Trang for Chinese New Year?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 6:34 AM Last Post By: altmtl
Oct 20, 2012 6:45 PM
Trang for Chinese New Year?I was considering going to KL & Melaka during this time, but I think transport & lodging maybe a problem if not booked in advance, I hate organizing my every move. As I'll already be around Koh Lanta I figure this might be a good idea, I'm not a fan of mega events, but I'm not excluding Bangkok.
Oct 21, 2012 3:52 PM
Oct 21, 2012 7:35 PM
2I'm currently in Trang now as the vegetarian festival just took place. Extremely intense but very welcoming! We are staying at PJ Guesthouse opposite the train station for 150b a night with shared bathroom. We stayed at Sri trang but it was 550b and the room was the same except it had fridge and aircon, both of which we didn't move.
We've found the best food at 1952 cafe and Wunderbar next door. There is a huge nightmarket by the clock tower and a great second hand market on the road out to Kantang. Definitely visit the hot springs too, it's far but so worth it! The botanical garden was an experience, saw lots of wildlife there but the Thai people seemed to be running around shouting and scaring everything away and the canopy walkway is a monstrosity.
We rented a bike for 250b and our onward travel from Hat Yai to KL was 500b each. To get to Hat Yai we need to take a songtheaw (12b) then minivan (100b) which we are leaving to do now. We came from Nakhon Sri Thammarat taking a local bus halfway for 40b then switching to a minivan for 70b. Took 3 hours.
Hope some of this information is useful! There isn't much online about the area so it's all pretty much word of mouth. Ask for KOPI everywhere you go, and eat lots of pork! (bring loparimide haha)
Oct 21, 2012 7:36 PM
Oct 22, 2012 12:58 AM
Oct 22, 2012 7:53 AM
5Hot springs are very hot. There's 4 pools and 3 of them will burn you and the 4th is so hot it still cooks you a little and really only good for your feet. Do visit the cave Tham Lae Khao Kob but not if you don't like confined spaces.
Oct 22, 2012 9:28 PM
6Spagh has some good info. Trang is a very chinese Thai city so there should be lots of NY activities. The night market is great for food. If you stay at PJ's Guesthouse please say hello to Pong and Joy from Jimmie.
Oct 23, 2012 12:05 PM
Oct 23, 2012 6:40 PM
8Trang has a lot of muslim food and didn't seem very chinese. The night market is the place to be but outside that the town itself isn't that great.
Oct 23, 2012 9:02 PM
Oct 24, 2012 5:39 AM
10Not really and there's Chinese people around the country - there's heaps in Bangkok. Trang is small.
Oct 27, 2012 4:17 AM
Oct 27, 2012 5:48 PM
12Although I am going to Trang anyway, (in Jan.) by train from BL before going to Koh Lanta, I'll feel the vibe and then decide if I should go to BK., I think this will be less problematic than KL/Melaka anyway, as I know the city better, and it makes it closer for me to go to Cambodia by land, even Phnom Penh for CNY might be interesting. Good thing I'm not set in my ways :)
Oct 28, 2012 2:02 AM
You don't know Trang very well. There is a very strong Chinese heritage that is centuries old in this part of Thailand. Trang has some of the best southern Thai / Chinese food in the south.
I've been there countless times and always enjoyed the experience.
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