Known for its long stretch of natural, unbroken, sandy beach, Cox’s Bazar is more than 120 kilometers long. It is a tourism center, a well-developed city, and also a highly successful fishing port that supplies its produce to cities all over Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar also provides booming business for several industries, such as rice milling, production of salt, weaving, wood milling, printing, woodworking, flour milling, garment production, and more.
Located about 100 kilometers south of the renowned city of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar is busy all year long, and for good reason! The two cities are connected via air, road, and water too! Cox’s Bazar was named after a man called Hiram Cox who has supervised the area there, back in the early 1800s.
The 120 kilometers long beach is divided unevenly into several parts, each flocked by countless local and foreign tourists each year. These beaches include the Sugandha Beach, the Inani Beach, the Laboni Beach, the Teknaf Beach, and the Himchari Beach. Although each beach has its own separate, stunning view, Inani Beach and Laboni Beach are probably the most popular out of the entire lot. The more south you travel, the clearer and bluer the water seems to appear. It is possible to travel from one beach to another by cars, buses and even cycle rickshaws.
There are plenty of things to experience and see at Cox’s Bazar, especially if you are new to the country. Even if you are staying at a hotel near one of the beaches, you can go for a stroll by the beach and stay the night outside. You will always find a line of beach chairs by each beach, and an attendant who will charge you by the hour to use the chairs. The beaches are always packed with people and tourist police, so it is quite safe to spend the night by the beach. If you wish to swim, it is better to do so before sunset. All you need to do is keep an eye out for the flag hoisted by the nearest lifeguard watchtower. You could go for a swim if it is a green flag, but have to stay back if it is a red flag.
Cox’s Bazar is famous for its abundance of green coconuts and bananas, both of which are extremely cheap and quite sweet. And all the hotels and restaurants nearby offer top-notch seafood and Bangali cuisine that give you a taste of the essence of Cox’s Bazar. You can find a few types of extreme sports in Cox’s Bazar now, such as surfing, paragliding, kitesurfing, parasailing, and more.
If you like to shop, Cox’s Bazar is filled with hundreds of small stores and vendors who sell a variety of products. Seashells and jewelry made out of seashells are probably the most popular items sold. You could also find handicrafts such as Burmese fabric and clothes, and handwoven bed sheets, shawls, etc.
Fringed with countless hotels of varying budgets, Cox’s Bazar offers a blissful stay by the seemingly never ending beach. A delight for all those who love the sea, this area is gorgeous and deserves a visit at least once every year.