Known for its captivating views of the sunrise and sunset, Laboni Beach is a hit with locals and tourists alike. For a truly memorable experience, book a drive along the coast starting from Laboni Beach all the way to the tranquil Inani Beach (around 35 kms away). There are plenty of opportunities for adventure along the way, such as surfing, jet skiing and parasailing.
Before heading to the airport to fly back to Dhaka and then back home, one final shopping expedition is called for. The Burmese Market offers a plethora of goods - sandalwood-based products, handwoven textiles, food etc. - from Burma, as well as Thailand and China.
Open daily, 8 AM - 12 AM.
How to Reach
If you're travelling to Bangladesh from India, there are a range of options available based on your preference. Buses run from Kolkata to Dhaka (duration of 10-12 hours) as well as as from Agartala to Dhaka (4-5 hours) at very reasonable fares. The Maitree Express is a train service that runs between Kolkata and Dhaka and takes 10-11 hours. Flights to Dhaka from Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi are frequent and convenient, as well as from Kolkata to Chittagong.
Once inside Bangladesh, you have frequent buses (of all comfort levels) and trains at your disposal. To maximise comfort and minimise travel time, you can also hire taxi services (commonly offered by tour operators) to travel between cities. Dhaka to Chittagong city takes about 5-6 hours by road or 45 minutes by flight. Flights from Cox's Bazar back to Dhaka take an hour and cost around ₹2800 to ₹4200.
Where to Stay
For budget travellers, there are a number of well-rated, reasonably-priced guesthouses as well as decent three and four-star hotels available in Dhaka, Chittagong city and Cox's Bazar. Five-star hotels are aplenty, particularly in Dhaka, and cater to your luxury travel needs. If travelling with family, booking entire homes on Airbnb is a viable, affordable option.
What to Eat & Drink
When in Bangladesh, eat like the locals and feast on various types of fish, vegetables, lentils and rice. Naturally, Bangladeshi cuisine shares a lot in common with food you might be familiar with in India, particularly Bengali and Northeast Indian food. But there are local delicacies that you mustn't miss out on, like sampling varieties of dry fish in Cox's Bazar. There are also a number of restaurants serving European, Latin American, Mediterranean or Asian cuisines, if that strikes your fancy.
Bangladesh will undoubtedly take you by surprise and make for a very memorable trip, while remaining affordable as well. Don't miss out on a chance to explore this hospitable country!