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Koh Larn Island is close to Pattaya

September 27, 2013 by David Herd

Here is my live webcam from my balcony overlooking Pattaya beach in Thailand.

Leaving Pattaya Bali Hai wharf

Koh Larn Island

Koh Larn Island is close to Pattaya, in fact it is only 35 minutes by ferry from Bali Hai Wharf at the end off  Walking St. Many people take the speedboats every morning from Pattaya beach, they cost between 1,500 and 2,500 Baht depending on the size of the boat.

Pattaya City sign

Koh Larn Island

I guess Pattaya wanted to be like the Hollywood of Asia.

Thousands head for Koh Larn.

Koh Larn Island

Every morning thousands of Chinese tourists head for Koh Larn.

Dolphin seafood restaurant.

Dolphin seafood restaurant Pattaya

As we get under way we pass the Dolphin seafood restaurant which doesn’t look too impressive in daylight but when lit up at night it is quite spectacular. One the right overlooking the bay is the Pattaya Hilton.


Royal Cliff Hotel.

Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya

Looking to the left or Port to be more accurate we see the Royal Cliff Hotel, it opened in 1974 & in fact was where I stayed on my first visit to Pattaya in 1980. Look closely and you will see the elevator that takes you down to Cosy beach.

Behind the ferry is Royal Cliff hotel.Koh Larn Island

Please always make sure you have a life jacket close by.

Koh Krok.


Koh Krok island

Koh Krok is a small island about 8 km off Koh Larn, popular for diving and snorkelling.

Na Ban pier Koh Larn

Koh Larn Island

Ferries go to both sides of the island, Tawaen beach is on the other side.

The crowd arrives.

Koh Larn Island

B30 is great value for the 40 minute trip.

Tawaen Beach.


Tawaen Beach Koh Larn

Every morning on Pattaya beach thousand of tourists, mainly Chinese (some Indians) climb aboard at least one hundred speedboats and head for Koh Larn. There is one place on Koh Larn where they all gather like lemmings, Tawaen Beach. They really should change the name to China beach, they are all here crammed together like sardines, but I guess if you come from China you are used to crowds. 

Tawaen Beach on Koh Larn Island.

Koh Larn Island Two Russians among 2000 Chinese on Tawaen beach at Koh Larn.

Tawaen Beach.


Koh Larn Island

As you can see the water is so much nicer than Pattaya.

Glass bottomed boat for viewing fish.

Koh Larn Island

Boats of all shapes and sizes come to the island.

Fresh seafood at Tawaen beach.

Koh Larn Island

Lots of fresh seafood here, the restaurants are huge and packed with people from 11 am.

At 11 am everyone is hungry.

Koh Larn Island

Thousands of Chinese tourists visit every day. They travel by speedboat not by ferry.


Tawaen pier.

Koh Larn Island

This is the most crowded beach on Koh Larn Island.

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 Sangwan beach

Koh Larn Island

Unless you are completely crazy and love being swallowed up by thousands of Chinese tourists, walk 5 minutes around the corner to a much quieter and more peaceful Sangwan beach.

Beautiful Sangwan beach Koh Larn Island.

Koh Larn Island

Now this is more my style, not so busy and close to the pier.

Lookout point at Sangwan beach.

Koh Larn Island

The colour of the water here reminds me of when I was in Cancun in 2001.

Photo shoot at Sangwan beach.

Koh Larn Island

The water here is so clear and clean unlike Pattaya beach only a short distance to the east.

Tai Yai beach Koh Larn Island.

Koh Larn Island

At the north of the island is a delightful little beach named Tai Yai. Almost deserted with beautiful clear water. Only one small Thai restaurant but very few people on the beach.

Posing on Tai Yai beach Koh Larn Island.

Koh Larn Island

Gorgeous young girl striking a pose on Tai Yai beach.

The only restaurant on Tai Yai beach.

Koh Larn Island

A very peaceful part of the island.


 Samae Beach

Koh Larn Island The solar array looks like a weird spacecraft.   There is a very nice, large Resort located just steps from the beach called Xanadu. They have free shuttle service from Naban Pier for their guests. They also have a conference hall that can accommodate 200 people.  

Samae Beach Koh Larn Island
  Koh Larn IslandHere I am with my friend Irina from Ukraine in November 2014.  

Ferries waiting for the crowds.

Koh Larn

Make sure you check the timetable so you don’t miss the last ferry.

David Herd at Koh Larn Island.

David Herd Koh Larn

Well folks, many thanks for visiting my blog on Koh Larn Island, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed being there. Please send the link to your friends

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Pattaya – Hua Hin Mini Van

If you are in Pattaya and want to go to Hua Hin there is now a daily minivan service, they have offices in Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha Am, for Hua Hin the mini van leaves at 8:00, 10:00, 12:00 and takes 4 hours to get to Hua Hin, priced at only 400baht.

The Pattaya office is on South Pattaya Road, if your heading towards Sukhumvit road go over 3rd Road and past Soi Ko Pai/ Soi Bongkot and it’s on the left hand side at soi 10, which is around 300 meters or more from Sukhumvit Road.

Pattaya Office 088 709 2365
Hua Hin Office 088 709 2364
Cha Am Office 089 254 1399

Bus leaves Pattaya 8:00, 10:00, 12:00

Hua Hin thai resort

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