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trang conservation getaway

4 days

trang, thailand

beach, family, conservation, NATURE

why travel to trang?

all about the trip

Smiling Albino’s Trang Conservation Getaway explores Trangs caves and islands, examines local marine life and ecology, while enlightening guests about the challenge of conserving the environment with the demands on it from tourism and climate change.

Featuring creative boutique accommodations, this adventure focuses on animals, conservations and the opportunity to meet fascinating local characters along the way. This celebration of nature, and an adventure which benefits the guests, the community, and the environment is designed with an eye to value, to inspire and enjoy good beach fun!

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  • Visit Tam Le Village eco-education and forest preserve. This is an example of community-based forest preservation. Choose from several options for local outreach or eco-tourism activities while visiting the village.

  • Dugong Conservation! Trang province is famous for the dugong, an endangered sea mammal which are visible several times during the year. We’ll arrange dugong spotting with a local conservation expert.

  • Aid in seagrass planting. To help to provide a more fertile habitat for fish and small marine life, guests will assist a local conservation effort in planting seagrass to help the marine life thrive.

day 1

bangkok to Trang

This morning, we’ll catch a flight to Trang in Thailand’s deep south. After checking in, we’ll visit one of Trang’s unique local cave formations, steeped in layers of folklore and intrigue. 

Khao Pina Cave is hollow mountain on the mainland that looks like an upside down wok. Located at the foot of the mountain is Wat Pina, a temple where a reclining Buddha image is enshrined at the cave entrance. Concrete stairs allow visitors to explore the cave’s beauty, with options of three trails offering a panoramic view. Lush forests and a tranquil environment make for a perfect place for relaxation.

day 2

Caves, Beaches and Lagoons

Today we’ll have an early morning excursion to Emerald Cave on Koh Muk. We’ll enter through a small entrance only 10 metres wide and depending on tides, we can swim or wade 80 metres through a dark tunnel. The reward when you reach the centre is breathtaking. You’ll find you’re in a secret lagoon surrounded by high cliffs of lush greenery and a pure white sandy beach under the open skies. The sunlight filters through the sea water creating the stunning emerald colour.

From here we’re well situated for a morning of beach bliss at Koh Kradan and Koh Waan, for some of the nicest sand in Thailand. Enjoy a swim and some snorkeling in crystal clear waters and feast on a beach picnic lunch.

We’ll return to the hotel early afternoon and chill-out for the rest of the day

day 3

Caves and Community

Our day starts out at Khao Kop Cave. This is one of the ultimate “unseen Thailand” adventure experiences! We’ll row boats along a canal which flows
from Banthat Mountain and tunnels right underneath Khao Kop and narrows into labyrinthine channels with low rock ceilings, creating a surreal almost lunar-undersea-landscape like no other.

The nearby Tam Le Village eco-education and forest preserve is an interesting example of community-based forest preservation. The community preserves local teptaro wood to create natural health products, in addition to its mission to conserve the natural forest area and provide an example for living under the sufficiency economy practices espoused by former King Bhumibol of Thailand. The stunning giant dragon sculptures made from collected driftwood and unused teptaro makes this worthy of a stop in and of itself.

During the afternoon there are several options for local outreach or eco-tourism activities, or visiting the old town of Kantang and it’s vintage railway station and old rubber baron home-cum museums.

Trang province is famous for the dugong, an endangered sea mammal which are visible several times during the year. We’ll arrange dugong spotting with a local conservation expert, seagrass planting to provide habitat for fish and small marine life, in addition to a charming local outreach project supporting local communities creating products using nipa palm leaves.

Back to hotel around 4pm; chill time…

day 4

Back To Bangkok

After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Bangkok connecting to your onward flight home. We will have an airport representative meet you as you leave the plane to assist you with your airport transit.

Pope kan mai na! (until we meet again)

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