Ko Laan (or Lan or Larn, or Coral Island) is 7.5 km west of Pattaya. It covers an area of 5.6 sq.km and has six popular beaches with a decided "day-trip" flavour.
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Regular ferries from Bali Hai Pier cost 60-150 baht per person and take about one hour. Some go to Na Baan on the Pattaya side of the island; others go to Samae Beach on the far side of the island and require disembarking onto a long-tail boat that goes to a floating pier.
Alternatively speedboats can be chartered just about anywhere along the main beaches, typically for 1,500-2,500 baht; or you can book a day trip via an agency. Expect to pay 500-600 baht for minibus collection from your hotel around 09:00, a boat from Bali Hai Pier direct to one of the main beaches (taking about an hour), lunch, soft drinks, return trip around 16:00, and mini-bus back to your hotel.
Naul Beach on the south end of the island is sometimes visited by monkeys from a nearby hillside. Arriving at Samae Beach you'll see the large solar array building and wind farm that generate energy for the island.
- Ko Laan has six popular beaches with a decided "day-trip" flavour, offering banana boat rides, jet-skiing, para-sailing, and the like. Also available from and around Ko Laan are various underwater activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, seabed walking, and submarine rides. There are also numerous restaurants, some accommodation, and a shooting range just north of Naban Pier that's open daily, 07:30-17:00, with prices from 400 baht for six rounds with a handgun.
Numerous beach-side eateries have typical Thai menus. Try to gauge the hygienic standard of any given restaurant prior to deciding on a place to eat.