18 peaceful and beautiful places to visit in Trat

Trat is a province in the southeast of Thailand that borders Cambodia and is situated along the Cardamom Mountains. It has a coastline on the Gulf of Thailand and is home to several islands, such as Mu Ko Chang National Park, which are known for their white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and waterfalls. The largest of these islands is Ko Chang, which is particularly known for its dense jungle, waterfalls, and coral reefs, as well as the stilt houses in Bang Bao village.

Trat City Museum

Trat City Museum, located on Santisuk Road in the Muang District of Trat Province, is housed in the former City Hall building. It serves as a center for learning about the history, culture, and way of life of Trat, as well as a place to promote and disseminate national cultural heritage. The museum is also a popular cultural tourist attraction. The museum building itself is also noteworthy, as it has been preserved in its original architectural style dating back to 1922. The building features wooden construction, concrete pillars, an elevated basement, and a hipped roof, all in the original style.

Samut Sakhon City Pillar Shrine

City Pillar Shrine of Trat, located on Lak Muang Road near Wat Yothanimit, is unique among city pillar shrines in that it is built in the style of a Chinese pavilion, showcasing beautiful construction art. It is an important symbol for the people of Trat, and serves as a spiritual center for both Thai and Chinese residents of the province, both past and present.

Wat Buppharam

Wat Buppharam is the oldest temple in Trat Province, believed to have been built during the Ayutthaya period, according to the Department of Religious Affairs. The temple contains many interesting and historically valuable features, such as ancient murals in the ubosot from the early Rattanakosin period, and the principal Buddha image, “Luang Pho To”, which is unique for its special Buddhist characteristics and its opaque white, human-like appearance. The temple also houses a Reclining Buddha statue, with walls adorned with murals featuring floral and animal patterns. There is also a museum on the temple grounds that displays a collection of valuable antiques, including relics of the Buddha which are considered the most auspicious in the country.

Khlong Bang Phra Community

Khlong Bang Phra Conservation Community, also known as the Khlong Bang Phra Community, is a historic area that was once a hub for trade and commerce. Located along the Bang Phra Canal, it was a main transportation route for islanders who would sail down the river to sell coconuts. Today, the area features old wooden row houses that were once home to hundreds of shops and still retain their historical charm. Some have been converted into restaurants and accommodations for tourists visiting Trat and the nearby sea islands. Due to its resemblance to the famous Thai town of Chiang Khan, it has been affectionately referred to as the “Chiang Khan of the Eastern Lands” by foreign tourists.

Ban Tha Ranae Mangrove Forest

Ban Tha Ranae Mangrove Forest is an eco-tourism destination located in the Mueang Trat District of Trat Province. It is a large, 2,000 rai mangrove forest that is over 100 years old and features towering, ancient trees. The forest was once a source of livelihood for the local villagers who caught fish, crabs, shrimp, and shellfish from the area. However, in recent years, it has transformed into an Unseen tourist attraction of Trat Province due to its unique natural beauty. Visitors can take a boat ride for just 10 minutes to Lan Tabun and pass through three different types of forests: mangrove, Chak, and Pa Tabun, giving the feeling of being in a primeval forest.

Ban Nam Chiao

Ban Nam Chiao Cultural Community is a tourist spot located in Nam Chiao Subdistrict, Laem Ngop District, that is situated close to the sea and features lush mangrove forests. It is an eco-tourism destination that offers a variety of activities for visitors such as observing the way of life of the Buddhist and Muslim communities living in harmony, visiting a natural bridge, bird watching tower, taking a small boat cruise to see the daily life of fishermen, and watching demonstrations of how to make traditional products like leaf-based goods and baking.

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach is located in Ban Klang Village, Laem Ngop Sub-district, Laem Ngop District, Trat Province, within a tamarind forest that is a national reserved forest. The beach features a mix of mangrove trees and a diverse array of wildlife such as birds, crabs, and shellfish. The beach stretches for over a kilometer, with fine black sand which is a natural wonder that is found in only 5 places around the world, including Taiwan, Malaysia, Hawaii, northern California and Trat Province, Thailand. Although the beach itself is small, visitors can walk down to touch the sand or take a walk on the sandbar to experience the soft sand up close.

Suan Somphot

Suan Somphot is a well-maintained and managed garden that is dedicated to growing high-quality fruits. This is achieved through a meticulous process of selecting the best seeds and pollen for planting, resulting in delicious fruits that are suitable for use as offerings. The garden is open for visitors to walk through and purchase the Sumalee breed fruits, as well as processed fruits like Salak Loi Kaew, which has a sweet and refreshing taste, to take home as souvenirs.

Koh Chang (island)

Koh Chang, as its name implies, is the largest island in the Gulf of Thailand and the second-largest in Thailand, after Phuket Island. The island offers a diverse range of landscapes including seas, mountains, waterfalls, and abundant mangrove forests. The island’s many beaches are located along the west coast and include popular spots such as White Sand Beach, Klong Prao Beach, and Kai Bae Beach. While the island may not boast the most picturesque beaches when compared to other islands in the Trat Sea, it more than makes up for it with its wide range of accommodation options and tourist activities available, making it a top choice for visitors to the Trat Sea.

Koh Kood

Koh Kood is the second largest island in the Trat Sea, after Koh Chang. Known for its stunning emerald waters and beautiful beaches, it has been dubbed the “Jewel of the Eastern Seas”. Beaches like Klong Yai Kee Bay, Tapao Bay, Klong Chao Beach, Ngam Kho Bay, Bang Bao Bay, Ta Khian Beach, Klong Hin Beach, Ao Jark and Ao Prao are must-visit spots for taking pictures of coconut trees and swimming to see coral reef fish. The island is also known for its well-preserved natural state, with mountains, plains, ridges, and mangrove forests that provide shade to the beaches. Visitors can also explore places like Klong Chao Waterfall, Giant Trees, Warship Hill, and Ban Ao Yai Viewpoint. Koh Kood’s peaceful nature makes it the perfect destination for those who like to travel and relax in the midst of nature.

Koh Mak

Koh Mak is a magical land that captivates visitors with its peaceful and beautiful simplicity, which still retains the traditional ways of the local villagers. The island has established itself as an environmentally managed, low-carbon destination with a focus on preserving its natural resources. In addition to the peaceful beach atmosphere, cycling on the island is considered a must-do activity, as the paths are not difficult and take you through communities, shops, beaches, forests, small and large mountains, and lush coconut groves. This creates a fun and enjoyable experience for families and friends alike.

Koh Kham

Koh Kham is known as the emerald pearl of Trat Sea, a small private island located near Koh Mak. The island is known for its abundance of natural beauty, featuring a white sandy beach and sand dunes stretching about 300 meters into the sea, and large volcanic rock formations that are a natural phenomenon. The island also boasts a variety of coral reefs. Koh Kham can be easily accessed by boat, with a journey of less than 15 minutes from Ao Suan Yai, Koh Mak. Visitors will find calm blue waters and powdery white sandy beaches. Despite its small size, Koh Kham offers nature as rich as any of the other islands in the Trat Sea.

Koh Krad

Koh Krad is a unique island in Thailand as it is the only island that has had its title deed properly issued since the reign of King Rama V. It is considered an unseen island due to its flat appearance, unlike other islands that typically have hills. The main highlight of Koh Krad is the opportunity to take a tractor ride with the villagers and cycle around the island, where you can see hundreds of wild deer in their natural habitat. This experience is often referred to as a “safari in the middle of the sea” and visitors can take pictures of the picturesque view featuring coconut trees leaning towards the sea. These coconut trees have a distinct form, with their trunks stretching and leaning towards the sea before raising to a straight line like typical coconut trees. This is one of the strange natural charms of Koh Krad.

Koh Rang

Koh Rang is a group of two islands, with Koh Rang on the northern side, also known as San Chao Beach, being close to the Koh Yak diving site. This side boasts fine white sandy beaches and clear waters, but lacks accommodations and facilities. The other side of Koh Rang, called Ko Chor. 5 (Koh Rang), is home to a National Park Protection Unit and is less picturesque than San Chao Beach, but offers a peaceful bay where camping is possible. Koh Rang is known for its beautiful diving sites and visitors can purchase diving tour packages directly from their accommodations. It is a must-see island tour program.

Koh Yak

Koh Yak is a popular diving destination in the Trat Sea, known for its emerald green waters and diverse marine life. The island, which is divided into two parts, Ko Yak Yak and Yak Lek, features a rocky terrain with no beaches, but plenty of fish and coral. The island is home to a variety of coral species including staghorn coral, plate coral, and sponges. The sea fish in the area are known to be friendly and swim close to divers. Koh Yak is often included in travel packages to Koh Rang as it is located on the same path.

Koh Wai

Koh Wai is an island that has been preserved in its natural state and offers a peaceful atmosphere, with minimal tourist crowds. The island boasts an emerald green sea in front and has limited accommodations, mostly simple seaside lodgings. While it may not be as luxurious as other islands in the Trat Sea, it is perfect for those looking for a simple and private experience. With the clear, private sea and the sound of the waves, Koh Wai is a great option to consider for those looking for a more secluded getaway in the Trat Sea.

Koh Rayang

Koh Rayang is a group of two islands located near Koh Mak, consisting of Koh Rayang Nai and Koh Rayang Nok. The island that is popular among tourists is Koh Rayang Nok, which is a relatively private island with only one accommodation, Rayang Phurin Resort. The main attraction of Koh Rayang Nok is its serene beauty, featuring white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. The island also boasts a variety of coral reefs that can be explored through snorkeling right off the beach.

Koh Laoya

Koh Laoya is a group of three islands located in the southern part of Koh Chang, near Ao Salak Phet. The islands, Koh Laoya Klang, Koh Lao Ya Nok and Koh Lao Ya Nai, are connected by a wooden bridge. The most popular island among tourists is Koh Laoya Nai, which is the largest island and serves as the center of tourism. The only resort available on the island is Koh Laoya, which offers visitors clean white sandy beaches, clear waters, and a variety of activities such as snorkeling and beach sports.