Klong Yai, Klong Yai Region

BEACH
Near Klong Yai Town, the beach adjacent to the hotel the Barn Talaepu Resort was the only nice beach we encountered. The beach is wide with fine sand and the water is calm and good for swimming, although it is not as clear as many other beaches. This is a good place to stroll and relax.

Definitely visit this beach if you want to be part of local customs, away from Western demands. As an alternative to swimming in the sea, the resort offers a clear swimming pool. You can also take a shower on the beach to cool off.

WHERE TO STAY
We really like the stylish wooden bungalows of Barn Talaepu Resort; most have great beach views and terraces overlooking an intimate creek that runs down to the beach. The owners are a friendly Cambodian-Thai couple. It is important to note that some of the bungalows are close to the road. It is not a busy passage, but if you are sensitive to traffic noise, it is better to ask for a bungalow away from the road.

You can eat at Barn Talaepu Resort’s restaurant or at Klong Yai’s night market or restaurants, about 5 kilometers away.

PLACE
The Klong Yai Region is located in the south-eastern part of Thailand, bordering Cambodia. The region is known for its lush green hills and small fishing villages and is still largely undiscovered by tourists. The beaches are usually empty, even on weekends. This is a great part of Thailand if you want to get off the main roads. The area has beautiful, varied nature, so definitely go explore it!

WHAT TO DO
A nice excursion in the Klong Yai Region is a visit to the Ban Mai Rut fishing community. It is a good place to witness the daily life of the villagers. Here, many houses are built on stilts above the river. We found it an experience riding our scooter on the wooden paths above the river, especially when an oncoming scooter passes by. Take a boat ride on the river in the dark and hopefully you will spot the fireflies and fluorescent plankton.

The capital of this region is also called Klong Yai, a small town with a pleasant harbor and a daily market. When we are in the area, we will definitely visit the night market and enjoy the tasty dishes.

Trat is an alternative excursion with a more varied night market. There are dozens of stalls on the site with all kinds of delicious food. Trat has several beautiful wooden residential buildings. The Trat History Museum is located in one of those buildings; the texts are in English and in Thai. A beautiful pagoda is Wat Phai Lom, about 1 kilometer from the center.

TRANSPORT
From Bangkok are several good bus and minibus connections to Trat, a journey of 5 hours. In Trat, you can take a minibus or pick-up truck to Klong Yai and Hat Lek, where you will be dropped off near your hotel. Depending on the beach, the walk from the drop-off point to your hotel can range from 100 meter to 2 kilometers. Make sure to arrange a final pick up with your hotel!

We recommend renting a car in Bangkok or at one of the airports. It saves time and it’s much easier to get around. It is difficult to rent scooters at the resorts. We ended up renting one from an employee. The best option is to rent a scooter in Trat or arrange a scooter over the phone before booking your hotel.