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City Attractions
Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi Monument

is in Trang Municipal Park, about 1 kilometre 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 its widespread planting in southern Thailand.

Sa Kaphang Surin in Trang Municipality

is about 2 kilometres from the Provincial Hall on Wian Kaphang Road. This is a natural pool of about 80,000 square metres. A concrete bridge spans the pool to three beautiful connecting pavilions in the pool’s centre. The surrounding area is a public park. A zoo is not far from Phraya Ratsadanupradit Monument.

Phra Srinagarindra Park (Thung Nam Phut)

is 3 kilometres 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 Khrueang Manora

 is at Wat Phu Khao Thong, Moo 1, Tambon Nam Phut, around 20 kilometres from the city. The Buddha image is in the death posture. The most distinctive feature is the head, which has a decorated head-dress 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.

Na Yong
Khao Chong Wildlife Development and Conservation Promotion Station

is approximately 21 kilometres 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 Moo 7, Tambon Chong, Amphoe Na Yong, P.O. Box 4, Trang.

Khlong Lam Chan Waterfall Park

is in Khlong Lam Chan Wildlife Reserve, 17 kilometres 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 kilometre. 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 overnight camping. Permission must be obtained in writing from the Chief of Wildlife Reserve Section, Wildlife Conservation Division, Royal Forestry Department, tel. 0-2561-4292-4 ext. 714.

Namtok Ka Chong

is in Khao Chong Botanical Park on the Trang-Phatthalung Road in Amphoe Na Yong, about 7 kilometres 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.

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.

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 a 15-minute trip from Yao Beach to Khlong Chao Mai. A small rowboat can go through the cave to a verdant mangrove forest where the other cave is nearby. Visitors have to walk up to the cave to fully appreciate its beauty.

 
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Ko Libong

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.

Hot spring

is at Moo 7, Tambon Bo Nam Ron, around 10 kilometres 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 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.

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 Kradan

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.

Sikao
Hat Chao Mai National Park

is a marine national park covering the 2 districts of Kantang and Sikao with a 20-kilometres coastline. The park headquarters is at Chang Lang Beach in Tambon Mai Fat, approximately 47 kilometres from the city. To get there, take the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng Road (Highway No. 4162) for 40 kilometres and then 7 kilometres 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 for which the park is responsible. They are Ko Muk, Ko Kradan, Ko Chueak, Ko Pling, Ko Waen, Ko Meng, and Ko Chao Mai. The area was proclaimed a national park on 14 October 1982. The park also features the Marine Natural Study Centre (tel. 0-7521-0664) and the Tourist Service Centre.

Accommodation is available on the island. For more details, please contact the National Parks Division, Royal Forestry Department, tel. 0-2561-2920 - 1 or Hat Chao Mai National Park, Moo 5, Tambon Mai Fat, Amphoe Sikao, Trang, P.O. Box 9, tel. 0-7521- 0099.

Ko Ngai or Ko Hai

is an island that is actually in Amphoe Ko Lanta of Krabi. However, 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, clear waters 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.

Rajamangkala Aquarium

is around 30 kilometres 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 and a number of fishponds. The aquarium has freshwater and marine fish, amphibians and the most realistic model of a mangrove forest. It is open daily during official hours. For more information, call tel. 0-7524-8201-5.

Hat Pak Meng is at Moo 4, Tambon Mai Fat, 38 kilometres from the city on the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng Road (Highway No. 4046-4162). The beautiful and peaceful, 5-kilometre-long beach is in the shape of a crescent moon and is frindged by a lovely pine forest. 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.
Palian
Namtok Ton Te

is 45 kilometres from the city. Go on the Trang-Phatthalung Road for about 17 kilometres, right onto the Ban Kachong-Ban Hat Lao Road (Highway No. 4124) for about 27 kilometres and left for 1 kilometre. Originating in the Banthat Mountain Range, water from this large and beautiful waterfall drops down 320 metres to the rocks below. Assorted tropical flora covers the surrounding area. The waterfall is accessible by car throughout the entire year.

Ton Tok Waterfall

is 1 kilometre from Ton Tae Waterfall along a walking trail. Streams flow through large and small rocks. Ton Tok offers a great view of Ton Tae.

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 Ta-se. Interesting islands are Ko Sukon, Ko Phetra, Ko Lao Liang Nua, and Ko Lao Liang Tai

Moo Ko Phetra National Park

is a marine national park in Amphoe Palian and Amphoe La-ngu 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 is possible from Pak Bara Pier in Satun. The most suitable time for a visit is during December-April. Tourist accommodation is available near the park headquarters. For more information, please contact the Marine National Parks Division at tel. 0-2561-2920-1 or the Moo Ko Phetra National Park at Moo 4, Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe Langu, Satun, tel. 0-7478-1572.

 
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Ko Sukon

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.

Huai Yot
Khao Kop Cave

is in Moo 1, Tambon Khao Kop, about 7 kilometres from the district office on Phetkasem Road, then 700 metres on a road on the left. Khao Kop Cave is truly a natural wonder with a stream flowing 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 it into 3 waterways upon reaching Khao Kop, with 2 going around the mountain and the other flowing through the cave under the mountain. Stalactites and stalagmites line the cave for about 4 kilometres. Currently, the Khao Kop Tambon Administration Organization provides rowboats for visitors to view the cave’s beauty and eco-tourism and adventure activities are conducted by the locals. The fee is 200 baht for 7 persons, or 30 baht per person. For more information, please contact the organization at tel. 0-7527-1426.

 

Thale Song Hong

Thale Song Hong is in Tambon Bang Di, 8 kilometres from the district centre. To get there, take Phetchakasem Road (Huai Yot-Krabi) to Ban Phraek, then right for 12 kilometres. Thale Song Hong is a large natureal body of water like a lake, surrounded by mountains. A mountain justs out in the missle, 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.
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Thale Song Hong National Boy Scouts Camp

The 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.

Yan Ta Khao
Southern Thailand Botanical Garden (Thung Khai)

can be reached via taking the Trang-Palian Road (Highway No. 404) to the 11-km marker. This is a new tourist destination for those interested in studying nature and flora in particular. Inside the park are a tourist service centre, a botanical garden, an herbal garden, a botanical library, a plant museum, and a technical meeting centre. 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. For more information, please call tel. 0-7521-8435.

 

Namtok Sai Rung

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 kilometres, then turn left at the waterfall sign and continue for about 4 kilometres. This single-level cascade falls from a high and huge cliff. The water turns into a rainbow as the sun shines onto it.

Ratsada
Tham Phraya Phichai

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.

Tham Phraya  Phichai  / Tham Phra Phut

Tham Phra Phut can be accessed from Ban Ka Pang by turning right to Chauat and driving for around 10 kilometres. At the intersection, turn right and continue for about 7 kilometres. Inside the cave is a large reclining Buddha image and a standing image decorated in the style of a regal southern Thailand dancer. Moreover, there are personal belongings that belonged to upper class people, like ceramics, lacquerware and old pottery. The origin of the items and the temple’s history are shrouded in mystery.

King Amphoe Hat Samran
Hat Samran

is in Tambon Hat Samran, about 59 kilometres from the city. Take the Trang-Palian Road, turn right at Ban Na intersection in Palian, and drive for 22 kilometres. This Indian Ocean beach has a thick pine forest and offers a good view of large and small islands off-shore. 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.

 

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