Travel from Phuket to Koh Lipe

There are two ways to travel from Phuket to Koh Lipe:

  • One option is to travel by road to one of the mainland piers further south, Pakbara Pier is closest to Koh Lipe, to take a cheaper and shorter sea crossing to Koh Lipe.
  • The other option is to take a direct speedboat or fast ferry from Phuket to Koh Lipe, which is the fastest way to do the journey.

Ferry Times from Phuket to Koh Lipe

There are currently 3 services a day from Phuket to Koh Lipe available to book online.

PhuketKoh LipeTicketCompany
08:3013:30฿ 2,500Bundhaya Speed Boat
08:3013:30฿ 2,450Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club
11:0016:45฿ 2,490Tigerline Travel
  • Bundhaya Speed Boat and Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club operate shared speedboat services on this route.

Buy Tickets from Phuket to Koh Lipe

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  • All foreign visitors are required to pay a 200 THB fee on arrival in Koh Lipe to the National Park authorities which is not included in the ticket price and does not go to the transport operators.
  • Speed boat services to Koh Lipe arrive onto the beach with floating plastic pontoons which allow passengers to disembark without needed to walk in the water. Ferry services to Koh Lipe dock into a floating pier from where they are ferried by wooden boats to the sea shore.

Ferry Pier in Phuket

Passenger ferries and speedboat services from Phuket to Koh Lipe depart from Rassada Pier.

Google Map of Rassada Pier

Arrival in Koh Lipe

Ferry and speedboat services from Phuket arrive at Pattaya Beach in Koh Lipe during the tourist high season. During the low season when the weather is more windy ferries and speed boats arrive at Sunrise Beach on the other side of the island.

Google Map of Pattaya Beach

About Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is a small island, just 3 km long by 1.8 km at its widest point. Koh Lipe is to the south of two much larger uninhabited islands, Koh Adang and Koh Ra Wai, which are easily visible from Koh Lipe’s North Coast beach.

One Town in Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe has a single town which occupies the centre of island centred on Walking Street, which runs from Pattaya Beach to Sunrise Beach. Pattaya Beach is where boat and ferry services arrive and depart and is the busiest beach on the island. Most visitors to the island, however, choose to swim and sunbathe on Sunrise Beach on the other side of the island, which is a narrow strip of sand 1.3 km long lined with resorts and restaurants.

Sunrise Beach in Koh Lipe
Sunrise Beach in Koh Lipe
Tourism in Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is not as busy as Koh Phi Phi, partly because getting there involves a long journey because the island is a long way south of popular destinations such as Phuket and Krabi, and it tends to attract a different type of tourist. Koh Lipe has a fairly high percentage of Malaysian tourists as well because it is easy to reach from the Malaysian tourist island of Langkawi.

Things to do in Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe doesn’t have any historical sites to visit or local cultural attractions to visit but it does have very clear coastal waters rich in sea life. In addition to snorkelling and scuba diving a popular activity for visitors to the island is hire a local taxi boat for trips around the nearby islands.

In the evening there are plenty of places to eat and drink in and around walking street with a variety of types of food on offer including seafood, Indian food, Italian food, Western food and of course traditional Thai food. Koh Lipe is a great place for 1 or 2 week beach holidays for families or couples.

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