Since Trat’s Khlong Yai in Thailand and Cambodia’s Koh Kong share a heritage and a border, their potential as tourist destinations is being explored, reports Karnjana Karnjanatawe for Bangkok Post.
The sandy beach of Hat Banchuen in Trat’s Khlong Yai district stretches out many kilometres, but there are not many visitors. Apart from a few locals, it is hard to find foreign tourists.
As I strolled along the beach trying to catch ghost crabs, a group of children were building a sand castle. During the half an hour I spent on the beach, there was no passing food vendor nor masseuse to interrupt the serenity.
“Khlong Yai has many beautiful and quiet beaches,” said Sutarak Sunthornviphart, acting managing director of Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta)’s Area 1 Office overseeing Koh Chang and its vicinity.
The beaches are low profile and are not on the tourism radar. Tourists travelling to Trat tend to go to the famous islands of Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood instead, he said.
Some visitors may want to travel to Khlong Yai to visit the Ban Hat Lek border market or to cross the border to Cambodia’s Koh Kong.
There are communities in Khlong Yai and Koh Kong that have the potential to be developed as tourist destinations, said Sutarak.