The port city of Chittagong is the second largest city of Bangladesh located on the bank of Karnafuli River, the river that made its way to the mighty Bay of Bengal. This is a little bit less chaotic, less messy and less expensive city than Dhaka and it has its own energy running through its narrow streets.
Chittagong gets hot and humid in the summer, and there are frequent rainfalls and occasional heavy storms; being close to the Bay of Bengal, those occasions come too often. So making plans for a summer trip in Chittagong might not be a very good idea. The city, like the country, gets colder during late October to Late February. The average temperature in the winter season is around 20/22 Degree Celsius.
The best area to stay in the city would be the Khulshi or DSE area. Transportation is easily accessible and also it would be easier to travel around the city. You can find a decent place to stay for $25-$30 (you can bargain) and there also a lot of high end places available anytime in the year. If you come here in the offseason from March to September, your bargaining power would be quite higher.
Chittagong, or any other city in Bangladesh for that matter, doesn’t share Dhaka’s excruciating traffic calamity; that is something exclusive for the inhabitants of Dhaka only. And that’s why traveling around the city is far easier and pleasant. For short distances use rickshaws. They are cheap and very enjoyable, for traveling far you can use CNGs.
Chittagong’s Mezabani Beef is a legendary dish. The word Mezban means host. Chittagong people are very famous for their charity and in various occasions, they arrange grand feasts where foods are prepared in bulk. If you can, have a taste of their Beef of Mutton. Beware It is going to be very spicy and hot, so trade carefully. Food is cheap here; keep $8-$10 per day for food (if you are not having anything ‘too’ fancy).
Tourist spots of Chittagong