How to get from Pattaya to Koh Larn

Last updated: January 29th, 2017 | in Central Thailand | Chonburi | Getting Around Thailand | Islands | Koh Larn | Pattaya | Traveling

Yesterday I wrote a post about my trip to Koh Larn and all the cool things that I have done and seen there. So today I thought I let you know how you can actually get there from Pattaya.

Koh Larn is located just 7km off the coast from Pattaya and it doesn’t have an airport so the only way to get there is by taking a boat from Pattaya’s harbor (called Bali Hai Pier). The pier is located right at the southern end of Walking Street – see the map below.

Now there are two options on which type of boat to take: Public ferry or speed boat.

Pattaya to Koh Larn by Public Ferry

This is the way I went to Koh Larn, it is just 30 Baht for a one way ticket. You don’t have to book in advance, just go to the pier and pay the money in cash right at the boat. It’s almost impossible not to find the boat as most other tourists are going for this option as well. Just follow the crowd.

You have two choices for your destination on Koh Larn:

  • Naban Port: The main village of Koh Larn where most of the locals live and also the biggest resorts are located. There is no nice beach within walking distance but motorbike services (40-60 Baht, depending on the distance of the beach) and motorcycle rentals (about 200-300 Baht per day) being offered. And you also have songthaews (motorized rickshaws) like in Pattaya but they are only slightly cheaper than taking a motorcycle (30-40 Baht).
  • Tawaen Beach: No hotels on this beach but it might be your choice if you already know you want to visit this particular beach first. You also have the above mentioned transportation services on Tawaen Beach, but on a smaller scale.

The trip takes about 35 minutes to Naban Port and 45 minutes to Tawaen Beach, but I had about 15 minutes delay on my way there in the morning and five minutes on my way back in the evening.

Pattaya to Koh Larn Boat

The ferries go back and forth all day and very frequently, here is the timetable to and from both piers on Koh Larn:

Pattaya to Koh Larn Ferry Timetable

This is how the pier on Tawaen Beach looks like:

Koh Larn Tawaen Beach

Pattaya to Koh Larn by Speed Boat

With just about 20 minutes travel time this is the fast option to go to Koh Larn from Pattaya. But obviously it’s also significantly more expensive. You will need to hire the boat with a group of people, one way price 1,500 to 2,500 Baht, depending on the size of the boat. Obviously if the group is small you want to hire a small boat to minimize the cost for everyone.

I didn’t go that way but I heard people telling me they hooked up with a group of 10 people and they paid 200 Baht each, one way. I would recommend this travel option only if you are really in a hurry as you are saving only like 20 minutes in travel time.

Bali Hai Pier Pattaya

There you have the two options on how to get from Pattaya to Koh Larn. Here is an information board at the ferry pier on Koh Lanta illustrating the beaches and the fares of the motorbike taxis:

Pattaya to Koh Larn Boat Schedule

Let me finish this post with this cool video I took on my ferry ride back from Koh Larn in the late afternoon, about one hour before sunset:

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2 Responses

  • Adam Brown says:

    Hi there. I just had an experience where I got scammed by a speedboat group and wanted to issue a word of warning to other would be travelers. I paid for round-trip passage to the island and back. I paid 1000 baht for a friend and I to get to the island and then was simply never picked back up after being told that the boat was “coming in an hour”…two and a half hours later still no boat and everyone else on the island had gone home. It was the last speedboat of the night and I was charged another 600 baht for my friend and I to get back. I went to the police and was told there was nothing they could do as I didn’t have any receipt or anything. My advice is that if you really want to get to the island in a hurry the speedboat is still the way to go…but only buy a one-way trip there and a one way trip back. There are hundreds of speedboats so getting one isn’t a problem once you are on the pier. Finding honest operators is the problem. Hope this message helps keep someone else from getting scammed!

  • BlogDaz says:

    I would use the ferry in preference to the speed boats, seems to be quite a lot of accidents involving speed boats, and like you say, only saving a little time.


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