Cox’s Bazar is not only the tourist capital of Bangladesh but also a place dear to most Bangladeshis’ hearts. If you meet with any Bangladeshi, they must tell you about the longest continual natural beach on the planet (a whopping 125km), and the place where the country likes to come to relax.
Cox’s Bazar is the district headquarters of southern Bangladesh. This is one of the fishing ports of this country which slopes down to the blue water of the Bay of Bengal against the vivid canvas of a series of hills covered with dense forest. This sea beach is located 150 km south of Chittagong.
Cox’s Bazar got its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company in 18th century. It is the place of miles of golden sands, elevated cliffs, surfing waves, amazing conch shells, beautiful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes as well as mouth-watering sea foods.
Cox’s Bazar sea beach is shark-free. This beach is prestigious for bathing, sunbathing, swimming and surfing. You can enjoy the fascinating moment of sun setting behind the vast sea.You can enjoy the breath-taking beauty of Cox’s Bazar by visiting to the mind-blowing places like Himchari, Inani Beach, Buddhist temples at Ramu and islands such as Sonadia, Maheshkhali and what not.
What to See in Cox’s Bazar:
Laboni beach is considered as the prime sea beach of Cox’s Bazar. This is the nearest sea beach to the town. For convenient location, tourists prefer to go to this sea beach for enjoying sunbathing, jogging, surfing, jogging and swimming. This beach is the best place, especially for swimming and relaxation. Near the sea beach, you will find hundreds of shops selling different traditional items to the tourists.
Inani beach has its own fascinating beauty with the deep sea to the west and a backdrop of towering cliffs to the east. It has a lot of very sharp black and green coral stones. This 18km long sea beach holds a distance of half an hour from Cox’s Bazar. This beach will definitely spellbind you with its enchanting view.
Ramu is a Buddhist village, situated on the main road to Chittagong which is about 16km away from Cox’s Bazar. This village is famous for its religious importance. There are a number of monasteries, khyangsand pagodas which are rich in years old artifacts, scripts, relics etc. One of the major attractions of this village is the large bronze statue of Buddha which is more than thirteen feet high.
Himchari is famous for its broken hills and a number of waterfalls which is about 32km south of Cox’s Bazar. This place owns the biggest cascades down towards the beach. There is a reserve national park and you can see limited number of Asian elephant here.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park is the first ever Safari Park in Bangladesh. Here Animals are kept in fairly large area with natural environment.
Maheshkhali is considered as the largest island of Bangladesh. This Island comprises an area of about 268 square kilometers. The center of the island and its eastern coast is a bit hilly but the west and north is bordered by mangrove forest. In the hills, you will see the shrine of Adinath. And by its side, you can see there a Buddhist temple.
Teknaf is the southernmost edge of Bangladesh and bordered by Myanmar. This is 80km away from Cox’s Bazar. As the road goes alongside the beautiful Naf River and through forested hilly areas, visiting this small town will be an amazing experience.
How to Go:
There are several ways of going Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka. You can go to Cox’s Bazar by both road and air. Both AC and non-AC bus service is available with a convenient price. It takes 10-12 hours from Dhaka to reach in Cox’s Bazar sea beach. If you are out of time or want a luxurious tour then you can go to Cox’s Bazar by air. It takes only an hour to reach in Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka. This is less time consuming and you will have not to face stress of journey. Nonstop flights are available from Dhaka and Chittagong.
Where to Stay:
As Cox’s Bazar has become one of the tourism centers of Bangladesh, numerous numbers of hotels and motels have grown here. These hotels are mostly near to the sea beach. From some of them you will able to enjoy the panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal. Some hotels have their private beach and those are the most expensive one. Usually hotels closer to the sea beach are a bit expensive. You will find the budget hotels in the designated Hotel-Motel zone area of the main town. So choose your own according to your budget. Almost every hotels offer well decorated accommodations, good security, excellent room service, hot and cold water facilities and all type of modern facilities for the tourists.
What to Do:
Swimming and surfing
Swimming on the sea beach will be a great experience for you. But you should be careful about the waves and low tide even if you are good swimmer. Follow the life-saving watch tower and be sure that the “Green Flag” is hoisted instead of “Red Flag”. The hotel won’t object if you walk through the lobby with your wet body but don’t forget to take shower at the designated place.
You can enjoy surfing facilities in Cox’s Bazar sea beach. A local man named Jafar Alam established surf club and schools with the help of some of his American friends. This surfing organization helps the tourists by providing surfing equipment and guide.
Cox’s Bazar is famous for its Burmese market as well as their traditional products. Jewelries and different types of show pieces which are basically made of sea shells are very popular among the tourists. From the Burmese Market you can buy tradition Burmese dresses and fabrics. Here in some stores you’ll find original pearl jewelries. You can also collect some local beauty products, hand woven garments and bed sheets among many other things. Dried fishes (Shutki) can be bought from the main market of this city. There is a great variety of dried fish in Cox’s Bazar. You can also buy Shutki from the shops near your hotel but it’s better to collect from the main market because the price is cheap in the main market.
You can find Western, Thai, Chinese and continental foods available in almost every hotels and restaurants. Various types of Indian dishes such as rezala, korma, mutton, beef, chicken, different types of kababs, polao, biriyani, and khichuri are also very popular. Seafood is the most delicious and highly popular food item among tourists here. Different types of fishes, prawns, lobsters, squid, and octopus are available here in reasonable restaurants and roadside food chains. If you are a foodie in nature, then you shouldn’t miss fresh vetki, smoked hilsa fish, chingri malaikari and prawn dopyaza here.
You can find plenty of green coconuts and bananas on the beach and they are pretty cheap. On the sandy beach, you can enjoy your tropical holiday with green coconut juice and bananas. Just don’t throw the coconut shell or banana peel here and there on the beach.
Tea, lassi, coffee and different types of soft drinks are available in beach areas. Hard drinks are also available in some selected hotels and restaurants. But you can’t drink hard drinks in open place. This is highly prohibited here in Cox’s Bazar.