A complete guide on how to get to Koh Larn from Pattaya Thailand. Koh Larn is a very popular beach destination and it’s really easy to get to. It has a great variety of beaches to choose from and they are very inviting with white sand and beautiful clear water. Excellent for a day trip!
It is a well-known fact (among most people who have spent time around Pattaya) that it is not safe to swim at Pattaya Beach. You know the nice beautiful long beach that runs along Beach Road? Yeah that one!..
The water looks great, the beach looks really nice, there are some people swimming, but it’s horribly polluted. There is a lot of raw sewage running directly into the sea from Pattaya. Just recently one of the large beer bar complexes on Walking Street was found to have its sewage pipes running directly into the ocean. There have been others too… kind of makes you wonder how many are still yet undiscovered…
Great news! Koh Larn is very close and is an excellent day trip if you are in Pattaya and want to engage in some water sports. Koh Larn has 6 large beaches, all very nice and clean and Ta Waen Beach is the largest and most popular. There are hotels and guesthouses on Koh Larn as well.
There are two ferry ports on Koh Larn. The main ferry port is located at Na Ban Village and there is a smaller one located right at Ta Waen Beach. You can see the latter pier right from Ta Waen beach and it’s not far to walk at all.
There are multiple ferries that run back and forth from Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya to Koh Larn every single day and it’s about a 40 minute ride each way. Just remember that the last ferry back to Pattaya from Koh Larn leaves at 18:00 or 6 pm. The first ferry is in the morning at 7 am. First ferry to Ta Waen Beach leaves at 8 am.
You can get there by speed boat as well from one of the many speed boat operators found on Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach or at Bali Hai Pier and will cost you around 1500 – 3500 baht one way. The price difference is conditional to the size of the speed boat you hire which mostly depends on how many people you have with you. But in the end… up to you!
Bali Hai Pier is found right at the south end of Walking Street and is really easy to get to with a tuk tuk (songthaew) or motorcycle taxi. Once you’re there you can’t miss it. Or you can take a stroll down Walking Street and see what it looks like during the day time. The locals pronounce it as “Ko Lan” so that’s all you have to tell your moto taxi driver.
The price of a one way ticket is only 30 baht per person and you can get them at the ticket office or just pay as you get on the ferry. The ticket office is inside the one and only large building at the pier, but your best option is to pay as you get on the ferry. The ferries come equipped with facilities and refreshments on board and don’t forget to put your life jacket on. You’ll see the life jackets after you get on the ferry.
When you arrive at Bali Hai Pier, just walk to the end and it’s pretty easy to tell which ferry to get on. You will see multiple ferries but only one or two taking people on board. They all go to Koh Larn. The ferries on your left go to Ta Waen Beach and the ones on the right go to Na Ban Village.
Once you’re there it doesn’t matter which ferry you decide to take back to Pattaya since you just pay as you get on.
If you get the ferry to Na Ban Village you can get a motorcycle taxi right from the pier straight to your favorite beach or you will need to walk through the village about 100 meters to the tuk tuk pick up area. Keep to your left and you can’t miss it. There is a large map that shows where all the beaches are found at the tuk tuk pick up area and you need to make sure you get on the correct tuk tuk to get to whatever beach you want to go to. You can also rent a motorbike for the day if you want for 200 baht.
There are moto taxis and tuk tuks at Ta Waen beach as well and it’s not difficult to see where they’re found.
All of the main beaches on Koh Larn have facilities and a lot of food and souvenir vendors so no need to pack a lunch. They will offer you a menu and you can order food and drinks right to where you’re sitting or you can get some street food off one of the many food carts nearby.
They also have beach lounge chairs with small tables and large umbrellas that you can rent for 100 baht per chair. once you pay you’re good for all day but if you change beaches you will need to rent new chairs again.
When you want to return to Pattaya you can get either ferry back and just remember that the last ferry leaves around 6 pm!
Here’s a video of Ta Waen Beach which also shows the pier and ferries.