Koh Lipe is a small island on the west coast of Thailand. It’s nearly 40 miles (60km) from the mainland and so far south you can see Langkawi in Malaysia on a bright day. Koh Lipe is one many islands that make up the Adang Archipelago and the only one that is inhabited.
Its remote location makes the journey to get here a little longer, and this is what has kept it relatively quieter than other island destinations. There are no cars; you can walk everywhere, and this adds to the peace. If you don’t want to walk, there are motorbike taxis with or without sidecars. The islands development is fast catching up, and although it is still beautiful, it’s not the castaway rustic island retreat that it once was. There are some great eating options and some good nightlife but not the glare you will find in Phuket.
If you’ve chosen Koh Lipe, it’s likely you are happy to simply get away from it all. Trips into Tarutao National Park will get you even further away from it all. You can arrange anything from half-day cruises to 4-day trekking, and camping trips.
The closest airport is in Hat Yai and connections run daily from Suvarnabhumi Airport although there are more services from Don Muang Airport. From Hat Yai Airport, the best to the pier in Pak Bara way is a private taxi. However do note that if you land after 11.30am you will miss the last ferry and need to stay overnight.
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