How to get to Koh Lipe

HOW TO GET TO KOH LIPE

How to get to Lipe island in the Andaman sea on the edge of the Tarutao National Marine Park.

Koh Lipe is a small island 60 km offshore in the Andaman Sea, on the far edge of the Tarutao National Marine Park, Thailand’s second oldest marine park. Castaway resort is located on the east side of Koh Lipe towards the Southern end of Sunrise Beach.

Getting There from Pak Bara

Pak Bara (sometimes Pakbara) is the main pier connecting mainland to Koh Lipe with speedboats taking passengers to the island every day at 09:30, 11:30, and 14:30. Also from November to May, there is usually a 16:00 boat but we do not advise using this boat, as it might not always run. Schedules may change without notice, please confirm with us if you are unsure before you travel.

We advise that you always choose the ferry if it is available to travel to Koh Lipe if running it leaves at 11:30.

 

Getting to the island from Bangkok

The easiest way is to fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai, then to take a taxi from the airport to Pak Bara pier (sometimes Pakbara), and then to catch a boat to Koh Lipe as described above. There are many airlines that fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai: Air AsiaThai AirwaysLion Air and Nok Air. During the summer (June-September) it is best to catch one of the first flights leaving Bangkok consequently landing at Hat Yai before 9:30, so that you are on the pier on time to catch a speedboat to the island. 

Transfer Options
  • Shared Minivan is often delayed by traffic or by picking other guests up, morning flights only, but usually takes about 2.5 hours.
  • Private Taxi 90 minutes (1.5 hours).
  • Private Minivan 90 minutes (1.5 hours).
  • Speedboat 90 minutes (1.5 hours), afternoon boat transfers is subject to surcharge.

 

Getting There from Langkawi – High Season

Travelling from Langkawi to Koh Lipe from Mid-October to May could not be easier: there are two ferry companies running between Langkawi and Koh Lipe. The first leaving at 09:30 (Malay time) and the last at 14:00 hours. We strongly advise pre-booking your boat tickets. Also at the beginning and the end of the season, boat companies tend to run only one boat a day in the morning. We recommend using Telaga Harbor for this trip, as it is located closer to the Langkawi International Airport.

Getting There from Langkawi – Low Season

There is no immigration on Koh Lipe during the low season, June to Mid-October, so travelling directly to the Koh Lipe from Langkawi is not possible. But in this case, it is still possible to get to Koh Lipe: first you will need to travel on the 09.30 am ferry from Kuah on Langkawi to Satun. Subsequently, on arrival in Satun, you will go through Immigration, which takes about 10-15 minutes. Once through Immigration, take a taxi to Pak Bara (Pakbara). This will take about 35-40 minutes. You will arrive at Pak Bara at about 11:00 am leaving you enough time to catch a speedboat to Koh Lipe. 

All year round we recommend that guests arrive on Langkawi with the first flights in the morning

 

Getting There from locations in the North: Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, etc.

Travelling from the Northern islands to Koh Lipe from November to mid-April is quite simple, as there are daily boats from all Islands in the North to the island. Whereas from May to October, the only way to travel to us from the Northern locations is first to travel to Pak Bara pier overland with a taxi, minivan, or public bus. Importantly you will then need to be at Pak Bara before 14:30 hours – the last boat departure to Koh Lipe.

Flying from Phuket to Hat Yai

It is now possible to fly from Phuket to Hat Yai: please check timetable.

 

Important Travel Notes
  • We can arrange transfers to the island from most Mainland locations (Hat Yai, Satun, Krabi, Phuket), please email us @ info@castaway-resorts.com
  • For your return trip please book your tickets with our staff at the resort 2-3 days before your departure date.
  • Please note that the boat trips to Koh Lipe can be 1.5 hours to 2 hours long on the speedboat so your luggage and you can get wet if it rains on the way. Therefore packing your electronic equipment in plastic bags and a light rain jacket would be advisable.
There is no pier on Koh Lipe 

On Koh Lipe, all speedboats stop at a pontoon offshore or directly on the beach. From the pontoon, guests are transferred on one of the local long-tail taxi boats to the beach. It should be noted that the long-tail boat trip is 50 baht per person (that fee is not included in the speedboat ticket).

From the beach please take one of the motorbike taxis waiting near the drop off point. Again this costs 50 Baht per person to Castaway on the Sunrise beach. As a result of the sheer number of speed boats arriving daily at different times and locations, we are unable to meet all guests. We hope for your understanding, but if you do see our boat or motorbike/staff, please feel free to take it to the resort.

Please note that there is a National park fee charged on your arrival – 200 baht per person 

HOW TO GET TO KOH LIPE

How to get to koh lipe?
Koh Lipe is a small island 60 km offshore in the Andaman Sea, on the far edge of the Tarutao National Marine Park, Thailand’s second oldest marine park. Consequently, it takes a little effort to get to but it is possible to reach Koh Lipe in a day from most locations. See below for details about travel from most locations.
How to get from from Bangkok to koh Lipe?
The cheapest way (most o the time) from Bangkok to Lipe is to book a package with ether Airasia or Nok. Both companies offer packages including transfers minivan and speedboat. This is usually the cheapest way but not the fastest or most comfortable. If you require comfort and speed please contact us we are happy to arrange private transfers.
The quickest and most comfortable way to koh Lipe from Bangkok?
The quickest to get from Bangkok to Koh Lipe is to fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai. Followed then by private taxi from the airport to Pak Bara before catching the boat to Koh Lipe. Speed boats leave Pak Barra pier (the main pier that serves Koh Lipe) for Koh Lipe all year every day at 09:30, 11:30, and 14:30. Also from November to May, there is usually a 16:00 boat but we do not advise using this boat, as it might not always run. Schedules may change without notice, please confirm with us if you are unsure before you travel. Although there are many airlines that fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai. Definitely, during the summer you should catch one of the first flights leaving Bangkok. Consequently arriving before 09:30 hrs in Hat Yai to be on the pier on time to catch the speedboats.
Getting from Langkawi to Koh Lipe?
Langkawi to Koh Lipe’s Ferry Service from Telaga Harbour has been running since 2004. This is the shortest/quickest route to get across to Koh Lipe which is 42 km away. The service runs from mid-Oct and until mid to the end of June. Purchased tickets via Telaga Harbours website. Also please book first flights out from KL to Langkawi. During the summer months, there are no direct ferries from Langkawi to Koh Lipe from the end of June to Mid October. Between these dates. All guests have to travel from Langkawi with the ferry to Satun then up the coast to Pak Barra by bus or private taxi. Subsequently with the speedboat to Koh Lipe. The first ferry normally leaves at 09:00 Langkawi time please catch this one. During Ramadan, the schedule changes check with the ferry company.
How to get from Krabi to koh lipe?
Travel from Krabi to Koh Lipe from November to mid-April is easy as there are daily boats from Krabi to Koh Lipe every day. Note that from May to October, the only way to travel to Koh Lipe from Krabi. At this time is to first travel to Pak Bara pier overland with a private taxi, minivan, or public bus. Subsequently then with a speedboat to Koh Lipe at 11.30 am. Aiming for the 11:30 boat is best but there should be another at 14:30 hrs. Sometimes there are even latter afternoon speedboats but these are not guaranteed. Consult local travel agents on Krabi to purchase tickets and arrange your transfers. Boat companies running boat services in the Andaman Sea. Are the following. Bundhaya Speedboat company, Satun Pakbara Speedboat company, Tigerline, and Adang Sea tour company.
How to get from Phuket to koh lipe?
From Phuket to Koh Lipe is possible by speedboat from November to mid-April, when speedboats run a daily service. During the summer months from May to October, the only way to travel to Koh Lipe from Phuket. Is first to travel to Pak Bara pier overland with a private taxi, minivan, or public bus. You will then need to take the boat to Koh Lipe at 11.30 hrs. Aiming for the 11:30 boat is best but there should be another at 14:30 hrs on most days. Sometimes there are even latter afternoon speedboats but these are not guaranteed. Boat companies running boat services in the Andaman Sea. Are the following. Bundhaya Speedboat company, Satun Pakbara Speedboat company, Tigerline, and Adang Sea tour company.
How to get from Phi Phi to koh lipe?
Traveling from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lipe is relatively straightforward by speedboat from November to mid-April. As a rule with a change of boats on Ko Lanta. Speedboats run every day at this time of year. During the summer months from May to October, it is quite an impossible task to do this trip in a day. Definitely, the best way is to head to the mainland, best being Krabi or Ko Lanta if possible. Once on the mainland head for Pak Bara pier overland with a private taxi, minivan, or public bus. You will then need to take the boat to Koh Lipe at 11.30 hrs. Aiming for the 11:30 boat is best but there should be another at 14:30 hrs on most days. Sometimes there are even latter afternoon speedboats but these are not guaranteed. Boat companies running boat services in the Andaman Sea. Are the following. Bundhaya Speedboat company, Satun Pakbara Speedboat company, Tigerline, and Adang Sea tour company.
How to get from Koh Lanta to koh lipe?
From November to mid-April there are daily boats from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe, most leaving around midday from the Saladan pier, in the north of Koh Lanta. From May to October, the only way to travel to Koh Lipe from the Koh Lanta is by first traveling to Pak Bara pier overland with a taxi, minivan, or public bus. You will then need to take the boat to Koh Lipe at 11.30 am. This is the only departure time during the May-October period that we can guarantee. Sometimes there are afternoon boats but these can’t be confirmed before the day of travel. Please consult local travel agents on the Koh Lanta to purchase tickets and transfers. Boat companies running boat services in the Andaman Sea and routs from Koh Lanta. Are, Bundhaya Speedboat company, Satun Pakbara Speedboat company, Tigerline, and Adang Sea tour company.
How to get from Malaysia and KL (Kuala Lumpur) to koh lipe?
The best way is to take the first flight from KL to Langkawi during the high season when the boats are running directly from Langkawi to Koh Lipe. The Ferry/Boat Service from Telaga Harbour, Langkawi to Koh Lipe has been running since 2004. This is the closest route (Port) to get across to Koh Lipe which is 42km (23nm) away. The service runs from mid Oct and will close mid to the end of June. please book via: https://telaga-terminal.com/ (please book first flights out from KL to Langkawi). There are no direct Boats/Ferries from Langkawi from the end of June to Mid October, between these dates, all guests have to travel from Langkawi with ferry to Satun then up the coast to Pak Barra with bus or taxi then with speedboat to Koh Lipe. First ferry normally leaves at 09:00 Langkawi time please catch this one. (Ramadan schedule changes check with ferry company) to book the whole trip see this site: https://www.spcthailand.com/
How to get to koh lipe from Singapore?
The best way is to take the first flight from Singapore to Langkawi during the high season when the boats are running directly from Langkawi to Koh Lipe. The Ferry/Boat Service from Telaga Harbour, Langkawi to Koh Lipe has been running since 2004. This is the closest route (Port) to get across to Koh Lipe which is 42km (23nm) away. The service runs from mid Oct and will close mid to the end of June. please book via: https://telaga-terminal.com/ (please book first flights out from KL to Langkawi). There are no direct Boats/Ferries from Langkawi from the end of June to Mid October, between these dates, all guests have to travel from Langkawi with ferry to Satun then up the coast to Pak Barra with bus or taxi then with speedboat to Koh Lipe. First ferry normally leaves at 09:00 Langkawi time please catch this one. (Ramadan schedule changes check with ferry company) to book the whole trip see this site: https://www.spcthailand.com/ Or it is possible some time if flight time match transfer times to Koh Lipe to fly via Hat Yai if you want to do this in one day best is to arrive in Hat Yai before 10:00, peak seaon it is posible to arrive as late as 13:30hrs but please check with your hotel / Resort.
What flights to book when traveling to and from Koh Lipe?
When traveling from Bangkok to Koh Lipe it is best to book flights before 10:00hrs so that you are at the pier before 14:00hrs. When you leave Koh Lipe with the first boat at 09:30hrs and you take a private taxi you can book any flight after 14:00hrs, if you chose a shared mini van then any flight after 15:00hrs. You can book transfers with reception 2-3 days before you leave with your hotel or Resort.
How to get from Hat Yai to Koh Lipe?
There are several options to transfer from Hat Yai airport to Pak Barra and then to Koh Lipe, they all should be arranged at least a few days before your arrival with your Hotel. -Shared Minivan which are often delayed by traffic or by picking other guests up along the way. -Private Taxi travel time 1.5hrs (max 3 Adults) -Private Minivan travel time 1.5hrs (best for groups over 3 pax) Speedboat leave throughout the day first boat being around 09:00hrs the last can be as late as 15:30hrs
How do you fly to Koh Lipe?
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