Pattaya may not be a place for some serene beaches and an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city, but there are numerous islands near Pattaya where you can enjoy a relaxing vacation with pristine sandy beaches and clear water.
For those looking for relaxing island getaway, we have handpicked some of the best islands near Pattaya. Rest assured, these islands are absolutely worth a visit if you are in search of a seaside relaxation near Pattaya.
1. Koh Larn (Coral Island)
Koh Larn is one of the most popular islands near Pattaya. This paradise island is perfect for beach bumming and getting your tan on. Koh Larn has two main beaches which are Tawaen beach and Tien beach.
Tawaen beach is by far the most popular beach on Koh Larn. It is the most developed & visited beach on the island where you can find many bars and restaurants here. But if you want to visit a more relaxed and quieter beach, Tien beach would be a better choice for you. Not only is it quieter, it has a more picturesque landscape.
Koh Larn is also a hub for water sports. Not to mention snorkeling, you can try walking on the ocean floor, enjoy a fun banana boat ride, fly high above the ocean by parasailing, or enjoy speeding along on a jet-ski.
2. Koh Sak
Koh Sak is a horseshoe-shaped island with 2 great beaches. Koh Sak is much smaller than Koh Larn, but it boasts more relaxing vibes with crystal clear water suitable for snorkeling and diving.
Koh Sak is a very approachable destination from Koh Larn. It is definitely less developed than Koh Larn, but that also means that you can appreciate some more pristine nature. Instead of visiting these two islands on separate trips, book a tour that takes you to both islands on the same day. It will save you some time, and you will have a full day filled with more adventures and fun.
3. Koh Samet
Koh Samet is a popular weekend-trip spot for local people in Bangkok & Pattaya. To get there, you need to head south of Pattaya, to Rayong City and catch a ferry.
Koh Samet is slightly bigger than Koh Larn and offers plenty of things to enjoy. It has gorgeous beaches from the one with crowds and bars to the one with a more secluded vibe.
During the day, you can explore the island and its multiple viewpoints. Or you could snorkel in its crystal-clear waters.
Koh Samet and the following islands (Koh Talu, Koh Kham, Koh Kudee) are close to each other, which make them perfect for an island hopping day trip.
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4. Koh Talu
Koh Talu is an island featuring a hole in a rock as its name Talu (‘pierced’) suggests. It offers a wide variety of water activities. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the most popular activities on this island thanks to its beautiful coral reefs and the crystal clear waters here.
If you want to visit Koh Talu, the most popular way is to take a tour from Koh Samet, and you can also check out other small islands with Koh Talu!
5. Koh Kham
Koh Kham is a little gem near Koh Samet. Ko Kham Island has some good places to snorkel. The pleasant sand dunes are excellent for sunbathing. In fact, sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling are the only recreational things to do on the island, besides; relaxation is the key word here. You will absolutely fall in love with its quiet atmosphere owing to the fact that it’s hardly been developed by people.
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6. Koh Kudee
Koh Kudee is just below Koh Kham boasting fine coral reefs & forest trails. The island holds just the right amount of peace you need after all that partying in Pattaya. It is pretty much untouched, preserving its best natural form. This is why it still flourishes with abundant tropical fishes that you will not be able to see anywhere else near Pattaya.
To reach Koh Kudee, you can take an island-hopping tour stopping by Koh Samet, Koh Talu, Koh Kham, and Koh Kudee!
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