I have stated in my introduction to Trat that there really is not very much to do. In fact, that is being kind, there is nothing to do but it is a lovely place to do nothing in. One thing you might amuse yourself for a few minutes, and that is all it will take, is to have a wander along the newish walkway beside the Trat River. From the regularly...more
Orchid guesthouse.This is yet another one of the multi-functional places so common in Southeast Asia and I could legitimately enter tips in the nightlife, accomodation and restaurant sections. I didn't actually stay here myself although the building housing the rooms looks delightful from the outside, I believe it is a converted house in the Thai...more
It is true that books are a currency amongst travellers, eagerly hoarded, swapped and sold, and there are numerous places catering to the market all over the backpacker haunts of the world. One of the best I have seen is the delightfully named Tratosphere bookshop which effectively takes up the entire living area of a man's home in a small soi. He...more
A few of the more enterprising (and pricey) guesthouses are now offering wi-fi connection in the hope of gaining an edge in a fairly competitive market for the backpacker $. If, however, your particular place does not have this facility, do not despair, there are numerous places around town, and a couple in the "old town" area which represents...more
Cafe Oscar.Yet another tip that could equally fit in nightlife, restaurant or things to do, so I'll put it here.There appears to be quite a sizeable Scandinavian expat community, and Cafe Oscar is where they seem to congregate along with numerous travellers, it is a popular place. I suppose the Scandinavian attraction is explained by the fact that...more
88-8 Moo 4 Tambon Koh Chang, Thailand, Trat, TT, 2
Good for: Business
19/21 Moo 4, Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, 23170, Thailand
Good for: Couples
Good for: Couples
There is a cafe which sits at the junction of Th. Sukhumvit and Th. Lak Meuang. If there could be said to be a main road junction in Trat, I suppose this would be it. Although there is no sign naming the premises, I feel fairly confident in saying that it is a sister establishment to Pier 112 (see seperate tip). This does not make me Sherlock...more
There is something slightly odd about the restaurant naming system in Trat. In the same way as the Cool Corner restaurant is not on a corner, so the Pier 112 restaurant doesn't have a pier, although it has some garden tables overlooking the river. Perhaps the pier was removed to accomodate the new walkway, I don't know. What it does have is a very...more
You would think that if you called a restaurant the Cool Corner the chances are that it would be, well, on a corner. Of course, it's not. This is not, however, the fault of Morn the larger than life owner but due to the fact that the original incarnation of the place burnt down a couple of years ago. I have no idea what it was like but the current...more
Nightlife in Trat is fairly limited and prone to petering out about midnight. The options seem to be drinking and chatting in one of the travellers bars that dot the Old Town, specifically Th. Thanon Charoen, the main guesthouse strip. Picking one is really a matter of choice, often on the basis of the musical / TV policy offered.
The Tattoo Bar, like so many others, appears to tend towards reggae albeit that the friendly owner is himself in a thrash metal band when not engaged in the business of tattooing, which he does very well (I have watched him at work). Ah yes, I forgot to mention, the bar is also a fully functioning tattoo studio, which may put some people off or fascinate others. In fairness, I only saw him working once and that was when all the punters had gone home, merely a select few remaining, namely him, me and the guy getting tattooed. The presence of a shisha pipe which is freely offered around (not dope, I hasten to add) adds to the attraction of the place and it is a good choice to sit on the ground, drink a beer and swap travellers tales.
A big attraction for me, (if not the other punters!) is that there are a couple of guitars about the place, and there are regular jam sessions about equally divided between locals and travellers. They can be great fun, and recomended if you like to knock out a tune or two.
Dress Code: None
If you are cooming from Hat Lek on the Cambodian border as I was, you will be deposited at the new bus station on the outskirts of town regardless of your means of transport. In fairness, it is not too far out of town and you could walk it, but after a long day travelling from Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh, you will probably want to avail yourself of...more
By taxi:Please arrange with other people to share a songthaew from the pier (mainland) to Trat. Otherwise taxidrivers won't even try to get you to the city. Unless you want to pay a very high price ofcourse. Yep, I arrived at the pier way to late, and nobody else was there to share a cab with. So I payed the 220 bath all by myself to get to Trat....more
A minibus runs from Sihanoukville to the Thai border at 7.30am daily. This service is run by Mealy Chenda guesthouse in Sihanoukville.Boat departure from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong are at 12pm each day. On arrival in Koh Kong either stay the night if you want or just get a pick up truck or motorcycle to Thai border or before 5pm if you arrive with...more
Do not afraid to do bargaining as low as possible in this market. Here, you could find varity of foods and local wood crafts, and many kind of goods as well.
I, myself bought some kind of pant and I just could bargain a liltle.
Favorite thing: At night time we went out and lay down on the pier with a star map and a torch and observed many stars.