Are you in Southern Thailand and looking to take a ferry to Langkawi? Well, we’re here to walk you through the two options you have on how to get to Langkawi, Malaysia from Thailand by ferry.
Thailand to Langkawi by Ferry
If you are in Thailand and want to travel by ferry to Langkawi, you can do so from the island of Koh Lipe or from the city of Satun.
Option 1: Koh Lipe to Langkawi
Langkawi is approximately 30 km / 19 miles from Koh Lipe, Thailand. The ferry ride from Koh Lipe to Langkawi takes about 90 minutes when all said and done.
Koh Lipe Ferry Schedule & Price
The ferry from Koh Lipe to Langkawi runs several times a day but only operates during the high-season which is early October – early June. However, the exact dates vary from year to year – it’s Asia, get used to things be a little wonky 🙂
The cost for the ferry from Koh Lipe to Langkawi ranges from 110.00RM – 128.00RM which is roughly $26 – $31 USDs.
Koh Lipe Ferry Tickets
You can book your ferry tickets to Langkawi directly through your accommodation on Koh Lipe or online through 12go Asia.
Please understand weather is unpredictable so booking this route on the cusp of the rainy season could be a bit risky.
Once the weather starts to turn, the seas become choppy and the route from Koh Lipe to Langkawi is no longer is an option.
Leaving Koh Lipe
Once you have your ticket and departure date, you’ll head to the Koh Lipe immigration offices which are located on Pattaya Beach.
You’ll get stamped out of Thailand and then taken to the ferry.
You’ll have to take a long-tail boat transfer to the ferry as ferries can not get close enough to Koh Lipe to pick up passengers directly.
This long-tail boat transfer will cost about 50 baht.
Please note, some operators include this fee in their ticket price. Be sure you know what you have and have not paid for to ensure you don’t pay an additional 50 baht.
Option 2: Satun to Langkawi
Satun is a city located in the “deep south” of Thailand and serves as a ferry access point to several of the southernmost Thai islands in the Andaman Sea. Satun is also your second option in catching a ferry from Thailand to Langkawi.
Ferries from Satun depart from Tammalang Pier. This is where you will get stamped out of Thailand and board your ferry to Langkawi.
Satun Ferry Schedule & Price
Ferries depart everyday from Satun for Langkawi and run 2 to 4 times a day depending on the month/season. The trip takes about an hour and a half and costs about 300 baht / 30 RM for a one-way ticket. This is about $10 USDs.
Satun Ferry Tickets
If you are interested in this option, our advice is to book this with your accommodation in Thailand as there is no online site to book through.
If you don’t book through your accommodation, you book directly with Tammalang Pier upon your arrival. We do recommend booking with your accommodation as they will ensure you have a reservation and transfers to the ferry terminal.
Important Things To Know When Arriving in Langkawi
1) Know that Malaysia is one hour ahead of Thailand
2) There are two drop off points in Langkawi. If you want get dropped off at the ferry terminal that is closer to your accommodation, pay attention to where your ticket drops you off. If you don’t care, then carry on 🙂
3) Once you arrive on Langkawi, there are exchange counters and ATMs for you to get your Malaysian Riggits.
4) Make sure you have all documents needed for your Visa. Once at the Langkawi port, you will need to hand over those documents in order to get stamped into the country. US citizens, your Visa requirements are below.
MALAYSIAN VISAS FOR USA CITIZENS:
US Citizens are eligible for a 90-day free Visa on Arrival
A valid US passport
2 passport sizes photos
No visa fee
For The Budget Conscious: If you are wanting to stay with a sweet family, you need to book your stay at Tokmann Inn. Yati and Mas are kind, amazing hosts who will take absolute care of you during your time on Langkawi. Their accommodation is clean and a short walk to the a Pantai beach and one you soon wont forget. This is a great way to experience local culture!
For The Luxury Inclined: Looking for a beach front resort & spa? Look no further than Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort And Spa is your spot. From cozy seaside chalets to beautiful gardens and a pool, Meritus is luxury waiting for you.
For Something In Between: The Smith House is tucked away from the beach, but no worries, the pool on site makes up for it along with the amazing breakfast and friendly staff.
For more places to stay on Langkawi you can check out the latest places and prices here.
Things to Do and See in Langkawi
Langkawi is a very popular Malaysia holiday destination because there is something exciting to do every day. This is a very popular tourist attraction in Thailand because it offers everything you want for a holiday including new foods and drinks to try, new sights to see, exciting things to do, and new places to explore.
Here is a quick look at some of the best things to do when you get off the ferry terminal.
Go and see the Eagle Square
This is one of the most iconic spots in Langkawi and an absolute must if you want interesting and memorable photos from your holiday. Eagle square is located in Kuah, the main town of the island. This impressive statue stands 12 meters tall and is positioned on a star-shaped dock.
There are also lots of beautiful fountains, bridges, and other sights to explore and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to try while you are visiting this popular spot.
Ride the Langkawi Cable Car
This cable car ride will take you to the top of Mat Cincang Mountain. On this 15 minute trip, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the island, rainforests, and waterfalls. The cable car ride peaks at 708 meters and is one of the most scenic adventures to enjoy in Langkawi.
Visit Underwater World Langkawi
This aquarium is located in Pantai Cenang and features over 500 different aquatic animals that you can go to and see. The aquarium also includes a 15-meter long underwater tunnel that you can walk through to explore sea species from all angles.
If you’re a nature lover coming from the US, this is a fantastic opportunity to see species native to Asia and the Pacific.
The Mangrove Tour
The Mangrove tour is a 2 – 3 hour boat tour that takes you all over the mangrove swamps. You can even get off the boat in some areas to explore these swamps by foot and see nature up close and personal. On the boating tour, you will get to see lots of caves, limpid pools, and forest.
Just keep in mind that Southeast Asia gets hot and humid, so be sure to dress appropriately for the trip.
Climb the Gunung Raya
This mountain has the peek height of Langkawi at 881 meters high. The mountain is quite legendary since it is believed that the mountain was once cursed by the giant Mat Raya. The hike up the mountain is steep but very exciting and if you are lucky, you might just see many exotic animals in their natural habitat.
Enjoy lots of Water Sports
The beaches in Langkawi are lovely and Pantai Cenang is one of the best to visit if you love to enjoy lots of water sports such as jet-skiing, paragliding, snorkeling, swimming, or rides on banana boats. Every day at the beach is an adventure when you visit this glorious land.
These are just a few of the many things to do when you visit Langkawi. The island offers many waterfalls to explore, sights to see, hiking trails to try, and there are 104 small islands to marvel at when you take the boat tours. It is one of the coolest islands in the world to visit and ideally, you should stay here for longer than a week just so you can try and see everything this holiday destination has to offer.
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