When is high season on Koh Lipe?
High season is from November until May. Low season is from May to November. Daily ferries start in November and run until early may. In low season there weekly ferries to and from Pak Barra. Peak season is December, January and February. During these months all bungalows usually fill up and reservations are recommended.
Is there an ATM / Cash Dispenser on Koh Lipe?
No. There is no ATM machine. The only way to get cash money on Koh Lipe is a cash advance on your credit card (expect to pay 5 to 10% commission for this service). Some places may exchange foreign currency. Bring enough cash money to sustain your stay, in fact, bring a bit more, your plans might change, you might stay longer...
Is there a doctor / hospital on Koh Lipe?
There is a small clinic but there usually is no doctor on Koh Lipe. The clinic is located in the village, next to the school. There is a nurse that speaks some english and some very basic first aid medicine.
Is there electricity 24 hours per day?
Koh Lipe does not have a public electricity network, everybody uses generators to produce their own. Some places have electricity 24 hours a day, but most turn it of early in the morning (6.00 - 9.00 h) and turn it back on again before sunset (around 17.00 - 18.00 h).
Is there a mobile phone signal and internet access?
There are 2 mobile phone operator signals on Koh Lipe: Dtac (Dtac - Happy Dpromt) and AIS (AIS and 1-2-call). Both provide roaming service for foreign mobile phones. Both systems tend to be 'overloaded' once and a while so don't panic if you loose reception for a few hours. Internet is available in several places. A satellite signal is used to connect to the internet and this results in a higher price. Expect to pay around 200 BHT an hour. A good place to go is at the School, where profits help pay for the students computers and internet access.
Can I cross the border to Malaysia from Koh Lipe?
Yes. Thai Immigration works together with the ferries to Langkawi (Malaysia). It is possible to do an overnight trip to Langkawi in order to get a new 30 or 60 day visa for Thailand (depending on the visa you enter Thailand with). Travellers coming from Langkawi can enter Thailand by taking the ferry to Koh Lipe. You will be taken trough the immigration process.
What is the environmental situation like? What about recycling?
Koh Lipe has a hard time coping with the ever increasing number of visitors. Resources are stretched to the limit. Fresh water is precious, so try and use as little as possible when you shower - shortages are often experienced. Cans are collected separately and recycled, plastic bottles sometimes, glass and other stuff hardly ever at all. So avoid glass, cans are the way to go. Some resorts have a 'water refill' point where you can fill your empty water bottle and avoid buying a new plastic one. Ask at the reception of your resort if they have one or where the nearest one is. Avoid leaving anything behind on Koh Lipe that is hard to recycle. Things to take back are: batteries, deodorant bottles, broken electronic equipment, etc ...