Exploring the southeast Trat coast

Exploring the southeast Trat coast

The narrowest part of Thailand

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Turn left while heading away from the bulk of Thailand and you’ll quickly bump into the Cardamoms, a mountain range whose steep slopes mark the southwestern edge of Cambodia. Turn right into the sea breeze, and the Gulf of Thailand extends to the horizon. Here in the lengthy southeastern tail of Trat province, the political and natural geography is laid out plainly in front of you.

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Pretty narrow. Photo by: David Luekens.
Pretty narrow. Photo: David Luekens

About an hour into the drive from Trat town we pull up to a road sign marking “the narrowest part of Thailand”. Geography nerds will appreciate this manufactured roadside attraction where broad stairs cover a hillside topped by pavement where you can gaze west and make out the mountainous profile of Ko Kut when the sky is clear. At this exact spot, less than half a km of terrain separates the coast from the top of the ridge where Cambodia begins.

If you’re wondering why you’ve seen signs near Singkorn Pass in Prachuap Khiri Khan that also claim to be the narrowest part of Thailand, it’s because that indeed is the narrowest part if you include the width of Ko Kut in this part of Trat. If we’re only talking about the land between an international border and the sea, then this stretch of the Trat panhandle is much narrower than the pinch between the Burma border and the Gulf coast ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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