Though one of the world’s most spectacular beaches is here, the tyrrany of the Jamaat-e-Islami now prevents the locals from enjoying the beach, and it also keeps vacationing sunbathers away.
Cox’s Bazar owes its origins to the subcontinent’s British colonial rulers, who sent Capt. Hiram Cox to settle Buddhist immigrants from nearby Burma into the area in the late 1790s.
The 120 km (75 mile) unbroken stretch of beach here is the world’s longest, and a chain of hills that run parallel to the sea for almost the entire length, towering cliffs, colorful, ancient pagodas and Hindu temples, make it a natural attraction. (source)