It’s hard to think of anyone getting bored or tired of Pattaya. But one of the reasons people live here, is because in only 15 minutes, you can be on another island! Today Joe Lizzerd shares with our readers who are not yet familiar with our neighboring island, Koh Larn, information that makes it easy to run away from Pattaya for a few hours or a few days.
TO GET THERE:
Go to Pattaya's BALI HAI Pier, which is just a few minutes walking past Walking Street. You can get there in 15 minutes by speedboat, about 1,500 baht one way per boat. There is no set schedule for the speedboats. You can also get the public transport boat, one way which is only 20 baht per person, and it takes about 50 minutes to get to the port town in Koh Larn, (which now has a 24 hour 7-11).
A boat leaves Pattaya at 10 AM, and a few other times during the day, but always at 10 AM. Return boats to Pattaya leave around 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6 pm. Check return schedules upon arrival. From this port town, you have to get transport to one of several beaches. You can either get to the main beaches by "baht bus" (fare - 40THB), which seats about 12 people, OR you can get there by motorcycle taxi. A motorcycle taxi is about 40 to 80 baht one way. The beaches are about 10 minutes away.
TAWAEN Beach is the biggest and busiest. Lots of restaurants, some shops, all activities available. It's a bit crowded for some tastes, but some people may like that. The water is beautiful, and some boats go directly to this beach, where there is a boat dock, making it easily accessible.
SAMAE Beach: the best! 40THB Songthaew ride from Koh Larn. Considered the prettiest beach, somewhat more upscale/upmarket than the other places. Nice selection of quality restaurants. Somewhat more spacious; big but doesn't seem that crowded. There are two places that offer bungalows, including one of them that has AIR CONDITIONED rooms. No name, no signs there, but don't expect to get a room on the weekends, they will be full. They are very simple accommodations, but acceptable.
They are not directly beachfront, but maybe 3 minutes walk. There might be camping here too. These are on the far end of the beach, (if you arrive by bus or motorbike, all the way to your RIGHT; if you arrive by boat, as you face the beach from the water, all the way to your LEFT). This beach has better quality shopping and better restaurants, weekends are busy.
NUAL Beach: on the far end of the island; very quiet, only a handful of people. This beach sometimes has nudists.