Welcome back F6. Gosh, I was expecting a one-liner lol. But thanks for posting a thorough review of the entire trip. It's very useful and will definitely come in handy when I'm planning my trip. In terms of activities anything else to do other than hitting the beach? Also pleased to hear that the hotel was worth your money. Hopefully the large quanitity of hotels and competition between them will ensure that the standards do not fall.
Thanks for taking the time to read the 'review' fellas. Just thought I'd do my bit to spread the word...
Equinox - activities outside of hitting the beach, not too much to do, they have quad bikes, so you can take them for a spin, jetskis and speedboats, but they don't go out very far - so that's a bummer. Alternatively they do provide package deals to head to Saint Martin, that's a decent way to spend a day. Himchori/Inani and a couple of other places(15-20) minute drive have a few small hills - with waterfalls and potential walking trails. So a packed lunch and a bit of a hike wouldn't go amiss.
Finally, being careful to not step on any toes - all the big hotels are now, setting up bars - alcohol flowing freely, and djs to provide live 'entertainment' - so if you want to see people off their heads, and making a fool of themselves - that's a nice way to spend a few hours after midnight.
Don't think the developers have quite cottoned on to the whole idea of additional recreational activities.
Some other hotels to look out for that are already operational
Long Beach Hotel
Hotel Cox's Today - what a name
Hotel Sea Palace - their Crown plaza building looks decent enough, but the more budget version is shocking, you are better of staying in one of the many serviced apartments than staying in the egg cartons they have masquerading as hotel rooms.
There are many more, but the rest are on the other side of the street or further in, so the whole sitting on the balcony in the evening, enjoying the fresh ocean breeze thing, doesn't quite work.
Originally Posted by F6_Turbo
Alright so I'm back from Cox's Bazaar.
First the journey to and from Dhaka
Transport: Green Line A/C Bus by Scania
Cost: Tk.1600 per ticket
Departure time: 11.10PM on the dot.
Notes: Bus was clean, seats were very comfortable, A/C ran beautifully, only complaint, and this is not just for Green Line, but for all bd long haul transport companies - why not import buses with toilets?
Return to Dhaka
Transport: Flew Regent Airways
Cost: Tk. 5000 per person
Departure time: 2:05-2:10PM
Arrival time: 3.20PM
Notes: It was an hour long flight, and I had such a full on trip at Cox's, I actually fell asleep during the flight, and didn't wake up we were getting ready to land. But the plane was clean enough, the check in and what not.
Hotel - Ocean Paradise
1st class all the way through - absolutely no complaints or issues with anything, except for the Hotel pool being a bit small in size(relative to the hotel). The staff right from the doormen, concierge, front desk, room service, housekeeping were exemplary. The room was as described, immaculate - jacuzzi, hot water and personal lockers were in running order(big personal gripe with Bangladeshi hotels).
Dining - in house was again a real pleasure, prices were reasonable - complimentary breakfast buffet that included a large variety of things starting from
Poached eggs on request
pancakes (with real maple syrup, not crap)
cereal for kids and adults alike
Dessert - fruit salads, chocolate mousse, baklavas, deshi sweets, cheesecakes
Sky Grill(roof top location)
-fresh lobster and crab
-salmon steaks(still opaque and not over done!!!!)
-usual BBQ fare(My wife had a minor complaint with her lobster, and they replaced it - and didn't charge me for her meal)
Cafe in the lobby(open late)
-pastries(savory and sweet)
Like I said, the hotel was definitely worth my money - and I would quite happily recommend it to others, but I think the hotel experience in Cox's is going to only get better. While walking around, I noticed that Radisson had commenced work there, with opening slated for 2014.
As for Cox's itself - it was fun, in a deshi way, obviously the experience is different to than say...Bondi/Gold Coast/beaches along the east and west coast of the US, or hell even Phuket or Bali.
But it was still fun, I was crestfallen to see Tropicana, Angel Drop, Sweety Fingers were indeed gone from their on the beach locations The Burmese markets are doing brisk business, the locals are/were exceptionally polite and helpful(rickshaw pullers and tom-tom drivers) - Nothing like people in Dhaka.
Funny sidenote - there is a KFC there, right in the middle of the motel zone, and at stage I counted 150-155 people queuing outside! All for some fried chicken...hehe.
It's winter obviously - but once the sun peeks out it is really warm right up until around 8-9pm, when it starts to get a bit chilly, but even then I didn't feel cold enough to put on anything warmer than a full sleeve top at any point in time.
Well there is a review of sorts....
Enani beach e jao nai?? Jodi na jeye thako miss korcho..
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