Cheap Flights To Trat
Located in eastern Thailand and only 100 kilometres from the Cambodian border, Trat is often a stop-and-refuel point for travellers crossing overland between both countries. The town is also a stopping point between the mainland and the islands of the Gulf of Thailand, such as Koh Chang, Koh Kood, and Koh Mak. Despite the large numbers of visitors handled by the city, few take time to explore the hidden gems of this charming Thai town. A unique character is perhaps the most notable thing about this small town: as you step away from main road, you will find yourself strolling along quaint alleys lined with traditional wooden houses where time seems to have stood still.
Bering witness to the town's past are several temples and pagodas boasting a mix of Chinese and Thai influence, an influence that is also evident in some of the town's most important events, like Chinese New Year. Beyond the city lies the province's lush tropical countryside, which has much to offer to nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts who have their own wheels and the willingness to get off the beaten track. In summary, this town exemplifies authentic Thailand, a friendly and welcoming country dotted with spectacular natural landscapes and historical treasures.
Things To Do
Despite its small size, Trat offers visitors a diverse selection of things to see and do, ranging from visits to temples, outdoor markets, and live music venues.
This is a small and easily walkable destination, and trust us when we say strolling around is a pleasure full of surprises. You won't need to walk too far to find ancient architectural gems, like the impressive Chao Por Lak shrine or Wat Bot temple, both located in the town centre and within a couple of minutes' walk from each other.
The daily night market (which gets going at around 6 p.m.) is the most exciting way of sampling Thai cuisine. Vendors hailing from different parts of town and nearby villages set up shop selling mouthwatering delicacies, from spicy Thai curries to sweet treats like tapioca and coconut pudding, deep fried bananas topped with sesame, or the famous mango and sticky rice.
Trat has a very diverse entertainment scene for a town its size. The canal area is lined with small coffee shops, bars playing live music, shisha bars, and affordable places to grab a bite. And why not get a Thai massage and relax after a day out sightseeing?
Calendar Of Events
Thailand's rich culture is nowhere more evident that in small towns like Trat, and particularly during special times of the year, such as the ones listed below:
Chinese New Year: Usually held in February, this week-long celebration is a wonderful opportunity to sample special dishes and marvel at the street parades and decorations that fill the town and its temples with colour and joy.
Macha Buddha Day: A Buddhist festival also celebrated in February, during which locals join in street processions holding incense, candles, and beautiful floral arrangements.
Loy Krathong: Alos known as Thailand's Water Festival, locals create elaborate floral baskets and then let them float away in rivers, canals, lakes, and other water sources, creating beautiful and serene landscapes.