Is this Thailand’s best kept secret?
The islands of Trat in Thailand aren’t on the tourist radar - yet. Get there before everyone else finds them!
- December 2018
Thailand’s Trat Province sits on the Cambodian border and although it’s just a short one-hour flight from Bangkok opens in new window’s bustle, its fishing villages and untouched islands feel worlds away. Trat’s largest island is Koh Chang, where idyllic white sand beaches fringe an exquisite natural landscape and astonishing mountains, dense with jungle cover.
After exploring Koh Chang opens in new window, island hop to Koh Kood, an isle of quaint fishing villages and undeveloped wilderness perfect for those seeking tranquillity. Walk the coastal road between villages or swim under one of the island’s stunning waterfalls.
While in Trat, don’t miss visiting the Chong Changtune community for an unusual spa treatment locals call the “chicken coop herbal steam”. Guests sit in a small dome-shaped chicken coop and a rice cooker filled with an array of herbs envelops them in a relaxing steam. The coop is used for its size and shape but don’t worry, there are no chickens in it! The guest sits on a stool inside, head sticking out from the top, perhaps looking a little unusual but enjoying one of the most surprising and relaxing experiences of their lives.
Where to stay
The islands offer a range of accommodation options from friendly family-run guesthouses to seriously impressive luxury resorts such as Soneva Kiri opens in new window or Centara Chaan Talay Resort and Villas opens in new window. Here, villas are equipped with infinity pools or have their own spa treatment rooms. White sand beaches are footsteps away and everyone, from families to couples, can find their own slice of paradise.