Wednesday, September 17, 2008

.: Cox's Bazar
The longest unbroken sea beach in the world

Cox’s Bazar perhaps the most attractive tourist spot in the country. The World’s longest unbroken beach slops down gently to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. The small town of Cox’s Bazar was named after Lt Cox who gave shelter to the Maghs people fleeing Burmese army in the late 18th century. Today Cox’s Bazar is a vibrant town with modern buildings and hotels and is the number one tourist destination for Bangladeshis and foreigners alike.

When you are in Cox’s Bazar, you may want to wake up early in the morning and go to the beach and to view the sunshine. A walk down in the beach in the morning itself is quite a bit of an experience. Some people prefer to drive along the beach further to the south and can see how the locals make their living from the sea. While staying in hotel in Cox’s Bazar town a day trip to the broken hills of Himchhari, to the rubber gardens of Ramu or even to the sandy coconut island St Martin is worth making.

The beauty of the setting-sun behind the waves of the sea is simply captivating. Locally made cigars and handloom products of the tribal Rakhyne families are good buys.

Getting There

Cox’s Bazar is around 400 km from Dhaka and 150 km from the port city of Chittagong. Regular coach services run from Dhaka and Chittagong. There are 2-3 flights from Dhaka and Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar operated by Biman with reasonable cost. Travelling by coach remains a better option with fraction of the price though.

Broken Hills and Waterfalls of Himchhari

Himchhari, located 18 km south of Cox's Bazar along the sea beach, is a nice place for picnic and film shooting. The broken hills and waterfalls here are unique spots.

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