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Trat is Thailand’s eastern-most province, located about 315 kilometers from Bangkok. This small province borders on Cambodia with the Khao Banthat mountain range forming a natural demarcation. With 52 large and small offshore islands, long white sandy beaches and unspoiled coral reefs, Trat offers delightful scenery and a tranquil hideout for nature-lovers. The province also serves as a major fruit-growing and fishing area.

The city of Trat is a starting point for Ko Chang island group or forays into outlying gem and Cambodian markets. Those enthralled by shopping will be delighted as Trat has more markets for its size than almost any other town in Thailand due to Cambodian coastal trade.

Like Chanthaburi, Trat is a very important ruby-mining province, with the most famous gem market located in Bo Rai District, some 50 kilometers north of the Cambodian border.

With an area of 2,819 square kilometers, the province is administratively divided into the districts of Muang, Khao Saming, Laem Ngop, Khlong Yai and Bo Rai, and the sub-districts of Ko Chang and Ko Kut.

The weather in and around Trat is very comfortable with warm temperatures throughout the year. The region is influenced by the northeastern and southwestern winds, which sometimes limit sea transport to a group of islands particularly from May to October when the southwest monsoon blows. During this period the western coast can be wet and stormy and occasionally unsafe for ferries and smaller boats to lift anchor. However, visitors can still visit the islands via the normally more popular routes, most of which are to the northeast of Ko Chang, anyway.

The PastThe history of Trat can be traced back to the reign of King Prasat Thong of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Formerly known as Muang Thung Yai, Trat has played an important role in the development of country’s stability and economy due to its strategic location. The town of Trat has later become a community of Chinese Merchants.

Trat served as a checkpoint and buffer city in 1767 and was responsible for providing provisions to King Taksin the Great before he moved his navy from Chanthaburi to Ayutthaya, where he expelled the Burmese and liberated the Kingdom from Burmese rule.

In the Ratanakosin period, during the reign of King Rama V, Trat played an important role again in stabilizing the country’s sovereignty. King Rama V made an agreement with the French government (who had also taken Chanthaburi under its supervision) to get Trat back. In doing this, Phra Tabong, Siamrat and Sri Sophon were traded off.

During the Indochina War, the French Navy tried to seize Trat again. The French Thai Battle broke out on 17 January 1941 at Ko Chang. The Thai Navy successfully drove out the French Navy.

Trat Attractions

Trat Art, Culture & Heritage

Residanggamport ResidenceOn Lak Muang Road, this is an old 3-story building that was once used as the residence of the French governor when the town was occupied in 1904-1907. Subsequently,from 1928, it became the residence of Trat’s governors.

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Khao Lan Thai Red Cross CentreThe Khao Lan Thai Red Cross Centre on Trat-Khlong Yai Highway at Km. 48 was formerly a facility to assist Cambodian refugees who fled the fighting in their country into Thailand from 1978 until peace was restored in 1986.After the refugees were repatriated, the centre was closed. Today, the site has been adapted into a tourist facility. Tel: 0 3952 1621.

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Wat BuppharamLocated on Plai Khlong Road, the temple dates from the mid-17th century and features the oldest wooden image hall in the country, while the surviving murals are of the early Rattanakosin period. The temple’s museum houses a number of ancient relics. Buddha images in different postures, and Chinese and European porcelain.

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Trat Places of Worship

Wat Yotha NimitThis temple, which is also known as Wat Bot, is located on Tetsaban 4 Road near the city pillar. There are the fine murals on the wall and some ancient artifacts have been kept in its former Ubosot, The Wat Yotha Nimit is the only royal temple in the province. It was first established when King Taksin the Great came to mobilise his troops here and finished in the reign of King Rama III. It was once used as the site for the oath of allegiance ceremony by government officials since the time of King Taksin the Great until the reign of King Rama V, who shifted the ceremony to Wat Phai Lom.

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Wat Saen TumThis temple is a Dharma-practicing facility amid the cool shade of forests and fruit orchards. To the south of the temple is what is called the Khao To Mo Ancient Site where piles of stone pillars have been discovered.It is believed that they were components of ancient Khmer structures. In addition, a large number of relics such as pottery and ornaments and beads were found at the site.Wat Saen Tum can be reached by taking the Saen Tung-Bo Rai route. At Km. 18.5, take a left turn to head for Ban Tha Lai, Ban Na Makham and Ban Erem where the temple is situated. The temple is about 38 kilometers from Khao Saming district.

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City PillarLocated on Lak Muang Road, the City Pillar stands in a Chinese-style building. This shrine was built out of Chinese belief under the instructruction of King Taksin the Great for the security of the province as well as the peaceful life of the townspeople.

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Trat Nature & Wildlife

Koh Chang Yutthanawi MemorialThe Koh Chang Yutthanawi Memorial, at Laem Ngop, commemorates the Franco-Thai naval engagement on January 17, 1941. Other attractions at the memorial include the Statue of Prince Chumphon, father of the Thai navy, and a warship-shaped museum displaying old equipment and armaments of the fleet with exhibits on the Ko Chang naval battle.

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Koh KlumLike Koh Chang, this is an island of historical significance during the Thai-French Naval Battle in 1941. Attractions on the island include the stone yard landscape and fishing activities.

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Koh LaoyaThis wonderful island which is less than 1 kilometer long and 300 meters wide with beautiful beaches, crystal-clear water and colorful corals lies about 3 kilometers west of the southeastern end of Koh Chang.Koh Laoya forms an island group with Koh Laoya Klang and Koh Laoya Nok and is connected to Ko Laoya Klang by a wooden bridge. Travel time from Laem Ngob to the island takes about 2.5 hours and only chartered boats can reach the island. Accommodation is available but must be reserved well in advance.

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Koh KhamThis island is located near Koh Mak and is endowed with natural wonders such as crystal clear seas, chie sandy beaches, coral reefs and most importantly, tranquility and privacy. Ideal for swimming and diving, the trip to Koh Kham from Laem Ngob takes 2.5 hours.

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Koh KradatThis island is situated to the northeast away from Ko Mak. In the past, the area had an abundance of Kradad trees (paper trees); hence, the name of the island.This island is notable for the fact that it is the only island in Thailand to be issued a land title deed during the period of King Rama V as a measure to protect the island from French colonization. Ko Kradad is famous for its white long sandy beach and wonderful coral reefs.

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Koh  MakThis is a large island to the south of Koh Chang that is blessed with several beautiful bays and beaches and coral reefs nearby that are still in perfect condition.The islanders make their living by growing rubber and coconut trees. The best time to visit is from November until late April. There are a number of accommodations and tourist facilities available. A passenger boat departs Laem Ngob daily at 3.00 p.m. and returns from Ko Mak at 7.00 a.m., traveling time is 3.5 hours.

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Ao Tan KhuThis is a bay with fine sandy beaches that are popular with the local people during holidays. It is 4 kilometers off of Highway No. 3156 (Ban Saen Tung-Laem Ngop).

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Ban Salak Khok CommunityThe small settlement of Ban Salak Khok is a great place to visit by itself and for good food and relaxed atmosphere – well worth the outing from the west coast.However, the key thing to do here is to paddle, row, boat among the mangroves. This you can do on the cheap or get the full set with food and drinks served out in the mangroves. If you have not seen mangroves close up before or understood the mangrove/mud flat tidal ecology, this is your chance to learn something.The main restaurant her serves real Thai food, not modified for the ketchup crowd.  And local raw materials.It is an interesting community out here, houses on stilts, connected with board walks. Directions: South West coast of Koh Chang, in a bay dense with mangroves and sourrounded by green hills.

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Trat Suburban Living

Ban Nam ChiaoThis village is approximately 8 kilometers from town on the Trat-Laem Ngop route. It is noted for Ngop Nam Chieo, a native hat to ward off the sun. The hat, which is still widely used today as it is light and comfortable, is woven with local palm leafs grown in mangrove area. In addition to the traditional shape, it has been adapted into other more fashionable shapes as souvenirs.

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Ban Hat LekBan Hat Lek is the farthest border village in Trat. It is on Highway No. 318 within Khlong Yai District about 16 kilometers from the district town, or approximately 89 kilometers from the provincial capital.After the conflict ended in Cambodia, it has become a channel for Thai-Cambodia trading. There is an immigration check point at the border. Visitors wishing to enter Cambodia from here have to apply for visa at the Cambodian Embassy in advance. Along Highway No. 318 (Trat-Khlong Yai) are several white clean beaches and other attractions including:Hat Ban Chuen

This quiet beach is at Km. 59 of Highway No. 318 (Trat-Khlong Yai).Accommodations are available.

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