, or Taptiang, is another big town in the South, which is the first
to grow rubber trees of which the saplings were brought in from
Malaysia by Phraya Rasssadanupradit Mahissarapakdi.
Trang is a seaport on the Thai west coast 1,124 kms. from Bangkok on
Phetchakasem Road. At present, there is a new route, from Suratthani
to Trang, which makes the total distance from Bangkok 864 kms. Its
area is 5,216 square kms. or about 3,095,000 Rai. The northern
boundary is next to Thung Song District, Nakhorn Si Thammarat
Province; the southern by Thung Wah District, Satun Province, the
Indian Ocean. The Administration of the province is divided into 9
districts and 1 sub-district; Muang (Trang Town), Kantang, Huay Yod,
Sikao, Yan Takhao, Palian, Wang Wiset, Nayong Districts, and Ratsada
Had Samran sub-districts.
The geography of Trang
consists of three main areas: the North which is hilly like waves
with flat plains in between suitable for rubber plantations; the
Central which consists of sloping areas and in the North of which
most of the soil is red and suitable for agriculture; the South
which is flat low coastal land along the west side of the Indian
Ocean, spreading all along the province's boundary of 119 kms. Its
soil is sandy and thus suitable for oil palms.
Trang is a coastal province on the Indian Ocean and on a narrow
piece of land, thus, there are monsoons all year round, resulting in
a high amount of rain. Only the time from February to April is
without rain. The amount of rain in 1980 was as high as 2,607.6 mm.
For this reason, Trang only has two seasons: summer and rainy
season. The above said characteristics make Trang most suitable for
agriculture, especially rubber planting.
Distances from Trang city to its districts
Connects with Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Connects with Satun and Indian Ocean.
Connects with Phattalung.
Connects with Krabi and Indian Ocean.
- Huay Yod
- Kan Tang
- Pa Lien
- Wang Wiset
- Yan Takhao
How to get there
The Transportation Company Limited provides daily services both of
non and air-conditioned buses, leaving from the Southern Bus
Terminal on Borom Ratchonnani Road in Bangkok. Further information
can be acquired by calling 435-1200, 435-1199. There is also a
province bus company, Sap Paisan Tour. Tel. (02)435-5017 (Bangkok),
that offers regular services.
There are two trains.
From Bangkok :
1. Rapid train Number 167, leaving from Bangkok for Kantang at 18.20
2. Express train number 83, leaving from Bangkok for Trang at 17.05
From Trang :
1. Rapid train number 168, leaving from Kantang for Bangkok at 13.10
2. Express train number 84, leaving from Trang for Bangkok at 17.10
Bangkok Railway Station , Tel. (02) 224-7788, 223-3762 or
225-0300 ext. 5200-03 for ticket booking Trang Station , at Tel.
(075) 213-082 for ticketing information.
Airways offers daily flights from Bangkok to Trang .
Reservations can be made at Tel. 280-0060, 628-2000 and Trang (075)
Transportation within Trang Town
There are Tuk-Tuk and motorbike taxi available to any place in town
for 10 Baht flat rate. The transportation between towns can be done
conveniently by air-conditioned van, bus and taxi.
Festivals & Events
a traditional festival of the Chinese in Trang, held around October
every year on a full-moon night. Thais of Chinese heritage would
become a vegetarian (no consumption of meat and certain kinds of
vegetables) and dress in white for 9 days and nights. This is to
bring good fortune and make merit. Throughout the 9 days and nights,
the spirit in the "medium" would go out and give blessing (some call
it out touring) to households where there are offerings set out in
front. The procession bearing the medium must light thousands of
firecrackers, creating a deafening din. The medium would also
perform supernatural feats to show that the spirit is in him
derives from the fact that Trang people are well known for making
delicious cakes. This is particularly true for the villagers of Ban
Lam Phu Ra where making cakes dates back generations. The cakes of
Trang have no frosting and have several flavors like orange, coffee,
three-flavored, etc. The festival is scheduled for every August. The
cakes make ideal gifts.
is a tourism promotion activity of Trang, held every September. The
festival features the mouthwatering roast pork of a special recipe
of Trang. The pork skin is crispy, the meat is tender and it is
delicious due to a process by which the pig is fermented with herbs
then roasted whole on a specially made grill. Trang's roast pork is
sold daily and goes well with morning coffee or can be a dish at
Ta Phao Shell
is aimed at promoting the conservation of nature and the
environment. The festival is held at Pak Meng Beach every November.
There is a contest to gather Taphao shells.
is held during 2-13 April annually. The fair
combines culture, traditions and products of the province to
display, to go in contests and pageants and to be sold in stores.
Birthday and Red Cross Fair
is held during 5-15 December every year. There are entertainments
and shops selling a variety of products. It is the grandest festival
of Trang and of southern Thailand