Constructing On A Peau De Chagrin: Cox’s Bazar Proliferating Beachside Resorts
Cox’s Bazar, located 150 km south of the industrial port Chittagong, is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in Bangladesh. It is known for its wide beach which is the world’s longest natural unbroken 125 km long sandy beach. Photo source: ©© Alexandre Marchand
Bangladesh is probably one of the last places in Asia people would expect to see a thriving beachside resort with luxury hotels. As in other Asian countries, the gap between rich and poor has widened in Bangladesh, giving rise to social tensions and sometimes violent protests.
Yet, Cox’s Bazar has changed a great deal over the past five years, Mr. Leung said. “Properties are popping up like daisies, and the development is moving further and further down along the beach. The speed and scale of it is unprecedented for Bangladesh…”