Western tourists are often marvelled attractions in this southern region. The city itself is more like a good place for a stopover during round trips. For those who are looking for a city that is not often visited by tourists with a lot of culture and beautiful nearby islands are at the right place.
Most travellers are heading to the beaches that are 20 – 30 kilometres from the city away. The beaches are not as spectacular as the ones in Krabi but with a great view onto the limestone formations in the Andaman Sea. The nearby environment has besides the many islands with its good beaches and romantic bays a couple of worth seeing national parks with tropical tree population und amazing waterfalls. This all is only known to a few Thailand travellers. From the Pak Meng pier tourists can reach the 50 islands and islets by boat. Most of the islands are part of a national park. Some of them are just fantastic with very good beaches and most importantly with a lot of peace.
The city exists for nearly 2,000 years with a diversified history. Back than the town at the coast of the Andaman Sea was a very important trading port for vessels from Malaysia and India. It was also the city of Trang which grew as first city rubber plants that came from Malaysia. Even till today the rubber production is an important industry in Thailand. The city has about 60,000 inhabitants with their major income coming from rubber, palm oil und fishing. The tourism sector is just a small part compared to the others.
The province stretches along the Andaman coast and is home to many little known islands. The eastern part of the region is dominated by hilly terrain, home to high waterfalls and kilometres long caves systems hidden in nearly unexplored forests. Between the coast and the mountain ranges are endless rubbers plantations, some of them are more than 100 years old. The river Trang, originating in the Khao Luang mountain, flows through the province and through the city into the Andaman Sea.
The beaches directly in front of the town are not suitable for swimming. Although the resorts in and around the beach area are great to discover the back country. For those who are looking for fantastic beaches, we recommend to visit the various offshore islands.
Even if the beaches on the coast of Trang aren't comparable with the beaches offshore, the back country has a lot to offer and discover for nature- and culture lovers.
The fastest and most expensive way to travel from Bangkok to Trang is with a plane. But with only one to two flights leaving daily, it is not always possible to arrange a ticket. For those who are short with time we recommend to fly into the southern province.
Trang has its own train station and therefore the journey with the train from the main train station Hua Lamphong in Bangkok is a good alternative. There are several travel agents offering VIP transfers (13 hours) from all the major locations in Bangkok.
For those who are already in south Thailand they can reach Trang easily and comfortable. From Phuket passengers will take 5 hours, from Khao Lak about 4 hours and from Krabi only 2 hours via private transfer.
The city of Trang itself is small, so visitors can explore it by foot. Alternatively visitors can hire one of the many Tuk Tuk's. Motorbikes can be rent for about 300 Baht per day. Also as usual we recommend to negation the price before agreeing on any services.
An excursion to the islands in front of the Trang coast will be unforgettable. The about 50 islands are with only a few exceptions nearly unknown by tourists. At present the sandy beaches, corals and diversified fauna count as a real travellers tip for those seeking tranquillity.
Some of the most beautiful ones are Koh Hai, Koh Kradan, Koh Mook and Koh Sukorn further south.
Snorkelling under good conditions is around Koh Chueak and near Koh Hai possible. The underwater world with its tropical fishes and corals are fascinating and with a little bit of luck snorkelers can catch a glimpse of the rare Dugongs (huge see cows) and dolphins that can only be found in this region in Thailand.
Tham Le Khao Kop cave
A fantastic and interesting cave system on the mainland by Trang. A stream leads around a limestone mountain and with a boat, that is paddled by two Thais visitors will pass along rubber plantations to the cave entry. The complex cave is good illuminated and explores have to get out twice to discover three caves by foot. This attraction is only known by locals.
Roi Chan Pan Wang Waterfall
The name of the waterfall means translated out of the Thai language hundred steps, thousand places. The waterfall originates in the Khao Nor Jujee which lies at the provincial border to Krabi. With the car the area is easy and fast accessible. From the parking area visitors have to pass a rubber plantation and walk a short track through the forest that encircles the waterfall. There are several steps to cope next to the endless cascades with strange shaped rocks. The spot is also qualified for ornithologists due to the many unusual bird species living in the surrounding forest.
Khao Chong National Park
The Khao Chong National Park lies about 20 kilometres away from the city centre of Trang. The tropical forest is in particular interesting for nature lovers due to the many different animals and plants living in this reservation. Besides there are some spectacular waterfalls like the Kra Chong, Ton Yai and the Ton Noi waiting to be explored. Marked paths are leading through the colossal trees to the various places of interest.
Wat Tham Sumano
In the mountains about 40 kilometres further away from the town is an interesting temple cave called Wat Tham Sumano. The cave is good developed and lighted up with many different tunnels and aisles leading through to places of prayers with many smaller Buddha statues. The relatively young complex (built in 1988) is commonly sought by locals who want to conduct a life as a monk for a couple of weeks or months. The temple complex is surrounded by dense forests which gives the whole compound a secret flair.
Pak Meng Beach
The Pak Meng beach lies about 30 kilometres southwest from the city centre. The beach stretches over many kilometres and is during the months from November till March suitable for swimming. At the end of each November there will be a festival called "Ngan Djab Hoi" when many hundreds of Thais are coming to catch and eat mussels. There is one resort next to the Pak Meng pier, the Lay Trang Resort. The complex and the bungalows are good, but the beach in front of it is not suitable for swimming. The view onto the limestone formations and the islands are breath-taking. Further south at the beach is the Amari Beach Resort, a first class resort, but the beach in front of the resort is also not ideal for swimming and with no additional restaurants guests have to rely completely on the hotel offers. Between the pier and the Amari Resort is another bungalow complex, the Pak Meng Resort, which is well known by Thais and backpackers for its good reputation. But also here, the beaches are not perfect conditions and therefore the resort is more qualified to explore the back country side.
The best time to visit the island is between December and May with nearly no rainfall and acceptable temperatures. The weather is often stable till June with a lot of sun and short shower during the afternoon or nights. Especially in September and October the weather is unstable with longer and heavier showers. The high season starts at the beginning of November with higher prices and good weather conditions.
The low season starts from May and goes till October with only a few tourists staying in the region. When it rains, there is not much to do on the islands and for those who are not looking for a quiet and private holiday should go further north to Phuket or Krabi.