koh lipe to koh mook

How to Go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

There are 1430 islands in Thailand, and while only around 50 of them are inhabited I’m pretty sure that we’ve taken a boat between a lot of them!  Today’s trip is from the glorious beaches of Koh Lipe to the much quieter vibe of Koh Mook.   We’ve been splitting our time between busier and quieter islands and now it’s time to head to Mook, which is definitely quiet.  There’s a great family beach here, some fab places to eat, and reasonable snorkeling too.  Here’s our guide on how to get to Koh Lipe from Koh Mook

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The Best Way to Get to Koh Mook

You’ll need to take a boat to go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook, and its easiest to book oyour ticket online ahead of time – you’ll save on excessive ATM fees in Thailand.

Where is Koh Mook?

You’ll also see Koh Mook referenced as Koh Muk, but mainly, I think as Koh Mook.  Koh Mook is in southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea and is just a 15-minute boat ride from the Thai mainland. This small, primarily Muslim island is one of the Trang Islands and is in the same group as Koh Libong, Koh Ngai, and Koh Kradan.  What’s most striking about Mook is the length of the pier as you arrive!   Koh Mook is a lot more conservative than Koh Lipe, meaning that you’ll want to cover up a bit when you’re leaving the beach and going for something to eat.  It’s still the same friendly service that you get on all the Thai Islands, just a lot quieter than Lipe.

How to Go from Koh Mook to Koh Lipe

There are three different ferry companies that go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook and this route goes via Koh Kradan, and then afterward onto Koh Ngai and Koh Lanta.  There are only tourists on this route, it’s not a local route.  Which means that the boats tend to be faster. There’s very little difference in price between the boat companies and the time they take is about the same as well.

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How to get to Koh Lipe from Koh Mook

Each of the boat companies that runs this route takes around 2 hours to go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook.  As both islands are in Thailand there’s no immigration involved, just the usual waits between check-in and boat departure.

Schedule of Boats from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

There’s a different timetable for boats from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook in the high season to the low season.  The schedules below are for high season and these boats run from the 30th October until the 30th April each year (give or take a few days at the beginning and end of the season).

The three companies that run this route are Bundhaya Speedboat, Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club, and Tigerline.  If you’re planning to go on from Koh Mook onto either Koh Lanta or even Phuket, on the same day then you should book with the SAME company the whole way. This means that if they’re running late, they’ll hold the boat for you, and make sure that you get to Phuket on the same day.

You can book the boat to Mook from Lipe here.

Conveniently. (or not) all three companies leave at the same time.  That’s right.  Three different companies running the same route and they all leave at the same time (ish).  And that’s 09:00, so there’s no lie-ins if you want to take this route.

Booking Tickets from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

You can either book tickets online to go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook or you can get tickets from any of the agencies in Koh Lipe, you’ll find all of them on Walking Street.  Most of the agencies take only cash for boat bookings, but you will find some that charge a 3% fee for using a card.  Mind you, if you’re taking Thai Baht out of the ATM it’s going to cost you 220 THB per transaction on Lipe too, so you’ll need to factor that cost in as well.

Taking the boat from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

You’ll need to check in between 30 minutes and an hour before the departure time for the boats from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook.  The departure area for the different boats is all on Pattaya Beach, just in slightly different places.  There’s only about a 100-meter difference in location between the different boat companies.

Checking in for the boat from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

You’ll need to line up to check in for your boat to Koh Mook from Koh Lipe.   You don’t need a printed ticket, if you’ve bought your ticket online you just need to show your emailed ticket receipt when you check-in.

With Bundhaya you’ll get a colored sticker for each person who has a ticket, plus you’ll get colored stickers for your big bags.  This is to make sure that both you and your luggage get on the right boat and that your luggage not only gets on the right boat, but also that it is stored in the right place to be taken off easily.  (this boat also goes onto Koh Lanta, and your bag does NOT want to be stuck under other bags if you’re getting off before the endpoint).

Once you’ve checked in you just need to wait until you’re called for boarding.  There’s a café here and a little shade that you might want to wait in.

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Loading your luggage on the boat from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

You don’t need to carry your big bags onto the boat, leave them in the pile, with the stickers on, where the staff advise you to and they’ll carry them onto the right boat.  It’s much easier this way, not least because they’re used to carrying the bags down the “not particularly stable” floating pier.

Boarding the Boats from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

Additionally, you’ll be given numbered boarding passes, which is a seriously sensible idea, as when the boat is ready to board they call forward the numbered boarding passes, which means there’s not a scrum to get on and they also know that everyone is onboard. 

When you’re called forward head down the floating pier and get on the boat, your colored sticker will show the staff which boat you’re going on.  The floating pier is excellent, it means it’s not like the long-tail boats where you’ll need to remove shoes and likely get wet with rogue waves while trying to board.

Boarding Boats Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

Seating on the Koh Lipe to Koh Mook boats

There are no designated seat numbers on these boats, so you can sit where you like.  Especially if the sea is high or the weather is rough you’ll want to get one of the “facing forward” seats, rather than the side on seats that line the cabin.  It’s much easier to brace yourself as the boat bounces off the waves that way.  We traveled in January and the sea state was normal and while it was a little bouncy, it wasn’t uncomfortable.

Onboard Boat from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

You may be given a bottle of water, once you get on board, although it’s advisable to take a drink before you set off, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve ended up wearing the water as we bounced off a wave while I was trying to drink it.

Route from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

Depending on which boat service you take to Koh Mook from Koh Lipe you may stop at one or two islands on the way.  You don’t actually stop on the islands, but a little way out, and if you’re getting off, then you’ll transfer via a longtail boat to the island.  It’s the same if you’re joining this boat.  The two islands that you’ll likely stop at are Koh Bulone and Koh Kradan before arriving at Koh Mook.

Arriving on Koh Mook

You’ll arrive on the very long pier at Koh Mook, where you’ll find waiting motorbike taxis.  You’ll be able to get a taxi to your accommodation from the pier for 50THB per person.  If you plan to walk, then it takes about 6 minutes to walk the length of the pier, and Google Maps will steer you right for the distance to your accommodation.

Arriving on the Pier at Koh Moor

We stayed at the gloriously quiet, new, and clean Kook Bungalows, which are in a great location and well-priced. You can check the rates and availability here.

Price of Tickets from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook

It doesn’t matter which company you pick to take the boat from Lipe to Mook, the prices are pretty similar, to within a dollar.  You’ll pay about US$38-US$39 for a ticket for the journey which takes about 2 hours.  If you buy a ticket from one of the agencies on Walking Street in Koh Lipe, then you’ll pay in Thai Baht.  You can buy a ticket from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook here.

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Koh Lipe to Koh Mook Transport Information

Here’s the information that you’ll need to plan a trip from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook.

Which companies go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook?

During the high season (30th October to 30th April) there are three ferry companies that go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook.  These companies are Bundhaya Speedboat, Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club, and Tigerline.  Check availability with each of these companies here.

How long does the trip take from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook?

The actual boat trip takes about 2 hours to go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook.  Note that you’ll have to check in up to an hour before the departure time, and you can expect the boats to leave a little late.  If there are stops at Koh Bulone and Koh Kradan, then you can expect it to be a little delayed.

We boarded at 08:55, our boat arrived at Koh Mook at 11:50.

What time do boats go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook?

Boats are timetabled to leave Koh Lipe at 09:00.  The timetabled time of the journey is 2 hours, but it’s likely to be more like 3 hours for this trip.

How much does it cost to go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook?

The cost of tickets from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook is US$38 to US$39.   If you buy tickets in person at one of the agencies in Koh Lipe then you’ll pay in cash in Thai Baht. 

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Final Words on Going from Koh Mook to Koh Lipe

There are three different companies that you can take to go from Koh Lipe to Koh Mook, and all the boats leave at the same time and arrive at roundabout the same time.  The prices are about the same too, so just pick which company you want to travel with.  We traveled with Bundhaya Speedboat and had a comfortable trip with no problems at all.

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