Trang and surrounding island
Trang is not often mentioned as a holiday destination. In fact it boasts a 119-km. coastline, white sandy beaches, and clear waters that reflect the blue sky. Here fish is bountiful and the forests are fertile. And what’s more, the people are kind and hospitable.
The waters around Trang are dotted by islands noted for their beautiful beaches, blue clear waters and coral reefs teeming with marine life a paradise for skin-divers and snorkelers as well as ordinary tourists.
The best time to visit the islands is December to April. There are tourist agencies in Trang and groups big and small can hire boats to take them to the islands.
The long sandy beach at Palien is noted for its natural beauty. Or you can explore Chaomai, some 50 kilometers from town, which boasts a beach five kilometer long, appropriately called Had Yao. It has foodshops to ensure visitors do not go hungry, and public water wells for the thirsty. The place is a favorite camping ground for schoolchildren, but the water here is very deep and the waves are very strong.
The rustic, simple life of a fishing village can be observed at Chaomai, where women and children are kept busy taking meat out of crabs, surrounded by drying fishing nets and other fishing paraphernalia. Every morning, if the weather is good, fisherman take their catch to Chaomai to allow visitors to buy food just harvested from the sea.
There are several guesthouses at Chaomai, where visitors can also find wonderful rock formations and explore a cave with crystal-like stalactites and stalagmites.
Another island worth visiting is Koh Kradan, probably the most beautiful of all the islands off Trang. From dawn to dusk, time has little relevance here : the deep turquoise of the sea and the midday sky seem to merge.
Kradarn Island is named after the oblong shape of the island. On one side is Yang Long Beach and the other is rich with coral reefs teeming with fish of different species and shades. Nature lovers will find the pristine beauty of the island to their liking, and skin-divers will find the coral reefs a wonderful place to explore the beauty of the underwater world.
November to April is the ideal season to visit Kradarn Island, which was declared a national park on October 14, 1981, along with the other islands around Trang. From May to October Kradarn Island comes under the influence of the southwest monsoon. Trang’s logistic position at the edge of the Andaman Sea means that it becomes the receiving end of strong winds and big waves during in disguise to marine life ; undisturbed by tourists, it gets a chance to replenish itself.
The journey to Kradarn Island starts with a drive from Muang District along the Trang-Sikao highway. Before reaching Sikao, take the left turn on the smooth asphalt road to Park Maeng and from there continue by boat to the island. The trip takes about an hour.
The turquoise water, white sandy beach, and fresh sea breeze awaiting visitors serve as balm that melts away all the stresses of living in the traffic-choked city that’s Bangkok.
When the tide is low, one can see the wondrous sight of coral reefs and the marine life that inhabit them in shallow water. It is like an orchestra of color and life, with different kinds of fishes and crabs. Outstanding natural beauty unfolds, be it under water or on the beach itself, with the sun rising above or sinking under the sea, or the bright yellow moon in the night sky.
From Kradarn Island, it is just hop away by boat to other islands, like Muke and Sib or Ngai and Rawk. Whether you stay on Kradarn or explore neighboring islands, you can be sure that you will have a holiday you will remember for a long time.
Photo Credit : http://www.trang.go.th