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All you need to know to visit Koh Larn

Central Thailand
147 km from Bangkok
Province of Chonburi
Thai prononciation : Go Lan


Recomm. stay
1-2 jours


Practical guide to go and visit Koh Larn

The island of Koh Larn is located 8 km off Pattaya. It is a very popular destination among tourists who are mostly Thai on weekends. Many come from Bangkok, only 2 hours away to spend the end of the week or holidays. Koh Larn means the Coral Island. It has the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea the nearest from the Thai capital city. It is also a more enjoyable and relaxing place than the bustling Pattaya on the continent and its not that pretty beaches.
Koh Larn is 4 km long and has a small hill on top with a small temple. There are two small villages Ban Ko Lan and Ban Krok Makhan. This is where the restaurants and most hotels and guesthouses are. Most of Koh Larn's beaches are located on the west coast. The most popular and populated one is undoubtedly Tawaen Beach. Personally, we prefer Nual Beach, quieter but sometimes also dirtier.
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Accommodations in Koh Larn

If there are many accommodation on Koh Larn, they are quickly full on weekends and holidays. Many Bangkok residents come then to enjoy the most beautiful beaches just 2 hours from the capital city. So advance booking is highly recommanded. The highest concentration of hotels and guesthouses is on Tawaen Beach. The range of rooms rates is quite wide and goes from small cheap guesthouses to large luxury hotels. Comparing to Pattaya, the price is obviously a bit higher for the same quality.

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Practical information about Koh Larn

If you plan to stay in Koh Larn a weekend or during holidays in Thailand, it is essential to book in advance. And even as early as possible otherwise your chances of finding a free room are practically nil. Otherwise to reach the island, between the ferry and the (too) many offers speedboat you'll have no trouble. You recommend the speedboats, more expensive, they destroy the environment and their drivers are sometimes very impetuous. There are regular accidents.

How to go to Koh Larn ?

The journey Pattaya - Koh Larn takes 40 minutes by ferry. The boats leave from Pattaya Bali Hai Pier, which is located in South Pattaya at the end of the Walking Street. Here you will also find speedboats companies. We recommend to avoid them for the nuisance they cause to the environment and because the pilots are sometimes very careless. Every year has its share of speedboats accidents in Thailand and many take place in Pattaya.

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How to get around in Koh Larn ?

To get around Koh Larn, you have motorbike taxis (count around 50 THB to reach one of the main beaches from the pier) or the blue pickup trucks that run between the beaches and the pier. You can also rent motobikes near the pier if you prefer.

Other places to see in Koh Larn

Koh Larn temple Koh Larn
Koh Larn temple
a small temple on a hill which is accessed by a small stone staircase. It offers an interesting view and going there is a ride that will change a bit from the beach.

Weather & climate in Koh Larn

Koh Larn has a tropical humid and dry climate. There are three seasons in Koh Larn : a warm and dry season (December to February), the best time, a hot and humid season (March and April) and a warm and rainy season (May to November).

The best months to come to Koh Larn are from November to April and especially from December to February. September and October are the rainiest months.

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How to ask in Thai to go to Koh Larn ?

I want to go to Koh Larn / Yak paï ti Go Lan.
Where is Koh Larn ? / Go Lan you ti naï ?
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