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Koh Adang Thailand Guide 2024

Koh Adang Thailand Guide 2024

When traveling to Koh Lipe Thailand, you’ll more than likely find yourself gazing off into the Andaman Sea at the nearby islands. Odds are you’ll be looking over at Koh Adang, which is one of the closest islands to Koh Lipe and one you should definitely go explore.

If you are looking for the best view of Koh Lipe, it’s a must to hike up to the Koh Adang viewpoint. We’ve put together this Koh Adang guide with everything you need to know and the best things to do on Koh Adang.

Get to Koh Adang  |  Koh Adang Viewpoint Hike  |  Koh Adang Waterfall Hike | Things to do Koh Adang |  Koh Adang Accommodation | Facilities

Koh Adang Guide


Where Is Koh Adang

Koh Adang is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park located in Southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea. It is easily reached from Koh Lipe. Koh Adang is the second-largest island in the Tarutao National Marine Park, it spans 6 km long and 5 km wide.

Koh Adang is also sometimes written Ko Adang and in Thai: เกาะอาดัง. 

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How To Get To Koh Adang

There is only one option to get to Koh Adang, and that is by boat. You can either kayak to Koh Adang or take a taxi boat. Both options are super cheap. We hired a taxi boat right on Sunrise Beach at the taxi stand for 100 baht per person ($3 USD).

On our last visit, the price didn’t seem to matter if there were two people or four people. It is a fixed price per person. If you have a local Thai SIM card, get the number of the boat captain and call him when you are ready to be picked up to go back to Koh Lipe. This is what we did, and our driver was at Koh Adang within 10 minutes of calling him.

Another option to Koh Adang is to kayak there from Koh Lipe. Our hotel, Salisa Resort, rents kayaks for the day for only 400 baht ($12 USD) or 150 baht an hour ($5). Local Thais will tell you it’s too far to kayak, but it’s not. If you have kayaked before, you will be fine.

We would not suggest swimming there. The islands are much farther apart than they appear. Not to mention how unsafe it would be with all the boat traffic going between Koh Adang and Koh Lipe.

Related Article: Ultimate Island Hopping in Thailand Guide

Koh Adang Entrance Fee


Koh Adang is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, which costs 200 baht ($6 USD) for foreigners and 40 baht for Thais. On our last visit, it was required to buy a National Park ticket on arrival at the ferry dock before taking a longtail boat to Koh Lipe (the same ticket works on Koh Adang).

We were informed the National Park ticket is valid for seven days, we stayed two weeks in Koh Lipe and never had an issue.

Make sure to keep your ticket and take it with you to Koh Adang and on program 1 & program 2 trips from Koh Lipe. There are several ranger stations that may check your ticket. On our visits to Adang, we were never asked to show our tickets, but it’s best to bring them wherever you go outside of Koh Lipe.

The islands of Koh Rawi and Koh Rok Roy stamped the back of our ticket with the date when we visited them on a day trip. Koh Hin Ngam ripped off the detachable part of the ticket.

So, it is possible that if the first stamp is more than a week old, you’d have to buy another Tarutao National Marine Park ticket. If you don’t have your ticket, you’ll have to buy another one costing another 200 baht.

Hike To The Koh Adang Viewpoint


For the best view of Koh Lipe, hike up to Koh Adang viewpoint #3. There are actually three viewpoints on Koh Adang, with the third one having the best view of Koh Lipe. The hike is not paved and involves some ropes and uneven surfaces, and it can be slippery & muddy if it has recently rained.

The path isn’t well marked; several of the “path markers” have fallen down or are simply just spray-painted yellow arrows on trees. Keep your eyes open for markers and remember the way you came so when heading back down, you don’t take a wrong turn.


We had a hard time finding the start of the path. After the ranger station, go towards the restaurant, with the restaurant on your right keep going straight a little and you should see a sign to the left.

The hike starts off with “steps” leading you up into the jungle. If you think this part is tough, it will get tougher.

View from Viewpoint #@

We never saw an official sign marking viewpoint #1, but we assume it would be somewhere around the large set of rocks. After about 30 minutes, you should reach viewpoint #2, which is well-marked, and the view is pretty awesome.

We spent 30 minutes at viewpoint #2 taking pictures and a break before continuing. It takes about 45 minutes to make it all the way up to the third Koh Adang viewpoint.

Sign to Viewpoint #3 on Koh Adang hike

Make sure to bring at least a liter of water per person. They sell it at the restaurant on Koh Adang. Try to hike early in the morning before the midday heat is in full effect.

Don’t forget to put on sunscreen and bug spray. Bring a dry bag just in case it rains. We got caught at viewpoint 3 in a rainstorm for an hour. When we got back to Koh Lipe, we were told it never rained there.  You don’t need hiking shoes, Adam hiked in regular athletic shoes and Hannah in her Havaianas sandals.

the view from Viewpoint 3 on Koh Adang Viewpoint hike

Overall, the hike is worth the great views at viewpoint #3. It’s an easy trip from Koh Lipe and one of the top things to do in and around Koh Lipe.

Hike To The Koh Adang Waterfall

There are several waterfalls on Koh Adang, Pirate’s waterfall being the most easily accessed and commonly visited. Once again, the start of the trail was VERY hard to find.

Ask the ranger to point you in the right direction and try and get as many details from him as possible.

The trailhead is only marked by a fallen sign, and the opening to the trail is small. Look for the black pipes which you will follow just about the entire hike. When standing on the floating pier looking at the island, the trail starts to the left, about halfway between the pier and the rocky end of the beach.

Trail head guide for Koh Adang Waterfall hike

After walking on the beach for several minutes, look for a small clearing up into the Thai jungle and possibly a spray-painted tree or arrow. We had to use the tree roots to help boost us up to the start of the trail.

After we had been on the trail for a while, we noticed there was a black pipe that ran alongside the trail. If you stay with the pipe and what “looks like a trail,” you’re on the right path. Stay with the black pipe(s) until you reach the falls.

There were several times on the path where it looked like a dead-end, but we kept going. We only passed two other tourists on our hike, and they gave up halfway; very few people attempted this hike, let alone make it to Pirate’s Waterfall. We made it, and here are more details on how to reach the falls.

There is only a short section where we deviate from the black pipes to walk on the right side along the path of the river while the pipes run over the river. This is the section where there are some very small “waterfalls.”

We kept the pipes in sight and followed along a makeshift path that followed the water for around 100-150 meters. From there, we crossed the river and again met back up with the black pipes.

Koh Adang Waterfall hike how to

Once you reach a set of very large boulders in or near the path of the river, you are almost there. There are a few ropes to make your way up to the final few meters before the falls. Use the ropes with caution they were in (December 2016) only tied to the loose roots of a tree.

They helped me up, but it could have been dangerous if they broke while I was climbing. There is only one large boulder that is at about 6-7 ft (2m) that would have been tough to get up without a rope.

This hike is much more difficult and less marked than the viewpoint hike. Other waterfalls are supposedly accessible from other parts of the island. Talk with locals on Koh Lipe and see if they can arrange a longtail boat to take you to that part of the island. We were unable to hike to other waterfalls on Koh Adang as information was hard to find.

Pirate waterfall on Koh Adang a 20 foot set of waterfalls

The reward for your efforts searching for the waterfall and a decent set of falls standing maybe 20-25ft (7m) tall. It’s possible there was more to see further ahead, but I did not venture past this set of falls.

I did not see any path that continued up around the falls. Notice the pipes all the way to the falls; they’re helpful but not the best in photos!

Things To Do On Koh Adang

The Viewpoint hike and Waterfall hike are the most popular things to do on the island of Koh Adang, but there are tons of things to do on Koh Adang. People who love the outdoors and want a quieter Thailand vacation could easily spend several days on the island.

We took a longtail boat over to the island three times from Koh Lipe. Here are some of our favorite things to do on Koh Adang.

Koh Adang Diving

There are several dive sites right off of Koh Adang. The two main dive sites on Koh Adang that several dive shops head to are Nursery Bay and Hin Yai/Big Rocks.

We dove with Adang Sea Divers, who had Koh Adang diving scheduled. Nursery Bay is a shallow dive (1m-15m) and is often used as a dive site for those getting their open water certificate.

Stingrays, moray eels, hard corals, barracuda, and several other reef fish are often spotted. Hin Yai/Big Rocks dive site (5m-30m) can have very strong currents and often a fast drift dive. Dive highlights include clown triggerfish, emperor angelfish, and nurse sharks.  

Related Article: Stonehenge The Best Dive Site in Koh Lipe 

Kinaree Waterfall

kinaree-waterfall on Koh Adang Island near Koh Lipe

A tall, narrow set of falls runs off a steep cliff in a valley in the middle of the island called Kinaree Waterfall. The falls can be seen when approaching viewpoint #3 on the Koh Adang viewpoint hike (pictured from this point). Some locals said it was possible to hike to this set of falls as well, but we did not make the trip.

Snorkeling on Koh Adang

If you spend the day on the island, make sure to bring your own snorkel gear or rent some from the restaurant. There is plenty of sea life right off the shore.

Koh Lipe day trips Program 1 and Program A spend some time snorkeling at Koh Adang. 

Private Beach To Yourself

You’ll be shocked how many tourists don’t head over to Koh Adang. Right in front of the ranger station, there is a gorgeous huge white sand beach. On our visit, there were three other tourists there.

If you are looking for a private beach for yourself you won’t have to look too far, just have your captain drive around the island there will be plenty available. It’s an epic place to spend the day if you’re on your honeymoon in Thailand.

Black Sand Beach

Have a longtail boat bring you to the north end of Koh Adang to the black sand beach. Sure, white sand beaches are gorgeous, but so are black sand beaches.

Related Article: Ultimate Koh Lipe, Thailand Guide

Accommodation on Koh Adang

Bungalows on Koh Adang

Koh Adang is one of the few islands in the Tarutao National Marine Park where you can step foot on to explore and even spend the night. There are two types of accommodation on Koh Adang, Bungalows or camping.

Koh Adang Bungalows

The bungalows looked really nice, we were shocked as they are only 1,500 baht a night for two people. The chalets came with a fan and a private bathroom. You can book the chalets online.

Advance bookings can only be made on the National Park Service website. If they happen to be booked, there are several Koh Lipe hotels where you can spend the night.

Koh Lipe Hotels

Camping on Koh Adang

Camping is only available as a walk-up, costing 255 baht ($8 USD) per night for two people, which includes a tent and bedding. If you are traveling with a tent, it’s only 30 baht (less than $1 USD) to camp on Koh Adang.

We have run into travelers reporting that they were not allowed to camp due to weather and were required to stay in the bungalows instead. If you are planning to camp and need gear in Thailand, the best place to pick up gear is Bangkok, more info: Camping gear in Bangkok

Facilities On Koh Adang

Koh Adang Restaurant


There is a very reasonably priced restaurant on Koh Adang. They have a large menu serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We were shocked at how affordable the prices were, considering it was the only restaurant on the island.

For those looking to hike Koh Adang’s viewpoint, stop at the restaurant before or after to buy a large water for only 30 baht. The prices were comparable to 7-Eleven on Koh Lipe.  If you are spending a few nights on Adang, it would probably be best to purchase a few snacks in Koh Lipe.

Ranger Station

When you first get to Adang, it’s best to stop at the ranger station and check out the maps. They didn’t have any maps of the island for us to take, so we took a picture of the one in the ranger station as a reference.

The staff onsite spoke some English and were able to guide us in the right direction to start the hike up to the Koh Adang viewpoint. They did have a pamphlet on Tarutao National Park that was in English and Thai, but it was only information and no maps.

Public Bathroom & Shower

There is a public bathroom and shower next to the ranger station. The chalets have their own private bathrooms, but the campers and those on day trips can use the public bathroom.

Snorkel Gear For Rent

The restaurant rents snorkel gear by the day. There is some amazing snorkeling on Koh Adang, so either come with your own snorkel gear or rent it for the day.

Cell phone Service

We used AIS and had 4G wireless service during our entire hike up to the viewpoint and to Pirate’s Waterfall. There is no wifi available at the restaurant or in the bungalows.

If you plan on spending a few nights on the island, buy a data plan and hotspot to your computer. I topped up 3GB good for 24 hours for only 49 baht with AIS.

Hopefully, we convinced you to jump on a boat and go explore Koh Adang. There are so many amazing islands in Thailand.


Thursday 2nd of May 2019

I'm trying to write a report on Koh Adang, but I can't find any names for the plants! Do you guys know any? Thanks!


Friday 3rd of May 2019

Koh Adang is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, I would probably research what plants that can be found in this part of Thailand. The National Park should have some info online. Aside from that, I am not sure if we would be of much help with plant species. Hope that helps. Good luck on your report!

Kim Anthony Couch

Saturday 13th of April 2019

Love this website, I have reservations for Koh Lipe & Adang Island in Jan 2020.

I am not a real strong swimmer but plan on doing a lot of snorkeling.

Do people wear life jackets when snorkeling these islands?

Thank you.

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Saturday 13th of April 2019

Aww we love to hear that and great to hear we have been a good resource for you while planning a trip to Koh Lipe & Koh Adang. Most companies that run snorkeling tours will require you to wear a lifejacket but if you snorkel from the beach you aren't required. If you aren't a strong swimmer we would suggest wearing a lifejacket you'll be more comfortable in the water.

Safe trip to Koh Lipe!


Tuesday 5th of February 2019


Thank you for this perfectly detailed article! Is Thérè a place to leave our Beach bags while we go on the hikes?


Thursday 7th of February 2019

If you are just coming for the day there isn't really any places for your bags. However, you can rent a room here on Koh Adang if you wanted to stay - they should be around $20 per night.

Michel Allard

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Hello Hannah and Adam. I will be in Koh Adang (Adang Island Resort) in February.

Can you tell me if it is easy to get to Koh Lipe early in the morning to catch a Ferry (9 am) to Koh Lanta?

Can we get a boat taxi early?

Thank you

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

I would just prearrange it the day before. 9 am isn't that early either. What hotel in Koh Adang are you staying at?


Friday 9th of November 2018

Dear Hannah and Adam,

can tell you tell me where we have to pay the bungalow at Ko Adang. We already booked three nights but don‘t know where to pay. Do we pay at the ranger station?


Wednesday 14th of November 2018

You should be able to pay at the ranger station on Koh Adang. Let us know how it goes.