Here are my guide to Nightlife and Thai girls at Koh Larn.
Koh Larn is a small island just outside the coast of Pattaya and Jomtien. After 4 years of yearly vacations to Thailand, and after living here for almost 2 years. This was my first trip to this little island.
That might sound weird, as it is one of the closest islands to Bangkok, and you can get here in only 4 hours from Ekkamai bus station in Bangkok. Koh Larn is also a perfect daytrip from Pattaya if you want to experience a cleaner beach than what Pattaya has to offer.
How to get to the island?
There are two ways to get to Koh Larn. The 30 baht ferry or a speedboat (2500 baht divided by the amount of people in the boat).
I choose to take the speedboat out to the island because I was 5 minutes late for the 15.30 ferry. That pissed me off. The next ferry was 1700 and I would miss the last hours of daylight on the island.
Pro-tip: I had a very bad experience with the speedboat. We were 10 people on the boat (250 baht each). As soon as we got outside the pier the ride suddenly become very humpy because of the waves. One girl had her camera in her hand, and she had big trouble getting the camera inside her bag to protect it against the sea water that was splashing everywhere.
Suddenly her head bumped into the roof because of a very big wave, and I think she lost consciousness for a second because she had trouble keeping her balance.
The driver saw everything but he just kept on going even tho this girl had big trouble. Eventually I told the driver to stop the fucking boat for 10 seconds so the girl could get her camera in her bag so she could use her hands to hold tight.
When we got out in the middle of the sea, the driver stopped the boat to fill gas(???) When he tried to start the motor again he had a hard time starting it. He had to call some guy on the mainland to get a explanation on how to do it.
As the cream of the cake. The boat driver put us off far north on the island at some shitty beach with no people or taxi drivers to take us to the hotels. We had to walk through the forest to find a road. From there I had to hike with some local old guy. He agreed to take me to the hotel for 100 baht (2km ride).
So… That’s the last time I will take that speedboat to be totally honest. I hope they go out of business.
I took the ferry back to Pattaya two days later, and that was a much more pleasant experience, and it only takes 15 minutes longer. Totally worth it.
What kind of tourists are on Koh Larn?
Koh Larn stand out from other island in Thailand because it so close to Bangkok. A lot of middle class Bangkokians come to Koh Larn in the weekends to relax, party and be with friends. So if you ever come to this island you will see a lot of regular Thai people driving around on motorbikes just havning fun, chilling and eating in the restaurants around the island.
On the beaches you will find every type of people expect Thai people as they hate both sand, beaches and the sun. You will find a lot of Western tourists on the beaches that are here just on a day trip from either Pattaya or Jomtien. I also saw a lot of Russians and Japaneese people on the beaces.
Nightlife and Thai girls at Koh Larn
There are small bars and chill out spots on every beach on this island. You will find small bars all over the place that offers chill out seating where you can enjoy beer with friends or your lady with good view over whatever beach you are at.
One such good bar / restaurant is all the way north on the island. You can see all the way over to Pattaya from that bar. This place has no English name, but the Thai name is ครัวเฉลียงลม. Click here for location or check the map under for location.
Nightclubs at Koh Larn
Koh Larn have only one nightclub as far as I know, and even that can’t really be called a nightclub. The name is EDM Koh Larn. It can be found on the east side of the island smack middle together with some other bars with live music. Check map for location.
It’s a simple building with a simple light-show and simple furnishing. Can’t be compared to lets say Levels in Bangkok or Ibar in Pattaya.
Bars with live music
I found three bigger bars on Koh Larn, all with live music all night. All of them was just next to each other, so if one is boring, you can simply walk over to the next one. In the middle of all the three bars, you will find EDM Koh Larn.
People started to come to these bars around 19.00, right after sunset. Most people in these bars are Thai, not foreigners.
At around 23.00 around 50% of the people go home, and the other 50% go inside EDM Koh Larn to continue to party.
The names of the bars are Pause 11, Johnnie Walker and สุดเยต. Check map for location.
Map of Nightlife at Koh Larn
Beaches at Koh Larn
There are 4 big beaches at Koh Larn, and a handful of smaller beaches (some of them private). In this post I will cover the 4 biggest beaches.
If you want to see the sunset at the beach you go to either this beach, or to the beach just next to it, Tien Beach. I ate sea food at one of the restaurants here while enjoying the sunset. Very delicious food. 🙂
The beach seems to be mostly populated by Thai and Japanese.
This was by far my favorite beach. Mostly populated by Western people, I also saw a lot of Russian people. This was the beach with the most ‘room’ for each person, as there was not much people here compared to the other beaches.
The beach was clean.
I never bothered to stay on this beach. I drove my motorbike here, I saw all the people, and I left straight away. So much people, boats and tourists here that I just can’t enjoy it. It’s ruined by tourism.
This place was also swarming with Chinese people, and I usually try to avoid them…
Nual beach is all the way south on the island. This was the least populated beach, and I really liked it. Had some few restaurants and bars where you can get refreshments. However, I had to go back to Bangkok when I was here, so no time to explore more here, and my phone was out of battery, so I have no picture.
The island is quite small. You can drive to all the beaches having a look in only 30 minutes.