Trang

Trang lies in the far south of Thailand, capital of a region which hugs the Andaman coast. Perhaps overshadowed by other nearby tourist hotspots such as Krabi and Phuket, nonetheless Trang welcomes plenty of visitors and is well-known for its warm hospitality, delicious local food, and unspoilt surrounding beauty. There are daily long-distance buses from Bangkok’s Southern bus station, a 12-hour trip. There are two daily train departures from Bangkok to Trang, around a 15-hour journey. Both departures travel overnight, allowing you to sleep. An increasingly popular option is to fly into Trang. From Bangkok’s domestic airport the journey takes around 90 minutes and there are usually five departures each day. The bus station at Trang is about four kilometres out of town. Just opposite the bus station is a shopping mall where you can catch a tuk-tuk into town, while motorbike taxis depart from the bus station. There are plenty of shops in the mall, along with a food court. The railway station is in the centre of town, close to traveller facilities. Trang has long been known as an important port town but these days the city is a hub for southern Thai culture, which differs from that of the rest of the country. Manora is an art form native to the area, and you can find a few places to watch the music and dance show in town. There is a decent cluster of reasonably priced guesthouses and hotels in town