It may not be Thailand's most famous island, nor its most beautiful. The beaches might be a little crowded at times, and the water may not be so clear, but Koh Larn (Coral Island) has it where it counts. This tiny little island off the coast of Pattaya City in the Gulf of Thailand is the closest tropical island to Bangkok, and is popular with day-trippers and those on a weekend getaway from the city alike. Just a few hours from the city, Koh Larn holds a special place for Bangkok locals and expats as their easiest tropical escape from the crazy metropolis of Bangkok.
Koh Larn - เกาะล้าน - Coral Island
The small Koh Larn, just off of Pattaya in the Gulf of Thailand is an easy day trip or weekend trip for locals, expats, and tourists in Bangkok looking to get away from the big city for a while.
Getting to Koh Larn from Bangkok
Bus from Bangkok to Pattaya
To get to Koh Larn, first you have to get to Pattaya. From Bangkok, board one of the frequent buses from either Mo Chit (Bangkok) Bus Terminal [BTS Mo Chit then A1 bus or taxi to the terminal] or Ekkamai (Eastern) Bus Terminal [BTS Ekkamai Station]. The bus departs every 30 minutes or so, and tickets should cost around 150 baht (depending on bus class). Some companies may even sell a combination bus/ferry ticket that will take you directly to Koh Larn.
Ferry from Pattaya to Koh Larn
Ferries from Pattaya to Koh Larn depart every hour from 8:00am. If your bus stops at Pattaya bus terminal instead of at the pier, just tell a taxi or tuk-tuk driver "Koh Larn", and they will take you where you need to go. Fare is 50 baht per person, and although the old wooden boats are rocky and slow, the trip is enjoyable and pleasant. Beer and snacks are usually available on board for sale. The trip takes about 45 minutes.
You can also pay more (500 + baht) to take a speedboat (about 10 minutes) directly to the island.
Beaches and Activities on Koh Larn
Rent a beach chair, order a few beers from one of the many beachfront vendors, and kick back and relax in the sun. A number of beach activities including parasailing, jet-skiing, and banana boat rides are also available.
There are plenty of restaurants on the main tourist beach, but these can be a little pricey. Head inland towards the village where the locals live for less expensive, but equally delicious, fresh seafood!
There is a small Buddhist temple on the island, and an observation point in the hills above the beach that you can hike to.
Blue songtaews and motorbike taxis carry passengers from one part of the island to the other.
Where to Stay on Koh Larn
There are plenty of places to stay on Koh Larn, from beachfront resorts to smaller local guesthouses.
It can be a bit cheaper to stay overnight in Pattaya City and take the ferry to the island for the day.
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