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Top ChoiceAdivasi in Bandarban

Tohzah Restaurant

This modest restaurant is the best place in town to sample Marma cuisine. The main themes are a mountain of ginger and a volcano of chillies, plus the novelty of finding pork on the menu. There's no English menu,...

Top ChoiceInternational in Cox's Bazar

Mermaid Café

This sprawling, shaded, Goa-style beach shack serves such tasty food in such cool surroundings that you probably won’t eat anywhere else once you’ve tried it. The fish dishes are sumptuous, but everything is...

Top ChoiceAsian in Chittagong

Bonanza Food Plus

One of Chittagong’s best dining options, this swish, air-conditioned restaurant has an excellent pan-Asian menu, including Chinese, Indian, Thai and Korean. The Indian dishes are particularly good. You can also...

Top ChoiceInternational in Cox's Bazar

Devine Sea Stone Café

Right by the beach and on the 1st floor of a wooden building to give it extra sea views, this cafe-restaurant is great for seafood. The service is good, and if you don't want a full meal, the waiters can ply you...

Market in Bandarban

Tribal Bazar

Bandarban has a small street market most days, but the place really throngs on Sunday and Wednesday when traders come in from across the district to buy and sell produce. Trading is conducted in Marma rather than...

Indian in Chittagong

Handi

This is a handy choice if you want to match good-value Bangladeshi and Indian meals with classy surroundings and good service. The competitively priced set lunches (available 1pm to 4pm) deservedly draw a good...

Indian in Chittagong

Dhaba

Part of the ever-popular Bangladeshi chain, Dhaba knocks out some tasty curries, kebabs, paratha rolls and chaat (spicy snacks). It’s basically Indian street food in a clean restaurant environment. Wash it down...

Chinese in Chittagong

Tai Wah Restaurant

With soups, noodles, rice dishes and dumplings, this is probably the most authentic Chinese in Chittagong. The atmosphere is pleasant, with red lanterns creating just the right level of lighting, and walls...

Museum in Chittagong

Zia Memorial Museum

This museum is rather unexpectedly housed in a mock-Tudor mansion. Among its much-revered collection is the microphone and transmitter with which President Zia proclaimed the country’s independence in 1971.

Lake in Rangamati

Kaptai Lake

Kaptai Lake

Dotted with islands, Kaptai is Bangladesh's largest artificial lake, created in 1960 for a hydroelectric project. It's a beautiful spot, and very popular with Bengali sightseers, but because of permit...

Park in Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary

Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary

This rarely visited wildlife reserve is home to some of the country’s few remaining wild elephants. Your chances of seeing one of them are slim (the best chance is in the evening), but hiking into the hilly...

Island in Rangamati

Chakma Islands

This whole area is a Chakma stronghold, but two islands in particular are interesting to visit. Rajbari (which means palace) is where the Chakma king has his rather unimpressive, recently rebuilt palace. You...

Area in Chittagong

Sadarghat

As in Dhaka, the city’s oldest area is the waterfront part called Sadarghat, and as in Dhaka, it’s a cacophony of sensual assaults. The early arrival of the Portuguese is evinced by the proximity of the...

Beach in Cox's Bazar

Beach

The main reason to come to Cox’s Bazar is for the beach. It’s a very long, very exposed stretch of sand, rather than a picturesque tropical-island type of affair. It's fun for a quick paddle, though, and there...

Buddhist Monastery in Bandarban

Dhatu Jadi

Perched on a hilltop about three kilometres north of town in Bala Gata village is the large glowing Dhatu Jadi, also known as the Golden Temple (Shorna Mondir) because of its beautiful golden stupa, one of the...

Hindu in Maheskhali Island

Adinath Temple

This Buddhist and Hindu temple, situated halfway up a holy hill, is the top sight on Maheskali Island. Round the back of the temple you’ll find two tree-shaded holy ponds with great views of mangrove swamps...

Buddhist Monastery in Rangamati

Bana Vihara Monastery

Bana Vihara, which can be reached, either via Rajbari Ghat, or via a bridge slightly further west, houses a large Buddhist monastery, constructed by Chakma Buddhist monks in 1972. You can wander the grounds, peek...

Cafe in Chittagong

Rio Coffee Corner

Housed in a corner of the 2nd floor of a clean, multi-level fast-food complex, Rio is one of the few places in Chittagong (outside the top-notch hotels) that does proper fresh coffee (from Tk 80). As if that...

International in Chittagong

Greedy Guts

If you feel the need to take a break from your daily Bangladeshi rice quota, Greedy Guts will see you right with its well-presented menu of pasta and continental dishes. There's good Indian food as well, but the...