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Written by Shriniketh on April 23, 2020 Share on

Coral Island in Pattaya, Thailand

Coral Island, also known as Koh Hae, is a beautiful island located in Pattaya, Thailand. This little patch of a paradise island is located off the coast of Phuket and Pattaya. The island is 3 kilometers away from Phuket and 7 kilometers away from Pattaya. It is situated to the southeast of Phuket, into the Gulf of Thailand. The Coral Island is the largest of all Pattaya’s Near Islands, measuring 4 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide, and is also one of the most visited islands in Thailand.

Coral Island, Thailand
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Coral Island boasts of amazing white-sand beaches with clear water, golden shoreline, beautiful coral reefs, and a verdant hilly interior. All these factors make Coral Island a very favorable place for the tourists to visit during the Thailand tour.

Thailand tourism has taken special effort to ensure such a paradise is maintained well out of the hustle and bustle of the city to ensure tourists experience a getaway from the mainland.

 

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How to Reach Coral Island

Coral Island is situated 3 kilometers from Phuket, in the southeast of Phuket, and 7 kilometers away from Pattaya, into the Gulf of Thailand. Since Coral Island is an offshore island, the only way to reach the island is through the waterway. If you are traveling from Pattaya, start your trip from the Bali Hier Pier in the southern region to reach Coral Island’s Na Ban Pier or Tawaen Beach Pier. There are two common ways of transportation to Coral Island:

  1. Chartered Speed Boat – To get into Kho Larn, this is the quickest way to reach the destination. The speed boat takes around 20 minutes to reach the island, but it is quite expensive, as it may cost somewhere around 1500-2000 baht, depending on the size of the boat. 
  2. Local Ferry – This is the cheapest option to reach the island. You can board a ferry from  Na Ban pier and one to Tawaen beach pier on the other side of the island. The ferry ride roughly takes 45 minutes to reach the island, and costs around 30 baht one way.

Best Time to Visit The Coral Island

Coral Island is a spot which involves a lot of water activities, and may have some strenuous physical activities or may involve a lot of walking out in the open. So, it is very important to travel in a season where the sky is clear, and also the weather should be conducive to support the activities on the island.

Hence, it is recommended that you travel to the Coral Island from the months of November to February, as the skies remain clear throughout the day, and hence the water is more visible, making it conducive for underwater activities. The weather is perfect as well – neither too hot nor too cold, which will ensure you have a pleasant sightseeing experience. The activities in Coral Island operate all seven days of the week.

Things to Do in the Coral Island, Thailand

Coral Island is a piece of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. There are a plethora of activities and experiences, which will keep travelers of all age groups and requirements entertained. The island is known for its pristine beaches, with the most prominent beaches being the Banana Beach and Long Beach.

You can find Beach chairs for rent in all the prominent beaches on the island. You can bask in the sunlight enjoying the amazing view of the golden shoreline and the hilly interiors of the island. There are also other very good beaches on the west side of the island. The other prominent beaches are Samae beach, Tawaen beach, and Tien beach.

Adventure and water activities in Coral Island in Pattaya are one of the best you can find in Thailand, hands down. There are a lot of options for activities that will ensure the adrenaline junkies are well taken care of. Tourists can rent a jet ski or a banana boat, indulge in snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, or can also take up the hiking in the forested interior of the island. Scuba diving is the best highlight of the island as it opens up a new world of coral reefs and water plants in the sparkling blue underwater. You can also take up the underwater walk where you can walk 25 meters under the water and have groups of fish swirl around you.

The best views of the island, head to the Khao Nom viewpoint near the Samae beach. From the viewpoint, you tend to get amazing views of the complete island and the island’s forest hill interior. In case the weather is good on a specific day, you can see up to Pattaya from the viewpoint.

There are a lot of amazing restaurants lined up in the shoreline, which offer a variety of cuisines like Thai, Malay, Indian, Singaporean, etc. Also, the restaurants in that region are very famous for seafoods.

Although the Coral Island tour can be done within a day, there are few people who will want to stay longer. You have several stay options including hotels and bungalows at several prominent beaches on the island. Ensure you get it booked in advance as the stay options aren’t in high numbers and availability may become a concern especially in the peak season.

 

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For everyone who thinks Thailand is just about colourful neon lights, towering skyscrapers, and buzzing city and nightlife, Coral Island is a welcome change. You get to immerse yourself in a paradise experience, where you can relax and bask in the sunlight, and can also get your adrenaline pumped with exciting adventure and water activities. Not to forget the romantic sunsets you can enjoy with your partner or family in the pristine beaches of the island while experiencing amazing gastronomy across various cuisines. With all such amazing experiences, no wonder Coral island is one of the most visited places by tourists in Thailand! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and ferry your way to this amazing island! Plan your Thailand vacation today at Pickyourtrail!

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