Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pattaya... Coral Islands aka Ko Larn

We were disappointed when we explored the Pattaya beach in the evening. It was hot and humid. There were many beach chairs spread on the tiny beach even at twilight. You pay a nominal amount to use the chairs. Even though it sounds enticing, the beach itself is not very interesting. What was more interesting was the walking street in Pattaya. There are restaurants, massage parlors and bars all along the walking street.

But next day, we were in for a surprise. There are a group of islands which lays a few kms away from Pattaya. They are accessible on a speed boat. These group of islands are called Ko Larn. But if you are a non-Thai visitor, you will know it as Coral Island. Coral island with it's white sands, beach chairs and countless tourists is one of the best place to spend time in Pattaya. It is a small island and there are many small makeshift restaurants offering local delicacies.

There is only one way to reach the Coral Island, using a speed boat. There are many speed boats that leaves Pattaya in very short frequencies to the Coral Island. It is a standard package. Before you reach Coral Island, the speed boat take you a bigger boat, anchored off the coast, which serves as the launch pad for parasailing. From there, the speed boat takes you to the another boat, which offers you an ocean walk. The ocean walk is more interesting. They give you a big helmet, drop you on the sea floor and let you walk on the sea floor all the while enjoying what the sea has to offer in flora and fauna.

Once all these are done, the speed boat takes to you the Coral Island. So it is three-birds-with-one-stone if you step into the speed boat from Pattaya beach.

Tags: Travel,Thailand,Pattaya,Ko Larn


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6 comments:

  1. Koh Larn is a fantastic place to spend the day. I recommend all your readers to pay it a visit when they are visiting Pattaya. I agree, the speed boat ride is a fun and exciting way to get there, but I do find it a little expensive, especially if you are traveling alone. I would advice anyone to give the "Slow boat" a try. although it takes around forty five minutes to reach Koh Larn it's a great way to meet new people and make new friends

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    1. I did not know about the "slow boat" option. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I missed this last year as I decided to head to Phi Phi from Phuket instead of the Coral Islands, but will check it in 2013 if I make it to Thailand again. The point about "Slow Boat" by Andy sounds interesting. I am sure it is a better way to enjoy the islands rather than being on a big speed boat

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    1. From what I have heard, Phuket is the place to visit even though you have to take another plane from Bangkok to reach there! I suggest the beaches on the western side instead of Coral Islands. There are many beaches similar to the Coral Islands on the western side of the country. :)

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  3. dear nona..thanks for the info..i would be visiting thailand shortly...would have loved some pics in this post....

    http://trip-o-graphy.blogspot.in/

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    1. I took a lot of pictures. But those are personal in nature. That is why I didn't share anything in this space. :|

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