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
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.
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 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
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.
A stretch of long white sandy beach dotted with coconut tree orchards is a
common sight on Ko Chang the largest and busiest island in Trat and the second
largest island in the country after Phuket.
an area of 429 square kilometers, Ko Chang, boasts several amazing natural
wonders that blend magnificently with the traditional way of life such as 70
percent undisturbed island rainforest, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, and
notable wildlife, fine beaches, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. In
addition, numerous fruit orchards dot the island.
Most of the scenic beaches and bays are on the west side
spreading from the north to the south they include Ao Khlong Son , Hat Sai Khao
, Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai Bae. A road cuts through the western shore almost
reaching Hat Kai Bae where there is a nature trail passing through Ao Bai Lan
and Ao Kruat and meandering through wet forestland to Ban Bang Bao, a fishing
community on the foot of the hill in the south.
To the east are Ao Sapparot, where a ferry landing is
situated and Ao Salak Khok. In addition, along the eastern shoreline is a road
cutting through to Ao Salak Phet, a community with a boat pier to the south of
the island. Coral ranges worth visiting are at Ao Khlong Son near Ko Chang Noi
and around islands south of Ko Chang.
In addition to sea-based attractions Ko Chang has
numerous inland attractions including several waterfalls with reasonable access.
They are the Khlong Phlu waterfall, 3 kilometers from Ao Khlong Phrao and a
further 20 minutes on foot; Khlong Nonsi waterfall, a 4-kilometre walk from park
headquarters; and Khiriphet and Khlong Nung falls, which are about 3 kilometers
from Ban Salak Phet.
As well as the obvious activities Ko Chang offers many other attractions
including waterfalls, temples, the National Park and Museum or the beautiful
scenic lookout points, which are all worth a visit. Divers will find fascinating
diving areas off of the shores of Ko Chang and the surrounding islands. Besides
the many coral reefs, sunken warships, a reminder of times past, can be visited
in the Salak Phet Bay.
The Ko Chang National Park occupies an area of 650 square
kilometers and is comprised of 47 islets, which spread from Laem Ngob to Klong
Yai Districts. . The most popular islands includes Ko Chang, Ko Klum, Ko Ngam,
Ko Lao Ya and Ko Rung where natural wonders await travelers. The most popular
season for traveling to the National Park is from November to March. The park
headquarters are divided into 4 units namely Tha Than Mayom, Ban Khlong Son, Tha
Khlong Plu and Ban Salak which provide useful tourist information. At any one of
the headquarters, an entry fee of 200baht is collected.
Admission Fee for Ko Chang National Park : Adult 200 Baht Child 100 Baht For
more information visit www.dnp.go.th
For transportation to Ko Chang, please refer to the
traveling to Ko Chang section.
Wat Bang Bao is on the roadside, next to
the turn-off to Ban Bang Bao.
Wat Khlong Prao is located in Baan
Khlong Prao, also right off the main road.
Wat Khlong Son is approximately 500
metres from the intersection in Ban Khlong Son, in the direction of the bay.
At the top of the hill after Sapparot Bay towards Ban
Khlong Son there is a Chinese temple.
Wat Khlong Nonsi is situated just before
the Dan-May Pier in Baan Khlong Nonsi. Turn towards the sea at the intersection
on the main road. Proper clothes should be worn during temple visits.
Ko Chang Naval Battle Area
This area is located to the south of Ko Chang close to
Salak Petch Bay. It is the area where the battle between the Thai and French
Naval forces was fought over the eastern border conflict. The Thai Navy holds an
annual event to commemorate the combat victory and make merit for the dead naval
forces on 17 January.
Namtok Than Mayom
A 3-tiered medium-sized waterfall located behind the
parks office. There is a trail situated 500 meters from a durian orchard that
leads to the site where King Rama V and VI had visited and signed their royal
names on the highest cliff of the cascade.
Namtok Kiri Phet
Located to the south of Ko Chang, approximately 3
kilometers from Ban Salak Petch.
Namtok Khlong Nonsi
This is a little waterfall in the northeast zone of the
island. The path to the area lies 3 kilometers from Baan Daan Mai or 3
kilometers from the national park office.
Namtok Khlong Nueng
This is a small 120 meter high waterfall situated in a
remote area from Salak Petch Community near Salak Petch Waterfall is an ideal
place for relaxation.
Ban Salak Petch and Ban Rong Than
These are the largest fishing villages on the island and
are ideal venues for visitors wishing to experience or observe their lifestyle.
Bungalows and food shops are available.
Bang Bao Fishing Village
Another ideal spot to learn more about the lifestyle of
fishermen where residents build up their houses with poles pitched into the sea
and the community is linked together via a bridge that reaches every house. In
addition, Bang Bao is one of the zones rich in corals.
Hat Sai Khao (White Sand Beach)
One of the longest beaches on Ko Chang, this beach
provides the most magnificent seascape. The beach, which is 2 kilometers long,
is dotted with reasonably priced bungalows and resorts. Embracing the beach to
the rear are orchards of coconut trees and forests.
Khlong Son Bay
Rich in coral lines, the bay is located on the western
coast of Ko Chang where Klong Son Community is situated.
Namtok Khlong Plu
A large 3-tiered waterfall situated 3 kilometers or a
walking distance of approximately 20 minutes away from Khlong Prao Bay that is a
Tri Petch Waterfall
This single level waterfall is situated 3 kilometers from
Salak Petch Community along an orchard of rubber trees.
Hat Khlong Phrao and Laem Chat Chet
Laem Chai Chet is along the sea adjacent to Kai Bae
Beach, which is rather steep but offers possibilities for swimming. Standard
bungalows with facilities are available. The northernmost area of Klong Phrao
Beach is adjacent to Chai Chet Bay and Beach where visitors can take in the
beautiful landscape while enjoying the superb relaxation and tranquil retreat.
Kai Bae Beach
This beach is close to Khlong Phrao Beach and is similar
to Khlong Phrao in that the beach is steep but safe for swimming with quite a
few inexpensively priced bungalows in the area.
Ao Bai Lan
This small bay with its long sandy beach where visitors
can enjoy the spectacular view in serene ambience is situated close to Kai Bae
Hat Khlong Kloi
This shady beach with coconut trees located next to Bang
Bao Village is a perfect place for relaxation.
Activities in Ko Chang
The main thing to do when in Ko Chang is to relax. Other
than that, there are numerous activities for visitors such as fishing,
snorkeling and visiting nearby islands. In addition, many resorts rent out
kayaks and arrange jungle treks as well as provide all day boat tours to the
nearby islands. Moreover, scooters can be rented in most places, which make the
island easier to explore independently, however the driver should have some
two-wheel experience as the roads have a tendency to fade away to nothing more
Furthermore, there are diving schools at all of the 4
largest beaches on the west coast, where tours can be booked or various diving
licenses can be obtained and sailing-tours can also be booked in many resorts
and travel agencies.
Accommodations on Ko Chang
There are many resorts and bungalows on Ko Chang thus
visitors purchasing boat/ferry tickets from any of the piers should inform the
staff of the desired beach and resort accommodations reserved to prevent
misunderstandings on the destination. Facilities on Ko Chang include mainly
bungalow-type accommodations on most beaches which generally rent out bicycles
and boats. Budget and high-end accommodations are also available with prices
ranging from 100 baht (bungalow) to 6,500 baht for superior/deluxe rooms in
boutique hotels and internationally accredited resorts.
Best time to visit Ko Chang and other islands
The season is from October to May as from mid May to mid
October most of the resorts are closed, but visitors will still be able to find
a few open, as some of the owners actually live there and are open all year
Dining delights in Ko Chang
Ko Chang is still virtually an untouched gastronomic
paradise as the islanders have made a living fishing in the beautiful blue seas
for centuries. There are plenty of seafood restaurants dotted around the island
and with the recent addition of a number of resorts, visitors can now enjoy a
wide range of local and international cuisines.
As the island only has a single road and most restaurants are located on the
road or in resort compounds, they are easy to find. It just takes a little
looking around to find a place that suits your fancy. Reservations are not
normally required but if you want to dine further up the scale it is best to
book in advance.
Getting to Ko Chang
A 5 hours bus trip from the Eastern Bus Terminal will
take visitors to the Trat Bus Terminal (departures between 06.00 a.m. until
12.00 p.m.). From there continue by song taew transport to Laem Ngop, which is
17 kilometers from town, or the ferry landings at Ao Thammachat and Ko Chang
Centre Point where services are operated all day.
Passenger boats usually leave from Laem Ngop to Ao
Sapparot on Ko Chang every hour from 8.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. The trip takes 45
minutes and the fare is 50 baht per person. Visitors can continue to Hat Sai
Khao, Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai Bae by local bus which charges 30 baht per
person. The schedules and fares are subject to change without notice due to
climate condition. For current information, please contact TAT Trat office, Tel:
Tel: 0-3959-7255, 0-3959-7259-60 Fax: 0-3959-7255.
Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat or Ko Chang
Center Point Landings between 7.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. with a traveling time of
30 minutes. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Please note that
vehicles used on the island should be the 4-wheel drive types as road conditions
are bumpy and there are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing on Ko
Chang are song taew services to various points. Fares should be settled
Naval Battle Monument Pier (Krom Luang Pier)
Wooden boats depart every hour from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00
p.m. The passenger fare for a round trip costs approximately 100 baht. Call tel.
039 538 084 for more details.
Center Point Pier
Ferries leave hourly from 6.00 a.m. until 7.00p.m. Call
039 538196 for more information.
Rates for round trip:
4-wheel vehicles, 60 baht/passenger
6-wheel vehicles, 250 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger
10-wheel vehicles, 500 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger
Ao Thammachat Pier
Ferries leave every hour from 6.30 a.m. to 7.15 p.m.
Contact 039 528288-9 for more details.
Rates for round trip:
4-wheel vehicle, 60 baht/passenger, no charge for driver
6-wheel vehicle, 500 baht, no charge for driver but 60 baht fee is applied for
10-wheel vehicle, 1,000 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger
Ko Chang Ferry
Ferries depart every 45 minutes from 6.30 a.m. until 7.15
p.m. For more information call tel. 039 597143.
Rates for round trip:
4-wheel vehicle 150 baht, no charge for driver, but a fee
of 60 baht/passenger is applied
6-wheel vehicle, 500 baht, no charge for driver but 60 baht fee is applied for
10-wheel vehicle, 1,000 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger
For visitors planning to stay at Ko Wai there is a ferry
service from Laem Ngob to Ko Wai at around 3:00 p.m. with a fare of 120
For visitors planning to stay at Ko Kham there is a ferry
service from Laem Ngob to Ko Kham at around 3:00 p.m. with a fare of 170
For visitors planning to stay at Ko Mak there is a ferry
service from Laem Ngob to Ko Mak at around 3:00 p.m. with a fare of 150
Facilities on Ko Chang include mainly bungalow-type
accommodations on most beaches and rental services for bicycles and boats.
Several smaller isles south of Ko Chang include Ko Wai,
Ko Lao Ya and Ko Kradat. Noted for both deep-water and shallow-water corals are
the Ko Kra group and Ko Rang which are to the west of Ko Mak.
Travel to other Islands
Most visitors come to Amphoe Laem Ngob where there are 2
piers namely Laem Ngob and Ko Chang Centre Point, offering daily boat services
to islands such as Ko Mak, Ko Wai, and Ko Kham. Tourist spots in Ko Chang and
other groups of islands.
island is the farthest island from the coast of Trat. Its size ranks it as the
fourth largest island in Thailand or the second largest island next to Ko Chang
in Trat. The island, which is 25 kilometers long and 12 kilometers wide covers
an area of approximately 105 square kilometers or 65,625 rai. Its natural
features include mountains and plains where many streams originate and become
waterfalls. One famous waterfall is Nam Tok Khlong Chao, which flows throughout
the year and is an ideal place for swimming as it is comprised of 3 tiers; of
which the upper two tiers are running streams and the lower one is a large pond.
In 1911, King Rama VI paid a royal visit to this waterfall and named it 'Nam Tok
Anam Kok' to commemorate Ong Chiang Su. In addition; there are beaches with
crystal-clear seas which are popular among visitors such as Taphao Beach, Khlong
Chao Beach, Khlong Hin Beach, Phrao Beach, etc. Accommodations with a private
atmosphere is available for visitors at the inner sea of Ko Kut, and the other
two islands, Ko Rat and Ko Mai Si, opposite to Ko Kut.
Package tours including accommodation (on Ko Kut, Ko Lao
Ya and Ko Ngam) as well as return fares are usually offered. Those wishing to
charter a boat can contact the Laem Ngop landing or make advance inquiries at
the Ko Chang Centre Point at Tel: (039) 538055, 538059).
Getting to Ko Kut
There are boats from Ko Chang to Ko Kut three times a
week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). Please ask for the departure times of the
ferries from Laem-Ngop Pier to Ko Kut at the pier.
Infrastructure on Ko Kut
The island is rather flat compared to Ko Chang with the
highest mountain on the island, Khao Phaenth, measuring 315 metres. It has a
good number of wonderful beaches with crystal clear water (Ta Pho Beach, Khlong
Chao Beach, Thakian Beach, Phrao Beach etc.). Inland, the island is very wild
with a lot of coconut and rubber tree plantations located in the plains.
Population on Ko Kut
Most of the island inhabitants live off of the
cultivation of coconut, rubber production or fishing. But meanwhile the
expanding tourism industry gives more and more work to the less than 2,000
The best time to go to Ko Kut
The best time for a visit to Ko Kut is between beginning
of November and the end of February. At this time it is relatively cool, dry and
mostly sunny. But until the end of May, when it is hotter than the cool season,
a visit is still convenient. Even during monsoon season, Ko Kut is worth
visiting for it doesnt rain every day and all day long.
Activities on Ko Kut
Besides lazing on the beach, snorkeling at the beautiful
coral reefs or just watching stars at night; visitors can also visit nearby
islands for snorkeling and other activities.
Some of the more expensive Resorts on Ko Kut offer
Banana-, Donut-boat-trips and water-skiing. In addition visitors can do drop
line fishing at the beaches and bays or rent a boat over night (about 3000 Baht)
in order to try night time fishing.
Sights on Ko Kut
The village Aow Salad (Baan Aow Salad) in the Salad Bay (Aow
Salad) is located in the northeast part of the island. It is the biggest fishing
village on Ko Kut fresh seafood can be bought every day.
The marvelous waterfall Nam Tok Khlong Chao or Than Sanuk
Waterfall, which was visited by King Rama VI in 1911, is one of the most
beautiful spots to be found on Ko Kut. It consists of 3 tiers: the upper two are
running streams and the lower one is a large pond - an ideal place for swimming.
Ko Wai, this small paradise is situated approximately 6
kilometers south of the southernmost end of Ko Chang The island is about 3
kilometers long, in the widest point 1.5 kilometers and has some very beautiful
Ko Wai is reached daily by a boat starting at 3.00 pm
from the Laem-Ngop-Pier. The travel time is 2.5 hours and costs 130 Baht.
This is a large island to the south of Ko 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.
This island is situated southeast of Ko Chang and is
comprised of twin mountains linked by huge rocks with a huge sand knoll at the
middle. The little bay formed by the lines of the mountain stretching into the
sea makes the island a splendid and serene site worth visiting. Accommodations
How to get there
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to Chonburi, then
use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) Arriving at Klaeng, turn onto Highway No.
3 and proceed to Trat. The total distance from Bangkok to Trat is 318
Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok's Eastern
Bus Terminal (Ekamai) to Trat every hour from 6 a.m. to midnight. From Bangkok
the buses to Trat cost 169 baht for 1st class air-conditioned buses (132 baht
for 2nd class) and 197 baht for 24-seat VIP air-conditioned buses or 113 baht
for regular buses. The trip takes five to six hours by air-conditioned bus or
about eight hours by regular bus.
For more information, contact Transport Co. Ltd at Tel: 0-2391 -4164, Choet Chai
Tour Tel: 0-2391-2237, Chok Anukun Tour Tel: 0-2392-7680 and Suppharat Tour Tel:
Several non air-conditioned buses leave daily, starting from 07.00a.m.-11.00p.m.
Fare is 78B (Tel.02 391-2504). Air-conditioned buses leave every 1.30 hours,
starting from 07.00a.m.-11.00p.m.. Fare is 140B (Tel. 02 391-4164).
From Chanthaburi to Trat, the regular bus takes about 30 minutes. If one goes by
taxi from Chanthaburi to Trat, it takes around 45 minutes.
Travelling around Trat
Car rent in Muang District
Suppharat Opposite to Choet Chai Tour, Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 0-3931-2011,
Getting around the city
Sam lors around town should cost about 10 baht per person. Small song taews cost
about 5 baht per person on a share basis or 20 baht to 40 baht for the whole
Getting to Islands
Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat Pier, or Ko Chang Centre Point Landings
between 07.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m., with a travel time of 30 minutes. Private
vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Please note that vehicles used on the
island should be 4 wheel drive vehicles as road conditions are bumpy and there
are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing on Ko Chang there are song
taew services to various points. Fares should be settled beforehand.
Distances from Amphoe Muang to Other Districts
Distances from Trat to