Cox’s Bazar is a city, fishing port, tourism centre, and district headquarters in southeastern Bangladesh. It is famous mostly for its long natural sandy beach. It is located 150 km (93 mi) south of the city of Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name Panowa, which translates literally as “yellow flower”. Another old name was “Palongkee”. The city has the longest uninterrupted natural beach in the world.
The modern Cox’s Bazar derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company, a Superintendent of Palongkee outpost. To commemorate his role in refugee rehabilitation work, a market was established and named after him.
The city covers an area of 23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi) with 27 mahallas and 9 wards and as of 2011 had a population of 265,500. Cox’s Bazar is connected by road and air with Chittagong.
During the early 9th century the greater Chittagong area, including Cox’s Bazar, was under the rule of Arakan kings until its conquest by the Mughals in 1666. When the Mughal Prince Shah Shuja was passing through the hilly terrain of the present-day Cox’s Bazar on his way to Arakan, he was attracted to its scenic and captivating beauty. He commanded his forces to camp there. His retinue of one thousand palanquins stopped there for some time. A place named Dulahazara, meaning “one thousand palanquins,” still exists in the area. After the Mughals, the place came under the control of the Tipras and the Arakanese, followed by the Portuguese and then the British.
The name Cox’s Bazar originated from the name of a British East India Company officer, Captain Hiram Cox, who was appointed as the Superintendent of Palonki (today’s Cox’s Bazar) outpost. He succeeded Warren Hastings, who became the Governor of Bengal following the British East India Company Act in 1773. Cox embarked upon the task of rehabilitation and settlement of the Arakanese refugees in the area. He rehabilitated many refugees in the area, but died in 1799 before finishing his work. To commemorate him, a market was established and named after him, called Cox’s Bazar. Cox’s Bazar was first established in 1854 and became a municipality in 1869.
After the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857, the British East India Company was highly criticised on humanitarian grounds, specially for its opium trade monopoly over the Indian Sub-Continent. However, after its dissolution on 1 January 1874, the company’s assets, including its armed forces, were acquired by the British Crown. After this takeover, Cox’s Bazar was declared a district of the Bengal Province under the British Crown.
Just after the end of British rule in 1947, Cox’s Bazar became part of East Pakistan. Captain Advocate Fazlul Karim, the first post-independence chairman of Cox’s Bazar Municipality, established the Tamarisk Forest along the beach. He wanted to attract tourists as well as to protect the beach from tsunamis. He donated much of his father-in-law’s and his own lands as sites for constructing a public library and a town hall. Karim was inspired to build Cox’s Bazar as a tourist spot after seeing beaches of Bombay and Karachi, and was a resort pioneer in developing Cox’s Bazar as a destination. Karim established a maternity hospital, the stadium and the drainage system by procuring grants from the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation through correspondence. T. H. Matthews, the principal of the Dacca Engineering College (1949~1954), was a friend who had helped him in these fundraising efforts. Engineer Chandi Charan Das was the government civil engineer who worked on all these projects.
In 1959 the municipality was turned into a town committee.
In 1961 the Geological Survey of Pakistan initiated investigation of radioactive minerals like monazite around the Cox’s Bazar sea-beach area.
In 1971, Cox’s Bazar wharf was used as a naval port by the Pakistan Navy’s gunboats. This and the nearby airstrip of the Pakistan Air Force were the scene of intense shelling by the Indian Navy during the Bangladesh Liberation War. During the war, Pakistani soldiers killed many people in the town, including eminent lawyer Jnanendralal Chowdhury. The killing of two freedom fighters named Farhad and Subhash at Badar Mokam is also recorded in history.
After Bangladesh’s independence, Cox’s Bazar started to receive administrative attention. In 1972 the town committee of Cox’s Bazar was once again turned into a municipality. In 1975, The Government of Bangladesh established a pilot plant at Kalatali. In 1984, Cox’s Bazar subdivision was promoted to a district, and five years later (in 1989) the Cox’s Bazar municipality was elevated to B-grade. In 1994 (jobs) the Marine Fisheries and Technology Station (MFTS) was established at Cox’s Bazar. MFTS is a research station of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) headquartered in Mymensingh. The station covers a land area of four hectares and contains five laboratories.
In September 2012 the municipality was the site of the Cox’s Bazar and Ramu riots, where local Muslims attacked the Buddhist community over an alleged Quran desecration posted to Facebook.
In 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar arrived in Cox’s Bazar District, amounting to 725,000 in October 2018; the resulting Kutupalong refugee camp became the largest refugee camp in the world.
On 14 May 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was detected among the 860,000 refugees who lived in Cox’s Bazar district.
In March 2021, a fire at the refugee camp left 15 dead and some 400 missing and displaced more than 45,000 mostly Rohingya refugees.
The N1 is the national highway that connects the city with country’s capital and largest city Dhaka as well as with many other parts of the country.
There are services from companies such as Green Line Paribahan, Shohag Enterprise and many others to travel to Cox’s Bazaar. The price range for these premium bus rides varies from Tk. 1200 to Tk. 2500 depending on the seats and the bus.
Travelling by bus to Cox’s Bazaar from Dhaka generally takes about 9–12 hours depending on the traffic.
The city of Cox’s Bazar is served by Cox’s Bazar Airport, located northwest of the city. It is one of Bangladesh’s busiest domestic airports. The main airlines serving the airport are Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines, Novoair and Regent Airways. In November 2020, Biman Bangladesh Airlines started flights between Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar, which was the first direct flight between two cities without any connecting flight from Dhaka. Cox’s Bazar Airport is in the process of being upgraded to an international airport in order to attract more tourists.This will make it the fourth international airport in Bangladesh.
The Cox’s Bazar railway station is the main railway station of the district under construction which will provide trains on national routes operated by the state-run Bangladesh Railway. It is expected to be completed by June in 2022.
Cox’s Bazar Beach:
The beach in Cox’s Bazar is the main attraction of the town with an unbroken length of 150 km (93 mi) also termed the “longest natural unbroken sea beach” in the world. There are several 3 stars and 5 star hotels provide the exclusive beachside area with accessories for the tourist. Visitors in other hotels visit Laboni beach which is the area of the beach closest to the town. Other than the beach there are several places of interest near the town which can easily be visited from the town center.
Himchari National Park :
Himchari is located just south of the Cox’s Bazar town. It consists of lush tropical rain forest, grasslands and trees, and features a number of waterfalls, the biggest of which cascades down toward the sandy, sun-drenched beach. The National Park was established in 1980 by the Government of Bangladesh as a conservation area for research, education, and recreation. Once it was the stomping grounds of herds of Asian elephant. It is still home to a limited number of these mammals.
a large Buddhist monastery, and a place revered by around 400,000 Buddhist people of Cox’s Bazar; and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The main sanctuary is posted on a series of round timber columns. It has a prayer chamber and an assembly hall along with a repository of large and small bronze Buddha images and a number of old manuscripts.
about 10 km (6 mi) from Cox’s Bazar, is a village with a sizeable Buddhist population. The village sells handicrafts and homemade cigars. There are monasteries, khyangs and pagodas containing images of Buddha in bronze, gold and other metals with precious stones. One of the temples, on the bank of the Baghkhali river, houses relics and Burmese handicrafts, and also a large bronze statue of Buddha measuring thirteen feet high which rests on a six feet high pedestal. Weavers ply their trade in open workshops and craftsmen make handmade cigars in their pagoda like houses.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park:
Bangabandhu Sheikh MujibSafari Park is the first Safari Park in Bangladesh. Dulahazara Safari Park was developed on an undulating landscape of around 2,224 acres (9.00 km2) of area at Chakaria Upazila in Cox’s Bazar District. The nature of the forest is tropical evergreen and rich with Garjan, Boilam, Telsur, and Chapalish along with herbs, shrubs, and creepers. Safari Park is a declared protected area where the animals are kept in a fairly large area with natural environment and visitors can easily see the animal whenever they visit by bus, jeep or on foot. This park was established on the basis of South Asian model. This safari park is an extension of an animal sanctuary located along the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar road about 50 km (30 mi) from Cox’s Bazar town. The sanctuary itself protects a large number of wild elephants which are native to the area. In the safari park, there are domesticated elephants which are available for a ride. Other animal attractions include lions, Bengal tigers, Crocodiles, Bears, Chitals and a variety of birds and monkeys.
The only aquarium in Bangladesh is in Cox’s Bazar. Attractions also include parasailing, water biking, beach biking, horse riding, Cox Carnival circus show, Daria Nagar Ecopark, Cox’s Bazar Development Authority, numerous architectural attractions, Shishu Parks and numerous photogenic sites. The largest safari park in the country, Bangabandhu Safari Park, is nearby. There is a forest reserve, Naf Tourism Park, which also has a cable car planned.
Radiant Fish World: Radiant Fish World is a sea aquarium.
Radiant Fish World is the first live fish aquarium in Bangladesh. A vast collection of fresh, brackish and marine water organisms has been installed.
It’s the road that’s going to Teknaf from Cox’s Bazar. There is a sea on one side and hill on the other. The view of the roadside will make your mind happy.
In 2013, the Bangladesh Government formed the Tourist Police unit to protect local and foreign tourists better, as well as to look after the nature and wildlife in the tourist spots of Cox’s Bazar.
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Inani Beach part of Cox’s Bazar Beach, is an 18-kilometre-long (11 mi) sea beach in Ukhia Upazila of Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh.It has a lot of coral stones, which are very sharp. These coral stones look black and green, and they are found in summer or rainy seasons.
Pathorkhani is located in Jaliapalong, Inani Beach. Almost all of the visitors gather around it and love to take snapshot by sitting on it.
Cox’s Bazar Hotels and Places to Stay
Sayeman Beach Resort
Address: Marine Drive, Road, Cox’s Bazar 4700
About this area
Located in Cox’s Bazar, Sayeman Beach Resort is near the beach. The area’s natural beauty can be seen at Sugandha Beach and Kolatoli Beach.
About this property
Sayeman Beach Resort
Guests of this beach hotel will appreciate convenient on-site amenities such as a fitness centre and massage/treatment rooms. All 228 rooms boast jetted bathtubs, and offer free wired Internet and balconies or patios. Dining areas and sitting areas are standard, as are LCD TVs with cable channels.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.
1.Fee for buffet breakfast: BDT 1500 for adults and BDT 1500 for children (approximately)
2.Rollaway bed fee: BDT 1900.0 per day.
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
You need to know
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
This property accepts credit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit
We should mention
Reservations are required for spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
Some facilities may have restricted access; guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
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Mermaid beach resort
Mermaid Beach Resort is approximately 16 kilometres or 9.94 miles south of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. An excellent Marine Drive provides for a 20 minutes drive. Mermaid Beach Resort is located in the quiet area of Pechardwip, Marine Drive Road, Cox’s Bazar. Set amongst 4.86 hectares or 12 acres of land, facing the world’s most longest Beach, we offer 8 one-bedroom Beach Bungalows, 4 Mermaid Suites, 10 One bedroom Beach Villa’s including 3 Family Beach Villa’s, 5 private pool suites and 1 Beach Villa with a living room with Jacuzzi. Guestrooms offer eco-friendly designs adhering to a renowned responsibility to the environment and the Mermaid philosophy of Redefining Experiences. Dining options include The Restaurant serving a daily International breakfast buffet. Restaurants are opened for lunch, dinner and serve Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Italian influence. Mermaid Spa offers a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience with therapeutic and pampering treatments to balance the senses. Free wifi is available in all guests rooms and public areas.
The Mermaid Beach Resort is everything you need to find peace. Quick access to the beach. A fantastic restaurant serving some of Cox’s Bazar’s best and freshest seafood. Private verandahs and gardens for every bungalow and villa. Air-conditioned rooms with huge bathrooms, hot water, and flatscreen TVs.
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Separate living room
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Address: Pechar Dwip Marine Drive, Road, Ramu 4730
Open 24 hours
A Heart Throbbing Experience at Cox’s Bazar
Long Beach Hotel
Encompassing the spectacular views of Cox’s Bazar, Long Beach Hotel stands very close to the hills and sea-beach, offering world class facilities and exhilarating experience to its guests. Whether you are planning a great vacation, the sweetest of honeymoons or a cozy business tour, you would prefer our beach hotel for your relaxing stay. Imagine that the 120 km astonishing longest beach in the world is just five-minute walk away from your room, providing an exuberant sensation in your mind and filling your heart with magnificent joy. Starting from Cox’s Bazar’s longest beach view to the comforts which you would be looking for are all here, making Long Beach Hotel the perfect choice for business, romance and holiday travel. Make your every move easy in Cox’s Bazar by staying with us.
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Long Beach Hotel
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Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
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