Cox's Bazar is the prime beach and tourist town in Bangladesh, situated alongside the Sea beach of Blue Sea known as Bay-of-Bengal,beside Indian ocean, having un-broken 120 Kilometer golden sand Sea Beach, reachable through motor transport alongside the wavy water . This town is situated in the Chittagong Division in south-eastern Bangladesh, beside 'Myanmar (Burma)'
Cox's Bazar sea beach is the longest sea beach in the world, 120 km long,having no 2nd instance.The wavy water of Bay-of-Bengal touches the beach throughout this 120 km.
For Bangladeshi's it doesn't get much better than Cox's Bazar, the country's most popular beach town than the other one 'Kuakata beach town. It's sort of a Cancun of the east, it's choc-a-bloc with massive well architectured concrete structure affluent 5 & 3 star hotels, catering largely to the country's elite and overseas tourists. The beach is only bit crowded in tourist season,October to March, especially near the Hotel Motel Zone,but remains virgin during the rest of the year, April to September,when it's better to take a trip there.
The part of the 120 km beach is named differently having diversified flora &fauna.It starts with 'Laboni Beach,'Sughandha Beach'within the Cox's Bazar region and 10 km south is known as'Himchari Beach',30 km fur known as 'Inani Beach'and more 70 km off is the 'Teknaf Beach'. Things should be quieter here, but still expect to draw great attention.The entire 120 km beach can be traveled in one go by motorbike.The more one gets into the south ,the more the ocean water becomes blue.
How to Get in thereEdit
Daily non-stop flights are available from Chittagong and Dhaka on United Airways  or Regent . The journey by plane takes 60 minutes and the fare is BD taka.6000.00 and 3500.00 one way from Dhaka & Chittagong respectievly.
By bus it will take about 10-12 hours from Dhaka and 4-5 hours from Chittagong. The private AC Bus line named 'Greenline', 'Soudia', 'Hanif','TR Travels' 'Shamoli' and 'Amader Baghdad' are available from Dhaka and Chittagong. AC bus will take BDT 1400-1800 from Dhaka to Cox'sbazar. Moreover, many Non-AC services are also available from Dhaka and Chittagong costing from BD taka.350.00-750.00(from Dhaka) or BD taka 200.00-360.00 (from Chittagong).
The main bus terminal is a few kilometers east of the central town area, about a 15-20 minute / Tk 100-120 by electric bike known as 'Easy Bike' or CNG auto ride. Local buses head to Chittagong (Tk 120, 4 hours) and Teknaf (Tk 70, 3 hours).
The private bus companies have offices near 'Hotel Sea Queen' on the main road, and also down in the Hotel Motel Zone.During the tourist season bus tickets goes scarcity requires advance ticketing to avoid delayed staying,better to book immediately on arrival.
- Cycle-rickshaws are plentiful, and the ride between Hotel Motel Zone and the Laboni point area on the main roaming should cost Tk 12, though foreigners will have to fight hard for that price. They'll ask for at least Tk 20, Tk 15 is a fair enough middle ground.
Approximate value in US currency:
Tk. 20 = 29 cents, Tk. 15 = 22 cents, Tk. 12 = 17 cents
Surfing Cox's Bazar town though a small one, yet the same is a town of heritage.The sailor 'Captain Cox' explored the locality to name it on his own name.The local people both domiciled Burmese and Chittagonian lives in harmony.The major people is moderate Muslims but 'Budditst' also live there.
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There are also a few very old wooden Buddhist temples at Ramu, a few kilometers from Cox's Bazar, well worth visiting.
A drive to Teknaf, which is the southernmost tip of the mainland of Bangladesh, is a memorable journey. A day trip to either Moheshkhali or Sonadia, the deltaic islands nestled among the gentle waves of the Bay of Bengal, will also be really interesting.
Other attractions for visitors are conch shell market, tribal handicraft, salt and prawn cultivation.
- Himchari: It is about 32 km south of Cox's Bazar along the beach, a nice place for a picnic and photo-shooting. The famous "Broken Hills" and waterfalls here are rare sights.
- Inani Beach: It is about 32 km south of Cox's Bazar and just on the beach, with the sea to the west and a background of steep hills to the east. Inani casts a magic spell on those who step into that dreamland. It is only half an hour's drive from Cox's Bazar and an ideal place for sea-bathing and a picnic.
- Maheskhali: An island off the coast of Cox's Bazar. It has an area of 268 square kilometers. Through the centre of the island and along the eastern coast line rises a range of low hills, 300 feet high; but the coast to the west and north is a low-lying treat, fringed by mangrove jungle. In the hills on the coast is built the shrine of Adinath, dedicated to Shiva. By its side on the same hill is a Buddhist Pagoda.
- Ramu: This is a typical Buddhist village, about 16 km from Cox's Bazar, on the main road to Chittagong. There are monasteries, khyangs and pagodas containing images of Buddha in gold, bronze and other metals inlaid with precious stones.
The village has a charm of its own. Weavers ply their trade in open workshops and craftsmen make handmade cigars in their pagoda like houses.
- Sonadia Island: It is about seven kilometers from Cox's Bazar and about nine square kilometer in area. The western side of the island is sandy and different kinds of shells are found on the beach. Off the northern part of the island there are beds of window pane oysters. During winter fisherman set up temporary camps on the island and dry their catches of sea fish.
- Teknaf: Southernmost tip of Bangladesh, Teknaf situated on the Naaf river and just at the end of the hilly regions of the district. Myanmar is on the opposite bank of Naaf river. Wild animals and birds are available but the most interesting thing is a journey on the river. Wide sandy beach in the backdrop of high hills with green forests is an enchanting scene never to be forgotten.
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- Swim in the sea surf sandy beach. The hotels usually don't mind if you walk completely soaked through the lobby,but it's curtious to have shower at the designated place, outside the lobby. Be careful about the waves and the receding stream, even if you are a good swimmer.Check for the 'Green Flag' hoisted insted of 'Red Flag' at the life saving watch tower. It's better to leave your sandals and other belonging attended to avoid any loss when you come out of the water,which is very rare.The Beach Chair attendants may be requested to look it after.Get the beach chair or other amusement equipment on hourly rental basis and better to bargain prior..
- Drink green coconut, Cox's Bazar is famous for green coconut and the mountain's 'Banana' at cheap, what feels more like a tropical holiday than sitting on a beach while having a green coconut & Banana? But be mindful not to liter the beach by throwing garbage on the beach,although the mobile phone company 'Robi' in their social responsibility engaged in cleaning the beach hourly,with the slogan 'Keep beach clean'.
- Leave the main tourist zone and discover the beaches and the fishing boats around the Hotel Motel zone. Staying at the beach after dark,not being risky due to constant presence of 'Tourist Police' in the beach up to late night,yet it's better not to stay at the deep night.
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Buy & ShopEdit
There are lots of shops in the Hotel Motel Zone catering to Bangladeshi & foreign tourists. Things made of sea shells are very popular and also sold by vendors beside the beach, but one may think twice about encouraging the earnings of local poor as against such a non-eco friendly practice.
You can also check out the Burmese Market, but don't expect a lot of handicrafts. The traditional Burmese dresses and fabrics are definitely interesting. Besides that, you will find some stores which sell pearl jewellery. You can also try some local beauty products (sandal wood based), hand woven textile and bed sheets among many other things.The best bye may be the local Dry fish produce,which comparability cheap in price
Food & EateriesEdit
There's a lot of restaurants along Sea Beach Rd and in the Hotel Motel Zone, most serving Bangladeshi standards.
- Jhawban Restaurant and Poushee Restaurant, next door to each other on Hotel Sayeman Rd just south of Sea Beach Rd, serve similarly excellent Bangladeshi food including fried fish, a Cox's Bazar speciality. Both restaurants are wildly popular, especially at lunch time - go with the flow. Poushee is probably one of the best restaurants in Cox's Bazar, so don't miss the chance to try their delicious seafood. Meals Tk 60-130.
- Mermaid Café, Marine Drive Road, +880184141 6468-9, . Open until 11PM. This newer cafe is super friendly and laidback and probably one of the coolest place to hang out in the area. With its natural-ish vibe of wood and bamboo, it hints at the direction that Cox's Bazar coulda shoulda woulda taken way back when. It has several sitting areas and hammocks, and a creative menu including crepes and savory pancakes, and seafood-heavy mains like shrimp salad, pastas and fish pizza for Tk 450-800. The music is occasionally dubious but they're very open to requests.
- Handi, Beside Hotel Sea Palace is a typical Indian food serving restaurant. Besides, it serves all kind of Bengali food. Tourist can test biriyani for BDT 350 here.
- Nilima Cafe Restaurant Phone: 8801750160048.Beside the Double giraffe sculpture at the Sughandha point beach, this restaurant situates, attached with the 'Nilima Resort Hotel' catering moderate charged authentic Bangladeshi & Chinese cuisine.It has also Bar-B-Q facility at the rear, fronting the Sea wave with Hammock & beach Chair Facility.
Alcohol is not easy drinks in Cox's Baza alike elsewhere in Bangladesh as the country is a moderate Muslim country,but available in a few locations in Cox's Bazar,especilly in 3 & 5 star hotels. The following hotels have bars which generally open from 7 pm: Seagull Hotel, Hotel Sayeman, Hotel Shaibal, Renaissance Hotel. Don't expect the Prices to be cheap rathere higher than you might expect.
Most of the budget hotels are in the area surrounding the designated 'Hotel Motel Zone' in the main town area. The massive star hotels are closer to the beach,which has higher tariff.
Hotel Sea Gull and Hotel Media International are decent choices in the center of town. There are a few hotels/motels such as Hotel Probal and Sikat operated by the Parjatan Corporation, a government tourism organization.
- Seagull Hotel, Hotel Motel Zone, ☎ 0341-624-90, . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. Seagull is probably the best hotel in Cox's Bazar. It is modern and safe, with its own landscaped walkway to the beach. It does have a hidden bar - from the reception area, walk towards the main restaurant and turn right, then through part of the kitchen and upstairs. Nice swimming pool outside. Tk3000. edit
- Hotel Sea Crown, Marin Drive, Kola Toil New Beach, ☎ 0341-64795, . Sea Crown is a three star deluxe hotel on the Beach (21.414812,91.983368) edit
- Ocean Paradise Hotel, 28-29 Hotel Motel Zone, Kolatoli Road, Cox's Bazar, ☎ +88 0341 52370, . New hotel in walking distance to the beach and most rooms have sea view. Luxurious interior and probably number one destination for honeymoon couples, but also famous among business people and families. The hotel offers also a free airport service, has a nice pool area, a Thai spa and a breakfast buffet with local and international food. Besides that, the hotel has different restaurants, one of the restaurants is a rooftop restaurant from where you can have a nice view over the beach. Starts from Tk 3500. edit
- Nilima Resort Hotel, Double Giraffe point,Sughandha Beach.Beach Road ,Cox's Bazar, ☎ 8801732075750, . Newly built hotel,Only 8 AC rooms.Standard toilet with hot water & towel. Honey moon couple welcome.Just on the beach and only of this kind.Room Service Attention Executive Manager Mr.Moniruzzaman.Dhaka booking office,Phone 8802 9570782 ,01552333563. Off season discount 20%. Starts from BD Taka.1500,00. edit
- Saint Martins Island - This small coral island about 10 km (6 mi) south-west of the southern tip of the mainland (Teknaf) is a tropical cliché, with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful marine life. After Kuakata at Patuakhali, South Western District of Bangladesh, Sain Martins Island is the second place in Bangladesh from where you can see both sunrise and sunset. While you stay in the island, you can move around the beaches day and night while you can enjoy the fishing of both fishermen and seagulls. You can also visit the house of one of the most famous (recently deceased for colon cancer) writer Humayun Ahmed at this island. The name of his house is called "Samudra (sea) Bilash (leisure)".
There are two way you can go to Saint Martins Island from Teknaf e.g. either by Troller boat or ship. Troller boats are relatively cheaper as well as scary compared to ship due to wind and very high sea wave during your travel. However, ship is much better than troller and not scary at all. There are many travel and tourism company at Dhaka organize travel to Cox's Bazar and Saint Martins Island so you can discuss with them to know more about your tour to this spectacular island. When you will travel to this island, you have to travel above 2 km across the Naf river, which separated Bangladesh and Myanmar (formerly Burma) and another 2 km over the deep sea, which is the most scariest part of your journey if your travel by troller. However, as soon as you are there you will feel it completely different and enjoy your time, particularly the fresh sea fishes, if you like it. If you stay overnight at the island don't forget to wakeup early to catchup the spectacular sunset which stays for a very short period of time. For more info, please consult with any local travel and tour agent at Dhaka or talk to your hotel staffs, they will gladly help you.
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