Tired of Bangkok? Check out Koh Larn. Just 25-45 mins boat ride from Pattaya. For those using public transport, you can easily find a bus or van at Mochit bus station. Fare is around B120-130 and the travel time takes roughly 2 hours to Pattaya. We took the bus and it left at 6am. Upon reaching Pattaya bus station, you can hire a motorcycle or taxi to bring you to Bali Hai Pier. Payment should be around 60-80 baht/pax for the motorcycle. When you arrive at the pier, buy a ticket (B30/pax) for the ferry or charter a shared speedboat (200/pax). It really depends if you have time because the ferry departs every 2 hrs from Bali Hai. So if you have limited time, the speedboat will be a good option.
There are several beaches in Koh Larn and you can hire a motorcycle to take you to any one of them. There is a map near the pier with the fare to the different beaches so you don’t have to worry on getting ripped off. Usually fare is about B20-50/pax.
We chose this beach beacause we wanted peace and quiet and to get away from the hoards of tourist going to Koh Larn. Arrived before 9am to an almost empty beach. There are beach beds with umbrellas set up near the beach for rent at 100 baht for one day. If you are being frugal, you can set up your own DIY beach bed near a shade. Choose a spot near the trees since it could get really hot towards noon.
The water is not as clear as the island on the south but is pretty clean and free from floating debris. There are fishes near the shore and if you are confident enough, you can go snorkling in the deeper part of the water. Watersports such as jet skis, bananaboats, paddle boards, snorkling gear etc. are also available for rent. On the left side of the beach is a cliff where monkeys reside. I think they are not aggressive and can ne photographed easily. Just try not to get on their bad side😉.
*Food is a bit on the pricey than you usual Bangkok meal.
The last boat from Koh Larn will leave at 18.00 but it is good to leave at 16.00-17.00 so you can still have time to look around Pattaya, grab some dinner before heading back to Bangkok.
Christmas is just around the corner and decorations had been set up by various establishments, malls mostly, here in the City of Angels. One favorite of mine is in Central World where giant white Christmas trees were set up outside surrounded by yellow carnation like artificial flowers lit by tiny series lights.
For me, it is the perfect setup and somewhat a tribute to the late King Bhumibol (coincidence or not) since the color yellow usually represents his majesty. Until now I am still amazed by the Thai people’s love for the late monarch. The place also emanates a magical glow and provide a great backdrop for portraits. Bokehlicious everyone. It is great place for hanging out with friends and family and for photo enthusiast like moi.
Hungry? No sweat! Food and drinks are readily available. From Thai food at the far end of the grounds or some international flavors near the Christmas displays. Chang beer have a stall with a live band (great band by the way, very entertaining) and cozy bean bags for those beer lovers out there. I love to stay and enjoy the music inside the makeshift bar, problem is, I don’t have a penchant for beer. Do try Guss Damn Good artisan icecream near the Chang stall. It is worth every lick/bite. Smooth and creamy just the way I like them icecream.
So if you’re in town and have time to spare. You may want to visit Central World. If not for the Christmas display, the food might convince you. 😅 Happy holidays.
P.S. Coming on weekends is a hustle because of a huge crowd. Go at your own risk lol!