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As much as I love Pattaya, the days (and the nights… mostly the nights) of partying and socializing in its vivid nightlife scene can wear out even the most tenacious of party animals. When you’re in need of recharging your batteries or just looking for a change in scenery, it’s a good idea to pack your daypack and head out to the Bali Hai Pier. Just a 30 baht ferry ride away awaits a perfect getaway spot, relaxing beach time at the Coral Island.

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Koh Larn (or sometimes written Ko Larn) is a small tropical paradise island just off Pattaya’s coast. It’s one of the must-see places that should be on everyone’s list to visit while staying in Pattaya. There are some pretty decent beaches in Pattaya especially after some recent renovations, but if you’re looking for those turquoise waters and white sands, Koh Larn offers the perfect solution. The ferry ride leaves from Bali Hai Pier, which is located right at the end of Walking Street near the Pattaya City sign, and takes a relaxing 30 minutes to reach the Nabaan Town. Speedboats offer rides to the island as well, but the ferry price is a bargain and the most convenient way of reaching the island.

Aerial view of the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya , Thailand .

Pattaya – Koh Larn Ferry Timetables in 2020

Pattaya – Koh Larn (Nabaan Town)Koh Larn (Nabaan Town) – Pattaya
Pattaya – Koh Larn (Tawaen Beach)Koh Larn (Tawaen Beach) – Pattaya

Day trips to Koh Larn is a fun way to explore this small island paradise, but you should consider hitting the pier as early as possible. Skipping breakfast is an option as the Nabaan town has some decent restaurants, including some western and vegetarian options. There’s even a pretty lovely pizza place, though it is the only one of its kind on the island. When you arrive at the port you’ll find a few places where you can rent a small motorbike for 200 baht a day. You should rent one, and circle around the whole island through recently rebuilt roads. You can easily visit 3 to 4 of the beaches before its time to catch one of those last ferries back to the mainland before sunset. Renting a motorbike in Thailand is a fairly simple process, but you do need to be careful or you might end up paying extra.

If you just want to relax and enjoy the whole day at a single location, the ferry to Tawaen Beach is a good choice. It’ll take you straight to one of the most popular beaches on the island with all the convenient services nearby you could hope for. There are some accommodation options at the Tawaen beach and the Samael beach, but for those who plan to stay for a few days, we highly recommend the Suntosa Resort next to the Nabaan pier.

Suntosa Resort is a modest hotel right next to the pier in Nabaan, the Koh Larn Town. The location provides an excellent base of operations while exploring the rest of the Coral Island. They offer great value and friendly service coupled with a satisfying breakfast buffet.

The Beaches of Koh Larn

Koh Larn has seven main beaches, all of them with soft white sand and clear azure waters. All of the locations have basic amenities and food services available. Renting a beach chair will set you back around a 100 Baht, using restrooms costs 10 baht, and taking a shower 50 baht. You can also bring your own food and drinks to the beach if you want to save some money.

Take your motorbike and circle around the island to check each one of them out. You’ll get the idea of what suits you best. Samael Beach and Tawaen beach are the most popular and tend to get crowded. It’s hard to say if this is the case after Covid-19, but make sure to check the latest coronavirus updates before your visit. Our favorite beaches are without a doubt the cozy Monkey Beach (also known as Nuan Beach) and the beautiful Tien Beach.

Samae beach in Koh Larn, seen from the mountain

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