Trat, a small village town in the eastern part of Thailand. Nevertheless, it is a major transit point situated on a crossroad between the capital, one of the largest islands in whole country and Cambodia. People tend to use it as a base before entering Cambodia or just after entering Thailand. Most of them also visit nearby Koh Chang island as it is a huge traveler’s attraction.

Already local Belgian man who now owns a guesthouse in Trat explained us why he moved here. And we could understand him perfectly, the town really is underrated. It reflects what Thailand is really about, here we were able to glimpse into the old-world charm. Most of the guesthouses occupied the atmospheric wooden shophouse district, backing on to the riverfront. From which many opened the restaurants inside and did not change much in general. City is still filled with typical Thai street life like children riding bikes and many small businesses selling trinkets and necessities.

Helpful tips

Restaurants. There are multiple places in the city where you can find descent food. In most of the local restaurants you will find price and quality ratio alright and food fresh, especially seafood. Most of the bars and restaurants will be combined with accommodation. Stop by and try local food in street markets, look for a cleaner place and enjoy!

We enjoyed the most a local Orchid Guest House cuisine. We visited it multiple times, the price and quality there are great.

Markets. In Trat as in almost every other city in Thailand you will easily find a lot of cheap souvenirs to put on your fridge. Local markets will charge you less the less you look like a tourist and if you know some simple Thai phrases, that will melt their hearts away. In shops all over city prices vary around same level, thus, choose a more convenient for you. Tesco Lotus accepts card payment, even if you do not spend 300 baths as in every other shop like for instance 7/11. We found it particularly convenient when you just need something like a water bottle or some snacks.

Transportation. To get to Trat you can use car, bus, train, plane or a boat as it is an intersection and a major crossroad to islands and Cambodia. We traveled to Trat using hitchhiking from Rayong. It was an easy trip where first we walked a bit to reach the main road. Successfully caught a ride and reached our target. Either way you choose, be aware that infrastructure is quite developed, roads are big with at least two lines single way, however, there is not a lot of traffic. Do not forget to also enjoy the trip not only the destination.

Inside the city you will find yourself using local Tuk Tuk’s, bikes and mopeds which are one of the most convenient transportation devices used to get around. However, exploration is doable on foot if you decide to skip on bike.

Best of luck planning your holidays in Thailand!

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