Koh Larn, Pattaya, the Gulf of Siam
Thailand is famous for its islands, and although Koh Larn, in the Gulf of Siam, is not as famous as, say, Phuket or Koh Samui, perhaps this is what makes it so charming.
Koh Larn is about 8 km off the coast of Pattaya, making it easy to get to from not only Pattaya but Bangkok as well. The island is quite small, home to just about 1000 full time residents who almost all live in the main village area. Despite the small size, Koh Larn still has the necessities of a tropical Thai getaway island, including not only things like great seafood restaurants but also a police force and a hospital in the case of emergencies.
One of the main draws of Koh Larn in the Gulf of Siam is its quiet and laid back nature. The island is decidedly different from some of Thailand’s other, more infamous “party islands”. Instead of blasting techno music, sundown on Koh Larn usually brings with it an almost ethereal calm, allowing visitors to just enjoy the fresh air and relax.
The island is also a great place to take part in some watersports if one is so inclined. The island’s mountainous interior offer not only some awe-inspiring vantage points but also give opportunity for hiking and biking. Of course, those seeking something more relaxing will be happy to just enjoy the beautiful beach.
Like just about every other place in Thailand close to the water, Koh Larn in the Gulf of Siam has incredible seafood restaurants. Most of these restaurants will be right on the water, literally buying fishermen’s catch as they are first bringing it to land. This freshness allows for a taste and flavor that simply cannot be replicated. The squid is especially good, and any visitor must try it.
Koh Larn is a fantastic place to get away from it all, to enjoy some peace, quiet and fresh air. As a relaxing break from Pattaya or Bangkok, Koh Larn is highly recommended.