilled fruits. I really want to try them, but I am afraid it is not safe for me as a foreigner as I may destroy my stomach with a local bacteria.

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Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 7.02.11 AMUs as foreigners, travel only with a dedicated driver, who would wait for you any where you go (sometimes for a whole day). It is kinda crazy, but very normal apparently. It maybe another person in the car (like in our case), he is sort of a guid and the person who takes care of us, he also controls the driver, calls him when needed.

I like to stare at people from the windows of our vehicle, it feels safer somehow, plus if I take a picture of them, before they realize, I am gone… well if the traffic is good.


3 thoughts on “Traffic in Dhaka, Bangladesh

  1. Yeah, traffic in Dhaka is…interesting, tiring, and a great way to waste time. I’m so glad to not have to commute every day to work. I did that for a few months and I absolutely hated it. Dhaka people certainly have higher patience level than me (even though I was born in Dhaka and live here too!).

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