Find out where to go, what to see and what to do in the stunning province of Trat!
Trat is one of the Land of Smiles’ lesser known provinces but it is no less beautiful and intriguing than the more popular locations on the tourist circuit. Thailand’s eastern-most province, Trat borders the Gulf of Thailand and Cambodia along the Cardamom Mountain range. It is home to a grand total of 52 stunning islands, including the well-known Koh Chang, which is becoming increasingly popular as a place to get away from it all and reconnect with nature and a gentler pace of life.
How to get to Trat
By Bus: Hourly buses to Trat depart from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal between the hours of 6am and midnight. By air-conditioned bus the journey takes between five and six hours, while on the regular bus the trip duration is roughly eight hours.
By Air: Bangkok Airways offers a daily service to Trat from the Thai capital.
Read on to discover more about the amazing Trat locations on the iTravel Channel visited during our tour of the province and find out more about what you can experience during a visit here.
Salak Kok Village, Koh Chang
Salak Kok Village is located in its namesake bay and can be found by taking the island’s east coast road then following a left turn past The Spa Resort to Salak Kok. It may not have any fancy restaurants, resorts or attractions but it is well worth a visit due to the unspoiled nature of this place and the time-honoured way of life, with the village’s fishermen living and working just as they have always done for many years. While you’re here be sure to rent a kayak and paddle through the scenic mangrove forests along the shore.
Koh Wai, Trat
Koh Wai is a small but beautiful island, part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park. Known for its breathtaking beaches, the island is the perfect place to swim, sunbathe and soak up the gorgeous scenery. During high season, catch a speedboat here from Laem Ngop Pier, just to the south of Trat, which leaves at 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Alternatively you can take a slowboat or a speedboat from Bang Bao pier, on Koh Chang, which cost 300THB or 400THB respectively.
Koh Yak Yai, Trat
Koh Yak Yai can be experienced as part of an unforgettable 4-island snorkeling day trip, which departs from Koh Chang and takes in Koh Yak Yai, Koh Rang, Koh Yuk Lek and Koh Wai. The entire trip lasts 8 hours, excluding pick-up and drop-off, and is sure to be a highly enjoyable experience, giving you plenty of opportunity to experience underwater wonders.
Koh Mak, Trat
This small Thai island is easily accessible by speedboat from Trat’s Laem Ngop Pier. Boasting 27km of unspoiled coastline, including several golden sand beaches, it is an ideal place for reconnecting with nature, swimming, sunbathing and experiencing romantic sunset views. A variety of activities are available here, including scuba diving, water sports, mountain-biking and Thai cookery classes.
Koh Kood, Trat
Koh Kood is a picturesque island in Trat province, popular with package tourists and families. It is easily reached by taking a speedboat or catamaran ferry from Trat’s Laem Sok pier. Once you get here, be sure to check out the west coast’s spectacular beaches, visit the authentic fishing village of Ao Yai in the south-east, and go trekking through the jungle to visit the island’s pristine waterfalls. Scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking are also available on Koh Kood.
Plan your Thailand Vacation, Holiday or Getaway
The iTravel Channel TV Media Network had an incredible time during our journey through some of Trat’s most amazing locations and we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy a trip to this easternmost province. Whichever part of Trat you decide to explore, one thing is certain; you will be spoilt for choice for things to see and do in this beautiful Thai destination.
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