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How to get to Ko Lan Island

Why go to the islands at all?

On the islands, you can find clean beaches with clear turquoise water and white sand – just like on advertising posters. Many come here to take pictures or swim.

On the islands, the vegetation and terrain may differ from what you are used to in your place of residence.

In addition to relaxing on the beach, on the islands you can stay at a hotel or go to a bar. Everything is like everywhere else in Thailand, but in a limited space.

What islands are near Pattaya

The following islands are located near Pattaya:

  • Ko Lan
  • Ko Phai
  • Ko Sichang
  • Ko Luam
  • Ko Kham

All of them can be accessed from the Bali Hai Pier. But the cheap ferry only goes to Ko Lan Island. To get to the rest of the islands you need to pay for the Speed Boat.

Ko Lan Island

Variants of writing the name of the island in English:

  • Ko Lan
  • Koh Lan
  • Ko Larn

It is a relatively small island: about 4.7 km long and about 2 km wide.

The island has several beaches with clear water and white sand. There are bars and hotels, one 7-Eleven.

Ferry timetable to Ko Lan Island

The cost of a regular ferry to Kolan is only 30 baht ($1). The ferry takes about 45 minutes to the island.

Ferry schedule from Bali Hai Pier to Kolan, i.e. from Pattaya to the island:

  • 7.00 A.M.
  • 10.00 A.M.
  • 12.00 p.m.
  • 14.00 P.M.
  • 15.30 P.M.
  • 17.00 P.M.
  • 18.30 P.M.

Ferry schedule from Kolan to Bali Hai Pier, that is, from the island to Pattaya:

  • 6.30 A.M.
  • 7.30 A.M.
  • 9.30 A.M.
  • 12.00 p.m.
  • 14.00 P.M.
  • 15.30 P.M.
  • 17.00 P.M.
  • 18.30 P.M.

Speed Boat to Ko Lan Island

In addition to the ferry, you can get to Ko Lan by a small boat called the Speed Boat. The name Speed Boat was chosen for a reason, since the journey time on it takes only 15 minutes (instead of 45 minutes). Speed Boat price is 150 baht per person.

The Speed Boat has its own schedule, which is different from the ferry, but it seemed to me that the Speed Boat leaves any time, as soon as it picks up a few passengers. For example, we (2 people) got on the Speed Boat when there was 1 person. Almost immediately 3 more people came and in a few minutes after landing we were already on our way.

And since we arrived at the ferry at 14.10, if it were not for the Speed Boat, we would have been able to get to Pattaya only at 15.30 + 45 minutes = at 16.15 hours. But instead we were in Pattaya at 14.25. I believe that the Speed Boat fully justified its cost in this case.

There is only one pier on Koh Lan, it is called Na Baan Pier.

Journey to Ko Lan Island

I invited my friend to go to Kolan Island, to which she replied that she had been there 1,000,000 times and she was bored going there. But nevertheless, on her day off, we decided to go there to swim.

We got to the pier on a motorbike. The pier has parking for cars (apparently paid) and there is parking for motorcycles – currently it's free (it used to be 40 baht). If you are on the pier from Walking Street, the motorcycle parking will be on the left side of the road opposite the pier building.

If you came along Pattaya 3rd Road, then you need to almost completely go around the pier building and on the left side you will see a parking lot for motorcycles – almost before leaving the pier.

Motorcycle parking location on the map:

No need to buy ferry tickets! Do not try to find ticket offices in the pier building! Just go to the ferry, pay the entry fee and get on the ferry straight away. Find a free seat there and wait for departure.

The ferry is located almost at the very end of the pier. On the way to it, you will be offered more expensive options to get to Ko Lan Island, as well as to other islands – this is your preference, I liked Speed Boat.

On the island of Ko Lan, taxi services are offered, as well as motorcycles for rent. Moreover, motorcycles are offered “with a free full tank” – in fact, there is just nowhere to go on the island to consume so much gasoline.

There is also a tuk-tuk on the island.

But a friend took me on foot to the beach, she said that it was not far, and tuk-tuks rarely go.

Considering the maximum length of the island is 4.7 km, everything is not far there. But keep in mind the elevation changes – sometimes you have to go uphill.

We came to Ta Yai Beach (หาดตายาย).

Nice white sand beach. After swimming, we climbed some rocks – not recommended!

During the swim, I got burned, and after the swim, we couldn't find showers. In general, we were not very comfortable due to the heat and salt on the body, so we wanted to return home as soon as possible. We arrived at the pier by taxi (40 baht per person). There is a 7-Eleven near the pier where we bought water – we wanted to wash off the salt at least from our faces, but instead we just bought a Speed Boat ticket to quickly return home and wash ourselves under a full shower.

In general, this is the whole story of a trip to the island. I can also add that I was burned and felt discomfort from the consequences of the trip for a few more days. Perhaps that is also why, in general, I did not like the trip to the island rather than vice versa.

The other side of the islands

Remember that everything you see in shops and on the streets is brought in by ferries and boats. All rubbish must also be disposed of in the same way. Because of this, the cost of products and services on the islands may be higher. This applies even to unsalted water, both for drinking and for other purposes.

In this regard, such simple and familiar things as a shower on the beach for 10 baht may not be available on the island.

The 7-Eleven store may be the only one on the island.

On small islands, everything is built taking into account the economy of a very limited area. Therefore, even if you are already used to Asia crowded with people, this does not guarantee the absence of a feeling of claustrophobia – I felt it sometimes.

Personal experience of Kolang Island

In short, I won't go there again.

Yes, the beach is nice and clean. But I did not find anything more interesting for myself there. Because of this, I don’t want to spend time on the crossing again (or money on the Speed Boat).

But once it is worth going there, at least to see what kind of islands they are. For example, for me it was the first visited island, not only in Thailand, but in general in my life.

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