Trat

“At the far southeastern corner of the country, Trat is as much Cambodian landscape as it is Thai. The area around Trat is well-known for the beautiful Koh Chang and another archipelago of 52 mostly uninhabited islands, and one of Thailand’s most visited national parks. Trat is 400kms east of Bangkok and an hour and a half from the Cambodian border at Hat Lek.

Departures to Trat leave from Bangkok’s Ekamai or Mochit bus terminals, a journey of around four hours. Another option is to catch a comfortable VIP bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Since it is located west of the city this can save 45 minutes on the journey time. If you want to fly the route, there is a service offered by Bangkok Airways.

Those headed to Cambodia can transfer onto a mini-bus from the bus station to the border, and here connect with a local bus to Phnom Penh and beyond. The bus station is a little out of town, but it is possible to walk into the centre, otherwise inexpensive motorcycle taxis are on hand.

Most people consider Trat a jumping off point to the islands of Koh Chang National Park. However, the town itself has some colonial charm. The governor’s residence is a fine example of colonial architecture dating back to when the French controlled neighbouring Cambodia. There are also several Buddhist temples. Several guesthouses are located south of the main market off the Sukhumivit Road.”