Cox's Bazar

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Cox's Bazar is a beach resort in the Chittagong Division in south-eastern Bangladesh.


Cox's Bazar sea beach is the longest sea beach in the world, 120 km long.

For Bangladeshi's it doesn't get much better than Cox's Bazar, the country's most popular beach resort. Sort of a Cancun of the east, it's choc-a-bloc with massive cement hotels and gaudy over-development catering largely to the country's elite. As a foreigner it likely won't compare to other beach vacations you may have taken, but it's still interesting to see how the Bangladeshi's live it up. The beach is crowded, especially near the Hotel Motel Zone, a large cluster of more upmarket hotels. Expect lots of attention, and expect to stay fully clothed.

30 km south is Inani Beach, the world's longest and widest with over 100 miles of unbroken sand. Things should be quieter here, but still expect to draw some attention.

Get in

Located about 150 km south of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar is connected both by air and road from Dhaka and Chittagong.

Non-Stop flights are available from Chittagong and Dhaka on GMG Airlines, [1] United Airways [2]. Flights tend to be daily during the high season (Oct - Apr) but generally drop back to 3-4 flights per week during the Summer and Monsoon (May - Sept).

The main bus terminal is a few kilometers east of the central town area, about a 15 minute / Tk 10 rickshaw 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.

Get around

  • Cycle-rickshaws are plentiful, and the ride between Hotel Motel Zone and the Laldighi Lake area on the main road 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


Sunset at Cox's Bazar
Twilight at St. Martins Island-FahadTomal
Sunset at St. Martins Island-FahadTomal

Miles of golden sand, towering cliffs, surfing waves, colorful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes, delightful seafood — this is Cox's Bazar, the tourist capital of Bangladesh.

Longest Sea Beach in the World Cox's Bazar Sea Beach-FahadTomal

There are also a few very old wooden Buddhist temples at Ramu, a few kilometers from Cox's Bazar, well worth visiting.

Cox's Bazar Sea Beach-FahadTomal
Beach view from main driveway of Inani beach-FahadTomal

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.



There are lots of shops in the Hotel Motel Zone catering to Bangladeshi tourists. Things made of sea shells are very popular and also sold by vendors on the beach, but think twice about encouraging such a non-eco friendly practice.

You can also check out the Burmese Market. You can try some local beauty products (sandal wood based), hand woven textile and bedsheets among many other things.


There's a ton 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 specialty. Both are wildly popular, especially at lunch time - go with the flow. Meals Tk 60-130.
  • Mermaid Café, Sea Inn Beach, (in Hotel Motel Zone), 01815 672855, [3]. Lunch and dinner until 7PM. Overlooking the beach south of Hotel Media International, this newer cafe is super friendly and laidback and probably 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. If it were anywhere else it's prices would put it out of business, but here it's taka well spent. 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 250-400. Delicious fresh juices are around Tk 80 and filter coffee and espresso around Tk 50. The music is occasionally dubious but they're very open to requests.
  • Sea Stone Café, Sea Inn Beach, 01914458443. 11am til late. As the only two-storey building on the beach-front, Sea Stone Café offers superb 180 degree views of the Cox’s Bazar beach. Its top deck is the best place in town to watch the sun set over the Bay of Bengal. Quality Western and Asian dishes are on offer, as well as fresh juices, real coffee and herbal teas. Entrées include grilled prawns, calamari and niçoise salad. Home-made pasta, pizza, chicken, beef and seafood dishes are on offer for mains. If you are after fresh prawns, calamari, crab, lobster or fish, this is the place for you. The staff are friendly and although the service can be slow, it doesn’t matter because there’s nowhere else in Cox’s that you will be in a hurry to get to!


Alcohol is available in a few locations in Cox's Bazar. The following hotels have bars which generally open from 7pm: Seagull Hotel, Hotel Sayeman, Hotel Shaibal, Renaissance Hotel. Don't expect much as their ambience leaves much to be desired and there is no guarantee the beer will be cold. Prices are higher than you might expect.


Most of the budget hotels are in the area surrounding Laldighi Lake in the main town area. The massive cement beasts are closer to the beach, getting bigger and grander as you move the 2km south to the Hotel Motel Zone.

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.

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Hotel Sea Crown Address="Marin Drive, Kola Toil New Beach" directions="" phone="0341-64795" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="21.414812" long="91.983368">Sea Crown is a three star deluxe hotel on the Beach </sleep>

Long Beach Hotel Ltd. Address: 14, Kolatoli Road, Hotel Motel Zone, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Contact: +88034151843-6, +8801730338907-9. HOTLINE: ++880 1730 338 907-9. Email: [email protected] DHAKA RESERVATION OFFICE Alam Tower (6ht floor), 12 DIT Extension Avenue (East) Motijheel C/A, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. Ph: +88 02 9557545, Fax: +88 02 7169656. Email: [email protected] This is like a 5-Star standard hotel and very good quality with facilities and services. The lobby, corridor, lift, restaurant, roof-top, rooms, all are very good quality and international standard. This quite expensive but worth of money. The room types are Premier Double/Twin, Superior Deluxe Double/Twin, Executive Floor Double/Twin, Premier Suite Double/Twin, Honeymoon Suite & Presidential Suite. There are also bars and restaurants also like Cozy Restaurant, Sunset Poolside Bar-B-Q, Cafe 14, Club 14 Bar. There are extra facilities available like Swimming pool & Jacuzzi, GYM, Suana and Steam bath. Over all, this is a classy hotel for pass the vacation.

Ocean Paradise Hotel & Resort. Address: 28-29, Kolatoli Road, Hotel Motel Zone, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Contact: +8801938846760. DHAKA OFFICE - House: 421, Road: 07, Baridhara DOHS,Dhaka - 1206. Tell: +88028415397. Awaken to a tropical sea view as the light spills into your room and across your bed. Spend the day basking in the sun or exploring other sights and sounds on the mountains, the Buddhist monasteries, or coral reef islands. At Ocean Paradise Hotel & Resort, we invite you to start each day immersed in the natural beauty of Cox's Bazar, a fishing port, and the town with the world's longest natural sandy beach.

Situated on one of the best locations near the beach, Ocean Paradise Hotel & Resort is the ideal Cox's Bazar vacation spot no matter what you are seeking. With first-class restaurants, affordable luxury accommodation and a spectacular view of the ocean, this tropical resort hotel offers a holiday experience unlike any other. You can indulge in some well-deserved relaxation at the renowned Spa, offering a whole range of spa treatments and massages. If you are a business guest, you can avail of state-of-the-art conference facilities combined with a touch of opulence and comfort.

Whether you are seeking a weekend getaway, a romantic holiday or planning a wedding or business meeting, Ocean Paradise Hotel & Resort provides the perfect blend of convenience, style and comfort for your stay in this charming seaside town.

Mix business with pleasure, reward yourself, and come celebrate the magic of Cox's Bazar with Ocean Paradise Hotel & Resort.

Room types are, Superior Rooms (Sea View with balcony Mountain View/Pool View), Deluxe Rooms (Deluxe Honeymoon Rooms/Sea View with terrace/Sea View with balcony/Sea View/Children's playground view), Premier Rooms (Premier Deluxe Sea View/Premier Deluxe Mountain View), Suite Rooms (Junior Executive Suite/Honeymoon Suite/Executive Suite/Baywatch Suite/Chairman Suite/Executive Suite Sea View (Deluxe Building)/Executive Suite Sea View with balcony (Deluxe Building)). Each room features: • Air conditioning with individual controls. • Fire Sprinklers and smoke detectors. • LCD TV with Satellite channels. • Broadband internet access. • Personal safe. • Weight scale. • Minibar. • Electric kettle for Tea/Coffee. • Jacuzzi in each bathroom. • Toilet telephone. • Writing table. • Shaver point. • Hairdryer. • Slippers.

Praasad Paradise Hotel & Resorts. Address: Plot-9, Road-1, Hotel Motel Zone, New Beach Road, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Contact: +8801556947711 (Cox's bazar office), +8801556347722 (Dhaka Office). Dhaka Office Address: Road-29, House-2/E, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212. Phone: +88028817400, +88029891922This hotel includes below facilities, - 7 storied tower building along with 84 rooms. - 10 exclusive independent garden cotteges each contains 4 bed-rooms. - Round the clock restaurant - Finest Bar-B-Q in the town. - Authentic Tandoori prepared by world famous chef. - Lavish Swimming pool & green garden. - Doctor on call - Tour Desk

Hotel Cox Today Dhaka Office : (Business Hour | 9:00 pm - 6:00 pm ). South Breeze Apartment, Flat - E/4 4th Floor), 8 Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan-1 (Beside-KFC) Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh. Phone Contact :+88029882638, +88029882685, +880312853931-32 E-mail Contact :[email protected] Cox's Bazar Office : Plot-7, Road-02, Hotel Motel Zone, Kolatoly Road, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Phone Contact : +88034152410-22 E-mail Contact : [email protected]

Room types are, Presidential Suite, Royal Suite, Premier Suite, Honeymoon Suite, Super Deluxe, Cox Deluxe, Standard. There few restaurants like Edge Restaurant, Courtyard, Level 9. The food, interior and services are excellent here.

Allegro Holidays Address: Allegro Holiday Suites, Plot # 65, Block # A, Kalatoli, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Tel : +88034151389-91, Mob : +8801713185422.

Welcome to the Allegro Holiday Suites, Cox’s Bazar. We have 25 luxurious and very spacious suite rooms. All of our suites are elegant and contemporary in design and equipped with all the latest amenities and facilities. So, relax and enjoy your trip in Cox’s Bazar, and leave all your hospitality needs in our committed hands. This exclusive boutique hotel is located in walking distance from both Laboni beach and Sugandha beach. Our delicate hospitality, management and stunning design will always make your holiday enjoyable every moment.

If you seek a luxurious stay with a distinct local flavor, Allegro Holiday Suites is one of the best choices, promising to deliver everything you desire, and more. We have business facilities like Available facilities like- >> Secretarial services >> FAX transmissions >> Computer workstations >> Internet access >> Documents printing >> Copiers >> Audio Visual rentals >> Postal services

Reservation Allegro will help you save money while you sleep, with 5-star hospitality. But that's not all: you won't find offers like this anywhere else. We want you to pay the lowest price possible for your hotel. Should you find your hotel room, with the same booking conditions, at a lower rate? Just contact us within 24 hours of booking, with details. Phone reservation may be made by calling +88 01713185420 Online reservation requested must be made with more then one day notice. Same day emailed reservations will not be honored. Reservation must be confirmed by the reservation department via phone: +88 01713185420

Get out

  • Saint Martins Island - This small coral island about 10 km (6 mi) south-west of the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical cliché, with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful marine life. There's nothing more strenuous to do here than soak up the rays, but it's a clean and peaceful place without even a mosquito to disrupt your serenity.

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