If you are going through coastal withdrawal, the sliver of Trat province that extends southeast towards Cambodia is fringed by sandy beaches. One of the easiest beaches to reach is Hat Mai Rut, roughly halfway between Trat and the border crossing of Hat Lek. Nearby is a traditional fishing village filled with colourful wooden boats and the sights and smells of a small-scale industry carried on by generations of families. Mairood Resort is a lovely spot to stay overnight, with cottages by the sea and in the mangroves.

You can get to Hat Mai Rut from the Trat bus station via Hat Lek–bound sŏrng·tăa·ou. The resort is 3km from the Km 53 highway marker.

Around 7km beyond here, Hat Ban Chun has several resorts and hotels.