11 Best Islands near Pattaya - 2020 (Photos & 1700+ Reviews)

If you are planning to take a break from the humdrum affairs of life and travel abroad, there are some idyllic islands near Pattaya that make for perfect escapes from your monotonous routine. While some of these islands owe their fame to the nearly empty, exotic beaches ideal for relaxation, others feature a number of exciting adventure activities to keep thrill-seekers engaged.

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Besides, dense tropical foliage, white sands of the beach, and huge rock formations add to the picturesqueness of these perfect holiday destinations. Visit Monkey Island to secure a memorable date with playful monkeys or simply head to Koh Sak to enjoy its secluded and tranquil atmosphere; the variety of islands in Pattaya is really impressive.

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Pattaya and its surrounding region also give a fair share of thrill to adventure junkies with some of the most popular diving locations in the world such as Coral Island and Koh Talu. Furthermore, there are islands like Koh Khram and Koh Chang whose exquisiteness is known to cast a spell on visitors.
Long story short, Pattaya is a dreamy location worth spending a dream vacation in.

Here are the best islands near Pattaya:


01

Koh Samet

Koh Samet

‘Samet’ is the Thai name for Cajeput trees. This island is full of these types of trees. And for this reason, it has been named as Samet. This beautiful island is known for offering all the essential elements and having lesser rainfall as compared to the other destinations of Pattaya.

Consequently, the number of foreign tourists visiting this amazing island has risen rapidly in the past few years.

Distance from Pattaya:
The distance between Pattaya and Koh Samet is around 80 KM.

How to reach:
The best way to reach Koh Samet from Pattaya is by taking a minibus ride which will cost you around 400 baht. You can also take a personal taxi or cab for approximately 1000 baht.

Activities:
Some of the best activities at Koh Samet includes diving and snorkelling, jet skiing, fire show at ploy Talay, deep sea fishing and squid fishing, and windsurfing, etc.

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Koh Chang

Koh Chang

Koh Chang is the 3rd largest islands of Thailand after Phuket and Samui. This island is famous for its elephant shape and also known as Elephant Island.

Moreover, this place is a part of Mu Ko Chang National Park so it is full of dense and steep jungles making it a more adventurous island in Pattaya.

Distance from Pattaya
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Average distance from Pattaya to this island is around 250 KM.

How to reach:
The best way to reach Koh Chang from Pattaya is to book a personal taxi if the cost doesn’t concern you. It will not take more than 4 hours to reach this distant island.

You can also go there by Ferry which is a pretty cost effective method. However, it will take you more than 6 hours to reach your hotel in Koh Chang.

Activities:
Some of the best activities at Koh Chang includes scuba diving, elephant trekking, camping, snorkelling, and jungle trekking, etc.

04

Koh Larn (Coral Island)

Koh Larn (Coral Island)
If you want to go beyond the hustle and bustle of Pattaya in search of a serene place then this island is for you. This island has a total of 6 beaches with white sand and clear azure water.

Visiting any of the beaches on it will give you a very relaxing and peaceful experience.

Distance from Pattaya: 
Koh Larn is located at a distance of 7 KM from the coast of Pattaya.

How to reach: 
The only way to get at Koh Larn is by taking a boat from Pattaya’s harbour which will not take more than 15-20 minutes. However, if you are looking for a cost-effective option then taking a public ferry is the best idea. It will cost you only 30 baht for a one-way ticket.

Activities: 
There are many sports and activities to do on Koh Larn such as banana boat ride, fishing, underwater sea walking, parasailing, snorkelling, visiting beaches, and jet ski rentals, etc.
05

Koh Phai (Bamboo Island)

Koh Phai (Bamboo Island)

Another one of the beautiful islands near Pattaya is Bamboo Island. It is a navy owned and protected island which is a perfect place if you want to avoid the crowd.

Distance from Pattaya:
This island is situated approximately 20 KM west of Pattaya city.

How to reach:
It takes almost 20-25 minutes to reach Bamboo Island. You can take a speed boat charter to reach here.

Activities:
You can stay on this island for overnight in a camp to enjoy breathtaking sea sunrise.

06

Koh Klet Kaew (Monkey Island)

Koh Klet Kaew (Monkey Island)

One of the most visited islands near Pattaya is Koh Klet Kaew Island. This island is home to numerous monkeys and for this reason, it is also called ‘Monkey Island’.

Monkey Island is not only famous in Pattaya but also a popular attraction of entire Thailand.

Distance from Pattaya:
Monkey Island is around 30 KM away from Pattaya.

How to reach:
To reach Monkey Island you need to take a route via Koh Khram and Koh Ped.

Activities:
Some of the exciting things to do at Monkey Island are feeding monkeys, water slide, fishing, and snorkelling, etc.

07

Koh Rin (Gnat Island)

Koh Rin (Gnat Island)

If you are in search of amazing islands near Pattaya with stunning beaches, clear swimming water, and beautiful coral reefs then this place is for you. It is a very small uninhabited island that has no infrastructure, hotels, cafes, and restaurants.

Therefore, it is a perfect place to relax and spend the day in peace.

Distance from Pattaya:
Koh Rin Island is located 24 KM offshore to Pattaya.

How to reach:
You can get to Koh Rin from Pattaya by using a big boat or a speed boat. It takes around 1 hour to reach there.

Activities:
You can enjoy snorkelling, diving, and underwater world exploration.

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Koh Talu

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Koh Talu

Koh Talu is considered as the most preferred islands near Pattaya for day trips. This island is popular for its white clear sand and being an excellent shallow diving spot in the Gulf of Thailand.

Distance from Pattaya:
The distance between Koh Talu Island and Pattaya is approximately 250 KM.

How to reach:
There are various ways to reach Koh Talu from Pattaya like you can book a personal taxi which will take you around 6 hours. You can also go there via a bus or train route is the timing is not a major concern.

Activities:
Koh Talu offers a range of water sports and activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and trekking, etc.

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09

Koh Sak

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Koh Sak

Koh Sak is considered as one of the most popular islands near Pattaya for a day trip because of its fascinating history. This U-Shaped island used to be a private and an exclusive island for the rich and affluent.

Moreover, it also flaunts the footprint of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin within a few months of their Moon landing.

Distance from Pattaya:
Around 10 KM and only 600m from the Koh Larn Island.

How to reach:
The best way to reach Koh Sak is by taking a boat ride. Being in the proximity of Pattaya, it won’t take more than 20-25 minutes reaching there.

Activities:
This amazing place has 2 great beaches. It is a perfect place for diving and snorkelling beginners.

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Koh Krok

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Koh Krok

Koh Krok Island comes at the top among the smallest islands near Pattaya. This 100m long island is famous for its talented carving masters who live in Ang Sila, an old fishing village.

Distance from Pattaya:  
Koh Krok Island is only 8 KM away from Pattaya.

How to reach:
The only way to reach this small beautiful island is by renting a speedboat charter. There are no ferries to reach Koh Krok from Pattaya.

Activities:
Some of the popular activities at Koh Krok are dining, jet skiing, snorkelling, and diving, etc.

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Koh Khram

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Koh Khram

Koh Khram Island is largely known for having a number of beautiful beaches near Pattaya.

Even after having a lot of lovely beaches, it is not completely accessible to tourists as it is owned and protected by the Royal Thai Navy and you are hardly allowed to spend an hour here.

Distance from Pattaya:
This place is located around 25 KM away from the shore of Pattaya.

How to reach:
The best way to reach this island is by taking a boat ride from Pattaya.

Activities:
Well, being a property of Thailand Navy, there are not many activities to do here. However, you can spend a little time to make yourself stress-free and to relax on this island.


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Koh Kudee

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Koh Kudee

Koh Kudee Island is filled with natural landscapes and high rocky areas. You can find plenty of natural trails and freshwater resources on this beautiful island.

Distance from Pattaya:
This Island is situated at a distance of around 80 KM from Pattaya.

How to reach:
The best way to reach Koh Kudee is to first reach Koh Samet by bus or taxi and then you can take a speedboat to reach this nice island.

Activities:
This place is ideal for swimming, camping, and diving.

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