Koh Larn Island, also known as Coral Island
you will want to go to if you need to escape the busy city of Pattaya.
This wonderful little island Is located about 7 km West of Pattaya city and is the perfect getaway. Koh Larn beaches seem to be less crowded than other beaches in Pattaya, so you can enjoy relaxation and fun as well as swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling and other interesting water sports.
Koh Larn Island has become famous for its white sands, beautiful beaches, amazing coral and marine life and its crystal clear emerald waters.
This ideal spot spot is a mere 15-minute speedboat ride from Pattaya beach and with its mountains and greenery, this will soon become your little tropical paradise.
In total there are 7 white sand beaches plus a few smaller ones for everybody to enjoy. Along the beach you will find freshwater bathrooms and some fantastic little restaurants and beach sidebars, so unlike Pattaya, your eyes will not burn by constantly looking at concrete high rise blocks wherever you walk.
Getting to Koh Larn from Pattaya
Depending on what you go for, there are a few options available when travelling to the island. You can go by ferry which usually departs regularly From Bali Hai Pier which is the only port in Pattaya and is located at the end of Walking Street. There you will find several carriers operating on the following two routes:
- Bali Hai – Na Baan Beach: running from 7:00 to 18:30
- Bali Hai – Tawaen Beach: running from 8:00 to 17:00
If you decide to take the ferry then this will be the cheapest option as a ferry ticket normally costs around 30 baht for a one way. trip Tickets can be purchased at the small kiosk next to where the ferry docks.
The ferry ride is not just the cheapest, but also the most relaxing as you can just put your feet up and enjoy the scenery as Pattaya City slowly moves away in the background. The ferry crossing will last about 40 to 45 minutes and for those that feel sea sick when moving fast then this is the best option.
By Speed Boat
For those people that like to get around a little faster then this option is for you. The speedboat journey only takes about 15 to 20 minutes, however this option is more expensive and will cost between 200 – 300 BHT per person for a one way trip. Not only is the journey faster but it is also a very comfortable ride.
Tour packages to Koh Larn
Many people tend to only book a Dray trip to the island, travelling by boat early in the morning and return in the late afternoon. However, I personally feel that it is best to stay overnight on the island as life there is so relaxing and easy.
When booking your trip to this fantastic island you have a couple of options. You can pay individually for your trip or you can pay a tour company for a complete package and let them worry about the details.
If you go for the hassle-free package deal, then this will normally include all water activities such as parasailing, Scuba diving, sea walking and jet skiing to name a few. However, if you are not a sporty person then you can just spend the day relaxing on the beach and catching the sun.
Paying for a tour around the island is probably the easiest and simplest way as it will take all the effort of organizing and planning, and you can be assured that you will have a fun packed trip. During your organised tour you will be taken to one of the main beaches on the island called Taiwan beach. This is probably the largest and busiest beach. When you arrive you can then decide how you spend your day. Maybe you want to take a swim, drink some ice cold coconut water and let the world go by or join in some other activities that are on offer. When hunger sets in, lunch is included in the price.
*Prices may vary*
With all that said, for me, I like going solo as I prefer the freedom of doing what I want when I want. You then have the option to stay on the island overnight if you decide that you want another day on this amazing island.
How to travel around Koh Larn
Koh Larn is only about 4 km long and 2 km wide so getting around the island is easy and cheap. Either take a motorbike taxi or flag down a Baht bus. Rates depend on distance, to most destinations the fare would be 30 to 50 Baht. Several shops on the island offer motorbikes and bicycle rentals., however, travelling on a scooter is the best feeling by far.
Where to stay Koh Larn
You will find more than enough accommodation options ranging from simple guesthouses to a comfortable resort with good services for the best relaxation. There are also beachfront resorts that are equipped With everything you need and some even have a private terrace for that wonderful sea view.
Accommodation prices on the island do vary And a normally start from 500 BAHT to 3000 BAHT per night. Most will transfer you to and from the port. Some accommodation may even offer scooter rental.
Summery of Koh Larn
So to summarise, If you are wanting the most relaxing day you can imagine without having to travel very far, then Koh Larn Island is where you want to be. Not just for you but for you other half and the kids.
Where is Koh Larn
Klang Villa residents can receive help when wanting to arrange a little expedition to this wonderful location. Just ask our wonderful team and we’ll make it happen for you.