Picturesque. Pristine. Perfect.

There is no dearth of adjectives to describe this little group of islands which lie to the south of Koh Lanta. Covered in jungles and lined with pure white sandy beaches, this is the tropical island escape you have dreamed of. These undiscovered islands are the real deal, offering an escape with isolation and tranquility and they are primed to be the next big tourist attraction in Thailand. So, go before they get swamped!

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TROPICAL ESCAPE

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The Trang islands include

  1. Koh Ngai: the most beautiful and family friendly of these and prime honeymoon territory. Mountainous and covered by a tropical forest, with beautiful sand beaches and coconut plantations. Also offers the largest number of accommodation options.
  2. Koh Kradan: offers dreamy beaches but limited accommodation. Can also can get crowded with Thai tourists during holidays like Songkran/New Years.
  3. Koh Mook: Beautiful beaches along with it’s main attraction the Emerald Cave. Has fewer resorts but some interesting ones. Also home to a fishing village, the only permanent community on the three islands.

Apart from these, there are a few smaller islets, Koh Ma and Koh Cheuk.

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NOT A SOUL IN SIGHT

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Make one island your base and island hop using ferries/longtails.

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We had time to make only one full day trip from Lanta and we were torn between Koh Rok and these islands. In the end, we chose to visit the Trang islands and could not have been happier with our decision!

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BLISS

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LONGTAIL VERSUS SPEED BOATS

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All our day tours in Thailand, including this one were done via private longtail boat tours. Speedboats are fast, but for me the ability to enjoy these spots at our leisure, with our own custom made itineraries and the flexibility to decide on the sightseeing trumps speed any day. Not to mention, having the boat to ourselves!

Its highly expensive chartering a private speed boat so your only option will be doing a group speed boat tour. The pros: a proper guide to help you snorkel and less language issues. The Cons: big tour groups and having no say in the itinerary.

In almost all our tours, we avoided crowds simply by starting early and being flexible in our itinerary which we could do as we had the boat to ourselves. Hiring a private longtail can be a bit more expensive but it’s totally worth the extra money. I believe in saving money on flights and accommodation so that I can spend it on actual experiences. This was totally worth it. All those dreamy peaceful boat rides!

For a group of friends a private longtail will cost almost the same as an individual speedboat spot when you share the costs. So choose wisely.

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INTO THE HORIZON

OUR TRANG ISLANDS EXPERIENCE:

We had booked a private longtail boat tour from beforehand. At 8, we were picked up from our hotel at Khlong Nin beach and driven to Lanta old town, where we were transferred onto the boat and began our 2 hour ride. As the sea can get a bit choppy and rough at times, take any anti emetic medication if required. The boat ride itself was super dreamy with beautiful waters and solitude and we were lucky to escape the harsh overhead sun as it was cloudy that day.

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AT THE LANTA OLD TOWN PIER
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DREAMY BOAT RIDES

Our first stop was at Koh Mook with its beautiful limestone caves. The biggest attraction here is Tham Morakot (Emerald Cave). The entrance of this cave is revealed only during low tide. You have to swim through a dark tunnel to reach a small white sand beach surrounded by limestone walls. Very much an adventure!

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KOH MOOK AND THE EMERALD CAVE

FUN FACT !
Legend has it that this hidden beach was used by pirates to hide their treasure!

We next passed by Koh Cheuk and Koh Ma, the 2 small karst islets with snorkeling sites.

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KARST ISLETS

Our final stop was Koh Ngai. From the boat, it literally looked like some long lost forgotten island. I am not kidding! The beach is beautiful with calm turquoise waters perfect for swimming. To our delight, it was almost empty except for a few travelers. We spent a long time frolicking in those waters, lying on the sand and having a blast!

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APPROACHING KOH NGAI
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TWO FLASHPACKERS AT THE TRANG ISLANDS!

Our boatman had brought lunch for us and we gobbled up the delicious Thai red chicken curry, eggs and stir fried vegetables with generous amounts of rice. From there, we left for Lanta and the return journey took  around an hour.

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HUNGER PANGS

It was the perfect day trip for us though I wished we could have stayed there a couple days. I am going back for sure to spend a week in this island paradise. Sometime, Someday…

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PRACTICAL INFO:

TRANSPORT

1. From Koh Lanta: Ferries are available to all the main islands. Inter island ferries are also available.

 Click this link to check out the complete ferry schedule for various routes https://amazinglanta.com/buy-thailand-ferry-tickets/ 

2. From Krabi: Bus/minivan/taxi from Krabi province (2 hours) to Trang. From Trang take a taxi/minivan to Pak Meng. Then take a boat/longtail charter to Koh Ngai (1 hour)

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 Check out this reputed Taxi service in Krabi if you want to go to Trang by road http://www.krabitaxi.com/ 

3. By Air: Airport at Trang (5 kms outside town). Daily flights from Bangkok via Air Asia and Nok Air.

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LOOKING BACK…

For interested travellers, we booked this private longtail tour through Easy Day Thailand, a reputed travel company and our experience with them all through was excellent. You can hire local longtail boats at Lanta itself and negotiate prices. Since our trip was right during New years, i did not want to risk unavailability of boats.

 Check out our review of Easy Day Thailand here https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g297931-d2524053-r647388628-Easy_Day_Thailand-Kathu_Phuket.html 

PARK FEES
These islands are part of Hat Chao Mai National Park and the park fees are 400 THB/adult and 200 THB/child. You may be asked to pay the fees at any of the islands. Sometimes nobody collects the fees. We didn’t have to pay the park fees as no one was there to collect.

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