Koh is the largest of the islands that are visible from most of Pattaya. It has always been a popular day trip for Thais, expats, and tourists, but it was experiencing a phenomenal boom before the pandemic. Although most foreigners are only aware of two or perhaps three beaches on the island, you may be surprised to know that there are many beaches, some of which you may have entirely to yourself. Here are just seven of the best.
Tawaen Beach is the beach that you will come to if the ferry from Pattaya takes you to the “back of the island”. It is around 700 metres long and is the busiest of the beaches with numerous water sports available. You will also find an extensive selection of restaurants and gift shops targeting tourists. In quieter periods, it is a stunning beach with soft white sand that would never look out of place on a magazine’s front cover.
Samae Beach is situated on the island’s western side and is arguably the second most popular beach. It can be reached by motorbike taxi or songthaew with the latter going over the peak of the island with the descent being somewhat hair raising! Some water sports are again available, with a selection of restaurants available. Samae Beach is a better option for those who enjoy swimming or snorkelling.
Another beach on the western side of the island is Tien Beach and is something of a haven and quiet as it can’t be reached by taxi. You will have a pleasant five-minute stroll along the coast and come to a footbridge and then the bay. It is perfect for relaxing and the crystal-clear waters make it ideal for snorkelling with an abundance of marine life.
4.Nual Beach (Monkey Beach)
Nual Beach is situated at the island’s southern tip and, as the name suggests, is home to several monkeys. It is a quiet beach surrounded by red rocks with inviting waters. Although it is quiet, there is a restaurant and bar which are reasonably popular but never crowded. The ambience is friendly and relaxed, and you can just while away the hours taking in the views.
5.Ta Yai Beach
Ta Yai Beach is at the northern end of Koh Larn and is another of the stunning beaches that doesn’t attract as many visitors as you would expect. It is a relaxing location with the odd lounger and umbrella available but plenty of space to lay down your towel. Locals and regular visitors will tell you that this is the best place to watch the sunset.
6.Tong Lang Beach
Tong Lang Beach is on the north-eastern coast of Koh Larn and is popular with day-trippers as it has plenty of beach activities available. It is one of the beaches that have risen to prominence in the last five years, mainly due to the influx of Russian and Chinese tourists to the island.
7.Sang Wan Beach
Sang Wan Beach is immediately to the west of Tawaen Pier and can be reached via a boardwalk. Its proximity to both the pier and Tawaen Beach means that it can get crowded, but it is a fantastic place to swim if you visit in the early mornings or evenings.