Koh Adang: Paradise Island with Viewpoint to Koh Lipe
Koh Adang is a real paradise island located in the middle of the Tarutao Marine National Park, just a short distance from the popular holiday island Koh Lipe. It is about 6 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide, which makes it the second largest island in the region. As part of this nature reserve, it is still very unspoiled. The dense jungle, secluded and hidden beaches, waterfalls and high mountains characterize the landscape of the island. There are many things to do on a visit to Koh Adang! In addition to the beautiful beaches and great snorkeling spots, you can also take a hike to the famous Koh Lipe Viewpoint.
This travel blog guide shows you all you have to know about a tour to Koh Adang in Thailand. In addition, we give you useful information about accommodation, how to get there and the most beautiful things to do at the island.
Hot to get to Koh Adang
Getting to from Koh Lipe to Koh Adang can mostly be arranged by longtail-boat and that currently costs 100, – Baht per person. Taxi boats can be found at the upper end of the Sunrise Beach and at Pattaya Beach. Transfer tickets can be booked on the spot. The boat trip takes ten minutes, and is really marvelous. Already from afar you can admire the incredibly beautiful island scenery and the crystal clear turquoise blue sea. Since Koh Lipe is in comparison relatively flat, you’ll be amazed how hilly the island is. The highest mountain of Koh Adang has a height of 690 meters.
Tip: There is no ATM on Koh Adang, so you should take enough cash for the trip. Also the small island shop is really limited, and we recommend to bring some snacks with you.
The island can only be visited during the dry season. Trips to Ko Adang take place from 15 November to 15 May and will then be suspended during the rainy season for safety reasons. Also, at this time the only resort of the island closes.
Hike to Koh Lipe Viewpoint
The viewpoint on Koh Adang is one of the island’s most popular attractions. From here you have the most beautiful view of Koh Lipe. Actually, you can expect 3 different viewpoints at the hike up to the Chado Cliff, which are all very spectacular. Viewpoint 1 can be reached in 15 minutes, and the last Viewpoint Nr. 3 can be reached in 45 minutes to an hour.
In general, the trail through the jungle is really sweaty, but for experienced hikers not necessarily difficult. Make sure you wear closed shoes (no flip flops!), sunscreen, mosquito spray, and take plenty of water with you. The trail to Koh Adang Viewpoint is well signed and you can hardly get lost. With a little luck, you will also be accompanied by the friendly island dog, who enjoyed the hike at least as much as we did.
At the top of the mountain, your efforts will definitely be rewarded. The view on Koh Lipe is indescribably beautiful. For us, the hike at Koh Adang was one of the highlights of our island hopping tour through South Thailand.
Beaches on Koh Adang
Right at the headquarters of the National Park, where the camping site is located, there is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, the Laem Son Beach. Since Koh Adang is overgrown with dense jungle, many of the beaches around the island are difficult to reach. If you want to explore the hidden beaches of Koh Adang, you should hire longtail-boat and go around the island. You will discover many beautiful bays and all of them you will have just for yourself. In the north of the island there is the Black Sand Beach, the only black beach on the island.
Tip: If you choose to stay at Adang Island Resort, you can look forward to a wonderful private beach!
Snorkeling on Koh Adang
Koh Lipe, as well as the entire National Park, offers a variety of great snorkeling spots. Therefore also on Koh Adang you will find some good opportunities for snorkeling. Intact reefs where you can admire the colorful underwater world of this dream island. On a trip to Koh Adang, you will find a nice sport just right at the ranger station, in the area around the Laem Son Beach.
There are also waterfalls to discover on Koh Adang. For example, the Kinaree Waterfall or the Pirates Waterfall. Unfortunately, these waterfalls can only be reached by a rather exhausting hike through the jungle. Also, the waterfalls trails are very badly marked. These waterfalls are not very spectacular and so the visit is not necessarily a must do.
Hotels & Accommodations
As mentioned above, the islet is a real natural paradise. If you are looking for accommodation and hotels, you only find 2 different possibilities for where to stay. The cheapest way to stay overnight is the camping on Koh Andang, right next to the National Park Administration. In addition, the park has a few cheap bungalows with fan from 600, – Baht available, but that must be booked directly at the National Park Administration.
Hotel Koh Adang Resort:
If you are looking for a very special hotel for Koh Adang, we can recommend the beautiful Adang Island Resort. Actually it is the only hotel of this dream island so far. Nevertheless, it’s just amazingly beautiful and if you like peace and want to escape your everyday life, this is the place for you.
The whole resort is just beautiful, has a great pool and sea view! Located on an unbelievably beautiful beach, shared only with the other resort guests, the Adang Island Resort is a real insider tip! There are also free kayak and snorkel rentals, as well as long tail boat service to Koh Lipe and back.
Conclusion: The island of Koh Adang is perfect for Thailand travelers who love the solitude and nature. This island jewel is fantastically beautiful and should not be missed during a trip to Koh Lipe.
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