KOH LARN Pattaya Thailand
Koh Larn, sometimes called Coral Island, almost everyone calls it Koh Larn. There are five main Beaches on Koh Larn, all have white sand and a personality of their own. Samae Beach, Tien Beach, Tawaen Beach, Nual Beach, Tong Lang.
Nual Beach, located at the southernmost of Koh Larn, Nual Beach is another beautiful beach which has undergone many changes. Years back there was a resort called Koh Larn Resort, it was cleared out and demolished making way for a new larger resort. However local protestors, put a stop to the development and is currently suspended. With no permanent structures, everything is portable; there are still restrooms, showers and many food stalls and restaurants. As with all beaches on Koh Larn, this beach also sports white sands and clear blue waters and is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. One of the things that set this beach apart from all the others it’s inhabited by a small group of monkeys, feed them if you want.
Samae Beach white sandy beach with clear blue water, and a nice gentle breeze, a favorite beach visited by more than 800 people a day at the high of the season, with transportation from Na Ban Pier costing Baht50. Food is available from the many restaurants lining the beach you can hire a beach chair for about Baht 100 per day and bring your food with you if you want to preserve your budget, otherwise order directly from the beach vendor they will be happy to serve you.
The beach is just over 500 Meters long, with plenty of activities like jet skiing and banana boat rides. The nearby resort of Xanadu has a free shuttle from Naban Pier for guests using the facilities.
Tien Beach is a mid-sized beach here on the island. In as far as the blue ocean and white sand this is the best. This beach has many restaurants souvenir shops a little more upmarket than the other beaches on the Island, but still, has the flavor of Thailand.
An all round year beach, with little fluctuation each season with a great atmosphere intermingled with smaller groups due to the location of the ferry point as there are no roads to this beach although some motorbikes will navigate the dusty dirt track roads.
If you hire a local Taxi, it’s a short walk to the beach of about 5 minutes from the drop-off point. You can also reach Tien Beach by speed boat hired from Pattaya Bay for about Bhat 3,000 – 3,500, they will wait or return to pick you up at an appointed time.
Tong Lang a smaller beach less than 200 meters a lower beach of Koh Larn which is better accessed by speedboat as there are no roads. It can be reached by a steep, narrow walkway extending from Tawaen Beach a distance of about 1.5km. As with Tien beach, quiet and reasonably private due to the assessability.
Tawaen Beach the most developed beach of Koh Larn with well over 2,000 daily visitors many of which are Thai’s from Bangkok escaping from hectic city life for the weekend. There are many attractions for the international tourist with different language’s and dialects to be heard. The variety of different foods caters for world travelers, offering a range from Russain to Chinese and much in between.
You will find the full range of water sports activity Banana Boats, Jet Ski (not recommended due to dishonest operators) if you do want to hire one, take many pictures of the Jet Ski before setting off (make sure they are time stamped) ask them to confirm that they have the correct insurance. The incidents of Ski operator scams are legendary, leaving many holiday makers with unhappy memories (including this author) If a claim does arise contact the Police.
Pattaya to Koh Larn (Naban)
07:00 – 10:00 – 12:00 – 14:00 – 15:30 – 17:00 – 18:30
Koh Larn (Naban) – Pattaya
06:30 – 07:30 – 09:30 – 12:00 – 14:00 – 15:30 -16:30 – 17:00 – 18:00
Pattaya – Koh Larn (Tawean Beach)
08:00 – 09:00 – 11:00 – 13:00
Koh Larn (Tawaen Beach) – Pattaya
13:00 – 14:00 – 15:00 – 16:00 – 17:00