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Air

Located some 30 km west of Trat town, Trat airport is serviced only from Bangkok by Bangkok Airways who have three flights a day with discounted fares starting at around 2,500 baht.

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Bus

The provincial bus station is located just off Sukhumvit Road to the northeast of town. Songthaews and motorbike taxis can take you to/from the city centre and old quarter for 20 baht or less.

To/from Bangkok
Air-con buses with toilets run between Trat town and Bangkok's Ekkamai (Eastern) terminal every 30 minutes to an hour until 23:30, costing 270 baht and taking around six hours. The first bus leaves Ekkamai at 5:00, Trat at 7:00.

Air-con buses run between Trat and Morchit (Northern) terminal in Bangkok roughly every three hours from 8:30 to 17:30. A Morchit bus also departs in either direction at 23:00.

All Trat-bound buses will stop in Chanthaburi, and most buses to/from Morchit stop at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Minibuses run between Trat bus station and Bangkok's Victory Monument roughly every hour from 5:00 to 19:00, costing 270 baht and taking around five hours. These can be booked through guesthouses for 300 baht including pick up.

Bookable only through guesthouses, a minibus departs at 13:00 daily for Khao San Road in Bangkok, costing 350 baht.

Other destinations
Pattaya: First class bus departs Trat bus station at 9:15, 11:15, 13:30, 15:30 and 18:00, costing 300 baht and taking four to five hours. These buses also service Bang Saen, Si Racha, Ban Phe (Ko Samet) and Rayong.

Minibuses depart for Pattaya from an office near Talad Sod in the centre of Trat at 9:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 16:30, costing 300 baht and taking around four hours. From Pattaya they depart at 8:00 and 10:30. These can be booked through guesthouses for the same price.

Rayong: In addition to the first class Pattaya-bound bus mentioned above, minibuses depart from an office located across the main drag from the hospital every hour from 5:00 to 19:00, costing 200 baht and taking around 2.5 hours. Note that these do not stop in Ban Phe.

Ban Phe (Ko Samet): In addition to the Pattaya-bound buses, a minibus departs daily at 12:00 and can only be booked through guesthouses.

Nakhon Ratchasima: First-class buses depart from Trat bus station every two hours from 8:15 to 18:00, costing 340 baht and taking over six hours. These buses will also stop in Chanthaburi.

Sihanoukville: Minibuses depart at 9:00 and 13:30, costing 650 baht. These will stop for passage through the border and carry on to Phnom Penh.

Siem Reap: A minibus departs at 10:00 and costs 500 baht.

*If going to Cambodia, you may be better off purchasing a ticket to the border and arranging onward transport once on the other side.

To the islands
Ko Chang: Songthaews run to Ao Thammachat pier (for Koh Chang Ferry) and Dan Kao pier (for Centrepoint Ferry) in Laem Ngop district at least every 30 minutes, departing from Trat bus station and in front of Talad Sod in the city centre, at the corner of Sukhumvit and Soi Vijit Junya. The cost is 50 baht per person.

The ferries run to Ko Chang every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 19:00 and cost 70 to 80 baht one-way or 100 to 120 baht roundtrip. Unless you want to rent a motorbike immediately upon arrival on Ko Chang, we recommend requesting to be dropped at Ao Thammachat, as the corollary pier on Ko Chang is a bit closer to where most travellers stay. Both ferries run year-round. See the Ko Chang transport section for more complete info.

Ko Maak: Songthaews run from the bus station and city centre to Laem Ngop pier throughout the day, costing 60 baht per person. During high season from November to April, speedboats depart for Ko Maak at 9:00, 10:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00, costing 450 baht. In low season, speedboats depart at 14:00 and 16:00 only. See the Ko Maak transport section for more info.

Ko Kut: Tickets to Ko Kut include minibus transfer to the pier in Laem Sok and can be purchased directly from Trat guesthouses or at the bus station. In high season, speedboats depart at 9:00, 10:00 and 13:00, costing 600 baht, and a slowboat at 12:30 for 350 baht. Boats run less frequently in low season -- check with your guesthouse for the latest schedule.

Note that transfer-inclusive tickets to all of these islands can be purchased direct from most guesthouses and travel offices.

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Getting Around

The city centre and old quarter are close together, making Trat a good place to walk around. Bicycles can be rented at Pop Guesthouse (among others) for 50 baht per day, and motorbikes at Pop Guesthouse, Tattoo Guesthouse and Thip Man Hair Cut for 200 baht per day. All of these are located near the corner of Thana Charoen and Sukhumvit in the old quarter.

Trat has no taxis and very few tuk tuks. Motorbike taxis sporadically cruise the streets, but the drivers mostly seem to sit around on the main drag in front of Talad Sod waiting for customers to come to them. Blue songthaews regularly cruise the main roads and virtually all of them can take you to the bus station and Tesco Lotus.

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