Trang, a southern province of Thailand on the coast of the Andaman Sea, is at a cultural crossroads. Unlike its more outgoing neighbour Krabi, Trang is unchanged by mass tourism, so it still retains a fascinating sense of tradition. The further inland you travel, into its jack tree bordered towns, the more Sino-European houses you will find, dotted down streets lined with markets that sell a collection of clothes, trinkets and homemade food by day and night.
Trang’s stretch of the Andaman Sea is home to many fascinating creatures and islands. Famously, the waters here house the endangered dugong, or ‘sea cow,’ which has become an unofficial mascot of the Trang Province. Three islands, Koh Kradan, Koh Chuek and Koh Mook islands are all popular destinations on a day tour, particularly the Emerald Cave, which you swim under to reach a preserved enclosure full of arching limestone walls and mangrove trees.