Trang Mountain Life

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Trang : Place to see

Roi Chan Pan Wang Waterfall

Roi Chan Pan Wang Waterfall“Hundreds of step, thousands of palace” is the translation of “Roi Chan Pan Wang” into english. The waterfall is another 29 kilometers from Khlongchee Crossroads (on Route no 4) in Wangwiset District. With beautiful forests on both sides, clear cold water flowing through layers of rocks like ladders. Para Rubber trees stand like soldiers in a straight rows on the way to the fall. It is a nice experience for a tourist, specially from the west, to walk through Para Rubber Trees. Free parking is available. And cars are taken care of by the local people.

As soon as visitors reach the area, the local store owners will kindly find the most pleasant and coolest place for your parking. At the first stop, there is a big sign with poet describing the fall, wrote by a monk named “Luang Por Prawate Tanawaro”. This gives a much more vivid picture of the fall than the normal “welcome” sign. The further you go up high (by stairs), the more amazed you become with the strange shapes of the rocks. The “stairs” are not too steep but they continue like never ending. The mountain is called “Kao Nor jujee”, the border of Trang and Krabi. Overhere is the only place that you have a good chance to catch a glimpse of the “Taoraw” – a very rare and colourful bird.
 
 
 

Nam Tok Pak-Jaem (Pak-Jaem Waterfall)

Pak Jaem WaterfallFor the one who seeks for the “virgin fall”, Nam Tok Pak-Jaem is the one you are looking for. Begin the journey at Lampura Barrack, continue the vovage about 20 kilometres (Route no. 4123) to reach the sign “Namtok Pakjaem”. Hang a right and continue for about 2 kilometres, you will reach the office of the Botanical Department – “Kaopu Kaoya” and you can park your cars/motorbike here.
About 30 minutes of walking up the waterfall, on the winding path full of large and small trees creepers and rock of various shapes and sizes, the first tier of the fall will be reached. The weather is cool and it is nice to walk having singing birds as your companions. The fourth tier, “Tone Ai Lae” is the most beautiful one, by the way. 
 

 

 

 

Palien Waterfall Routes

From Trang, takes 21 kilometres to the Yantakao District (via Route no. 404). Then continue through Tapaya Village in the Palien District. Not far ahead is another road on the left. This is the gate way to the three waterfalls in the south. This road is rough in some parts but on the whole it is a smooth asphalt road and comfortable to drive along. Hadlao is the first village you will arrive at – 17 km from Trang. At the crossroad, turn right and go on driving for another 2 kms until you reach the far end of the road. On the right-hand side there are three routes all leading to the falls. Each waterfall has a unique atmosphere. The names of the three falls are Chong Banpot (Nam Pan), Tone Tok, and Tone Teh.
 
 

Chong Banpot, water garden in Asoka forest.

Chong BanpotNot too far from the Huathanon Crossroad, on the right, there is a path leading to a canal bridge. Continuing on. you will find yourself at a very pleasant edge of woods. Walking across the wooden, narrow logs, you will see the “water garden” in the Asoka forest ahead. In a dense 10 rai forest, inumerable little falls are scattered widely in one area. Then altogether, they flow down along limestones and various-sized Asoka trees. If you wants to walk through these, there are paths heading to the same place. All of them come from the same origin “Lingpang Canal”.

Villagers call these falls “Nam Pan”, according to their appearance. “Nam Pan” means “scattered water” “pan” is a word of the southern dialect, meaning “scattered everywhere”. The main waterfall “Chong Banpot” is further along and it is named because of its location. The fall is located between two mountains (“chong” means “gap” and “banpot” means “mountain”)

Uncle “Lae”, the old owner of the Para Rubber tree plantation who donated his land for use as a public path to the fall, says that over 10 years ago, no villages were settled at the original canal.
 
The area contains enourmous trees and is abundant with various kinds of wild animals. During summer, more water can be seen than during the rainy season now. Also, in some places where the water is deep, several types of fish may be found. The most popular fish is the “Sod”, weighing up to two kilograms fishes are once caught by the local. Chong Banpot now become welknown among tourists and hence make it quite full with garbage left by the ignorant tourists.

 
 
Tone Tok water flowing through sedimentary rocks

Tone TokIn the past, Tone Tok had only walking path along the rim of the woods which was about one km in length, but nowadays there is a 3 km road for visitors do not mind driving up on rough and bumpy roads.
The landscape is full of Para Rubber plantations and sometimes rice fields depending on the geographical condition. High and low tophills have many shapes which rouse the visitors’ imaginations. On the far left, they can see the faraway top of the waterfall very clearly.

When arriving at the first tier of the fall, the most impressive feature is the wide cliff with water flowing down like rain, passing through many layers of huge and flat rocks, and then combining together into a big pond: tempting everyone to jump into.
 
The rocks here are quite different from those in other falls; they consist of thin patterns and colourful layers on a dense surface while the rocks in elsewhere are usually granite or limestone.
Continuing the climb, visitors will find more tiers of the fall. The second one is a smaller fall, but colourful and patterned rocks still can be seen. At the third tier, the water flows like a long tube through sloped rocks. It is a high, two-Ieveled fall which flows through moss and fern covered rocks. This is the reason why none can see patterns and layers in the rocks in this tier. This is an indication of the fertility of the forest in this area. The total number of tiers of Tone Tok cannot be told, but it is challenging trekkers and those who enjoy adventure to discover the number.

 
 
Tone Teh, King of Waterfalls

Tone TehAs soon as the journey ends, one remarkable point on the steep cliff ahead of everyone is seen. It is the flowing water which is like a fine silk wave on the big patch of rocks. Visitors can also hear the noise of the water travelling in the wind occasionally as if it announces that “I am the Greatest”
Tone Teh today is under the responsibility of the Forest Conservation Unit which acts in charge of protecting wildlife in the Bantad Ranges. The office is located on the foot of the hill, on the larqe clear area together with little stores, little rest shelters and parking places for all.
Everyone can reach the top of the fall by walking pass different-sized areas of water and seeing people having a bath. Or some can walk along the concrete road along the rim of the forests, ending at the same place.
The greatness of Tone Teh, the king of waterfall, is its height about 320 metres. The beautiful picture of water being thrown violently through the cliffs, rocks, and toptrees down to the below streams can be seen throughout the year. It never becomes drough though in certain times during summer it has rather less water than usual.
Forest around this area are full of various kinds of plants, especially Rattans. Tone Teh becomes a very good place to study Rattan.

 
  
Choaopa, A new waterfall

ChoaopaFrom the Hadlao Crossroad, to the right, the road leads to Lamsom Village. Turn left at Ban Lamsom School to the road which is suitable only for Land Rovers and motorcycles. At the end, at the foot of the hills, there are durian plantations. First, wade across little waterways, and then climb cliffs, and mountains. Next, walk along the path up the hill for about 10 minutes to the very top of the Chaopa Waterfall or Namtok Clongtong, a local name.

Visitors should take the chance to walk through the forests up to the top part of the hill, so that they can climb down along the limestone ranges, consisting of different levels. As a reward, you will be impressed by the interesting beauty of the falls as you move further up each tier. The virginity of Chaopa is evident in the atmosphere here; the cold, clear and pleasant water, the shade of the surrounding trees, and the green moss – all the charms of Chaopa.

 
  
Route to Kao Chong (Kra-Chong Waterfall)

Kra Chong WaterfallAbout 20km from town along the Trang/Pattalung Road, you will reach the sign “Centre of Nature Study and Wildlife-Kao Chonq”. You can visit the waterfall by following the sign. This compound contains the army troops and other offices belonging to the Department of Botany such as Botanical Gardens, Nursery, Guesthouses etc. So Kao Chong is both a relaxing place and a place for research and study. Inside the centre, there is a museum which contains displays concerning conservation and Botany. There is also an outdoor lecture theatre.

Nam Tok Chong or Kra-Chong was very wellknown in past years. The aspect which illustrates the areas popularity is the fact that many kings used to take trips here. King Chulalongkorn used to stay at “Phratamnak Pronggruthai” and one of the enourmous rocks has King Rama VI’s and his wife’s signatures.
 
Kra Chong WaterfallPreceeding 1981, Nam Tok Chong was a very famous waterfall in the south. Tourists from Trang and the nearby provinces love spending their holiday here. Unfortunately, a big flood in 1981 caused very bad erosion to the whole fall. The pressure of the water during heavy rains also contributed to loss of the beauty of this area. Nam Tok Chong was changed into a sea of sand, and it will take a long time to revive the beauty. Today, Nam Tok Chong has gained back a better shape, but its glorious in the past never been back again. Nam Tok Chong has lost its popularity to other newly discovered waterfalls such as Tone Teh and Sairung Waterfall.

 
Sairung (Rainbow) Waterfall

Sairung Waterfall“A beautiful rainbow of water,
A Wonderful Terrace of rocks,
Fasinating clear water bowls,
Virgin forest”

The above is a description of the beauty of Sairung (rainbow) Waterfall. If you dream of the “world of waterfalls”, your dream will come true if you drive to Sairung Waterfall. Begin your journey at Thanonkot and cross many canals that will take only 14 kilometers to reach the sign showing the way to the fall. Turn left 4 kilometres up the hil from the main road and you will reach the fall.

 
 
 
Praisawan Waterfall

Praisawan Waterfall“The terraced-rocked gardens with clear water,
The beautiful plants creeping on rocks,
The sweet melodies of birds,
A heaven in the middle of the forest,
Among the quietness one is not lonely.”

That is the description of Praisawan waterfall. After visiting Sairung Waterfall, you can continuefor more beauty of Trang waterfalls at Praisawan, From Sairung WaterfalI on the Trang-Palien Road only 4 kilometres, and you will reach the entrance to Praisawan Waterfall. It will be worth the climb up the “stairs” of water to have a look at the second tier of the fall. Visitors can have a swim in the clear water bowl and listen to the sweet sounds of the birds

Trang Sea Life

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Trang : Place to see

Luanching of boats at Palien


The long sandy beach at Palien is very beautiful compared with the beaches in other areas. The beginning of the journey is from Palien Port, 47 kms from town, as know as “Takam”

 

Patterned Rocks at Yongstar Cape

 About three kilometers from Takam. along the road, turning on the way to Yongstar Cape , there is a beach that welcomes all visitors. Relax at the cape or walk on rocks at the rim of the sea. The rocks have strange appearance – as they contain many “holes” which have come from the constant rattling of the waves over hundreds of years.

 

Samran Beach (Had Samran)

From the town along the Palien Route about 29 kilometers, turn left at the 22 kilometers mark. A pleasant experience is waiting ahead.
Visitors resting on the soft sandy beach, listening to the pine trees along the shore blowing in the wind. When the tide is low, one can walk along the beach and reach the islands ahead…Koh Mu, Koh Petra, Laorieng and Libong are not very far. If you are lucky, you will see schools of dolphins jumping in the water in the morning. For swimmers, swimming is most pleasurable at high-tide.

 

Petra and Laorieng

Out of middle of the blue water, the steep cliffs and mountains spring up. On the left hand side, far away, is Petra Island, and on the right hand side is Laorieng. You can board the boats both in Kantang and Palien. On the west end of each island along the steep cliffs residing swallows. The beaches of each of the three islands face the east so along the front of them lies a lot of corals in the shallow water. Some appear up out of water to reveal their beauty. The water is full of big fishes for those who love fishing.

 

Good watermelon on Sukorn Island (Koh Mu, Koh Sukorn)

Koh Sukorn is the official name while Koh Mu is the local one. Despite the fact that the name of the island mean “pig”, majority of people of this island are Muslims. To get to Sukorn Island, one-hour boats set out every morning from Ta-seh Pier. Walking is still necessary to get from one place to another on the island. According to what Dick Te Brake, the owner of Sukorn Beach Bungalow, told us, there are only 4 cars on the island! The sand here is fine like powder, and the colour is light yellow. The water is very clear. Watermelon here is sweet and has a unique taste. During March and April becomes glorious time as this is the watermelon season. To stay on the island, you have choices of either Sukorn Beach Bungalow or Sukorn Island Resort. Sukorn Island is a good choice if you want to spend the nights on the island. Dick Te Brake at Sukorn Beach Bungalow will be happy to assist you of his excellent “Island Hopping Tour” program.

 

Chaomai National Park – beautiful beaches, caves and high mountains

Chaomai is a 50 kms from town. From Trang town to Sikao, turn left to Pakmeng Beach and turn left again at Pakmeng about 9kms, you will arrive the office of Chaomai National Park at Changlang Beach. The Choamai National Park covers 230 square kilometers of land and sea. “Chaomai” is the name of pier, cave, beach, village, and national park as the villagers have known. Beyond that Chaomai beach has a long line of Casuarina Equistifolia, clear-blue water that attracts more visitors to visit Trang again and again.

Among beaches and islands in the park are Pakmeng Beach, Changlang Beach, Had Yao (Long Beach), Yongling Beach or Haad San (Short Beach), Haad Chaomai (Chaomai Beach), Koh Mook (Mook Island), Koh Kradan (Kradan Island), Koh Wan (Wan Island), Koh Chuek (Chuek Island), Chaomai Island, Koh Meng (Meng Island) and Pling Island

Between Febuary and May is the peak season because of the suitable climate and between December and May is good too because there is not monsoon. There are 3 guesthouses at Changlang Beach, each which can accomodate of 15 people. There are also 40 tents available for rent. It cost 600 Baht for a guesthouse and 50 baht for a tent.
 

Pakmeng — never loses its charms

Pakmeng is the closest beach, only 38 km from town. Going along the road you will reach Pakmeng in a very short time.
The mountain in the middle of the sea is outstanding because its shape is like a man lying down. Children enjoy collecting the variety of shells which can be found here during their weekends and holidays. Hoi Tapao (a kind of sweet and delicious Oyster) Collecting Festival is held here around the beginning of November.

 

Had Yao (Long Beach)

Had Yao is 5 kms in length. Here there are wide beaches, food stores and public water wells for all visitors. Schools often take children to spend the nights in the tents there. The water here is very deep and the waves are very strong. There are villages on the mouth of the canal. Here you can see small children and women busy taking the flesh off the crabs surrounded by fishing equipment. This is the picture of every day life. Every morning, if the weather is good, men take their boats to the shores and let the visitors buy the fresh sea food.

 
Yongling to Hadsan (Short Beach)

A kilometer along there is another beach called Had San or “short beach”. The outstanding sight here are the steep cliffs and the strange appearance of the trees. The place is quite isolated but for the nature lovers it is perfect.

At Chaomai there are lots of guesthouses. Along the Chaomai canal, is another beautiful cave named Chaomai as well. On the lower floor of Chaomai, there is a large area with rocks coming down like big posts. There are many floors in the Chaomai Caves. The most beautiful feature of the cave are the rock formations-creating the effect of a theatre-a high overhead wall strectched out like a roof over the “stage”, and at the sides there are layers and layers of “curtains”.
 

 

Morakot Cave and Koh Mook

Hired boats from Pakmeng, Changlang, and Chaomai will all carry passengers to the same destination, Koh Mook.

Morakot Cave, or “Tam Nam”, a local name, has an entrance which is narrow but wide enough for boats to pass through during the low tide. However, going by boat is not recommended. Tourists should enter the cave by swimming or canoeing rather than to go by long tail boat. The exciting moment happens when one passes through the winding cave into darkness, a distance of 80 meters. As soon as the mouth of the cave is reached, you will say the effort was worthwhile, because you will be fasinated by the emerald-coloured water and delicate, white sand beach, located between steep cliffs. The bright blue sky is like a roof. everyone should ensure they are out of the cave before the tide comes in or they won’t be able to get out until next day.
 

 

Land of coral – around Kradan Island

From Chaomai or Pakmeng which is about one hour by boat, one can visit another island – Koh Kradan – the most beautiful island of Trang. Its charms are the delicate, white sandy beaches and clear water – so clear that the coral under the sea can be seen. Colourful fish happily swim in the water. Koh Chueak, Koh Ma. and Koh Wan are other choices for diving. These islands are all five star diving site.. If you choose to stay in this area, Kradan Island Resort or Koh Ngai Resort (in Krabi) are recommended.
Libong – Land of sea birds
Libong is the biggest island in Trang. Passenqers can board a ferry at Kantang Port or at Chaomai. It’s about 45 kms from Trang, only 30 minutes by boat. Libong, an island of 40 sq. kms, is named by Talibong Tree which cannot see nowaday. There are three villages on the island; BanNakhao, Ban Koh Libong, and Ban Langkhao (or Ban Paduputoh) which is the largest one. Of the total population, 95% are muslim. They are fishermen and gardeners who plant rubber trees and coconut.

 

Haad Toob and Juhoy Cape

Haad Toob, Juhoy Cape is an interesting point during the months of November and December as Thousands of birds from Siberia and the North Pole getting away from the cold, come to stay in Juhoy Cape. Visitors often come here to have a look at the various kinds of birds. The most popular bird is the “Crab Plover”, which once used to be a bird of the Royal Family in England. Presently, there are of them which have never returned to the North, and have become part of the Juhoy Cape!!

Here, visitors need not worry about places to stay if they want to spend the night. The wildlife preservation center of the Libong Regional Department provides guesthouses for 80 guests. And those who enjoy sleeping in tents the wildlife preservation center have enough space for upto 160 people! The Department can be contacted in Kantang. Mailing address – The Wildlife Preservation Center of Libong Island P0. Box 5, Kantanq, Tranq 92110.

On the other side of Libong is Tohkae Bay. The beautiful beaches with clear water are very suitable for swimmers. Next to the beach there is a small waterfall called “Nam Tok Thung Yaka”. It is good for swimmers who wish to rinse off the salty water to come fro fresh water here. On the mountain slope, locating the office of Forestry division. And here also has guest house for up to 80 peoples and unlimited amount of tents.

There are two resorts on Libong, Libong Beach Resort and Libong Resort. Libong Island is another good choice if you want to spend the night on the island and hop around the other islands

Trang : Place to see

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Trang Sea Life

Trang Sea LifeScattered along the 119 km coast are houses on both banks. The prople here are generous and kind. The sand is delicated and the clear water of the sea reflect the white clouds in the beautiful sky. On each beaches, the forests are fertile and there is a good source of fishes
The 47 islands in the north are under the responsibility of the Chao Mai National Park office and the islands in the south belong to the Petra Island National Park. The delicate, white sandy beaches, blue clear water, attractive caves and the range of corals both in the shallow and deep water, are heaven for all tourist. Above all, it is a very good educational sea resource.

During December-April is the safe time to travel as it is not in the monsoon season, a good chance to take a voyage in the sea. There are many tourists agencies in Trang which offer tour program for Trang sea. Whether you come in big or small group, you can hire boats of various size to go along the port from Palien, Kantang, Chaomai, Changlang to Pakmeng.
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Trang Mountain Life

Trang Mountain LifeMountain Life has also created various culture and traditions. Para Rubber, fruits. veqetables are grown well because of good weather and moisture from forest and waterfalls. These products play a large part in the economy of Trang.
The charms in Trang Kao (Mountain) tempt visitors because of its forests streams and waterfalls even though the noise from thc water becomes Iess (because of natural destructions). Teenagers in Trang Kao still wade through the streams catching fishs in the falls and are proud of themselves, instead of walking around town in jeans and listening to music. Old kind men and women still carry typical tools to hunt in the forests. “Sakai”. a tribe in Trang Kao still finds products from the forests to exchange for rice with villagers. Details

 

 

 

Trang Field Life

Trang Field Life“Trang Thung” means Trang people who live in grassfields or near the mountains, while “Trang Na” means people who live in the rice fields. Both of them are sources of food supply for people of Trang. When planting and harvesting rice, people need a lot of help from each other, making Trang a civilized agricultural society. Different beliefs have created magnificent inventions in the caves, mountains, and banks of the rivers. These are valuable for anthropology and drawing attention of many visitors. You can visit Trang’s caves and temples easily by motorbike. Check out Trang’s Map provided by Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) to locate your places of interest.
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Trang Town Life

Trang Town LifeMajority of Trang people in town are chineses. These chineses are group of merchants from mainland China sattled down in Trang. After two or three generations, these Chineses have converted themselves completely into local Thai people. Although they still pratice traditional Chinese cultures, they also adopted local Trang’s agricultural cultures and mixed them together into a new culture, Trang Town Culture. 
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Trang : Getting Around

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Getting around in town is pretty easy. (Now you can get the map of Trang’s town from this site.) Trang town is quite small that you can get from one place to the other place in town by walking. It’s recommended, however, that you try hiring a “Tuk-Tuk” once (at least to get to your accommodation when you first arrive) to complete your trip. Another good way to get around is by renting a motorbike. At Trangonline Travel office, you can rent a Japanese motorbike for only 200 Baht a day.
 

Getting to islands in Trang

There are 4 piers to go to islands in Trang

- Kuantungku Pier
– Pakmeng Pier
– Kantang Pier
– Taseh Pier

The best way to get to islands in Trang is joing tour group. After daily program, they can drop you at any island and come back to pick you up next day. Check out tour packages page for more info.

 

Getting to waterfalls

There are mini-buses running from Trang town to many waterfalls nearby several times a day. But this is inconvenient because of the infrequently service of mini-bus. A better way is hiring a Tuk-Tuk (if possible). But it is as bad as the previous way because you may have to pay for the whole day or you have to get back to town on your own feet. The best way to visit Trang’s waterfalls, if you stay in town, is to rent a motorbike (read side-bar) .

Trang Tuk-Tuk

As Trang is characterized by a lot of khuans, it is undoubtedly inconvenient to get around by walking only. As a result, vehicles with engine are an alternate here. Trang’s “Tuk-Tuks” are motor vehicles which has three wheels and a strang pig shape with lound noise, used as taxies. They are available everywhere in town and are completely different from Tuk-Tuks in other part of Thailand. Many people have tried to introduce some other kinds of vehicle to replace this funny pig-shape Tuk-Tuk, but have failed because nobody cared to use new transportation system. They are accustomed to using Tuk-Tuk and know that it is one part of life in Trang.

It cost around 10 – 20 bahts to get from one place to the other place on a Tuk-Tuk in town. Normally, Tuk-Tuk drivers do not speak English. But they surely welcome you on board. So, try to explain them where you want to go.

 

Motorbike

If you are going to stay in town, getting around by motorbike is a recommended experience. With a motorbike, you can easily make one-day trip to several waterfalls nearby on your own. Riding motorbike in Trang is an unforgetable experience. To rent one, stop by at a drug store (Thai Pharmacy) on Rama 6 Rd. with a sign ‘Motorbike for Rent’ in front for the most famous motorbike rental service in town. Mr. Sukit, the store owner and one of TrangOnline co-founder, will be happy to help you finding a suitable motorbike and traveling information. Although he is the only one who speak English, you will find that other persons there will friendly speak broken English with you.

It costs only 200 Bht a day for a Japanese motorbike with Trang map, a helmet, and lock . Mention that you know it from TrangOnline.com to get special discount

Trang : Getting there

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By Car

Route 1: Take Highway No. 4 (Bangkok-Chumphon) to Highway No. 41 (Surat Thani-Thung Song- Huai Yot-Trang). Total distance is 828 kilometers.
Route 2: Highway No. 4 (Bangkok-Chumphon) to Ranong-Phan-Nga-Krabi-Trang. Total distance is 1,020 kilometers.
Route 3: Highway No. 404-416 (Satun-Palian-Trang). Total distance is 140 kilometers.
Route 4: Highway No. 4-407 (Hat Yai-Phatthalung-Trang). Total distance is 148 kilometers.
Route 5: Highway No. 4-402 (Phuket-Phang-Nga-Krabi-Trang). Total distance is 312 kilometers.

 

By Train

From Bangkok: Rapid and express trains depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Trang daily at 5.05 p.m. and 6.20 p.m. taking 15 hours for the 870-kilometer journey. For more information, call 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or calling Trang Station at tel. 0 7521 8012, or visit www.railway.co.th

 

By Bus

From Bangkok: Air-conditioned buses depart from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Trang every day.

The trip takes 12 hours. For more information, please call 0 2435 1199-200 or Trang Bus Terminal at tel. 0 7521 8718 or visit www.railway.co.th

From/to neighboring provinces: Hat Yai (ordinary), Satun (first class and ordinary), Krabi (first class and ordinary), Ko Lanta (first class), and Phuket (ordinary).

There are also minivans leaving from various depots in Trang City that link Trang to other major cities including Hat Yai (80 baht), Surat Thani (130 baht), Ko Lanta (120 baht), Hat Jao Mai (50 baht), Pak Meng (50 baht), and Sakao (25 baht).

 

By Air

Thai Airways International has daily direct flights between Bangkok and Trang Province with a travel time of 1.10 hours. For more information, call 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 (Bangkok office), 0 7521 9923 or 0 7521 8066 (Trang office), or visit the airlines website at www.thaiairways.com

 

Trang : General Information

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trangLocated approximately 828 kilometers from Bangkok, Trang Province covers an area of 4,941 square kilometers. The province borders on Nakhon Si Thammarat Province to the north, Satun Province and the Indian Ocean (Andaman Sea) to the south, Phatthalung Province to the east and the Indian Ocean and Krabi Province to the west. Trang is considered a magnificent coastal province as it long, beautiful coastline stretches 199 kilometers along the Indian Ocean. In addition, the province has two major rivers flowing through it, the Trang River, which originates in the Khao Luang Mountain Range and Maenam Palian from the Banthat Mountain Range.

Despite the fact that Trang City plays a key role in facilitating trade and communications to Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand’s southern commercial hub, Trang is a province less traveled to by tourists. It was only recently that Trang has been poised to establish itself on the international travel map.

Trang has geographical advantages similar to that of Krabi and Phang-Nga. This includes breathtaking islands and astounding beaches along the coast as well as awe-inspiring inland limestone- propped mountains. 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 to visit Trang is between December and May.

trangTrang has both mainland beaches and a whole string of offshore islands. For visitors interested in light-adventure activities such as cruising coastal waters, visiting notable sights such as the enchanting Emerald Cave, which is accessible only by water, will prove to be remarkable experience. Additional attractions include the Mu Ko Petra National Park with beaches and islands lapped by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Some of the dive sites in the National Park are world-class. There are also wildlife sanctuaries such as Namtok Khao Chong and Khlong Lamchan Park with waterfalls, nature trails and caves. For those looking for a relaxed, tranquil ambience, Trang is a perfect place to unwind amidst stunning scenery.

With an abundance of blissful attractions mixed with cultural heritage, Trang Province is truly an emerging fascinating tourist destination with numerous jungles, mountains and waterfalls.

The City also has numerous attractions. Walking around Trang City, visitors will be amazed at the mixture of Western, Chinese and Thai cultures reflected in the architecture that range from the Sino- Portuguese shop houses to the Chinese temples and shrines. The Pan-Ya House is the local style of houses in Trang, which offers an insight into the architectural heritage of this town. In addition to architectural attractions there are many parks to stroll through and markets to explore. The main two markets in Trang are Ta Klang and Municipal markets.

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History of Trang

Trang or Muang Thap Thiang used to be a port engaged in foreign trade. It was the first city where rubber was planted after Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi brought it from Malaysia in 1899. Since then, rubber has become Souths major commodity and is now considered an important source of income for farmers.

 

Todays Trang

Trang has a total area of 4,941 square kilometers and is divided into 10 districts (Amphoe) and 1 sub-district (King Amphoe); Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Kantang, Amphoe Huai Yot, Amphoe Yan Ta Khao, Amphoe Palian, Amphoe Sikao, Amphoe Wang Wiset, Amphoe Na Yong, Amphoe Ratsada, and King Amphoe Hat Samran.

The best time to visit Trang

The best time to visit Trang is between December and May. As it is located on the same coastline as Phuket and Krabi Provinces, Trang Province is also influenced by the monsoon. The temperature is generally warm all year round with an average temperature varying from 20 Celsius to 36 Celsius.

In April, the daytime temperature is highest and it is also the hottest period of the year. The rainy season, which is from May to September, has rains and short downpours during the daytime. The monsoon period comes from September to November and then from December onwards the weather generally becomes more pleasant.

 

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Trang Travel Guide

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Trang

South of Krabi, half way between Phuket and the Malaysian border, the coastal province of Trang is poised to establish itself on the international travel map. It can be reached by air in one hour from Bangkok.

As yet little developed, although international-standard hotels are opening up, Trang has both mainland beaches and a whole string of offshore islands just waiting to be discovered. Cruising the coastal waters, visiting such notable sights as the enchanting Emerald Cave, accessible only by water, is a major attraction. For those clients who want to relax and unwind in the midst of stunning scenery, Trang is the perfect recommendation. There’s the Mu Ko Petra National Park with beaches and islands lapped by the warm Andaman Sea waters. Some of the dive sites here are world class. There are also wildlife sanctuaries such as Khao Chong and Khlong Lamchan Waterfowl Park with waterfalls, nature trails and caves.

Koh Chang Travel Guide

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Koh Chang

Koh ChangKoh Chang has always been a favourite get-away for Thai people. Lush and mountainous, this quiet island, full of natural treasures is a jewel just waiting to be discovered.

Only 360 kilometres from Bangkok, Koh Chang is an island paradise with pristine forests and rich marine life. The largest of 47 islands off the coast of Trat province, its seeming inaccessibility means that the island has been largely overlooked by visitors, making it a true island get- away. However, an excellent road from Bangkok and a new flight to Trat airport, have meant that the destination is now starting to get the attention that it deserves.

Mountainous Koh Chang has an undisturbed interior of dense tropical rain forest, home to many species including macaque monkeys, barking deer and wild pig. Trekkers can also expect to see more than 70 species of bird.   Koh Chang and the islands in this chain were awarded Marine National Park status in 1982 to ensure that this pristine environment is preserved.

Whilst exploring the jungle is a possibility, the less energetic who simply want to relax on the beach won’t be disappointed! The whole of the western side of the island has white sand beaches, which stretch as far as the eye can see.

 

Phang Nga: Natural Beauty

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Phang Nga

Surin Islands National Park

Surin Island National ParkThis park is situated at Mu 5. Tambon Ko Phra Thong, occupylng an area of 84,375 rai. It was announced as a national park area on July 9, 1981. TO access Surin Islands National Park, the shortest distance between the park and Phangnga is to use the fish marketing pier of Ban Hin Lat around the mount of Nang Yon Canal area (the folks there call it Thung Nang Dam Canal). The access road to the fish marketing pier is a one kilometre earth road which branches off from Ranong-Takua Pa Highway at Km. 110 (from Ranong), 5 kms. from Amphoe Khura Buri. To travel from this pier take only 4-5 hours travelling by boat from Phangnga (township area), it will take about 13 hours. If boating from Kapur of Ranong the time will be seven hours approximately. The best time to visit Surin Islands National Park is only from December to March.

 

Tha Nun Seashore

Branching Highway No.4 through Highway No.402 to Phuket one can see sandy beaches on both sides of Pak Phra Channel before arriving at Phuket Island. There are sea turtles laying eggs on these beaches every year during the season.

Khao Pilai Seashore

This locality is sutiated in the vicinity of Tambon Khok Kloi and it is adjacent to Tha Nun Beach. Even there are some rocky cliffs on the white sandy beach, swimming can be done.

Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Muang National Park.

This park covers an area of 45,000 rai and was proclaimed as a national park area on April 14, 1986. Places of interest in the vicinity of this national park are:

Lampi Waterfall

Lampi WaterfallThis fall is situated in Mu 6, Tambon Thai Muang, along the Phetchakasem Highway (Highway No.4). Between KM. 32-33, a laterite road of 1.5 kilometres branches off on the left to the fall. Lampi Waterfall, medium sized falls, has three levels each of which is about 100 metres in height. The falls exist all year round and more people like to visit during rainy season.
 

 

 

Ton Phrai Waterfall

At KM. 28-29, a seven kilometer laterite road branches off on the left but a foot trip is still needed for another kilometre to view the fall. This is a large sized waterfall with cascading water all year round and a trip to see this waterfall should be made during the dry season for traveling convenience.

Wat Suwan Khuha

This monastery is located at Mu 2, Tambon Krasom. To get there one must use the Phangnga-Khok Kloi route (Highway No.4) for a distance of seven kilometres to arrive at Mu 2 (Km.31), Amphoe Takua Thung, one kilometre asphalt road branches off on the right. Wat Suwan Khuha is generally called, by the villagers, “Wat Tham” which is an interesting monastery having the most importance in Phangnga due to its being an important historical archaeological site. In the vicinity of the monastery area, there is a mountain having several big and smal1 caves situated in both low and high locations.

Tham Yai

Tham Yai is located at the lowest level where one must pass through prior to entering other caves. The size of this cave is larger than any other caves having a width of more than 20 metres, and a lenght of more than 40 metres. The cave floor is flat while the ceiling has a semi-circle shape like a boat roof. There are decorations with earthenware of various colours, sizes, and designs along the entire cave lenght. Tham Yai is used as a Vihara enshrining various sizes of stucco Buddha images; the most important one is a very beautiful 15 metre Reclining Buddha.
 

Khao Lak

Khao LakTaking the route No.4 (Thai Muang-Ta Kua Pa) for 25 kilometres from Amphoe Ta Kau Pa then turning left between kilometre makers 56-57, Khao Lak Mountain with a shrine of Chao Pho Khao Lak is situated opposite to Khao Lak Seashore renowned for its stony beach.

 

 

 

Lam Ru Waterfall

A 5-tiered yearlong waterfall on Kradai Range, Lam Ru Waterfall is accessible by a branch road from the Highway No. 4090 via Amphoe Ka Pong with a 1-kilometre turn to the falls.

Ban Thung Tuek Ancient Town

These remains are located on the back part of Tambon Ko Kho Khao, Mu 3 area, Amphoe Khura Buri between the ends of Muang Thong Canal and Thung Tuek Canal which is the mouth of Takua Pa River area. Characteristics of the area are sand, plain, covered with trees and some spots are brushes. The reason why it is generally called, by the villagers, “Thung Tuek” is that there are at least three archaeological remains. They look similar to a building or sanctuary, on this sand plain in the brush area. Parts and components of a Bhraman religious place and religious symbols, such as stone carved into a pedestrian shape with a pit at the bottom, it looks like a base whereupon a Siva Linga or an idol is places. In addition, pleces of Chinaware, earthenware, coloured glass contalners as well as various types and colours of beads, Indian coins are scatteredly found on the ground of this Thung Tuek archaeological remains. The majority of archaeological expert has resolved that Thung Tuek was a location of an ancient port town where Indians, Arabians, and Malayans were so well acquainted due to its being an important spice market situated on the west bank of the Malayan Penninsula. It is located in a suitable locality having appropriate natural circumstances to anchor in safety from big storms. Besides its perfect natural resources, it is situated nearby the deep open sea where big vessels can access conveniently and yet located on the mouth of Takua Pa River which is also the center of water communication.
 

Similian Islands National Part

Similian IslandThis park occupies an area of 80,000 rai and was announced as the national park area on September 1,1982. There are two ways to access the Similan, i.e., taking a boat trip from the pier in Ban Thap Lamu, Amphoe Thai Muang, through a distance of 40 kilometres which takes about three hours or taking a boat trip from a pier in Amphoe Khura Buri through an approximate distance of 40 kilometres and it also takes about three hours. Similan, a small archipelago in the Andaman Sea comprises nine islands. It is appraised by the Skin-Diving Magazine of USA as one of the top ten islands having both surface and under water beautiful scenery. A tourist can enjoy scuba diving or angling and it is convenient to start the trip from Phuket where boat-hire service is available for tourists. The best time to make a trip for diving and angling is from late December to mid April. March is regarded as the month with best weather, free from storm, and clear water.

Ruesisawan Cave and Luk Sua Cave

These two caves are located on Khao Chang Road in the Vicinity of Muang Phangnga municipal area near Phetchakasem Highway, slightly opposite to the Provincial Court. One can walk inside from one carve through another. The Ruesisawan Cave is in front of Luk Sua Cave facing the edge of Phetchakasem Highway.

Ko Panyi

Ko Panyi is a small flat island of about one rai. There are about 120 households and the majority of the population earn their living from fishery, selling souvenirs and food to tourists. There is one public school named Ban Ko Panyi School, and the villagers are mostly Moslem.

Khao Phing Kan

This small hill is located in the area of Amphoe Takua Thung. The origin of this name is that a rocky hill is broken apart and the smaller piece slid down with the base sunk in the earth while the upper part still abuts on another posing the present leaning hills. Behind Khao Phing Kan the scenery is very picturesque and when looking afar to the sea “Khao Tapu” is seen amidst the sea. It looks like a nail, e.g., having a big top while the bottom part touching the sea is slim.

Tham Lot

This cave is located in Ao Phangnga area. Stalactites and stalagmites found in the cave are very beautiful.

Khao Machu

This rocky hill has a shape similar to a dog. It is located on the way to the Ko Panyi.

 

Phung Chang Cave

This cave is located, in Muang Phangnga municipal area, beside the Provincial Hall before entering Phangnga Market area make a turn vla a 500 metre asphalt road to Wat Praphat Prachimkhet where one can walk to the cave.

Sa Nang Manora Forest Park

This is also known as Sa Nang Manora Waterfall, is located in the area of Tambon Nop Pring, Amphoe Muang. To access the park one has to use Phangnga – Krabi route (Highway No. 4) for a distance of five kilometres where a turn is made at the Electricity Generating Station via a three kilometre laterite road to the fall area. The park occupies an area of l80 rai and, in general, it is a pleasant forest having various kinds of plant and wood species. The outstanding characteristic of this park is the fall originating from a stream flowing along the hillside and cascading down to the big reservoir all year round.
 

Ao Phangnga National Park

Ao Phang Nga National ParkThis marine park is situated in the vicinities of Amphoe Muang, Takua Thung, and Ko Yao occupying an area of 250,000 rai and it was announced as the national park area on April 29, l98l. To access Ao Phangnga from the township area, one has to use Highway No. 4 heading southward to Tam-hon Khok Kloi passing the Provincial Hall and when arriving at KM.8 make a left turn for another four kilometre distance via Highway No. 4l44 to Ao Phangnga National Park. At the Customs Checkpoint Pier one can find boating services operated by private enterprises (besides this pier, one can use the Surakun Pier or Kasom Pier in Amphoe Takua Thung). Those who travel as a big group tour should use the boating service at the Customs Pier because suitable vessels are available there. Sightseeing route will commence from the pier passing Khao Machu, Khao Khian, Ko Panyi and stops will be made at Tham Lot, Khao Tapu, Khao Phing Kan.
 

Khao Khian

It is located on the way to Ko Panyi and there are various paintings of animal of different types. The Fine Arts Department has studied and found that the age of those paintings is not less than 3,000 years and it is believed that those paintings were made by seamen, in the ancient days, who stopped over to hide from a heavy storm.

Ko Yao

Ko Yao covers an area of 137.6 square kilometres consisting of 2 main islands, Ko Yao Noi and Ko Y3o Yai, and several surrounding islets.

Phang Nga: Getting there

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Phang Nga

By Car

1) First route: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4, passing the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Ranong, then drive straight to Phang-nga town. It is 788 kilometres from Bangkok. The trip takes around 12 hours.
2) Second route: From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 to Chumphon, from there, take Higway No. 41 to Amphoe Tha Chang, then go straight to an intersection where a right turn is made to Highway No. 401, keep driving to Amphoe Ban Ta Khun for about 50 kilometres, and then take Highway No. 415 for 30 kilometres, take a right turn to Phang-nga town. Visitors travelling from Phuket should use Highway No. 402, passing Sarasin Bridge to Ban Khok Kloi, take a right turn to Amphoe Takua Thung. It is 87 kilometres from Phuket. The journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
1) First route: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4, passing the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Ranong, then drive straight to Phang-nga town. It is 788 kilometres from Bangkok. The trip takes around 12 hours.
2) Second route: From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 to Chumphon, from there, take Higway No. 41 to Amphoe Tha Chang, then go straight to an intersection where a right turn is made to Highway No. 401, keep driving to Amphoe Ban Ta Khun for about 50 kilometres, and then take Highway No. 415 for 30 kilometres, take a right turn to Phang-nga town. Visitors travelling from Phuket should use Highway No. 402, passing Sarasin Bridge to Ban Khok Kloi, take a right turn to Amphoe Takua Thung. It is 87 kilometres from Phuket. The journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
 

By Bus

There are daily bus services from Bangkok to Phang-nga. Travelling time is 12 hours. For more information call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel. 0 2435 1199-200 or the Phang-nga Bus Terminal at tel: 0 7641 2300, 0 7641 2014 or visit www.transport.co.th

 

By Train

There is no direct train to Phang-nga. The State Railways of Thailand operates daily train services between Bangkok and Surat Thani. A trip to Phang-nga can be made by getting off at the Surat Thani Railway Station and then ride a bus for another two hours. For more information call Bangkoks Hualamphong Railway Station at tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th
 

By Air

Thai Airways International operates Bangkok-Phuket flights daily. From Phuket, take a bus or rent a car to Phang-nga for about 58 kilometres. For more information, call Thai Airways at tel: 1566 or 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or visit www.thaiairways.com