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Koh Lipe Guide

Please note: I am currently updating my Thailand travel blog in line with visiting Thai islands post covid pandemic. A lot of things have changed in Thailand over the pandemic and at the time of writing all information about Koh Lipe attractions and Koh Lipe accommodation was valid for 2022.

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Koh Lipe Guide

Not only is Koh Lipe among the top 10 islands in Thailand but it may actually be the best island in Thailand. I have visited here several times before, both as a solo female traveller in Thailand and with friends, so I feel this Koh Lipe review is very valid and I’ve been both pre-covid and post covid while living in Bangkok. It is a tiny island and everything is within walking distance including the 3 most popular beaches. There are very few vehicles on the island which is one of my favourite things about it!

During Koh Lipe covid times, the island was closed with no ferries and tourism started picking up again from late 2021. It felt wonderful to have an amazing Thailand island trip while also supporting the local economy and small businesses on the island. Many restaurants were still closed as of October 2021 and I hope that more will be able to open for my next trip there in August 2022.

Is Koh Lipe the most beautiful island in Thailand?

Koh Lipe is definitely one of  the most beautiful islands in Thailand, in my humble opinion. It has stunning, white sand beaches, turquoise crystal clear water. It is home to the best snorkelling sites in Thailand and, for most Thailand divers, the best scuba diving in Thailand.

Views of Sunrise beach from Castaway Resort Koh Lipe

Where is Koh Lipe Thailand?

Koh Lipe is one of the southern most islands in Thailand, near the Malaysian border and not far from Langkawi in Malaysia. Pre-covid, you could travel from Langkawi to Koh Lipe but, at the time of writing in 2022, this ferry is not available.

 Koh Lipe: Things to Do

Most of the best Koh Lipe activities involve the water:

Snorkelling

Scuba diving

The coral reefs are healthy and stunning and you can snorkel straight off the beach to see a variety of marine life. If you are interested in Koh Lipe diving then I strongly recommend checking out Koh Lipe dive sites which are among the top dive sites in Thailand. It is possible to see whale sharks and devil rays if you’re lucky. In 10 days of diving Koh Lipe, I saw frogfish, razorfish, octopuses, seahorses, nudibranchs, moray eels, cuttlefish, squid and the healthiest looking coral I’ve seen in Thailand.

Kayaking – another great way to explore the island. Please note this is not possible during low tide times to protect the reef

Stand Up Paddleboarding- I did this and also took my snorkel mask for a spot of SUP and snorkelling at the same time. The sea can be very calm which makes for great Koh Lipe paddleboarding. It is very cheap to rent a board (we rented from our Castaway accommodation) and, as with kayaking, this is not possible at low tides.

Koh Lipe Yoga – I really enjoyed yoga classes with Keira and would definitely recommend her. She was great at adapting her yoga classes to different abilities. For example, for me who has very low flexibility  and for my friend who was much better than me!

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Fantastic yoga classes with Keira

When is the best time of year to travel to Koh Lipe?

Like most islands in Thailand, Koh Lipe has rainy season and dry season. The best time to visit is usually in Thailand’s dry season from October – May but as ever, the weather in Thailand is unpredictable.

How to get to Koh Lipe from Bangkok?

The fastest way to get to Koh Lipe from Bangkok is to fly to Hat Yai airport. From there, you can get a minivan to Pakbara pier (approx. 1 hour 30 minutes) and then a speedboat from Pakbara pier to Koh Lipe (approx. 1h30 or 2 hours). There are some alternative routes from Koh Lanta as well and I recommend contacting Koh Lipe agents about this. This facebook group is incredible helpful for visitors.

Where to stay on Koh Lipe?

Koh Lipe accommodation covers budget and mid-range options, although there are few high end luxury resorts. If you are interested in staying in Koh Lipe bungalows then I definitely can recommend Castaway Koh Lipe where I stayed previously. They are cute, wooden, fairly basic bungalows with a fan and cold showers right on Sunrise Beach with gorgeous beach views from the Castaway restaurant. It was a great location for me as it was a short walk up Sunrise Beach to get to my dive centre. A good friends stayed at Wapi resort and would recommend there so next time I am visiting and require AC instead of a fan room I will check out this Koh Lipe resort instead!

For more luxury Koh Lipe accommodation, check out Akira on Pattaya beach. I didn’t stay there but it offers two swimming pools and I enjoyed their beach happy hour as an outside guest!

My hammock outside my Koh Lipe bungalow

Koh Lipe beaches

The main beautiful beaches are Sunrise, Sunset and Pattaya beach. At different times of year these beaches can look very different and some are prone to a lot of trash washing up on them. The locals on Koh Lipe work hard to constantly clear the beaches of the litter and I found them very clean in October. This can change with the currents and tides that bring in ocean garbage.

Sunset Beach Views

Koh Lipe Restaurants and Koh Lipe Nightlife

Things to do in Koh Lipe also include eating delicious Koh Lipe food. My favourite restaurants quickly became the Italian, La Luna, Bombay Indian restaurant and local Thai restaurant Madam Yoohoo. (Who does actually shout yoohoo to encourage potential customers to walk in!). Through my diving package I also got food at Bennys on the Beach included for lunch which was vegetarian and delicious!

Koh Lipe Nightlife was very limited as the island was just opening up but we enjoyed drinks at Castaway, Zodiac at the end of the beach, Akira’s cocktail happy hour, OMG sports bar and Toey’s random corner bar at the corner by the sushi restaurant (I don’t believe it has a name but Toey is an island character and has many games and puzzles to surprise his customers with!).

Diving Koh Lipe: Thailand’s best dive sites

If you are a scuba diver then Koh Lipe is probably already on your bucket list as it is home to some of the best dive sites in Thailand where you can see the healthiest, most colourful coral in Thailand, alongside Thai marine life like whale sharks and devil rays along with macro life. The dive centre I did a Koh Lipe diving package with was Adang Sea Divers and they exceeded all my expectations. All the staff were fantastic from Keira and Lauren to Sunny, Aris and Joe. I spent most of my time diving with Sunny who has the BEST divemaster eyes and found so much marine life to show me! I can’t wait to dive with Adang Sea Divers again. Pear was incredibly helpful before I arrived and she helped to book my transfer and boat from Hat Yai airport and answered many of my questions before arriving on the island.

Amazing diving on Koh Lipe with Adang Sea Divers

Koh Lipe Island Hopping

It is a great Koh Lipe day trip to visit the nearby island of Adang and this is on my activities list for next time so watch this space.

Further reading about travel in Thailand

If you are looking for more beautiful islands in Thailand to visit then check out more of my Thailand travel blog

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