Koh Larn, a paradise island close to Bangkok
If we talk about the cristal clear sea water, white sandy beaches and stunning islands in Thailand. Our idea can’t escape from Andaman sea, the south of Thailand.
But wait… If you don’t want to go that far, where you can find that dreamy sea? For me, Pattaya beach, Hua hin are not even closed to the paradise, but there is something hidden not far from them. It is Koh Larn!!
Koh Larn is an island located around Pattaya area, but we have to take Ferry to the island about 45 minutes for 30 baht. It’s very famous for Thai people. Most of Thai tourist would stay 1-2 nights there, but foreign tourist would do the 1 day trip. That might be because the resorts in Koh Larn hardly do the English advertisement.
For me, 1 day trip is not enough. I advice to stay at least a night there.
How to go to Koh Larn
We have to go to Bali hai pier located near to Pattaya walking street. In Bangkok, there are many van companies that take you to the pier. The main van station is at Victory monument [victory monument BTS station]. It’s easy to know where it is, you can ask people where. They know it! I took the van of Rungruang company, it costs 97 baht per person and departs every 15 minutes. It took 1.30 hours to get to Bali hai pier
Ferry to Koh Larn
In Koh Larn, there are 2 main piers which are Ta Na Ban and Ta Wean beach. You have to make sure which pier is the nearest to your place to stay or your destination.
Here are the timetable of the departure time of ferry:
|Ta Na Ban||Ta Wien beach|
|From Bali hai pier||From Ta Na Ban||From Bali hai pier||From Ta wien beach|
Place to stay in Koh Larn
I went to Koh Larn many times, and the place that I fell in love with is Ban Fah Sai. It’s located 5 minutes walk from Ta Na Ban. There were 3 size of room:
all rooms are for 2 people, and 500 baht for extra bed. Plus all the rooms are also on the water.
There is 24 hours coffee and tea and all the thing you need for eating in your room or in the lobby with the stunning view.
Places to eat
I experienced the top famous restaurants in Koh Larn, all were supurb , but the price might be a little different.
- Puay Payom : it was so romantic for the couple, the tables were facing to the sea. The food was so delicious. I recommend to go before sunset, because after it would be so dark and you would see nothing.
- Krua Chaleanglom : it was the restaurant that I like the most. The pertect location laying down on the large beach and the tables that were just on the sand. I couldn’t ask anything more. The food was also perfect.
Ps. The 2 restaurant are next to each other!
Top beaches in Koh Larn
There are like 7 beaches in Koh Larn. The best is to rent the motocycle 250-300 baht per day around Ta Na Ban pier, but I rented with Ban Fah Sai where I stayed 500 baht with gas included for 3 days 2 nights, and they took care of the motocycle.
My favorite beaches were Hat Ta Yai, Hat Samea, Hat Thian, Hat Ta wien [Ta wien beach].
I think the most famous beach is Ta Wien beach because there are many activities to do, such as banana boat, jet ski…
Hat Ta Yai is the private beach, not so long beach, but the water is clear and not much people. It’s not far from the restaurant Puay Pa Yom and Chaleanglom.
Hat Thian and Hat Samea are in the same direction. Both are beautiful, but Hat Samea has many restaurants and beach chairs. For me, I prefer Hat Thian which is more quiet.
When my body needs beach and sea, and my laziness tells me not to go far… Koh Larn has always been the 1st choice and never led me down…. If you are in the same situation too, See you there!