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Trad Beaches

Trad, with a population of less than 15,000 people isn’t exactly known as a rocking town. However, because Trad province shares its eastern border with Cambodia, it is a major springboard for the gem trade (and other contraband) and for visitors to Koh Chang and the other 42 lush islands that lie just off the southern coast.

In the past, the city was called Muang Tung Yai (the city of a vast field) and a huge seaport where goods were changing hands here. Attractions in the city consist of century-old Buddhist temples and religious shrines – the kind of place that suits Thai pilgrims rather than weekend holidaymakers. The most visited temples are Buppharam Temple (1548), Yothanimit Temple or Wat Boat (the only royal temple in the province) and Kiriviharn Temple , which is situated on the mountain

Because of its nearness to the border, there are several old style markets in town and a few bargain souvenirs. Presently, Trad is known as a marketplace of second-handed foreign goods and, most of all, gem stones. The most famous of all is Siam Ruby, which is found in this province only – but don’t buy any gems unless you really know what you are doing.

The last province of Thailand on the eastern coast, Trad has many admirable beaches. However, more than eighty percents of tourists who visit this province are headed to either one of its islands or cross the border to Koh Kong on the trip to Cambodia . Thanks to this trend, most beaches along Trad’s coastline remain virtually pristine.

Laem Ngob
About 17 kilometers from the city centre of Trad, Laem Ngob is a cape that is a centre of transportation to several islands such as Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Kradad and Koh Ngam. It is also a place fishing boats and ferries are anchored.

A place to visit near Laem Ngob pier is a Naval War Memorial Park . The park exhibits information about the historical battle between Thai and French Navy Force on January 17, 1941 . This shady park is a popular hangout for locals who gather in the evening for respite. Souvenir shops, stores and sea-food restaurants are available here.
Islands and Beaches
Having the long coastline of 165 kilometers, Trad has 42 lush islands in its boundary. Beaches along the city shore, from the western coast to the eastern, may be not spectacular but worth wading through. Among beaches on the west, Ao Thamachad and Ao Tan Koo are best for swimming while Lam Ngob is the most well known pier from which travelers can embark for the most popular island off the city shore, Koh Chang, and other paradise islands nearby. At the very end of Trad-Lam Ngob Road , the platform at Lam Sok or Lam Nam is the best scenic place for watching the setting of the sun.

On the left side of Lam Sok are beaches of the eastern coast that dot the line all the way through to the eastern borderline of the country. Most of the beaches at this side are supremely serene, thus, offering privacy to visitors. Beginning with Lam Klad, Had Sai Ngam, Had Sai Ngen, Had Muk, Had Sai Kaew, Had Ban Chuen and Had Lek, which is the end of the journey in this province and of the Kingdom of Thailand .

Offshore are the two most popular sites of the province, Koh Chang and Koh Kood. Koh Chang, the largest island of the province and the nation’s second largest island after Phuket Island , is the nearest offshore paradise travelers can reach. Here, tourists will enjoy not only the beaches, but can also sail to other isles nearby, that is, Koh Sai Khao, Koh Prao Nok, Koh Laoya, Koh Wai and Koh Ngam. Most of the popular beaches on the island are on the western side, that is, Had Sai Khao and Had Kai Bae. From Had Kai Bae, it is possible to buy a package tour for a scuba diving at Koh Yuak, Koh Man Nok and Koh Man Nai, located just the opposite of the shore.