Arriving at Koh Lipe from Langkawi

How to Go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe to Langkawi

The seriously relaxed island of Koh Lipe, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the south of Thailand is known for its white sandy beaches, diving, and snorkeling.  It’s also a great location close to the border with Malaysia, so if you’re visiting both countries it’s a great place to enter Malaysia from and vice versa.  While you’re here, you’ll want to explore some of the other nearby 50 islands that make up the gorgeous Tarutao National Park, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Let’s get here first!  This guide covers whether you’re going from Langkawi to Koh Lipe or Koh Lipe to Langkawi as you’ll need to know the best way to travel between these two destinations.  We also cover the details of immigration – so keep your passport handy!  There are several options for transport between Langkawi and Koh Lipe, but what’s the best way to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe?  And what are the options for traveling to Koh Lipe from Langkawi?  Here’s our guide on how to get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi.

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The Best Way to Go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

The Langkawi to Lipe ferry is seasonal. And runs usually between October and May and is the easiest way to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe. You’ll need to choose which ports you leave from + enter. Book early for a guaranteed seat.

Where is Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe, also called Ko Lipe – the name means “thin island” is in Satun Province, Thailand and it’s 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the northwestern coast of Langkawi, Malaysia, and around 200 kilometers to the southeast of the Thai island of Phuket.  Koh Lipe is off the Andaman Coast of Thailand and is included in the Butang/Adang Archipelago group of islands.

Arrivals in Koh Lipe go to either Pattaya Beach (usually in the high season) or Sunrise Beach (in the low season), but the island is small and easily walkable, so it’s not far between the two.

How to Go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe – Transport Options

The best way to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe (and from Koh Lipe to Langkawi) depends on WHEN you’re going. If you’re traveling in the high season (October to May), then you have the most options. I’ve included a section on traveling outside of high season, as its more complicated.

In this guide on how to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe, the easiest way to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi, and the cheapest way to get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi.  Much of the best way for you to go between Langkawi and Koh Lipe depends on where you want to leave Langkawi from – or where you want to arrive in Langkawi from Koh Lipe. If you’re heading to Langkawi, then our guide to Langkawi is here.

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How to get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi in High Season

For transport from Koh Lipe to Langkawi, then you have several options and they all involve boats!  There is no airport on the island, the closest airport to Koh Lipe is Hat Yai on mainland Thailand, and I’m not even going to contemplate how long and painful that journey would be and it’s completely unnecessary during high season.

There are several different ferry options to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi and we’ll cover them all, the fastest, cheapest (although to be fair they’re all about the same price), and the easiest way to get from Langkawi to Koh Lipe.  You’ll need to know where you’re staying in Langkawi before booking your trip between Koh Lipe and Langkawi, as it will be MUCH easier to select your transport options.

You can book your ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe here. 

You can see the various Langkawi and Koh Lipe immigration points as well as the ferry ports in our map later in this article.

Essentials for Traveling from Koh Lipe to Langkawi and Langkawi to Koh Lipe

There are FOUR key really important things to know about this journey. 

  1.  Koh Lipe is in Thailand.  Langkawi is in Malaysia.  This means you’ll need to ensure you have the appropriate visa and entry requirements.   For entry to Thailand many nationalities can get 30-45 days with a visa on arrival (check here), for entry to Malaysia many nationalities are allowed up to 90 days with a visa on arrival (check here)
  2. Thailand and Malaysia are in DIFFERENT time zones.  Malaysia is one hour ahead of Thailand.  So don’t forget to set your watch, and consider this when working out how long the ferry journey actually is!
  3. Services WILL differ between high season (usually mid-October to May) and low season (the rest of the time.  This is because of the sea state and the number of visitors.  You can check seasonal dates and times here.
  4. You have a choice of departures from Langkawi – either Kuah Jetty or Telaga Terminal. While Telaga Terminal is closer to the main tourist area of Pantai Cenang, there is also NOTHING there.

Buying Tickets for the Langkawi to Koh Lipe Ferry

You can buy tickets for these ferries in loads of places in Langkawi. Do you need to buy tickets for the Langkawi to Koh Lipe ferry in advance? Yes. Especially if you’re traveling in high season. The ferries get booked up. There are two ferries a day from eahc of Kuah Jetty and Telaga, and especially if you’re short on time, you’ll want to get to Koh Lipe as soon as you can and not spend most of the day sitting around at a ferry terminal.

If you buy a ticket from an agent along the streets in Langkawi then you will HAVE to pay cash, in Malaysian Ringgits. That’s not such a problem as ATM withdrawals are free in Malaysia, but if don’t have a fee free currency card like the Wise card, then you should book your tickets online. We booked online. It was quick, easy and we got our tickets on email instantly. You don’t need a printed ticket at the ferry terminal, the email confirmation is ok.

When you buy tickets in person you will get the choice of “inclusive of transfer to the ferry terminal” or not. If there are two of more of you, decline the transfer and get yourself a Grab. It’s more comfortable and you won’t be sat around waiting for a transfer.

Booking tickets online to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

As well as booking your tickets from vendors in Langkawi – just walk along the main street in Pantai Cenang and you’ll see them (prices as of January 2024 are 160 MYR without a transfer to the jetty, or 170 MYR with a transfer), you will need to pay CASH, there are no cards accepted.

If you’re wanting to use a card, then you have several options to book a ticket from Langkawi to Koh Lipe.

You have three primary options for booking ferry tickets to Koh Lope from Langkawi (and the opposite way around).  Keep reading to work out which Langkawi port to leave from.

12goAsia – offer ferries from Kuah Jetty and Telaga Harbor to Koh Lipe

Bookaway – ferries from Telaga Harbor and Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe

Klook – ferries from both locations to Koh Lipe (and they often have discounts and sales)

Telaga Terminal – you can also book directly with Telaga Terminal for ferries from Telaga to Koh Lipe.

Langkawi to Koh Lipe Immigration

You need to go through immigration in Langkawi BEFORE you get on the ferry or speedboat to Koh Lipe. There’s an immigration station at both Kuah Jetty and one at Telaga Harbor, so it doesn’t matter which speedboat you take you’ll get through immigration.

Your first step is to check in for your ferry. Once you’ve checked in, the boat staff will tell you where to go and when to go up to the immigraiton line. Immigration at both Kuah Jetty and Telaga ONLY opens once the boat is ready to board. There’s no point getting here hours earlier than necessary, as you CANNOT go through immigration until it opens.

How to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

The primary consideration when traveling from Langkawi to Koh Lipe should be WHAT TIME OF DAY you’re traveling. If you’re staying near Pantai Cenang, then its a shorter distance from there to the Telaga Terminal Jetty than it is to Kuah Jetty. However, the Telaga Terminal jetty has very few facilities. And very little shade in the waiting area.

Telaga Harbor to Koh Lipe

If you’re staying in Pantai Cenang, the main tourist area of Langkawi, then this is the shortest route to Koh Lipe for you.  The Telaga Harbour to Koh Lipe route is also the shorter route if you’re staying in Pantai Kok or near the airport in Langkawi. However, I *only* recommend this is you’re traveling in the morning.

Ferries to Koh Lipe from Telaga Harbor take about 90 minnutes and there are usually (in high season) two ferries a day – one in the morning and one in the early afternoon.  You can check the ferry times to Koh Lipe from Telaga Harbour here.

Getting to Telaga Harbor from Pantai Cenang

It’s 15 kilometers (9 miles) to Telaga Harbor from Pantai Cenang, which is about a 20-minute taxi ride.  Taxi rates are regulated on Langkawi, and the prices are set. A taxi from Pantai Cenang to Telaga costs 40 MYR. However, you can also use Grab to to go Telaga Harbor. Check the price of a Grab ride here. Our Grab in January 2024 cost 16 MYR. There are no buses from Pantai Cenang to Telaga Terminal.

Telaga Harbor Terminal
Telaga Harbor Terminal

Telaga Harbor Check In for the Ferry

You’ll need to arrive around 60-90 minutes before your ferry to go through customs and Malaysia immigration at Telaga Harbor.  First thing to do is check in. Drop your large bags just through the terminal (don’t worry you’ll be collecting them later to take onto the ferry), and turn left when you see the waiting area. Check in at Telaga Terminal is just after the Cofi shop.

Check in at Telaga Terminal for Koh Lipe Ferry
Check in at Telaga Terminal for Koh Lipe Ferry

If you’re in a group, just send ONE person to check in. You’ll need your ticket confirmation and all passports. You do NOT need to print your tickets, the QR code or email receipt is fine.

You’ll be given a printed boarding pass and a Thai immigration form to complete. You need to complete this BEFORE you go through Malayisian immigration, as it will be taken off you. Keep reading.

Thailand Immigration Form
Thailand Immigration Form

Telaga Harbor Facilities

Once you’ve checked in for the Langkawi to Koh Lipe ferry you just have to wait. There is a waiting area, down at the lower dock level (see the photos), but there are very few seats that in the shade. If you’re traveling from here in the morning this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you’re waiting for the 14:30 ferry to Koh Lipe from Langkawi it is brutally hot.

Waiting Area at Telaga Termin
Waiting Area at Telaga Termin

Note that after you’ve checked in you are NOT in a restricted area, so you do NOT have to stay here. The only restricted area is AFTER you’ve gone through immigration (and you do NOT go through immigration until the ferry is ready to board). So you’re free to wander off. Do NOT leave any valuables, although your large bags should be safe enough here. Here are the facilities that you’ll find at Telaga Terminal.

There is a small coffee shop booth here, you’ll have walked past it while checking in. But its a takeaway, so you’ll have to go down to the waiting area. There are limited seats in the building that you walked through to check in. (and there are also toilets at Telaga Terminal, in this building).

If you want to eat, then you have three options.

Check to see if the Coffee booth has any pastries (they didn’t when we were there, they didn’t have anything other than Coffee)

Coffee Shop Telaga Terminal
Coffee Shop Telaga Terminal

Walk back outside the ferry building and across the road. There are two food trucks selling rojack and noodles. They usually don’t open until about 12:30, so they’re no good if you are here in the morning.

Food Trucks Telaga Terminal
Food Trucks Telaga Terminal

Walk back outside the ferry terminal building and turn LEFT, and walk about 20 meters. There’s a gas station here. Inside is blissfully air conditioned. And huge. There are loads of prepackaged snacks for sale, including noodles and cold drinks. There’s also a boiling water station, some seats and an ATM in here. Perfect!

Inside Gas Station Telaga Terminal

Departing Telaga Harbor Customs and Immigration

When you are called – there will be a general announcement – i.e. someone will shout, then you can line up to go through immigration.

You don’t go through immigration (to exit Malaysia) until the ferry is ready to board. That means it usually starts about 30 minutes MAX before the departure time. If you’re waiting for the inbound ferry (which you will be if you’re taking the 2:30pm Langkawi to Koh Lipe ferry), then you have to wait until all the inbound passengers have entered Malaysia and the ferry has been cleared.

The entrance to immigration is that non-descript little barrier that is straight ahead just after the coffee booth. And you’ll just line up there and go through. Should you line up here as soon as you arrive? No. The ONLY benefit of lining up earlier, is that you’ll get on the boat quicker, when they start to board. And that has A/C. Other than that there’s no point in getting on 10 minutes earlier than anyone else does. And you’ll see why when you arrive in Koh Lipe.

Entrance Barrier to Immigration Telaga Terminal
Entrance Barrier to Immigration Telaga Terminal

You’ll need to collect your big bags if you stacked them up while you sat and waited. And then walk through towards immigraiton. You’ll be asked if you’ve got your bags. (they will be put on the next ferry if you haven’t, but I don’t recommend it).

There are no photos or cell phones allowed to be used in immigration. After you’ve stamped out of Malaysia, in the amazingly COLD A/C of immigration, you’ll walk to the top of the ramp and hand over your passport to the boat crew, along with your completed Thai immigration form. Your boarding pass will be ripped in half and you’ll get half of it back.

Boarding the Telaga Langkawi Ferry to Koh Lipe

Walk down the ramp – with your bags – and board the ferry. You give you big bags to the boat crew once you’ve got on the ferry and they will stack them up. You get them back on the beach in Koh Lipe. Find a seat.

Seating inside the Ferry to Koh Lipe
Seating inside the Ferry to Koh Lipe

There are two decks on this ferry, both inside. The lower deck and the upper deck. It does NOT matter where you sit. The ride is relatively comfortable. Seats are arranged in blocks of FOUR, one on either side of the aisle. There are toilets at the back. The boat is air conditioned.

Disembarking the Telaga Langkawi Ferry to Koh Lipe

When you arrive in Koh Lipe the ferry stops about 150 meters out from the beach. This is because its very shallow water here. Everyone has to get off the ferry and clamber down into a longtail boat. The longtail boats fees are included in your ferry ticket and no one is going to ask you for any money. Your big bag stays on the ferry and will be transported once all passengers are off the ferry.

Getting on a Longtail Boat At Koh Lipe
Getting on a Longtail Boat At Koh Lipe

Longtails pull up on either side of the ferry and just get out of whatever side is convenient.

Longtails and Ferry Koh Lipe
Longtails and Ferry Koh Lipe

When the longtail is full then it will motor towards the beach. The longtails pull up at the floating jetty and you climb off there and get onto the beach without getting your feet wet.

Longtail to Koh Lipe Floating Jetty
Longtail to Koh Lipe Floating Jetty
Floating Jetty on Koh Lipep
Floating Jetty on Koh Lipe

Arriving in Koh Lipe Customs and Immigration

When you arrive at Koh Lipe immigration is at Pattaya Beach (don’t worry you’ll be shepherded to the right place). There are actually TWO Koh Lipe immigration points, one by each of the floating jetties, so it depends on which boat you take as to which immigration station you go to.

But don’t worry, you’ll get off the floating jetty, turn right and walk to where you’re shepherded to – i.e. the ferry check in,which is also the immigration point. The boat crew will just point you to the right place.

Immigration on Koh Lipe
Immigration on Koh Lipe

There will be two groups of people at this point. Those arriving in Koh Lipe and those waiting for the ferry from Koh Lipe to Langkawi. For something that happens twice a day at least its gloriously chaotic. There are seats for perhaps 40 people in the shade, at the base of the steps to immigration.

Koh Lipe Immigration and National Park Fee
Koh Lipe Immigration and National Park Fee

The boat crew now will call out your names to go and collect your passports. They do this by full name and passport country. We were lucky enough to be numbers 1 and 2 to be called out! First time ever! And long may it continue. However, this is why it doesn’t actually matter if you get on the ferry first. Because (apart from A/C) you’re going to be stuck here waiting for Thai immigration.

Walk up the steps to immigration, hand over your passport and Thai immigration form and you’ll be stamped into Thailand. Now walk around the building and down the steps to the National Park guys. That’s right Koh Lipe is in the Tarutao National Marine Park. And you have to pay.

How to Pay for the National Park Pass in Koh Lipe

The National Park Pass that you need to pay for in Koh Lipe costs 200 THB for 5 days. If you stay longer than 5 days you have to return to this point and get another ticket. For 200 THB.

What currency can you use to buy the Koh Lipe National Park Pass?

If you’ve just arrived from Langkawi and don’t have any Thai Baht, then you can pay in Malyasian Ringitt (its 35 MYR), or US Dollars (it’s US$8). Debit and Credit Cards are NOT accepted for the National Park Fee in Koh Lipe.

If you want to make a quick dash to the nearest ATM, its about 4 minutes walk away up Walking Street (walk along the beach until you see the sign for Walking Street), head up there and its a Krung Sri ATM and costs 220 THB for a withdrawal. Note if you do this you’ll have to do it BEFORE you get called for your passport. We paid in Malaysian.

And yes. I know it was a dreadful exchange rate. We had tried the previous day in Langkawi to exchange MYR but both of the exchanges that we went to had sold out of Thai Baht.

Collecting your luggage from the Langkawi to Koh Lipe Ferry

While you’ve been waiting to get stamped into Thailand, the longtail boats have been ferrying backwards and forwards bringing all the big bags from the ferry. The bags are piled up on the sand, or a mat on the sand by a crew working in a chain to get them off. If you’re staying at a resort, then the crew will load your bags onto a trolley and transport them for you.

Luggage Arriving on Koh Lipe
Luggage Arriving on Koh Lipe

If like us you’re staying a a regular hotel (ours is the center of the island the Lipe Inn – decent bed, great shower, excellent A/C, pretty awful WiFi), then someone will direct you how to walk there.

And that’s it. You’re done. You’re in Koh Lipe! Sawadee!

Was it an easy journey? Yes. Would I do it again? Yes, BUT next time I’d go from Kuah Ketty to Koh Lipe – there’s virtually no facilities at Telaga, its brutally hot in the afternoon and there’s no shade. There’s a huge amount of sitting around and waiting, and at least at Kuah there’s seating inside in the shade and places to eat and drink.

Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe Ferry

IMHO, if you’re traveling in the afternoon Kuah Jetty is a better departure point from Langkawi. There are WAY more facilities here and there’s shade. Telaga Terminal gets REALLY, REALLY hot and there is very little shade there.

Kuah also benefits as being the main port on the island by having more departures to Koh Lipe (and other locations).  The journey time to Koh Lipe from Kuah Jetty is about 30 minutes longer than from Telaga Harbor.   The ferries and speedboats from Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe arrive at Pattaya Beach (aka the same place as the ones from Telaga) on Koh Lipe.

Check the times of ferries from Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe here.

Getting to Kuah Jetty from Pantai Cenang

It’s about 40 minutes by taxi to Kuah Jetty from Pantai Cenang, and shared taxis run this route regularly, a private taxi is about 40 MYR. Again, you can take a Grab. The price of Grabs depends on the demand at the time. When we looked first thing in the morning a Grab ride to Kuah Jetty from Pantai Cenang was 26 MYR, when it came to the time we wanted to travel it was 42 MYR, as there was high demand!

Departing Kuah Jetty Customs and Immigration

You’ll need to arrive 60-90 minutes before your ferry to go through customs and immigration at Kuah Jetty. first of all you’ll need to check in, and then do as instructed. 

Arriving in Koh Lipe Customs and Immigration

It’s the same process for arrivals in Koh Lipe.  You’ll arrive at Pattaya Beach via a floating dock and a small boat transfer.  Wait until your name is called and then go up.  Don’t forget to check your passport when you get it back.  And then you’ll need to pay for your National Park Pass (there are details above on how to do this)

You can check the times and prices of ferries from Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe here.

How to get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi in Low Season

The direct ferries from Langkawi to Koh Lipe only run during the high season (mid October to May), outside of those times you’ll need to come from Pak Bara and here are the details for low season Langkawi to Koh Lipe.

Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe via Satun

If you’re an off-season traveler like us, then this *could* be an option.  I say *could* because, like the Langkawi to Krabi route that I wrote about here – it’s not currently running.

Compared to the direct ferries above, this is a bit of a pain, but to be honest, when you’re traveling out of season it might be your only option.  It involves getting a ferry from Langkawi to Satun – you go through immigration at Tammalang Pier and then take a minivan to Pak Bara.  

Ferry from Langkawi to Satun

(Note as of January 2023 this is the bit of this route that is NOT running).  When it is running there are usually two ferries a day – although Ramadan affects this too.  One in the morning and one in the afternoon.  I’ll come back and update this when they are running again.  The ferries take 75 minutes and arrive at Tammalang Pier aka Satun.

Minivans from Tammalang Pier to Pak Bara

Once you’ve arrived at Tammalang Pier you need to take a minivan from here to Pak Bara.  This will take up to two hours if you find a minivan or longer if you need to use the bigger, public transport buses.  Alternatively, you can preorder a taxi to get you to Pak Bara (check rates here), which might be necessary if you want to catch the ferry from Pak Bara to Koh Lipe.  Keep reading.

Ferries from Pak Bara to Koh Lipe

There might be several companies running this trip, but they ONLY depart between 11 am and 1:30 pm, hence my note above about getting a taxi to get here!

Ferries to Koh Lipe from Pak Bara take around 90 minutes up to 3 hours and various companies run them, all of which get similar reviews, so pick the best timing for you.  And book a seat, otherwise, you’ll be hanging around for 24 hours in Pak Bara!

Check times, seats, and costs of ferries to Koh Lipe from Pak Bara here.

How to go from Koh Lipe to Langkawi

If you’re taking this route the other way around, – i.e. you’re going from Koh Lipe to Langkawi, then its the same boat options. And its a morning or afternoon departure. You’ll choose whether to go into Telaga Terminal or Kuah Ketty on Langkawi.

Buying tickets for the Koh Lipe to Langkawi Ferry

You can buy a ticket for these ferries pretty much anywhere on Koh Lipe, just take a walk down Walking Street and you’ll see them advertised everywhere. But you’ll have to pay cash. And in Thailand that means a HEFTY withdrawal fee. The Krung Sri ATM’s here charge 220 THB per withdrawal. So, consider booking online to save your cash for other things.

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Checking in for the Koh Lipe to Langkawi Ferry

You’ll check in at the immigration station on Pattaya Beach on Koh Lipe. There is limited seating in the shade, but there are also cafes and bars right next to immigration, so once you’re checked in you can get a cold drink.

Taking luggage on the Koh Lipe to Langkawi Ferry

Your (big) bags, will, once you’ve checked in, be piled on a mat on the sand to be transported via longtail boat to the ferry. You’ll see them again on the jetty in either Telaga or Kuah, depending on which port you’re traveling into in Langkawi.

Koh Lipe to Langkawi Immigration at Koh Lipe

Before you’re taken to the floating jetty to board the longtail boats that will take you to the ferry to Langkawi you’ll need to go through immigration on Koh Lipe. The crew here will call you up and take your passport off you once you’ve been stamped out of Koh Lipe. You’ll get it back en route to Malaysian immigration in Langkawi. There are TWO immigration points on Koh Lipe for Langkawi – one by each of the ferry checkin points. DON’T worry, you can’t miss them. Get to your ferry check in point and there’s an immigration right next to BOTH ferry check ins.

Boarding the Ferry from Koh Lipe to Langkawi

This is a three part boarding process. First you’ll be taken to the floating jetty on Pattaya beach, Koh Lipe, then you’ll get on a longtail board (there’s no extra charge for this), which takes you out to the ferry which is moored in deeper water. Then you’ll transfer from the longtail boat into the ferry. Your bags will be transfered by the boat crew, you don’t need to worry about heaving your heavy suitcase or backpack onboard.

Arriving in Langkawi from Koh Lipe

The crew will first remove all the big bags from the ferry and stash them on the jetty.

Luggage Arriving at Telaga Terminal
Luggage Arriving at Telaga Terminal

And then passengers will be let off the ferry in groups. Especially at Telaga, the sun is brutally hot and there’s no shade, and the crew here, do try and make sure that you’re not standing in the sun in a line waiting for immigration. A reminder, that as of 1 January 2024 you need to complete the digital Malaysian immigration form. prior to your arrival.

Walking from the ferry to immigration at Telaga
Walking from the ferry to immigration at Telaga

Arriving at Telaga Terminal

If you choose to arrive at Telaga Terminal, then here are a few key pieces of information to make your arrival easier.

  1. If you need cash, then there is an ATM at the adjacent gas station. ATM fees are generally free in Malaysia for withdrawals. The ATM in the gas station at Telaga is a fee-free withdrawal machine.
  2. There are no buses on Langkawi
  3. There will be taxis waiting here, but there will be more arrivals than taxis. A taxi from Telaga to Pantai Cenang will cost 40 MYR.
  4. You can also book a Grab, if you have internet access (there is no WiFi here, and there is also nowhere to buy a Malaysian Sim card). A Grab to Pantai Cenang will cost from 16 MYR, although when you’re arriving along with a ferry full of people you’re likely to hit surge pricing.
  5. Consider pre-booking a transfer to avoid the shenanigans of 3 and 4 above.

Popular Routes in Malaysia

Traveling around Malaysia? Here’s some of the most popular routes and the best ways to go between these places.

Map of Ports, Ferries & Boats going from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

You can also see the locations of ferries from Langkawi to Koh Lipe here

map of piers langkawi to ko lipe

What’s the best way to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe?

The best way to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi is the only way to go! By ferry.  It takes about 90 minutes to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi and the BEST departure point on Langkawi depends on your location on the island.

If you’re staying in Pantai Cenang in the morning then leave from Telaga Harbour – check options here

If you’re staying on the east of Langkawi or want to travel in the afternoon then leave from Kuah Jetty – check options here

Popular Routes in Thailand

Want to know more about different forms of transport in Thailand? Our guide to Thailand transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Thailand, your options, and how we did it.

The quickest way to get from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

The quickest way to get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi is to take the ferry from Telgaga Harbor.  It takes about 90 minutes on the ferry to Koh Lipe from Langkawi – BUT remember you are traveling internationally – and there is a time zone change, so budget your time appropriately!  You can book tickets from Langkawi to Koh Lipe here.

The easiest way to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi

The easiest way to get from Langkawi to Koh Lipe depends on where you are staying in Langkawi.  If you’re staying in Pantai Cenang, then it’s easiest to take a ferry from Telaga Harbor (check the prices and availability here).

The cheapest way to go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

To be fair all the ferry companies between Koh Lipe and Langkawi are about the same price.  – reserve your seats here.

Where to Stay on Koh Lipe

You’ll want to reserve your rooms early on Koh Lipe, especially during the high season. Here are my top picks for the places to stay on Koh Lipe.

Akira Beach Resort holds a prime beachfront location on Pattaya Beach, Koh Lipe and comes with 3 swimming pools, a garden, and a gym.  Rooms and suites here at this luxury Koh Lipe hotel come with walk-in showers or bathtubs, A/C, and incredible amenities.  This is a superb, luxury Koh Lipe hotel with a fabulous staff.  Check rates and availability here.

Just 300 meters from Pattaya Beach the Bloom Hostel and Café has a shared lounge and bar and offers dorm rooms with good facilities.  It’s clean, with comfortable beds and fabulous WiFi. This is a great place to stay on Koh Lipe to meet other travelers (and the bar is cheap too!).  Check availability here.

Nest Hostel Koh Lipe is well located in the center of the island and has good clean facilities and friendly staff.  There are hostel rooms and private rooms here and the owner and staff are excellent and helpful.  It’s a great budget Koh Lipe accommodation option.  You can see rates and availability here.

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Final Words on How to Go from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

The only way to go from Koh Lipe to Langkawi and return is by ferry as there is no airport on Koh Lipe.  During the high season, there are regular ferries to and from the islands, on the offseason, you *may* need to go via Satun and Pak Bara, although this route is not (Jan 2023) currently running.  This is an easy trip however, you’ll just need to select where you want to leave (or arrive on) Langkawi from, and plan from there!

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