Trang Province, located along the Andaman Sea in
southern Thailand, is opening a new inland trail to promote
eco-tourism in the area.
Located south of the town center in Palian
District, the new route features whitewater rafting, elephant
rides, and visits to the Sakai, a tribal community in the Banthat
Provincial chief, Mr. Kit Leekpai, said, "Trang
has long been known for its beautiful beach and diving. We also
want people to know that our nature on land is also spectacular."
Two mountain ranges – the Khao Luang and
Banthat – are the sources of Trang's two major rivers, the Trang
and the Palian.
Tourists will be able to cruise down the Palian
on one of 16 brand-new kayaks, guided by local officers, over a
five-kilometer stretch of river, which is also excellent for
rafting. Additionally, visitors can make their way to the Sakai
people’s village on foot or by elephant.
Trang is well known for its underwater weddings,
which have been taking place since 1996. The wedding ceremony
often takes place near Koh Kradan, or Kradan Island, about an
hour’s ride out from Trang’s coast; the coast itself a spectacular
natural site, famous for its extensive mangrove forests. These
“rainforests by the sea” have undergone extensive rehabilitation
in recent years, regenerating this critical tropical ecosystem.
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