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Getting to Koh Lipe
Flights are available to Krabi, Trang and Hat Yai. By boat from Pak Bara via Ko Bulon or Koh Tarutao in three hours (leaves at about 3 p.m.). Fly to Hat Yai (AirAsia) or Trang (Nokair) and take a Minibus to Pak Bara (needs about 2 hours) or Hat Yao Pier in Trang (1 hour). Tigerlinetravel boats connect Langkawi with Koh Lipe, Koh Lanta and Phuket. From Hat Yao Pier the boat leaves at 1 p.m. and arrives about 3.30 at Lipe. You can book the bus from Trang airport and the boat ticket combined.
AirAsia and Nokair offer combi tickets for a flight to Hat Yai, a minibus to Pak Bara and a speedboat to Koh Lipe. This is well organized and quite inexpensive.
Another option is the Bundhayaspeedboat from Koh Lanta via Koh Ngai and Koh Mook to Ko Lipe.
Regular boat traffic is from December to April, in low season depending on weather conditions. From May to November it is possible, that there are no boats available, so it is advised to check before going.
The third option is from Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia. Langkawi can be reached very easily by plane from Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia flies from London to Kuala Lumpur and from KL to Langkawi. But this option is only available during season from November till May.
Boats for a trip to or from Langkawi island:
- with Tigerlinetravel at 4.00 pm to Awana Resort Pier (back in the morning at 9.00 am)
- with speed boats at Bundhaya Resorts at 10.30 am and at 4.30 pm to Telaga Harbor Pier (back at 9.30 am and at 2.30 pm Malayan time = +1 hr)
Weather and climate
The climate on Koh Lipe is tropical with a rainy period from mid My till mid November and some afternoon showers around the year. The daytime temperature ranges between 28 and 33 degrees Celsius and the water temperature is around 28-29 degrees. Best traveling time is from November till May, high season from mid December till mid March. A good time to travel is also April and December, when it is not yet too full and the weather is quite good and sunny.
- time zone: GMT plus 7 Stdn
- mobile phone: possible
- electricity: 220 volt with US and Euro plug
- wifi: everywhere available
- vaccination: not mandatory
- ATM and banks: no banks but ATM machines available
- medical care: very small hospital and pharmacies available