Unspoilt southern Thailand by train
Trang city lies at the end of the Southern Line (432 miles from Bangkok). It is the gateway to a beautiful coast lined with thick tropical forest, rubber tree plantations and little fishing villages, and it is fringed for its entire length with deserted beaches. Waves break against towering domes, and pinnacles of limestone stretch into the turquoise ocean forming archipelagos of jewel-like islands. Ko Muk is a crown of limestone that encircles a sheltered beach accessible only through a sea cave. Ko Kradan is a tiny island washed by gentle coral-filled sea where there is little to do but laze in a hammock, eat sumptuous Thai food and snorkel over the offshore reef. And there are only ever a handful of visiting tourists.