October 30, 2017.
Tags: Pattaya, Islands, Attractions
The chaos of Pattaya, Thailand’s 2 nd largest city, can at times be overwhelming. Even for the most seasoned of travelers, the coastal town can have too much going on despite it’s welcoming beaches. Fortunately, there are several islands that are just a quick speedboat drive away, each offering a serene escape from the frantic Pattaya pace. While most of these islands are largely uninhabited, you’ll find fantastic spots for fishing, diving, snorkeling and other beachside activities. They’re all largely accessible and while they won’t be anywhere near as busy as Thailand’s southern islands, you’ll have beautiful beaches, crystal-clear water and a laid-back beach atmosphere – learn mor about these idyllic islands below.
Koh Larn is by far the most popular travel destination for visitors that come to Pattaya and want something a little quieter. While there is a residential population here, the island is nowhere near as busy as Koh Chang or Koh Samui. The myriad of paved roads across the island make getting around interesting and there are six different beaches that you can explore. Unlike some of the other islands around Pattaya, Koh Larn has its fair share of restaurants, banana boats for hire and is a great place for some snorkeling excursions.
Also known as Gnat Island, Koh Rin can easily be reached by speedboat from one of Pattaya’s many piers. It’s a fantastic diving spot and perfect for lazy days spent lounging by the beach. Of all the islands that surround Pattaya, Koh Rin has the most beautiful coral reefs to explore and plenty of exotic marine life that you won’t see closer to the city.
This tiny island off the coast of Pattaya is uninhabited except for a thriving population of primates. The crab-eating macaques are the main attraction of this island, with thousands of tourists visiting every year just to experience interacting with the monkeys. They’re so accustomed to humans that their diet largely revolves around what visitors feed them. As you approach the island, the monkeys will start to flock around your boat before it even reaches the shore, well-aware that you’ll be bringing food!
Koh Si Chang was once a regular retreat for the royal family. The main attraction here is the kayaking adventures, which take you through the coves and labyrinthian rock formations by the shore. For cultural buffs, there are plenty of shrines and temples to visit as well. This island is quite densely populated, so you’ll find plenty of excellent seafood and Thai restaurants.
One of the smallest islands around Pattaya, Koh Sak consists of just two beaches, around which all the island’s action is centered. Besides a few restaurants and diving shacks, there’s not much to do here besides bask in the beautiful sandy beaches and splendid water, which might be exactly what you’re looking for. One of the main attractions here is the footprint path, where you’ll see the tracks of many famous celebrities (including Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon).
Approximately two hours away by boat, Koh Phai is actually a group of islets with one main island, which is distinguished by having a lighthouse on top of the hill. While the natural beauty on the island is awe-inspiring, there isn’t much else to do here. If you plan to spend the day, definitely bring your own food and drinks since there are no restaurants on the island!
When you choose to stay with Rental for the Holidays, you’ll find an extensive range of fine Pattaya apartments for rent – a place you can call home for your vacation that gives you the freedom to explore the very best parts of Pattaya and it’s surrounding islands.