Trang in Southern Thailand
View across the beach on Koh Ngai Island
The main marine attractions in Trang on the southern shores of Thailand are - cruising the coastal waters along with many outstanding
opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving.
However, there are also
some spectacular sights to see, including several caves
for you to explore as well as a number of picturesque waterfalls for you
to admire and as many beautiful beaches on which to relax.
region may not measure up to the same exacting standards as Krabi
or Phuket, its nearby neighbours, but it is nevertheless an
up-and-coming tourist destination which is well worth visiting.
The province offers 200 kilometres (102 miles) coastline with more than 46 offshore islands as well as a lush hilly and scenic inland landscape dotted with caves and waterfalls.
The area is also noted for its distinct historical interest because in 1899, rubber trees were first introduced to Thailand and so began the cultivation of what was to become one of the major commodities in this southern province.
Trang may be currently less developed than other parts of the Andaman coast, but it certainly retains much of its local character affording a wonderful insight into traditional southern lifestyles. Having said this, go and discover it all for yourself.
Charming Town Life
Best Time to Visit the town of Trang
Many of you may already know that the best time to visit Thailand is
between November and April because of its cooler weather and this
southern region is no exception. However, if you want to see the
waterfalls at their most spectacular, it's best to visit towards the end
of the rainy season in September and October.
Fruit and Vegetable Market in Trang
The Best Beaches on the Andaman Sea
There are beautiful beaches along the southern coastline of the
Andaman Sea, of which several splendid beaches are in Trang. Spend the
whole day relaxing with a good book or simply go swimming in the clear
ocean waters. It's your call.
Hat Pak Meng located 40 kilometres (25 miles) out of town is
possibly one of the nicest beaches you could visit in the region. It's
made that much more marvelous by a seven kilometre sandy shore which
stretches around a lovely bay and very often deserted thus giving you a lot of
space for yourselves.
The offshore seascape is made that much more
dramatic by several limestone outcrops. From Pak Meng Pier you can hire a
boat to take you to some of the most famous destinations and attractions.
Hat Pak Meng Beach
More Beaches to Visit
Hat Chang Lang situated a little further south and nestled
within the beautiful Chao Mai National Park, is a similarly attractive
beach to that of Hat Pak Meng.
Hat San and Yong Ling
are two very pleasant beaches also lying further south of Hat Pak Meng
beach. They are distinguished by the natural beauty of their rugged
cliffs and mountain caves.
Hat Chao Mai also set within the Chao Mai National Park is a pretty pine-fringed beach backed by limestone hills with caves. An added bonus here is the simple restaurants serving excellent seafood. From the beach you could take a ferry to Koh Libong Island and or hire a sea canoe to paddle the surrounding waters.
Hat Samran is a splendid beach with a lovely tranquil setting which can easily reach by boat via Yantakhao south of Trang.
Beach on Koh Kradan Island
The Best Islands
There are several offshore islands, some with caves just waiting to be explored and as many excellent snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities on offer.
Koh Muk is the most famous offshore island in the region with its main attraction being that of Tham Morakot also known as the Emerald Cave.
You need to be aware that you can only enter this cave by swimming
through an eighty metre rather dark and narrow tunnel at low tide.
Though the roof of the cave has since collapsed, once inside
you will be enchanted by the sunlit scenery of its lovely lagoon and
its sandy beach surrounded by 360 degrees of sheer cliffs. You can reach the island from Pak Meng Pier on Hat Pak Meng Beach.
Koh Kradam is one of the most beautiful of all the islands here. It forms part of the Hat Chao Mai National Park and is a place where you'll find several rubber and coconut plantations. The island also has several beaches and plenty of coral reef. On the west side, facing Ko Mak island, there is a rather pleasant diving site which can easily be reached by boat from Pak Meng Pier.
Entrance to Emerald Cave on Koh Muk
Outer Islands to Visit
Koh Libong is the largest island in Trang, where
reasonable beaches, several fishing villages and a traditional lifestyle
coexists. It can be reached by boat from Kantang at Hat Chao Mai Beach
Koh Sukon also known as Koh Mu Island, is a great place to visit should you be wanting a nice quiet place to
relax. It has a few fine beaches and the waters around here offer some
of the best opportunities for both snorkeling and diving. The island
can be reached by boat from Paliean.
Koh Ngai is a great little place to visit by boat from the pier
at Hat Pak Meng. The island here is a one of a kind with bungalow
accommodation and a sandy strand of shoreline both wonderfully
complimented by a beachfront restaurant.
Limestone Island off Koh Ngai Beach
There are several special events held in Trang each and every year
and most are related to Thai culinary traditions. Locals love
celebrating these joyous occasions and tourists also love to participate
in these wonderful events too.
A great cake festival is held in August
and a festival devoted to roast pork in September, both of which are
marked by parades, fairs and various other forms of entertainment.
there is also a vegetarian festival celebrated in October. Although
there are various vegetarian festivals held throughout Thailand, all
having their own unique characteristics, but in this town, the festival
is of Chinese origin.
As with some of the other vegetarian festivals such
as those in Bangkok and Phuket, this festival is celebrated over a nine
day period featuring ceremonies at local Chinese temples and parades in
which devotees perform remarkable feats of self-mortification.
Chinese Food Festival
Getting to Trang
Trang is situated approximately 830 kilometres (500 miles) from Bangkok. Thai Airways International
operates daily flights between both the airports and bus coaches leave
daily from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal. There are also
two overnight southbound trains leaving from Bangkok. More information for this can be obtained from the State Railway of Thailand.
Boats Arriving at the Main Port
Return from Trang to Southern Thailand
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