Traveling in Trat province along the Eastern Seaboard
Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 17 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Trat province is the most eastern province of the Eastern Seaboard, bordering along Cambodia and Chanthaburi province. The capital town is Trat, for most people famous for the ferry to Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kuud. In the most southern point of Trat province is the International border crossing Thailand-Cambodia, while along the border with Cambodia are 2 other International borders and a few locals-only borders. Trat province has a huge beautiful coastline that (besides of the islands) is almost not developed.
Personally I came for the first time in Trat province in 1998 when going to Koh Chang. In those days Koh Chang was still very undeveloped and it was not a good experience. After 2 nights we went back to Rayong and then to Bangkok Airport to take the plane to Koh Samui. The next time I came back in Trat province was in 2003 making a visa-run at Hat Lek International border to Cambodia. And while living in Pattaya we would go sometimes to some border markets. The last time I was in Trat was to go to Koh Kuud, a wonderful island with the feeling like Koh Samui 30 years ago.
How to get to Trat province?
- ✈️ the Airport of Trat (TDX) is 30 km west of Trat town and serves daily flights to Bangkok.
- By car or motorbike from Bangkok via Sukhunvit road (route 3)
- By bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport or Eastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok
- There is no train station
Popular destinations in Trat province
- Had Lek International Thai-Cambodian border
- Koh Chang
- Koh Mak
- Koh Kuud
- Koh Wai
- Koh Kham
- Klong Phlu Forrest
- Trat town