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  • Ferry Service | Langkawi Malaysia via Koh Lipe

    Traveling from Thailand to Malaysia by Ferry
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    Departing from Langkawi

    Malaysia Check in and Immigration

    The ferry departs from Kuah Jetty which is in Kuah Town, Langkawi. The pier is also called Jetty Point. If you have never been to Langkawi don’t worry all the taxi drivers know where the pier is. When you enter into the building in front of you is a very large duty free shop selling cosmetics, perfumes, chocolates, alcohol and tobacco. Around the outskirts of the building there are many eateries and coffee shops. Behind the duty free shop apart from each other are toilets – the Ladies toilet is on the left and on the far right side is the Men’s toilet. Currency exchange, an immigration check point and the way to the ferries is also at the back of the complex. The taxi will drop you off outside the main entrance. When walking in to the pier entrance the duty free shop sits directly in front of you.

    Remember on any trip to Thailand the boat travels from Langkawi to Koh Lipe first so it can make a stop off at Koh Lipe for the immigration procedures. When you arrive at Kuah Jetty you must check in to the Koh Lipe ferry lounge which is located on the 1st level of the building. There is only one check in area for Koh Lipe. When you first enter the main entrance, turn right and the next door along the back wall leads to the check in area. It’s well sign posted. Above we have added a white line onto the photo to show where to go. Follow the signs for Koh Lipe check in. These will take you up the stairs to the first level and to the check in lounge. When you check in you must show proof of your trip with either the printed version or you can show your ticket on a mobile device. You are requested to fill in your Thailand arrival card.

    To be able to board the Langkawi to Koh Lipe ferry a voucher will be presented to you. Your passport will also be handed back. The staff will then request to you meet them downstairs at the meeting point or upstairs in the lounge area at a certain time. This is a good time to go and find coffee and breakfast before the trip. Kuah Jetty has one money exchange agent if you need Thai Baht when travelling from Malaysia into Thailand. This can be located behind the duty free shop on the right side of the foyer next to the mens toilets.

    Kuah Jetty is full of food courts. After check in a great place to grab some breakfast or a coffee before the trip. If you’re making a long ferry journey, please be aware the ferries do not have drinks for sale or food and snacks on the boat. Eating a good breakfast before you go is recommended and you can stock up with water, soft drinks and snacks from the 7-11 shop which is located outside the main building near the taxi rank. Starbucks is also available. A short walk after the Immigration process around 200 metres goes through a lounge area where your boarding passed are checked again. (At this point the staff collect all passports from passengers so they can hand them into the Koh Lipe office where you collect them before the Immigration. Follow the walkways, signs and other passengers directly to the waiting ferry. When boarding the ferry, the staff will help with all large luggage storing it accordingly. You can take any seat which is available as none are allocated. The ferry has toilets but no shops on the boat. Please bring your own snacks and drinks on the boat. The ferry journey is 1.5 hours to Koh Lipe.

    Arrival in Koh Lipe
    As soon as the ferry arrives at Koh Lipe, it docks out in the bay area of Pattaya Beach. A longtail boat will came out to the ferry and take off all the guests who are not stopping on Koh Lipe but have another destination in Thailand. They are taken off first because they have to pass through Immigration and join the next ferry departing from Koh Lipe. Please note you will be changing boats and going through Immigration so all baggage must be taken off the Langkawi ferry. A member of the Thai ferry staff is also given a bag with everyone’s passports which he takes to a sorting area on the beach. The Longtail boat goes directly to the beach in front of the Immigration check point. Please be aware getting in and out of the longtail boat on the beach may require you to wade in the water. We recommend you wear shorts and flip flops for this journey. After getting your Immigration entry stamp, the staff take you straight back onto the longtail boat. This then goes to the floating pier sitting in the bay of Pattaya beach. Here the ferry or longtail boat is waiting to take you to your next destination. I travelled in March and a large speedboat was used for my continuing journey.

    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 it ! The cost for the ferry from Koh Lipe to Langkawi ranges from roughly 26.00 – 31.00 USD. You can book your ferry tickets to Langkawi directly through your accommodation on Koh Lipe. PLEASE NOTE: the 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

    Departing to Langkawi (Malaysia) from City of Satun (Thailand)
    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. Ferries depart everyday from Satun for Langkawi and run 2 - 4 times a day depending on the month and the season. The trip takes about 1.5 hours and costs about 300 THB. Again, 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
    Before setting foot on Langkawi soil, you may find the below tip useful.
    • Know that Malaysia is one hour ahead of Thailand
    • Kuah Jetty is the main ferry terminal in Langkawi and once you arrive, you’ll be surrounded by loads of Duty Free shopping
    • Once you arrive on Langkawi, there are exchange counters and ATMs for you to get your Malaysian Riggits (Malaysian Riggits is the Malaysian currency)
    • Make sure you have all documents needed for your Visa. Once at the Langkawi Ferry Port or Airport, you will need to hand over those documents in order to get stamped into the country

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    Pelangi Resort & Spa Langkawi

    HOTEL TIP: Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa ****
    Set on a 35-acre beachfront property, the luxury Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi has 355 rooms housed in traditional wooden Malay chalets with modern amenities and lovely porches overlooking the sea or gardens. The resort offers beachfront dining and cocktails alongside two lagoon pools, plus a swim-up bar, and there are plenty of family-friendly amenities like a kids' pool with slides and mini-golf. The resort has a modern gym with sea views and a full-service spa. The grounds, however, could be better maintained, and planes can be heard landing and taking off. The hotel is in a quieter part of Pantai Cenang, but there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance. There's direct access from the property to the public beach, with water-sports rentals available on the sand. Underwater World Langkawi is within a 20-minute walk, or a five-minute drive. It’s about a 10-minute drive to the Langkawi International Airport. Travelers can get an aerial glimpse of Langkawi from the Cable Car, which is a 25-minute drive from the resort, as is Art in Paradise Langkawi. Kuah Jetty -- with the Dataran Lang (a famous local landmark) -- is a 20-minute car trip from the hotel. It’s a 30-minute drive to the scenic Temurun Waterfall.

    Set on stilts, the traditional one- and two-story Malayan chalets at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa are made of dark wood with lovely patios overlooking the gardens, pools, or sea. Some of the rooms and suites have wood accents and exposed ceiling beams, which gives them a warm ambience. Traditional interiors complement the modern furniture, carpeted or hardwood floors, tropical artwork, and earth-tone textiles. There are also contemporary touches, like slatted walls and bold photo prints above the beds. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibars, safes, free Wi-Fi, irons, and bathrobes and slippers. Beachfront Family Rooms also have day beds and, like Pool Terrace Rooms, are situated by the pools. Lakefront Rooms overlook the man-made lake. Windows with blinds let light into the modern bathrooms, which have showers and bathtubs along with strikingly veined large marble vanities and sleek gray and stone tiling throughout. The airport is close by, so noise from low-flying planes can be an issue in guest rooms and throughout the property. We also noticed a bit of wear on some of the furniture.

    Providing both family-friendly and leisure activities, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is on a public beach. It's a clean and sparkling stretch of white sand that's great for sunbathing or swimming, but there are very few lounge chairs. Water sports vendors also operate along the shore for guests looking for a more active way to cool off. The hotel has two lagoon pools. Man-made rock landscaping adorns the Horizon Pool and hot tub, and the Cascade Pool has a swim-up bar and kids' section. There’s also a themed kids' pool with slides and water fountains, a children’s playground, and an indoor playroom in the Kiki Klub. Overlooking the beach is the stylish Cba restaurant, and there is a beach bar down on the sand. The Cascade Pool bar serves cocktails and sandwiches on the deck, and the main restaurant, Spice Market, serves Asian fare and has a poolside terrace. Breakfast is served here as well, though the buffet meal can be expensive compared to local venues and it's not included in many room rates. The open-air Pelangi Lounge also offers live music, and the exclusive Meritus Club is open to Club Room guests (free breakfasts and private dinners are some of the Club Room perks). Excursions can be booked through the tour desk, and there are ample activities at the leisure center, including a steam room, sauna, racquetball court, bicycle rentals, mini-golf course, soccer field, and two tennis courts. The modern gym has an array of cardio and weight machines along with sea views from its windows. Tucked away in the garden is the full-service spa. Conferences and weddings are often held on-site -- the ballroom can fit up to 700 people, and nine meeting rooms can accommodate up to 150 people. Wi-Fi is free throughout the resort, and there is free parking as well.

    About Langkawi
    Langkawi is a very popular Malaysia holiday destination because there is something exciting to do every day. Langkawi 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. Check out some of the best things to do when you get off the ferry terminal.

    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.

    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.

    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, sunset cruises, snorkeling, swimming, or rides on banana boats. Every day at the beach is an adventure when you visit this glorious land.


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      Andaman Ferry Routings
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