Koh Lipe is the southernmost Thai island in the Andaman Sea near the Malaysian border. It can be reached either from Thailand or Malaysia’s Langkawi island. It resides within Tarutao National Marine Park as part of the Adang-Rawi Archipelago along with Koh Adang and other nearby islands. This region is similar to regions like Koh Phi Phi where only a few islets are inhabited and the rest is for a day trip visit only.
Koh Lipe Walking Street
The main things to do in Koh Lipe are enjoying the island vibe, ocean breeze, turquoise water, white sand beaches, visiting other nearby islands, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Lipe is a small islet, so much so that you can walk to most places. How to get to Koh Lipe involves taking a ferry from the Thai mainland town of Satun and departing from Pak Bara pier to make your way to the Tarutao National Marine Park.
Most travellers recommend 3-5 days to see most of the attractions on the island and relax. Beyond that, boredom may set in.
Koh Lipe is so small that you can walk to most of the way to places on the island but if you prefer, there are motorbike taxis on hand to take you around. It is generally a set a price to go anywhere around Lipe.
Peak season in Thailand is January to March which sees droves of tourists hitting the island and the highest prices. The weather is spectacular with blue sunny skies, seas breezes and temperate evenings. High season from November to May to sees a steady stream of tourists visiting and the weather becomes hotter as it heads into April and May. Low season is the end of May to October when the Lipe is the wettest but yet its greenest. Days are still warm but you will see more overcast conditions and rainfall. Some businesses close during low season because there are fewer tourists overall. Any month during this season is the best time to visit Koh Lipe.
Given it is an island, supplies cost more to import so prices will be higher than the Thailand mainland, but comparable with other touristic islands. Koh Lipe hotels seem to be more expensive with fewer facilities than the nearby islands like Koh Lanta. During high season the expect the average rates to be around AUD 110 per night for basic accommodation.
The major differences between the two are that Koh Lanta is a much larger landmass and thus cannot be explored on foot because of its sheer size. In terms of similarities, both a popular with tourists and busy in high season but neither is considered to be a party place. Koh Lipe is probably even quieter at night than Koh Lanta, simply because there are no roads with traffic. Both make for a good island getaway so the choice is yours.
The ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe takes approximately 90 minutes and costs 1,400 baht for an adult ticket. Keep in mind that you will have to pass through the onsite immigration checkpoint before departing Malaysia and then again through Thailand immigration upon reaching Lipe.
Monkeys inhabit the nearby islands such as Rawi and Adang.
It is dangerous to swim near the water taxis on some of the beaches and currents can at times be strong so you will need to be careful if snorkelling.
There is no airport on Lipe. The closest is fly to Hat Yai International Airport. From there you will need to go to Pak Bara pier and onward via ferry to Lipe.
The most popular activities to do with kids include exploring the beaches, snorkelling, sea kayaking and swimming, visiting Adang and camping overnight, seeing a fire show in the evening, and exploring walking street
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