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    Idyllic Islands further south:Stephen Cleary



    TRANG
    Idyllic isles further south

    With islands like the 'Emerald Cave', Trang offers a unique experience that is seriously off the well-trodden path

    Why is it that, with the age of the Internet and all the information available on places to go in Thailand, people, when choosing a holiday destination, always select the same old places? Especially, when it's a tropical beach they are after.

    So, for people who are bored of well-trodden tourist haunts and their endless array of banana boats and beer bars, why not get off the beaten track and head to Trang province in the south of Thailand?
    While Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga get tourists and travellers by the bus and planeload, Trang's coastal beaches and 47 islands remain virtually forgotten.

    Natural and rare

    Among all those islands is beyond a doubt one of the most breathtaking in all of Thailand: "Emerald Cave".

    The island is one of only two in the world that has a huge sun-lit open-roof beach inside a cave.

    Be warned though, it's a trip that requires care and planning. One can only get there and out during low tide by long-tailed boat; otherwise you would be stuck inside perched on some rock until the following morning.

    Trang's other islands are known for their unspoilt beauty and are idyllic for simply sun-bathing, diving or bird-spotting (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 former prime minister, Chuan Leekpai.

    Trang also has a unique breakfast cuisine found nowhere else in Thailand.

    One of those is Hokkien-style "dim sum", 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.

    By Stephen Cleary

    Daily Xpress


    Getting there

    >> Thai Airways has daily 90-minute flights from Bangkok to Trang. For more information, call (02) 280 0060, (02) 628 2000 (Bangkok office); (075) 219 923 or (075) 218 066 (Trang); or visit thaiairways.com and pbair.com.

    >> Express trains depart from Bangkok to Amphoe Kantang every day. Call Hua Lampong station on 1690; (02) 223 7010 or (02) 223 7020 or Trang station on (075) 218 012. Or visit railway.co.th.

    >> Air-conditioned buses

    depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Amphoe Muang in Trang everyday.

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    Re: Idyllic Islands further south:Stephen Cleary

    So, for people who are bored of well-trodden tourist haunts and their endless array of banana boats and beer bars, why not get off the beaten track and head to Trang province in the south of Thailand?
    Ssshhhhhhh...

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    Re: Idyllic Islands further south:Stephen Cleary

    Hey thank you very much for such an important information, I was planing to be there.

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