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TO GET THERE: Go to Pattaya's BALI HAI Pier, which is just a few minutes walking past Walking Street. You can get there in 15 minutes by speedboat, about 200-300 THB / person for one way joint ticket to Nabaan Pier ( Main pier ) or 400-500 THB roundtrip joint ticket. There is no set schedule for the speedboats. You can also get the public transport boat, one way which is only 30 baht per person, and it takes about 40-50 minutes to get to the port town( Nabaan Pier ) in Koh Larn, (which now has a 24 hour 7-11).
From this port town, you have to get transport to one of several beaches. You can either get to the main beaches by "baht bus" (fare - 40THB), which seats about 12 people, OR you can get there by motorcycle taxi. A motorcycle taxi is about 40 to 80 baht one way. The beaches are about 10 minutes away.
TAWAEN Beach is the biggest and busiest. Lots of restaurants, some shops, all activities available. It's a bit crowded for some tastes, but some people may like that. The water is beautiful, and some boats go directly to this beach, where there is a boat dock, making it easily accessible.
SAMAE Beach: the best! 40THB Songthaew ride from Koh Larn. Considered the prettiest beach, somewhat more upscale/upmarket than the other places. Nice selection of quality restaurants. Somewhat more spacious; big but doesn't seem that crowded. There are two places that offer bungalows, including one of them that has AIR CONDITIONED rooms. No name, no signs there, but don't expect to get a room on the weekends, they will be full. They are very simple accommodations, but acceptable. They are not directly beachfront, but maybe 3 minutes walk. There might be camping here too. These are on the far end of the beach, (if you arrive by bus or motorbike, all the way to your RIGHT; if you arrive by boat, as you face the beach from the water, all the way to your LEFT). This beach has better quality shopping and better restaurants, weekends are busy.
NUAL Beach: on the far end of the island; very quiet, only a handful of people. This beach sometimes has nudists.