Koh Lipe Thailand: Five Day Lease on Paradise

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25 Jan Koh Lipe Thailand: Five Day Lease on Paradise

Koh Lipe Thailand is pure paradise. We ended up in Koh Lipe on accident, it wasn’t on our route…best “oops” destination ever. Koh Lipe Thailand is now our favorite island and Sunrise beach is our favorite beach in the world. Don’t leave home without checking out our Ultimate Guide to Koh Lipe Thailand, and if you are on a budget read our Koh Lipe Thailand $30 a day guide.

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Never have we stayed this close to the ocean. I can count the number of steps it would take me to get my toes wet on one and a half hands. From my balcony I see at least 4 shades of blues, pale Tiffany blue lapping the bright white sand, then gradually changing to a deep blue a few hundred feet out when the water finally deepens. Not a bad front yard!

Koh Lipe Beach Hut

Our Koh Lipe Thailand Beach Bungalow 

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We braved high season taking the trip from Langkawi, Malaysia without a room reserved. Hannah took care of clearing customs while I went out in search of a room. On top of it being high season, it’s the weekend just before Chinese New Years and the island has an added influx of Malaysian tourist celebrating the holiday.

Koh lipe Hotel Banner - Cheap Hotel in Koh Lipe Thailand

After receiving nearly 20 responses of: ‘no rooms’, ‘sorry full’, and ‘no have’… There were several gorgeous resorts in Koh Lipe Thailand but there were just out of my budget. I was beginning to panic that we were going to have to turn around and get back on the boat headed back to Langkawi. I was getting pretty desperate until I came to the last resort on the eastern side of the island, and they had one room left.

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“Thank god”, I thought to myself. Dreading the idea of coming back to where Hannah was waiting for me, and telling her we weren’t going to be able to stay.

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Our Humble little hut

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The bed, complete with mosquito net. To keep pests out (or in this case in)

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One thing in almost every hotel / hostel / hut in Asia has the shower just in the middle of the bathroom. So when you get wet so does everything else, and more often than not they never drain properly leaving you naked standing in water above your toes with god knows what else. I will never get used to this…

I was so happy to find anything I wasn’t overly concerned with the amenities. I just knew it was basic, clean enough, and with a little bit of haggling I got it for the very top end of our budget of 1000 Baht per night (about $33usd). Make sure to book in advance to get the cheapest rates, Salisa Resort we stayed at our second trip to Koh Lipe Thailand it was amazing for the price, click here for rates.

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Our own sliver of sand

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The Food

It’s been a month since leaving Thailand for Cambodia and then Malaysia, the food has been pretty good, but Thai food stands out above both. The first meal back in Thailand was without a doubt green curry! Accompanied by a large Chang, it may not be the best beer ever to pass my lips, but there is something good about it. Like any beer while traveling, Chang is the liquid embodiment of Thailand, when I drink it I know I am in Thailand.

And its good to be back in Thailand!

For more on Thailand check out:

Koh Lipe on a budget guide copy Koh Lipe Ultimate guide - Thailand Feature Why we live in Chaing Mai feature image

  • Sam
    Posted at 11:22h, 25 January Reply

    Sounds lovely! Though, I definitely also found the showers in the middle of the room thing annoying…I mean, at least put in a curtain!
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    • Hannah
      Posted at 19:53h, 26 January Reply

      Super annoying! The toilet is always SOAKED!
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  • Rashaad
    Posted at 15:24h, 25 January Reply

    I remember in the 150-baht (or something around that amount) bungalow I stayed in on Ko Samet there being a mosquito net. Fortunately, there were no mosquitoes or any inconveniences. I just miss being able to sleep near the beach. Unfortunately, there was no toilet in my bungalow and that sucked.
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    • Hannah
      Posted at 19:56h, 26 January Reply

      We haven’t had any bugs in the room, THANKFULLY! Waking up to the waves is the best. We have a toilet, having a bathroom is a bonus!
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  • Nina
    Posted at 23:17h, 25 January Reply

    That’s amazing! It’s so great to be able to pay so little and stay in paradise. Living simply is just beautiful sometimes isn’t it ? :) Enjoy your time!
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  • Rhonda
    Posted at 14:37h, 26 January Reply

    Enjoy! I do love Thailand and, even after 5-6 trips there, I can’t wait to go back. Gorgeous!
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    • Hannah
      Posted at 19:59h, 26 January Reply

      What is your favorite island? We love Thailand too, but so far Koh Lipe takes the cake on this one!!
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  • Theresa
    Posted at 13:46h, 06 April Reply

    Wow, that looks nice! Whats the name of those bungalows? I will be on the island in 2 weeks :)

    • Hannah
      Posted at 11:33h, 07 April Reply

      Think it was called view point Bungalows on Sunrise beach, they are right between Serendipity and Idyllic Resort. We just walked up and agreed on a rate, but I would send 1 of you and make sure they have a room because it would be a hike with the bags if they ended up not having a room. Have a blast, and make sure to go to Sunrise Beach restaurant it’s the best on the entire island and cheap!
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  • Serendipity Tess
    Posted at 23:23h, 20 January Reply

    I am actually looking for an island in the South and this one looks amazing! There are just to many to choose from!!
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  • Katrina
    Posted at 23:04h, 02 February Reply

    Wow that view is fantastic. I hope to get back to Thailand in a year or two, there’s nowhere else like it. The beaches and food are out of this world.
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    • Hannah
      Posted at 02:17h, 23 February Reply

      A view indeed. Sounds like Thailand has sucked you in like us! Beaches and food are amazing, and that’s all you really need in the perfect vacation!
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  • LuAnn and Andy
    Posted at 03:42h, 03 February Reply

    Hi, we are LuAnn and Andy…fans we have been following your blog. We just started our round the world adventure in November. We just arrived in Bangkok last night from New Zealand. We were hoping to meet up with you but we see you have left Bangkok. Any suggestions for good places to stay and such would be so appreciated! We are in Bangkok for 5 days and then truthfully we have made no advance plans- we thought Koh Lipe and the south, then head north to Chang Mai. We have a month and then hope to extend. So maybe we can meet for drinks somewhere! You have influenced our trip a lot!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 02:18h, 23 February Reply

      Hey LuAnn & Andy, great to hear you have been following along. Congrats on your RTW trip! Yes we left Bangkok the morning of Feb 3rd. Let us know when you get to Chiang Mai we are here!
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  • Lillia
    Posted at 21:55h, 06 March Reply

    I don’t know if I’m relieved or disappointed to find this post days after booking a ticket to Vietnam… I keep going back to Thailand/Malyasia so I was trying to go somewhere new but seeing these pictures just makes me want to go back to Thailand again!

  • Fernando Chaves
    Posted at 10:00h, 24 August Reply

    Hi guys.I´m from Argentina. Seen your comments and pics. You are awesome! Great reviews and clear info. As I´m about to get to Koh Lipe in February 2016, I found this quite enriching. I saw the pics of the Sunrise Viewpoint Beach Resort, where you stayed a year ago. Any recommendations about it? I found many comments as regards the people running it, such as not being at all polite and so forth. Is the place clean enough? Safe?

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