Option in Trang, Thailand
As a former port city of historical importance, Trang is well connected to both destinations north and south. You can arrive in Trang via boat, bus, train, car, or if you are traveling from Bangkok, by air. Once in Trang it is easy to explore the province by bus or minivan and there are regular boats to most islands that run more frequently in the high season.
From Bangkok: Rapid and express trains depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Railway Station to Trang daily at 5.05 p.m. and 6.20 p.m. for the 15 hour, 870-kilometer journey. For more information, call 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or calling Trang Station at tel. 0 7521 8012, or visit www.railway.co.th
Route 1: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4 (Bangkok-Chumphon) to Highway No. 41 (Surat Thani-Thung Song- Huai Yot-Trang). Total distance is 828 kilometers.
Route 2: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4 directly through Ranong, Phan Nga, and Krabi until you arrive in Trang. Total distance is 1,020 kilometers.
Route 3: From Satun, take Highways No. 404 & 416 through Palian to Trang. Total distance is 140 kilometers.
Route 4: From Hat Yai, take Highways No. 4 & 407 through Phatthalung to Trang. Total distance is 148 kilometers.
Route 5: From Phuket, take Highways No. 4 & 402 through Phang Nga and Krabi to Trang. Total distance is 312 kilometers.
From Bangkok: Air-conditioned busses depart from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Trang every day. The trip takes 12 hours. For more information, please call 0 2435 1199-200 or Trang Bus Terminal at tel. 0 7521 8718
There are also regular busses to and from neighboring provinces: Hat Yai (ordinary bus), Satun (first class and ordinary buses), Krabi (first class and ordinary busses), Koh Lanta (first class bus), and Phuket (ordinary bus).
Minivans leaving from various depots in Trang City link Trang to other major cities including Hat Yai (80 baht), Surat Thani (130 baht), Koh Lanta (120 baht), Hat Jao Mai (50 baht), Pak Meng (50 baht), and Sakao (25 baht).
Nok Air has daily direct flights between Bangkok and Trang Province; traveling times is 1.10 hours. For more information, call 1318 or 0 2900 9955 or visit the airline’s website at www.nokair.com
By motorbike taxi and tuk tuk:
The fare for motorcycle taxis around Trang City is between 10 and 20 baht, while the fare for tuk-tuks is approximately 15 baht.
By Rental Motorbike:
Motorbikes can be hired for around 150 to 300 baht per day from various shops around town, who will typically require you to leave your passport as a deposit. Be sure to inspect bikes prior to rental and drive with extreme caution as rental motorbikes are not normally insured and accidents are frequent. Helmets are required by Thai law.
By Bus or Minivan:
To travel between the different districts within Trang, visitors can travel by bus, taxi, or minivan.
There are four main terminals for traveling by bus and minivan in Trang:
To go to the beaches in Sikao District, including Pak Meng Beach, Chang Lang Beach, and Ban Chao Mai, take a passenger van on Tha Klang Road opposite Tha Klaang Market.
To go to Huay Yod, Rassada, or Tung Song take a passenger van from the church on Huay Yod Road near Thammarin Thana Hotel.
To go to Tha Khao, Palian, Thung Yaaw, or Samran Beach take a van from Rassada Road near the sports stadium.
To visit the old town in Kantang District, the passenger vans are located on Kantang Road near Trang Train Station.
By Boat to the islands:
Trang has three piers that provide tourist boat service to the islands: Pak Meng Pier, Ban Chao Mai Pier, and Kuan Thung Kuu Pier. Pak Meng Pier is the most popular port, located on Pak Meng Beach, where boats depart regularly to all major islands and from which charters can be arranged to smaller islands. Ban Chao Mai and Kuan Tung Kuu Piers also have both regular and privately-for-hire boats.