One of the most exciting places I visited in the CHT area was Bandarban, the remotest district of the country and also the least populated - 292,900. Mount Tahjindongis, sometimes referred to as Bijoy is located there with its peak at 1,310 metres. Another beautiful place to visit is the picturesque Lake Boga.
We joined up with a single French traveller at our hotel in Bandarban and travelled together to Lake Boga. The journey took us about 6 hours using bus, rickshaw, river cruiser, a 4x4 chander gari jeep and finally a 30 minute trek to the lake itself. We found a beautiful house on stilts to rent with a lake view, I must say, the sunset over the lake was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Around Lake Boga live the Bawm people. The Bom, or Bawm are an ethnic community inhabiting in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The Bawm are one of smallest ethnic groups in Bangladesh. In 2004, around 5,000 Bawm inhabited India, with the population in all countries totalling around 16,000. In 2011, 10,000 Bawms inhabited the Chittagong Hills of Bangladesh, and 1,500 Bawm inhabited Myanmar. They speak the Sino-Tibetan Bawm language.
Owing to the efforts of Baptist Christian missionaries funded by the British government since 1918, the majority of the Bawm have converted to Christianity, and it was said that all of them are Christians. They strongly believe in Christ. There are about 107 Pastors, 98 Evangelists and 321 elders among the Bawms serving in different Churches like Evangelical Christian Church (ECC), Presbyterian Church in Bangladesh (PCB), Bangladesh Christian Church (BCC), Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church (ERPC), Bangladesh Bawm Tribal Baptist Church (BBTBC),Independence Baptist Church Bangladesh(IBC - B), Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha (BBCS) and Church of Christ (COC) etc.