Sea-Beach is a kind of word that very moment it comes to our mind creates excitement in our body and when it’s the longest sea beach in the world, my body and mind, both lost into the reign of dreamy sand with ocean roar.
Who does not love to sit or lie on a sunny sandy long beach with shark free clean blue water ahead and Delicious fish market behind?
Have you seen any beach with a great combination of long line of Tamarisk trees and Green hills anywhere?
Do you ever seen King Crabs walking around the 125 km beach in a huge quantity?
Did you ever have a monster sized prawn only for 5 Dollars?
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If all the answers are unfortunetly a big No, then this topcellent beach I’m gonna show here is for you. Welcome to the tourist capital of Bangladesh the Cox’s Bazar.
Cox’s Bazar Sea beach is one of the most-visited and prominent tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Most of the travelers around the world know little that it is the longest “natural Sand” beach in the world. Golden sand stretched for miles and miles, rushing sound of the waves, cliffs hanging, flamboyant pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes, occasional conch shells, enjoyable seafood, this is the tourist capital of Bangladesh.
This shark free waters are heavenly for witnessing sun-bathing, sun-setting and obviously for swimming. Local people have given the beach nicknames like “Palongkee” and “Panowa” meaning “little or yellow flower.”
Bengali culture is seen as earthly as the Bangladesh Constitution allows all religious and tribes to be practiced in harmony without any hurdle. The hospitality and welcoming mentality of the common people will make you feel like home. You can always count on the good cooperation from Bangladeshi common people and administration.
Personally I have many golden moments related to this heavenly beach. The beach attracts me so much that I have visited it many times in my student life as well as in job life too. I brought my Friends and later family to have some unforgettable moment. I recollect the captivating scene of that golden sand, Calm water, Sunset, Sun rising and the hills in my tranquility.
Best time for visiting
Though it may sound a little wired it is almost impossible to have a crowed less beach any time of the day or night.
There must be some worshiper of nature witnessing the phenomena of Sun rising or Setting. During the season, the temperature of the beach reaches 30 to 34 degree centigrade.
The peak time is usually starts from October and end in March which considers the best time visiting this beach.
The best time to fly for cox’s Bazar is within this time because airlines are full and mostly do not delay in flight schedules.
But for best deals and relaxation you need to reserve the hotel rooms a bit earlier because of the uprising prices and if you want to avoid full crowded beach then you can make a plan to travel during the monsoon and summer which is from May till September.
If you are already in Cox’s Bazar and wanted to see the sunrise peacefully without much crowed then you have to get up early and walked to the beach.
Most people will be in their warm and cozy beds, but believe me you will have a refreshing walk along the beach and walked back to the hotel.
Apart from that on your way back can enjoy very hot, fresh breakfast in one of the nearby restaurants beside the beach with tons of sea fish.
Something Unknown About it
With the Mughal’s the history of this magnificent district of Bangladesh started as early as they began to rule here. After leading by Mughals, The British East India Company ruled the area followed by the Portuguese businessmen.
Captain Hiram Cox (died 1799) was the officer in charge of this area, working for the British East India Company. After his name the place was named Cox’s Bazar.
The beach in Cox’s Bazar is an unbroken 125 kilometers sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. It is located 150 km south of the Chittagong division, the industrial port city of Bangladesh.
After its establishment, it was known as a fishing village, meaning that the fish are plenty and include different varieties for centuries.
It is very near the Burmese border (Myanmar), to be more accurate 21°43′ N and 91°96′ W are the exact coordinates of Cox’s Bazar beach.
This little town provides a strong economic support as a tourism place in Bangladesh. People from all religion Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus subsume the whole population of Cox Bazar.
Alongside there are many tribal people living here with their recognizably different culture and lifestyle.
The Cox’s Bazar district has 8 sub districts Maheshkhali, Ukhia, Pekua, Teknaaf, Kutubdia, Ramu, Chokoria and Cox’s Bazar Sadar.
This district is enumerated as the most and major foreign exchange for Bangladesh government.
This is the place where aquaculture of oyster, snail, and pearls are taken place like very few other place of Bangladesh.
Salt production and Crab and Prawn farming are also good sources of generating revenue for the country.
After the declaration as an official or notable wonder of Asia continent there are more developments are taking place around the beach.
What to do here?
The main attraction of Cox’s Bazar sea beach is the long golden sandy beach of its three sides is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and another with magnificent hills.
There are huge number of various tall trees and numerous local and migratory birds in the forests and on the hillsides which are enough for one to spend the whole day with immense joy.
There are nearly 8100 flora and fauna which have decorated the cox’s bazars Eco system. If you explore the water world here in details then the sea life creatures including jellyfish, starfish, other fish species in adequate can be found and also two different types of very rare species of sea turtles.
What you can do at the beach?
Lots of things are waiting there; you can just lie and relax in the warm golden sunshine while sipping fresh coconut water just collected from the trees.
There are many exciting activities like swimming, deep water diving, surfing, boogie boarding and even jet skiing available to make your leisure more enjoyable and unforgottable.
If you want a little thrill then just rent a Jet Ski and explore the water. You can even take your kids if they are a bit older because the high skilled driver will be with you the whole time so no need to be worry.
If you are a photo lover and want to capture your moments then there are professional cameramen hovering around the beach just call any of them if you want your picture taken with a sunset or sunrise setting.
No need to worry, they will later deliver the shots taken to your hotel room in a very convenient price.
In Cox’s Bazar people also enjoy three separate spots: Laboni Beach which is the main beach very close to the town, Himchhari which is very popular for its waterfalls and Inani Beach which is specially preferred for sun tanning.
The 18 kilometers area area in the south of known as Himchhari is a prominent place for Family picnic and shooting spot for movies of Television.
It is suggested that, get a local guide if you do not want to miss out these sightseeing attractions definitely worth visiting and roaming around.
You can find many of temporary shops by the side of the beach, selling local crafts made of seashells, oysters, ornaments made of pearls and colorful beads. A very popular product is writing ones name on Oyster shells.
But there is a permanent market called Burmese Market which is very popular among the locals and travelers. You can find dry Fish, Burmese Gift Items, sea- foods, beach clothes, and accessories.
Besides many fancy items, you can get Burmese cosmetics, Burmese Pickle, Burmese Nuts, Burmese Ladies products, Burmese Men’s local dresses at these shops.
Here you can also find very comfortable and colorful dresses made by the tribal people living in the hill areas.
It will cost about 20-30 BDT ($3-$5) only by rickshaw to go to the market. Please make sure to exchange foreign currencies against local cash because there are all small businessmen and hardly any shop will accept credit cards. If you find anything you like and want to buy it’s better to carry ready cash with you.
Others Places Around
If you have a long time tour plan then there are few places worth visiting and will definitely bring joy and smile on your face.
Though you may have to travel a bit more it will remains in your memory forever obviously as a good one.
Saint Martin Island: Saint Martin’s Island is like a desert after heavy meal to the tourists comes to the Cox’s Bazar from around the world.
It is the only coral island of Bangladesh. Just imagine you are lying beside the Blue water and looking at the blue sky with numerous sparkling stars, isn’t it magical?
It is possible to roam around the island in a single day because it measures only 8 km2 in a whole and about 5 km2 during high tide. But to witness something magical you must stay at least one night. There are shipping liners run daily trips to the heavenly island.
Tourists can book their tickets and hotels either from Chittagong or from Cox’s Bazar. The magnificent one and only coral reef has an extension named “Chera Dip”. There is a small bush and which is possibly the only green part of this island.
Local people do not live on this part, so if you go there it is advisable to come back by afternoon. The island exists only because of its tremendous coral base, so removal of that coral may risks erosion of the beach.
Park and Temples: You can also explore places like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park; there you can find a wide range of wild animals living freely in the forest. You can enjoy them through Park buses of course with proper safety.
You can go to the Buddhist monastery in Ramu sub-district. Ramu is a village with mostly Buddhist people, 10 kilometers from cox’s Bazar Bangladesh, famous for a number of monasteries, temples and pagodas.
There are many interesting paintings and statues engraved with precious metals like Gold, silver and Bronze. On the top there is a temple named “Vimukti Bibeshan Bhabna Kendra” where you can find a hundred food Buddha statue reclining after the oath.
The place is open for all and can even stay in the monastery for a while in order to take rest. The green hill top and the temples will bring you a kind of satisfaction that cannot be found anywhere.
Maheshkhali: From Cox’s Bazar if you travel for only nine kilometer then you will find another island surrounded with natural phenomena. The main inhabitants of this island are some tribal people called Rakhine, famous for weaving clothes.
They create those beautiful multi-color clothes with their handmade looms. A very famous temple related to Hindu people name Adinath temple is in this place.
Local people call it Shiva temple. During the month of March Hindu pilgrims gather here for worship and the place become a busy place with thousand worshippers.
Sonadia Island: Sonadia Island, a place worth visiting is located 7 kilometers’ northwest of sea-beach is known as the capital center of dry fish.
Fishermen make temporary camps in the winter season in order to catch fish and dry them on the spot.
There is a sandy part in the western side of this nine square kilometer area of this crescent-shaped island famous for an immense variety of shells and the northern parts beds of oysters and pearls are found.
Topcellent Teknaf: There is a beautiful small town on the bank of Naf River facing Burma (Mayanmar) is 80 kilometers south side from Cox’s Bazar.
In Teknaf you can get the opportunity to appreciate the Arakan and Magh tribe’s people and their beautiful culture.
You can also enjoy a ride on a boat or the Sampan in the Naf River. There are some attractive resorts to make your stay more easy and comfortable.
These resorts have been established in this area primarily to give shelter and food especially for the foreign guests as well as Bangladeshi travelers.
Marine life center: There is a fish museum named marine life center where you can different kinds of fish from different species and as well as the skeleton of different preserved sea creatures.
The museum is a part of Marine Fisheries and Technology Center of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Kids and adults can spend a delightful time if they want a break from the sea and beach.
Hotels, Motels & Resorts
There are many international quality hotels around the Cox’s Bazar specially in the beach area. They offer a wide range of best services to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
Many of these latest hotels in Cox’s Bazar have their own private beach and also landscaped walkway to the beach.
In many hotels you can enjoy rooftop open or beach Bar-B-Q facilities that really exciting. Almost all the hotels have their personal restaurant, swimming pools, Wi-Fi service, Coffee shop and Bar.
Here it is a small list of some best Cox Bazar hotels with room rate in BDT and USD. It may vary due to the international currency market rate.
First Class Hotels with high range–(Price may change at any time)
- Hotel Sea gull- $59 or 4720 BDT
- Ocean Paradise- $57 or 4560 BDT
- Hotel the Cox Today- $85 or 6800 BDT
- Best Western plus- $58 or 4640 BDT
Some hotels in the mid-range-
- White Orchid Hotel- $36 or 2880 BDT
- Prime park hotel–$46 or 3680 BDT
- Neeshorgo Hotel and resort- $54 or 4320 BDT
- Windy Terrace Boutique Hotel- $42 or 3360 BDT
- Devine Eco Resort- $30 or 2400 BDT
Some low budget Hotels-(not suitable for foreigeners)
- Hotel Sea Alif- $24 or 1920 BDT
- Nitol Bay resort- $19 or 1520 BDT
- Hotel Ocean Palace- $14 or 1120 BDT
- South Beach resort- $12 or 960 BDT
- Suite Sadaf- $37 or 2960 BDT
Apart from them you have an option of booking motels and resorts operated by the government tourism board of Bangladesh.
There are such three government motels named Parjaton Motel Shaibal, Parjaton Motel Upal, and Parjaton Motel Prabal.
These motels are a good option if you are looking for a standard in convenient price ranging from $ 20-60 or 1600-4800 BDT.
Besides all these hotels and motels, there are also many apartments available in the local area offered by local people in a very reasonable price.
This works for big groups for instance, if two or three families are traveling together and want to stay together, this is the best option. But you must have a prior reservation from a known and reliable source.
What to Eat Where to Eat
When it is about food then you can find plenty of them along the Sea Beach Road and in the Hotel Motel Zone there are many restaurants.
Seafood cuisine is the main attraction of these restaurants and they have a wide variety of them to offer.
Local recipes are mandatory to taste but you can have Asian and European dishes and Fast foods too. In most of the hotels you will have the western foods in their menu.
There are Pushpee restaurant, Jhaubon restaurant, Niribilli restaurant which are good choice for family or friends dining besides individual.
They cost from 120 to 200 TK or $1.50 to $2.50 USD per person. Probably there is no Bengali family who has not eaten in the Jhaubon restaurant or Niribili restaurant as per the travel to Cox’s Bazar.
Personally I am a huge fan of their special spicy and yummy dish deep Fried Pomphrey (Rupchada) also recommended for you.
But if you are a food lover and interested in seafood then this place is the food haven for you. There are many good restaurants offering different testy dishes that will definitely grab your attention.
There is live fish restaurant named Elite Food Corner (EFC) to enjoy hundreds of fresh grilled fishes as well as Crabs.
The Devine sea stone cafe, Mermaid cafe, Sea lamp beach cafe, Mermaid beach resort, The Cove Devine sea stone cafe, Mermaid cafe, Sea lamp beach cafe, Mermaid beach resort, The Cove restaurant are few places where you can enjoy seafood’s to the fullest.
There are few street food stores along the beach side like Koyla, Stone forest, Mamma’s food, Rock n roll, Taranga restaurant, Beach planet and Tabbaq. They offer tasty food in affordable prices. You can enjoy famous Prawn Curry, Hilsha Curry, Crabs fry, Lobsters in almost all the restaurants.
Apart from delicious Bengali cuisines, you can have Shrimp salad, fish curry, fried fish, pasta and fish pizza for $6-$10 or BDT 500-800. As a traveler I will strongly recommend you to taste the local foods as well that will take you a whole level of food experience.
A very common Bengali dish may contain Daal (lentil curry), Bhaat (boiled rice), Beef vuna, and Vorta (a spicy mixture of different mashed vegetables) and of course pickles. Sun dried fish cooked with onion and capsicum is a traditional dish of this area of Cox’s Bazar.
Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh is only 297 km away from the tourism capital Cox’s Bazar by road. Once you are landed in Dhaka Airport, you have many options to go to cox’s Bazar. There are Buses, trains and Airplanes to take you to the longest beach of the world.
Few domestic flights operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Novoair, United Airways, Regent Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines has direct scheduled flight from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar.
The round trip ticket from Dhaka to Cox’s bazar is not that much costly as per the service ranges from USD $80-$100 or BDT 6400-8000.
During pick season daily flights are available by all the airlines but in off-season there are fewer flights probably 3-4 per week.
If you want to take Train then the train station is just opposite the Airport . You can book tickets for only for USD $4.50 to $12 or 360 to 1000 BDT. There are mainly two train one in the morning and one in the night named
If you love to travel by bus then take a Rickshaw, a man-paddled three-wheeler ride, it will take only 15-20 minutes to reach the Mohakhali Bus Station.
Here you can find many bus companies among them Scania, Shohag, Shamolee paribahan, Hanif Enterprise, Saudia paribahan, Silk Line and Green Line service are better for Cox’s Bazar journey.
Usually it takes 10-12 hours from Dhaka to Chittagong and then another 4-5 hours from Chittagong to Cox’z Bazar. But to make sure a comfortable journeys, buy AC bus tickets. The AC bus fare is ranging from USD $15-$20 of BDT 1400-1800.
For returning you don’t have to worry about tickets most of the travel companies have their offices by the main road near Hotel Motel zone. You can go there anytime and buy return tickets.
Few Tips for U if You’re making your plan to be there
It has already become a listed international tourist destination for the local and foreign tourists. So there must be huge gathering during the pick season. May to September is not the best suitable time for visiting cox’s Bazar.
But it’s wise to keep your backpack ready for October till April. You come alone or with family or friends do not matter as every moment will be filled with great pleasure and endless fun.
Make sure to take hats and slippers with you as the sands become very hot during mid-day and of course do not forget to bring extra cloth, towels and Camera.
Those who are coming from abroad a small advice for them: Never forget to convert your currency into Bangladeshi taka before you come to enjoy the beach. There are exchange points in the airport and you can go to the any bank for best exchange rates.
You can also have the facility to withdraw money from many banks ATM booth but before doing that you have to get conformation from your bank that your ATM card will be accepted in Bangladesh.
It is very common that local people may try to talk to you even though they don’t know you. They may even ask personal questions but don’t worry they are just curious with lovely heart.
People are very friendly here and helpful here and it will continue more when you will visit the rural areas near this longest sea beach of this planet.