Pattaya isn’t just a hotspot for wild parties and beach lovers, it’s also a gateway to some of the most amazing islands in the Gulf of Thailand.
You’ll find a lot of beautiful beaches, clear waters, and fascinating marine life, all just a short boat ride away from Thailand’s sin city.
Here are 6 islands near Pattaya that are good places to stop during a yacht party or a boat cruise.
And 1 island that you can even stay on overnight.
Koh Sak is a tiny island, located about 9 km from the main pier in Pattaya and just 2 km north of Na Baan pier of Koh Lan.
There are no ferries to Koh Sak but you can take private speed boats or join a tour.
This beautiful little island is known for its crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beaches.
Here you can go snorkeling to see gorgeous corals or do some water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and jet skiing.
Besides its natural beauty, Koh Sak offers a few vendors selling snacks, soft drinks, and beer for a quick refreshment.
Koh Phai (Bamboo Island)
Koh Phai is a beautiful island located about 20 km from Pattaya.
It has a main beach and other secluded beaches spread around the island.
But no matter which beach you choose to visit, they are all incredibly gorgeous with shades of clear blue water.
From snorkeling and water sports to playing beach volleyball or chilling on the beach, you can spend all day at Koh Phai doing all sorts of fun activities.
But if you want to enjoy the island to yourself, it’s best to come as early as possible to avoid big crowds of tourists.
Ko Klung Badan
Ko Klung Badan is a tiny little island that is perfect for snorkeling.
It is located approximately 23 km from Pattaya and less than 2 km south of Koh Phai.
The water around Ko Klung Badan is great to see some pretty corals and cool marine life.
There is a small beach on the island where you can go for a bit of relaxation or sunbathing.
And if you like to adventure over the rocks, the island has a large rocky outcrop next to the beach.
Be careful while climbing around, but it’s a great way to enjoy unique and scenic viewpoints from the rocks.
Koh Rin is a stunning tropical island about a 1-hour boat ride from Pattaya.
It’s the most postcard-perfect island close to Pattaya.
Apart from clear blue-green water and a long stretch of soft sandy beach, the island is also a well-known stopover for snorkeling and scuba diving.
The vibe of Koh Rin is very relaxed and private.
If you like a bit of adventure, you might want to hike up the hills where you will be rewarded with some amazing panoramic views of the island and the ocean.
Koh Khram Yai
Koh Khram Yai is one of the biggest islands near Pattaya and it is located about 30 km south of Pattaya, just off the coast of Sattahip district.
Koh Khram is not at all as developed as it may seem, unlike what they show on Google Maps’ photos.
In fact, this is a government-protected and uninhabited island with beautiful beaches, crystal clear blue waters, rocky cliffs, and dense forest areas.
Koh Khram Yai can be visited via boat excursions and private island tour packages.
Outside of that, there is not much to do on the island except relaxing, snorkeling, swimming, and taking selfies at the beach.
But it’s a popular spot to drop the anchor when you’re on a private yacht.
Koh Ling (Monkey Island)
Koh Ped, also known as Koh Ling or Monkey Island is a small island near Bang Saray, which is about 22 km south of Pattaya.
The island is named after all the cute and playful monkeys that live here.
Koh Ling is known as a great spot for taking photos with monkeys, but it’s also popular for water-based activities such as kayaking, banana boat riding, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
It has both a serene and adventurous atmosphere, especially during the low season when there are fewer tourists.
Lots of party boats and yachts also anchor around the island for picturesque sea and sunset views.
Koh Larn (Coral Island)
Koh Larn is the most popular island near Pattaya and a must-see.
Located just 11 km from Pattaya and a short ferry or speedboat ride away, it has something for everyone.
For starters, Koh Larn has plenty of fantastic accommodations for an overnight stay.
Whether you prefer hostels, budget stays, or luxurious hotels, Koh Larn has it all.
You can spend the day playing watersports or go exploring all the beautiful beaches and viewpoints by motorbike.
It’s also quite a party island.
There are plenty of awesome bars here such as Time, Klom Klom, Pause Bar, and Vibe Bar.
Koh Larn is literally an all-in-one island destination, blending leisure, adventure, and nightlife.
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What is the closest island to Pattaya?
The closest island to Pattaya is Koh Larn
Which island tour can be done from Pattaya?
Many island tours can be done from Pattaya. Rent a private boat to visit all the islands near Pattaya.
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