The method, which is described in this article will allow you to get to Koh Larn from Pattaya on big boat. And this method in some cases much more convenient than using the ferry, described in the previous article. And you should be aware that the fare is only at first glance seems to be higher because a large boat has obvious advantages. I do not know why it’s way called speedy, but if you want make a way from Pattaya to Koh Larn on the big boat, you have to be ready to travel 40-50 minutes, and not 30, which typically promise in advertising leaflets. But in contrast to the ferry for 30 baht, which spend similar time on the way to the east coast of the island, the boat will have to overcome a greater distance, because the boat allows quick access to Samae- Beach – one of the best beaches on the west coast of Koh Larn island.
When you reached the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya (more on this in the article How to get from Pattaya to Koh Larn on the ferry, you must likewise ignore the box office in a building with turquoise roof and moving along the pier. If your goal – big boat for 150 baht (price includes the path to the island and back), then the best option is not go through the entire pier by walking, better you trust your body to one of shill motorcyclists who “hooks” customers at the entrance to the pier. Just stop one of them (Just stop one of them (if he self does not stop you first) and say “Samae Beach” After he says “OK”, just sit on the motorbike behind him (can be two passengers) and he quickly carries you to the landing place on a large boat. Paying such a transfer on the pier is not necessary, the price of the boat remains unchanged – 150 baht for a ticket to both sides. But this will save you time and mediator earned his commission from the shipping company.
Larger boats usually depart from Pattaya at intervals of 1 hour. The first boat for 150 Baht to Koh Larn from Pattaya departs at 09:30, the last – at 13:30 (data as of 2015). When you buy a ticket for the boat to the island, be sure to specify the time of return trip too. Because the price includes travel in both directions at once, and you will be given a return ticket too. The last flight from the island at 17:00 (05-00 p.m.) Prior to this, there are still two flights: at 15:00 and at 16:00 (03-00 p.m. and 04-00 p.m.). You must carefully stored your return ticket , or to return to the mainland may have problems. When you buy tickets to a large boat to Koh Larn, on your T-shirt will be pasted bright sticker (poisonous orange logo of company Koh Larn Transport Co.). Sticker is no trace on clothes, so you not need worried for her safety. At the entrance to the boat better grab a life vest, which lie directly on the deck of a large boat or near boat on the pier. Then you have to take free seat on board the boat and enjoy the sea journey.
All the big boats on which I have made his way from Pattaya to Koh Larn and return way, had two decks. The upper deck is mostly open or semi-open, but the lower deck – closed, sometimes (if you’re lucky) with tables, fans, soft seats (see photo.). As a rule, 95% of passengers choose place it on the upper deck. Whether for security reasons, or wanting to breathe the sea air. But for me more liked to get to Koh Larn from Pattaya on big boat and back is on the lower deck, where sometimes other than I did not have anyone. Perhaps it is not entirely safe, but sometimes only by boat to the island of Koh Larn and back, I was able to sleep very well during the holiday in Pattaya. A great option to sleep for 40 minutes, with his head resting on the soft seat, a life jacket or a beach bag with a towel.
However, in the very first time of my trip from Koh Larn to Pattaya I was a little nauseated after sleep. Even now, I know not whether it was the result of the big waves, ie, I was an easy motion sickness while I was sleeping, or such an impact on my body had a certain amount of exhaust gases penetrated from the engine compartment of the boat, also located on the lower deck. The boat has a toilet (or more correctly latrine), also on the ground floor, next to the stairs, and on the way the stewards, Thais offer chilled drinks: water, cola, beer. Price is about 2 times higher than in the store, so wishing to save can buy a cold drink at one of the 7/11 near the pier, or grab a drink out of the hotel refrigerator at or condo, wrapped them in a towel (so your drink will be cold long time). Currently, when you will use big boats to Koh Larn from Pattaya, you will get free soft drink (of course, it will be small bottles or cans). A year ago, this was not, apparently, competition from ferries for 30 baht forced to resort to such innovation.
During a trip on a boat You will pass by picturesque cliffs and several beaches that are described in the article Detailed description of all the beaches of the Koh Larn island. A 40-50 minutes later (depending on the sea waves and wind power), the boat arrives to the Samae Beach (on the hill behind the beach will be seen a lot of wind generators (most of which are not rotating), and to the left of the beach (when viewed from the side sea) you will notice a building of unusual shape with lots of solar panels on the roof) and a viewing platform a little higher. However, this is not the end of your journey. The last 50 meters from the boat to the pier from plastic blocks, you must overcome in the longtail boat. On the stern of this longtail boat you can see on a rotating platform old motor that transmits torque to the smallest screw, mounted on a long shaft (see posted the video below)
Longtail boats moor to big boat at least filling and everything happens quickly, so do not climb over the heads of other tourists in the hope of winning the extra five minutes of felting on the beach. After a colorful boat with no less colorful boaters will moored to the pier, you can go with the boat leaving at the pier life vest (can be left on the boat) and go to the beach. Since the beach is one of the best on the island, you not need need get to other beach yet, but if you wish you are always can to use local motorbike taxi. More information can be found in the article Transport on the island of Koh Larn: Practical Tips. To ensure that you have time on your return flight, it is better to come to the pier for 20-30 minutes before return departure.
Return to the pier can only be for make a return trip to Pattaya. At the beginning of the pier, you must show a return ticket on the big boat. When you give a ticket, you can not to go back to the beach, therefore you must go to the pier only before your return to Pattaya. Then the familiar steps, but in reverse. Move to the end of the pier, put on a life vest swims on a longtail boat to the big boat, and after 40-50 minutes after departure on leave Bali Hai pier in Pattaya. Back at Bali Hai Pier (which you can see in real-time using one of the webcams Pattaya online) will have to walk or just hire a motorcycle taxi that will take you to the hotel. Since my hotel is always within walking distance of Pattaya Walking Street, i prefer to stretch your legs and go on foot, admiring the rapid end of the day, when at dusk lights up a lot of neon signs.
Advantages of big boats Pattaya – Ko Larn – Pattaya for 150 Baht:
★ Less travel time (meaning that for 40-50 minutes will take you directly to a great beach with crystal clear water and not too many tourists).
★ Ability to sleep on the lower deck;
★ Ability to purchase a some popular cold drinks;
★ Free soft drink on board included in the ticket price;
★ Ability to ride on colorful longtail boat;
★ Beautiful views of the cliffs of the island during the trip.
Disadvantages of big boats Pattaya – Ko Larn – Pattaya for 150 Baht:
★ The last boat in 17-00 generally overloaded with passengers. Once we swam for about 10 minutes boat ride around it, while we still have not taken on board. Vest is not enough at all, so slept with difficulty :);
★ Due to the slightly higher rate on the upper deck with a strong wind and waves are not too comfortable to sit (fly water spray and wind in your face). But this many people even like it, so the disadvantage is not obvious;
★ If you wish to visit other beach, the cost of travel increases from 150 to 250 baht (due to additional payment motorcycle taxi services).
★ Bright sticker on his chest is visible in the photographs. We must not forget or temporarily peel it before photographing process, or delete after in Photoshop :).
★ Lower frequency flights compared with the ferries. Arriving late on just who quit from the boat pier, the next will have to wait an hour (although in this situation easier to take the ferry for 30 baht).
★ When near Samae beach sea with big waves, landing on/from a big boat is carried out on the nearby beach – Thien beach on Koh Larn island.
In the next article “How to get to Koh Lan from Pattaya as soon as possible,” I’ll tell you more about a few other ways to get from Pattaya to Koh Lan, their advantages and disadvantages. And I wish you pleasant trips in the event that you decide to make way to Koh Larn from Pattaya on big boat!
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