Koh Larn island- best place near Pattaya
During our 1,5-week stay in Pattaya we planned spending only one day on Koh Larn Island. And we really regret it now.
If we could turn back time we would spend 1,5 week on Koh Larn Island and only one day in Pattaya, which was too big, loud and overwhelming to us.
We’ve been travelling around Thailand for a few months and we think that Koh Larn beaches are one of the most beautiful in the whole country.
The Island itself is boring and dirty. But the beaches and the sea are clean, heavenly and absolutely breathtaking.
We bet most of these amazing pictures that travel agencies attract their customers to go to Thailand, were taken on Koh Larn Island ;).
How to get there?
The island is really small, so there’s no airport in there.
The only way to get to Koh Larn island is to take a speedboat or ferry from Pattaya.
Ferry ticket price is riddicously cheap– 30 THB per person (which is less than $1). It will take about 30-40 minutes to get to the Island.
You can choose to go to the Naban Pier or directly to the beach (Tawaen beach).
TIP: The Island is not interesting, so better choose the second option.
Below you can find ferry timetable.
What to do on Koh Larn island?
We rented a motorbike on the island to drive around and find interesting places.
After few hours we were sure, that the only good thing about Koh Larn are beaches. All we could find inside the island were rubbish, dirt and stray dogs…
If you really want to rent a motorbike on Koh Larn Island, don’t overpay for it. We paid 200 THB for one day rental including gas.
After leaving the ferry, you will be ‘attacked’ by many people trying to rent you their motorbikes.
DON’T RENT FROM THEM.
They would take your passport and say that you need to call them to take it back.
It’s very risky because there’s a possibility that you may not find these guys before the last ferry leaves.
Rent a motorbike at stationery shop. They would ask for your passport as well but at least you know where you can search for it. We left our passport at one rental office and we had no problems with taking it back.
You can rent a sunbed on almost every beach.
Don’t overpay for it- it should cost 50 THB (not more than 100 THB).
If you are going on one-day trip to Koh Larn island from Pattaya, leave early in the morning.
Beaches are less crowded and it’s still not too hot!