Koh Lipe is a small island 60km offshore in the Andaman sea on the edge of the Tarutao National Marine Park, Thailand’s second oldest marine park. Our resort is on the east side of Koh Lipe towards the Southern end of Sunrise Beach.
Getting to Lipe
From Pak Barra
Speed boats leave Pak Barra pier for Koh Lipe from November to May between 11:30 and 14:00 daily, from June to October there is usually only one or two boats depending on demand, both leave around 11:30. Schedules may change without notice, please confirm with us if you are unsure before you travel.
We advise you to always chose the ferry if it is available.
Please note that the trip to Lipe can be 1.5hrs to 2hrs long on the speedboat so your luggage and you can get wet. Pack you electric equipment in plastic bags and a light rain jacket would be advisable.
The easiest way is to fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai, then take a taxi from the airport to Pak Bara before catching the boat as described above. Although there are many airlines that fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai, during the summer you must catch one of the first flights leaving Bangkok arriving before 09:30 in Hat Yai to be on the pier on time to catch the speedboats (Airaisa, Thai Airways and Nok Air).
If you would like us to arrange transfers from Hat Yai to Koh Lipe please email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no immigration on Koh Lipe during the low season June to Mid-October, so you can’t travel directly to the island. You have to first travel on the 09.45 am boat from Kuala Perlis in Langkawi to Satun. There you will go through Immigration, which takes about 10-15 minutes. Once through Immigration take a taxi to Pak Bara. This will take about 35-40 minutes. You will arrive at Pak Bara about 11am leaving you time to catch the first speed boat to Koh Lipe. From Mid-October to May there are several companies running Langkawi-Lipe route with both speedboats and ferries, the first leaving Malay time at 09:30 and the last at 02:00. We advise pre booking you boat tickets, Telaga Harbor
From islands in the north Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, etc.
From November to mid-April there are daily boats from all locations in the north to Koh Lipe. From May to October the only way to travel to Lipe from the Northern islands is by first travelling to Pakbara pier overland with taxi, minivan or public bus. You will then need to take the boat to Lipe at 11.30am. This is the only departure time during the May-October period, so you need to arrive to Pakbara before 11.30am.
There is no pier on Koh Lipe.
All boats stop at a pontoon offshore. From the pontoon take one of the local long-tail taxi boats to the beach. The long-tail boat trip is 50 baht per person (not included in the speedboat ticket). From the beach please take one of the motorbike taxies waiting near the drop off point 50 Baht per person to Castaway on sunrise beach. We apologize that we are unable to meet you all, this is due to the sheer number of speedboats and ferries arriving every day at different locations and times. We hope for your understanding.
What is the weather like?
More important than temperature is precipitation. The rainy season is from September until mid-December, during which time on average, there are about two hours of rain per day. Note that an hour of this precipitation usually comes during the night time. Even during rainy season, the mornings are usually filled with sunshine, with the rain coming during overcast afternoons. The mid-season (neither dry nor rainy) is from mid-April until August. The mornings are again sunny, but the afternoons can be overcast and once or twice a week, thunderstorms pass through. This is also the coolest time of the year and the island is very laidback and quiet. The dry season is from mid-December until mid-April, during which time there is very little rain.
At any time of the year (more likely From September to mid-December) rainy and overcast weather may linger for a few days.
Temperatures on Lipe tend to be 30-32c in the day and 25-26c at night, April and May can be slightly hotter by a degree or two. From November to April we usually have an on shore wind that keeps it cool.
ATM’s and Money changing.
On Koh Lipe there are now some ATMs and money exchanges, but please be aware the rates are not good on the island for money changing and the ATM’s sometimes don’t work. So you need to plan ahead and bring enough cash to the island and a credit card. We accept most major credit and debit cards and most large places on the island do the same.