Welcome to Koh Lipe a small, beautiful and with almost 70 kilometers pretty much “as far as you can get off the coast” island in Thailand. Koh Lipe lies peacefully in the southern Gulf of Thailand, which is part of the (Southern) Andaman Sea.
Since 2012 Koh Lipe is becoming more and more popular with tourists due to the beauty of its 3 main beaches which are:
• Sunrise Beach: For more information regarding Sunrise Beach which has won the 2015 Travelers Award for Best Beach on Koh Lipe please click HERE.
• Pattaya Beach: Definitely considered the main beach on Koh Lipe and it gets really busy during high season as everyone travelling to and departing from Koh Lipe will have to go through Pattaya Beach.
• Sunset Beach: Used to be undeveloped and a “step back in time” like part of Koh Lipe in a good way. In 2014 a big company purchased the land near the central Sunset beach area where a lot of demolition has been taken place since then.
And one should not forget to visit some of the beautiful islands surrounding Koh Lipe while being there. Visiting Koh Adang which is famous for its Viewpoint and Koh Rawi that offers some of the most stunning beaches in the Southern Andaman Sea are most definitely two of our highly recommended activities to participate in. From Sunrise Beach which is where we are located you’ll be on Koh Adang in less than 15 minutes by taking the Thai Traditional longtail boat.
Together with more tourists came more hotels and resorts, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and massage parlors. The majority of those small businesses are located on Koh Lipe’s Walking Street which is really just a very narrow road with nice little shops built on both sides. Nowadays there are some cool bars such as The Elephant Bar, where they serve some really good breakfasts as well and the Sawasdee Bar which is this really cool authentic Thai Bar in the middle of Walking Street. Koh Lipe has not yet (and hopefully never will) reached the levels of insanity that one will find on Ko Phi Phi regarding binge drinking and 100’s of partying teenagers as things tend to be a bit more sophisticated throughout the entire island here.
Here at Lipe Beach Resort we are on the more quieter side of Koh Lipe’s Sunrise Beach and should you consider staying in one of our Beachfront Accommodations make sure to book on time as they are sold out on a regularly basis especially during the high season period.
In case you have any further question please do never hesitate to CONTACT US. It is always our pleasure to get back to you!
There are nowadays 3 ATMs to be found on Koh Lipe. In addition, there are ATMs available in Hat Yai airport, La Ngu (a town shortly before the pier) and in Pak Bara on the pier. During high season plan getting cash money ahead. There may not be any money in the ATM at Pak Bara and even on Koh Lipe!
If the ATM’s are drawn empty there is always the pharmacy located across the 7eleven that will accept your Visa or MasterCard for cash withdrawals (5% service fee). They also offer a fair exchange rate for dollars, euros, pounds or ringgit. That said, the rate is definitely less than you would receive in any major city on the mainland.
Koh Lipe has no direct phone lines. There are two mobile phone networks on the island: DTAC and AIS. Recently DTAC has been the more reliable network. There are lots of places with Wi-Fi and internet on the island.
Koh Lipe is very small and even the furthest destination is only a 30 minute walk away. Large parts of the island can be reached just by walking along the beaches. There are few roads on Koh Lipe and no cars. A lot of locals have motorbikes and scooters which they zip around on. When moving about on the roads be careful of the motorbikes, they are often driven recklessly.
If you do need to get to the other side of the island and aren’t in a rush then a local motorcycle taxi could be the best way to get there. The taxis are recognizable by the purple vests the driver wear. The charge is 50 baht per person to anywhere on the island.
Koh Lipe has a small clinic run by a nurse and since 2014 there is The Siam International Clinic in the middle of Koh Lipe its walking street. If you have a major illness you most probably have to go to the mainland. In the case of emergencies either a speed boat or a helicopter can be brought in to evacuate you. This is organized through either the mayor or the tourist police.
There is a small but well stocked pharmacy half way along walking street straight across the 7/11.