Trang Province is on the west coast of Southern Thailand, and shares borders with Krabi Province, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Phatthalung Province, Satun Province and Songkhla Province, as well as the Andaman Sea.
Lying humbly on the Andaman coast, Trang is a land of unspoilt beauty, kind & friendly people, delicious food, amazing islands and paradise white sand beaches.
Located on the same line of historical settlements as Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket and Ranong, Trang shares the same traditions and heritage. In the early Ratanakosin period, Kantang, which is now one of the six districts of the province, served as the main port of the Penang-Phuket land route. There were two main routes of transportation for these five coastal towns at that time: the land route and the sea route. Kantang used to be one of the main seaports of the south and for this reason Kantang was the capital of the province for many years. Legend has it that ships from other countries always landed at Kantang port at dawn, explaining how Trang got its name. "Trang" is derived from a Malaysian word meaning "Dawn".
Trang used to be a port involved in foreign trade. It was the first city where rubber was planted. Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi brought rubber from Malaysia and planted it here before anywhere else in southern Thailand in 1899. Rubber is now considered an important commodity of Thailand. The important Trang River flows through the province from its origin in the Khao Luang mountain range and the Palian River from the Banthat mountain range. Trang province has an area of approximately 5,000 square km.
As Trang is located next to the Indian Ocean, the province gets monsoons all year round, resulting of course in a lot of rainfall.
Trang, along with rest of the south of Thailand, has just the two seasons per year
- Rainy season: May – January
- Hot Season: February – April
According to cultural records Trang used to be one of 12 satellite towns that came into exsistence 900 years ago, but it was only during the era of King Rama II that the place was recognized and the province got its first governor. The first Westerner to arrive in Trang was Captain James Low in 1838 to negotiate commercial benefits. In 1915, King Rama VI visited the then provincial town and advised, due to strategical matters in regards to possible enemy attack, that it be moved to its now current location at Thap Thiang. The original meaning of the name ‘Trang’ is unsure but many historians believe that it derives from the Malay word Trangkae which means ‘dawn’.
Trang is a coastal province on the Indian Ocean with a long western coastline of about 119 kilometres. The province consists of an archipelago in the Andaman Sea with over 46 islands. Of these, 12 are in Amphoe Kantang, 13 in Amphoe Palian and 21 in Amphoe Sikao. The best time for sea travel is during October to May. Situated along the Andaman coast, Trang province is home to innumerable beautiful islands, while the mountainous eastern region is home to dramatic waterfalls, caves and pristine jungle. Between the mountains and the coast are extensive plantations of rubber.
Trang is divided into 10 districts (Amphoe) ; Amphoe Kantang, Amphoe Huai Yot, Amphoe Yan Ta Khao, Amphoe Palian, Amphoe Sikao, Amphoe Wang Wiset, Amphoe Na Yong, Amphoe Ratsada, and Amphoe Hat Samran.
Distance between Amphoe Mueang and Other Districts
- Na Yong 10 kilometres
- Yan Ta Khao 23 kilometres
- Kantang 24 kilometres
- Huai Yot 28 kilometres
- Sikao 33 kilometres
- Hat Samran 45 kilometres
- Palian 47 kilometres
- Ratsada 47 kilometres
- Wang Wiset 60 kilometres
- North borders Amphoe Thung Song in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Amphoe Khlong Thom in Krabi.
- South borders Amphoe Thung Wa in Satun and the Andaman Sea.
- East borders Amphoe Khuan Khanun, Amphoe Kongra and Amphoe Tamot in Phatthalung (with the Banthat mountain range dividing the provinces).
- West borders Amphoe Khlong Thom in Krabi and the Andaman Sea.
Travelling from Trang to Nearby Provinces
Buses, passenger vans and hired cars link Trang and nearby provinces, as follows:
- Phatthalung 56 kilometres
- Nakhon Si Thammarat 123 kilometres
- Krabi 131 kilometres
- Satun 134 kilometres
- Hat Yai 148 kilometres
- Songkhla 176 kilometres
- Phang-nga 221 kilometres
- Surat Thani 226 kilometres
- Phuket 312 kilometres
- Chumphon 378 kilometres
- Trang (ตรัง) - the provincial capital
- Highway No. 4 (Bangkok-Chumphon) to Highway No. 41 (Surat Thani-Thung Song- Huai Yot-Trang), total distance of 828 kilometres.
- Highway No. 4 (Bangkok-Chumphon) to Ranong-Phang-nga-Krabi-Trang, total distance of 1,020 kilometres.
- Highway No. 404-416 (Satun-Palian-Trang), total distance of 140 kilometres.
- Highway No. 4-407 (Hat Yai-Phatthalung-Trang), total distance of 148 kilometres.
- Highway No. 4-402 (Phuket-Phang-nga-Krabi-Trang), total distance of 312 kilometres.
Rapid and express trains depart from the Bangkok Railway Station to Trang daily, taking 15 hours for the 870 kilometres journey. More information can be obtained from Bangkok Railway Station at tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444 or calling Trang station at tel. 0 7521 8012. 
Air-conditioned buses depart from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Trang everyday. It takes 12 hours for the trip. For more information, please call 0 2894 6122 or the Transport Co. in Trang at tel. 0 7521 8718 or visit www.transport.co.th. In addition, there are private bus services; namely, Sap Paisan Tour at tel: 0 2894 6040-1 and Sri Suthep Tour at tel: 0 2894 6166-8
Nok Air airline has direct daily flights to Trang with a flying time of 1.20 hours. For more information, please call tel. 1318, 0 2627 2000 or visit http://www.nokair.com
There are public passenger vans to Trang from neighbouring provinces. They leave when they are full.
Trang offers mortorised tricycles (Tuk Tuks) and motorbike-taxis for travel within the municipality. Travel between the districts can be done by buses, taxis, passenger vans or by renting vans from tour companies in the city.
There are four main terminals. To go to beaches in Sikao District such as Pak Meng Beach, Chang Lang Beach, or Ban Chao Mai take the passenger van opposite Tha Klaang Market on Tha Klaang Road. To go to Huay Yod, Rassada, or Tung Song, take the passenger van at the church on Huay Yod Road near Thammarin Thana Hotel. To go to Tha Khao, Palian, Thung Yaaw, or Samran Beach, take the van near the sports stadium on Rassada Road. To visit the old town in Kantang District, the passenger vans are located on Kantang Road near Trang Train Station.
Boats to islands
Trang has 3 main piers for island-hoppers, they are Pak Meng Pier, Ban Chao Mai Pier, and Kuan Thung Kuu Pier.
Pak Meng Pier on the beach of the same name is the major pier for boats. From there, there are regular boats to all the main islands. If the island of your choice is off the beaten track, then it is possible to privately hire a boat.
Ban Chao Mai and Kuan Tung Kuu Piers also have both regular and privately-for-hire boats.
Unlike its surroundings neighbours, Trang is predominantly Buddhist. The majority of the town folk is of Chinese ancestry and work in business. There are, however, in the rural areas, a lot of Thai-Muslims.
Manora or Nora (มโนราห์หรือโนรา) is an art form native to southern Thailand. The performance has graceful and beautiful dance postures. The singer will sing the lyrics ad-lib. Therefore, he or she would have to be a quick thinker to find words that rhyme and that are meaningful in lyrics, dance and costume. Accompanying musical instruments include drums, cymbals, gongs, Java pipes, and castanets. Nowadays Nora has developed into incorporating modern instruments.
Shadow Play (หนังตะลุง) is a popular art of southern Thailand. Dried animal hide is carved into drama figures like a hermit, a lord, a lead actor, a lead actress, a giant, and a clown. The figures are held up behind a lighted screen to create shadows on it. Nai Nang or the puppeteer will sing verses or narrate the performance. He must have exceptional reflexes and be able to narrate the whole story by himself. Musical instruments used are the same as for Nora, with perhaps So U and So Duang (stringed instruments) added in.
Li-kae Pa (ลิเกป่า) is also called Li-ke Bok or Li-ke Rammana. This type of performance is different from the usual Li-ke as the performers wear other kinds of costumes. Li-ke Pa is popular among Thai Muslims. Only 3 performers play in a single set the whole show. However, the set will have a location name change to correspond to the story being played. Musical instruments used include 2-3 tambourines, cymbals, gongs, and pipes.
Events and Festivals
Trang Tourism Festival (งานเปิดฟ้าเมืองตรัง) is an activity for the public relations of Trang tourism at the beginning of the tourism season. The event is held in the third week of January.
Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony (พิธีวิวาห์ใต้สมุทร) Activities in this unusual event include a welcoming ceremony for the brides and grooms (Thais and foreigners) at the Trang Airport, a bridal procession around town greeted by townspeople, and a dowry procession by long-tail boat to the diving site. A wedding ceremony is performed on the beach by means of pouring blessed water from a conch shell onto the bridal palms and followed by underwater marriage registration at a depth of over 12 m. The event is held on 13-15 February. For more details, contact the Trang Chamber of Commerce at Tel: 0 7521 0238, 0 7522 5353, TAT, Trang Office Tel: 0 7521 5867-8 or visit the website: www.tat.or.th/festival . To join the ceremony as a bridal couple, please visit www.underwaterwedding.com
Trang Food Festival (งานมหกรรมอาหารดี ศรีตรังบาน) is held to promote delicious dishes of Trang province renowned as the city of food lovers. There are a myriad of food stalls of Trang restauranteurs offering dishes at special discounted prices. Various kinds of food including Chinese, Thai and local meals, as well as seafood are available. Additional activities are an eating championship and diverse forms of entertainment. The fair is scheduled for 30 March – 3 April of every year at the Somdech Phra Srinagarindra Park 95 (Khao Pae Choi), Amphoe Mueng.
Trang Cake Festival (งานเทศกาลขนมเค้กจังหวัดตรัง) derives from the fact that Trang people are well known for making delicious cakes. This is particularly true for the villagers of Ban Lam Phu Ra where making cakes dates back generations. The cakes of Trang have no frosting and have several flavours like orange, coffee, three-flavoured, etc. The festival is scheduled for every August. The cakes make ideal gifts.
Trang Roast Pork Festival (งานเทศกาลหมูย่างจังหวัดตรัง) is a tourism promotion activity of Trang, held every September. The festival features the mouthwatering roast pork of a special recipe of Trang. The pork skin is crispy, the meat is tender and it is delicious due to a process by which the pig is fermented with herbs then roasted whole on a specially made grill. Trang’s roast pork is sold daily and goes well with morning coffee or can be a dish at banquets.
Moon Festival (งานประเพณีไหว้พระจันทร์) is a tradition long observed by the Chinese people of Tambon Thung Yao, Amphoe Palian, to commemorate the fight for the nation against the Mongols. A ceremony is held in late September or early October on the full moon day in the eighth month under the Chinese calendar.
Vegetarian Festival (งานประเพณีถือศีลกินเจ) is a traditional festival of the Chinese in Trang, held around October every year on a full-moon night. Thais of Chinese heritage would become a vegetarian (no consumption of meat and certain kinds of vegetables) and dress in white for 9 days and nights. This is to bring good fortune and make merit. Throughout the 9 days and nights, the spirit in the “medium” would go out and give blessing (some call it out touring) to households where there are offerings set out in front. The procession bearing the medium must light thousands of firecrackers, creating a deafening din. The medium would also perform supernatural feats to show that the spirit is in him.
The Buddha Image Procession and Trang Cultural Festival (ประเพณีลากพระและมหกรรมวัฒนธรรมสัมพันธ์จังหวัดตรัง) is aimed to preserve, revive, and pass down ancient customs and traditions which are local uniqueness. It is held during the first and third days of the waning moon in the eleventh lunar month (at the end of the Buddhist Lent). Activities include a contest of Buddha image boat floats, local sports competitions, Southern-style folk arts and cultural performances, concerts, entertainment, sales of Trang OTOP products, and merit-making for the Buddha image processions.
Four-wheel Drive Vehicle Competition (การแข่งขันรถยนต์ขับเคลื่อนสี่ล้อ) (The Nature Adventure of Southern Thailand – NAS Challenge) is an off-road circuit for members of off-road racing clubs in Thailand and from foreign countries, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, etc., with more than 100 cars participating. It is scheduled for November of every year. The circuits in use are in Trang town and other districts of Trang.
Taphao Shell Festival (งานเทศกาลหอยตะเภา) is aimed at promoting the conservation of nature and the environment. The festival is held at Pak Meng Beach every November. There is a contest to gather Taphao shells.
Fishing Competition at the Trang Sea (การแข่งขันกีฬาตกปลา “เบิกฟ้าทะเลตรัง”) is organised around December of every year in the waters of Trang and Krabi provinces. More than ten categories of fishing are arranged for the game.
H.M. the King’s Birthday Celebrations and Red Cross Fair (งานเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาและงานกาชาดจังหวัดตรัง) are an annual magnificent event of Trang, which has been continued since the reign of King Rama VII. It is scheduled for 5-15 December of every year at the Thung Chaeng Stadium in Amphoe Mueang Trang. Activities include exhibitions of agencies in the public and private sectors, sales of food and products, concerts, entertainment, naval Red Cross activities, etc.
Even though it is Malay in origin, the art of batik has embedded itself within the local culture.
Amphoe Mueang Trang
Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi Monument (อนุสาวรีย์พระยารัษฎานุประดิษฐ์มหิศรภักดี) is in Trang Municipal Park, about 1 kilometre from the Provincial Hall on the Trang-Phatthalung route. Phraya Ratsada helped to make Trang the prosperous city it is today. He developed transportation, agriculture, animal husbandry, education, and local administration. He was also the first person to plant rubber trees in the province, which contributed to widespread planting in southern Thailand.
Sa Kaphang Surin (สวนสารณะสระกะพังสุรินทร์เทศบาลนครตรัง) in Trang Municipality is about 2 kilometres from the Provincial Hall on Wian Kaphang Road. This is a natural pool of about 80,000 square metres. A concrete bridge spans the pool to three beautiful connecting pavilions in the pool’s centre. The surrounding area is a public park. A zoo is not far from Phraya Ratsadanupradit Monument.
Somdech Phra Srinagarindra’95 Park (Thung Nam Phut) (สวนสมเด็จพระศรีนครินทร์) is 3 kilometres from the city. Nam Phut Road is on the right of Tha Klang Road. The park has a lovely landscape and a magnificent view.
Phra Non Song Khrueang Nora (พระนอนทรงเครื่องโนรา) is at Wat Phu Khao Thong, Mu 1, Tambon Nam Phut, around 20 kilometres from the city. The Buddha image is in the death posture. The most distinctive feature is the head, which has a decorated headdress of the Nora dance called the Throet, regarded as a holy and royal ornament of the dance that is an indigenous performance of southern Thailand.
Amphoe Na Yong
Khao Chong Wildlife Development and Conservation Promotion Station (สถานีพัฒนาและส่งเสริมการอนุรักษ์สัตว์ป่าเขาช่อง) is approximately 21 kilometres from the city on the Trang-Phatthalung Road. This is one of the more attractive places of southern Thailand. There is an abundance of large trees, streams and waterfalls like Ton Yai, Ton Noi and Ka Chong. This is the first nature and wildlife study place in Thailand. In addition, the “nature study trail” is a walking trail ideal for studying nature up close. Signs along the trail provide information on the environment. “The Museum and Exhibition Building” has exhibitions on nature and natural resource conservation. More information can be obtained from the station at Mu 7, Tambon Chong, Amphoe Na Yong, P.O. Box 4, Trang.
Khlong Lam Chan Waterfowl Park (อุทยานนกน้ำคลองลำชาน) is in Khlong Lam Chan Wildlife Reserve, 17 kilometres from the city on the Trang-Phatthalung route, then a right on the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road (Highway No. 4124) for about 1 kilometre. A large swamp in the park is the home of numerous waterfowls. The period when there is the most number of birds is January-March. The park is a peaceful place suitable for relaxation, tourism or overnighting. Permission must be obtained in writing from the Chief of Wildlife Reserve Section, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, tel. 0 2562 0760, 0 2561 4292-4 ext. 765. http://www.dnp.go.th
Na Muen Si Woven Cloth (กลุ่มผ้าทอนาหมื่นศรี) is the most famous product of Na Muen Si, a Tambon in Trang. Currently there is a women’s Na Muen Si weaving group that maintains the weaving heritage of the area. Visitors can see the group’s works at its office that is on the same way as the road to Khao Chang Hai Cave, or about 5 kilometres on Na Muen Si Road. For further information, please contact the Amphoe Na Yong Community Development Office, tel. 0 7524 2431. About 300 metres away is the Tambon Na Muen Si Local Heritage Museum that is the local cultural centre to preserve local arts and handicrafts. Over 300 ancient utensils and artefacts are on display.
Tham Khao Chang Hai (ถ้ำเขาช้างหาย) is 5 kilometres from Amphoe Na Yong Market in Ban Na Muen Si. The cave has a great deal of lovely stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes.
Namtok Ka Chong (น้ำตกกะช่อง) is in Khao Chong Botanical Park on the Trang-Phatthalung Road in Amphoe Na Yong, about 7 kilometres from the district office. The majestic waterfall falls from a high mountain down a cliff and rocks. It is very popular with locals who visit it in large numbers everyday.
Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์พระยารัษฎานุประดิษฐ์มหิศรภักดี) is around 200 metres from Kantang Municipality at No. 1, Khai Phithak Road, Tambon Kantang. It is the site of an important historical site, which is the “old Trang lord’s house” or the house of Phraya Ratsadanupradit, the former lord of the province. The house is a two-story wooden building. Inside are a wax figure of the lord and a complete collection of his daily personal items. The Na Ranong family looks after the house. It is open to the public every day except Mondays (it is open on public holidays but closed the following day). Groups requiring a guide must contact in advance Kantang Phitthayakon School, tel. 0 7525 1100
The first rubber tree in Thailand (ยางพาราต้นแรกของประเทศไทย) is along a road that leads to Kantang. This tree represents the first group of rubber trees that Phraya Ratsadanupradit planted to pioneer the rubber plantation industry in 1899.
Khuan Tamnak Chan Public Park (สวนสาธารณะควนตำหนักจันทน์) is located in the municipality of Mueang Kantang. The 250-acre park has beautiful surroundings. It has been developed to grow large trees and decorative plants. There is a rest pavilion and a parking lot for tourists. The park offers a great view of the sea and Kantang.
Hat Yong Ling and Hat San (หาดหยงหลิง-หาดสั้น) is on the way to Chao Mai Beach and a 2-kilometre road leads to Yong Lin Beach. This curved beach parallels a pine forest. At the beach’s end is a high mountain with holes and caves that can be passed through to a cliff with more caves and rocks similar to a fortress encircling sand dunes. The beach is ideal for swimming and rest. There is a park headquarters and a tourist service centre.
Hat Yao (หาดยาว) is at Mu 6 in Tambon Ko Libong. This long beach extends from a mountain in the shape of a shark’s fin to the north. Lovely sea pines line the beach. The wide beach is suitable for camping and there is private accommodation available.
Hat Chao Mai – Tham Chao Khun (ถ้ำเจ้าไหม-ถ้ำเจ้าคุณ) is a stalagmite/stalactite cave in To Nae Mountain near Ban Chao Mai. It can be reached by boat from Yao Beach onto Khlong Chao Mai for about 15 minutes. A small rowboat can go through the cave to a verdant mangrove forest where the cave is nearby. Visitors have to walk up to the cave to fully appreciate its beauty.
Ko Libong (เกาะลิบง) is in Tambon Libong and is the largest island in the Trang Sea with an area of 40,000 square kilometres. Around the island are seaweed and a large herd of manatees, large mammals of Thailand. It is also the home of a variety of native and migratory birds that are most abundant in winter. Ko Libong is part of the Libong Archipelago Wildlife Reserve. The park headquarters is located here. The island has many capes and beaches such as Hat Tup (หาดตูบ), Laem Chu Hoi (แหลมจุโหย), Laem Thuat (แหลมทวด), and Laem To Chai (แหลมโต๊ะชัย). People can walk across the beach at Laem Chu Hoi at low tide to Hat Tup (หาดตูบ) where seabirds and mangrove birds from colder climates not found anywhere else are in great numbers. Many fishing villages are on the island. Most residents are Muslims. From Ko Libong, one can get a good view of Hat Chao Mai and Chao Mai Cape. To get to the island, take a boat at Hat Yao Ban Chao Mai Pier. A boat leaves every hour and takes 30 minutes to get to the island. The boat rent is 400 baht per boat. There is accommodation on the island. Please contact the Libong Archipelago Wildlife Reserve, P.O. Box 5, Amphoe Kantang, Trang, tel. 0 7525 1932.
Kantang Hot spring (บ่อน้ำร้อนกันตัง) is at Mu 7, Tambon Bo Nam Ron, around 10 kilometres from Kantang. This natural hot spring has a constant temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. It is an interesting place for health tourism.
Ko Muk and Tham Morakot (เกาะมุก-ถ้ำมรกต) are the most prominent points in the Trang Sea. Ko Muk is mostly occupied by sea-facing towering cliffs to the west. Located on the eastern side of the island is a village of fishermen who have still maintained their ways of life as islanders. Visitors can walk around the island. On the island to the west is Tham Morakot, a dazzling sea cave. To access the cave, one must swim through a small entrance hole for 80 m. With light from the outside, emerald water can be seen inside the cave; it is unusual and amazing beauty by nature. Getting through the cave to the other side, one can see a clean beach of white sand encircled by high steep cliffs, and enjoy sitting in the shallow sea. Accommodation provided by private operators is available on Ko Muk.
To get to Ko Muk, tourists can take a boat from Pak Meng Pier in Amphoe Sikao for the 40-minute trip. The boat rent is around 2,000-3,000 baht/day. Accommodation is available on the island.
Ko Chueak - Ko Waen (เกาะเชือก-เกาะแหวน) are small islands between Ko Muk and Ko Kradan. They are teeming with shallow and deepwater corals and many types of fish. Visitors can depart from Pak Meng Pier for the islands. Boats leave regularly using the same route as to Ko Muk and Ko Kradan. The 50-minute trip costs 2,000-3,000 baht/day for a chartered boat.
Ko Kradan (เกาะกระดาน) is the most beautiful island in the Trang. It has an area of 600 acres. Most of the island (5/6) is under the responsibility of Hat Chao Mai National Park. The rest are privately owned. The island offers good restaurants and accommodation for tourists. The most striking feature of Ko Kradan is its powdery white beach and crystal-clear water that permits a great view of the coral reef underneath that stretches from the beach’s northern end to the coast. A variety of colourful fish inhabit the shallow water corals. Ko Kradan is to the west of Ko Muk and Ko Libong. Visitors can take a boat from Pak Meng Pier or Chao Mai Pier to Ko Kradan. The trip takes 1.30 hours. The boat rent is around 2,000-3,000 baht/day.
Hat Chao Mai National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติหาดเจ้าไหม) is a marine national park covering 2 districts that are Kantang and Sikao. The park’s coastline is about 20 kilometres. The park headquarters is at Chang Lang Beach in Tambon Mai Fat, approximately 47 kilometres from the city. To get there, take the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng road (Highway No. 4046-4162) and then 4 kilometres more on a road paralleling the beach to the park headquarters. Land-based attractions of the park are beaches such as Hat Pak Meng (หาดปากเมง), Hat Chang Lang (หาดฉางหลาง), Hat San (หาดสั้น), Hat Yao (หาดยาว), Hat Yong Ling (หาดหยงหลิง), Hat Chao Mai (หาดเจ้าไหม), and a cave called Tham Chao Mai (ถ้ำเจ้าไหม). All are easily accessible by car. Moreover, there are 7 other islands for which the park is responsible. They are Ko Muk (เกาะมุก), Ko Kradan (เกาะกระดาน), Ko Chueak (เกาะเชือก), Ko Pling (เกาะปลิง), Ko Waen (เกาะแหวน), Ko Meng (เกาะเมง), and Ko Chao Mai (เกาะเจ้าไหม). The area was proclaimed a national park on 14 October 1982. The park also has the Marine Natural Park Education Centre, tel. 0 7521 3258 and the Tourist Service Centre. Accommodation is available on the island. For more details, please contact the National Parks Division, Royal Forestry Department, tel. 0 2579 7223, 0 2579 5734 or Hat Chao Mai National Park, Mu 5, Tambon Mai Fat, Amphoe Sikao, Trang, P.O. Box 9, tel. 0 7521 3260.
Ko Ngai or Ko Hai (เกาะไหง) is an island that is actually in Amphoe Ko Lanta of Krabi but it is classified as a tourist destination in the Trang Sea because it is easier to get there from Trang. The island has a white beach and clear water and is surrounded by magnificent corals. A boat trip from Pak Meng Pier takes about an hour. A boat can be rent at 1,500 baht (10 people) and 6,000-10,000 baht. (for 20-40 people) Accommodation is available on the island.
Rajamangkala Aquarium (พิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำราชมงคล) is around 30 kilometres from the city on the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng road (Highway No. 4046-4162). The large building is inside the Fishery Faculty, Technology Rajamangkala University, Trang Campus, Tambon Mai Fat. The aquarium has 61 displays, not including fishponds. The aquarium has both freshwater and marine fish, amphibians and the most realistic model of a mangrove forest. It is open daily during official hours. Please call tel. 0 7527 4169, 0 7527 4151 ext. 4011 or www.fishtech.rit.ac.th
Hat Pak Meng (หาดปากเมง) is at Mu 4, Tambon Mai Fat, 40 kilometres from the city on the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng road (Highway No. 4046-4162). The beautiful and peaceful 5-kilometre long beach is in the shape of a crescent moon. A lovely pine forest fringes the beach. Assorted large and small islands dot the sea, looking like a person lying face up in the ocean. Trang locals and people from nearby provinces like to come here to relax and sample spicy seafood in the restaurants. Boats from Pak Meng Pier take visitors to Ko Ngai and other islands close by.
Sea tour of Palian (เที่ยวทะเลเมืองปะเหลียน) is recommended by taking the Trang-Palian road (Highway No. 404). The Palian coastline is a lovely, indicative of the extraordinary feature of the Andaman Sea. Famous beaches include Chao Samran and Ta-se. Interesting islands are Ko Sukon (เกาะสุกร), Ko Phetra (เกาะเภตรา), Ko Lao Liang Nua (เกาะเหลาเหลียงเหนือ), and Ko Lao Liang Tai (เกาะเหลาเหลียงใต้).
Mu Ko Phetra National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะเภตรา) is a marine national park in Amphoe Palian and Amphoe La-ngu in Satun. The area was proclaimed a national park on 31 December 1994 and comprises islands such as Ko Phetra (เกาะเภตรา), Ko Khao Yai (เกาะเขาใหญ่), Ko Lanti (เกาะลันตี), Ko Lidi (เกาะลิดี), Ko Bulon (เกาะบุโหลน), Ko Lao Liang (เกาะเหลาเหลียง), and Ko Praoma (เกาะเปรามะ). Access can be from Pak Bara Pier in Satun. The most suitable time for a visit is during December-April. There is tourist accommodation near park headquarters. For more information, please contact the National Parks Division at tel. 0 2561 4292 ext. 724-5 or the Mu Ko Phetra National Park at Mu 4, Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe Langu, Satun, tel. 0 7478 1572, 0 7478 3008.
Koh Lao Liang (เกาะเหลาเหลียง) These two islands are twin island, located in between Koh Libong and Koh Petra. The color of the sea around Koh Lao Liang is emerald green. The sea between these two islands is deep and swift. Both islands are big limestone mountains. There are highly sloped cliffs on both sides. The beach has white sand with fine grain.
Koh Takiang (เกาะตะเกียง) is a small island on in the group of south Trang islands. It is the island with only 100 meter long beach. The rest area is covered by rocks and hillocks. There is a lighthouse for chip in this region.
Koh Petra (เกาะเภตรา) is a rock mountain. There are a lot of high cliffs and sea gull. On the eastern part of this island, there are Petra beach and Kam beach. A huge rock separetes these two beaches. The beaches have the length of about 500 m. However, they are not so wide.
Ko Sukon (เกาะสุกร) is a Tambon in Palian, only 3 kilometres from shore via the Trang-Palian road (Highway No. 404). The island has many lovely beaches. In addition, it is renowned in the province for its delicious watermelons, which is abundant in March and April. To get there, take a bus on Trang-Palian route or a van from Amphoe Mueang for approximately 35 kilometres and cross a ferry at Tha Kham Pier (ท่าข้าม) in Palian. Boats leave twice daily at 10.00 a.m.and 2 p.m. The trip takes 40 minutes. Alternatively, embark a boat at Ta-se Pier (ท่าเรือตะเสะ) in King Amphoe Hat Samran by using Highway No. 404, turn right at Ban Na intersection and drive for around 18 kilometres and then left for another 7 kilometres or so. The total travelling time is 20-30 minutes. The boat rent is 700 baht for 10 people. There is tourist accommodation on the island.
Namtok Ton Te (น้ำตกโตนเต๊ะ) is 45 kilometres from the city. Go on the Trang-Phatthalung road for about 17 kilometres, right onto the Ban Kachong-Ban Hat Lao road (Highway No. 4124) for 27 kilometres and left for 1 kilometre. This large and beautiful waterfall of Trang has water that drops down 320 metres of rocks. The source is in the Banthat Mountain Range. Assorted tropical flora covers the surrounding area. Visitors can go by car to the waterfall in every season.
Namtok Ton Tok (น้ำตกโตนตก) is 1 kilometre from Ton Te Waterfall along a walking trail. Streams flow through rocks large and small. Ton Tok offers a great view of Ton Tae.
Amphoe Huai Yot
Khao Pina (เขาปินะ) is located in Tambon Na Wong, around 45 kilometres from town on Phetchakasem Road and another 2 kilometres off the main road. This hollow mountain looks like an upside down wok. Located at the foot of the mountain is Wat Pina. A flight of stairs leads the way to a cave of many inner parts and a panoramic view. On the rock shelter of Tham Champa, there appears an incision of the royal initials of King Rama VII.
Tham Le Khao Kop (ถ้ำเลเขากอบ) is in Mu 1, Tambon Khao Kop, about 7 kilometres from the district office on Phetkasem Road, then 700 metres on a road on the left. This cave is truly a natural wonder. A stream flows through the cave. The cave itself looks like a high and steep cliff with layers of rocks. A canal from the Banthat Mountain Range divides into 3 waterways upon reaching Khao Kop, 2 going around the mountain and the other flowing through the cave under the mountain. Stalactites and stalagmites line the cave for about 4 kilometres. Currently the Khao Kop Tambon Administration Organization provides rowboats for visitors to view the cave’s beauty and to be an eco-tourism and adventure activity by the locals. The fee is 200 baht for 6 persons or 30 baht per person. Please contact tel. 0 7550 0088, 0 7550 0117.
Amphoe Yan Ta Khao
Southern Thailand Botanical Garden (Thung Khai) (สวนพฤกษศาสตร์ภาคใต้-ทุ่งค่าย) can be reached via taking the Trang-Palian road (Highway No. 404) to Km. 11. This is a new tourist destination for those interested in studying nature and flora in particular. Inside the park are a tourist service centre, a botanical garden, an herbal garden, a botanical library, a plant museum, and a technical meeting centre. The most important aspect of the park is the many nature trails available, all going through a lowland jungle, as well as a forest with many interesting plant species. Accommodation is available. Please call tel. 0 7521 8435.
Namtok Sai Rung (น้ำตกสายรุ้ง) can be visited by taking the Trang-Phatthalung road to about Km. 17, turn right onto the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road for 15 kilometres, then turn left at the waterfall sign and continue for about 4 kilometres. This single-level waterfall falls from a high and huge cliff. The water turns into a rainbow as the sun shines through it.
Namtok Phrai Sawan (น้ำตกไพรสวรรค์) is a medium-sized waterfall of 17 sub-levels. It can be reached by taking the Trang-Phatthalung road to about Km. 17, then turn right onto the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road and drive for 20 kilometres. Then turn left at the waterfall sign and drive for around 4.5 kilometres. Visitors can currently go for a 5 kilometres raft trip around the waterfall. Rubber boats are also available for hire.
Namtok Lam Plok (น้ำตกลำปลอก) is a large 6-level waterfall. From here, one can see islands and the view of the mouth of the Palian River. To get there, take the Trang-Phatthalung road to Km. 17 and turn right onto the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road and drive for 26 kilometres where you have to turn left into the waterfall. The Khlong Lam Plok Hydroelectric Project is situated here.
Tham Phra Phut (ถ้ำพระพุทธ) can be accessed from Ban Ka Pang by turning right to Cha-uat and driving for around 10 kilometres. At the intersection, turn right and continue for about 7 kilometres. Inside the cave is a large reclining Buddha image and also a standing image decorated in the style of a regal southern Thailand dancer. Moreover, there are personal belongings of upper-class people like ceramics, lacquerware and old pottery. The origin of the items and the temple’s history are shrouded in mystery.
Tham Phraya Phichai Soangkram (ถ้ำพระยาพิชัยสงคราม) in Ban Nai Wang, Tambon Nong Bua, is a naturally beautiful cave that has plenty of stalactites and stalagmites. It is teeming with wildlife, especially “Hoi Lo” or Lo snails that are edible.
Amphoe Hat Samran
Hat Samran (หาดสำราญ) is in Tambon Hat Samran, about 59 kilometres from the city. Take the Trang-Palian road and turn right at Ban Na intersection in Palian, and drive for 22 kilometres. This beach has a thick pine forest and offers a good view of large and small islands offshore. The climate on the islands is warm and breezy all day, making them great holiday spots. Tourists come here to sample fresh seafood and watch the life of local fishermen.
For those who just love trekking, then they won’t be disappointed if they try it out in Trang. The province is a haven for pristine forest, exotic wildlife and more than 20 virtually ‘unseen’ waterfalls. Some of the most beaten trekking trails include:
- Tontok Waterfall-Bantra Ranger Center (moderately)
- Huaysom-Sahaipakao Camp-Chedchan Waterfall (difficult)
- Tontok Waterfall-Sakai Village-Klongtok Waterfall (moderately)
- Sairung Waterfall-Nanmuang-Khao Rutu (difficult)
- Tonte Waterfall to Khao Chedyod (very difficult)
Trang offers divers succulent coral reefs, amazingly clear water and an abundance of colourful marine life.
Unfortunately, most divers on coming to the south to dive fail to realize that Trang province offers diving sites on a par with neighbouring Krabi, Pha-nga and Phuket. So, Trang is ideal for those who wish to get off the beaten track and away from the tourist crowds.
Chaomai National Park: This area, 20km in length, is said to have one of the best diving sites in the world. Among the 40 islands in Trang, Koh Kradan is considered the most awesome. Other popular islands for diving include Ko Chueak, Ko Ma and Ko Ngai. Wanna-be divers can get all the information they desire at one of the diving centers, otherwise they can arrange a diving tour to Trang while staying in Krabi.
For bird watching, Ko Libong is the place to go.
For a game of golf, play a round at the course at the Sri Trang Golf Club. Prayarassadanupradit Army, Tambon Lam Phura, Amphoe Huay Yod, Trang 92190 Tel: (075) 203-319, (081) 891-4907
Spa & Massage
The major spa providers in Trang are:
- Sivara Spa at Amari Trang Beach Resort & Spa. Tel: 0 7520 5888
- Rueansuanchan Massage& Spa 14-6 Rakcham Road, Amphoe Mueang Tel: 0 7522 0775, 081 807 2875
- Spa at Koh Ngai Fantasy Resort & Spa. Tel: 0 7521 0317
- Sabai Gaya Thai Traditional Massage at Thurin Thana Hotel Tel:075 223 223, 211 211
Strolling along the city Trang is rich in its history as a commercial centre of Southern Andaman provinces. Take your time and walk along Rama VI street and the morning market. Chino-Portuguese buildings are on Kangtang Rd., and Lang Talad Rd. Don't forget to try Trang-style breakfast in local cafe, various kinds of Dim-Sum served with the famous Trang Roasted Pork, rice noodle with spicy soup, and a cup of traditional coffee.
In the provincial town visitors should check out the delicious local food offered at the Kang Som Restauarant and the Koteng Restaurant, on Rama VI rd. Simply delicious food served at ONe More....Smile cafe at Thumrin Hotel near Trang Train station. Friendly atmosphere and very reasonable prices. The cafe is very good place to relax and sip freshly brewed coffee. At Pak Meng Beach there are some stalls dishing up some sumptuous seafood and testing out the local Tao Teiy fish is highly recommended.
Amphoe Mueang Trang
- The Terrace at Thumrin Thana Hotel (เดอะเทอเรส ธรรมรินทร์ ธนา), live band, beer and cocktails, and delicious food. Live football broadcast. Tel: 075 223 223, 211 211 opening time 5 pm - 1 am.
- Balcony (บาโคนี่) 80/15 Ratsada Road, (Tel : 0 7521 0083, 08 1273 4627) (open 11.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Ban Suan Mueang Trang (บ้านสวนเมืองตรัง) 21 Mu 1 Tambon Na Ta Luang (Tel : 0 7521 1574, 08 1825 4070) (Thai food; open 11.00-21.00 hrs.)
- Ban Suan Sudaphon (บ้านสวนสุดาพร) 66/25 Rak Chan Road, (Tel : 0 7522 6070) (Thai food; open 10.30-22.00 hrs.)
- Ban Suwimon (บ้านสุวิมล) 113/3 Wian Kraphang Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel: 0 7521 8653, 08 1083 0477 (Thai food; open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Cha Ngao (ชะเงา) Pleanpitak Road, (Tel : 0 7522 2469) (pub & restaurant; open 11.00-24.00 hrs.)
- Ko Kae (โกเกี๊ย) 8-10 Sakon Sathan Pitak Road, (Tel: 0 7525 1393) (Sea food; open 11.00-15.00 hrs. and 17.00-20.30 hrs.)
- Ko Khao Seafood (โกเก้า ซีฟู๊ด) Mu Ban Hat Yao, Tambon Ko Libong (Tel: 0 7520 3033) (Seafood; open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Krua Na Thong (ครัวนาทอง) 45/2 Kuan Thong Si Road, Tambon Kantang (near Kantang Hospital) (Tel: 08 9724 2913) (Seafood; open 10.30-23.00 hrs.)
- Pu Nim (ปูนิ่ม) 6 Mu 4 Tambon Kantang Tai (Tel: 0 7525 4066, 08 1125 6459) (Seafood; open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Rim Nam Restaurant (ริมน้ำ) Ratsada Road, Amphoe Kantang, (Tel: 0 7525 1327) (seafood; open 11.00-20.00 hrs.)
- Rim Suan (ริมสวน) Pa Mai Road, Tambon Kantang (Tel: 08 4627 9944) (Thai food; open 10.00-21.00 hrs.)
- Hat Yao Seafood (หาดยาวซีฟู้ด) 54 Mu 6 Tambon Libong, Chao Mai Pier (Tel: 0 7520 7930 (seafood; open 09.00-20.00 hrs.)
Amphoe Huai Yot
- Chin Dam (จีนดำ) 167 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Huai Yot (Tel: 0 7527 1238) (Thai food; open 09.30-20.30 hrs.)
- Che Aeng (เจ๊เอ่ง) Phetkasem Road, Tambon Huai Yot (Tel: 0 7527 1155) (Thai food; open 10.00-21.00 hrs.)
- Che Wan (เจ๊หวั่น) 77-79 Thet Sa Ban 5 Road, Tambon Huai Yot (Tel: 0 7527 1192) (Thai food; open 10.00-21.30 hrs.)
- Man Seng Lung (หม่านเซ่งหลุ่ง) Phetkasem Road, (Tel: 0 7527 1105) (open 06.30-14.00 hrs.)
- Ko Pu Ko Pla (เกาะปู เกาะปลา) Hat Pak Meng 171 Mu 4 Tambon Mai Fat (Tel: 0 7527 4006-7) (Seafood; open 10.00-21.00 hrs.)
- Kru Kid (ครูคิด) Hat Pak Meng 170 Mu 4 Tambon Mai Fat (Tel: 0 7527 4100) (Seafood; open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Krua Latdawan (ครัวลัดดาวัลย์) Hat Pak Meng 141 Mu 4 Tambon Mai Fat (Seafood; open 10.00-22.00 hrs. )
- Lay Trang (เลตรัง) 54/22 Mu 4 Mai Fat Road, Tambon Pak Meng (Pak Meng Pier) (Tel: 0 7527 4027-9, 08 1904 8185) (Seafood; open 08.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Daw Talay (ดาวทะเล) 21/4-5 Tambon Tha Kam (Tel: 0 7524 1122) (Seafood; open 10.00-23.00 hrs.)
- Ko Sek Sa Lam Pok (เกาะศึกษาลำปลอก) 22 Mu 10 Tambon Palian (near Lam Pok waterfall) (Tel: 0 7520 3604-5) (open 09.00-20.00 hrs.)
- Leam Yong Star Seasight (แหลมหยงสตาร์ ซีไซด์) 276 Mu 4 Tambon Tha Kam (Seafood)
- Ruam Mit (รวมมิตร) 31/29 Mu 1 Trang-Satun Road, Tambon Tung Yao (Tel: 0 7528 8062) (Seafood; open 09.00-20.00 hrs.)
Amphoe Yan Ta Khao
- Ka Tang (กะตังค์) 176 Mu 1 Trang-Palian Road, Tambon Yan Ta Khao, (near Yan Ta Khao Market) (Tel: 0 7524 0655) (Thai food; open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Ko Lit (โกลิต) 24 Pi San Road, Tambon Yan Ta Khao (near Yan Ta Khao Market) (open 09.00-14.00 hrs.)
- Krua Chai Klong (ครัวชายคลอง) 100 Mu 1 Worakiree Road, Tambon Yan Ta Khao (near Yan Ta Khao Market) (Thai food; open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Pai Nguen (ไผ่เงิน) Trang-Palian Road, (opposite Yan Ta Khao Post Office) (open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
Amphoe Na Yong
- Khao Pub Pa (ร้านเขาพับผ้า) Mu 7 Phattalung Road, Tambon Khao Chong (Tel : 08 7891 5007) (Thai food; open 10.00-20.00 hrs.)
- Ko Kang (โกกัง) 107/2 Mu 2 Phattalung Road, Tambon Na Yong Neua (noodle; open 10.00-14.00 hrs.)
- Nong Som (น้องโสม) Phattalung Road, Tambon Na Yong Neua (open 10.00-22.00 hrs.)
Amphoe Hat Samran
- Hat Samran Resort (หาดสำราญรีสอร์ท) 199 Mu 5 Tambon Hat Samran (Seafood; open 08.00-22.00 hrs.)
- Ton Por (ต้นปอ) 178/1 Ban Na-Hat Samran Road, Tambon Hat Samran (Tel: 0 7520 8208) (Seafood; 08.00-22.00 hrs.)
The Terrace (Beer Garden) – Thumrin Thana Hotel.
Casper – Huai Yot Road. Live Music
Cha Ngao –Ploen Pitak Road. Pub & Restaurant and Live Music
Say yes pub (เซเยสผับ) – Thammarin Thama Hotel .Very popular discotheques in Trang.
Wunderbar - Near the railway station. German / Thai ownership. Good western and Thai food. Lots of good cheese and Pizza. Good selection of German magazines and also Bangkok Post.
There are plenty of hotels in Trang town and lots of resorts at Pak Meng Beach, Chang Lang Beach, Kradan island, Libong island, Mook island, Sukon island.
Amphoe Mueang Trang
- Thumrin Thana Hotel (โรงแรมธรรมรินทร์ ธนา) 69/8 Huay yod Rd., Tambol Tubtiang, Tel: 66 75 223 223, 66 75 211 211. or booking online at www.thumrin.com. Comfortable and really spacious room, beautiful swimming pool. Suitable for travellers with family esp. small children.
- Thumrin Hotel (โรงแรมธรรมรินทร์) 9 Satannee Rd., Tambol Tubtiang, Tel: 66 75 211 011 - 14 or booking online at www.thumrin.com. 3-stars hotel with desirable room rate. The room is clean and fully equipped. Just 5 minutes from Trang Train Station.
- Center Point Inn (เซ็นเตอร์พ้อยอินน์) 108/84 Huai Yot Road, Tambon Thap Tiang (Tel: 0 7522 3383-6, Fax: 0 7522 3381) 80 rooms: 400-800 baht
- Ko Teng (โกเต็ง) 77-79 Rama 6 Road, (Tel: 0 7521 8622, 0 7521 8148), 56 rooms: 180-380 baht
- M.P. Resort (เอ็ม พี รีสอร์ท) 184 Trang-Phatthalung Road, (Tel: 0 7521 4230-45 Fax: 0 7521 1177) BKK. (Tel: 0 2251 4200-1, 0 2251 2069-71 Fax: 0 2253 9586) 251 rooms: 1,200-3,000 baht
- My Friend (มายเฟรนด์) 25/12 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Tiang (Tel: 0 7522 5447, 0 7522 5984, Fax: 0 7522 5976) 35 rooms: 450-680 baht
- Na Ka Chalet Resort (นาขา ชาเลท์ รีสอร์ท) 28/4 Mu 1, Tambon Na Ta Luang (Tel: 0 7521 0988, 08 9197 1919 Fax: 0 7522 2469), www.nakachalet.com 20 rooms: 600-700 baht
- Ko Suk Sa Lam Pok Resort Fishing park (เกาะศึกษาลำปลอก รีสอร์ท ฟิชชิ่งพาร์ท) 22 Mu 10 Tambon Palian, (Tel: 0 7520 3044-5, 08 6597 8783, 08 1875 1077) 7 rooms: 500-600 baht
- Ton Te Resort (โตนเต๊ะ รีสอร์ท) 175 Mu 12 Tambon Palian, (Tel: 0 7526 9156, 08 9874 1488) 6 rooms: 350-700 baht
Ko Sukon (Sukon Island Amphoe Palian)
- Ko Sukon Andaman Beach Resort (เกาะสุกร อันดามัน บีช รีสอร์ท) 176/1 Mu 1 Tambon Ko Sukon (Office: 113/20 Ratsada Road, (Tel: 0 7521 8990, 0 7521 0602 Fax: 0 7521 8990) 10 rooms: 900-1,650 baht
- Ko Sukon Beach Bungalow (สุกรบีชบังกะโล) 174 Mu 1, Tambon Sukon, (Office: 22 Sathani Road, Amphoe Mueang) (Tel: 0 7521 1457, 0 7520 7707, 08 1228 3668 Fax: 0 7520 7706) www.sukorn-island-trang.com , 20 rooms: 600-1,850 baht
- Ko Sukon Resort (เกาะสุกร รีสอร์ท) Ko Sukon 140 Mu 1 Tambon Ko Sukon, (Office: 298/15 Huai Yot Road, Amphoe Mueang) (Tel: 0 7521 9679, 0 7521 1460 Fax: 0 7521 5648) 50 rooms: 1,000-1,600 baht
- Sukon Cabana Resort (สุกร คาบาน่า รีสอร์ท) Ko Sukon, 117 Mu 1 Tambon Ko Sukon (Office: 160/3 Mu 10 Trang-Palian, Amphoe Mueang) (Tel: 0 7522 5894, 08 9724 7890, 08 9724 2326 Fax: 0 7522 4985) www.sukorncabana.com 17 rooms: 800-1,600 baht
- Trang Island Resort (ตรัง ไอส์แลนด์ รีสอร์ท) Hat Sai Yao, Tambon Ko Sukon (Office : 110 Mu 4 Tambon Ta Sae, Amphoe Hat Samran) (Tel : 08 1978 8100 Fax : 0 7521 7717) www.trangislands.com 6 rooms : 750-1,200 baht
- The Small Sea (เดอะสมอลล์ ซี) 31/1 Mu 3 Tambon Ko Sukon (Tel: 08 9727 7761, 08 1535 8283) 5 rooms : 350 baht
Amphoe Huai Yot
- Wang Suan Kaew (วังสวนแก้ว) Km.21 82/3 Mu 3 Ban Nam Pri, Tambon Pak Kom (Tel : 08 9867 0511, 08 9196 3091), 8 rooms : 400 baht
Ko Kradan (Kradan Island, Amphoe Kantang)
- Ko Kradan Beach Resort (เกาะกระดานบีชรีสอร์ท) Ko Kradan, Tambon Ko Libong (Office : 66/10 Tambon Thap Tiang, Amphoe Mueang) (Tel. 0 7559 0270 /Fax : 0 7521 1391) www.kradanisland.com 54 rooms: 800-2,000 baht
Ko Libong (Libong Island, Amphoe Kantang)
- Le Du Kong Libong Resort (เลอดูกอง ลิบง รีสอร์ท) Ko Libong 15 Mu 5 Tambon Ko Libong (Tel : 08 7972 7228, 08 1124 6569, 08 9159 9239, 08 1912 4312) www.libongresort.com 10 rooms : 250-800 baht
- Libong Beach Resort (ลิบง บีช รีสอร์ท) Ko Libong, 18/1 Mu 5 Tambon Ko Libong (Office : 18/3 Mu 6 Tambon Ban Kuan, Amphoe Kantang) (Tel : 0 7522 5205, 08 1747 4600 Fax : 0 7522 5205) www.libongbeachresort.com
28 rooms : 500-1,200 baht
- Libong Nature Beach Resort (ลิบงเนเจอร์บีชรีสอร์ท) Ko Libong (Office : P.O. Box 8, Hat Yao, Amphoe Kantang) (Tel: 0 7520 7934, 0 7520 3012, 08 1894 6936) www.trangsea.com 20 rooms: 800-1,500 baht
Ko Muk (Muk Island, Amphoe Kantang)
- Family Resort (แฟมิลี่ รีสอร์ท) Ko Muk 123 Tambon Ko Libong (Tel : 08 9868 1799, 08 1747 9117) 8 rooms : 300-400 baht
- Hat Farang Bungalow (หาดฝรั่ง บังกะโล) Ko Muk 108 Mu 2 Tambon Ko Libong (Tel : 08 7884 4785) 11 rooms : 400 baht
- Ko Muk Chalie Beach Resort (เกาะมุกชาลี บีช รีสอร์ท) 164 Mu 2 Tambon Ko Libong (Office : 17 Sathani Road, Am
phoe Mueang) (Tel : 0 7520 3281-2, 0 7521 7671-2 Fax : 0 7520 0072) 80 rooms : 700-2,500 baht
- Ko Muk Garden (เกาะมุก การ์เดน) 164 Mu 4 Amphoe Kantang (Tel: 0 7521 1372, 08 1748 3894, 08 9872 3412) 13 rooms: 300-500 baht
Ko Lao Liang (Lao Liang Island, Amphoe Kantang)
- Lao Liang Resort (เหลาเหลียง รีสอร์ท) (Tel : 08 6311 1232, 08 3711 1192 BKK. Tel: 0 2730 0935-6) 40 rooms: (3 days 2 night: 4,300-8,500 baht)
- Hat Yao Nature Resort (หาดยาวเนเจอร์รีสอร์ท) Hat Yao P.O. Box 8, Hat Yao, Amphoe Kantang (Tel : 0 7520 3012, 0 7520 7934, 08 1894 6936 Fax : 0 7520 7526 www.trangsea.com ) 20 rooms : 400-1,500 baht
- Ko Kao Resort (โกเก้า รีสอร์ท) 54/1 Mu 6 Tambon Ko Libong (Tel : 0 7520 3033) 4 rooms : 800 baht
- Mod Ta Noi Resort (มดตะนอย รีสอร์ท) 113/2 Mu 2 Tambon Ko Libong (Tel : 0 7525 2992, 08 1272 6308) 15 rooms : 500-1,700 baht
- Sinchai Chao Mai Resort (สินชัย เจ้าไหม รีสอร์ท) Hat Chao Mai 63/1 Tambon Ko Libong (Tel: 08 1396 4838) 6 rooms: 300-600 baht
- Nature Farm Resort (เนเจอร์ ฟาร์ม รีสอร์ท) Kuan Kun P.O.Box 8, Hat Yao, amphoe Sikao (Tel : 0 7520 7934, 08 1894 6936 Fax : 0 7520 7934) 20 rooms : 600-800 baht
- Waree Park Resort (วารี ปาร์ค รีสอร์ท) 78 Mu 3 Tambon Kala se (Tel : 0 7529 3052, 08 6957 4350 Fax : 0 7529 3052) 11 rooms : 600-1,000 baht
- Amari Trang Beach Resort (อมารี ตรัง บีช รีสอร์ท) Hat Changlang199 Mu 5 Hat Pak Meng-Hat Changlang Road, Tambon Mai Fat (Tel : 0 7520 5888 Fax : 0 7520 5899) 144 rooms : 3,500-15,330 baht
- Changlang Resort (ฉางหลางรีสอร์ท) 131/1 Mu 5 Tambon Mai Fat Changlang Beach, (Tel: 0 7521 3369, 0 7521 3603), 22 rooms: 500-1,800 baht
- Lay Trang Resort (เลตรังรีสอร์ท) Pak Meng Pier 54/22 Mu 4 Tambon Mai Fat (Tel: 0 7527 4027-8, 0 7527 4227-8 Fax: 0 7527 4029) www.laytrang.com , 30 rooms: 800-5,000 baht
- Mak Mai Resort (แมกไม้รีสอร์ท) 189 Mu 4 Tambon Mai Fat (Tel : 0 7527 4234, 08 9725 4369, 08 9727 0031 Fax : 0 7527 4234) 17 rooms : 350-550 baht
Amphoe Hat Samran
- Ton Po Resort (ต้นปอรีสอร์ท) Hat Samran 178/1 Mu 12 Tambon Hat Samran (Tel : 0 7520 8208, 08 9728 3135) 4 rooms : 300-450 baht
Ko Ngai (Ngai Island
- Co-Co Cottage 109/77 Mu 9 Tambon Khok Ro (Tel : 0 7522 4387, 08 9724 9225) www.coco-cottage.com 28 rooms : 800-4,000 baht
- Ko Ngai Fantasy Resort & Spa (เกาะไหง แฟนตาซี รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา ) Ko Ngai, (Tel: 0 7521 0317, 0 7521 1045 ; on the island Tel : 0 7521 6339), 60 rooms: 2,190-6,000 baht
- Ko Ngai Paradise (เกาะไหงพาราไดซ์) Ko Ngai, (Tel : 0 7521 8535, 0 7521 1260, 0 7521 6420, 0 7520 3024) 18 rooms : 400-800 baht
- Ko Ngai Resort (เกาะไหงรีสอร์ท) Ko Ngai, (Tel: 0 7559 0035, 0 7520 6924-5), 80 rooms: 1,000-6,500 baht
In general, Southern Thai food is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian and Indian food. Favourite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce (Khanom Jeen) and chicken birayani. Trang also has a unique breakfast cuisine found nowhere else in Thailand.
Trang is a famous place, where you can find many delicious local foods such as Mhu Yang Trang (Trang-style roasted pork), Trang’s cake, Trang’s breakfast (Dimsum).
Local coffee shop (Ran Gafae) in Trang have their own special menu which you can try, such as Go pii (black coffee served with sugar), Go pii-Or (coffee mixed with condensed milk (if you don’t like sweet, just say Mai Waan), Gafae Ron (instant coffee with cream), Go-pii Chaum (coffee mixed with tea, served with condensed milk), Ceylong (Tea from Sri Lanka with sugar). The other is the local breakfast, Ja Kuai (deep fried bread), Pa Tong Ko (Trang local sweet bread), Khanom-Jeep (local dimsum).
With the dim sum, fortunately, you don't even have to waste time trying to speak Thai to order, you simply eat what's there laid on the table and pay for what you've eaten.
Trang has a few local products which are popualr souvenirs : Suea Toei or Suea Panan (mats woven from screw pine), Muk (container for small things), ray leather products; namely, bags and shoes, basketry made of cattail stems, carved-wood products from Thep Tharo wood, para rubber toys, and ‘Na Muen Si’ local woven cloth. Products of local food include Trang roast pork, Trang’s cake, ‘Khao Chong coffee, ‘Kapi’ or shrimp paste, etc. For more information, contact the Trang Provincial Industry Office at Tel: 0 7521 8699, Trang Community Development Office at Tel: 0 7521 8267, 0 7521 5109 or visit the website: http://www.trang.go.th
- Anny Book (แอนนี่ บุ๊ค) Ratchadamnoen Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 08 1397 4574) (Thai Handicraft Products)
- Cake Benchamit (เค้กเบญจมิตร) Kantang Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 1804) (Cake Mueang Trang)
- Cake Chim (เค้กชิม) 187/4 Phattalung Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 1821) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
- Cake Ko Pok (เค้กโกป๊อก) 10/4 Chem Pan Ya Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7522 0017) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
- Cake Rod Lert (เค้กรสเลิศ) 59/3 Sathani Road (near Trang Railway Station), Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 9093, 0 7522 2831) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
- Cake Sai Jai (เค้กสายใจ) 6/10 Chem Pan Ya Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 2256) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
- Fa Trang Collection (ฟ้าตรัง คอลเล็กชั่น) Ratchadamnoen Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 8617) (Thai Handicraft Products)
- Local Products Centre (ศูนย์จำหน่ายสินค้าพื้นเมือง) Trang-Phattalung Road, (next to Trang Governor House) (Tel : 0 7521 5395) (Trang OTOP Products)
- Sin Yu Heang (ซินหยูเฮียง) 192 Huai Yot Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 1627) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
- Sri Trang Batik (ศรีตรัง บาติก) Chem Pan Ya Road, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 4125) (Batik Fabric Cloth)
- Trang OTOP Centre (ศูนย์จำหน่ายสินค้าโอทอปจังหวัดตรัง) Praram 6 Road, Amphoe Mueang, (Tel: 0 7521 8356) (Local Products)
- Union & World Class (ยูเนี่ยนและเวิลด์คลาส) 22/1 Mu 3 Soi Huai Yot 23, Tambon Na Ta Laung, Amphoe Mueang (Tel : 0 7521 1167, 0 7521 5051) (Ray Leather Products)
Amphoe Huai Yot
- Cake Kuk Ming (เค้กขุกมิ่ง) 5,6 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Lam Phura, Amphoe Huai Yot (Tel : 0 7528 4080, 0 7528 4118) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
- Cake Nam Keang (เค้กนำเก่ง) 23-24 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Lam Phura, Amphoe Huai Yot (Tel : 0 7526 6148) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
- Cake Siriwan (เค้กศิริวรรณ) 6/1 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Lam Phura, Amphoe Huai Yot (Tel : 0 7528 4085, 0 7526 6065) (Cake Mueang Trang & local dessert)
Amphoe Yan Ta Khao
- Plan Toy (แพลนทอยส์) 8 Mu 8 Tambon Tung Krabue, Trang-Palian Road, Amphoe Yan Ta Khao (Tel : 0 7528 0200-4) (para rubber toys, for more information Tel : 0 7521 8699, 0 7521 2841)
Learn about the huge variety of lovely delicate coral there is in Trang and if you get the chance learn too about the different diversity of birds on Bird Island.
Types of nightlife available in Trang include:
- Discos in town are popular with the younger trendier crowd
- Live Music Joints play Thai Folk or classics
- Karaoke clubs can be found all around and customers can either sing to everyone or rent a private room
- Barbeques are large restaurants which play music and serve alcohol to the wee restaurants (unlike the other venues)
- There are some bars on Pak Meng Beach
- Thai Pubs are not like Western ones, they are usually huge. Visitors enjoy great live music sung by pretty female singers and handsome guys. They may also have naughty Coyote dancers
Health and Medical Centers
The provincial town has two quality hospital which provides top-class service.
- Trang Hospital (โรงพยาบาลตรัง) Khuan Han Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Mueang, Tel: 0 7521 2241-3, 0 7521 8018
- Watanapat Hospital (โรงพยาบาลวัฒนแพทย์) Phattalung Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Mueang, (Tel: 0 7521 858)
- Trang Ruampat (ตรังรวมแพทย์) Kokkhun Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Mueang, (Tel: 0 7521 8988)
In all areas of Trang, clinics and pharmacies can easily be found.
Trang is ideal for retirees who want to retire in peace and quiet and lead a contented simple no-hassles life. The weather is ideal for those who are fed-up of the cold back home and want instead to enjoy tropical weather. The locals are renowned for their friendly nature, crime is virtually non-existent and the cost of living is dead cheap.
Local television, satellite TV channels are available. English language newspapers and magazines are available in some bookstores.
Landline telephone, satellite phone and all mobile phone systems are available at Sukhothai downtown and village areas. Internet can be had in hotels, resorts and internet cafés. There are Post Offices in every district.
The best time to visit Trang is between the months November to April when the area’s climate is less hot than usual. During this period the island gets a lot of dry North Easterly winds, so giving dry blue skies and starry nights. Then, down on the beaches one can enjoy nice sea breezes. From June to November the area gets a lot of rainfall, more on average than the rest of the country. During this period the island gets a lot of moist South Westerly winds, so giving a mixture of dry days and wet ones. The sea stays at a warm 29 degrees Celsius all year round. Visitors however, coming in this period will find it cheaper.
- Do buy gems from a reputable company.
- Do carry around small change.
- Do take water when jungle trekking and do drink a lot in such a hot climate.
- Do bargain with vendors.
- Do make sure your scuba diving instructor is fully accredited.
- Don’t take any boat unless it has life jackets.
- Don’t go into the jungle alone.
- Don’t go to the beach at night either to walk or swim.
- Don’t get involved with any narcotics.
- Don’t, as a woman, got topless on the beach.
- Don’t, as a man, walk around shirtless, other than at the beach.
3 Days Day 1 : Take the overnight train from Bangkok and arrive in Trang in the early morning. Visit one of the coffee shops and have local coffee and dim-sum. Travel to Pak Meng Pier and take a boat trip to the stunning Emerald Cave at Koh Mook. After that go to Resort and check in and relax. In the evening, enjoy some local seafood.
Day 2: Take a boat to Kradan island and snorkeling to admire the colourfully delicate coral and marine life. After go to Chueak island to snorkeling. Come back to Pak Meng and return to Trang Town. Stay overnight in Trang Town and enjoy some live folk music.
Day 3: Get up early and have one of the delightful roasted pork breakfasts. Go to Tham Le Khao Kob, visit to the stalactite and stalagmite in the cave. In the afternoon, travel to Krabi.
Trang has tour companies offering tourism services and activities, such as canoeing, diving, and tour packages. Visitors can obtain a list of tour companies from Tourism Authority of Thailand, Trang Office, at Tel. 0 7521 5867-8
Amphoe Hat Samran
- Trang Island Tour (ตรังไอส์แลนด์ ทัวร์) 110 Mu 4, Tambon Ta- se, King Amphoe Hat Samran, (Tel: 08 1978 8100 Fax: 0 7520 7716 www.trangislands.com)
- Nature Tour and Travel (เนเจอร์ทัวร์ แอนด์ ทราเวล) 43 Mu. 6 Ko Libong, P.O.Box 8 Amphoe Kantang, (Tel. : 0 1894 6936, 0 7520 7934, 0 7520 3012)
- Nong Tour (หน่องทัวร์) 75 Mu.2 Tambon Kuanthani, Trang-Kantang Road, (Tel: 0 1894 3539, 0 7526 3261 Fax : 0 7526 3261)
- Trang Smile Tour (ตรังสมายล์ทัวร์) 267/45 Trang ka pum road, Tambon Kantang, Amphoe Kantang (Tel : 0 7525 2201, 08 9587 9483)
- Yong Yong Tour (หยงหยงทัวร์) 69/3 Mu 6 Baan Hat Yao, Tambon Kantang ,Amphoe Kantang (Tel/Fax : 0 7520 7525)
- Amdaman Sea Tour (อันดามัน ซี ทัวร์) 54/19 Mu 4 ,Tambon Mai Fad, Amphoe Sikao (Tel : 08 9724 1225)
- Ko Meang Travel (โกเมี้ยงทราเวิล) 54/4 Mu 4,Tambon Mai Fad, Amphoe Sikao (Tel/Fax : 0 7527 4122)
- Jaravee Tour (จาระวีทัวร์) 54/5 Mu 4 Tambon Mai Fad, Amphoe Sikao (Tel/Fax : 0 7527 4046)
- Lay Trang Travel (เล ตรัง ทราเวล) 54/22-23 Tha Teab Ruae Hat Pak Meng, (Tel: 0 7527 4027-8, 0 7527 4227-8 Fax: 0 7527 4029 www.laytrang.com)
- Pak Meng Resort (ปากเมง รีสอร์ท) 60/1 Mu 4, Tambon Mai Fat, Amphoe Sikao, (Tel: 0 7527 4111-2 www.pakmengresort.com)
- Trang Travel (ตรังทราเวิล) in Thumrin Hotel, near train stattion (Tel.: 075 219 598 -9, Fax: 075 211 290)Flight reservation, package tour,car and van rental
- Chao mai Tour (เจ้าไหมทัวร์) 15 Sathani Road, (Tel. : 0 7521 4742 ,0 7521 6380 Fax : 0 7521 7340 email@example.com)
- Jitlada Tour (จิตรลดาทัวร์) 66/25 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Mueang, (Tel : 0 7521 5933 Fax : 0 7521 6110)
- K.K Travel and Tour (เค.เค ทราเวล แอนด์ ทัวร์) 40 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Mueang, (Tel. : 0 7521 1198, 0 7522 3664 Fax : 0 7521 1441)
- Koh Mook Charlie Beach Resort (เกาะมุกชาลี บีช รีสอร์ท) 66/10 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Mueang (Tel: 0 7521 7671-2/ Fax : 0 7520 0072)
- Koh Ngai Fantasy Resort (เกาะไหงแฟนตาซีรีสอร์ท) 205 Patthalung Road, (Tel. : 0 7521 5923 Fax : 0 7521 7397)
All Inclusive Car Rent offer the best deals for car rental in Trang.
- Trang Provincial Office 0 7521 8516, 0 7521 8960
- Trang Hospital 0 7521 2241-3, 0 7521 8018
- Watthanaphaet Hospital 0 7521 8585
- Trang Ruampat 0 7521 8988
- Police Station 0 7521 8019, 0 7521 1311
- Tourist Police 155
- Trang Railway station 0 7521 8012 (reservation office: 0 7521 3082)
- Post Office 0 7521 8521, 0 7521 8361, 0 7521 8021
- Nok Air airline 0 7521 2229
- Trang Airport 0 7521 8224, 0 7521 1150
- Kantang Immigration 0 7525 1030
- Trang Marine Police 0 7525 1130
- Hat Chao Mai National Park 0 7521 3260
- Trang Tourist Business Association 0 7521 5580
- Tourism Authority of Thailand, Trang office 0 7521 5867-8
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