Koh Lan Island
Koh Lan – an island in the Gulf of Thailand, located about 9 km from the mainland. It is very popular among tourists who want to enjoy the crystal water and clean beaches, which are considered a rarity for the resort of Pattaya.
On a hilly island, about 4 km long, there is all the infrastructure for an excellent holiday, so not only one-day excursions are possible here, but also a long stay in one of the hotels.
On Koh Lan, more than 1,000 people live permanently. There is a school, a police station, hotels, ATMs, shops and a whole set of social facilities.
HOW TO GET THERE?
You can get to Koh Lan, which is also called Coral Island, on your own or as part of an excursion.
You can buy a tour at any travel agency on the street. Price – from 500-800 baht. It depends on the season and the greed of the seller. The price includes transfer from the hotel to the pier, voyage to the island, lunch and delivery back to the hotel in the same way.
You can get on your own from the Bali Hai Pier, located in the famous Walking Street. Ferries run from there. Ticket price – 30 baht per person, one way. Travel time is 30-40 minutes.
Speed boats available. Price – 150-300 baht one way per person. Travel time 15-20 minutes.
There are big cruise boats. Travel time is 35-45 minutes. Price – 150 baht per person round trip. The price includes one soft drink.
WHERE TO STAY?
Koh Lan can be safely called an independent resort, which is not inferior in development to Pattaya.
Most hotels are built in the eastern part of the island, which is deprived of beaches and comfortable access to the water. Only a few hotels are located directly on the beach: Xanadu Beach Resort at Hat Samae Beach, Sukkee Beach Resort at Hat Ta Waen Beach, as well as several hotels at the northern tip of Koh Lan.
Xanadu beach resort
Cozy hotel with a favorable location on the beach Hat Samae, is considered one of the most expensive on the island. The comfortable rooms have everything you need, including a safe. WiFi is available throughout the complex. There is a rental point for water equipment.
A nice bonus is a free transfer of newly arrived and leaving guests to the Naban pier.
The hotel is far from the beach. This inconvenience is compensated by chic rooms with everything you need: air conditioning, kettle, mini fridge, tea making facilities and a cafe.
Baan Rae Resort
It is in stable demand. Each room, in addition to standard equipment, has its own balcony. Free parking is available.
PAUSE Resort & Bar
This budget mini-hotel will appeal to young people. The interior and exterior are made in the spirit of technogenic minimalism. Such a concept is not without appeal. The staff is friendly and welcoming.
The main beaches lie on the western part of Koh Lan, as it is best suited for swimming and sunbathing. All beds are paid. The price ranges from 50 to 100 baht.
Thien is one of the most picturesque corners on Koh Lan, so it attracts many vacationers like a magnet. On the sides of the coastline, 400 meters long, there are small coral reefs, therefore, going to this beach, it makes sense to bring flippers and a mask. Cafes and restaurants serve simple and hearty dishes.
Ta Waen is the most crowded and popular beach due to its accessibility and geographical location. It is located near the harbor of the same name Hat Ta Waen. The coastline is a little over 1 km. There are many cafes, restaurants, water activities are available.
Sang Wan is a miniature strip of sand lying south of Hat Ta Waen Marina. The beach is almost always crowded. The descent into the water is gentle, so families with children like to be here.
Ta Yai is a chamber beach, the length of which does not exceed 100 m. It lies on the northern tip of the island, where tourists rarely get, so it is always quiet here. The infrastructure is poorly developed. Swimming here is best at high tide, low tide reveals a rocky bottom, strewn with debris of coral.
Samae is the island’s widest and longest (600 m) beach. The sand is almost white, the entrance to the sea is comfortable, the water is always clean. The infrastructure is developed and is not much different from other beaches of Koh Lana.
Thong Lang is in steady demand among holidaymakers. From the pier, a path leads to it. There are not very many people, since there are few cafes and noisy entertainments.
Nuan Monkey Beach
This beach is worth a visit not for sunbathing or swimming, but only for acquaintance with monkeys. In the coastal forests there is a small group of primates who like to come to the water in the morning in search of food. Smart animals know that not only the sea brings food, but also curious people. It is necessary to arrive before 11.00, then unbearable heat sets in and the monkeys go back to the jungle.