Situated near Tessabaan Road in the Si Racha subdistrict, Koh Loi is a small island close to the Si Racha coastline linked by a bridge just 500 meters from the shoreline. Its name translates to mean “floating island” in Thai. It welcomes visitors daily from 7:00 AM in the morning to 8:00 PM in the evening. Encompassing an area of 48,000 square meters, this charming island features a modest park and a sea turtle observation pond surrounded by lush greenery. Nestled on the south side of the island, there is also a serene temple that is an ideal spot for leisurely strolls, relaxation and sightseeing.
Koh Loi is a popular retreat for both locals and tourists alike. In addition to being a tranquil attraction in sunny Sriracha, it also serves as the primary port for journeys to Si Chang Island. Ferries bound for Koh Si Chang from the Koh Loi Pier frequently. Departures occur every hour during the high season and at least once every two hours during the low season. The voyage is approximately 40-minutes long, with one-way tickets priced at THB50. Take delight in a pleasant boat journey while enjoying captivating sea views, elevated by ships you can occasionally see gracefully cruising the azure waters as you sail by.
What is Khao Phra Khru Monastery?
Khao Phra Khru Monastery is a humble but enchanting gem nestled within Sriracha’s picturesque landscape. It is most notably regarded for its magnificent Buddha sculpture that stands at an impressive height of 40 feet as well as its viewpoint that provides scenic views of the entire beachside city. Upon arriving at the Buddhist monastery, you will be greeted by serene areas of prayer and meditation. There you can pay homage to the revered monks who reside on these holy grounds and partake in an exchange of culture by offering them alms or participating in a prayer. In Thailand, these are considered as ways of making merit. It is an important aspect of the Buddhist belief as they believe that if you do good in life, you will receive good in your future lives to come – and vice versa.
As you venture further into the monastery, you will eventually find yourself at the staircase that leads up to the viewpoint. Flanked on either side of the steps are dutifully detailed serpent-like statues of creatures known in Thailand as the Naga. They are vibrantly colored in shades of green, gold, and blue. In Thai culture, they are considered guardians of Buddhism, hence their presence in this monastery. Upon finishing your climb up the steps, you are rewarded with the Khao Phra Khru Monastery viewpoint. It is a colorful terrace where you can marvel at having a breathtaking view of Sriracha and the beautiful ocean it lives by. Safely protected between two Nagas, you will find the renowned crystal ball that gives you a unique inverted view of the city.
Sri Maharacha Temple in Koh Loi
Koh Loi boasts four noteworthy attractions. The first attraction is a Thai temple known as ‘Sri Maharacha Temple’ positioned on the highest point of the island. You can access it by climbing a staircase. Ascend the staircase and it leads you to a sacred haven, and in return for your ascent, you will be greeted by breathtaking panoramic vistas from its summit, especially during sunrise where you can witness gorgeous orange and purple hues paint the sky as the day settles into dusk. It’s a serene display that leaves an indelible mark on those who watch the natural poetry of dawn from this elevated sanctuary.
A Treat for Young Ones on Loi Island
The second area of note on the island is the turtle pond. This delightful area is an especially favored spot for children enchanted by the wonders of nature. Visitors even have the delightful opportunity to purchase food and engage with the turtles, turning the experience into an interactive and educational encounter. The pond not only serves as a home for these fascinating creatures but also provides a charming space for families to observe, learn, and appreciate the beauty of animals in a tranquil setting.
Indulge in Culture on Koh Loi
Nestled within the island’s scenic landscape is its third attraction – the Chinese fairy house. This Chinese pavilion on Koh Loi oozes charm and cultural richness, offering visitors an excellent backdrop for creating lasting memories through photographs. Adorned with intricate details and vibrant colors, the fairy house stands as a testament to the cultural fusion that defines the island’s identity. Stroll through the whimsical surroundings, where every corner unveils a new facet of the island’s allure, making it a perfect spot to capture moments of joy and wonder.
Dine To Your Heart’s Delight on Koi Island
Finally, on the right side of the island, a vibrant culinary scene unfolds, where a myriad of seafood stores and restaurants await, creating a gastronomic haven for seafood enthusiasts. These local establishments, with their casual charm, invite you to indulge in the freshest catches from the sea, expertly prepared and served with a touch of coastal flair. You can slow down and truly appreciate the lively atmosphere as the enticing aroma of grilled seafood wafts through the air, promising a feast for the senses. Savor the delectable flavors of prawns, fish, oysters, and more, all sourced directly from the bountiful waters surrounding Koh Loi. The prices are not only reasonable but represent a true value for the exceptional quality and freshness of the seafood.
Stay at the Heart of It All with Our Luxury Hotel in Sriracha
When you stay at our luxury hotel by the sea, S. Sriracha Hotel & Residence, you are just a 5-minute stroll from the bridge that connects Koh Loi to the coastline of Sriracha. Our beachfront 5-star accommodation offers a range of 185 ocean-view rooms designed to cater to your every need. Even in our deluxe rooms, we prioritize both form and function, ensuring a comfortable stay whether you are in town for the weekend or want to indulge in a long stay. Our thoughtful and sleek design boasts a compact kitchenette complete with utensils, a washer-dryer, refrigerator, microwave, induction stove, a living area with a flat-screen TV, a spacious bed, and a charming balcony that faces the sea. Indulge in our contemporary oasis where every room is crafted to accommodate diverse lifestyles, and we seamlessly blend life and living.