Hat Chao Mai National Park

Trang Beaches & Islands

This 231-sq-km park covers the shoreline from Hat Pak Meng to Laem Chao Mai, and encompasses the islands of Ko Muk, Ko Kradan and Ko Cheuk (plus a host of small islets). While touring the coast and islands, you may spot endangered dugongs and rare black-necked storks, as well as more common species such as barking deer, sea otters, macaques, langurs, wild pigs, pangolins, little herons, Pacific reef egrets, white-bellied sea eagles and monitor lizards.

The national park headquarters are at the southern end of Hat Chang Lang, just south of where the beachfront road turns inland.

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Nearby Trang Beaches & Islands attractions

1. Hat Chang Lang

0.54 MILES

Casuarina-backed Hat Chang Lang is the prettiest beach on this strip of coast. The Hat Chao Mai National Park Headquarters is at the southern end of the…

2. Hat Lodung

4.52 MILES

Humble, local-flavoured Hat Lodung is a short walk from the main pier, on Ko Muk's eastern side. If you're facing the sea, Hat Lodung is left of the pier…

3. Hat Sivalai

4.56 MILES

Motoring into green-clad Ko Muk and landing on the sugary white sandbar of Hat Sivalai is a great way to start your stay. The slender beach runs to an…

4. Hat Pak Meng

4.81 MILES

There's a wild-looking stretch of coastline at Hat Pak Meng, 39km west of Trang. Though the beach is scruffy, the spectacular jutting limestone karsts…

5. Hat Farang

5.93 MILES

Turquoise water kisses a lovely, crescent-shaped beach overlooked by thickly forested hillsides at Hat Farang, also known as Hat Sai Yao but more usually…

6. Tham Morakot

5.95 MILES

A beautiful limestone tunnel leads 80m into a cave on Ko Muk's west coast. No wonder pirates buried treasure here. You have to swim through the tunnel,…

7. Ko Waen

7.64 MILES

This small karst islet lies between Ko Muk and Ko Ngai and is a popular snorkelling stop.

8. Ko Cheuk

7.98 MILES

The small karst islet of Ko Cheuk sits between Ko Muk and Ko Ngai. It has a small and slender sandy beach and is good for snorkelling.