Coming from a country (Philippines) where beaches are hailed by the foreign tourists as one of the best in the world, the beach bums in us couldn’t resist the temptation of comparing our beaches to that of the other country, specifically Thailand.
It was a choice between Phuket and Pattaya. Pattaya won only because it was nearer at a 2-hour bus ride compared to a 9-hour bus ride to Phuket. Flying was not an option as we were basically living on planes the past few days. We simply got tired of flying. so bus ride to Pattaya it is!
We didn’t get to see what Pattaya has to offer because we went directly to Koh Larn Island via a ferry boat at the Bali Hai Pier. A mere 45-minutes away from the city. The boat ride was crazy! A typhoon was brewing somewhere in South East Asia and Thailand was affected. The huge waves were scary but stealing glances from the other passengers to see if they felt the same as we did, we were surprised they kind of enjoyed the rough ride.
The skies were downcast and the sea breeze cold when we docked at Samae Beach, one of the six beaches in Koh Larn (Coral Island). The beach was packed with rows and rows of reclining chairs with beach umbrellas available for rent at 50 baht. Restaurants and stores dotted the area too.
We were supposed to check out the other beaches in the island but it rained hard in the afternoon. So much for beach hopping.
Verdict? I am biased, with gray, white, pink and red colored sand, Philippine beaches are still the best for me. peace…