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BANGKOK 21 February 2019 05:48
mrblonde

What island is closest to the mainland?

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Me and my partner are not the greatest fans of the sea or boats, but feel we are missing out by not seeing some of the smaller, quieter islands. We’d like to try a short boat trip to an island though, what island is closest to the mainland please, that we’d have to get a boat to? 

 

We usually base base ourselves in Pattaya but happy to travel. I’ve done koh samet before but to be honest that was a bit too far (from what I can remember) 

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Samet has a new ferry. 150 baht. 10 mins

 

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13 hours ago, Mooner said:

Samet has a new ferry. 150 baht. 10 mins

That's a lot per minute. And even then you still only end up on Samet.

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15 hours ago, Mooner said:

Samet has a new ferry. 150 baht. 10 mins

 

10 minutes? I visited there about 12 years ago and went on a rickety old wooden boat and it felt like it took forever (was probably only 30 or 45 minutes).  It scared me rigid, hence wanting an island as close to mainland as possible

 

is the 10 minute transfer a speedboat? 

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If not Samer....then maybe Goh Lan (from Ballyhigh Pier).

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Koh larn is 30 minutes by ferry from Pattaya but make sure to get to the side that faces Pattaya and rent a motorbike and some nice quite clean little beaches to explore 

 

Do NOT! get the ferry to the far side that does Chinese day trips! 

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On Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 11:02 AM, Mooner said:

Samet has a new ferry. 150 baht. 10 mins

 

10 minutes by chopper? It would take you 20 mins just to board the ferry and then it's a long trip 

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Koh Chang is close to the mainland and has a car ferry

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Koh Chang is very close to mainland; however Phuket has a bridge, but might not feel like an island...😉

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Phuket... you can drive across a bridge. 

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Thanks all for the island advice, and for the grammar lessons too, can't belive I've got 40 years through my life without being pulled up before......

 

Will take a look at Koh Chang, but all boat journeys look 4-5 Km at least, so think we will struggle even with that

 

EDIT: What about Koh Klet Kaeo, Tao Mo Island, Ko Raet or Samae San Island? (spellings taken from Google maps, so may not be correct)  I zoomed in to the coastline on Google maps and scanned around, they all look very close, maybe 500m maximum from the mainland?  Or are they islands not open to visitors?

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