Ko Larn - Coral Island, Pattaya
Tattoo artists are scattered throughout the island for temporary henna designs created right on the beach by wandering henna tattoo artists. Tattoos begin at 400 Baht. You can bargain to get a cheaper price.
I din get myself one coz I had a permenant one... Two of my frens did it which cost them 400 baht and 450 baht, respectively.
The Banana Boat is powered by being pulled with a rope behind a jet ski. You are at the mercy of the guy driving the jet ski and these guy are mean. They get you going behind the jet ski then they will make a sharp turn and the banana boat turns over with every one on it going in all directions. Me and my frens went on one. It was really fun and bouncy. Our boat turned over 4-5 times.
It cost 350 Baht per person. Each boat can accomodate up to 6 person. But if it's too heavy, they might reduce it into 4 person per boat.
Para sailing behind speed boat, is a total kick, I mean your up there flying like a bird. The the wind in your face, ocean below your feet and nothing but sky above, what can I say. This activity is not for the faint at heart, when you come down your adrenalin will be pumping. What a rush. Cost for this little attitude adjustment 300 Bahts. The trip may only last about a minute, but the after affects go much longer than that.
Coral Island or Ko Lan is a small island situated 7.5 km west Pattaya. Ko Lan is accessible by speedboat and ferry. The ferry departs hourly, and is a 45-minute ride costing just 20 Baht each way. Speedboats are more expensive, but can reach the island in less than 15 minutes. Ko Lan has several beaches, which are known for their cleanliness, relaxing atmosphere, soft white sand and crystal-clear water.
There are many activities here for visitors to enjoy, some include para sailing, snorkeling, jet ski, banana boat, of course swimming in tropical waters, and there is even a shooting range located here. Because the island is mountainous there are also some spectacular views for those that like to take a few snapshots. Koh Larn is also very suited for bicycling and hiking, many bicycling events have been held here. Many movie production companies have used the island for movie shoots. There are many accommodations that will make you feel right at home here. Then there are the places to eat many right on the beach, serving up fresh, catch of the day sea food. Many visitors come to stay their entire vacation on Koh Larn and return year after year, kind of a home away from home for some.
Koh Larn Island is a nice Island about 20 mins speedboat ride from Pattaya. If you get there nice and early you'll have the beach to yourself. The water is nice and clean and the sand nice and golden. You can snorkel, jetski, parasail or banana boat near here. There is also a small shop selling souvenirs, and freshly cooked Thai food. You can also hire sun loungers and other equipment. When I was there in 2004 I hired a football to play with on the beach. The best thing about Koh Larn Island is you will not get bothered by any vendors trying to sell you things and there is no sign of traffic unlike South Pattaya and Jomtien beaches. I payed around 1000 baht in 2004 for a speedboat to take me to Koh Larn from Jomtien, the boat also waited for me all day and returned late in the afternoon.
I took a boat across to Coral Island where I had a go at parasailing. Running along a pontoon with parachute harnessed around your waist, you get airborne before you realise it. There is a great sense of exhilaration and freedom as you sail 50m above sea level for 10 minutes. The cost - B100.
A day-trip to Coral Island comes with return boat transfers and lunch on the island. Rememebr to bring along ample drinks as drinks cost twice as much as those sold in Pattaya.
The boat ride to Coral Island takes about one hour and is rather rough and bumpy. I normally do not suffer from motion sickness but this particular ride made me quite queasy and nauseous when I arrived.
We had a half-day to burn, so we decided to take the ferry out to Koh Larn. The roundtrip ticket cost about 200 baht and the journey lasted approx. 45 minutes each way. The island itself has some eroded coral, meager beaches and some gimmicky sea toys available for inflated prices. Some people tried snorkeling, but subsequently reported that they barely saw any fish. If you couldn't already tell, Koh Larn leaves a lot to be desired.
Bottom-line: Boat ride to the same below-average beaches that Pattaya has to offer.