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November 12th 2018
Published: November 14th 2018
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Cox's Bazar has the longest natural continuous beach in the world on the Bay of Bengal.
November 12, 2018 (Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh) I think the name Cox's Bazar is strange in a cool and exotic way. It was a place I'd not heard of before considering going to Bangladesh on this trip, but a place that has been entangled in a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions since August of last year. It derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company. To commemorate his role in refugee rehabilitation work in the late 1700's, a market was established and named Cox's Bazar after him a colonial name that is still retained. It is a popular tourist destinations for Bangladeshis. It is a major fishing port, tourism center and a district headquarters in southeastern Bangladesh that shares a border with Myanmar to the south. Its beach on the Bay of Bengal is the longest unbroken beach in the world - sandy with a gentle slope. It is now also operational center to the 150 or so humanitarian agencies engaged in the refugee crisis relief efforts.

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Fishing boats on the beach

These uniquely shaped fishing boats remind me of Aladdin's flying carpet genie slippers. Apparently shaped to handle high seas they are very stable.

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