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Introduction

Trat is the capital of Trat Province, Eastern Thailand. It is a nice little town, good for a stopover on the way from Bangkok to Koh Chang and Cambodia.

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Getting There

By Plane

Only Bangkok Airways is flying from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

By Bus

Buses to Trat depart from Bangkok's Eastern (Ekamai) and Northern (Mo Chit) Bus Terminals (5 hours). From Ekamai buses run frequently throughout the day 6am-11.30pm with an overnight bus at 23:30 (as of October 2016). 1st Class is around 248 baht and the government-run bus has a nice 2nd class (air-con, but no toilet) for 188 baht.

If attempting to go to the border with Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh via one of the regular Cambodian bus services the same day, it is advisable to take one of the overnight buses from Bangkok to Trat. The overnight buses will arrive at the Trat bus depot very early in the morning and you can then catch the first morning mini-bus from the Trat bus depot to the border itself. 120-150bt. takes one and half hours. hourly 5am-6pm.

There are also 5 buses daily to/from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport for 248 THB. The journey takes about 5 hours.

The regular Cambodian buses that leave Koh Kong for Phnom Penh depart Koh Kong around 08:00, so in order to catch the bus you need to be across the border when it first opens in the morning or shortly thereafter. Taking a mid-day bus from Bangkok puts you into Koh Kong either too late to cross the border (not a 24 hr operation) the same day or too late to catch the bus to Phnom Penh. In these cases you will have to spend a night in a hotel on the Thai or Cambodian side before moving onward.

To go straight to the border by minivan to cross over to Koh Kong costs ~120-150 baht.

Regular bus connections from Chanthaburi 70bt. and other provincial capitals are also available from the Trat bus depot.

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By Boat

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By boat to Ko Chang, Ko Mak and Ko Kut.

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Getting Around

The town is sufficiently small to make walking the best mode of transport, although there is little to do besides explore the small streets and relax. If needed, a motorbike taxi to just about anywhere in town, including to bus terminal, is 20 baht.

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Eat

There is a very nice night market in the town centre.

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Sleep

  • Dream Guesthouse (Small road left off Sukhumvit (Choeren Rd), just S of the market). offers simple, clean rooms at fabulous rates (~100 baht for twin room with fan). Friendly advice is available in English from the resident owner. 100-450 baht.

Guy Guesthouse. See Sangjun Guesthouse.

  • Jane's Place Guest House (On lhakmuang Rd, conveniently in the centre of Trat near the market), ☎ +66 39 511827. They only have three double rooms but each is clean, and also have a balcony overlooking the garden.
  • Orchid Guesthouse (Restaurant), 92 Lhak Muang Rd, 92 (On a side street S of the market area), ☎ +66 92 765 8400, e-mail: orchidguesthouse@gmail.com. The front operates as a restaurant serving Thai/Western fare. Has air-con rooms, and free Wi-Fi for guests. Friendly advice is available in English from the resident owner. 150+ baht for fan rooms.
  • S.A Hotel, 45 Soi Terdjarad 2, ☎ +66 39 511141, +66 39 524572, fax: +66 39 524411. 100 rooms. 250 baht rooms are fan only and barely furnished, but with TV. 250-900 baht.
  • Sangjun Guesthouse (formerly, Guy GH), Thana Charoen Road (From Sukhumvit Rd about 500 m from center. Direction W. Go left Thana Charoen Rd. Sangjun is after 200 m), ☎ +66 92 7074654, e-mail: Noinoi1988@hotmail.com. Check-out: 12:00. 15 rooms, also has family room. Good price-quality balance. Nice restaurant, good location, ticket service. 200+ baht.
  • Yotin Guesthouse, Thana Charoen Rd (200 m from Sukhumvit Rd, near center), ☎ +66 89 2247817, +66 85 4401477, e-mail: Yotinguesthouse55@gmail.com. Seven rooms. New guesthouse in good location. Close to nightmarket/center. Very clean rooms and very good beds. No traffic or other noise. Rooms with TV, air-con or fan. Bathroom inside. Hot shower. 350-600 baht.
  • Ban Jai Dee Guest House, 6 Th Chaimongkol, ☎ +66 83-5890839. fan room with shard bathroom. hot water Showers 200 bt.
  • Garden House Guest House, 87/1 Rad-anuson Road, ☎ +66 39-521018. Check-in: 12 noon, check-out: 12 noon. fan room with outside bathroom fan room from 150bt.
  • James Guest House, 45/1 Lak Muang Road, ☎ +66 87-1379983. Check-in: 12 noon, check-out: 12 noon. fan room with outside bathroom from 150bt.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.

Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.

For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.

Post

Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.

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