Trat (Thai: ตราด, pronounced [tràːt]), also spelt Trad, is a town in Thailand, capital of Trat Province and the Mueang Trat District. The town is in the east of Thailand, at the mouth of the Trat River, near the border with Cambodia.
|District||Mueang Trat District|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
|Calling code||(+66) 39|
Under King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), Trat and Chanthaburi province were briefly occupied by the French. In a complicated exchange of territory, Trat (and Chanthaburi) was returned on March 23, 1906, but Thailand relinquished the area around Siem Reap and Sisophon in present-day Cambodia.
When the Vietnamese pushed the Khmer Rouge out of Cambodia in 1985, Pol Pot fled to Thailand and made his headquarters in a plantation villa near Trat. It was built for him by the Thai Army and nicknamed "Office 87".
Trat, favored by its proximity to the Cambodian border, is of some importance as a trading city. The area around Trat is rich in gemstone mines, whose yield (rubies and sapphires) is processed right in the town. Fruit growing is also important: durian, rambutan and mangosteen are the main products.
For tourists, Trat is more interesting as a starting point to the large islands of Ko Chang and Ko Mak.
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