Why I Went

What led me to Cox’s Bazar was the Rohingya refugee crisis. Cox’s Bazar is one of the closer towns to Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee camp. Tons of NGOs flooded in to serve the Rohingya people after the crisis in August 2017.

When I wasn’t working in the refugee camps, I went on village excursions with Nihab Rahman. We discovered all the hot spots for photography and I quickly fell in love with the area. If you’re an avid photographer, you can’t miss a week or two in Cox’s Bazar.

What I Did

This is the birthplace of Books Unbound, my nonprofit that provides informal learning materials to marginalized communities. We started with the Rohingya refugees in April 2019. I was based out of Cox’s Bazar. My first time in Cox’s Bazar was filled with back-to-back meetings with NGOs, visits to the refugee camps, and photography excursions to local villages with Nihab.

Who Should Visit

Photographers, backpackers, aid workers. Travelers who have graduated from the mainstream Southeast Asia adventures (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam) and are ready to jump into something less mainstream. If you enjoy riding rickshaws, avoiding angsty cows, eating roti, drinking tea, and catching the World’s Best Sunset on the World’s Longest Beach, check out Cox’s Bazar.

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