During my road trip down to the South of Thailand in December 2018, our first really southerly stop was at Pak Meng, here almost devoid of western tourists I was witness to a most spectacular sunset.
Pak Meng is Trang’s most developed beach. It’s a long narrow strip of sand with beautiful views over a flat calm ocean and across to the islands of Koh Ngai and Koh Muk. No wonder there are numerous beach shack bars and restaurants cheek by jowl, designed for predominantly Thai tourists to enjoy the view while sipping a cold one in the shade of the numerous trees that line the beach.
Directly behind the trees runs Pak Meng’s road, parallel to the beach and shoreline. There’s a second strip of more sturdy looking restaurants on the other side of the road, around 20 to 30 in total, so you’re spoilt for choice.
Pak Meng beach is long – all the action is up at the northern end and the restaurants and beach bars extend for about a kilometre down the beach.