Ko Lan (or Ko Laan or Ko Larn, or Coral Island) is an island 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 Pattaya#Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya cost 30 baht per person and take about half an hour. Some go to 1 Na Baan pier on the Pattaya side of the island; others go to 2 Tawaen Beach pier on the far side of the island.
You can take a speedboat for 200 baht (15 minutes), or alternatively you can charter a speedboat 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.
Songthaews connect all main beaches with Na Baan pier, ride costs 20-30 baht per person.
Motorbike taxi are abundant near Na Baan pier, and much less but still possible to find at other spots around the island.
There are several shops/agencies offering motorbike rental, starting price is 300 baht per day, which can be bargained down to 200 baht.
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.
- 1 Shooting range, Just north of Naban Pier. Daily, 07:30-17:00. 400+ baht for six rounds with a handgun.
- Mountain biking. There is a 4.2 km loop through the hills in the island's centre. Unfortunately, there are no bikes for hire on Ko Lan, you must bring your own on the ferry (for an additional 30 baht).
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.
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. More upscale and nice-looking restaurants tend to be near Na Baan pier.
There are many guesthouses and small hotels on the island.
The only destination that can be reached from the island is Pattaya city.