Today I will tell you about the schedule of ferries to Kol Lan from Pattaya, about other ways to get to the island, and also share my impressions of traveling by ferry.
Unfortunately, in Pattaya there are no good beaches with a clear sea, you can swim on the city beaches, but this does not bring much pleasure. And although all the infrastructure is there, but the water in the sea is dirty.
That is why the island of Koh Lan, located near the city, is so popular with tourists. Most sail for one day, returning to Pattaya in the evening. The easiest and cheapest way to get here is by ferry. Only 30 baht and you are there!
More information about the island of Koh Lan can be found here. Wrote why it is worth going, what to see, which beach to choose and much more.
Ferry to Koh Lan
Boats and ferries depart from Bali Hai Pier, which is located in the city center near the famous Walking Street. This is a huge pier with dozens of boats. You can get to it both on foot and by songteo / taxi / tuk-tuk. Songteo are cheap (10 baht) and go to the center both from Jomtien and Naklua.
Upon arrival, you first need to buy a ticket in a large building near the pier, and then with it go along the pier towards the ferries. It is possible that tickets will be sold directly at the pier itself.
Koh Lana has two points where ferries arrive: Tawaen Beach and Naban Port. Tawaen beach is the longest on the island, very beautiful with a gentle entrance to the sea. And Naban Port is located in the east of the island, there is also the main village with a market and a couple of 7-eleven shops. You can arrive at one beach, and sail back from another - this is normal. At Bali Hai Pier, ferries to Tawaen Beach will be moored on the left and Naban Port on the right.
The ferries themselves look like this:
Large double-decker boats with wooden benches. Not a luxury trip, but what can you expect for 30 baht ?! There are life jackets on the ferries, and it does not cradle so much. If you feel unwell during sea trips, I recommend buying Dimenhydrinate (Dimin) tablets or their analogs. They are sold in every 7 eleven supermarket near the box office and cost a penny, about 5-10 baht.
Ferry Schedule to Koh Lan
From Pattaya to Tawaen Beach: 08:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00.
From Tawaen Beach to Pattaya: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00.
From Pattaya to the Naban Port: 07:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 18:30.
From Naban Port to Pattaya: 06:30, 07:30, 09:30, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00.
As you can see, the schedule of ferries to Koh Lan is specially designed so that it is convenient to go there in the morning and return in the evening.
The cost of the ferry to Koh Lan is 30 baht one way.
Travel time : about 40 minutes one way.
If you want to visit several beaches on Koh Lana, it is convenient to travel on blue songteo. Either on foot, but only for short distances, still the tropical heat does not favor long walks.
Other ways to get to Koh Lan from Pattaya
If you want to get to the island as quickly as possible, then there are speed boats at your service. They are easy to find along the central beach on Beach Road or Jomtien, as well as on Bali Hai Pier. As a rule, the whole boat costs 2000-3000 baht, that is, having 10-12 people you pay about 200-300 baht each.
By boat, you can sail immediately to any beach on Koh Lana, and the journey takes only about 15 minutes. In addition, traveling to the island at high speed is in itself a separate entertainment!
Another way to get to Koh Lan is with an organized tour, it costs about 1000 baht, and you can buy it at one of the many travel agencies in the city. For this price you get a round-trip transfer, sun loungers and lunch on one of the beaches. Option for the lazy :)