Located not very far from Bangkok,located about 315 kilometers from Bangkok.
Trat has over fifty large and small islands under its umbrella which features long white-sand beaches and amazing coral. Of particular interest to visitors are the islands Ko Chang, Ko Kham, Ko Mak, Ko Phi.Ko Rang, Ko Laoya, Ko Phrao and Ko Chang Noi.
The Cardamom mountain range forms the boundary to Cambodia in the east of the province, where Trat has borders with three Cambodian provinces: Battambang, Pursat and Ko Kong.
The third biggest island of Thailand is Ko Chang,after Phuket and Koh samui] belonging to the province. The island, together with more than 40 surrounding smaller islands, forms the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park.
Trat : How to get there
By Private Car
...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 kilometers.
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: 0-2391-2331.
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.
There are many vans plying between Bangkok and Ao Thammachat, Centre Point or Laem Ngob. They are found on Khao San Road near the Vieng Tai Hotel, departing daily at 8:00 a.m. and leaving Laem Ngob at 11:00 a.m. The one-way fare is 500 Baht per person depending on the season.
Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com, e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.1771) flies thrice daily to Trat. The flight time is 50 minutes. Transfers from Trat Airport to Koh Chang is 280 to 350 Baht per trip depending on the hotel where you stay.
Travelling around Trat
Car rent in Muang District
Suppharat Opposite to Choet Chai Tour, Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 0-3931-2011, 0-3951-2236
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 vehicle.
Getting to Islands
Ao Thammachat (Thammachat Bay) has 2 piers. Koh Chang Ferry (Tel: 039-518 -588) and Ferry Koh Chang (Tel: 039-518-528) operate from 6:30 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. The ferries depart every 1/2 hour during the high season (November to April) and on long weekends landing at Ao Sapparos (Sapparos Bay). Both charge 60 Baht per person and 100 Baht per car for a one-way trip. Travelling time is approximately 25 minutes. Centre Point Ferry (Tel: 039-538-196) starts at 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Travelling time is about 40 minutes and it lands at Dan Kao Cabana. The ferry fare costs 50 Baht per person, and 70 Baht per person for those who come with their own cars. The frequency lessens during other times of the year depending on the crowd and weather. On arrival at Koh Chang, you will find some Songthaew ready to take you anywhere on Koh Chang, for 40 to 80 Baht per person depending on the distance. This applies to other piers as well.
After 5:00 p.m., songthaews are available from the Ao Thammachat pier only, but not going to the pier. Passengers taking the last public ferry at 7:00 p.m. from Koh Chang may find it difficult to get to Trat town. However, if there are enough passengers, people who work at the pier with private cars may be willing to charge a fee for bringing people to Trat. (Table)
To Other Islands
About 25 km from Trat town is Laem Sok Pier, also called Siriwhite Pier (Tel: 086-126 -7860), serving taxi speedboats to Koh Kood only. Carrying up to 30 passengers, they leave daily at 1:00 p.m., and arrive Koh Maak at 1:50 p.m. and then Koh Kood at 2:20 p.m. The fare is 400 Baht to Koh Maak and 550 Baht to Koh Kood. The fare between Koh Kood and Koh Maak is 300 Baht. You can also charter a speedboat at 8000 Baht to Koh Maak and 9000 Baht to Koh Kood. Return trip from Koh Kood is at 10:00 a.m. and Koh Maak at 10:30 a.m. It arrives at Laem Sok at about 11:15 a.m.
It is advisable to check the rate and schedule of the ferry services before embarking on the trip because of possible changes due to the season, passenger load and competition amongst the ferry and boat operators. The rates and schedules supplied here is effective at the time of writing and should serve as a guide only.
Distances from Amphoe Muang to Other Districts
Khao Saming 16 kms.
Laem Ngop 17 kms.
Bo Rai 59 kms.
Khlong Yai 74 kms.
Ko Chang 27 kms.
Ko Kut 82 kms.
Distances from Trat to Neighboring Provinces:
Chanthaburi 70 kms.
Rayong 179 kms.
Chon Buri 234 kms.
Information : http://www.ehotelbooking.com/kohchang/taking1.html