Trat Travel Guide - Koh Ngam
A breathtaking view at Koh Ngam – Trat Travel Guide

Introduction to Trat Travel Guide

Trat is one of Thailand’s easternmost provinces. It is bounded to the northwest by Chanthaburi Province, to the east by Cambodia, and to the south by the Gulf of Thailand.

Trat dates back to the early 17th century, under the reign of King Prasat Thong of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. After the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese in 1767, Trat acted as a checkpoint and buffer city, supplying King Taksin the Great with food before he marched his army from Chanthaburi to Ayutthaya. During the Rattanakosin period, French forces arrived and captured the western portion of Chantaburi Province during the 1893 Paknam incident. In order to reclaim Chantaburi, Siam was pressured to surrender Trat to French Indochina in 1904. However, three years later, the French returned Trat to Thailand in exchange for larger areas along the Mekong river, which included Battambang, Siam Nakhon, and Sisophon.

Trat provides wonderful scenery and a lot of peaceful hideouts for beach and nature lovers, with many islands having long, white, sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. The province is also a significant fruit-growing, fishing, and gem-mining location. Trat is the principal departure point for travels to the popular Koh Chang island group, as well as excursions to both gem markets and Cambodian border markets.

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Credit: A Local’s Guide to Trat—Secret Thailand by Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

How to get to Trat

Map of Trat Province

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Top Attractions in Trat

Koh Kham

A lovely tiny island, conveniently accessible by boat from Koh Mak.

Trat Travel Guide - Koh Ngam

Koh Ngam

A picturesque island not far from Koh Chang.

Koh Chang

Koh Chang (Elephant Island)

One of Thailand’s biggest islands, well-known for its trekking routes, waterfalls, and coral reefs.

Island hopping in Thailand - Koh Kood

Koh Kood (Ko Kut)

A picturesque island known for its scenic views and as a honeymoon getaway.

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach (Laem Ngop)

A beach with distinctive black sand located in tamarind forest.

Koh Mak

A charming tiny island with white sands and crystal blue water.

Side Trips

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Trat Travel Guide - Koh Kham
An aerial view of Koh Kham, a small island near Koh Mak – Trat Travel Guide

Summary of Trat Travel Guide

Trat, which borders the Gulf of Thailand, is home to several islands with white-sand beaches and coral reefs. One of the famous islands is Koh Chang, which known for its natural beauty. Apart from Koh Chang, visitors may visit other islands nearby for different views and experiences. Still finding the right place to visit? Feel free to explore other provinces in Thailand:

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