HOW TO GET FROM BANGKOK TO KOH LIPE

Bangkok – Pak Bara

There are a number of options available when considering transportation from Bangkok to Koh Lipe. In this section we will take a look at each option (and the possible pros and cons to consider!) when planning your travel time from Bangkok to Pak Bara in order to catch the ferry to Koh Lipe.
Pak Bara is the nearest Thai port to Koh Lipe and is approximately 60 km away from the island. Pak Bara is located approximately 950 km from Bangkok and it is the main hub from the mainland that remains open all year round.

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The Simplest Way to Reach Koh Lipe is to fly

The simplest and quickest way to reach Koh Lipe from Bangkok is to fly to Hat Yai and continue your journey from there. The following information is based on the times currently supplied by Air Asia. There are a number of alternative airlines operating between Bangkok and Hat Yai however that include Thai Smile and Nok Air among others.
Air Asia flights depart from Don Mueang and it is well worth booking in advance as prices tend to increase the closer you book to your departure date. One way tickets are usually less than 1000 Baht each way. At the time of writing the cheapest fair with Air Asia was 790 Baht one way with taxes inclusive of the price. Baggage, meals and seat selection with Air Asia are available at an additional charge.
Air Asia also offer an “all in one” package which includes flights, transfer and ferry to Koh Lipe with the cheapest price being 1,615 Baht at the time of writing.
There are plenty of taxi and bus options at Hat Yai airport so there is no need to book in advance if you don’t want to although it may be advisable to do so during busy periods. The transfer from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara Pier takes approximately 2 hours.

Important note: If you wish to reach Koh Lipe in one day you will need to allow yourself enough time to board the last ferry of the day. The time of departure for the last ferry of the day changes according to the season. Please check the ferry timetable with care.
Boats run from around 9:00am until 3:30pm frequently in the High Season. At the time of writing the last boat in Low Season was 3.00pm. You can check all ferry times to Koh Lipe here. You can also check up-to-date departure times according to season and book in the form above.
It takes approximately 1.5-2 hours to reach Koh Lipe from Pak Bara Pier.

Flights from Bangkok to Hat Yai

Air Asia offer up to 9 flights daily from 6.40am until 20.05pm. Flights take approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.

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    Flights Bangkok - Hat Yai (DMK-HDY)

    Remember to book early flights to make the last ferry of the day!

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    Bus from Hat Yai Airport to Paka Bara Pier

    Hat Yai airport is approximately 117 km from Pak Bara Pier. Please allow yourself at least 2 hours travel time for this leg of the journey.

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    Ferry from Pak Bara Pier to Koh Lipe

    You need to arrive before the last boat of the day – 3.30pm during the High Season and 3.00pm during the Low Season.

Bangkok to Koh Lipe by Train

Another option to reach Koh Lipe from Bangkok is by train. Travelling by train can be a pleasant and interesting way of seeing different parts of Thailand as you strive to reach your final destination and is definitely an option to consider.
Trains depart from Bangkok at Hua Lamphong train station – Bangkok’s main railway station. Once again, in order to reach Koh Lipe, you will need to go via Hat Yai. Hat Yai can be reached on the Southern Line from Bangkok and trains are fairly frequent. There are around 5 trains per day running currently but be aware that not all trains are the same… Prices differ quite a lot depending on what class you plan on taking. The overnight sleeper train is highly recommended as the journey can take approximately 16 hours. The trains can also be very cold so the extra money spent on a sleeper train is well worth it. A Second Class sleeper with air con is approximately 1,095 Baht to Hat Yai, a Second Class sleeper with fan is approximately 855 Baht and a First Class sleeper is approximately 1844 Baht. Once you arrive in Hat Yai you will again need to allow yourself an additional 2 hours in order to reach Pak Bara Pier. Please ensure that you arrive early enough in order to catch the last ferry. You can purchase train tickets to Hat Yai from Bangkok including transfer and ferry from here. Alternatively they can be purchased separately.

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    Trains Bangkok to Hat Yai

    A number of trains are available from Hua Lamphong (Bangkok) to Hat Yai. The journey takes approximately 16 hours.

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    Bus from Hat Yai train station to Pak Bara pier

    Hat Yai train Station is approximately 125k from Pak Bara Pier. Please allow yourself at least 2 hours travel time for this leg of the journey.

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    Ferry from Pak Bara Pier to Koh Lipe

    You need to arrive before the last boat of the day – 3.30pm during the High Season and 3.00pm during the Low Season.

Trains from Bangkok to Hat Yai

Take the overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Hat Yai

Bangkok to Koh Lipe by Bus

Taking the bus through Thailand on long journeys can be pretty uncomfortable. The buses themselves tend to be pretty good, the seats recline and there’s quite a lot of room – and there’s some good options available like the VIP bus or the express bus. Unfortunately, they tend to be uncomfortable due to other factors such as on-board films being played loudly or what often seems like constant stopping at each and every service station along the way. This will differ between operators however as does the price. As a general rule of thumb the prices range from 600 Baht to 1100 Baht depending on bus type. Buses take approximately 13.5-16 hours depending on operator. Most buses depart from the Southern Bangkok Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) or the Khao San Road and drop off at Hat Yai Bus Terminal. Once again, from there you can purchase tickets to Pak Bara including ferry if you wish or you can book joint tickets for bus, transfer and ferry from here. There is very little difference – if any – in the cost.

Buses from Bangkok to Hat Yai

Regular buses from 600 Baht

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    Bus from Bangkok to Hat Yai

    Bus from Southern Bangkok Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) or the Khao San Road. Journey time approximately 13.5 – 16 hours.

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    Bus from Hat Yai to Pak Bara

    Journey time approximately 2 hours by Bus to Pak Bara Pier from Hat Yai.

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    Ferry from Pak Bara Pier to Koh Lipe

    You need to arrive before the last boat of the day – 3.30pm during the High Season and 3.00pm during the Low Season.