Thailand Pattaya islands Guide
Pattaya’s surrounding coastline has numerous islands, little known to most tourists. These are the perfect opportunity to escape the frantic crowds, noise, debauchery, and overcrowding of Pattaya, to discover what life would have been like there before it became a chaotic getaway for the masses. Be prepared to discover the hidden beauty of uninhabited islands, swim in clean and clear waters, and unwind on the most beautiful beaches in the region.
If you are in Pattaya and wish to go on an island getaway, you do not need to go far. Just a few kilometers away from the extravagant coastal city of Pattaya, there is a myriad of paradise islands waiting to be discovered in the Gulf of Thailand. Reaching these islands around Pattaya is accessible by boat, and they are perfect for those who wish to escape the busy life in the city while getting closer to nature for a day. Those who want to spend more time in exploring the beauty that surrounds these islands may opt for Koh Larn and Koh Samet that offer decent accommodation choices.
The whole archipelago that serves as an incredible getaway from Pattaya has eight notable islands. These include the most popular Koh Larn (Coral island), Koh Phai (Bamboo island), Koh Ped (Monkey Island), divers-friendly Koh Rin, Koh Sak (Horseshoe Island), possibly the most beautiful islands of Khram Yai and Khram Noi, as well as another holiday retreat at Koh Samet. Dozens of other smaller isles offer additional stopovers for snorkeling and other exotic adventures during your island-hopping day trip.
Although most of the Pattaya islands are accessible year-round, we recommend the period from October to May as the best time to explore. The weather is stable, and waters are calm and clean, which comes with more activities to do, including diving and snorkeling.
As the archipelago is just a few kilometers off the coast of Pattaya, enjoying a one-day trip is no longer a luxury. Nevertheless, this does not mean that those who wish to invest a longer time in their trip are deprived of accommodation options. Destinations such as Koh Larn (Coral island) and Koh Samet provide an extensive choice of accommodations rAnging from beach bungalows to luxury resorts. Hence, you are able to enjoy a relaxing stay while not being far from the happening scene of Pattaya city.
It’s pretty easy and fast to reach the islands from Pattaya city. Head over to Bali Hai Pier and book a local ferry or charter a speedboat to Koh Larn for a day. Alternatively, explore each corner of the Pattaya archipelago by chartering a private yacht with Islander, where you can tailor a trip specifically for your preferences.