Bandarban located in southeastern part of Bangladesh in Chittagong Division and Chittagong Hill Tracts. This is one of the three hill districts of Bangladesh. It is a part of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Bandarban is not only the remotest district of the country, but also it is least populated. The three highest peak of Bangladesh are Tahjindong also known as bijoy (1280 meters), Mowdok Mual (1052 m) and Keokradong (1230 m). All are located in Bandarban district. Also the Raikhiang Lake which is the highest lake in Bangladesh.
Chimbuk peak and Boga Lake are the two highly noted features of the district. This is newly reported highest peak of Bangladesh named Saka Haphong (3488 ft) which is in Thanchi upazila.
Bandarban is one the most attractive travel spots in Bangladesh. Due to adventurous characteristics and heavenly scenic beauty, tourists usually feels excited to visit here. The exotic offerings such as foods, tribal handicrafts from the tribal people will delight your heart. Meanwhile you can easily experience the tribal culture very closely. During June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Bandarban, The weather with high temperatures that are quite warm, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual. But during fall September to November of the year, number of tourist dropped. At this time tourists find hotel room rate much more cheaper. There are some collection of Bandarban Tourist Spot such as Nilgiri, Sangu river, Chimbuk hill and Nafakhum that will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor.
How to go
If you are traveling from Dhaka, you will get direct bus which takes only 6 hours to reach Bandarban. There are many bus company providing bus services in Dhaka to Bandarban such as Shyamoli Paribahan, Dolphin Paribahan, Unique Service. And if you want to travel through Chattogram, there are few domestic airlines such as Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines, Novo Air and Regent Airways operating daily flights to Chittagong. From Chittagong you need to take a local bus which takes to 2-3 hours to reach Bandarban. Also there are luxury Bangladesh Railway services train services daily from Dhaka Komolapur Rail Station to reach Dhaka to Chattogram.
Where to stay
If you are lucky enough, you might get a chance to stay in Government Owned rest houses in very reasonable price. There are some other choices are District Circuit House, followed by Hill Top Rest House, Forest Department rest House which managed by District Administration.
Other than Government rest houses, you could stay comfortably in various hotels like Hotel Green Hill, Hotel Hill Bird, Hotel Purobi, Hotel Hill View, Hotel Plaza Bandarban, Hotel Hill Queen and many more. The room rate of these hotels are between 1000 Tk to 4000 Tk depending low and high season.
Where to eat
There are lot of good number restaurants available in Bandarban where local cuisine can be sampled, which is mostly too hot for unaccustomed palates. You also like affordable restaurants like Tajing Dong Cafe, Meghdut Cafe which serves a select set of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.