Asia, a land of wonders - these are my thoughts, experiences and travel tips from SE Asia

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thailand - Pattaya Koh Larn

Koh Larn ( เกาะล้าน ) is a beautifull little island not far from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Larn is located about 7km off the coast of Pattaya of which is about two hours drive south of Bangkok. The Island is about 4km long and about 2km wide and has about 1,000 residents, most of whom are living in the main village called Naban.

Any of the everyday necessities are here including a police force and a small medical facility. There are about 5-6 beaches on the island that boast white sand and clear blue water. The terrain is mostly mountainous which is covered in most part with heavy vegetation like a jungle but there are roads available and a few types of transportation as well. Most common mean of transportation is the moto-taxi.

Arriving here on a Saturday morning the first thing to do was to "taste" the clear blue water and enjoy the strong sun for a few seconds before grabbing the brunch. Next step sit on the beach chairs and enjoy the breeze although was a bit hot and luckily no rain at all. Sand all white and smooth and the sea so blue.

The real storm came a few hours later when we were on the way back to Pattaya in the boat.

There are quite a few things to do in this area of the globe which is Thailand and more precisely Pattaya and the islands around it. Probably the best things in Pattaya would be to eat great seafood at reasonable prices, enjoy a walk on the beach at the sunset, have a beer in the bars of the Walking Street and enjoy your holiday like we did.

Good thing about this island is that is very accessible, close to Bangkok, 30-40 minutes from the Pattaya shore by normal boat. Further on you can enjoy a ride with the jet ski at a reasonable price. I think I paid 800 for 30 minutes and the experience is great on the sea as there are waves as well.

Below here I put together a few photos from Pattaya and Koh Larn.
On the way to Koh Larn
Koh Larn pier
Quite a storm waiting for us back in Pattaya city

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