Teknaf is the southern-most city of the mainland Bangladesh, it is a border town that lies in between Myanmar and beautiful sandy beaches by the Bay of Bengal. The famous Naf river is dividing the country from Myanmar. I have taken a flight from the capital city Dhaka to the resort city called Cox’s Bazar and from there a bus to Teknaf. 

Regent Airways, Bangladesh
Regent Airways shuttling between Dhaka & Coz's Bazar

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Road Trip to Teknaf

There are public buses from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf. The highway may surprise you but the road trip was definitely a great experience on those bumpy highways.

Bangladesh Highway
Highway between Teknaf and Cox's Bazar

Visiting the Teknaf Beach

From Teknaf town center you can take an auto rickshaw (it is often called CNG as it is run by Compressed Natural Gas) to one of the near by beaches. If you walk on the beautiful beach you will definitely enjoy not only the beautiful scene but also come across local fishermen activities such as salting and drying fishes in the Sun called shutki and very popular in Bangladesh. 

Beautiful view of sunset from Teknaf

Day Trip From Teknaf 

I did not have enough time during this trip to explore St Martin’s Island but it’s a must-go island if someone is in and around Teknaf. Even the 3 hours ship journey from Teknaf to the island is an interesting one.

It is definitely possible to explore and enjoy the things it has to offer as part of a day trip from Teknaf. Walk around and see the local fishermen village, have some seafood, soak up in one of it’s beautiful sandy beaches in a day since the island is only about 8 sq km, and shrinks to about 5 sq km.

On the other hand, if you are visiting Cox’s Bazar and having not enough time for the overnight stay in Teknaf, then exactly what I did during my recent 3 days trip to St Martin’s Island

Day Trip from Teknaf
Day Trip From Teknaf to St. Martin’s Island

Sightseeing in Teknaf

The border town of Teknaf is located by the Naf river with beautiful rolling mountains with green forests in the backdrop. On the western side of the river is Bangladesh, and on the east is Myanmar. The famous river, filled with colorful fishing boats, makeshift houses filled with curious children, and beautiful farmland looking out towards Myanmar, and the scene are breathtaking. One of the most exciting things you could do during your trip to Teknaf takes a boat ride on the river.

Naf River - marking the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar

Visit Teknaf Burmese Market

The Teknaf Burmese market is a good place for shopping located right behind the bus station. As a frontier town, its easy to find traditional Burmese clothing, saviors, items made from seashells, pearl jewelry, and much more.

Bongo Bazar, Dhaka
Street view of Bongo Bazar, Dhaka

I still regret that I did not carry a good camera to capture some of the unforgettable moments, so I did not scratch it off from my to-do list as I plan to visit this beautiful place once again.

Guided Tour in Bangladesh

There are guided tours available from Sydney, they usually combine sightseeing, lunch and a few sightseeing stops on the way. Get Your Guide is the one I recommend.

Where Did I Stay In Teknaf, Bangladesh

Milky Resort, K. K Para, Bus Station, Teknaf

Milky Resort, in K. K Para, is conveniently located close to the Bus Station in Teknaf.

Try Out Local Food in Teknaf

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Teknaf, Bangladesh? Any cool tips to share?

I loved being to this country down under and want to go back again. Hope my story have motivated you to visit. 

Please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you to improve my knowledge. 

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Hasan Mahmud

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