Travelling to Koh Lipe is not so tough. Koh Lipe is 60km from the nearby Thai port of Pak Bara, and 40km from Langkawi. Pak Bara is the primary pier for reaching Koh Lipe, with speedboats running all year unless otherwise noted. The journey to or from Koh Lipe & Pak Bara takes around 1.5-2 hours.
The most convenient method of travelling to Koh Lipe is from either Pak Bara or Langkawi, however throughout the high season these are not the only ways on getting here. The high season is from early November to late April and there are speed boats and ferryboats connecting Koh Lipe with all the islands and locations up and down the coast – consisting of Koh Lanta, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.
Throughout the low season, from May to the end of October, the only direct boats for getting to Koh Lipe are from Pak Bara. Travelling to Koh Lipe from Langkawi you can travel through Satun to Pak Bara and take a speed boat to Koh Lipe. The journey between Pak Bara and Koh Lipe takes about 90 minutes direct, however throughout the season some boats stop at Tarutao National Marine Park or other islands along the way – producing a longer journey.
From Bangkok – There are many flights each day from Bangkok to Hat Yai with Thai Airlines or Air Asia taking about 1 hour. The easiest and cheapest option from anywhere in the North is to fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai then a mini van or taxi to Pak Barra. You can book a flight here or train and bus tickets here. The nearest town to Koh Lipe with an airport as well as a train station is Hat Yai. Taking the train from Bangkok to Hat Yai is also an option. The journey takes around 15 hours, and there are five trains daily from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station: 13:00, 14:45, 15:10, 15:35 and 22:50.
From Hat Yai – Travel to Pak Bara, the journey by taxi takes about 90 minutes. When booking a flight make sure you leave enough time to catch a ferry or speed boat. If your flight or train arrives in Hat Yai before 10.00am, you will have time to make it for the last ferry in Pak Bara to Koh Lipe. From here just take one of the boats direct to Koh Lipe, the journey takes approx. 1.5-2 hours and is about 60km.
From Phuket – During the high season you can travel down by ferry or speed boat to Koh Lipe. The coastal road in this area has got some great scenery. You can travel by bus or taxi to Pak Bar, and catch a speed boat to Koh Lipe. Pak Bara is the main pier for reaching Koh Lipe, speedboats run all year unless otherwise noted.
From Langkawi – This route is open only during high season. Once you’ve made it to Langkawi you are only a short boat ride to Koh Lipe. This route can get very busy and you should book your tickets in advance and remember to confirm your return ticket too. The boat journey from Langkawi is approximately 30km to Koh Lipe. If you are wanting to travel from Langkawi during low season, you must first go to Satun or Hat Yai for a visa, then from there to Pak Bara as there is no immigration on Koh Lipe during this time of year.
From Other Destinations – If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, you can fly direct to Langkawi or Hat Yai. The other options are to take a bus or train to Hat Yai and then taxi to Pak Bara.
As you can see there are plenty of ways for travelling to Koh Lipe. As soon as you show up on Koh Lipe island the speed boat or ferryboat will stop offshore beyond the coral reefs on Pattaya Beach. You will then leave the boat straight into a smaller long tail taxi boat, who will then bring you ashore. The boats will take you anywhere around the island for 50 THB per person – simply let them know the name of the resort you are staying at and they will take you to the closest beach.