The Wacky Vs. the Woody
Rather than bus straight to Bangkok from Koh Chang, I took the opportunity to discover the small town of Trat that really doesn’t tailor to tourists. What I discovered in Trat is a splendidly uneventful town.
Quick transit break down: It costs 500baht (15$ USD) to bus from Koh Chang to Bangkok, but oddly only 478baht ($14.30) to bus from Koh Chang, to Trat, then to Bangkok. Plus I took a night bus to Bangkok which saved me a nights stay in a hostel (-$6).
My day and a half in Trat was a perfect retreat of nothingness. I spent my days walking around the nearly empty streets of the Old Quarter, tasting various food stand snacks, and relaxing via hammock in the garden of my hotel: Garden Hotel – 150 baht/room ($4.20). Branni is the best!
In the evening, I ventured out into the very laid back night market to enjoy some cheap street food (15-30 baht) and talk with the very few other tourists. Haligonians will like that a popular cafe amongst expats is called ‘The Sea Horse Cafe’, they make a real and tasty Americano, Latte and Mocha (40 baht each).
Wat Buppharam – The Woody
It was open but sort of closed… The temple grounds are known for a 17th century wooden temple with Buddha statues and the location of various ancient relics gifted by the monarchy inside the Museum (closed for me).
The wooden tower at the rear provides a beautiful view of the city hidden in the trees. I didn’t get the full experience and would recommend this blog for further details
Chao Por Lak Muang Shrine – The Wacky
A local chinese shrine built in the 18th century painted every colour imaginable with what resembles something closer to caricatures than portraits omn the walls and ceiling. Just have a look! I stumbled upon it around the corner from my hotel and am glad I did!
My time in Trat was short and sweet, now on to Bangkok!