With easy access by road and air transportation as well as rich natural resources, Trat is one of the major tourist destinations in the east of Thailand. The most well-known site in Trat province is probably Koh
Chang which is the second largest island in the Gulf of Thailand after Samui. It is also the largest island of the Mu Koh Chang National Park which covers more than 50 islands in total. Koh Chang is fantastic as it
offers a variety of natural attractions such as waterfall, beaches, and nature trails. In addition, you can also find nightlife entertainment here. However, if you prefer less crowded and quieter spots, there are
some more islands with crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and unspoiled coral reefs worth visiting such as Koh Wai, and Koh Mak.
What to see and do?
From Koh Chang, visitors can buy a boat ticket to Koh Wai from any tour agent. Moreover, there is a daily speedboat departing from Laem Ngop Pier to Koh Mak which also makes a stop at Koh Wai. A one-
way ticket costs 450 Baht, and it takes about 30 minutes to reach the magnificent Koh Wai. Visitors are recommended to book a room in advance if they plan to stay overnight on the island. Accommodations
can be categorized into those with 24 hour electricity with air-conditioner or fan and those with limited hours of electricity service in a form of basic hut. As there are no pubs, noisy parties, roads, or
convenient stores, the island is a great escape to chill out. Snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, walking on a long white sandy beach are some examples of relaxing activities you can enjoy. A small hill and rocky
coastline is perfect for sunrise and sunset viewing. Visitors can be amazed by various fish species and splendid coral reefs not far from the shore.
Koh Mak is another island you should not miss if you prefer tranquil, scenic beaches with soft white sand and turquoise shallow seawater. The island itself is a sub-district with a population of less than 500. It is not over run by tours and is relatively quiet. Many visitors stay on Koh Mak and take a day trip to nearby small islands like Koh Kham and Koh Kradat. There are more than a hundred of deer on Koh Kradat
which makes it look like a safari on the island.