Koh Lipe is a small tropical island located 70 km off the south western coast of Thailand close to the boarder with Malayasia. It measures only 2km long and 1 km wide and is famous for some of the best dive sites in Thailand. Koh Lipe is part of the Taruntao National Marine Park which offers up a rich abundance of coral reefs with an amazing variety of huge hard and soft corals as well as plentiful array of marine life such as turtles to huge rays which draws many lovers of diving to discover this beautiful underwater tropical paradise.
This island has three main beaches: Pattaya beach, Karma Beach, Sunset beach.
Pattaya Beach is the main beach of Koh Lipe and is where most ferry’s will drop you off. It is also the spot where you can catch longtails to other parts of the island. It extends to the south of the Island and has a long white sandy beach full of restaurants and bungalow and resorts. At night, the beach comes alive and is candle lit for a wonderful evening spent at beachside restaurants.
Karma Beach is the most northern part of Sunlight beach and faces Koh Adang. There is a secluded peninsula of white sand jutting out into the crystal clear blue sea. Longtail boats for trips to neighbouring islands can be rented here.
Koh Lipe’s Sunset Beach is the most secluded beach on the island and as the name suggests you can watch the sunset between the other islands off the coast of Koh Lipe. It is also great for swimming and snorkelling from the beach.
Due to it’s isolation from the mainland, you will find the island more expensive (accommodation and food) compared to other holiday destinations in Thailand. All kinds of accommodation is available from grass huts to air-conditioned bungalows, though you will struggle to find 5 star resorts.
The island has very few cars and few motorbikes but you will find the you really don’t need them as it is possible to walk around the entire island in little over an hour, so getting around is not a huge issue.
THINGS TO DO
The main entertainment on Koh Lipe is in the calm pristine waters surrounding the island. Most holiday makers spend their days snorkelling or diving in the Tarutao National Marine Park and it truly is the best example of tropical fish species and large varieties of coral some just 20 metres off all of the beaches. You can also take a longtail trip around the Tarutao National Park which is the best way to see the area.
HOW TO GET THERE
High season (November to May)
There are 5 locations from which you can take a ferry or speedboat to Koh Lipe: Pak Bara, Langkawi, Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, and Trang. From Langkawi, Malaysia there are two speedboats per day: one at 9:45 am and one at 2:30 pm.
LOW SEASON (May to October)
There is one Speedboat day from Pak Baraat around 11:30hrs. In low season, there are no ferries from Langkawi, Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, or Trang.
There is no landing dock or pier so ferries are met by longtail boats offering transfers to anywhere on Ko Lipe for an additional 50 baht/person.
Unfortunately due to the increase in tourism and shortsighted development of the island, there is a problem with litter. You will definitely notice the excess garbage that litters the island, so please understand what makes Koh Lipe a wonderful tropical getaway is in the water and the beaches. The mainland is unspectacular especially with the lack of environmental awareness of the locals which is a shame as it really is a blight on an otherwise tropical paradise.