Langkawi Island is one of South East Asia’s best kept secrets. Located at the confluence of the Straits of Malacca and the Andaman Sea off Malaysia’s northwest coast near the maritime border with Thailand, Langkawi comprises of 99 islands mostly covered in untouched rainforest. Its beaches are some of the region’s best and only three of the islands have been developed. While few buildings rise above the height of the beachside coconut trees, excellent infrastructure including an international airport, cruise liner berth and various well-managed tourist attractions are in place. In Langkawi it’s possible to relax and do absolutely nothing. However, for those who love nature and adventure, Langkawi offers sailing, watersports, jungle treks, diving, mangrove excursions, bird watching, fishing, mountain climbing, thrilling journeys into the rainforest canopy and visits to local villages and farms.
Where is Koh Lipe?
Koh Lipe is a small island in the Andaman Sea (that’s the Phuket side of Thailand) in the South near the Thai-Malay border. Koh Lipe is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, Thailand’s largest marine park. When we say small, we mean really small. Koh Lipe is about 3.5km by 2.5km and there are only a couple of thousand rooms on the whole island. This of course is part of its attraction, small, remote, surrounded by uninhabited islands and breathtaking beauty. There aren’t many places in Thailand which offer the same attractions.
Getting To Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is 60km from the nearest Thai port, Pak Bara, and 40km from Langkawi.. The easiest way to get to Koh Lipe is from either Pak Bara or Langkawi, but during the high season these are not the only ways to get here. The high season is from early November to late April and there are speed boats and ferries connecting Koh Lipe with all the islands and areas up and down the coast including Koh Lanta, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.
During the low season, from May to the end of October, the only direct boats to Koh Lipe are from Pak Bara. To get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi you can travel via Satun to Pak Bara and catch a speed boat to Koh Lipe.
The journey between Pak Bara and Koh Lipe takes about 90 minutes direct, but during the season some boats stop at Tarutao or other islands along the way making for a longer journey. Make sure you take some bottled water with you