Sunset in Trat, Thailand

Sunset in Trat, Thailand

Sunset in Trat, Thailand

Small lake behind Wat Plai Khlong in Trat, Thailand

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Wedged between the Gulf of Thailand and the Khao Ban That mountains that form a natural border with Cambodia, Trat province is best known for the 52 islands off its coast, including Ko Chang, Ko Maak and Ko Kut. Though most view the same-named provincial capital as little more than a transport hub, its pungent markets, laidback old quarter and cheap accommodation make it worth hanging around for a day or two.

Traditionally home to a mix of Thai, Lao, Chinese and Khmer people, Trat was briefly annexed into the French Empire after the Siamese traded it for Chanthaburi in 1904. It proved difficult for the colonialists to govern, and in 1907 was handed back to Siam in exchange for parts of what’s now western Cambodia. If the whims of early 20th century French and Siamese leaders had been different, Ko Chang may have ended up as part of Cambodia, while Thailand might be promoting Angkor Wat as its must-see attraction.

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