A nice walk through the village of Mairood leads you to Wisit-thi Garam Temple. The walls are adorned with interesting traditional paintings of Buddha and the goddess Maya. Afterwards enjoy the sea rippling the rocks and the sway of the mangroves as you look over the Gulf of Thailand.
Located 19km towards the Cambodian border. The village has a daily fresh market, some restaurants, food stalls, shops and services. A giant golden Buddha can be seen on the hillside to the right.
Red Cross Museum
Sala Ratchakarun, the former Red Cross camp for Cambodian refugees, has been converted into a small museum depicting the genocide create from 1975 to 1979 by the Khmer Rouge. Entry is free. Opening hours vary, remember this is Thailand. 8km towards Trat. There is a nice shady beach located within the grounds and some airy restaurants serving Thai food.
Mangrove boat trip
Enjoy a two hour trip through the mangroves on a village boat with stops along the way for qua hocking (clam digging).
Ban Chuem Beach
Approximately 5km from Mairood, a long sandy stretch of beach with a variety of traditional Thai restaurants serving fresh seafood
The Cambodian/Thai Border market caters to international travellers with a few places to eat, banks and atms.
A common point of entry to and from Cambodia the border crossing at Hat Lek is often used by travellers renewing visas or heading to Sihanoukville.
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Although sometimes shy the children of Mairood are quick to interact with friendly travellers.
Mairood is a thriving community, its economy based on fishing, small cottage industries, fruit plantations and its infrastructure. Most of the daily catch is prawns, shrimp and crab as well as barracuda and other local fish.
A day in the village starts around 4am as the first boats leave for the sea, returning after sunset. The fishermen are usually at sea for twenty days a month, less in the rainy season, June to September. When not at sea they are busy fixing nets and repairing their boats while other villagers are peeling prawns and cracking crabs preparing them for market.
Often overlooked by tourists as they travel the highway connecting Trat and the Cambodian border, Baan Mairood is a traditional fishing village. The villagers are a mix of Thai and Cambodian.
The children learn English at school and although sometimes shy they are quick to interact with friendly travellers.