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Getting to Koh Lipe

Getting to Koh Lipe Thailand is fairly simple as there are a few ways into this island paradise on the Andaman Sea.

Koh Lipe or Ko Leepae (Paper Island) is one of the last few remaining exotic islands of Southwest Thailand which used to be a hippy stop that is located in the Tarutao National Marine Park.

How To Go To Koh Lipe

The most common way here is from Pakbara town next to La-Ngu Town in the Satun district of Southern Thailand or via Telaga Harbor or Awana Porto Malai in Langkawi Island Malaysia.

Due to some recent issues with the ferry operators and the local Langkawi authorities, there have been some changes in the ferry services to Koh Lipe from here. It seems that there is a general ferry from Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe that has started.

Also, note that every season (year) the ferry timetables change, so it is best to double and triple check if you are on a very tight schedule. The Ferry service from Langkawi starts on 20th October too.

Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe Update - August 2014

  • The Langkawi Speedboat ferry transfers operate from Oct 20th - May 31st
  • General Ferries are only from Kuah Town Jetty
  • Tigerline will start their ferry service from Kuah to Koh Lipe and back from 8th November 2014
  • Tigerline Website
  • The speedboat service to Lipe from Telaga Harbour starts 20th Oct
  • The immigration counter on Ko Lipe is closed until 20th Oct (Off-Season)
Ferry from Pak Barra to Koh Lipe
  • Take the 09.00am ferry service from Kuah Jetty to Tammalang Pier in Satun which will arrive at 09.15am (Thai time)
  • Then take a 1 hour taxi ride to Pak Bara Pier
  • One way ferry ticket is Baht 650
  • Then catch the speedboat transfer 11.30am to Lipe which arrives at 13.00pm
  • There is another speedboat at 15.00pm (From Nov 1st)
Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe Fees - August 2014
  • Koh Lipe Thailand 1200 THB one way/person + 500 THB booking fee
  • Telaga Harbour Terminal 128 MYR + 6 MYR booking fee. If you book online, you get RM10 discount. 
  • In total, this is about 1300 THB one way /person

Telaga Harbor's Petronas Quay

For my trip to Koh Lipe in January 2010, I flew into Langkawi Island from Kuala Lumpur on AirAsia and then took a ferry from Telaga Harbor to Ko Lipe.

This is the only passage from Malaysia to Ko Lipe. However, you need to know that your ferry ticket can be booked online from the Telaga Harbor website in advance to avoid being sold out as it is a popular route these days.

Telaga Harbor Marina

Telaga Harbor Marina is located on the western part of Langkawi Island and is only about 15 minutes by taxi from the Langkawi Airport or about 30 minutes from Kuah Town.

So plan your journey timings carefully here. There are a number of shops and amenities available like a KFC fast food joint and a mini convenient shop which is just at the Petronas Petrol Station just next to the ferry office.

Foreign Money Exchange at Telaga Harbor

More importantly, there is a foreign currency exchange available at one of the local banks there too. However, I would recommend you change your Thai Baht before coming here as the rates are not that good.

Look for money changers in town or other cities. Your last alternative would be to change your Thai Baht with a friendly local guy that sits around the ferry waiting area with a laptop.

Koh Lipe ferry office in Telaga Harbor

Upon arrival, you head straight up to the Marina office where you need to fill up the immigration form and verify or buy your Koh Lipe tickets. (Online ticket buyers, bring the copy with you!)

It is here that you also submit your Passport to them as they will hand it to the boat captain for safekeeping in a dry bag. This is completely normal so no worries here.

After you have completed everything, head on downstairs and socialize while waiting. You would probably be the 9.5 out of 10 foreigners waiting as not many locals visit Lipe. (Update 2014, more Malaysians and Southeast Asians are visiting Ko Lipe nowadays)

High-speed ferry to Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe Ferry - What it looks like inside

Once the Lipe Ferry arrives, they will do a quick clean up and unload everything before you are invited to board the ferry.

By looking at the pictures above, you would see that these are really high powered ferries that only take about 45 minutes from Langkawi to Koh Lipe.

Each ferry can seat about 20 people comfortably. Bags are given to the deckhands to be stored in front while life jackets are ready on the seats.

If you are the type that gets seasick easily, please be well prepared as these ferries are really fast.

Arriving at Koh Lipe in the water

On arrival at Koh Lipe, you should know that there is no pier or jetty for you. The boats will reverse and stop in the water where you have to get into the water and wade to the beach before heading to the immigration office.

Your bags will be unloaded by the boatmen to the beach and you collect your own baggage. So avoid high heels (Asians!), socks and long pants. Best to go beach-style on this trip.

Koh Lipe Immigration Office or Hut

Passport Office at Ko Lipe

The ferries will stop right in front of the little immigration hut. It is so small that only one officer in charge so be prepared to wait if there are a few boats arriving at the same time.

What happens is the captain will send all the passports kept in his dry bag to the immigration office where he will check them individually and process them.

When it is done, his assistants will call out your name to collect your passport. Note - Because foreigners have really nice names, it may be hard for them to pronounce so all ears there as in hanging around closely till you get your name called.

Sometimes they will just call a name and show the passport picture around. 

The immigration officer at Koh Lipe

The passport office is located along Pattaya Beach just right next to the Bundhaya Resort. This is the main beach of Koh Lipe while there is the Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Mountain Resort.

Depending on where you stay, you can take the longtail taxis from just outside the passport office. For me, I stayed at Mountain Resort which is a private beach on the north most part of Koh Lipe.

So I went down to the beach and asked the local Chow Ley (sea gypsies) longtail boatmen how much to my resort. It generally costs about 50 Baht per person for taxi services.

Ferry check-in times at Koh Lipe

If you are backpacking and planning to travel to other islands or parts of Thailand and Malaysia, I suggest you check your boat timings and bookings here as there is an office for this.

On the main shopping street of Lipe, there are a number of travel services provided too. Ferry, train, bus tickets all sold there. Watch out for my next posting about Koh Lipe in general.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there are NO ATMs or Banks in Koh Lipe so bring enough cash. Some outlets offer you cash advances from credit cards, but you know the drill.

There is an ATM available now and also a 7-11 at the Walking Street of Ko Lipe. 

You should not follow the timetable below as it is the old one, I have done the new one up above and due to the current changes, there may be different timings for 2014/2015. 

For the below, there has been some confusion as a few readers have tried to contact a number of ferry operators but were told that they do not operate to Ko Lipe. I would suggest you go through the Telaga Harbor Ferry Service. 

Ferry from Awana Porto Malai Resort in Langkawi to Koh Lipe;
Ticket price for Awana-Koh Lipe: RM129 per person one way
Return ticket Awana-Koh Lipe-Awana RM250 per pax.
Times: 10.30am, 12.00noon and 2.30pm
Contact Mr. Adam of Andaman Vacation
Telephone. +6012 463 6899
Email: andamanvacation@gmail.com

Tigerline Ferry timings to Koh Lipe and Langkawi
Departing Langkawi: 09.00 (Telaga), 09.00 (Awana Hotel jetty), 12.00 (Telaga)
Departing Lipe: 10.00 (To Telaga), 16.00 (To Telaga), 16.00 (To Awana Hotel jetty) 

Ferry from Kuah Town in Langkawi to Koh Lipe;
Alternatively, you can go to the Kuah Pier at Langkawi town and book your ticket from the ferry counter to Tammalang. From Tammalang, Tarutao Island you can hop on to a direct ferry to Ko Adang or Ko Lipe. You need to pay about 350 baht one way.
Tigerline Website

Koh Lipe Packages via Travel Agents;
Apparently, there are a number of travel agents in Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach) in Langkawi that offer 3D/2N packages to Ko Lipe. You can also check with them as they do an all-inclusive package with ferry transfer and lodging. 

Some of the travel agencies in Hat Yai or Pak Bara also offer packages so you can check with the respective agents there too if you are coming from Bangkok or via Hat Yai.

Getting to Koh Lipe from Thailand;

From Bangkok to Hat Yai to Pak Barra - There are daily trains from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at around 5pm to 8pm.

The journey to Hat Yai town is 15 hours. From Hat Yai, take the minibus from Thalat Kasit Station (near the airport) and journey to Pak Barra is about 2 hours (150 Baht).

Various travel agents sell package tickets in town (Minibus plus ferry) but you have to buy it from these agents. You can also book a private van/car direct to Pak Barra, which costs a little more.

When you reach Pak Barra town, it can get pretty messy with every other person trying to sell you ferry tickets.

The best option is to buy your ticket from the relevant ferry company counters. There are restaurants and shops to pass time while waiting for your next ferry.

Make sure you stock up on your necessities as prices are almost double on Ko Lipe. The last shop before the jetty in Pak Bara sells some decent Water Proof Bags. We got Size No5 for about Baht 300 while Size No10 at Baht 350.

Pak Barra serves as the main gateway to Koh Lipe from the land. 

From Phuket and the surrounding islands which include Krabi - You need to get to Koh Lanta where there are many ferries heading to Koh Lipe.

Check with the people there on the timings. Some ferries make various stops at many of the smaller islands before Koh Lipe.

Also, be careful of the low season from May to November as a number of services stop during this period.

Telaga Harbor Langkawi Map

View Telaga Harbor Marina in a larger map

Ferry to Koh Lipe from Telaga Harbor Langkawi

Update August 2014 - Please follow the updates at the beginning of this post

  • Departing Telaga Harbour Langkawi twice a day - 0930hrs & 1430hrs
  • Returning from Koh Lipe twice a day - 1130hrs & 1700hr
  • Ticket bookings and availability online or Telaga Terminal, Telaga Harbour Marina, Langkawi.
  • One Way Ferry Ticket to Koh Lipe - RM 128 (US$42)
  • Return Ferry Ticket to Koh Lipe/Langkawi - RM 248 (US$82) 


You can also read about my other article on Koh Lipe, Thailand. If you have been wondering where this beautiful island is, it is just north of Langkawi Islands and it is the most southernmost island from Phuket in Thailand.

I have personally been here twice and tried visiting this place from Langkawi and also Pak Bara Town in Thailand. I hope this guide gives you good information about Getting to Koh Lipe Thailand.

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We had a great beach tour experience at this beach in one evening. The beach was larger and very clean. The beach has many sea animals; it is really perfect place for snorkeling. We really adore this place and surely we would come back soon.

Best Regards,
Kenny Mah said…
Sweet! There's even a Petronas Quay! :D
Malaysia Asia said…
SBb, wow, you've traveled the region, that is aweseome!

Life for Beginners - Yeah, I couldn't help but take the picture while waiting for the ferry.

Pattaya Beach is really cool place.
Malaysia Asia said…
Thanks Cruise/America Travel. It is beautiful, but even more so at the back of the island :) Watch out for my supporting articles on Koh Lipe.

superwilson said…
Woohoo! This is the Koh Lipe you have been talking about. Looks like really an amazing place man! The beach and the color of the water, its surreal!
Malaysia Asia said…
Yessir, this is so called paradise for now. Much has changed, but it is still a beautiful place minus the typical crowd.

Anonymous said…

Would like to ask is the Mountain Resort view and the hotel good/worth for staying??

Because i plan to go there also after seeing the picture you post...so nice
Malaysia Asia said…
Hello anon, well, I'll be very honest here - Mountain Resort is a really beautiful place with awesome scenery. The only set back is that if you plan to hangout at the Walking Street or other places on Lipe, you need to either take the boat taxi or walk about 15 minutes. Otherwise, there are no complaints.

Free traveler said…
Hey, I'll be in Lepi next week. I think just want to take a van or taxi from Hat Yai. I just bought the
cheap air tickets from the web. Great deal on Air Asia. I will be in Chiang Mai for 2 days first joining my friend's wedding and hope could make it to Doi Suthep and Will take a flight back to Hat Yai directly. I can't wait to dive in Lepi that's my main purpose.

Anonymous said…
Hello from Phuket, thank you for the excellent information as we have been looking for ways to go to Ko Lipe from here. Very good information!

Dan and Louise
Phuket Hotles said…
Thanks for your information.I am a man in Thiland and go to Koh Lipe easy more than you.^^
haan said…
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Malaysia Asia said…
Haan, apologies as I accidentally deleted the posting.

Anyway, if I am not mistaken the season opens now. When you go to the website, check the link for ticket bookings - http://telagaterminal.rezgo.com/tour

The ferry details are there.

Gaurav said…
Hi David .. This is excellent information. I am going there in early January & I am really excited. This information helps a lot.

I had one question though if you can address that. Is there Visa On Arrival facility on the island? I have got conflicting information from different people. So that has confused me. It will be great if you can help me out.

Thanks again. Hope you had a great time there.

Malaysia Asia said…
Hello Gaurav,

Thanks for your question. I hope this helps:

From November 1st 2009 there is a fully functional immigration office on Koh Lipe, they are able to handle exit and entry into Thailand, visa extensions and overstays.

The immigration office is located at the eastern part of Pattaya Beach, next to Bundhaya Resort.

Travelers arriving from Langkawi will be guided trough the immigration process by the ferry company. If you are traveling to Langkawi you will have to go trough Immigration 1 hour before taking the boat.

Attention! Visa on arrival over land or sea is only 14 days!

Anonymous said…
Hi, I planning to go Koh Lipe via Hatyai with train from KL during CNY, is it possible to get minibus from Hatyai without any pre-booking? or do you have any agent recommend on this? Thanks
Malaysia Asia said…
Anon, from Hat Yai, head to Pak Barra Jetty. There are a few vans or Buses going there daily. Just check with the bus agents in Hat Yai. It's peak season in Koh Lipe during CNY so best to double check and book the hotel before going there. Have a great trip!
Peter said…
I've been going to Koh Lipe for the past 6 years, and I've probably spent more than two years working there. It is without doubt a unique Thai island, made all the more special by the local people who live there - the Chao Ley (Sea Gypsies). I know the island as well as any westerner and now organise tours there. True, the island has developed in a negative way. If you want to help the island, only do business with the local sea gypsies, not the developers from the mainland.
Sue said…
Hello there, I will be going to Koh Lipe soon. Similarly, I will be flying to Langkawi from KL and then take a ferry from Telaga. However, my main concern is the timing. ETA at Langkawi is 830am while the ferry leaves by 930am. May I know if you were able to make it on time? As usual, AirAsia loves to delay the flights :(
Malaysia Asia said…
Sue, that's risking it a little but if your flight lands on time, you should be able to make it as the jetty is about 15-20 mins from the airport. If you checked in your bags, then you have to give time for them to unload the bags and that will take easily about 15 mins after you land.
Lipe said…
Lipe is in Satun province, a nice and peaceful destination of Thailand Southern part. Satun is small province of Thailand but it has rich of real natures. Lipe is a part of Tarutoa National Marine Park and Lipe is the place where we can have accommodations as other surrounded attractions don’t have any resort or any place to stay. Here on Lipe Island, you can also learn the way of life of Orang Laut or what we normally call “Urak-Lawoi” the sea gypsies.
Phi Phi said…
DEEP water soloing is a pure form of climbing practiced on seaside cliffs at high tide. It relies solely upon water at the base of the climb to protect climbers from injury when free falling from the generally high, difficult routes.
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Malaysia Asia said…
Hi Marzuki, terima kasih, I will check it out and see what has happened. There have been many changes in the ferry schedules (banyak pertukaran) so I will try update them here.
Anonymous said…
hi there, i planning to go koh lipe after joining water war (Songkran) at hat yai on this coming april.. i wish to drive all the way from hatyai to Pak Barra and park my car there before take ferry to koh lipe..

did anyone of you know which will be the better place to park my car at pak barra.. kindly advise.. thanks.
Malaysia Asia said…
There are a few places around Pak Barra where you can park your car. Make sure it is a fenced and proper area. Best is to go early and check around there.
Anonymous said…
hi david...when is the best month to visit koh lipe ,i was plan to vist a island from march to may 2012...hope u can giv me sum advise..thanks...
Miss FJ said…
Now they have ferry service from Pekan Kuah, Langkawi to Lipe... at 9:00am Malaysia time.

and there are ferry services that connecting Koh Lipe to the others Andaman Sea's Island like Koh Kradan, Ko Muk and many more.
Anonymous said…
im thinking of going there for hols..and im wondering for the whole trip ( food + resort + transportation)..how much do you think it will cost for 3 days?
it would really help me in managing my budget..
Malaysia Asia said…
For 3 full days, if you're planning on staying at a mid resort, it would cost about RM600-700 per person excluding boat transfer from Langkawi. But you can go even cheaper if you really budget it there.
Anonymous said…
I have an Air Asia flight arriving into Langkawi at 08:30am - what are your thoughts on the time in order to get to catch the Telaga 09:30 ferry to Ko Lipe? I'll only have hand luggage. Would this be too tight or would i better off catching the 2:30pm ferry instead?
Anonymous said…

I am planning to take a flight from Singapore to Langkawi which arrives at 12:15. Ferry leaves at 14:30.
Do I need to be there 1 hour earlier for immigration too (as is said for Koh Lipe)? Or is it time enough (entry to Malaysia and departure from Malaysia.