Known as the tourist capital of Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar is a coastal district located in the Southeastern part of Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar district is bordered by Chittagong to the North and Naf River to the east.
AT A GLANCE Name: Cox’s Bazar Location: Cox’s Bazar , Bangladesh Destination: Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar Transport: Green Line, Soudia S Alam, Eagle Paribhan etc bus services from Uttara, Fakirapul, Saydabad , Kalampur,Panthopath etc. airplane service is also available. Fair: BDT 800 to 2000 (Bus) and 4000 to 5500 (Air) Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar. Time: 10-12hours (Bus) , Air 30 minutes . Explore: Himchari Waterfall, Inani Beach,Teknaf, Moheskhali, St. Martins, etc. Distance: 400 km from Dhaka. Cost: Depend to coverage tourists spots. Accommodation: Hotels , Motels, Cottages, etc available. Food: Available. Advice: Keep dry foods, water, medicines, saline, glucose, extra money, and kits.
The name Cox’s Bazar came from the British East India Officer Captain Hiram Cox. He arrived and was ordered to do many works, such as resolve the long conflict between the then Arakan refugees and the local Rakhain people. He undertook a number of other projects but before he could finish his work he died. To commemorate him a market was established in the area and given the name Cox’s market which later on formed the name Cox’s Bazar.
It goes without saying the most stunning thing to see at Cox’s Bazar is the sea beach. This sea is an unbroken 120-kilometer sandy beach, the longest beach in the world. Mostly in the afternoon and also sometimes in the late afternoon tourists take baths in the sea, indulge in the freshness of the sea and the indisputable beauty which the sea holds.
In the evening the sunset is beautiful to watch, the sky taking the color of blood orange at the place where the sun stands, slowly bidding farewell and appears to drown behind the sea beach. The rest of the sky takes on the color of a dark shade of blue which is wonderful to watch, and this time is undoubtedly one of the best times to spend time on the sea beach, alone or with friends and families.
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There are many shops and items such as sea shells, where one can write one’s name, beach sandals, shirts, various ornaments made with shells and pearls etc are available. The sea beach gifts to the eye of the tourist a long and limitless expanse of beauty spread over the visible horizon, and just to stare at the sea and feel the wind touching one’s face is a feeling beyond description.
Apart from the beach there Cox’s Bazar has various other spots such as Himchari, which is famous for the Himchari Waterfall. Tourists can undertake a beach drive to Himchari, which is approximately 8 kilometer south of Cox’s Bazar, and the beach drive is a wonderful and marvelous experience.
Another location which can be visited directly by Himchari, or also from Cox’s Bazar is the Inani Beach point. It is 32 kilometer south of Cox’s Bazar. Inani Beach is a rocky beach surrounded by corals. Inani is a lovely place where tourists can sit on a coral and silently contemplate the limitless expanse of water as the waves rise and vanish by mixing with the sea.
The town Teknaf is also another place, a bit far from Cox’s Bazar, approximately 80 kilometers, where a tourist can take a tour. The journey from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf itself will be a beautiful experience as the road goes alongside the Naf River which is a scintillating and magnificent to watch.
Moheskhali is another place, an island, which is beautiful to visit. From Cox’s Bazar a tourist can hire a speed boat or go by big steamer to Moheshkhali. There are shops in Moheshkhali where tourists can buy a variety of fish, or eat them in the local food shops. The Rupchada fry is one of the delicious fish items which are available in Moheshkhali.
Apart from that there is the Kutupdai Light House, and if a tourist can enter the light house and go on top the view of the beach is breathtaking and awe inspiring. There are various statues of Buddha in Ramu, a village beautiful as it accommodates monasteries and pagodas. There are images of the Buddha in gold, bronze and other metals and precious stones are inside the pagodas. The tourists will immediately realize the care and love which has been given to build these statues and pagodas.
The people of Cox’s Bazar are very friendly and accommodate the tourists in every possible way. There are many other places to visit in Cox’s Bazar but one of the main tourist attractions of Cox’s Bazar is St. Martin Island. Visitors of the island will go through a marvelous experience. Far from the madding crowd of Cox’s Bazar St Martin island has in store for the tourists a quiet and calm marine life with tropical palm trees and blue sky in the day. Tourists can relax, let go of their stress and worry and be just still and like the trees lying down near the sea beach. The quietness and silence of the beach can only be experienced.
How to go to Cox’s Bazar?
There are a number of ways to go to Cox’s Bazar. Through bus, one can go to Cox’s Bazar, and there are various bus service providers at various points in Dhaka, for example, Green Line, Soudia S Alam, Eagle Paribhan etc. It takes 10 to 12 hours to reach Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka and the cost of the tickets depends on the wide range of seats a tourist can avail for him/herself.
For example, AC bus has one ticket cost, deluxe AC bus has another ticket cost etc. It is wise to go to the counters of these service providers and know the price of the ticket. Through train also service, however, tourists must go to Chittagong by train and take the rest of the journey to Cox’s Bazar, which takes 2 hours from Chittagong, by bus or car. Through airplane one can also go to Cox’s Bazar and it takes 30 minutes. The cost is high but the service is good and there are many US-Bangla private flights from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar.
Food and Accommodation:
There are a massive number of hotels in Cox’s Bazar. These hotels are expensive and affordable depending on tourist capability. Every tourist spots in Cox’s Bazar contains food courts, hotels, and motels. Cox’s Bazar is a very tourist friendly place and has food and living facilities. There are a number of hotels to choose from and of various types. Some hotels are nature oriented filled with trees and the rooms are like tents. Some hotels are very good in their service of food, there are large rooms.
Also, there are many houses in Cox’s Bazar main town which are given for rent to the tourists, these are relatively cheaper than the hotels. In St. Martins and all of the tourist places, there are a variety of hotels and restaurants.