While Trat isn’t of the most exciting towns in Thailand, there are quite a few reasons why a lot of people (including me) traveling to or from the Koh Chang Archipelago still spend more time than they plan to in the province capital of the same name.
I have already written about the best things to do in Trat during daytime and here comes the info about the town’s best nightlife spots.
Trat Night Market
A good way to start your evening in Trat is to head to the night market for dinner. You can find all kind of delicious and cheap local food here, you might wanna try some of the renowned stir-fried noodles. The night market is located at the eastern side of Sukhumvit Road, just about 10 mins walk from the guesthouse area around Thanon Thana Charoen.
Best Bars in Trat
You can find a high concentration of foreign oriented bars in the guesthouse district on and around Thanon Thana Charoen.
I’m not going to list the names of them as they are all more or less similar to each other, just walk up and down the street and see what you like. However I found the best nightlife spots in Trat are spread all around town, some within walking distance from Thanon Thana Charoen and for some you will need to arrange transport to get there.
Gruu Bar (บาร์กรู)
Maybe the neatest bar in town and just two minutes from the western end of Thanon Thana Charoen, Gruu is a favorite local hangout with live music during most of the nights from 9pm. There is no wall at the entrance and so the three tables in front of the bar make a great spot to drink and watch the street life.
Samok Neei (สมคเนย์)
This is maybe Trat’s best kept nightlife secret: Samok Neei. Since it’s mentioned in no guidebook and also due to its remoteness from Thanon Thana Charoen you will highly probably not meet any Farang here – but lots of cute and easygoing local Thai girls (and boys of course). The place gets busy at around 10pm when the live band kicks in, playing Thai and international hits.
There is no English name for this great outdoor joint, it reads Bpoo-Neung-Tap-Soong. The place is HUGE and it’s got quite a lot to offer: Comfortable couches and chairs, daily live music, a huge screen showing live sports, a pool table and probably the highest concentration of beautiful Trat girls.
Apart from the mentioned bars there are a few (but not too many) other small bars spread around downtown Trat. You can find most of them in the area north of the night market. That’s also where I discovered this snooker place: