Located about 350 kilometers from Bangkok, Trat is a small eastern-most province in Thailand which borders Cambodia. This province is one of the most well-known destinations in the country offering a
diversity of tourist attractions with natural resources. Apart from numerous unspoiled coral reef and tranquil sandy beaches, Trat is also famous for gem mining and fruit growing just like its neighbour Chanthaburi. It is very convenient to travel there as there is an airport operated by Bangkok Airways.
What to see and do?
Trat is an ideal place for marine lovers. The sole national park in the province is Mu Koh Chang National Park which covers more than 40 islands, and its total area is 650 square kilometers. The largest island in this national park is its namesake Chang island.
In terms of flora and fauna, what visitors can find on the island are tropical rain forest and mangrove forest. 29 mammal species, 74 types of birds, and 42 kinds of reptiles have been reported in Koh Chang.
Koh Chang Frog which can be found in certain areas in Southeast Asia is the endemic animal of Koh Chang.
Than Mayom Waterfall and Khlong Phlu Waterfall are probably the two most popular waterfalls on the island. The first one was visited by members of royal family including King Rama V over a hundred years
ago. This medium-size waterfall has four levels. To walk from level 1 to level 4 is quite a long distance, so most people prefer to swim in the first level or camp around it. Near Khlong Phrao Beach is another
well-known waterfall called Khlong Phlu. Its first level is roughly 40-meter high. The other two levels are quite far from the first. If you look for a great spot to view splendid sunrise or sunset, the rocky Laem Chaiyachet is a good choice. It is actually near a long white sandy Khlong Phrao Beach covered with coconut grooves.
Visitors can travel to Mu Koh Chang National Park all year round, but the best time to visit Koh Chang and other islands is from November to May when it is not affected by strong wind or high waves.