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Getting There

By Plane -- One daily flight from Bangkok is serviced by Nok Air (tel] 1318; www.nokair.com).

By Train -- Trang city is connected by train with Bangkok on the main north-south line. Two daily departures make the 16-hour trek. Ask for details at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station (tel. 1690).

By Bus -- There are frequent buses from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (tel. 02793-8111) and minibus connections from Krabi and Surat Thani. 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 leave regularly all day from the pier on the north end of the beach. It costs around 800B to 1,000B 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 for you. Try Chao Mai Tour (tel. 07521-4742), just one among many tour operators at the port, or contact any of the hotels below and they can help with arrangements.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.