Photo: Adang is easy to reach from Lipe for a superb day out.

Daytrip from Ko Lipe to Ko Adang

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A marvellous set of viewpoints join hiking trails, streams, beaches and reefs to make Ko Adang a popular and affordable day trip option from Ko Lipe.



Setting out from one of the boat taxi shacks on Sunrise Beach, you’ll embark on the 15-minute cruise across the channel before pulling up to the sand of Laem Son on Ko Adang—expect to get wet when hopping off the boat. Your first stop could be the visitor centre to rent a snorkel and check out a well-done display on the Urak Lawoi people, Adang’s original human inhabitants.

Laem Son, where you'll first step foot on Adang. Photo taken in or around Daytrip from Ko Lipe to Ko Adang, Ko Adang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Laem Son, where you'll first step foot on Adang. Photo: David Luekens

After a few minutes of relaxing on the beach, follow signs to the trail leading up to a trio of rocky viewpoints on Chadoe Cliff. The highest reaches up to 150 metres and affords breathtaking views of Ko Lipe’s Sunrise and Sunset beaches along with Ko Khai, Ko Tarutao and the azure and turquoise water embracing Adang’s sandy southern coast. The trail is a bit steep and slippery in places so wearing shoes is a good idea.

Just below the third viewpoint, take a side trail leading away from the sea for another good view of Adang’s tallest mountain and the forested valley in between. Just before noon we found that the sun shone on Lipe while the actual viewpoints were shaded by the mountains behind us—ideal conditions for enjoying one of the most stunning vistas in Southern Thailand.

Azure, turquoise, blue, aquamarine ...  Photo taken in or around Daytrip from Ko Lipe to Ko Adang, Ko Adang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Azure, turquoise, blue, aquamarine ... Photo: David Luekens

After making your way back down the hill, grab another swim -- you earned it -- before heading west from the visitor centre along the shore. There you’ll find the nondescript trailhead for Pirate’s Waterfall marked by a sign at a tangle of tree roots in the beach’s western corner.

Through thick jungle the trail lumbers over gradual hills with old-growth canopies stretching above. Keep quiet and you may spot a macaque, hornbill or tree snake. About halfway to Pirate’s Falls the trail runs close to the sea, and here you can cut over to a secluded patch of sand or broad boulders to lounge on.

Ko Adang's impressive jungle. Photo taken in or around Daytrip from Ko Lipe to Ko Adang, Ko Adang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ko Adang's impressive jungle. Photo: David Luekens

The waterfall itself is more of a bubbling brook with a few short drops, but the boulders and crevices set amid pristine jungle contribute to the refreshing setting. Supposedly the Tarutao pirates used to hang here for the fresh water supply in the 1940s. If you tire of relaxing with your feet in the clear mountain water, why not poke around for lost treasure?

The sun will probably hang low by the time you return to Laem Son. If you got an early start, you could while away another hour snorkelling around the reef before tracking down your boat for the trip back to Lipe.

One of the most stunning views in Southern Thailand, we reckon. Photo taken in or around Daytrip from Ko Lipe to Ko Adang, Ko Adang, Thailand by David Luekens.

One of the most stunning views in Southern Thailand, we reckon. Photo: David Luekens

Longtail boat drivers at various places on Lipe’s Sunrise Beach charge 200 baht per person, round trip, with the last boats returning from Adang in late afternoon. If you have more to spend and would prefer more time in the boat, consider paying around 2,000 baht (per boat, not per person) for a day trip to Ko Hin Ngam, Ko Rawi, Ko Adang and a snorkelling site or two. Another option is to cruise all the way around Adang, stopping at distant beaches and snorkelling sites, for around 4,000 baht.


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