Now Is The Time For You To Know The Truth About Trang Province.
Most of the visitors to Trang province are in transit to nearby island explicitly Krabi, Langkawi and Satun. Even I had a chance to visit this beautiful town when I encountered a local guy whose way of storytelling lured me to drop in between while travelling to Krabi from Satun. There are few best places to visit in Trang which you shouldn’t miss while you are holidaying nearby to Trang. The town can be explored on our own without any difficulty; locals are very friendly with the visitants and can ask their help in need. If you are a foodie and want to taste Thai food especially Khanom Jeen Ya, which is made up of soft rice noodles and mixed with coconut curry and fish curry, in some restaurants you can find serving these with chicken and meatballs too, then you are at the perfect destination. Don’t forget to have a cup of coffee known as Kopi locally, one of the best coffees in the world, you can get it easily all over the town or the easiest way is to get adjacent to the Train station. After filling the empty stomach, I just lost in the market reconnoitring the fresh local produce and handicrafts especially cake market, the locals celebrate cake festival annually in the month of August using recipes that date back to few generations.
Most of the tourist facilities lie along the main centre, Th Pharam VI, in between the train station and clock tower. From here you can book a day trip to Hat Chao Mai national park, Ko Rok and some local caves and waterfalls which costs 900฿ to 2000฿. Trang is gaining popularity since a decade and this will be revealed in the coming paragraphs.
I Will Tell You The Truth About Trang Province In The Next 60 Seconds.
Trang is well-known for its long white sand beaches with crystal clear water which is the best site for kayaking, snorkelling, island hopping and various water sports. The list of beaches goes very long but out of them, eight beaches are the most popular and well-visited by the tourists. They are Ko Muk, Hat San, Hat Yong ling, Hat Yao, Hat Chao Mai, Hat Chang Lang, Hat Pak Meng, Ko Libang. These beaches are located within 30 kilometres from the city centre and are well connected by roadways. I did hitchhike with the localities and local vendors who transport the local fresh produce and the other daily needs to the resorts located along the coast, that’s probably the cheapest way to get around the city. Here comes the advantage of interacting with the locales, where we can find some hidden gems. Wet and dry market and the Night market, I came to know about these two places while I was hitchhiking. These are must-visit places if your appetite is big enough to satisfy your taste buds.
Most of the places offer water sports like snorkelling and kayaking, and these beaches are the best as they are less stepped by the tourists. Most of the tourists start holidaying from September to January as this is the peak season. If you want to save some bucks, the best time is to visit after April. But you need to carry a sunscreen lotion all the time, in addition to this a water bottle to prevent dehydration.
Ko Muk and Ko Libang are for water sports and snorkelling, they charge 750฿ to 1000฿ per person for snorkelling, if you bargain you get the best deal, in addition to this you are supposed to pay the national park fees which come around 500฿. The charges include lunch and beverages, so don’t worry about the food, you can have it until your stomach gets full. My advice is to take light food so that It doesn’t hamper your vacation. We can even relax on the deck chairs with umbrella or sun canopy with a glass of beer or soft drink. There are several seafood restaurants which can satisfy your craving appetite.
Hat San, Hat Yong ling, Hat Yao, Hat Chao Mai, Hat Chang Lang and Hat Pak Meng are well known for jutting limestone karsts, beaches and the Seafood. There are several restaurants and hotels along the coast where we can stay overnight. I didn’t have much time to stay, so I left back to stay in the main town.
The last question comes in everyone’s mind, how to go there? Regular Air-conditioned minivans flee from Th Kha Klang to Hat Pak Meng and Chao Mi which costs around 80฿. From Hat Pak Meng and Chao Mi we can book day tours and come to the costs, I mentioned above.
These islands are sandy, unexplored and uninhabited, which were inaccessible in the past. Since a decade they are gaining massive popularity because of its flora, fauna and its tropical climate. These dense forest islands suit well for those who want to explore off the beaten track. All these There are four islands near to the Trang, they are ko Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Kradan, Ko Libong. Ko Ngai and Ko Muk are accessible from Hat Pak Meng and Ko Kradan and Ko Libong are accessible from Chao Mi. If you want to cover all the isles, better to book a private boat or a cruise and do island hopping. Doing island hopping is worth the money, and don’t forget to carry the essentials for snorkelling and kayaking. There are lots of places in between where we can do snorkelling and kayaking which are inaccessible by a day trip tour. Don’t worry about the food as they will be included in the package, but enquire about it before making the final payment.
Among all these four islands, ko Ngai is well known for its sandy coral beaches, with a diving point. They charge 1700฿ per person for dive, snorkel sets 100฿ and kayak board 150 to 200฿ per hour. Whereas ko Muk is for exploring the emerald cave, this will be included in most of the tour itineraries from Hat Pak Meng. They charged me around 800฿, this is for a single person or you can hire a kayak and explore on your own. This cave can’t be explored during high tides. Spend as much time as possible in the islands, instead of roaming desperately in the town.
Note: the lodging options in ko Muk are very less, for hassle-free holidays kindly book the hotels earlier, especially during the peak season.
Getting There and away
Trang is well connected by rail, road and airways. There are daily flights which operate between parts of Thailand, check the weather report before booking as it is unpredictable sometimes, it may lead to cancellation of flights.
The buses flee every day in the afternoon and evening to Bangkok, apart from these, there are local buses which transport visitors to the neighbouring places.
Coming to the Railway, only two trains go all the way from Trang to Bangkok, Express 83 and Rapid 167. They leave early and late afternoon from Trang and arrives in Bangkok next day morning.
Hello Hodophile, these are the best and must-visit places in Trang province which I have visited while holidaying in Thailand. Let’s meet in another journey, happy touring.