now well in my seventh year of brewing and returns in Thailand, I find myself frequently commissioning of the issue, “have not seen all this? ”
Heck no! The truth is, I can’t imagine one day I’ll be never done to discover this country. The Thailand has sixty-six provinces , and despite dozens of expired visas in my passport, I had just spent the night in nine of them up to this particular tour of the Kingdom (I managed to acquire five new in my most recent stay seven months). Thus, when the Thai put tourism authority in place a press trip post-TBEX – the ability to apply for these is a big advantage to attend the Conference – which would present me to the two provinces of Trang and Satun in just three days, I signed with alacrity on board.
Together, Trang and Satun are provinces more South of Thailand along its West Coast. Our first stop was Trang, or in train or a long bus a very Nok Air fast and cheap Bangkok flight. We ourselves have made use of the latter, and shortly after a farewell bittersweet Bangkok Sofitel while I found myself wandering the grounds of Wang Thep Taro.
this surrealist sculpture garden is the result of the former teacher local cortico-M. Jaroon Keawla, which has transformed hundreds of trees roots local theptaro in dragons, manatees and other creatures and creations. Talk about off-the-beaten – a farang any where in the Valley of the Fraser Trang is a remarkable spectacle, but this particular eccentric attraction requires info insider, a set of wheels and a spirit of adventure to do little. (If you are interested in visiting, I recommend stopping by the tourist office in Trang the guidelines and advice on a taxi).
our next stop? Lampura Village, a district of Trang, known for its spongy bundt cakes, a local specialty. We visited a local shop where we were greeted in the workshop and spoiled with samples.
rice sticky mango may continue to reign as my favorite Thai dessert, but I’ll never turn down the chance to give another candy the chance to oust it.
, while we left the shop, we were lucky enough to stumble upon a procession of Chinese new year. For good luck, we had only to insert a handful of baht in the dragon dance that has worked its way on the road to the delight of the spectators. Not a bad deal.
other notable festivals in the area include the Trang cake Festival the first week of August, Trang roast pork Festival – in the first week of September and the vegetarian Festival in the ninth month of the Chinese calendar make you feel a theme? It is a province that knows how to eat.
yet the festival which attracted me the most is the underwater marriage of Trang, an annual Valentine’s day event that sees many couples took the plunge — literally and figuratively — both. I had to lower my invitation to the press to cover the festival by 2016, but it is on my wish list to attend one day in the future!
Finally, we made our way to the Na Muen Si weaving Collective. This group women weaving keeps living heritage of weaving in the region by producing beautiful textile products and souvenirs.
my favorite part of our time in Trang was his father in the workshop, watching the artists at work, sharing a few shy smiles and try to capture the beauty of this age-old practice to the camera.
apart from its islands, many of which are in the less popular with intrepid travellers, Trang sits comfortably off pancake banana backpacker trail. I smiled to see that many of the restaurants we stopped in didn’t even both with signs or menus in English.
Trang a gastronomic experience at lacks no traveller? Coffee morning and dim sum for breakfast lunch – an unusual combination for the Westerners, but a local favorite among the inhabitants of Trang.
on our last morning in Trang, we made our way to Pak Meng pier for a quick glance at Trang tourism superstar, Koh Muk. Our brief stop here was the reason that I signed up for this trip in the first place, and I have dealt with it in preview of an island, that I am determined to come back someday for a longer stay.
the Crown Jewel of the Palm trees of Koh Muk is the Emerald sea cave or Marakot sea Cave Thai. This quiet place is accessible only by swimming in sea kayak or and input and output must be timed precisely to the rhythm of the tides.
, when we first swam in there, were only four kayakers share the idyllic space. At the time that we left a whole boat had arrived, and so I have treasured these first moments of solitude. Can you imagine that the first people to discover this hidden cave must feel?
even very briefly, my time in Trang was a revelation for the huge potential of independent exploration in this province. With nearly 30 million visitors a year, some may believe wrongly that the Thailand is nothing other than well worn roads. Trang has reminded me that there countless hidden treasures and at least sixty-two provinces – left to discover.
you put off the beaten track in Thailand?
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