Off the Beaten Track in Trang

How come, with the age of the Internet with all that info available on places to go in Thailand, that us folk, when choosing a holiday destination, always select the same old places? And especially, when it’s a tropical beach we are after.

So, if you’re bored of well-trodden tourist haunts and their endless array of banana boats and bar beers, then why not get off the beaten track and head to the south of Thailand and Trang province. While the likes of Phuket, Krabi and Phang-nga get tourists and travelers by the bus and plane loads, Trang’s coastal beaches and 47 islands remain virtually forgotten.

Among all those islands is beyond a doubt one of the most breathtaking islands in Thailand ‘Emerald Cave’. The island is one of only two in the world that actually has a huge sun-lit open-roofed beach inside a cave. Be warned though, get there and out only during the low tide (by long-tailed boat) otherwise you’ll be stuck inside perched upon some rock til the following morning. Trang’s other island’s are synonymous for their unspoilt beauty and are idyllic for simply sun-bathing, diving or bird-spotting (and I mean the species that has two wings and a beak).

When you’ve had enough of the sun, you’ll be going home via Trang provincial town, a place not only home to a former prime minister (Mr Chuan) but also a unique breakfast cuisine found nowhere else in Thailand. One of those cuisines is Hokkien-style ‘dimsum’ which is dished up at local morning coffee shops (ko pii). Fortunately, you don’t even have to waste time trying to speak Thai to order, you simply eat what’s there laid on the table and pay for what you’ve eaten.

So, if you’re thinking of getting off the beaten track this summer, then think of sticking Trang on your itinerary. If you want to see some more beautiful natural wonders of Thailand then visit our sister site Seven Wonders of Thailand at

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