Situated to the west of Pattaya, Koh Larn island offers beautiful sandy beaches, clear water, breathtaking landscape and stunning sunset. It is only 7.5 km and 45 minute ferry or 15 minutes by speedboat. The island is 4 km in length and 2 km in width or 3,500 rai. 90% of the area is mountain with a variety of trees. There are approximately a thousand of residents living in the main village. There are also school and small medical facility on the island.
There is also a profusion of marine life under the water. There is glass bottom boat service where ones can view the scenic underwater life without getting wet. Big boats are not allowed to anchor near the beach as the corals are protected.
One of the popular beaches is Ta Waen Beach in the northern part of the island has a 750 m stretch of the white sand. There are also shops and food stalls along the beach. In the south western side of the island, Thian Beach stretches 700 m long and Samae Beach is 100 m long. Thian Beach is exceptionally clean and quiet. There are a few restaurants on this beach. Activity on Koh Larn: There is no need to worry that you will get bored on this island. There is a plenty of activities to enjoy include parasailing, jet ski, hiking, shooting, banana boat, fishing from pier or boat. There are also interesting activities underwater including snorkeling, scuba diving, diving in water-proof suit or take a tour in semi-submersible submarine.
Ta Waen Beach
In the northernmost of Koh Larn, Ta Waen Beach, one of the most famous beach. It has 750 m long golden sand beach with clear blue water lapping against the shore. Apart from the pleasure of swimming, you can also enjoy fun activities such as jet ski and banana boat. There are shops and restaurants along the beach.
Thong Lang Beach
With the length of 200 m, Thong Lang Beach is situated in the northeast of Ta Waen beach. Tranquility can be found here. Abundance of coral reef in this area allows tourists to explore by snorkeling or diving. A ‘sea walker’ service is another way to discover the beauty of the underwater.
The 150 m long Sangwan Beach is a small beach next to Ta Waen Beach. It is quieter and more private than Ta Waen Beach. It allures the tourists with white sand and clean beach. The majority of the tourists here are from Europe. This beach is most beautiful during December to April.
Thien Beach situated on the west side of the island, stretches 500 m. It is popular amongst Thai and European holiday makers. Sport activities such as jet ski and banana boats are available. Massage can be enjoyed on the beach.
This 700 m long beach is very popular. The prominent spot of the beach is the building in a sting ray shape on the hill which is a control office for a solar cell and windmill. There are a lot of restaurants and some accommodations along the beach. Those who would like to witness the sunrise and sunset, this beach is a spectacular spot.
Nual Beach is situated in the south of Koh Larn with 250 m long beach. It is lush green with a fringe of coconut trees. Coral reefs are rife in this area which makes a great spot for snorkeling.
Khao Nom Viewpoint
The remarkable viewpoint is situated near Samae Beach. Tourists can walk or take a motorcycle to view the blue sea and the view of Pattaya City from afar.
Getting to Koh Larn
1. By Speedboat
Speedboat takes 15-20 minutes from Pattaya Beach.
2. By Ferry Boat
Travelling to and from Pattaya – Koh Larn takes approximately 45 minutes. The first ferry departs Pattaya at 07.00 am. At Bali Hai pier and the last ferry departs at 06.30 pm. While the first ferry from Koh Larn to Pattaya departs 06.30 am. and the last ferry is at 06.00 pm.