You can easily reach the island of Koh Lipe from several places in Southern Thailand, all throughout the year.
From Pak Bara to Koh Lipe
Pak Bara is the main departure point for speedboats and ferries from mainland Thailand to the dreamy isles of the south Andaman Sea. This small and sleepy town is growing in popularity (thanks in part to Koh Lipe and its neighbours in the Tarutao Marine National Park). You'll find everything you need in town; from the ferry tickets themselves, to a good selection of eateries and accommodation. We recommend you buy your tickets from the pier, and not from the roadside touts. It's also worth considering in advance, whether you need a return ticket. Return tickets to Koh Lipe will take you back to Pak Bara, with the same ferry company. Once you're on Koh Lipe it's easy to buy tickets to various destinations, so consider erring on the side of flexibility. Also be aware of an intermittent 'Park Fee' (usually around 10 baht) and chargeable at Pak Bara pier.
There is no pier on Koh Lipe, but the locals have compensated by providing a unique service; expect an armada of traditional longtail boats to greet you, which will drop you off anywhere on the island for just 50 baht.
During the low season a ferry from Pak Bara to Koh Lipe is your only option, and we feel it's only fair to warn you that the seas can be more choppy at this time of year.
From Hat Yai to Pak Bara
The lively town of Hat Yai has become a popular stepping stone en route to Koh Lipe, with many local travel operators offering a shuttle service, including the 2 hour minibus service, and some will add in the subsequent ferry ticket. Another option is to take a private taxi, which can offer surprisingly good value for a small group. Prices vary, but expect to pay around 1200 baht for this.
From Phuket, Kao Lak, Krabi, Trang and Koh Samui
The beauty about travel in Thailand, is that it's an endless series of stepping stones. Reaching Koh Lipe from Phuket, Kao Lak, Krabi, Koh Samui or anywhere in the Gulf of Thailand is a breeze. Most travellers opt to stay the night on Koh Lanta, as it provides some of the most regular ferry services to Koh Lipe throughout the high season. From Trang you have the option to take a shuttle through to Pak Bara to connect with the regular service, or straight to the pier in Hat Yao where a ferry connects to Koh Lipe via Koh Laoliang.
The Island's of the Andaman Sea
Throughout the high season, there are regular ferries from several islands in the Andaman Sea to Koh Lipe. Popular ports include Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tarutao and Koh Lanta. Check with local operators for seasonal schedules.