Koh Lipe is a famous for its scuba diving, snorkeling, beautiful beaches and its relaxed atmosphere. Koh Lipe is a small tropical island located in the Andaman sea on the south west coast of Thailand close to the Malaysian border. It is located in Satun Province, close to Langkawi Island (Malaysia) and is approximately 38 miles from mainland Thailand. Koh Lipe is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, a large group of over 70 islands, and also part of a smaller group of islands called the Butang Islands or Adang Archipelago.
Davy Jones Locker Diving is located on the west side of Pattaya Beach next to Sita Beach Resort. Pattaya beach is Koh Lipe’s main beach with it’s large sheltered bay with white sand, crystal clear water and good snorkeling right from the beach. There are a dozens of bars and restaurants on the beach or around the corner in Walking Street. Pattaya Beach is where you will arrive to the island during high season on Koh Lipe.
Most people enter Thailand by flying into Bangkok . From Bangkok there are various options for getting down to Koh Lipe. You can also fly into Langkawai in Malyasia and get the ferry up which is only an hour. Flying into Malaysia can be slightly cheaper and no visas are required they are issued on arrival into Kuala Lumpur. Flights are daily from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawai. From Bangkok The fastest way is to fly to Hat Yai. There are 3 or 4 different airlines that fly to Hat Yai. Thai Airways have numerous flights daily and costs about 5,500 thb return from bangkok. Nok Air, Thai Air Asia and Orient Thai also fly to Hat Yai from Bangkok. It is worth noting that these airlines fly from the other airport in Bangkok Don Meung.
From Kuala Lumpur People fly from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawai. Firefly, Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia all fly this route. If booked in advance Air Asia can be as cheap as 3000 thb return. The ferry is then an hour and half to Lipe.
There is Thai immigration on Lipe. It is worth noting that you will only be granted a 2 week visa as you are arriving by boat. For a 28 day visa you need to arrive by air. There are no direct taxis to Pak Bara pier from the airport at the present time. The best thing to do is to take a minibus from the airport to the train station at Hat Yai where the minibuses to Pak Bara go from. This should cost no more than 80 baht a person. We can also offer a personal and private pick up service.
Train Thailand has a great rail network and the overnight trains around thailand are a great way to travel and also very reasonably priced. Hat Yai is the nearest major rail station and has trains connecting up to Bangkok and down to Malaysia. Second class sleeper trains are air conditioned and are a relaxing way to travel. Once in Hat Yai, you can either get a minibus to Pak Bara or a private taxi. A combined minibus, boat ticket is about 600 baht. Minibuses leave every hour or when they are full. The speed boats from Pak Bara leave every few hours. The first one leaves at 9 am and the last about 3pm. Pak Bara is a very small town but the pier has shops and restaurants while you wait for your boat.
When you arrive on Lipe, you will arrive at one of the piers where you will then get a long tail boat to either Pattaya or Sunrise beach. There is a small fee of 50 baht for this service.
Ferry to Koh Lipe Timetable From Pak Barra to Koh Lipe
- Depart Pak Barra: 11.30 Arrive Koh Lipe: 13.00 From October 22 until May 15
- Depart Pak Barra: 14.30 Arrive Koh Lipe: 16.00 From November 1 until April 30
- Depart: Pak Barra 15.30 Arrive Koh Lipe: 17.00 From Koh Lipe to Pak Barra
- Depart Koh Lipe: 09.30 Arrive Pak Barra: 11.00 From October 22 until May 15
- Depart Koh Lipe: 12.30 Arrive Pak Barra: 14.00 From November 1 until April 30
- Depart Koh Lipe: 13.30 Arrive Pak Barra: 15.00