Trang : Shopping

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Na Muensri cloth

Na Muensri ClothNa Muensri is a village in Nayong, on the way to Chang Hai Cave. From the past, Na Muensri has been the center for weaving cloth. The weaving remains basically a cottage industry. Nowadays, the need for this kind of clothes become less. Anyhow, Na Muensri Clothes become one of Trang’s famous handicraft, specially the one with the pattern called “Lai Look Kao”. In those day, “Lai Look Kao” was only a pattern for high-class people. For lady, this pattern is used on scarfs, handkerchiefs, headdresses and “Sabai” (a piece of fine and beautiful cloth worn to cover the blouse in Thai traditional dress.) For men, this kind of cloth is used as a belt and head decoration. Today, a group of lady, having “Lady Kuson Nil-Laor” as the leader, have been setup for teaching their younger to be good at this valuable art. Visitors often come to Na Muensri to buy the best Na Muensri Clothes from the group.


Trang Cake

CakeThe famous cake from Trang, come with several taste such as : Orange cake, Coffee cake and three taste cake. Trang cake has very good smell and good taste. And that make Trang cake welknown among tourists coming to Trang. You can buy Trang cake from several shops in town, specially from shops near the railway station. Or try to visit Trang in August of every year for the “Cake Festival” which held near the railway station.



Roasted Pork

Roasted PorkBeside Trang cake, Trang also has another famous food-Trang Roasted Pork. The crispy roasted porks from Trang is very unique. The way the roasted pork is made is truely a traditional one: both in the seasoning mixture and in the ingredients. Oddly enough, they have been served as breakfast in Trang’s coffee house. Trang people normally have roasted pork, Dim Sum, and coffee for breakfast. That strange digest habit amused every tourists. But you should not miss trying Trang style’s breakfast at any cafe’ near your hotel. For visitors, there is a roasted pork festival held in September of every year. And probably buy some back home.

Trang Town Life

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Laying across Trang is Banthad, the big mountain in the south. Plentiful forest, wildlife, and more than twenty waterfalls make Banthad a challanging but charming destinWalking through the clean markets
The two markets, Ta Klang Market and Municipal Market, selling fresh products are not far away from each other. People do not have to worry about dirty water which may be found in the markets in the other provinces here. Trang has been awarded as the cleanest town in Thailand for many years in a row. And its markets are considered to be the cleanest fresh market in Thailand. If you stay in town, it must be a good experience to walk through one of them to see how local people’s daily life is.

Monument of Phraya Rasdanupradit Mahissara Phakdi

Located 1 km. out of town on the road to Phatthalung, this is the monument of an important ruler of Trang who first initiated the idea of growing rubber plants in Trang and later they spread all over the southern part of Thailand. In the evening, a lot of people go there for relaxation.



Kraphang Surin Park

Kraphang Surin Park is a broad  natural pond where the surroundings are suitable for relaxation. There are three pavilions in the middle of the pond. The surrounding areas are beautifully decorated gardens, and restaurants under the shade of trees for visitors who come to relax. It is a place suitable for spending an evening 

Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi Museum

The museum is around 200 meters 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 governor’s house” or the house of Phraya Ratsadanupradit, the former governor of the province. The house is a two-story wooden building. Inside are a wax figure of the governor 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. (075) 251100.



Khuan Tamnak Chan Public Park

Kuan Tamnak ChanThe park is around 24 kilometers from Trang Town. 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 Disctict.








The first rubber tree in Thailand

The first rubber tree in Thailand is on the 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.

Trang Field Life

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Tham Phra Buddha (Buddha Cave) – A Hidden Valley

Tham Phra BudhaFrom Klongpang to Huai Yod in the east, there is a village road which is 17 km Ieading to Tham Phra Buddha Temple (wat). At this temple, you can see Buddha image lying in the sleeping gesture. The image has a very beautiful face. It is said that it was built in the late Ayudhaya period and it was not actually made by southern crafters. Maybe it was made by the royal crafters ordered by the king of Ayudhaya. (Ayudhaya was the old capital of Thailand before the last Burmese invasion in A.D. 1767)

Inside the cave, high-class household facilities such as silverwares, laquerwares, and potteries were put in there and built into the image to cover the cave so that noone could see.

These precious objects were definitely not belong to ordinary local people but then are illustrated three possible sources:

1. Queen Luadkao ordered her men to bring these precious objects to worship the Buddha image and the rest were hidden in the cave.
2. Local historian mentioned that these precious objects might have been made sometime before Ayudhaya was attacked by Burma. They were afraid of being defeated and Burmese will come and take them so they hid them in the cave.
3. Some said during the war with Burma, the ruler of Nakornsrithammarat hid the trasures here in A.D. 1785 (B.E. 2328) and then ordered the image to be built close to the mouth of the cave.

Wat Kao Phra (Kao Phra Template) : Puzzles for Anthropology.

Wat Kao PhraTraveling from Klongpang to the north, before Huay Yod District, you will reach Ban Huay Nang. There is a road on the left from here leading to Kao Phra Temple, 4 km away.

Wat Kao Pra“Tham Tra” is a subject of interest among anthropologists because of the red symbol found carved into the stone wall in the cave. Eight more symbols, similar to the first one, are also found under the cave well – 50 metres below. The symbol remains a puzzle because no one knows what it means or refers to. Anthropologists are still attempting to explain these symbols. At the top of the stairs in the cave, another astonishing feature can be found. It is the body of a dead abbot of Kao Phra Temple who dies in A.D. 1963 (B.E. 2506). Luang Por Eiat Suwanno is preserved in a tall cenerary urn. Everyone will be astonished as the abbot looks still alive – his hair, teeth, and nails – nothing has decayed.

Tham Kao Changhai (Lost Elephant Cave) – The curtain of stalactites and stalagmites

Tham Kao ChanghaiFrom Nayong, a sub-district in Trang, there is a big sign an arrow pointing to Tham Kao Changhai, in Namuensri Village. The name “Chang Hai” means a “lost elephant”. According to the legend, people in this village was participating in a procession of horses and elephants carrying jewels to be put in a pagoda in Nakornsrithammarat when one of the mother elephants lost its newly born beautiful male baby elephant which ran into the cave. The mother elephant couldn’t enter the cave to follow her baby, so stopped and cried in front of the cave. People tried to help her finding the baby elephant, but they failed to do so because inside the cave was very confusing – It was covered with stalactites and the floor was full with stalagmites, which hid her baby elephant. And that’s why the cave was named “Chang Hai” or “Lost Elephant”

The Reclining Buddha Image – at Wat Pukaothong.

PukaothongAt Kao Lak Village which is located in east of Trang, on the hill in Wat Pukaothong, the Buddha Image reclining in Nipparana period has been lying there. The image’s face illustrates the southern craft. The outstanding characteristic is that the image is wearing “Serd” – kind of hat or crown used only for “Noras”, an important performance in southern Thailand. Normally, the image with “Serd” usually stands or sits down but rarely are they found lying down. Only one was found here at Wat Pukathong.

Wat Keereewihan (Keereewihan Temple)

Wat KeereewihanBetween Huai Yod and Nawong on Petchakasem Road, locating Wat Keereewihan. Buddha images in different gesture were found by anthropologists here. In A.D. 1903 (B.E. 2446), earth-framed images were found. These images, made by “unknown” people, are displayed at the temple all the time. Wat Keereewihan is another good place for anthropologists.

Visit and old cave – Tham Kao Pina (Kao Pina Cave)

Tham Kao PinaFourty three kilometres from Trang to Krabi on Trang-Krbi Route, you will find a sign point to the way to Kao Pina or Pina Mountain. “Pina” is a Yawee word which means “a person who conquers everything”. The first Muslim named Pina used to settle here so the place is named after his name. Kao Pina is a limestone mountain and

Wat Kao Pina is located at the foot of it. There are stairs leading to six different caves, each of which is different from each other.

Tham E-So (E-so Cave) at Wat So Rachapradit (So Rachapradit Temple)

Tham E-SoThe road to Tham So Rachapradit is opposite the Praya Rusadanupradit Barrack. From the main road, it’s only 5 km to Wat So Rachapradit. This temple is quite, shady and cool with various trees growing on the hills. E-So is the name of a tall, enourmous, upright beautiful shady trees grown here. In this cave, the Reclining Buddha image was built lying along the length of the cave wall.






Tham Kao kob (Kao Kob Cave) or Tham Le (Sea Cave)

 Tham Kao KobFrom Trang Town, uses route No. 4 to Huay Yod. At Hua Yod, turn left and you will arrive Kao Kob Cave or Tham Kao Kob. Tham Kao Kob is said to be the longest sea uner the mountain. You should plan to visit Tham Kao Kob in summer but not in rainy season because it will be difficult to get in there. Kao Kob Cave located in Kao Kob Mountain surrounded by rubber trees and rice fields. Around the mountain are the canals; the first one goes left, the second one goes right and the last one go directly into the mountain. 

Tham Kao KobAlthough the Kao Kob Mountain is only 400 metres wide and 800 metres long, the canal that goes inside it is about 4 kms long. The weather inside is good and breezy. There are many caves inside the mountain, such as Konthan Cave, Thongprarong Cave, Sawanh Cave, Petch Cave, Ply Cave, and Paeng Cave. If you want to go inside the cave, Tourist Service Centre there provide boat trip for 70 Baht/person.

Wat Phra Ngam

Wat Pra NgamFrom the Phraya Rusadanupradit Monument, about 2 kilometres is the Phra Ngam (Beautiful Budha image) made from gold and covered with cement. I history, notorious thieves disguised as ordinary people and played a trick whie people were pulling a sacred image during the Chak Phra Festival. The image was seized by these thieves. Later, it was destroyed and the thieves left only broken pieces. The pieces were put back together and the image is complete again.



Nora                   Ta Lung

Nora Performance


– old fashion puppet

Rong Ngang   Kalor

Rong Ngang
– Muslim Performance


– Music in funeral party

Trang Mountain Life

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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

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

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.


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.





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. 

Trang : Getting Around

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

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.



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 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


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

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


Trang : General Information

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

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.


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.