If almost everyone knows about Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, then few have heard about another southern region of Thailand - Trang. Trang Province has long been and continues to be the business center and trade hub of the entire southern region of the country.
In recent years, it has been increasingly regarded by foreign tourists as a place worth visiting. The beaches of continental Trang and the surrounding islands are in no way inferior to neighboring provinces, and the lack of a large number of tourists only adds to the attractiveness of the area.
Trang Province: geography and climate
The province of Trang directly borders Krabi, located south of the latter. The coast is washed by the waters of the Andaman Sea. Landscape and climatically, Trang is similar to neighboring provinces. Here are the same islands with mountainous jungles and clean beaches, a long sandy coastline of the mainland.
The weather in Trang, as in the entire region, is determined by the alternation of summer and winter monsoons. Summer winds begin to blow from the sea in March and bring rain and high humidity. The sun heats the earth shrouded in clouds and clouds: the air temperature can rise to +40 degrees C and above. The rainy season lasts from May to September.
Winter monsoons start from the end of September. They blow from the side of the Asian continent, bringing dry and cool air from the mountains. Thanks to this, comfortable weather is established in Trang by December with a night temperature of +20 degrees, daytime +25 ... +30 degrees C.
The best time to visit Trang is from December to April inclusive. Mainly because during the rest of the year navigation between the islands is difficult and unstable. But the Trang Islands are what tourists come to this province for.
Trang Province includes more than 40 islands. Most of them are small, uninhabited, and are of interest for educational eco-tourism with a visit to the jungle, grottoes and caves. Some have tourist infrastructure: bungalows, open-air cafes, which, according to Thai tradition, are called the word "restaurant". Everything is very backpacker and democratic: the electricity is often cut off, and you have to cook on gas installations.
The province of Trang is rich in amazing isolated islands, to which civilization, if it got there, did not have time to spoil the cinematic surroundings. Crane is one of those. A few bungalows in the eastern part, wild beaches and a rocky coast on the west coast.
Here, nothing will prevent you from retreating into yourself or into nature, secluded on the beach with a book or putting on a mask for snorkeling along the coral reefs surrounding the island.
Also a small island, but more developed in terms of tourism. There are options for more or less comfortable accommodation. There are also places for solitude on the island, but you can easily find a company for diving, fishing or kayaking. All this is organized by offices specializing in outdoor activities.
Unlike Kradan and Ngai, Muk was inhabited before the advent of tourists. A small Thai community still lives here today. The attraction of the island is the Emerald Cave, which can only be reached by boat.
Muk is the closest island to the mainland coast of Trang. Accommodation on it is more democratic, there are a little more tourists than on neighboring Kradan and Ngai, but the island itself is larger.
Islands of Petra National Park
The national natural park includes several islands, the main of which are Lao Liang, Petra, Ta Kiang. Under the name Lao Liang, 2 islands are hidden - an absolutely heavenly place, ranging from the color of sea water and sand on the shore, ending with rocks and tropical jungle. On one of the Lao Liangs you can stay in a tent camping.
Another possibility for accommodation is the islands of Sukon and Libong. They are not part of the park, but are the closest to it.
How to get to Trang
Trang is an important province for the economy of the south of Thailand and is therefore transport accessible. Low-cost airlines Air Asia and Nok Air fly here. Traditionally for Thailand, you can buy a ticket immediately for a flight and a transfer (ferry / boat) to the desired island.
Trang Province has rail links to northern Thailand. In addition, you can get from almost anywhere in the country by the most popular form of transport - the bus.