True Craftsmanship: The Fishing Boats At Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
We arrived at Cox’s Bazar after a long train journey from Dhaka to Chittagong, followed by a horrifying 5-hour bus ride. Why horrifying? Well, we had a pretty keen driver who thought he was king of the winding country roads. A tyre blew up right in the middle of the trip, which stopped him from continuing (at least for a while) and gave us a chance for a breather. Passengers at first thought that an explosion occurred because of the loud bang (we know this sound from our bush-taxi trips through Africa). The minute we stopped, the driver’s helpers went got to action and replaced it within 10 minutes. Hats off, honestly; they work pretty fast!
So in the end we arrived safely but still a bit shaken at Cox’s Bazar, ready to settle in at one of the few waterfront hotels. The name is actually a bit strange for a town … its origin comes from Captain Hiram Cox; an officer serving in the British East India Company who defeated the Burmese Governour, Warren Hastings, and set up a Bazar (market) here and therefore was named after him.
We immediately hired a tuk-tuk and were on the way South to check out the area. We passed Himchari National Park from which you have an amazing view of the beach – which by the way is the longest beach in the world (approx. 120 km of pure sand) and continued to Inani beach, which is one of the very few spots with rocks.
Apart from the beautiful beach itself (not to be compared to paradise beaches in Indonesia though), the sight of the day were definitely the fishing boats along waters of southern Bangladesh. Every single boat can be described as a piece of art! You immediately recognize the great craftsmanship involved in building such boats. They protect the fishermen from any weather weather, storms and high waves.
It takes about two months to build one boat and it costs approximately 5.000 €. There are even bigger fishing boats along the beach, also with a very unique shape (photos will follow soon) that cost about 8.000 € (including an engine and the nets).
We spent the entire day here, watching & waiting for the next boats to arrive with the catch of the day…