Imagine a practically deserted Thai island, only a quick speed boat ride away from great shopping and markets and delicious Thai food. Trang Thailand is a hidden gem.

Trang Thailand Best Island Beaches, Shopping and Food

Imagine a practically deserted Thai island, only a quick speed boat ride away from great shopping and markets and delicious Thai food. Trang Thailand is a hidden gem.

The islands of Trang, Thailand, a sleepy province in southeast Thailand, have remained under the radar. Wooden longtail boats can be rented to travel between the islands -- and to see the endangered dugongs.

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The islands of Trang, Thailand, a sleepy province in southeast Thailand, have remained under the radar. Wooden longtail boats can be rented to travel between the islands -- and to see the endangered dugongs.

What travel souvenirs to buy and bring home from Southern Thailand-- plus, the best dishes to order and a preview of the beaches.

Trang Thailand Best Island Beaches, Shopping and Food

What travel souvenirs to buy and bring home from Southern Thailand-- plus, the best dishes to order and a preview of the beaches.

Trang is one of Thailand’s Southernmost provinces along its West coast.  Discover what this under-explored region of Thailand has to offer.

A Taste of Thailand in Trang

Trang is one of Thailand’s Southernmost provinces along its West coast. Discover what this under-explored region of Thailand has to offer.

Closest to the mainland, Koh Mook has several modest resorts to choose from, including the Sivalai Beach Resort (pictured), which occupies a stunning beach promontory on the east coast.

Exploring the islands of Trang, Thailand - CNN.com

Closest to the mainland, Koh Mook has several modest resorts to choose from, including the Sivalai Beach Resort (pictured), which occupies a stunning beach promontory on the east coast.

Koh Lao Liang island is a small island 20 kilometers offshore in the Koh Petra Marine Park, in Trang Province, Thailand. Koh Lao Liang is an idyllic paradise island with towering limestone cliffs, quiet beaches, squeaky-clean sand and crystal-clear waters.

Koh Lao Liang island is a small island 20 kilometers offshore in the Koh Petra Marine Park, in Trang Province, Thailand. Koh Lao Liang is an idyllic paradise island with towering limestone cliffs, quiet beaches, squeaky-clean sand and crystal-clear waters.

Removed from the crowds of Phi Phi and Phuket, the islands of Trang offer everything from sea "mermaids" to secret beaches and unspoilt forests.

Removed from the crowds of Phi Phi and Phuket, the islands of Trang offer everything from sea "mermaids" to secret beaches and unspoilt forests.

Laze on Ko Muk's Hat Farang ©Isabelle Noble / Lonely Planet

Sultry Southern Thailand: a guide to the Trang Islands

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