Dhaka, the capital city and also the largest city in Bangladesh, is the cultural and economic hub of the country. The city is home to a beautiful blend of history between the Mughal Empire and the British Colony.
If you’re planning a trip to Dhaka, December would be the best time to visit the tropical city. December is when the days are sunny and the nights are cooler with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius during the day, making it fairly comfortable for sightseeing. March to October are the months that you might want to avoid as temperatures in March to May may reach an astounding 40 degrees Celsius while from May to October the monsoon brings in the rain to the city.
Clark International Airport (CRK) – As the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila vastly becoming more and busier, Clark International Airport which is located 80 km northwest of Manila and is an easy 1-hour 30-minute drive from the capital. Located in the province of Pampanga, the Clark International Airport serves the general vicinity of central and northern Luzon. Travellers can easily catch public buses in the Metro Manila area to the Clark International Airport. For a cheaper ride, travellers can opt for the air-conditioned jeepneys en route to the nearby Dau Bus Terminal and SM City Clark. Around the Clark International Airport, travellers can walk around the Clark Freeport Zone which is 5 minutes away. There are plenty of restaurants and duty-free shops to keep you entertained.
Hazrat Shahjahal International Airport (DAC) – Located 17 kilometres from the city centre, Hazrat Shahjahal International Airport is the largest and the main international airport in Bangladesh. Though most of the locals drive to the airport, there are public transportations available. Amongst the most commonly used are the bus, shuttle, auto-rickshaw and taxi. There is a bus station located five-minute walk from the airport which connects you to busses to Dhaka. The ride will take approximately one hour or longer. Be aware that bus routes are only available in Bengali and maybe a bit difficult to manage unless you understand the language. The most convenient way to get to your destination is by prepaid taxi from the airport, which will cost around PHP 600 to PHP 900. There are metered auto-rickshaws just outside the airport, which can take you to the city for only PHP 60 but do be careful as some drivers might not want to use the meters.
Similar to Clark, Dhaka experiences a tropical climate with warm sunny days and rainfall all year round. The average temperature in Clark is 29.1 degrees Celsius while in Dhaka it is slightly lower at 25.9 degrees Celsius. Dhaka receives a lot of rain throughout the year with an average of 2022mm per year, so do be prepared with an umbrella when in Dhaka.