Koh Lipe or Lipe Island, a small island with 3 sq.km. on the south of Adang island, Satun province. The island is 85 kilometers from Satun. ‘Lipe’ is from Melayu ‘Ni Pis’ means ‘flat’. Koh Lipe has no mountain and look like a boomerang. You can walk around the island, no need to rent a motorbike. In case you want to grab a motorbike, it costs 50 THB to any corner of the island. Koh Lipe has 3 main beaches which are Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Ban Da Ya (aka Pattaya beach) Beach. The highlight of Koh Lipe is crystal clear water and idyllic spots for snorkeling and diving. Best time to be here is from November to mid-May. Additionally, be more careful, all snorkel spots around Koh Lipe will be closed every year on May 16th until October 15th.
✈️ By Airplane
Leaving from Bangkok It’s the fastest way, flights leaving from Suvarnnabhum Intl airport or Don Meaung airport are available. However, you need to be landed at Hat Yai intl airport first and then take a bus to Pak Bara pier because Satun province has no its own airport. The flight will take 1.25 hrs. and 1 more hour to the pier. There is 2 times of a van from airport to the pier, 9.30 am and 11.30 am. After that, get on speedboat for 1.30 hr to Koh Lipe. Let’s see an available date for the ticket and see which airlines fly to Hat Yai airport as below;
Don Mueang Airport
🚌 By Bus
Leaving from Bangkok This will take around 15 hours, you need to get on a bus at Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Borommaratchachonnani Rd.) and continue get a speedboat to Koh Lipe after. There are many bus companies from BKK to Satun (direct bus) which are; Khon Song 999 ltd., Tel. 1490 Website http://www.transport.co.th/ Sri Suthep Tour ltd., Tel. 02-894-6167,02-894-6166 Website https://e-busticket.com/
🚆 By Train
Leaving from Bangkok You also need to buy a train ticket to drop-off at Hat Yai train station because Satun has its own train station. You can book ticket of Bangkok – Yala or Bangkok-Hat Yai route, 14 hours is your journey time from BKK to Hat Yai and then take a boat to Koh Lipe later. So, you need to make sure that you don’t have time condition. You can check timetable and book train ticket here www.railway.co.th
🛳 By Boat
Leaving from Pak Bara pier (Satun)
Most speedboat will depart from this pier to Koh Lipe, 1.30 hr to the island. The boat will stop at Koh Khai and Koh Tarutao on the way for taking a walk and exploring around. There are 4 times for the speedboat to Koh Lipe leaving from this pier which are on 09.30 am,11.30am,1.30pm and 3.30 pm.
Leaving from Phuket (Rassada pier)
Anyone who stays in Phuket and looks for a new island to explore, Koh Lipe should be noted on your vacay list! Only 1 time per day of speedboat from Phuket to Koh Lipe, on 8.30 am and this journey takes 5 hours.
Leaving from Phi Phi Don Island
From Phi Phi Don Island to Koh Lipe takes around 4 hours and there is only 1 time per day for speedboat which is on 9.30 am.
Leaving from Koh Lanta
There are 2 times of speedboat to Koh Lanta which are on 9.00am and 10.30 am. These times are different in term of vehicles ; 9.00am will be included van from Koh Lanta and change to a speedboat when you arrive at Pak Bara pier. While 10.30 am will be included direct boat to Koh Lipe. So, direct boat on 10.30 am will be faster than 9.00am because you don’t need to switch from van to speedboat. Please note that the boat from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe will operate from October 20th-April 30
Leaving from Klong Jilad pier (Krabi)
There is only 1 service time per day which is on 9.00 am, takes around 4.30 hours. Boat will depart from Klong Jirad pier.
1. Watching sunrise at Sunrise Beach
Sunrise beach is extremely popular for tourists to watch sunrise, there are 2 small islands in the front of this beach which are Koh Kra and Koh Usen. There are several restaurants, bars and the walking street.
2. Watching sunset at Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach or Pramong beach is a small beach for watching sunset. From this beach you will see Koh Adang and Koh Rawi in the distance. Sunset beach is quieter than Bandaya beach and Sunrise beach. The must-go place here is Zodiac See Sun Bar, a unique bar and restaurant for you to take a sip of beer while watching sunset.
3. Exploring the Walking Street
The only one walking street on Koh Lipe where you can buy and see lot of restaurants. Most restaurants sell fresh seafood and bars at the end of street. Walking pass and see how the nightlife on this island would be!
4. Koh Khai
A tiny island on the way to Koh Lipe. This island is famous for couple because it has natural stone arched which is called ‘Eternity Arched’. So, legend says if couple hold their hands and walk pass the arched, their love will be forever.
5. Hin Ngam island
The island is full of black shiny rocks and forest is in the middle. Although other islands are famous for their white sand beach, Ko Hin Ngam is still the most outstanding island with no sand in Satun province also it is the only one black shiny rocks island in ASEAN.
6. Snorkeling at nearby islands
Snorkeling around Koh Lipe need to be on your bucket list when you are here! Well known islands for snorkeling are Koh Adang, Koh Yao, Koh Hin Sorn, Koh Dong etc. Most islands are full of several species of corals for example staghorn coral, brain coral, colourful soft coral etc.
7. Scuba diving and freediving at Jabang Pinnacle
Jabang is a large, submerged pinnacle that stretches down before reaching the sandy bottom. It is surrounded by a scattering of smaller pinnacles and is near to Koh Adang and Koh Rawi. This pinnacle coming up to 3m/9ft of the surface from the maximum depth of about 30m/98ft. You are going to see hard coral patches, barrel sponges, crinoids, gorgeous green tree corals, and a thick carpet of purple, red, pink, and yellow soft corals covering granite rocks.