How to go from Krabi to Koh Lipe?


How to go from Krabi to Koh Lipe?

Soon after you are done visiting Krabi and its surrounding, the next spot in the list should be the Island of Koh Lipe. There is no doubt that it is a small island, but it’s not something you should miss on your tour to Thailand.

Lets see the best ways from Krabi to Koh Lipe via Klong Jilad Pier (Pier near Krabi town) or From Krabi to Koh Lipe via Pakbara Pier

Right after visiting Krabi 

Tourists love to visit Krabi because it is known as the gateway to the mesmerizing Phi Phi Island. Krabi is situated in the southern Thailand and is known as one of the most visited and popular destination because of the fact that it is surrounded by specular sceneries.

Whether you want to enjoy the scenic views, or you are there to enjoy the snorkeling, exploring the amazing national parks, you might feel like staying there because it has something for everyone.

Koh Lipe It is one of those destinations that are a must in your list while vacationing.

It is situated at the edge of  Tarutao National Marine Park and is known for snorkeling activities that are carried out over there.

If you do not know, this island and surroundings is home to around 25 percent of the tropical fish species in the world.

There are lovely beaches there that you would not like to miss. Not only that the night life is amazing there and you would feel like in some other world.


If you are in Krabi, and you are thinking about going to Koh Lipe Island then here are the few options of different ferries that you can avail.

Let us look into other possibilities first before getting in to the ferry details:

If you have enough knowledge about the Island of Koh Lipe, you might know that there is no facility of airport over there.

This means that you only have the option of getting there by a boat.

You can check with the different travel companies that do provide the facility of availing the services of various ferries.

There are different routes, you can choose any of them.


How far Koh lipe is from Krabi?

If you are concerned about the total distance or how much time does it take to reach over there then its 113 miles if a crow flies and reaches over there.

If we come back to the reality then it is more than that. You also need to keep in mind that if you are going via ferry or vans they do not go in a straight line, there are different routes which they follow due to which it takes long.

It depends on the route you choose, but we can for sure give you an estimate.

You will have to travel somewhere between 4 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours maximum. If you are a travel freak and like to travel through a long route then you can go for it.

Other options are travelling some distance via road and then getting in to a ferry ride for a shorter distance.


High-Speed Ferry from Krabi to Koh Lipe

In order to know the main routes of different ferries, there is a need to get in to details of available options that can take you to Koh Lipe Island.

Basically, there are three different departure points in Krabi from where you can go on a high-speed ferry or a speedboat in order to go to Koh Lipe.

  • The first one is from Klong Jilad Pier in the town of Krabi

  • The second one is from the Hat Yao Pier in Trang

  • The third is from the Pakbara Pier but is in Satun

From Krabi to Koh Lipe via Klong Jilad Pier (Pier near Krabi town)

You can grab a high-speed ferry and reach Koh Lipe Island, from Klong Jilad Pier which is at the southern end of the town in Krabi.

Anyone can surely say that it is one of the most comfortable and easy ways of getting to the island, especially when you are on a tour in Krabi and want to reach the Island of Koh Lipe.

I am telling you it’s convenient also because you will be going all the way via a ferry.

You need to keep in mind that the ferry stops at few of the islands on its way to Koh lipe, it does not go directly over there. Still this route is one of the fastest way to get there.

If you are concerned about the time duration of reaching the island from Krabi then it might take you 4 hours to 4.5 hours to reach there through this route.

There are travel agencies that offer this particular route, the ferries are not only comfortable but comes with all the facilities.

For instance, if you are taking the services of Tigerline Travels then you have the option of availing other services too. Such as they provide a pick-up for you that will be picking you up from the Krabi Airport and take you to the point of departure of high-speed ferry.

The high-speed ferries do include the air conditioning facilities on the inside deck.

One of the advantages of choosing this route is the departure timing of this route, this high-speed ferry departs at a sociable hour, it leaves from the town of Krabi at 9 am in the morning and you reach at the island of Koh Lipe at around 1:30-1:40.

Possibly the best option, getting on Koh Lipe and having all afternoon available.


From Krabi to Koh Lipe via Pakbara Pier

As it is one of the departure points from Krabi to Koh Lipe, the ferries and speed boats take you from here to the island in 90 minutes.

You might be really excited by knowing that it only takes 90 minutes to get there, there is no doubt that the journey from Pakbara Pier to Koh lipe is shorter and you can cover this distance by sea in no time.


You have to keep in mind that first you have to get to Pakbara Pier

Count in the transfer time from Krabi to here. In order to reach Pakbara Pier you have to take a journey in a van.

The cost of ticket for the van can be bought along with the ferry ticket as there are travel agencies that are offering you a combined ticket, we will recommend getting a combined ticket in case you choose this route because it will cost you less and also there is peace of mind and comfort.

You have to choose a reputable company in order to buy your tickets.

These are travel companies that offer you additional services such as pickup from your hotel from Krabi, then transferring you to Pakbara Pier.

As we have already mentioned that the distance from Pakbara Pier to the island will take you 90 minutes but the drive distance from Krabi to reach Pakbara will take 3.5 to 4 hours. This makes the journey time from Krabi to Pakbara Island, 7 hours in total.

This is a lot of time, but if you are one of those people that enjoy travelling via road and then getting in to a ferry to experience it then you can choose this route.

But, one of the advantages of choosing this route is that it will cost you less, or cheaper as compared to other ones. It’s cheaper plus it includes a pickup service from hotel or airport.


Frequently Asked Questions by people about to travle from Krabi to Koh Lipe!

Let’s address some of the common questions that are asked by the tourist or travelers that are going to Koh lipe for the first time from Krabi.

How one can get to Koh Lipe with less money?

In case you are concerned about the cheapest way of reaching Koh Lipe from Krabi, then we would recommend you the minivan or the bus and then getting a ferry. It will cost you around $40 but need to keep in mind that it will take around 10 hours to reach.

What is the quickest way of getting there?

You have to grab the ferry via Saladan, keep in mind that it costs around $120 and you will reach there in 4 hours.

What’s the direct transport available for Koh lipe?

Unfortunately there is no bus that goes directly to Koh Lipe from Krabi. But, there are various services that depart from Krabi and arrive at Koh lipe but they go through the route of Trang, Songkhla and Hat Yai station. This journey will also include transfer and will take around 13 hours to make you reach there.

How much is the total distance from Krabi to Koh Lipe?

The total distance between the two destinations is around 180 kilometers, but getting there would involve a lot of transfers to multiple mode of transport so it might take you several hours to get there. And the time duration can vary according to the mean of transport that you have choose.

How to reach Koh Lipe?

There is no doubt that Koh Lipe is not something that you should miss while on your travelling tour. As Koh Lipe is one of the part of Tarutao Marine National Park, and you have to reach Pakbara in order to get there because Pakbara is the main transport hub in order to access Koh Lipe and other islands via a boat? In any way you have to reach Pak Bara from Krabi first.


Important Notes

It totally depends on you that whichever ferry route you choose for your journey, there are few things that you should consider before leaving. As it is a fact that Koh Lipe is a very small island, and there is no pier which is large enough to deal with the high-speed ferries and the speed boats.

Due to this reason, all the speed boats will be dropping you offshore of Koh Lipe which is an open water pier.

From here you will have to get off the ferry and will be shifted to a longboat, this will be taking you to the shore.

When you are paying for the ferry you need to bear in mind that the fee of the longboat is not included in this. When you reach there you will have to pay those charges.

It is not going to be much, then another thing that should be considered is that we have already mentioned that Koh lipe is a national park which means there will be an entrance fee there.

Upon arrival you have to pay that ticket fee. Once you pay this fee, it is valid for next seven days and in case you leave Koh Lipe and decided to go back within 7 days you do not have to pay for the entrance fee.

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