Trat is one
of the last major towns before crossing the Cambodian border. Located
400 km (250 miles) from Bangkok, the road leading to Trat passes through
rubber plantations, paddies, and marshlands.
to Trat will be able to see an attractive Chinese temple called the Wat
Bang Korn and the Oasis Sea World, which is a breeding and
conservation station for dolphins. Try not to miss the daily aquatic performances
by the humpbacked and Irrawaddy dolphins.
center, Trat is also the embarkation point for trips to offshore islands.
There are boats leaving in the mornings for Ko Chang from the Port
of Laem Ngop, about 20 km (15 miles) southwest of the town's clock tower.
Ko Chang is Thailand's third-largest island, famed for wild boars and
the Mai Yom Falls. Size-wise, it is about 8 km (5 miles) wide and 30 km
(20 miles) long. And do be careful, for off the northern tip of Ko Chang
near a rocky outcrop are some of the largest sharks in the gulf. However,
the Ko Mak and Ko Kut are excellent places for diving with
clear lagoons. You may find accommodations in the form of simple bungalows
and new resorts.
drop by Khlong Yai, a town built over the water. Rows of houses
run into the sea from the main street, thus making the town rather unique.
"Parked" between these rows of houses are fishing trawlers, acting like
cars parked on a side street. The road, with beautiful sea views, continues
on to Hat Yak, a fishing (and smuggling) village on the Cambodian
border. This is a good place to while away some time.