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My Travel Story: Trat Province,Koh Chang (Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009
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    Trat Province,Koh Chang (Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    General Information

    Trat is Thailands eastern-most province, located about 315 kilometers from Bangkok. This small province borders on Cambodia with the Khao Banthat mountain range forming a natural demarcation. With 52 large and small offshore islands, long white sandy beaches and unspoiled coral reefs, Trat offers delightful scenery and a tranquil hideout for nature-lovers. The province also serves as a major fruit-growing and fishing area.

    The city of Trat is a starting point for Ko Chang island group or forays into outlying gem and Cambodian markets. Those enthralled by shopping will be delighted as Trat has more markets for its size than almost any other town in Thailand due to Cambodian coastal trade.

    Like Chanthaburi, Trat is a very important ruby-mining province, with the most famous gem market located in Bo Rai District, some 50 kilometers north of the Cambodian border.With an area of 2,819 square kilometers, the province is administratively divided into the districts of Muang, Khao Saming, Laem Ngop, Khlong Yai and Bo Rai, and the sub-districts of Ko Chang and Ko Kut.

    The weather in and around Trat is very comfortable with warm temperatures throughout the year. The region is influenced by the northeastern and southwestern winds, which sometimes limit sea transport to a group of islands particularly from May to October when the southwest monsoon blows. During this period the western coast can be wet and stormy and occasionally unsafe for ferries and smaller boats to lift anchor. However, visitors can still visit the islands via the normally more popular routes, most of which are to the northeast of Ko Chang, anyway.

    How To Get There.
    By Car
    From Bangkok, take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to Chonburi, then use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) Arriving at Klaeng, turn onto Highway No. 3 and proceed to Trat. The total distance from Bangkok to Trat is 318 kilometers.

    By Bus
    Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) to Trat every hour from 6 a.m. to midnight. From Bangkok the buses to Trat cost 169 baht for 1st class air-conditioned buses (132 baht for 2nd class) and 197 baht for 24-seat VIP air-conditioned buses or 113 baht for regular buses. The trip takes five to six hours by air-conditioned bus or about eight hours by regular bus.
    For more information, contact Transport Co. Ltd at Tel: 0-2391 -4164, Choet Chai Tour Tel: 0-2391-2237, Chok Anukun Tour Tel: 0-2392-7680 and Suppharat Tour Tel: 0-2391-2331.

    Several non air-conditioned buses leave daily, starting from 07.00a.m.-11.00p.m. Fare is 78B (Tel.02 391-2504). Air-conditioned buses leave every 1.30 hours, starting from 07.00a.m.-11.00p.m.. Fare is 140B (Tel. 02 391-4164).

    From Chanthaburi to Trat, the regular bus takes about 30 minutes. If one goes by taxi from Chanthaburi to Trat, it takes around 45 minutes.

    Travelling around Trat

    Car rent in Muang District
    Suppharat Opposite to Choet Chai Tour, Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 0-3931-2011, 0-3951-2236

    Getting around the city
    Sam lors around town should cost about 10 baht per person. Small song taews cost about 5 baht per person on a share basis or 20 baht to 40 baht for the whole vehicle.

    Getting to Islands
    Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat Pier, or Ko Chang Centre Point Landings between 07.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m., with a travel time of 30 minutes. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Please note that vehicles used on the island should be 4 wheel drive vehicles as road conditions are bumpy and there are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing on Ko Chang there are song taew services to various points. Fares should be settled beforehand.
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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Ko Chang

    General Information
    A stretch of long white sandy beach dotted with coconut tree orchards is a common sight on Ko Chang the largest and busiest island in Trat and the second largest island in the country after Phuket.

    Covering an area of 429 square kilometers, Ko Chang, boasts several amazing natural wonders that blend magnificently with the traditional way of life such as 70 percent undisturbed island rainforest, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, and notable wildlife, fine beaches, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. In addition, numerous fruit orchards dot the island.

    Most of the scenic beaches and bays are on the west side spreading from the north to the south they include Ao Khlong Son , Hat Sai Khao , Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai Bae. A road cuts through the western shore almost reaching Hat Kai Bae where there is a nature trail passing through Ao Bai Lan and Ao Kruat and meandering through wet forestland to Ban Bang Bao, a fishing community on the foot of the hill in the south.

    To the east are Ao Sapparot, where a ferry landing is situated and Ao Salak Khok. In addition, along the eastern shoreline is a road cutting through to Ao Salak Phet, a community with a boat pier to the south of the island. Coral ranges worth visiting are at Ao Khlong Son near Ko Chang Noi and around islands south of Ko Chang.

    In addition to sea-based attractions Ko Chang has numerous inland attractions including several waterfalls with reasonable access. They are the Khlong Phlu waterfall, 3 kilometers from Ao Khlong Phrao and a further 20 minutes on foot; Khlong Nonsi waterfall, a 4-kilometre walk from park headquarters; and Khiriphet and Khlong Nung falls, which are about 3 kilometers from Ban Salak Phet.
    As well as the obvious activities Ko Chang offers many other attractions including waterfalls, temples, the National Park and Museum or the beautiful scenic lookout points, which are all worth a visit. Divers will find fascinating diving areas off of the shores of Ko Chang and the surrounding islands. Besides the many coral reefs, sunken warships, a reminder of times past, can be visited in the Salak Phet Bay.

    The Ko Chang National Park occupies an area of 650 square kilometers and is comprised of 47 islets, which spread from Laem Ngob to Klong Yai Districts. . The most popular islands includes Ko Chang, Ko Klum, Ko Ngam, Ko Lao Ya and Ko Rung where natural wonders await travelers. The most popular season for traveling to the National Park is from November to March. The park headquarters are divided into 4 units namely Tha Than Mayom, Ban Khlong Son, Tha Khlong Plu and Ban Salak which provide useful tourist information. At any one of the headquarters, an entry fee of 200baht is collected.

    Admission Fee for Ko Chang National Park : Adult 200 Baht Child 100 Baht For more information visit www.dnp.go.th

    For transportation to Ko Chang, please refer to the traveling to Ko Chang section.

    Ferry Services
    Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat or Ko Chang Center Point Landings between 7.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. with a traveling time of 30 minutes. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Please note that vehicles used on the island should be the 4-wheel drive types as road conditions are bumpy and there are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing on Ko Chang are song taew services to various points. Fares should be settled beforehand.

    Ko Chang Ferry
    Ferries depart every 45 minutes from 6.30 a.m. until 7.15 p.m. For more information call tel. 039 597143.

    Rates for round trip:
    4-wheel vehicle 150 baht, no charge for driver, but a fee of 60 baht/passenger is applied
    6-wheel vehicle, 500 baht, no charge for driver but 60 baht fee is applied for any passenger
    10-wheel vehicle, 1,000 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger

    For visitors planning to stay at Ko Wai there is a ferry service from Laem Ngob to Ko Wai at around 3:00 p.m. with a fare of 120 baht/person/one way.

    For visitors planning to stay at Ko Kham there is a ferry service from Laem Ngob to Ko Kham at around 3:00 p.m. with a fare of 170 baht/person/one way.

    For visitors planning to stay at Ko Mak there is a ferry service from Laem Ngob to Ko Mak at around 3:00 p.m. with a fare of 150 baht/person/one way.

    Facilities on Ko Chang include mainly bungalow-type accommodations on most beaches and rental services for bicycles and boats.

    Several smaller isles south of Ko Chang include Ko Wai, Ko Lao Ya and Ko Kradat. Noted for both deep-water and shallow-water corals are the Ko Kra group and Ko Rang which are to the west of Ko Mak.

    Travel to other Islands

    Most visitors come to Amphoe Laem Ngob where there are 2 piers namely Laem Ngob and Ko Chang Centre Point, offering daily boat services to islands such as Ko Mak, Ko Wai, and Ko Kham. Tourist spots in Ko Chang and other groups of islands.

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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Aiyapura Resort and Spa

    P.S. We negotiate and get all-in this package But it may varies with others.

    Package for 2 persons 15,230 THB including tax and service charge)

    Accomodation 3 days 2 nights
    All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Snokling trip ( it was rainning and trip were canceled, so we negotiage again, and change it to Aroma theraphy massage, body scub and sauna for 1 hour and 30 mins.
    Pick up and return from BKK to Ko Change -Aiyapura Resort.
    Fitness Center Everyday
    Everyday Free Facilities of ,cayak, mountain bike, taboline
    free Pick up and return from Sai Kao Beach- Aiyapura resort.

    see details www.aiyapura.com
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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Aiyapura Resort photos

    P.S. I did not take photos when we are in the spa, otherwise you all would get nightmare
    hahahahahahah.
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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Sai Kaow Beach -white sand beach (Ҵ¢)
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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Klong Pul Waterfall
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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Klong Pul Waterfall photos

    Thai Adult 20 THB and Foreigner 100 THB.
    Cannot remember the kid price.

    Take Sontew taxi from Sai Kaow Beach to Klong Pull Waterfall 50 THB /person.
    Take Songtew taxi from Sai Kaow Beach to Aiyapura Resort 100 /person.

    Using BenQ (my friend's camera), EOS 450D and Olympus M850 SW (mine).

    I suppose to use Olympus M850 sw on the snorkling trip ,unfortunately it was canceled, heavy rain and storm.
    So I tried its capacity with waterfall and swimming pool photos.
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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Thanks for being our tour guide again.

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    Re: Trat Province,Koh Chang(Elephant Island):4-6 July 2009

    Great informative posts and the photographs are great! Always enjoy your tour guides

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