is the province situated at the east border of Thailand, 315
kilometers from Bangkok. The town occupies the area of 2,819
kilometers or 1,761,875 rai. In the province, there are 5 districts,
namely Muang, Khao Saming, Laem Ngob, Klong Yai, Bo Rai and 2
sub-districts; Ko Kud and Ko Chang.
The province is close to Chanta Buri and Cambodia in the North and
adjacent to the Gulf of Thailand in the South. The east is separated
from Cambodia by Buntud Mount Range eastwards from the middle of the
province. Weru River separates the west Trat from Chanta Buri.
Chang is the ideal location for
the real rest as the weather there is very comfortable with the
average temperature not too cold or too hot. Ko Chang is influenced
by the northeastern and southwestern storms. That triggers
limitations to the water transportation to the group of islands.
Between May and October which is the period of southwestern
monsoons, the west coast is always visited by storms and thus, not
safe for ferry boats. Between November to April is very safe since
there are quite a few storms. Most of Trat areas lie in the Gulf of
Thailand. This makes the province abundant with tourism resources.
Trat has as many as 52 islands, especially Ko Chang include sea,
waterfalls and forest. The province is also the source of red
sapphire, fine shrimp paste and sweet rakum, a kind of palm of genus
Zalacca with sweet and acid taste.
was surmised that the title "Trat " was a corruption of "Krat" which
is the name of a tree plenty in Trat Province and used in broom
production. In Ayutthaya period during the reign of King Naresuan,
the town was called "Baan Bang Pra." While King Rama V was on the
throne, Thai government inevitably made a treaty with France
granting the area of current Trat Province to the western country in
order that France would withdraw its force from Chanta Buri
Province. Later, on March 23, 1906, the King had to grant areas,
namely Pratabong, Siem Reap and Sri Sophon to France in exchange
with Trat, islands and towns on the right bank of Mekong River.
Thus, Trat residents regard March 23 as the "Independence Day of
Trat" and organize "Trat Recalling Day" every year. They also built
up King Rama V Monument at the City hall to commemorate the King's
attempt to keep Trat with Thailand.
January 17 1941, during Indochina War, French Squadron transgressed
Thailand's territorial waters. Thai Flotilla came to protect the
land. Thus, the war which was later known as "Ko Chang Naval Battle"
began. Thai Troop won and managed to drive out French Squadron.
however, Thai side lost three warships, namely Songkhla, Chonburi
and Thonburi as well as some naval officers. Therefore, on the date
of every year, Thai Naval Army holds the annual merit-making day to
dedicate to those who sacrificed their lives in their effort to
protect the country.
to get there
Both air and non-air-conditioned (orange ones)
buses depart from Ekamai Bus Terminal for Trat many times a day.
Bangkok - Trat
Ordinary or non-air-conditioned buses
TEL. (02) 3912504
03.30, 05.30, 06.30,08.00, 12.30, 23.00
Sahamit-Cherdchai, TEL. (02) 3912237,3914164
07.00, 09.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30,
17.30, 20.30, 22.30, 23.30
Suparat Tour, TEL. (02) 3912331
08.30, 10.30, 18.30, 22.30
Chokanukul, TEL. (02) 3927680
Ordinary buses depart Chanta Buri and Trat every half an hour since
05.50 until 14.30 Chanta buri to Trat which take about one and a
half hour, additional buses are set at 15.45, 16.20 and the last
trip at 17.30. The fare is 22 Baht.
Two ways from Bangkok
Bangna-Ttrat (Highway No.3 ) which passing Chon Buri, Rayong and
Chanta Buri. The distance is 385 Kms long.
Bangna-Chonburi-Klaeng-Chanta Buri (Highway No. 344). The distance
is 315 Kms in length.
Festivals & Events
Ko Chang Naval
Battle Remembrance Day.
Laem Ngob and Ko chang
It is organized to recall the naval battle between Thai and French
troops on January 17,1941. In the fair, the merit making ceremony
dedicated to Thai naval officers who sacrificed their lives for the
country will be held. Exhibitions of Thai Naval Army and other
government agencies together with entertainments will be on
City hall's front yard
March 23,1906 was when Trat was liberated. During his reign, King
Rama V made a treaty with France granting Trat and Patchantakiri (Ko
Kong) to the country in exchange with French troop's maneuvers off
Chantaburi Province. Later, on March 23, 1906 the King had to grant
Prathong, Siem Reap and Sri Sophon to France in exchange with Trat
Province and islands and towns on the right bank of Mekong. In the
fair, King Rama V Commemorative Parade, the exhibition featuring
history of Trat and Lung Aan Siam Dog Competition will be held.
Agricultural and local
cultural performances and entertainments will be on view as well.
Sweet Rakum and
Red Rudy Day
City hall's front yard
During late May and early June on the city hall's front yard.
Exhibitions, entertainments, fruits competitions, such as rakum, a
kind of palm with sweet and acid taste, will be on display.
Agricultural products are available.