By Plane -- There are six daily flights from Don Muang airport in Bangkok to Trang. Nok Air (www.nokair.com; tel. 1318) and Air Asia (www.airasia.com; tel. 02515-9999) make the journey in 90 minutes for around 1,500B. It is then around 100B to reach hotels in Trang by taxi. If you’re going onward to one of Trang’s islands, book a combo taxi-boat ticket from an airport agent for around 1,000B. Hotels can assist, too.
By Train -- Trang city is connected by train with Bangkok on the main north-south line. Two daily departures make the 16-hour trek. The cost is 1600B which is more than the cost of a short flight. Obviously, we don't recommend going by train.
By Bus -- There are frequent buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (tel. 02422-4444) but it’s a long 12-hour ride (about 650B). Minibus connections from Krabi (2 hours; 125B) and Surat Thani (4 hours; 150B). When you arrive in Trang, connect by minibus with Pak Meng Beach for around 50B per person, or 500B to hire the entire vehicle; it’s about a 1-hour ride.
Ferryboats to the outlying islands regularly leave all day from Trang’s Pak Meng Pier on the north end of the beach. It costs around 1,000B to 1,500B for an all-day tour by boat (including lunch), and they can drop you off at any number of islands (Ko Ngai, Ko Mook, or Ko Kradan); though, if you are staying at one of the island resorts, your hosts will usually arrange transfers.