Lan island (Koh Lan)

Lan island (Thai: เกาะล้าน) is a beautiful small island located only seven kilometers off the shore of Pattaya. On my first visit to Koh Lan few years ago I couldn’t believe there was such a wonderful island next to a busy city like Pattaya. I felt like I found a rare gem, this is a perfect place for a weekend getaway.

The island is 4 km in length and 2 km in width.There are approximately thousand residents living in the main village. There is also a school and a small medical facility on the island.

Beaches in Koh Lan:

  1. หาดตาแหวน Tawaen Beach is the most popular beach on Koh Larn because of full facilities. It has 750 m long white sand beach. The atmosphere of this beach is not different from Pattaya beach, where tourists can enjoy many beach activities. If you don’t like the crowd and want to avoid tens of vendors tying to sell you the tourist stuff, I recommend you to select the other beaches.
  2.  หาดทองหลาง Thong Lang Beach is 20o meters long, it is used to be popular, but now it seems to be quiet. Abundance of coral reef in this area allows tourists to explore the sea life by snorkeling.
  3. หาดสังวาลย์ Sangwan Beach is a small beach next to Ta Waen Beach,but quieter and more private. It has white sand and clean beach.
  4. หาดแสม Samae beach is quite a long beach, approximately 700 meters. Its atmosphere is similar to Tawaen beach because of large number of tourists. There are a lot of restaurants and some accommodation along the beach. Those who would like to watch the sunrise and sunset, this beach is a spectacular spot.
  5. หาดนวล Nual Beach is quiet, and there are a lot of reefs in the water, makes a great spot for snorkeling.
  6. หาดตายาย Ta Yai Beach is so small that visitors can walk from one side to the other side within five minutes. The beach is quiet as there are fewer tourists, and there is only one shop available here. The water is crystal clear. I visited this beach on my first time to Koh Lan and I was really impressed. That was when I learnt Pattaya was not so bad! It is a suitable place for a big city getaway.

I love Ta Yai Beach, very clear water:)

I can’t remember which beach this is. I took this photo when I was in the boat.

7.หาดเทียน Tien Beach is is exceptionally clean and quiet.The beach is 500 meters long. Sport activities such as jet ski and banana boats are available. On a day trip to Ko Lan with my friends, we stopped at ‘Tawaen Beach’ first then we couldn’t stand too many tourists so we came to this beach and we totally loved it!

My best friend and I at my favorite beach in Koh Lan, Tian beach.

 How to get to Koh Lan:

Getting to Koh Lan is really easy and convenient. There are two options available:

  1. Ferry: You can take a ferry which costs only 30 Baht from Bali Hai pier. The trip takes about 45 minutes. The first ferry departs  Bali Hai pier  at 07.00 am and the last ferry departs at 06.30 pm. While the first ferry from Koh Larn to Pattaya departs at 06.30 am and the last ferry is at 06.00 pm.
2. Speed boat : if you prefer a faster and more private transportation, you may like to hire a speed boat. The cost varies from 1,500 – 2,000 Baht depending on the size of the boat. It takes 15-20 minutes from Pattaya Beach or Bali Hai pier.

Getting Around Koh Larn: When I went to the island with five of my friends, we hired three motor bikes to go around and see the life on the island.  You could also travel by minibus or songtaew, but I suggest you to hire a bike if you don’t want to stay in one beach and prefer to go to different beaches since it is convenient and easy to navigate. It costs only 200 Baht per day. I was surprised they did not require any ID or deposit money from me and my friends when we hired the bikes, I am not sure if they would ask those from foreign tourists like they usually do it other places.

A day trip to Koh Larn from Bangkok, you can catch an early bus from Ekamai bus station to (every half hour from 6a.m.) or hire a taxi/a car with a driver. You could get the 6pm return ferry, and still get back to Bangkok on the same day.


I think many tourists like to go to Pattaya, I would encourage you to pay a visit to Koh Lan as well if you like nice beaches. It is really worth it:)


Have you been to Koh Lan before?


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14 Responses to Lan island (Koh Lan)

  1. Babu 02/04/2017 at 09:56 #

    Im inspired to read your posts. Love to learn Thai. Will visit Koh Larn this month end.

    • Mod 09/04/2017 at 10:50 #

      That’s nice! I haven’t been to Koh Lan for a long time. Enjoy your trip!

  2. Irina Mai 30/04/2015 at 07:34 #

    It’s really wonderful pleace! I’m russian. I stayed here for a night in a Rainbow hotel near the Naban Port. I was lucky enough to meet a charming motobike taxi driver, who has arrived at any place within 10 minutes by a telephone call and could take me to any place on the map of the island. While I was looking for the room for rent, I met the mistress of a small restaurant. So friendly women! Нer family gladly met me for dinner with his restaurant after sunset. I woke up at 4 am to see the beautiful sunrise on my balcony. Thank you for this post! I’d love to visit the island again!

    • Mod 30/04/2015 at 10:33 #

      Hi Irina, thank you for reading my post and your comments. It is nice to hear that you had a great time in Thailand. 🙂

  3. Jon 04/03/2014 at 19:56 #

    I noticed you mentioned Jet Ski in Tien Beach. How much for jet ski ride here?

    Pattaya and certain parts of Phuket are [in]famous for jet ski scams towards tourists. Did you notice anything unpleasant going on with renting a jet ski there?

    Is it possible for you to do an article on Jet ski in Thailand?

  4. MJ,Lee 22/10/2013 at 13:31 #

    Thank you for your teaching … I korean and learning Thai language ..just one month.. In Korea many people watching your video ( youtube ) .. one more time .. thanks for your appreciate teaching..

    Kup kun tii buk hi sa-ab passa thai.. ( kao jai mai kap? ^^;)

  5. Richard 27/08/2013 at 14:26 #

    Thank you for this article Mod. Would you recommend koh lan more than koh samet for a 2 night stay?

    • Mod 28/08/2013 at 12:31 #

      Sawatdee ka Richard, personally Koh Samet is my favourite island for a short getaway:)

      • Craig 30/01/2018 at 10:49 #

        Hi Mod. Which do you think is better for a 2-3 day stay — Koh Samet or Koh Chang?

        • Mod 01/02/2018 at 15:19 #

          Hi Craig,

          If you plan to travel by car from Bangkok, I think Koh Samet is better as Koh Chang takes half a day to get there so you will lose one full day on the road round trip. Koh Samet is in fact perfect for 2-3 days getaway. Have fun!

  6. Gene Panasenko 01/10/2012 at 04:59 #

    The island is beautiful indeed.

    Have been there several times.

    Love the monkeys running right on one of the beaches!

  7. Johan 18/09/2012 at 02:59 #

    I love Koh Lan 🙂 It’s a very beautiful small island, with beautiful beaches with transparent water, contrary to that of Jomtien or Pattaya.. A real small paradise to get fresh ideas from the madness of the sin city 😉

  8. Alexander Bagnati 10/09/2012 at 23:39 #

    Hello Mod i never been to Koh Lan, very nice! i weel go there soon! Thank you for your advice. 🙂

    • Mod 11/09/2012 at 18:20 #

      Sawatdee ka Alexander, thank you for reading my blog post:)

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