I'm planning to stay in Lipe for a week, and I was wondering if it was easy to go from there to Penang, in Malaysia.
Anyone been there?
#1 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12
Last Jan 07 we caught a ferry from Lipe to Langkawi. It runs on odd days eg 1st, 3rd etc. As all the guesthouses and travel booths sell tickets it can be overbooked so if they tell to to be there at 3 make sure you are there earlier cos it's first in best dressed and if you miss out it's a 2 day wait for the next one. There is no pier on Lipe the ferry leaves from the eastern end of Hat Pattaya. There is an upmarket resort, I can't remember the name, where your ticket seller will tell you to go. All the border/passport paperwork is done at the back of the restaurant pavillion. We didn't know this and nearly missed out on our seats. The Malays, unlike the Thais, strictly observe the rules regarding the number of passengers allowed on board. From Langkawi you can catch a boat to Penang.
#2 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
thanks so much
Have you been to Penang? If so, was it worth it?
#3 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12
I just checked hours for ferries and found that the following: the one from Koh Lipe to Langkawi leaves at 15:30 and arrives at 17:00; and the one from Langkawi to Penang leaves at 17:00. Thus, it doesn't look very likely that I'll be able to do the trip in just one day.
Does anybody have different information?
Thanks in advance!
#4 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12
i took a ferry to langkawi from lipe in the morning. there is daily ferrys now. last year it was on odd days, but now they are daily. i think one leaving at 9 am and another at 1:30 or 2:00 pm. not sure about penang.
#5 miurasilver has been a member since 8/2/2008. Posts: 1
Can't offer any more ferry info. I loved Penang. Spend 10 days there. Georgetown is compact and easy to get around on foot although there is a free shuttle bus to take you to the main attractions (sometimes it was quicker to walk than wait for the bus - though good to do once to help orientation) We caught public buses from Komtar Shopping Centre to the outlying attractions - even hired a car on the last day - but the island is so small you can drive around in a single hour if you don't stop anywhere.
Hope this helps
#6 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
i does. Thank you all for the replies.
#7 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12