The Trang Rundown
Trang Province in Thailand is an unknown located on the Indian Ocean. While the province has played a prominent role in trade and communication, the Trang Hua Hin Beach and countryside have been overlooked by tourists. Trang is blessed not only with beaches but also with offshore islands. You might enjoy the Phraya Ratsadanupradit Museum where the former rulers once called home, or visit the Rajamangala Aquarium, which has both salt water and fresh water fish attractions. You can also take a boat to Koh Libong, the largest island off the coast. Trang also has many festivals: January hosts the Tourism Festival to start off the season; the Trang Food Festival is at the end of March to the beginning of April and celebrates all the wonderful Thai dishes that are so beloved all over the world. Are you getting married? Mid-February sees the Underwedding Ceremony. Happy couples are welcomed at the airport, paraded around the city, have their wedding on the beach, and then the registration takes place underwater. September is the Roast Pork Festival followed in October by the Vegetarian Festival. In November there is even a four-wheel drive competition. Really, there is something for everyone in Trang.
When To Go
Thailand has two seasons: Dry and rainy. The temperatures in Thailand are almost always warm and the days are humid. Nighttime can get cool. During the rainy season you might get one heavy storm or you might see rainfall throughout the day. There is still sunshine during this time but occasionally ferry service is cancelled because of flooding and dangerous waters. Monsoon season sees very heavy rains and storms until the end of November. There is also a chance of flooding during the monsoons.
- Dry season (December thru March): Temperatures average 30-35°C (86-95°F)
- Rainy season (April thru November): Average temperatures around 32°C (90°F) with rain everyday.
- Monsoon season (September thru November): Heavy rains and warm temperatures
The best way to get to Trang is to fly directly into Trang Airport. Currently only Nok Air flies there. It is possible to drive, take the bus or go by rail. Be warned, the bus trip is 12 hours long from Bangkok to Trang. Train service by rapid takes only about an hour and a half to get from Bangkok to Trang. Once in Trang you have several options for getting around. The taxis are either motorbikes or motorized tricycles. Mini bus and vans can take you to the separate beaches. There are four terminals. There are three piers from which to catch boats to the islands; Pak Mang is the main one.
- By air: Nok Airlines into Trang Airport. Nok is a budget carrier
- By car: Highway No. 4 to Highway No. 41 from Bangkok; Highways No. 404-416, 4-407 and 4-402
- By rail: Express/rapid trains from Bangkok
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