The Lak Muang features a shrine which honours the town spirit. In Thailand,
a Lak Muang is an important feature of any town and symbolically represents the
central foundation of the society. The shrine was set up by King Taksin the Great
while fighting for independence against the Burmese after the fall of Ayutthaya.
The shrine is revered by Trat residents and can be found near Wat Yothanimit.
It is said that during the French conquest of the region, an order was issued
by the French commander to remove the pole of the shrine. When its initial removal
proved unsuccessful, an elephant was put to the task, but the pole merely bent
and stands solidly in the ground up to this day.
LAEM SOK holds its significance as
the residence of Kromaluang Chumpornkhet Udomsak, the Father of the Royal Thai
Navy. Nearby attractions include the fishing villages at Laem Hin and Ao Cho.
WAT PLAI KLONG (MEANING TEMPLE AT THE
END OF CANAL) or officially known as Wat Buppharam is found in Moo 3 of Tambon
Wangkrachae, two kilometers from inner Trat. It is the oldest temple in Trat,
and was built in 1652. This revered temple houses the relics of the Lord Buddha,
along with a variety of Buddha images and artifacts such as the home of a former
Thai monk. The temple also houses a museum that records the cultural and trade
relationship between Trat and other countries.
WAT SAPHAN HIN (MEANING TEMPLE OF THE STONE
BRIDGE), a century-old temple, features a chapel built in the middle of a
pond. Two lines of stones mark a walkway and offers access to the hall.
WAT YOTHANIMIT OR WAT BOT : This is
the only royal temple in the province. It was first established when King Taksin
the Great came to mobilize his troops here and finished in the reign of King Rama
III. It was once used as the site for the oath of allegiance ceremony by government
officials since the time of King Taksin the Great until the reign of King Rama
V, who shifted the ceremony to Wat Phai Lom. In the main hall one can see traditional
Thai mural artwork going back to the Ayutthaya era.
AMPHOE KHAO SAMING : Wat Muang Kao
Saen Tum in Baan Khao Ta Moh is 38 kms from the township of Khao Saming. It is
known for the dark-brown stones which have piled up to create what looks like
an altar or place of worship. When knocked on, the stones themselves sound like
bells. It is believed that this site was built during prehistoric times.
AMPHOE KLONG YAI is the southernmost
district of Trat and stretches along the Cambodian border. The main attractions
are its beaches, such as Sai Kaew Beach, Sai Ngam Beach, Samran or Mai Rood Beach,
Baan Chuen Beach and Baan Hat Lek or Hat Lek village which is a border community.
It is the embarkation point for Koh Kong in Cambodia, which attracts visitors
to its casino. The ferry ride to Koh Kong is 100 Baht per person or 800 Baht for
a chartered trip.
AMPHOE LAEM NGOB 17 kms from the municipal town of Trat, serves as the
spring board to all the islands belonging to the Koh Chang Marine National Park.
All three main piers servicing the islands are located in Laem Ngob (Ngob Cape.)
It is also an interesting place to shop for souvenirs, seafood and other local
food products like the popular Trat shrimp-paste, dried shrimp, fish sauce and
the "ngob," which is a hat woven from dried palm leaves.
The Ao Taan Ku (Taan Ku Bay) is another attraction
of Laem Ngob. The first bay of Trat bordering Chantaburi in Tambon Bang Pid, Ao
Taan Ku boasts beautiful beaches, foodstuff and the distinct wide-brimmed ngop
The bay is a favorite retreat for the
locals. Its reddish sand beach with pebbles, clear waters and good food at reasonable
prices continue to draw crowds especially during holiday seasons.
AMPHOE BORAI was famous for its gems
markets and Siamese Ruby, which is world renowned for its clarity and pure red
colour. Unfortunately, the supply is now depleted. The more popular gems market
is now in Chantaburi, 60 km from Trat. The market opens early and close as early
as 11.00 am! However, gemstones and the famous ruby are still available at shops
and some smaller gems markets in Hua Tung, Ban Sa Yai, Nong Born and Khao Saming.
Borai also has the Saladdai Waterfall located
7 kms from the 25th km milestone, and is right in the center of a rainforest.
Other places of interests include the
Laem Klador, Lan Sai Beach, the Saphan Hin Waterfall and the Thai Red Cross Society's
Khao Lan Center (also called Rachakaroon Center) which houses a museum featuring
the history, lifestyle and household items of Cambodian refugees. All these are
along the Trat-Klong Yai Road and within 50 kms from the center of Trat town.
Jai Dee Guesthouse is one of the few
accommodations that are found in the center of town. Set in a street of traditional
shophouses, this nostalgia of a Thai house has been converted into a guesthouse
that is welcoming. The minimalist rooms have either twin or double mattresses,
in true Thai fashion, but are immaculately clean, as with the shared bathrooms
down the hall. Prices start at 150 baht a night for a twin mattress.
The city center of Trat is rich in
eating places, where a good meal can be had at moderate prices. At night, there's
always the market with a whole host of Thai food with English signage. But popular
restaurants are those near Jai Dee Guesthouse, namely Kuaytiaw Puu Sukhumvit which
specializes in Egg Noodle dishes with fresh seafood accompaniments. Also, check
out Nong Bua restaurant, where you can have a meal and also shop for Trat souvenirs.
Ngob Nam Chiao is a woven hat of bamboo and
palm leaves worn by people tending the field or farming the land. Ngob (in short)
comes in various shapes and sizes. The ngob hat can be purchased from Ban Ngob
Nam Chiao, a community 8 kilometers south of the provincial capital along highway
3148 near Laem Ngob Pier. There, the villagers specialize in making all types
of Ngob. The village is also a good place to purchase local products, including
dried shrimps, shrimp paste and fish sauce. Particularly famous is the shrimp
paste since it is made entirely from shrimp. Ordinary shrimp paste is often a
mixure of shrimp and fish.
The day market
in Trat is a good place to purchase food, household items, and various knick knacks,
with vendors setting up shop early in the morning. It is well worth the visit
to see what fresh culinary and snack delights Trat has to offer. Knife vendors
say that kitchen knives are always a popular purchase for many German visitors
who like to cook and are reminded to check in their knives at the airport!
Wine comes from local fruits and herbs such as mangosteen, pineapple, grape
and galingale. This award-winning brand is a good souvenir to take home. It is
available at some hotels (eg. Koh Chang Lagoon Resort) and at some convenient
stores (eg. V Mart) and in Trat (eg. Shogun Souvenir Shop). Price starts from
or Sweet Rakam is quite a well-known fruit in Trat. The fruit is very sweet
when ripe and is quite popular among Thais. Trat is also famous for other tropical
fruits such as the rambutan, mangosteen, mango, durian, coconut and pineapple.
The Lang Aan
(Ridgeback Siamese Dog) is probably Thailand's most famous canine breed. Lang
Aan dogs have short, silky and shiny hair, but this breed's distinctive feature
is its ridgeback pattern of fur on its back. These ridgeback dogs are also known
for their loyalty and intelligence. A well-bred Lang Aan Siamese Dog can fetch
up to 300,000 Baht.