Trang , or Muang Thap Thiang used to be a port involved in foreign trade. It was the first city where rubber was planted. Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi brought rubber from Malaysia and planted it here before anywhere else in southern Thailand in 1899. Rubber is now considered an important commodity of Thailand. The important Trang River flows through the province from its origin in the Khao Luang mountain range and the Palian River from the Banthat mountain range.
Trang is a coastal province on the Indian Ocean with a long western coastline of about 199 kilometers. The province consists of an archipelago in the Andaman Sea with over 46 islands. Of these, 12 are in Amphoe Kantang, 13 in Amphoe Palian and 21 in Amphoe Sikao. The best time for sea travel is during October to May of the following year. Trang has a total area of 4,941.439 square kilometers and is divided into 9 districts (Amphoe) and 1 sub-district (King Amphoe); 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.
|North||- Connects with Amphoe Thung Song in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Amphoe Khlong Thom in Krabi.|
|South||- Connects with Amphoe Thung Wa in Satun and the Andaman Sea.|
|East||- Connects with Amphoe Khuan Khanun, Amphoe Kongra and Amphoe Tamot in Phatthalung (with the Banthat mountain range dividing the provinces).|
|West||- Connects with Amphoe Khlong Thom in Krabi and the Andaman Sea.|
From Trang city to its districts
- Huay Yot 28 kms.
- Kan Tang 24 kms.
- Na Yong 10 kms.
- Pa Lian 47 kms.
- Ratsada 47 kms.
- Sikao 33 kms.
- Wang Wiset 60 kms.
- Yan Takhao 23 kms.
- Hat Samran subditrict 45 kms
Phraya Rassadanupradit Mahissarapakdi monument
is in Trang Municipal Park, about 1 kilometer from the Provincial Hall on the Trang-Phatthalung route. Phraya Ratsada helped to make Trang the prosperous city it is today. He developed transportation, agriculture, animal husbandry, education, and local administration. He was also the first person to plant rubber trees in the province, which contributed to widespread planting in southern
Sa Kraphang Surin
which contributed to widespread planting in southern Thailand. Sa Kaphang Surin in Trang Municipality is about 2 kilometers from the Provincial Hall on Wian Kaphang Road. This is a natural pool of about 80,000 square meters. A concrete bridge spans the pool to three beautiful connecting pavilions in the pool's center. The surrounding area is a public park. A zoo is not far from Phraya Ratsadanupradit Monument.
Phra Si Nakharin Park (Thung Nam Phut)
is 3 kilometers from the city. Nam Phut Road is on the right of Tha Klang Road. The park has a lovely landscape and a magnificent view.
Phra Non Song Khruang Manora
is at Wat Phu Khao Thong, Mu 1, Tambon Nam Phut, around 20 kilometers from the city. The Buddha image is in the death posture. The most distinctive feature is the head, which has a decorated headdress of the Nora dance called the Throet, regarded as a holy and royal ornament of the dance that is an indigenous performance of southern Thailand.
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Thale Song Hong
is in Tambon Bang Di, 8 kilometers from the district center. To get there, take Phetchakasem Road (Huai Yot-Krabi) to Ban Phraek, then right for 12 kilometers. Thale Song Hong is a large natural body of water like a lake, surrounded by mountains. A mountain juts out in the middle, dividing the water into two sections. Hence, the name "Thale Song Hong" (Two-room Sea). The view here is breathtaking and the water is clear enough to see the many fish underneath.
Thale Song Hong National Boy Scouts Camp
is near Thale Song Hong in Tambon Bang Di. The camp has an area of 2,080 square kilometers. It was established by the Department of Physical Education and offers meeting and seminar rooms for boy scouts around the country. There are 18 Southern-style houses available, each able to accommodate 10 persons. There are also campsites. For more information, please contact the Trang Physical Education and Sports Center at Stadium 1, tel. (075) 224294.
is in Tambon Na Wong, 45 kilometers from the city on Phetchakasem Road. A 2-kilometer road branches from there to the mountain. This mountain is hollow all the way to the top, not unlike an overturned pan. At the foot is Wat Khao Pina where a reclining Buddha image is at a cave entrance. Concrete stairs take guests up to see the cave's beauty where one can go in 3 directions. The area is lovely and very conducive to relaxation.
Le Khao Kop Cave
is in Mu 1, Tambon Khao Kop, about 7 kilometers from the district office on Phetchakasem Road, then 700 meters on a road on the left. Le Cave is truly a natural wonder. A stream flows through the cave. The cave itself looks like a high and steep cliff with layers of rocks. A canal from the Banthat Mountain Range divides into 3 waterways upon reaching Khao Kop, 2 going around the mountain and the other flowing through the cave under the mountain. Stalactites and stalagmites line the cave for about 4 kilometers. Currently the Khao Kop Tambon Administration Organization provides rowboats for visitors to view the cave's beauty and to be an eco-tourism and adventure activity by the locals. The fee is 200 baht for 7 persons or 30 baht per person. Please contact the organization at tel. (075) 271426.
Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi 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 lord's house" or the house of Phraya Ratsadanupradit, the former lord of the province. The house is a two-story wooden building. Inside are a wax figure of the lord and a complete collection of his daily personal items. The Na Ranong family looks after the house. It is open to the public every day except Mondays (it is open on public holidays but closed the following day). Groups requiring a guide must contact in advance Kantang Phitthayakon School, tel. (075) 251100. .
Khuan Tamnak Chan Public Park
is around 24 kilometers from the city. 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
The first rubber tree in Thailand
is along a road that leads to Kantang. This tree represents the first group of rubber trees that Phraya Ratsadanupradit planted to pioneer the rubber plantation industry in 1899.
Yong Lin Beach-San Beach
is on the way to Chao Mai Beach and a 2-kilometer road leads to Yong Lin Beach. This curved beach parallels a pine forest. At the beach's end is a high mountain with holes and caves that can be passed through to a cliff with more caves and rocks similar to a fortress encircling sand dunes. The beach is ideal for swimming and rest. There is a park headquarters and a tourist service center.
is at Mu 6 in Tambon Ko Libong. This long beach extends from a mountain in the shape of a shark's fin to the north. Lovely sea pines line the beach. The wide beach is suitable for camping and there is private accommodation available.
Chao Mai Cave-Chao Khun Cave
is a stalagmite/stalactite cave in To Nae Mountain near Ban Chao Mai. It can be reached by boat from Yao Beach onto Khlong Chao Mai for about 15 minutes. A small rowboat can go through the cave to a verdant mangrove forest where the cave is nearby. Visitors have to walk up to the cave to fully appreciate its beauty.
is in Tambon Libong and is the largest island in the Trang Sea with an area of 40,000 square kilometers. Around the island are seaweed and a large herd of manatees, large mammals of Thailand. It is also the home of a variety of native and migratory birds that are most abundant in winter. Ko Libong is part of the Libong Archipelago Wildlife Reserve. The park headquarters is located here. The island has many capes and beaches such as Tup Beach, Chu Hoei Cape, Thuat Cape, and To Chai Cape. People can walk across the beach at Chu Hoei Cape at low tide to Ko Tup where seabirds and mangrove birds from colder climates not found anywhere else are in great numbers. Many fishing villages are on the island. Most residents are Muslims. From Ko Libong, one can get a good view of Ko Chao Mai and Chao Mai Cape. To get to the island, take a boat at Hat Yao Ban Chao Mai Pier. A boat leaves every hour and takes 30 minutes to get to the island. The boat rent is 400 baht per boat. There is accommodation on the island. Please contact the Libong Archipelago Wildlife Reserve, P.O. Box 5, Amphoe Kantang, Trang, tel. (075) 251932.
is at Mu 7, Tambon Bo Nam Ron, around 10 kilometers from Kantang. This natural hot spring has a constant temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. It is an interesting place for health tourism.
Ko Muk and Morakot Cave
are the most impressive points in the Trang Sea. The island is mostly high and majestic cliffs facing the sea to the west while a fishing village is to the east facing the mainland. The cliffs are homes to swallows. Hidden among them are the fantastic Morakot Cave. The cave entrance is a small passage that is above water and boats can just pass through. The cave itself winds for about 80 meters to the other exit where a clean white beach surrounded by high cliffs awaits. The cave entrance is in the island's west. To get to Ko Muk, tourists can take a boat from Pak Meng Pier in Amphoe Sikao for the 40-minute trip. The boat rent is around 1,500 baht/day. Accommodation is available on the island.
Waen are small islands between Ko Muk and Ko Kradan. They are teeming with shallow and deepwater corals and many types of fish. Visitors can depart from Pak Meng Pier for the islands. Boats leave regularly using the same route as to Ko Muk and Ko Kradan. The 50-minute trip costs 1,500 baht/day for a chartered boat.
is the most beautiful island in the Trang Sea. It has an area of 600 acres. Most of the island (5/6) is under the responsibility of Hat Chao Mai National Park. The rest are privately owned rubber and coconut plantations. The island offers good restaurants and accommodation for tourists. The most striking feature of Ko Kradan is its powdery white beach and crystal-clear water that permits a great view of the coral reef underneath that stretches from the beach's northern end to the coast. A variety of colorful fish inhabit the shallow water corals. Ko Kradan is to the west of Ko Muk and Ko Libong. Visitors can take a boat from Pak Meng Pier to Ko Kradan. The trip takes 1.30 hours.
Khao Chong Nature and Wild Life Study Center
is approximately 21 kilometers from the city on the Trang-Phatthalung Road. This is one of the more attractive places of southern Thailand. There is an abundance of large trees, streams and waterfalls like Ton Yai, Ton Noi and Ka Chong. This is the first nature and wildlife study place in Thailand.
In addition, the "nature study trail" is a walking trail ideal for studying nature up close. Signs along the trail provide information on the environment. "The Museum and Exhibition Building" has exhibitions on nature and natural resource conservation. More information can be obtained from the station at Mu 7, Tambon Chong, Amphoe Na Yong, P.O. Box 4, Trang.
Khlong Lamchan Waterfowl Park
is in Khlong Lam Chan Wildlife Reserve, 17 kilometers from the city on the Trang-Phatthalung route, then a right on the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road (Highway No. 4124) for about 1 kilometer. A large swamp in the park is the home of numerous waterfowls. The period when there is the most number of birds is January-March. The park is a peaceful place suitable for relaxation, tourism or overnighting. Permission must be obtained in writing from the Chief of Wildlife Reserve Section, Wildlife Conservation Division, Royal Forestry Department, tel. (02) 5614292-4 ext. 714.
Khao Chang Hai Cave
is 5 kilometers from Amphoe Na Yong Market in Ban Na Mun Si. The cave has a great deal of lovely stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes.
Na Mu Si Woven
is the most famous product of Na Mun Si, a Tambon in Trang. Currently there is a women's Na Mun Si weaving group that maintains the weaving heritage of the area. Visitors can see the group's works at its office that is on the same way as the road to Khao Chang Hai Cave, or about 5 kilometers on Na Mun Si Road. For further information, please contact the Amphoe Na Yong Community Development Office, tel. (075) 242431. About 300 meters away is the Tambon Na Mun Si Local Heritage Museum that is the local cultural center to preserve local arts and handicrafts. Over 300 ancient utensils and artifacts are on display.
Ka Chong Waterfall
is in Khao Chong Botanical Park on the Trang-Phatthalung Road in Amphoe Na Yong, about 7 kilometers from the district office. The majestic waterfall falls from a high mountain down a cliff and rocks. It is very popular with locals who visit it in large numbers everyday.
Sea tour of Palian
is recommended by taking the Trang-Palian road (Highway No. 404). The Palian coastline is a lovely, indicative of the extraordinary feature of the Andaman Sea. Famous beaches include Chao Samran and Tasae. Interesting islands are Sukon, Phetra, Lao Liang Nua, and Lao Liang Tai.
Mu Ko Phetra National Park
is a marine national park in Amphoe Palian and Amphoe Langu in Satun. The area was proclaimed a national park on 31 December 1994 and comprises islands such as Ko Phetra, Ko Khao Yai, Ko Lanti, Ko Lidi, Ko Bulon, Ko Laoliang, and Ko Praoma. Access can be from Pak Bara Pier in Satun. The most suitable time for a visit is during December-April. There is tourist accommodation near park headquarters. For more information, please contact the National Parks Division, Royal Forestry Department at tel. 579-7223 and 579-5734 or the Mu Ko Phetra National Park Division, Mu 4, Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe Langu, Satun, tel. (074) 781572.
is a Tambon in Palian, only 3 kilometers from shore via the Trang-Palian road (Highway No. 404). The island has many lovely beaches. In addition, it is renowned in the province for its delicious watermelons, which is abundant in March and April. To get there, take a bus on Trang-Palian route or a van from Amphoe Muang for approximately 35 kilometers and cross a ferry at Tha Kham Pier in Palian. Boats leave twice daily at 10.00 hrs. and 14.00 hrs. The trip takes 40 minutes. Alternatively, embark a boat at Tase Pier in King Amphoe Hat Samran by using Highway No. 404, turn right at Ban Na intersection and drive for around 18 kilometers and then left for another 7 kilometers or so. The total traveling time is 20-30 minutes. The boat rent is 500 baht for 10 people. There is tourist accommodation on the island.
Ton Tae Waterfall
is 45 kilometers from the city. Go on the Trang-Phatthalung road for about 17 kilometers, right onto the Ban Kachong-Ban Hat Lao road for (Highway No. 4124) for about 27 kilometers and left for 1 kilometer. This large and beautiful waterfall of Trang has water that drops down 320 meters of rocks. The source is in the Banthat Mountain Range. Assorted tropical flora cover the surrounding area. Visitors can go by car to the waterfall in every season.
Ton Tok Waterfall
is 1 kilometer from Ton Tae Waterfall along a walking trail. Streams flow through rocks large and small. Ton Tok offers a great view of Ton Tae.
Phra Phut Cave
can be accessed from Ban Ka Pang by turning right to Chauat and driving for around 10 kilometers. At the intersection, turn right and continue for about 7 kilometers. Inside the cave is a large reclining Buddha image and also a standing image decorated in the style of a regal southern Thailand dancer. Moreover, there are personal belongings of upper-class people like ceramics, lacquerware and old pottery. The origin of the items and the temple's history are shrouded in mystery.
Phraya Phichai Cave
in Ban Nai Wang, Tambon Nong Bua, is a naturally beautiful cave that has plenty of stalactites and stalagmites. It is teeming with wildlife, especially "Hoi Lo" or Lo snails that are edible.
Hat Chao Mai National Park
is a marine national park covering 2 districts that are Kantang and Sikao. The park's coastline is about 20 kilometers. The park headquarters is at Chang Lang Beach in Tambon Mai Fat, approximately 47 kilometers from the city. To get there, take the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng road (Highway No. 4162) for 40 kilometers and then 7 kilometers more on a road paralleling the beach to the park headquarters.
Land-based attractions of the park are Pak Meng Beach, Chang Lang Beach, San Beach, Yao Beach, Yong Ling Beach, Chao Mai Beach, and Chao Mai Cave. All are easily accessible by car. Moreover, there are 7 other islands in the Trang Sea for which the park is responsible. They are Ko Muk, Ko Kradan, Ko Chuak, Ko Pling, Ko Waen, Ko Meng, and Ko Chao Mai. The area was proclaimed a national park on 14 October 1982. The park also has the Marine Natural Study Center, tel. (075) 210664) and the Tourist Service Center. Accommodation is available on the island. For more details, please contact the National Parks Division, Royal Forestry Department, tel. 579-7223 and 579-5734 or Hat Chao Mai National Park, Mu 5, Tambon Mai Fat, Amphoe Sikao, Trang, P.O. Box 9, tel. (075) 210099.
Pak Meng Beach
is at Mu 4, Tambon Mai Fat, 38 kilometers from the city on the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng road (Highway No. 4046-4162). The beautiful and peaceful 5-kilometer-long beach is in the shape of a crescent moon. A lovely pine forest fringes the beach. Assorted large and small islands dot the sea, looking like a person lying face up in the ocean. Trang locals and people from nearby provinces like to come here to relax and sample spicy seafood in the restaurants. Boats from Pak Meng Pier take visitors to Ko Ngai and other islands close by.
is an island that is actually in Amphoe Ko Lanta of Krabi but it is classified as a tourist destination in the Trang Sea because it is easier to get there from Trang. The island has a white beach and clear water and is surrounded by magnificent corals. A boat trip from Pak Meng Pier takes about an hour. A 10-person capacity boat rent is 1,500 baht and for 20-40 persons is 6,000-10,000 baht. Accommodation is available on the island.
is around 30 kilometers from the city on the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng road (Highway No. 4046-4162). The large building is inside the Fishery Faculty, Rajamangkala Institute of Technology, Trang Campus, Tambon Mai Fat. The aquarium has 61 displays, not including fishponds. The aquarium has both freshwater and marine fish, amphibians and the most realistic model of a mangrove forest. It is open daily during official hours. Please call tel. (075) 248201-5.
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Southern Thailand Botanical Garden (Thung Khai)
can be reached via taking the Trang-Palian road (Highway No. 404) to Km. 11. This is a new tourist destination for those interested in studying nature and flora in particular. Inside the park are a tourist service center, a botanical garden, a herbal garden, a botanical library, a plant museum, and a technical meeting center. The most important aspect of the park is the many nature trails available, all going through a lowland jungle, as well as a forest with many interesting plant species. Accommodation is available. Please call tel. (075) 218435.
Sai Rung Waterfall
can be visited by taking the Trang-Phatthalung road to about Km. 17, turn right onto the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road for 15 kilometers, then turn left at the waterfall sign and continue for about 4 kilometers. This single-level waterfall falls from a high and huge cliff. The water turns into a rainbow as the sun shines through it.
Phrai Sawan Waterfall
is a medium-sized waterfall of 17 sub-levels. It can be reached by taking the Trang-Phatthalung road to about Km. 17, then turn right onto the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road and drive for 20 kilometers. Then turn left at the waterfall sign and drive for around 4.5 kilometers. Visitors can currently go for a 5-kilometer raft trip around the waterfall. Rubber boats are also available for hire.
Lam Plok Waterfall
is a large 6-level waterfall. From here, one can see islands and the view of the mouth of the Palian River. To get there, take the Trang-Phatthalung road to Km. 17 and turn right onto the Ban Ka Chong-Ban Hat Lao road and drive for 26 kilometers where you have to turn left into the waterfall. The Khlong Lam Plok Hydroelectric Project is situated here.
HAT SAMRAN SUBDISTRICT
is in Tambon Hat Samran, about 59 kilometers from the city. Take the Trang-Palian road and turn right at Ban Na intersection in Palian, and drive for 22 kilometers. This Indian Ocean beach has a thick pine forest and offers a good view of large and small islands offshore. The climate on the islands is warm and breezy all day, making them great holiday spots. Tourists come here to sample fresh seafood and watch the life of local fishermen.
is a traditional festival of the Chinese in Trang, held around October every year on a full-moon night. Thais of Chinese heritage would become a vegetarian (no consumption of meat and certain kinds of vegetables) and dress in white for 9 days and nights. This is to bring good fortune and make merit. Throughout the 9 days and nights, the spirit in the "medium" would go out and give blessing (some call it out touring) to households where there are offerings set out in front. The procession bearing the medium must light thousands of firecrackers, creating a deafening din. The medium would also perform supernatural feats to show that the spirit is in him
derives from the fact that Trang people are well known for making delicious cakes. This is particularly true for the villagers of Ban Lam Phu Ra where making cakes dates back generations. The cakes of Trang have no frosting and have several flavors like orange, coffee, three-flavored, etc. The festival is scheduled for every August. The cakes make ideal gifts.
Trang Roast Pork Festival
is a tourism promotion activity of Trang, held every September. The festival features the mouthwatering roast pork of a special recipe of Trang. The pork skin is crispy, the meat is tender and it is delicious due to a process by which the pig is fermented with herbs then roasted whole on a specially made grill. Trang's roast pork is sold daily and goes well with morning coffee or can be a dish at banquets
Ta Phao Shell Festival
is aimed at promoting the conservation of nature and the environment. The festival is held at Pak Meng Beach every November. There is a contest to gather Taphao shells.
Trang Products Fair
is held during 2-13 April annually. The fair combines culture, traditions and products of the province to display, to go in contests and pageants and to be sold in stores.
Annual King's Birthday and Red Cross Fair
is held during 5-15 December every year. There are entertainments and shops selling a variety of products. It is the grandest festival of Trang and of southern Thailand.
Manora or Nora is an art form native to southern Thailand. The performance has graceful and beautiful dance postures. The singer will sing the lyrics ad-lib. Therefore, he or she would have to be a quick thinker to find words that rhyme and that are meaningful in lyrics, dance and costume. Accompanying musical instruments include drums, cymbals, gongs, Java pipes, and castanets. Nowadays Nora has developed into incorporating modern instruments.
Shadow Play is a popular art of southern Thailand. Dried animal hide is carved into drama figures like a hermit, a lord, a lead actor, a lead actress, a giant, and a clown. The figures are held up behind a lighted screen to create shadows on it. Nai Nang or the puppeteer will sing verses or narrate the performance. He must have exceptional reflexes and be able to narrate the whole story by himself. Musical instruments used are the same as for Nora, with perhaps So U and So Duang (stringed instruments) added in.
Likae Pa is also called Likae Bok or Likae Rammana. This type of performance is different from the usual Likae as the performers wear other kinds of costumes. Likae Pa is popular among Thai Muslims. Only 3 performers play in a single set the whole show. However, the set will have a location name change to correspond to the story being played. Musical instruments used include 2-3 tambourines, cymbals, gongs, and pipes.
Trang is famous for many gifts:
Amphoe Muang - Screw pine mats, Muk (small containers), products made from ray skins like bags and shoes and basketry from a local plant.
Ban Nong Pru - Woodcarving from Thep Tharo wood and Sadao Thiam (margosa).
Na Mun Si - Rubber wood toys and woven clothes. Trang is also well known for local sweets and food:
Muang Trang - Roast pork.
Amphoe Huai Yot - Lam Phu Ra cakes. Khao Chong - Coffee.
Amphoe Palian - Tha Kham shrimp paste and long-stemmed durian.
Amphoe Kantang -Fresh oysters.
Local souvenir and product sales centers are concentrated in hotel souvenir shops, the airport and the Local Product Sales Center on the Trang-Phatthalung Road (beside the governor's residence). Trang High Class produces and sells products made from ray skins, tel. (075) 211167 and Plan Toys sells toys made from rubber wood in Amphoe Yan Ta Khao, tel. (075) 212948. For more information, please contact Trang Provincial Industry Office, tel. (075) 218699, 212841.