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Trang

Getting there and away

Air

Trang's small airport is located seven km south of town and serviced by a handful of daily flights with Nok Air and Air Asia. Minibuses shuttle travellers from here to the train station in the centre of town for 90 baht per person. Private taxis can also be arranged in the lone terminal. To reach the airport from Trang town, ask your guesthouse to call the minibus for pick up, or take a tuk tuk for 150 baht.

    Train

    The train station is located at the western end of Rama VI Road in the heart of town. Two trains depart for Bangkok's Hualamphong daily at 13:30 and 17:25 and take around 15 hours. Tickets cost anywhere from 245 baht for third class up to 1,280 baht for first-class sleeper, with regular sleepers running 780 baht. From Bangkok, Trang-bound trains depart at 17:05 and 18:30. You can also take the train direct from Trang to Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Chumphon, Hua Hin and Kanchanaburi.

      Bus

      Trang's main bus station is located nine km northeast of the train station at the junction of highways 419 and 4123. Blue-and-white songthaews pick up every 15 minutes at the train station and can take you here for 12 baht. Blue city buses can also take you here from the west end of Rama VI Road. Otherwise a tuk tuk should cost around 100 baht. Some regular buses and minibuses used to depart from different places around town, but things have changed in recent years, and most options now depart from the main bus station. Sample fares include:

      Bangkok (Sai Tai Mai / Southern Terminal): Regular buses depart at 09:00 and 16:30, cost 700 baht, and take around 14 hours. VIP buses depart at 17:00 and 17:30, cost 1,050 baht, and take 12 hours.
      Hat Yai: Regular buses depart hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 100 baht, and take 2.5 hours. Minibuses depart hourly from 06:00 to 18:00, cost 120 baht, and are faster.
      Ko Lanta: Minibuses depart at 09:30, 10:55, 12:30, 13:45, 14:30 and 16:30, cost 250 baht, and include the duel car ferries to the island.
      Krabi: Minibuses depart hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 100 baht, and take around two hours. If going to Ko Jum, Ranong, Phang Nga, Khao Lak or Khao Sok, make a transfer in Krabi.
      Nakhon Si Thammarat: Minibuses depart hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 130 baht, and take two hours.
      Pakmeng: Minibuses depart hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 50 baht, and take an hour.
      Phuket: Departs hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, costs 268 baht, and takes 4.5 hours.
      Satun: Regular buses depart hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 100 baht, and take 2.5 hours. Minibuses depart in the same timeframe, cost 130 baht, and are a little faster. Both of these options stop in La-Ngu, where you can catch a songthaew to Pakbara for 20 baht.
      Songkhla: Minibuses depart hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 160 baht, and take 2.5 hours.
      Surat Thani: Minibuses depart hourly from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 140 baht, and take around four hours.

      There's also the old bus station (sathanee rot-bus gao) located a couple of km north of the train station on Sathanee Road. Only a handful of local minibuses and songthaews use the old station, notably the minibuses to Kantang. These run every 30 minutes from 06:00 to 20:00, cost 30 baht per person, and take 45 minutes.

        Boat

        Combined minibus/boat tickets to many of the islands in Trang, Satun and Krabi provinces can be purchased in Trang town. For bookings, we've found that Miss Su at Wunderbar (www.wunderbar-trang.com") provides consistent and honest service; it's located at the corner of Rama VI and Sathanee roads across from the train station, where you'll find several other travel offices ready to sell transfers and tours. Apart from private transfers, which are charged by the group, all prices listed below are per person and inclusive of both the minibus and boat.

        Ko Bulon Lae: In high season, a minibus followed by speedboat via Pakbara departs Trang at 09:30, and costs 650 baht. Only private boats access Ko Bulon in low season.
        Ko Kradan: In high season, minibuses followed by longtail ferries depart at 09:00 and 11:00, and cost 450 baht, with an additional departure at 16:00 depending on demand. A private transfer will run 2,200 baht.
        Ko Lanta: The only ferry running from Trang province to Lanta is Tigerline via Hat Yao pier (high season only), with a minibus departing Trang town at 10:00 and costing 850 baht all up. The cheaper way to reach Lanta is by minibus (info above).
        Ko Libong: A local minibus followed by local ferry via Hat Yao pier departs hourly from 07:00 to 16:30 and costs 160 baht. The minibuses run all year but the ferry may not run in rainy season due to rough seas.
        Ko Lipe: All year round, a minibus followed by speedboat via Pakbara departs Trang at 09:30 and costs 700 baht. Alternately, take the Tigerline ferry via Hat Yao for 850 baht.
        Ko Muk: Minibus followed by local ferry via Kuan Thung Ku pier departs Trang at 11:30, costs 250 baht, runs all year and disembarks at Muk's main pier on the east coast beach of Ao Kham. In high season, a minibus to a longtail ferry departs at 11:00 and costs 350 baht, with additional transfers at 09:00 and 16:00 depending on demand; these disembark at Haad Farang on Muk's west coast. A private taxi and longtail boat will run 1,400 baht total.
        Ko Ngai: In high season, a minibus followed by local ferry via Pakmeng pier departs in high season at 10:00 and costs 500 baht. A private transfer will run 1,900 baht.
        Ko Phi Phi: In high season, a minibus followed by speedboat via Krabi departs Trang at 09:00 and 13:00, and costs 550 baht. You can save a couple of hundred baht by taking a minibus to Krabi and transferring to the boat on your own.
        Ko Sukorn: A local songthaew followed by longtail ferry via Tasae pier departs at 11:00 and costs 150 baht all up. Songthaews run all year but the ferry is dependent on weather. A private taxi to Tasae will run 1,000 baht plus 50 baht per person for the boat.
        Ko Tarutao: In high season, a minibus followed by speedboat via Pakbara departs Trang at 09:30, and costs 600 baht. Ko Tarutao closes from April 15 to November 15.

          Getting Around

          Trang is a pleasant town to stroll around, with both the day and night markets reachable by an easy walk from the train station. There are also city buses and songthaews that pick up at the train station and ply most of the main roads. The small white songthaews run between the main bus station and train station, and cost 12 baht per ride.

          Motorbike taxis can always be found hanging on the corner across from the train station, and Trang's signature frog-style tuk tuks are available all over town. If you want your own wheels, motorbikes can be rented at PJ Guesthouse, Yamawa Guesthouse and a couple of the travel offices near the train station for 200 baht per day. Several car rental agencies also have booths at the airport.


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