The Trang (Thai: ????, pronounced[tr??]), also known as Mueang Thap Thiang, is one of the southernmost counties (changwat) of Thailand, on the western side of the Malay Peninsula opposite the Strait of Malacca. Situated on the Malacca Strait coastline, the county comprises 46 island and landlocked states.
Khao Luang and Banthat Mountains are the source of the province's two major streams, the Trang River and the Palian River. Mu Ko Phetra National Park protects the south-facing coastline of the area. Ramsar River mouths, the Hat Chao Mai Marine National Park and the Ko Libong Non-Hunting Area are also Ramsar River area.
The Trang was an important port in the south of Thailand. "Trang " is derived from the Malay language term for terang (light). It was once part of the Srivijaya Kingdom, an old Hindu Buddhist Melayu Kingdom and the Malaysian Sultanate of Kedah until 1810. Trang was, according to culture documents, one of 12 cities that was in existence 900 years ago, but it was during the rule of King Rama II that the provinces received their first commission.
Captain James Low was the first westerner to arrived in Trang and came to bargain for trade advantages in 1838. Originally the city was in Khuanthani (today a Tambón in the Kantang district). By 1893 the Gouverneur, Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi, also known as Khaw Sim Bee na Ranong, made Trang an important sea port and moved the city to the Kantang County on the Trang River valley.
The Trang was the first area in Thailand where gum plants were grown that were taken there in 1899 by Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi, British Malaya government chief. From Australia, the gum felt was harvested by the same government official who introduced the gum leaf, and was quickly given the name "si trang" by the people.
The Trang is subdivided into 10 boroughs (Amphoe). The airport Trang is 7 km away from the city center of Trang. 4 ] It is operated by Thailand AirAsia and Nok Air, with services to Bangkok. By train: Trang is one of the southernmost tourist attractions providing train services to Bangkok train terminal. The southwest itinerary begins at Thung Song Junction train terminal in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province and includes three stations:
The Huai Yot train stations are in the Huai Yot district, Trang train stations and ends at Kantang train stations at Kantang train stations. From and to Trang the principal routes are: Coach: There are coaches to and from Trang to Bangkok and the most important regions (Phuket, Hat Yai, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Satun). There are four moorings in Trang for boat trips to the islands: