:: TRANG

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 kilometres. 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 square kilometers.

:: Attractions

The Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahisornpakdi (Khaw Sim Bee Na Ranong) Monument was erected to honor the first governor of Trang (1890-1901) who initiated, and was instrumental in bringing, the rubber tree seedlings for planting in the province, turning it into the province's main product, even up to the present day.

Tourism development is slowly extending into the 50 or so small Andaman Islands off the western coast of Trang, but they have still retained their superb, fine sands, pristine corals, and rich bird and mammal wildlife. There are 4 main islands of interest; Koh Hai, Koh Muk (Pearl Island), Koh Kradan (Board Island), and Koh Libong. The nearest one is the forested Koh Hai with wonderful beaches and corals on the eastern side. Koh Muk is popular for its Tham Morakot (Emerald Cave) on the western side. The long, limestone tunnel leads from the sea to an inland beach surrounded by towering cliffs and accessible by boats only at low tide. Koh Kradan, one of the most beautiful and most remote islands in this group, hosts the annual Trang Underwater Wedding Fair. Further south is the largest island of them all, Koh Libong, famed for bird-watching during March and April.

Located 21 km from the city, the remote Khao Chong Wildlife Sanctuary contains an impressive open zoo, 2 spectacular waterfalls, and a bird sanctuary, the Klong Lamchan reservoir, which attracts numerous migratory waterfowls during the months of January and March.

About 50 km west of the city, the 144,300-rai Hat Chao Mai National Park has a varied coastal geography consisting of 9 small islands, mangrove creeks interspersed with coastal karsts, and hidden beaches accessible through caves.

The Rubber Museum informs the public about the history of the rubber industry, the correct method of tapping rubber sap from trees, and displays tools used in making the pressed rubber sheets widely seen hanging out to dry in plantations all over Southern Thailand.

Tour Operators in Trang :
  • Trang Scuba Dive Centre Co., Ltd. 59/33-34 Huai Yot Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel: 0-7522-2189-90
  • Trang Travel Co., Ltd. 99 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel: 0-7521-9598-9 Fax: 0-7521-1290
  • Watthana Khlang Chan Tour Partnership Ltd.
    189 Mu 10, Trang-Palian Road, Tambon Khok Lo, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel: 0-7521-2159 Fax: 0-7524-4447
  • Ko Ngai Villa 112 Rama 6 Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang Tel: 0- 7521-0496
  • Libong Travel 59/1 Tha Klang Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel/ Fax: 0-7521-4676
  • Sukon Beach Bungalow and Tour Co., Ltd. 174 Mu 1, Tambon Ko Sukon, Amphoe Palian Tel: 0-7521-1457, 0-1228-3668
  • K.K. Tour 40 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang Tel: 0-7521-1198
  • Trang Wari Travel   223/3-4 Wiset Kun Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel: 0-7521-8443, 0-7521-9448, 0-1477-6863 Fax: 0-7522-5282
  • Trang Marina 201/20 Wiset Kun Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel/ Fax: 0-7522-0907
  • Wonderbar Co., Ltd. 24 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000  Tel/ Fax: 0-7521-4563
  • Chitlada Tour 66/25 Sathani Rd., Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel/ Fax: 0-7521-6110
  • Sukon Island and Laem Sai Tour 298/15-16 Huai Yot Rd., Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel: 0-7521-9679 Fax: 0-7521-5648
  • Pak Meng Resort 60/1 Mu 4, Tambon Mai Fat, Amphoe Sikao 92150 Tel: 0-7521-0321, 0-7527-4111.
  • N.K. Tour and Travel 66/8 Sathani Road, Tambon Thap Thiang, Amphoe Muang 92000 Tel: 0-1477-5416
 
 
 
 
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