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Best known for its hefty chain of islands, Trat province lies wedged between the eastern Gulf of Thailand and the Cardamom Mountains that stand as a natural border with Cambodia. Quite a few travellers pivot through the provincial capital of Trat but only a handful hang around for cheap digs in the old town.

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A few nights in Trat will do the trick if you need to save cash: a room at one of the old-style guesthouses, plus three meals, can cost less than 300 baht per day. Daring tongues will enjoy grazing markets that bustle in the heart of town. You’ll also find some charm down a couple of “old town” lanes, where ghostly murals join Chinese lanterns to decorate the heritage houses. Otherwise Trat town is unremarkable—we’d opt for nearby Chanthaburi if seeking an eastern Thai town for cultural and culinary travel.

It is the little things. Photo taken in or around Trat, Thailand by David Luekens.

It is the little things. Photo: David Luekens

Those wanting to skip the town will find that hitting the islands can be as easy as transferring from bus to songthaew to ferry. Though Ko Chang, Ko Mak and Ko Kut are Trat province’s most popular islands, smaller isles like Ko Wai and Ko Rang are also worth a look. Sailors, divers and beach bums watch months slide away in the province’s 52-island strong ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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