Ask anyone, where the world’s longest and arguably the most beautiful natural beach is located, odds are they’d choose from somewhere in the Caribbean, Brazilian, New Zealand or Australian region. But, they’d be all wrong. The world’s longest uninterrupted natural sandy sea beach is in fact located in a relatively unknown fishing port named Cox’s Bazar in the southern tip of Bangladesh, a country in south-east Asia.
This little slice of paradise, designated as one of the seven new wonders of the world, consists of an unbroken 120 kilometers (93 miles) golden sandy sea beach. It is situated 150 kilometers south of Chittagong, the commercial capital of Bangladesh. If you travel by bus, it will take about 10 to 12 hours from Dhaka and 4-5 hours from Chittagong to reach there. The beach was named after Captain Hiram Cox, an officer who served in the British East India Company. It also goes by the name of Panowa or Palongkee locally, which means “yellow flower”.
Cox’s Bazar is the country’s most popular beach town and the main tourist attraction site of Bangladesh. Every year, a significant number of tourists come here from all over the world. For first timers, it is highly recommended that you have a tourist guide with you. By spending a few extra bucks on the guides, you can ensure that you’ll have a safe and informative tour. In Cox’s Bazar, you’ll find a number of affluent 5 and 3 stars hotels catering largely the elite and overseas tourists. Our guides will make sure that you get the best possible accommodation without overstretching your budget. The monsoon season, which runs from May through September is the time when you want to avoid traveling to Bangladesh. November through March is the best time to travel to Bangladesh and exploring the beach and surrounding area.
The awe inspiring beauty of the beach is unparallel to any other places in the country. Miles of golden sands, rare conch shells, surfing waves, towering cliffs, tribes, pleasant seafood, colorful pagodas and Buddhist temples will blow your mind away. The beauty of the place cannot be described by words. The blue, mirror-like water will entice almost anyone to put on their bathing suit and indulge in a dip. During the day, the place looks like it has been kissed by the sun; all is very bright with clear blue skies – cheerful and fresh. In the water, you will find a plethora of creatures including jellyfish, starfish, various fish species and two different types of sea turtles.
The sunrise and sunset scenes of the beach are extra special. You’ll find the sky to be painted in an array of pinks, oranges and yellows. It will fill your heart with a kind of feeling that you have never before experienced. You are bound to blink your eyes a few times to make sure that you are not dreaming.
If you are visiting Cox’s Bazar for the first time, you must see the following places-
Laboni beach is the main sea beach of Cox’s Bazar. It is situated in a central location and very close to town. The beach is always crowded by local and foreign tourists. Visitors can surf, sunbathe, swim, jog or cycle. Our guides can inform you on the numerous souvenir shops around the area.
Bestowed with bountiful natural landscape beauty embraced by the world’s longest coastline, the Inani beach is the most beautiful place of Cox’s Bazar. It is characterized by its golden sands. The incredible beauty of the beach will occupy a special place in your memory forever. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations of the country. Tourists prefer this place because it is free from the crowd of people who are mostly seen to stroll around the Laboni beach.
It is a large Buddhist monastery and one of the primary tourist attraction places of the area. It is admired by about 400,000 Buddhist people of Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong hill tracts. The monastery accommodates a large number of small bronze Buddha Images, mostly of Burmese origin and some old manuscripts. Watch out for local non Buddhist people around the temple, who will follow you around in the name of giving a tour then ask for money. Having a recognized tour guide around you should save you from this trouble.
Himchari is another eye catching place for the tourists in Cox’s Bazar. Located about 32 kilometers south of the main beach, it is very popular among the visitors and locals as a picnic and filming spot. The place is also renowned for its beautiful waterfalls and the famous “Broken Hills”. Our guides will take you to this amazing place the road to which have an open sea on one side and hills on the other.
Bongobondhu Safari Park
The Bongobondhu Safari Park (named after the father of the nation) is one of the largest safari parks of the whole South Asia. Situated in Dualahazra, Cox’s Bazar, it is the first safari park in Bangladesh. The forest is full of tropical evergreen trees, namely Boilam, Garjan,Telsur and Chapalish. The park has been declared as a “Obhoyaronno”(protected area for animals), to protect the endangered species. The tourists can visit the place by bus, jeep or on foot. For your convenience and safety, you are recommended to hire a guide.
After visiting the aforementioned, you should also visit the following places if time allows-
You’ll find a lot of small shops around the beach and hotel zone catering to Bangladeshi and foreign visitors. Things made of sea shells will catch your eyes for sure. Mouth watering foods are available at a very decent price. The traditional Burmese dresses and fabrics attract a lot of tourists. The local shopkeepers tend to ask a high price from the foreign tourists. A guide will help you to get these items at the optimal cost.
“Life isn't measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”Being at Cox’s Bazar will be one of those moments that will simply take your breath away. If you have never been there, then pencil in a visit to this place on your calendar ASAP and don’t forget to book a tour guide.