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Koh Lipe is a small island in Southern Thailand and is part of the Butang Islands in Tarutao National Marine Park. Being located in the Andaman sea, only 1 hour by speed boat from Langkawi, it boasts generally very calm and clear waters making it perfect for a day of snorkeling or diving. The island itself is quite small, there is a path around the island which takes approx 1 ½ hours to circumnavigate.Getting there
There is a speedboat that leaves from Telaga Harbour daily from November to May. There is no jetty on Koh Lipe, depending on tides you will arrive directly onto the beach or onto a pontoon and be delivered to the beach by a long tail boat. Be prepared to get your feet wet!
Transfer company: Koh Lipe Shuttle
Phone: +604 959 2202
Cost RM 228pp return trip
Alternativly, there is tiger line ferries which are a little slower and a new operator completing daily trips from Awana Harbour. If you are looking to overnigt, try one of the charter companies such as Blue Water Star Sailing in Langkawi who could sail up and you could overnight on the boat.
45 minute speed boat transfer from Awana Porto Malai (05 minutes from Pantai Cenang). Departs at 9.00am and returns at 5pm. Be at Awana 1 hour prior departure for immigration purposes. Thai immigration done at Barracudda on Pattaya Beach. Operates November to May.
Transfer company Andaman Vacation
Phone: +6012 463 6899 Mr.Adam
Cost RM125 per person per way /RM 240 (RETURN)
Approximate Itinerary for a daytrip via Koh Lipe Shuttle
Operates: November to May
8.30am Arrive Telaga Harbour near Service Station. Register upstairs in the main office and pay for transfers, clear
Malaysian Immigration, complete Thai immigration forms & handover your passport.9.00am Change money at Maybank underneath the KFC (open 7 days)
Note: If you are diving, you may pay by take credit card
9.30am Depart Telaga Harbour – Normally a 1 hour Trip
9.40am Arrive at Koh Lipe – Thai Time
10.00am If diving, walk west from immigration about 200 meters to Ocean Pro Divers near Varin Resort. There is also many other diver operations.
3.30pm Check in at Immigration Office for return home transfer.
4-4.30pm Depart from Immigration in front of Bundhaya Resort 6.30pm Arrive Langkawi and wait for immigration
7.00pm Depart Telaga HarbourWhat to take
Take sunscreen, sandals for walking on sand, towels and Thai Baht for food, drinks and boat trips. Snorkelling equipment can be hired at a number of places on the island if you do not have your own. You must have your Passport. Koh Lipe is 1 hour behind Langkawi.Snorkelling
Good snorkeling can be had directly out from the main beach, Pattaya, which is also where you arrive from Langkawi. You will see many Anenome (clown) fish, Barracuda, Cornetfish, Snapper, Angel and Butterfly fish with a high possibility of seeing Pufferfish and even a Morey eel amongst the coral. Snorkeling equipment is available for rent on the beach and try the south end of Pattaya beach, in front of Bundhaya resort and immigration as the best area for snorkeling.Diving:
Diving is done around the nearby islands with generally good visibility and some wonderful soft and hard corals and many different species of fish. Diving can be arranged through Ocean Pro Divers. They do daily dive trips aboard their 20m vessel MV Chalalai which includes lunch and drinks and 2 dives. They have experienced instructors and guides and full safety facilities. They also hire out all the necessary equipment should you require it and cater to all levels of diver.
Company: Ocean Pro Divers
Phone: +66 089 572 1324 or +66 081 5721324
Cost 2 Dives: 2,200 Baht
Hire of Equipment 500 Baht
Includes Lunch, Boat Transfers, Diving
Note: When booking, it is advantageous to advise equipment requirements, fin size, BCD size, weights required. You will need to complete the paperwork once there.
Another alternative dive shop is:
Company: Sabye Divers
Cost 2 dives 2200 baht plus equipment rentals 600 baht per complete set. This trip includes lunch.
Snorkeling trips are 900 baht and include equipment and lunch.
Please let them know your height, weight and shoe size when booking so they can reserve equipment for you. They also rent kayaks, snorkeling gear, standup paddleboards and windsurfers at their Sunset Beach location.
They also have a great restaurant on the beach where you can relax and swim in clear water with very few boads coming around.Eating & Drinking:
There is some very good Thai and Western food available on Koh Lipe, Vrecommended is Varin Resort for Thai food and Bundhaya for Western options. Also excellent is Mango sticky rice, available on the village path through the centre of the island. A word of warning, if you are eating the BBQ at the far end of the beach near Daya Resort, there are some sea gypsies who do a BBQ. They like to short change your fish and calamari and can become aggressive when confronted that thay have short changed you.
There are many spa options though try Armin who is beside the pancake shop. tHe is able to provide a much better treatment as he trained for many years in Thai Hospitols and colledges. the prices are around 300 Bart per hour, though the rooms are very basic.Immigration
If you are doing at one day trip to Koh Lipe from Langkawi the local immigration staff in Koh Lipe will hold onto your passport for the day and it will be returned to you upon arriving back in Langkawi.
If you are staying overnight then your passport will be passed to the Thai immigration official who will stamp your passport and return it to you. You will then need to check in at 1.30 on the day or your departure leaving your passport at immigration and it will be returned to you after arriving back in Langkawi.Money
You will need Thai Baht for incidentals during your time, there is a Maybank currency exchange at Telaga Harbour or you can change Ringgit on the island.