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.
is the most beautiful island in the Trang. With an area of 600 acres, most of the island (5/6) is under the jurisdiction 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 colourful fish inhabit the shallow water corals. Ko Kradan is to the west of Ko Muk and Ko Libong. From Pak Meng Pier, visitors can take a 1.30-hour boat trip to Ko Kradan.
Ko Chueak - Ko 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.
Ko Muk and Morakot Cave
are the most impressive points in the Trang Sea. The island is comprised of mostly high and majestic cliffs facing the sea to the west, while a fishing village is to the east facing the mainland. Swallow birds make the numerous cliffs their home. Hidden among them are the fantastic Morakot Cave. The cave entrance is a small passage on the island's western side that is accessible by boat during low tide. The cave itself winds for about 80 metres to the other exit, opening onto a clean white beach surrounded by high cliffs. 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.
is in Tambon Libong and is the largest island in the Trang Sea, with an area of 40,000 square kilometres. Around the island are masses of seaweed where the rare herds of manatees can be seen. 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 Hoi Cape, Thuat Cape, and To Chai Cape. People can walk across the beach at Chu Hoi Cape at low tide to Ko Tup where great numbers of seabirds and mangrove birds from colder climates congregate during their migration. 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 rental fee is 400 baht per boat. There is accommodation on the island. For more information, please contact the Libong Archipelago Wildlife Reserve, P.O. Box 5, Amphoe Kantang, Trang, tel. 0-7525-1932.
is a Tambon in Palian, only 3 kilometres 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 kilometres 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 Ta-se Pier in King Amphoe Hat Samran by using Highway No. 404, turn right at Ban Na intersection and drive for around 18 kilometres and then left for another 7 kilometres or so. The total travelling time is 20-30 minutes. The boat rent is 500 baht for 10 people. There is tourist accommodation on the island.
NORTH AND SOUTH LAO LING
Two mountainous islands connected by a narrow sandy isthmus, both islands are covered in dense forest and are uninhabited by man.
Another uninhabited mountainous island, the highest peaks rise over 40 metres above sea level.
"Kin Neow" the culture of Trang
The Trang wedding ceremony is unique from the ones which are held in other southern provinces. The ceremony usually takes 2 days: the first day is called "Wan Tung Karn" and the other is "Wan Tang Ngarn", in other words the wedding day. The celebrations in "Wan Tung Karn" continue from morning to evening. One of the local specialties served in the wedding celebration is"Kao Neow Kang Gai" or sticky rice with chicken curry.Such a special dish becomes the symbol of the wedding, hence, the wedding is called "Kin Neow"
or the "culture of Kin Neow".
or sticky rice is an important dish for wedding ceremony and is believed to be an auspicious symbol to bring couples and their families together. If any families cook tasty sticky rice, that means the families will be harmonized and prosperous just like a great combination of colour and different tastes; sweetness, saltiness, and a touch of spices. For the locals, "Kin Neow, Tai Lae" is a common expression for underwater wedding ceremony. The "Culture of Kin Neow" is also included in the Trang Underwater Wedding. This is to welcome million of lovers and visitors to feel and experience the loves from the hearts of Trang people.