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Ko Lipe Getting in & out

  
 
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By Boat

The following companies operate boats in the high season (November to May):

  • Adang Sea Tours operates three daily speedboats from November 1st to May 15th, leaving Pak Bara at 11:30am, 12:30am, and 2:30pm. The speedboats stop at Ko Tarutao or Ko Bulone. The journey from Pak Bara takes 90 minutes and costs THB650 one-way, THB1,200 round trip. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 9:00am, 10:00am, and 1:30pm for the return trip.

  • Forra Speedboats operates two daily speedboats from November 1st to May 15th, leaving Pak Bara at 11:30 am and 1:30pm. The speedboats stop at Ko Tarutao. The journey from Pak Bara takes 90 minutes and costs THB650 one-way, THB1,200 round trip. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 9:00am and 10:00am for the return trip.

  • Bundaya Resorts and Lipe Speedboat Company also operates speedboats from Pak Bara, leaving at similar times and costing the same as above.

  • Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club operates a daily boat from Ko Lanta, leaving at 1:00pm and stopping at Koh Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Bulone, before reaching Ko Lipe at 4:00pm. The boat leaves Ko Lipe at 9:00am for the return trip. The company offers transfers to this boat from Phuket. The company also operates two daily speedboats from Telaga Terminal @ Telaga Harbour Marina in Langkawi, Malaysia, 42km from Ko Lipe. These boats dock at the south end of Pattaya Beach. The boats leave Langkawi at 9:30am and 2:30pm for the 60 minute journey, costing approximately RM120. The boats leave Ko Lipe for the return journey at 10:30am and 4:30pm.

  • Tigerline Ferries operates a daily speedboat to/from Langkawi, leaving Langkawi at 8:00 and arriving at Ko Lipe at 9:00am, and returns from Ko Lipe to Langkawi at 4:00pm. The trip costs 1200 baht.

The company also operates a daily speedboat to/from Hat Yao Pier in Trang, leaving Ko Lipe at 10:00am and arriving in Trang at 12:30pm. The trip costs 750 baht. The company offers continuing boat service to Ko Lanta (1,500 baht total, arrives 3:30pm), and Phi Phi (1,800 baht total, arrives 5:00pm). For the journey to Ko Lipe, the boats leave Phi Phi at 8:00am and arrive in Ko Lipe at 3:30pm.

In the low season, there is one boat per day from Pak Bara leaving at 11:30.

Ferries are met by longtail boats offering transfers to anywhere on Ko Lipe for an additional 50 baht/person (non-negotiable).

Out

Sometimes Lipe seems to be trying not to let you go. Consider this - especially if you have a flight to catch.

There are quite a few travel agencies on the island, all offering you to book the speedboat/ferry and train/bus tickets, that can get you literally anywhere in Thailand. They operate in colaboration with mainland agencies in Hat Yai or Trang, two usual places to take the bus or train from. The mainland agencies are buying the tickets right on the railway stations, and those close at 6PM. It's best to come to travel agency at the island before that time, since they won't be able to book your ticket later. If you reserve the ticket afterwards, they will try to buy it the other day, but the train may be fully booked. It's better to insist on them reserving the ticket as you are at the agency, as they happen to postpone it at times, which may result in not getting the ticket again.

For the trains it's better to book at least 3 days in advance, for most buses one day ahead is enough. Buses are less comfy and more expensive though (comparing to the 2nd AC sleeper class trains).

Feel free to bargain - travel agencies can't do anything about the train/bus price, but they are able to lower the ferry/speedboat price as well as the minibus transfer from port to the city.

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