Fah Thai March 2014 - page 106

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FAHTHAI
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WHAT WE
RECOMMEND
One of the first unisex
salons in town, Studio
Salon stands head and
shoulders above the
competition. Owner
Naureen Hassa trained at
Toni & Guy in Singapore
and oversees the daily
operations while also
handling private bookings.
(Hse 98, Rd 11, Blk C,
Banani)
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KNOW THE
NUMBER
4 – the capital's elevation
above sea level (in
metres), which makes it
susceptible to flooding
during the monsoon
season from May to
September, during which
the city sees about 80% of
its annual average rainfall
of 185cm.
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MONOBHUMI
ART SPACE
The all-new Monobhumi
Art Space – located on
Elephant Road – hosts an
ever-changing line-up of
exhibitions and provides
instant access to all that
is cool and arty in the
Bangladeshi capital.
(
monobhumi.com)
COUNTRY
CODE
+88
EXCHANGE
RATE
BDT79.5 = US$1
FREQUENCY
1 flight per day
GOLDEN DAY
A Bangladeshi
boy gleefully
jumps from atop a
towering haystack
L E A P O F F A I T H
Top 3
insider
travel tips
Rest Your Head
SIX SEASONS
The latest addition to the local
hospitality scene, Six Seasons
is located in upscale Gulshan.
Home to designer rooms, a chic
poolside bar and a spa, it also
boasts a few Bangladeshi firsts,
such as an infinity pool.
(sixseasonshotel.com)
RADISSON BLU WATER
GARDEN HOTEL DHAKA
This is one of Dhaka’s finest
hotels, complete with 204
guestrooms and suites. The
service here is top-notch, as
are the authentic Bangladeshi
culinary offerings at smartly
furnished Sublime restaurant.
(radissonblu.com)
Top Tables
AL-RAZZAQUE
Established by Al-hajj Hossen
Molla in 1993, Al-Razzaque
is an institution in Old Dhaka.
Expats, visitors and locals pack
into this small restaurant nightly
to savour its mutton curries and
prawn dishes.
(29/1 North South Rd,
Bangshal)
GLORIA JEAN’S COFFEES
In need of a java jolt? In a city
where tea is the brew of choice,
Australian-owned Gloria Jean’s
Coffees is the place for a good
old fashioned cup of joe. Stop
by to relax and give your energy
level a boost.
(gloriajeanscoffees.com/bd)
Stop to Shop
VIATOR
Ethically run and great for
souvenirs, Viator is a fair-
trade shop that mainly sells
handicrafts like paintings,
textiles and carvings made by
Adivasi tribal groups from the
Chittagong Hill Tracts.
(viatorbangladesh.org)
Bottoms Up
SPLASH
Once you've worked off any
excess calories with a few laps,
enjoy a poolside drink at Splash,
the Westin hotel’s poolside
bar. The bar hosts a regular
barbecue with sundowners
that's open to non-guests, too.
(starwoodhotels.com)
Dhaka
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