Dhaka - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

People's houses, planned events, or the international clubs are really the only options. The clubs are a nice perk but they get old fast. If you crave variety in your life this isn't the place. You will do the same thing every week with the same people. It's groundhog day. - Jul 2023

The international clubs. - Dec 2021

The local expat clubs. Definitely join one to meet folks and you'll make friends quickly. The Nordic Club Spa is fantastic! - Sep 2021

Parties and clubs. - Jun 2019

Fitness classes, expat parties, poker nights, game nights. There are tons of options you just have to go out and find what works best for you and make the best of your time here. - Jul 2018

US embassy staff are prohibited from walking, using local transportation, or visiting any local commercial establishments, except for the American School, the American Club and few other diplomatic clubs. The expat community is fairly small, even smaller for most embassy staff since they will have few opportunities to meet or interact with expatriates from other countries. - Apr 2017

Lots of entertaining at home and in the expat clubs. - Jun 2016

Entertaining at home, going to restaurants. There is not a wide variety of things to do, but there is something happening every weekend, usually parties and get-togethers. - May 2016

Dinner with friends - Jun 2015

Going to embassy clubs. At home parties, Heritage Hour. At some point you should go to a Bangladeshi wedding. - Sep 2014

Get together with friends at their house or, if you can deal with the traffic, meet them at a restaurant. It could easily take you an hour to drive 6 blocks. - Aug 2014

Expat clubs. No one else has alcohol - Bangladesh is "Super Muslim" (as the t-shirt we all love says). Some of the bigger hotels host parties. Dinner parties. Board Games. - Jul 2014

Lots of dinners/brunches/movie nights at people's homes. Expat clubs, parties, CLO trips... the usual fare. - Aug 2013

Much of it is socializing in private homes. - Apr 2013

Mostly at home or others' homes. Some with the school or embassy. You have to make your own fun here. A lot of activities are listed in the weekly embassy newsletter. - Aug 2011

A few clubs at the large hotels, but as with everything else, has a Bangladesh spin to it. - Jun 2011

Nothing on the local economy. People throw elaborate house parties, expat communities throw lavish balls, and people drown their sorrows at expat clubs. - Feb 2011

Not much. It seems to revolve around the American Club and visiting other expats. - Jan 2011

There is much entertaining in the homes of expats. - Jan 2011

I never felt comfortable having anyone over to my cave of an apartment, but some people consistently entertained throughout their tours. Entertaining can be a great way to make friends and yet another good reason to have a house or apartment suitable for that. There are the clubs, where people go for happy hour and similar merrymaking, but that scene gets old fast. - Oct 2010

It is difficult for singles. Families mostly go to the American club or local restaurants. - Apr 2010

People tend to get together at restaurants or in homes. The only bars are in private clubs (such as diplomatic/expat clubs) or hotels. Groups throw large parties in hotel ballrooms frequently. - Oct 2009

Mostly in homes, restaurants or at the Club. - Aug 2009

Entertaining at home is the main form of entertainment. The international clubs host big parties often. There is a long and active ball season that starts in October. - Mar 2009

International clubs, weddings. Hook up with the DAWC for the expat events: Dances, Yard Sales, Bazaars, caroling at the ambassador's house, etc. - Nov 2008

Very busy. There isn't much else to do. - Oct 2008

Good. - Mar 2008

There's a lot going on. There are many parties and game nights, fancy balls, dining out, bowling....most things you find in any city (other than bars) although the quality or quantity won't measure up to other places. - Feb 2008

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