Ultimate Guide to Koh Lipe, Thailand | 2023 Edition

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Updated 2022 Koh Lipe Thailand Guide. How to get to Koh Lipe, ferry schedule, best Lipe hotels, restaurants, beaches, things to do in Koh Lipe, and a Koh Lipe map.

We’ve spent well over a month on Koh Lipe between multiple trips over the last seven years. We love this little island!

Koh Lipe Covid 19 Update (January 3, 2023): Thailand is now open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. As of October 1, 2022, travelers no longer have to present any COVID-19 documents, such as vaccination certificates or test results. A negative COVID test is not required to enter Thailand. You do not need to be vaccinated to enter Thailand. There are no health screening procedures in place at the airport and other ports of entry. 

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Jump to Information on Koh Lipe:

Koh Lipe Video

A short video from our last trip showing some of the best Koh Lipe has to offer. Beautiful sunrises on Sunrise beach, amazing day trips, stunning white-sand beaches, and finishing the day with a great sunset on “sunset beach.”

After watching this, you’ll know why they call this island the Maldives of Thailand! Enjoy planning your trip to Lipe, it is a very special place for us, and I hope after your visit, you’ll feel the same!


Best Places to Stay in Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe hotels can be found for all budgets and all the modern amenities if you wish to have them. It’s, however,  pricey compared to other destinations in Southeast Asia.

Koh Lipe is slightly more challenging to do on a backpacker budget, but it can still be done. Like most of Thailand, prices fluctuate greatly based on the season. If you’re on a budget, it would be best to avoid peak season. Several Koh Lipe hotels’ peak season rates are double the price of their low season.

Accommodation is available all over the island, but we prefer to stay on Sunrise Beach. Why? It’s the prettiest, biggest, quiet at night, plenty of good restaurants, there are fewer boats, and you can see the sunrise and the sunset (at the top of the beach).

We have spent time on all Koh Lipe beaches and listed below hotels in Koh Lipe we’d stay in, suggesting accommodation on all three Koh Lipe beaches.

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Hotel Recommendations on Sunrise Beach

Best Value Koh Lipe Accommodation – Salisa Resort 

Our go-to accommodation on Koh Lipe. We’ve spent over three weeks at Salisa Resort. We first stayed here in February 2015 for a week and again in November 2016 for two weeks.

Best location and bang for your buck. Great beach, lounge chairs, right next to a Happy Vibe beach bar (no noise at night), 2-minute walk to Walking Street. Breakfast is included, and it’s made to order with several choices.

Facilities: AC, hot water, WiFi, TV, beach towels, fridge, a restaurant on-site, free breakfast

Check prices on Hotels.com | Agoda.com 

Best Affordable Koh Lipe Luxury Accommodation – Ten Moons Lipe Resort

If you are looking for a luxury hotel, look no further. Ten Moons is right on Sunrise Beach, and it has the softest sand in all of Koh Lipe. Located near the end of Sunrise beach, therefore the beach is more private and gets less foot traffic. Approximately only a five-minute walk to Walking Street.

Facilities: king-size beds, AC, TV/DVD, fridge, sofa bed, wifi, beach towels, private balcony, and breakfast.

Check prices on Agoda.com 

  • Secluded Romantic Hotel: Serendipity Beach Resort Check Prices On Agoda | booking.com
  • Trendy Modern Hotel: Idyllic Concept Resort Check Prices On Agoda | booking.com 
  • Rustic Beach Huts Castaway Resort Koh Lipe Check Prices On Agoda | booking.com

Koh Lipe Sunset Beach Hotels

Staying on Sunset Beach, you’ll have a quiet secluded hotel with amazing views and the best sunsets on Koh Lipe. A walk into “Town” will take 15 minutes, or a quick taxi ride away for only 50baht.

Koh Lipe Pattaya Beach Hotels

The busiest beach on the island has several resorts and affordable budget beach huts. Pattaya beach is lively night beach bars and great seafood restaurants and is right at the end of Walking Street, making it easy to explore the island.


How to Get to Koh Lipe

Ko Lipe can be reached year-round from Pak Bara, Thailand. In high season boats also run to Langkawi, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, and several small islands in the Andaman Sea. We have taken speed boats both from Pak Bara and Langkawi, Malaysia.

There are many ways to get to Koh Lipe. If you are island hopping you can easily tie in Koh Lipe. To book tickets to Koh Lipe from Krabi Town, Ao Nang, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, or Koh Lanta, click here.

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How To Get From Bangkok To Koh Lipe

By Air:

  • The nearest airport to Koh Lipe is Hat Yai.
  • The cheapest and easiest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Lipe is to fly to the Hat Yai airport. Then take a shuttle bus to Pak Bara pier for 250 baht, and then at Pak Bara pier, you can get on a ferry to Koh Lipe for 650 baht.
  • We booked a package with AirAsia that was inclusive to Koh Lipe (flight to Hat Yai, shuttle to Pak Bara pier, and speedboat to Koh Lipe) for 1,900 baht (price varies). They also offer this package from Chiang Mai to Koh Lipe, which we have taken as well for 1,900baht. We found the prices to be the same as if you would book everything separately.
  • Times for Air Asia to Koh Lipe transfer: Flight leaves Bangkok at 6:30 am, land at Hat Yai at 8:30 am, shuttle to Pak Bara at 9 am, arrives at Pak Bara at 11 am, ferry to Koh Lipe leaves at 11:30, and Koh Lipe ferry arrives at 1 pm.

There are a few ferries that make a stop at a few islands in the Tarutao National Park as opposed to a direct ferry to Koh Lipe. One of those islands is Koh Khai which has a picture-perfect stone arch.

These boats add an additional hour or so onto the journey to Koh Lipe. If you want to stop at a few of the islands as before booking, if the boat is going directly to Koh Lipe or stopping at Koh Khai.

By Train/Bus:

  • The train from Bangkok to Hat Yai takes 15 hours. 2nd class sleeper AC train 1095 baht, 2nd class fan sleeper 855 baht train tickets can be purchased online here.
  • There are several bus companies that leave Bangkok for the 13-hour trip to Hat Yai average price of 705 baht.
  • Once in Hat Yai, take the Pak Bara pier shuttle for 250 baht, book online here. Make sure your flight or train gets into Hat Yai before 10 am. If you arrive any later, you will not make the 11:30 am ferry out of Pak Bara.

Pak Bara pier is the only place where you can travel to Ko Lipe at any time of the year. All the other routes are closed during the monsoon season.Wide How to get to Koh Lipe Map - Ultimate Koh Lipe Guide

How to Get From Pak Bara to Koh Lipe

  • Ferry to Koh Lipe year-round departs at 11:30 am and arrives at 1 p.m.
  • Adults 650 baht, children ages 3-10 are 350 baht
  • Book your tickets online here

How to Get From Langkawi to Koh Lipe

  • There are two piers in Langkawi that have a ferry to Koh Lipe, Telaga, and Jeti Kuah.
  • Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe takes approximately 90 minutes.
  • Both Langkawi piers have two daily ferries to Koh Lipe departing at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm.  Arriving at 10 am and 3 pm, there is a 1-hour time difference.
  • 1,400 baht adult ticket,  book tickets online here from Kuah Jetty pier.
  • Kuah Jetty pier has immigration onsite. You will have to go through immigration before departing Malaysia.
  • Register for your ferry 1 hour before boarding. Registration closes 30 minutes before your departure, and you will not be allowed to board without registering.
  • The ferry only operates from 20 October until 31 May. The ferry does not operate from June 1 thru October 19 due to the monsoon season causing rough seas.

How To Get From Ao Nang or Krabi To Koh Lipe

Ao Nang/Krabi to Koh Lipe ferry is a shuttle and ferry combination ticket. Take a minivan from Ao Nang/Krabi to Trang, then a ferry to a 2-hour ferry to Koh Lipe. To see all ticket options and book online, click here.

  • From Ao Nang – Departs Ao Nang Bus Station at 9 am – Arrive at 4 pm
  • From Ao Nang Jolly Travel Office – Departs at 630am – Arrives at 130pm
  • From Ao Nam Mao pier –Departs at 930am – Arrives at 4 pm
  • From Krabi – Depart from Krabi Guesthouse at 630am – Arrive at Koh Lipe at 130pm
  • From Krabi Airport two departures at 06:30 am (950 baht) and 10:30 am (1100 baht) arrive at 1:30 pm and 4 pm.
  • The ferry only operates from November 1 to April 30. The ferry does not operate from May to November.

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How To Get From Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta To Koh Lipe

  • Phuket: Departs 8 am Arrives 4 pm, 2400 baht, the ferry takes 8 hours, book tickets
  • Koh Phi Phi: Departs 9 am Arrives 4 pm, 1950 baht, the ferry takes 6 hours, book tickets
  • Koh Lanta: Departs 10 am Arrives 4 pm, 1700 baht, the ferry takes 6 hours, book tickets
  • The ferry only operates from November 11 until April 30. The ferry does not operate from May 1 to November 15.

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Where is Koh Lipe, Thailand?

Koh Lipe is the most Southern island in Thailand, located just 60 km from mainland Thailand lies the island of Koh Lipe. The closest pier is in the town of Pak Bara. On a clear day, it is even possible to see Koh Lipe from Langkawi, Malaysia, which is 30 km away.

While in Koh Lipe, day trips to the surrounding islands are popular and recommended as they are the best way to explore the Tarutao National Park. Koh Lipe happens to be part of the Adang Archipelago, which is a cluster of about ten uninhabited islands in which Koh Lipe is the only inhabited island.

 How Big is Koh Lipe and How to Get Around?

Ultimate guide KOH LIPE BASE MAP

Koh Lipe has three main beaches and a handful of smaller beaches, sometimes private beaches. The main street in Koh Lipe is called “Walking Street,” but motorbikes & motorbike taxis do drive on Walking Street.

Since 2013, there have been official motorbike taxis (with sidecars) that can fit a couple of people for a fixed price of 50 baht per person. We fit three adults with luggage without a problem. The taxi drivers wear a purple vests. You’ll be able to spot them if you’re looking for a ride.

It costs 50 baht per person from Pattaya Beach to our hotel Salisa Resort on Sunrise Beach, with our luggage.

Ultimate Koh Lipe Thailand Guide - Walking Street

Most recently, everything is connected by concrete roads, and it usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes to walk from Sunrise Beach to Pattaya Beach.

During the night, most roads are lit by streetlights, but it’s always a good idea to take a headlamp or use a flashlight app if you go out and explore after dark. We feel safe walking around at night and on the beach in Koh Lipe but always use precautions.


When is the Best Time to Visit Koh Lipe?

Weekends typically are busy all year on Ko Lipe, as local Thai and Malaysian tourists flock to the island for a weekend getaway. Transport and Koh Lipe hotel reservations are highly recommended on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, especially if they fall on a national holiday.

If you ask us, the best time to visit Koh Lipe is January through March. We visited once during November, and we had several days with rain.

  • Koh Lipe High season is November to early May. Booking your hotel & transportation in advance is recommended.
  • Koh Lipe Peak season is from December 15 until the end of February. Most Koh Lipe resorts and ferry to Koh Lipe tickets will be fully booked months in advance. If you are traveling to Koh Lipe without a reservation, it can be a very hectic experience. On our first visit to Koh Lipe in January 2014, we arrived without hotel reservations, and we walked about for 2 hours with our bags until we finally found a place.
  • The low season, also known as the green season, runs from May to October. There are fewer tourists, and it’s easy to find a quiet spot on the beach. Even though the island is open all year with two boats running to and from Pak Bara to Koh Lipe every day, some of the hotels and other Koh Lipe businesses close down for the low season. The low season in Koh Lipe is also time for hotels and businesses to maintain and construction, so don’t be surprised to see construction on the island during the low season. Low season is a great time to go if you are looking for a quiet time on the beach and great hotel deals.


Koh Lipe Beaches

There are three main Koh Lipe beaches: Pattaya, Sunrise, and Sunset.  There are several small private beaches as well. Hands down, the best beach in Koh Lipe is Sunrise Beach. Sunrise is the only beach we will stay at when visiting Koh Lipe.

Pattaya Beach on Koh Lipe aerial photo with shore and boats

Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach is Koh Lipe’s main beach. Its location is a large sheltered bay with really soft powdery sand and crystal-clear blue water. In high season, all Koh Lipe ferry boats arrive on Pattaya Beach. Immigration and Police offices are located closest to Pattaya Beach.

Up and down Pattaya Beach, you will find dozens of accommodations, from beach bungalows to luxury resorts, restaurants, and beach bars. You can access Walking Street right from Pattaya Beach, and Sunrise & Sunset Beach are only a 15-minute walk away.

If you’re looking for a quiet beach, Pattaya isn’t the beach for you. Due to the boats & late-night bars, it can be loud. We personally wouldn’t stay on Pattaya Beach due to the noise. We much prefer Sunrise Beach.


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Sunrise Beach (Hat Chao Ley)

Sunrise Beach stretches the entire eastern side of Koh Lipe. It is the perfect beach to go on long walks. Sunrise Beach is our favorite beach, and it has very little boat traffic. Therefore giving you space to go out for a swim or a snorkel.

Best beach for relaxing in peace all day in the sand, going into the ocean for a dip, and yet only a five-minute walk to Walking Street, and you’re in “town.” Sunrise Beach also gets an amazing breeze all day & night. That breeze is much needed on hot days or nights if you’re in a room without air conditioning.

Hotels are much more spread out on Sunrise Beach compared to Pattaya Beach. There are several restaurants and a few beach bars that mainly operate during the day. If you looking for beach bars at night with fire-throwing etc., that would be on Pattaya Beach.

Most of the high-end hotels & Koh Lipe resorts are located on Sunrise Beach, even though there are still several budget options available. If you’re lucky, it’s even possible to see Koh Tarutao and Langkawi (Malaysia) on a perfectly clear sunny day.

Sunset Beach (Hat Pramong)

Sunset Beach is the smallest of the three main beaches on Koh Lipe. As its name suggests, you will get great nightly sunsets. If you are looking for more of a quiet secluded beach location, Sunset Beach is for you.  There are a few very chill restaurants & bars. Sunset Beach is about a 15-minute walk into “town.”


Best Restaurants In Koh Lipe

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Don’t head to TripAdvisor looking for the best restaurants in Koh Lipe. The list is wrong. We found that the bigger restaurants with more marketing budgets have an advantage. We have spent over four weeks eating at as many restaurants in Koh Lipe as possible. Here are our top 10 restaurants in Koh Lipe.

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Sunrise Beach Restaurant

Hands down our favorite restaurant on the island and in the world. The restaurant is right on Sunrise beach, the best Thai food with your toes in the sand looking out to the turquoise water. The best thing on the menu is chicken Penang curry (90 baht). Meals are 70-120 baht.

*Update * the original owners sold the restaurant to the dive shop next door, which now runs the restaurant. Sunrise Beach Restaurant is now a vegetarian & vegan restaurant. The reviews on Trip Advisor are still good, but it is not the same. We are sad the owners sold it and have now set up a new restaurant in Hat Yai. You better believe we will visit them in Hat Yai for the world’s best bowl of curry!

On The Rocks

Great lunch spot set up on the rocks looking out to the ocean. It’s more affordable than you’d imagine considering it’s in one of the most expensive hotels on the island Serendipity.

They have curry, pizza, seafood, steak, sandwiches, etc. The best part is beers 65 baht, cheaper than any of the beach bars. Located at the end of Sunrise Beach next to Ten Moons Lipe resort.

Bombay Indian

There are several Indian restaurants in Koh Lipe, but Bombay is the real deal. Get the garlic naan and chicken tikka masala, and you won’t be disappointed. The main dishes are around 160-200฿.

Salisa Resort

One of our go-to lunch spots, and it’s right next to the popular Happy Vibes beach bar on Sunrise Beach. Salsa has really good mango shakes 100% fruit 90 baht. Their spring rolls are the best on the island. Meals 70-120฿.

La Luna Italian

Fresh pizza and handmade pasta is their specialty. We highly recommend La Luna pizza and gnocchi with pesto. They also have good affordable wine. Mains 200-350฿. Located just off of Walking Street on Moo 7.

Madame YooHoo

Known for her smoothies and pancakes, this cute old gramma will be yelling “Yaa-Hoo” pancake pancake pancake”. She still runs her food cart but opened up a super affordable restaurant with a large menu. Mains 80-140฿ and shakes 40-70฿. Beer is as cheap as convenience stores. Located on Walking Street. 

Rak-Lay Restaurant

Seafood BBQ, where you pick fresh seafood or meats and pay by weight, pick how you want it cooked, pick your glaze/seasoning, and add some sides like baked potatoes or rice.

The size of the prawns available is out of this world. Pictured above are prawns that were 1,000฿ a kilo. There are several seafood BBQ restaurants on Walking Street and on the beach. Prices vary but typically 200-500฿ person. Rak Lay is on Walking Street.


This is the #1 restaurant, but it’s just okay. The most popular things on the menu are their burgers and pizza. This is just an average burger, nothing to rave about. If you don’t have many days in Thailand I wouldn’t waste my time eating here and instead indulge in some authentic Thai. If you’ve been traveling around Asia and craving a burger then give it a go. It’s super expensive for what it is, 400฿ for a burger and fries. Located on Walking Street.


Nightlife In Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe has a great selection of chill beach bars and a handful of bars open late into the night. If you are looking for a beach day with umbrella drinks, head on over to one of the beach bars and get to day drinking! Koh Lipe is not your party island. It is nothing like it’s Phi Phi or Koh Phangan, which is party island central!

The drinks on Koh Lipe are much more expensive if you are coming from Bangkok or Chiang Mai. A small Singha/Leo at a Happy Vibes beach bar or Sea La Vie Beach Bar is 100 baht ($3), and at restaurants/bars in town for a small beer 60-90 baht or 110+ for a large beer. Mixed drinks and cocktails range from 160-250 baht ($5-8), whereas in Chiang Mai, a large beer is 80 baht.

Best Beach Bar In Koh Lipe

Ultimate Koh Lipe Thailand Travel Guide - Happy Vibe Beach Bar

Sea La Vie is located on Sunrise beach right in front of Salisa Resort. Sea La Vie bar has beach chairs & loungers available for customers. They play great music and have a DJ on certain days of the week.

Really good umbrella drinks for 200 baht ($6.50), beers are 100 baht, shakes for 100 baht BYOB booze to add in to save a little money.

Happy Hour Bar In Koh Lipe

Ten Moons on Sunrise beach has buy 1 get one half-off cocktails from 4 pm-6 pm daily. Not only is Ten Moons resort located on the best part of Sunrise beach, but their happy hour rocks. 300 baht ($8) for two strawberry daiquiris is unheard of at Koh Lipe. We didn’t eat here, but the menu was very reasonable, considering it is a 5-star resort.

Walking Street Bars

Koh Lipe is not a party island. Only a handful of bars are open past 11 p.m., and all of them close by 1 am or earlier. Your best options are Corner Bar & Rainforest, which is on Walking Street, Peace & Love Bar or Reggae Bar on Pattaya Beach, Happy Vibe Bar on Sunrise Beach, and Boom Boom Bar on Sunset Beach.

Liquor Stores In Koh Lipe

The cheapest place to buy liquor or beer isn’t at 7 eleven. Many of the mom-and-pop shops are much cheaper. Liquor is only is “legally” for sale 11 am-2 pm and 5 pm-12 am, and most stores follow the rules.


Day Trips in Koh Lipe

Long Tail boat on Koh Lipe ready for a day trip
Long Tail boat on Koh Lipe ready for a day trip

Two of the most popular day trips from Koh Lipe are Program 1 and Program 2. There are also a few other variations to see other sites and different times. For everything you need to know about Koh Lipe Program 1 day trip here or Koh Lipe Program 2 day trip here

The sunset snorkeling tour combines some of the most popular aspects of program 1 with a sunset at Koh Adang. Recently a fourth trip is being offered called a Plankington trip with an afternoon snorkel and swim with tBioluminescentent Plankington at night.

Private Day Trip Koh Lipe

You can also hire a private longtail boat for the day to take you wherever you would like to go, including all of the programmed day trips. We rented a private longtail right from the taxi boat shack on Sunrise Beach.

The prices they offered were fair we didn’t negotiate 1500 baht for private program 1 and 2000 baht for private program 2. When hiring the private boat, we were able to leave a little later than the group trips. Therefore when arrived at the first stop, most boats were leaving. When hiring a private longtail boat, make sure to rent a mask & snorkel.

Day Trip Program 1 

  • Departs at 9:30
  • Returns at 16:00
  • 550 baht per person
  • Includes mask, snorkel, fins, a 1.5-liter bottle of water per person, lunch (we had chicken fried rice), and fruit (we had watermelon)
  • Stops include: Jabaang, Koh Hin-Ngam, Koh Yang, Koh Rawi, and Koh Adang
  • Not included is the National Park fee 200 baht. NOTE make sure to bring your National Park ticket

Day Trip Program 2:

  • Departs at 9:00
  • Returns at 17:00
  • 650 – 750 baht per person
  • Includes mask, snorkel, fins, a 1.5-liter bottle of water per person, lunch (we had chicken fried rice), and fruit (we had watermelon)
  • Stops include: Koh Hin Saun, Koh Lok Goi, Monkey Beach, Koh Dong, and Koh Pung
  • Not included is the National Park fee 200 baht. NOTE make sure to bring your National Park ticket

Sunset Trip Koh Lipe:

  • Departs at 14:30
  • Returns at 18:30
  • Cost is 450 per person
  • Includes mask, snorkel, fins, water, and fruit
  • Stops include: Jabaang, Koh Hin-Ngam, Koh Yang, and Koh Adang for sunset
  • Not included is the National Park fee 200 baht. NOTE make sure to bring your National Park ticket

Plankinton Trip Koh Lipe:

  • Departs at 13:30
  • Returns at 20:00
  • Cost is 900 – 1,000 per person
  • Includes mask, snorkel, fins, water, dinner, and fruit (we had watermelon)
  • Stops include: Jabaang, Koh Hin-Ngam, Koh Yang, and Koh Adang for sunset
  • Not included is the National Park fee 200 baht. NOTE make sure to bring your National Park ticket

Red and purple soft corals while diving in Koh Lipe - Top dive sites in Lipe Island
Fish swim around soft corals in one of Koh Lipe’s Top Dive sites

Koh Lipe Diving

Whether you are dive certified or not, diving if you have time, you should go diving in Koh Lipe. There are several dive shops around Koh Lipe. We checked out several shops, not only looking at their prices but their knowledge of where they were going out the next day and what I could expect to see. Ask questions about their equipment, and see what times they will be back.

The most popular dive shops in Koh Lipe are Castaway Resort Dive shop, Adang Sea Divers, and Satun dive shop. We dove with B.K. Dive Resort and Adang Sea Divers, and I highly recommend Adang Sea divers.

If you love snorkeling, you will be head over heels for diving. What better place in the world to do your first dive than diving in Koh Lipe? Discovery dives are for those wanting to try out diving under the close supervision of a dive instructor.

During a discovery dive, you will learn some of the basic scuba concepts, practice scuba skills in shallow water, and then off to explore underwater life. I would suggest at least a 2-tank dive, as your first tank will go fast as you are adjusting to diving and getting your breathing under control.

2021 Prices Adang Sea Divers 

  • Discovery Dive 1 Tank 2,500 baht; 2 Tank 4,000 baht
  • Fun Dives: 1 Tank  1,600 baht, 2-4 tanks 1,500 baht per tank, 5-7 tanks 1400 baht per tank, 10+ tanks 1,200 baht per tank
  • Scuba Refresher 2,500 baht
  • PADI Scuba Diver certification 10,000 baht get certified to dive to 12 meters | 2 days needed
  • PADI Open Water Certification 14,500 baht get certified to dive to 18 meters | 3-5 days needed
  • PADI Advanced Open Water certification 12,000 baht | 2-3 days needed


Things To Do In Koh Lipe

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The best part of the day in Koh Lipe

1. Enjoy sunset 

Ko Lipe has some of the most spectacular sunsets we’ve ever seen. Don’t take it for granted. Every night is another great sunset. Grab a blanket & beer and make your way over to Sunset Beach or the end of Sunrise Beach and catch the free show.

There is this great little beach bar that has 60 baht Chang beers and 100 baht mojitos. We’ve had mojitos in Trinidad Cuba, and know a good mojito from a bad one. These ones are pretty tasty!

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2. Hike to the Koh Adang Viewpoint

For the best view of Koh Lipe, you’ll have to take a longtail boat over to Koh Adang. Boats cost 100 baht per person and can be arranged at the taxi boat stands on Sunrise Beach. It is also possible to kayak from Koh Lipe to Koh Adang.

Once on Koh Adang, stop in the ranger’s office to look at the island map to locate the start of the hike. There are three viewpoints, with the third being the best. It will take about 45 minutes to an hour to make it all the way to the third viewpoint.

Note during the low season Koh Adang is not fully serviced and may be partially or fully closed. Reports in 2019 say that the Viewpoint and National Park on the island are not open for visitors and will reopen during the high season. Koh Adang may have closures until Nov-December 2019

Make sure to bring enough water. There is a restaurant on Koh Adang just before the trail starts with large bottles of water for 30 baht

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3. Get lost

Well, you technically can’t get lost on Koh Lipe because it’s only 2km long and 1km wide. The best way to explore Koh Lipe is just walking, follow the road see where it goes. This is the best way to find the beach that is right for you and stumble upon some local restaurants & bars

4. Rent a kayak

Rent a kayak for a few hours or the whole day. There are several other small islands right in front of Sunrise Beach that can be accessed within 10 minutes, and some gorgeous beaches to relax on. Kayaks are as cheap as 300 baht a day or 150 an hour.

Most hotels have them for rent. Our resort Salisa Resort had them as well as Sunrise Beach Restaurant.

5. Get a beach massage

Right next to our hotel, there were beach massage ladies. All throughout Koh Lipe, prices were 300 baht an hour for a Thai massage/Foot massage, 400 baht for an oil massage, and 500 baht for an aloe massage.

We suggest getting a Thai massage on your first day on Koh Lipe, as you shouldn’t be sunburnt YET. Trust me, you wouldn’t want a Thai massage with a sunburn.  If you happen to get too much sun, make sure to get an after-sun aloe massage to help heal the sunburn and provide a cooling effect.

Beach massage places usually close after sunset, but in town on Walking Street, most massage places are open until 11 p.m. Massage prices are pretty fixed throughout the island, but in town, a few places may be 50 baht cheaper.

6. Snorkeling from Shore

Grab a mask and fins and see beautiful marine life just a short way from the shore. One of the best places to snorkel from shore is in front of Ten Moons Resort. A large area is roped off for snorkeling between the shore and Koh Usen.

Be sure to stay inside the designated buoyed areas. There’s a lot of long-tail boat traffic, and swimming outside the proper areas is extremely dangerous.

7. Trash Hero Project in Koh Lipe

Picking up trash on your holiday? It may not seem like a normal thing to do in Koh Lipe, but it’s actually fun and for a good cause. There’s a reason Koh Lipe is one of the cleanest Thai islands, and it’s because of efforts like Trash Hero.

8. Koh Lipe Fishing Trips 

In addition to the traditional day trips from Koh Lipe, you can also arrange to join a fisherman and learn to fish like a local off the shores of Koh Lipe. Prices depend on the location and length of your fishing trip. Trips can be arranged directly with the boatmen at the water taxi stands or through a tour agent in town.

9. Get A Thai Bamboo Tattoo

If you want to remember your trip to Koh Lipe forever, then sit down in the chair of the traditional bamboo tattoo artists on Koh Lipe’s walking street. We recommend a Sak Yant Tattoo done in the traditional style, but you can get just about anything.

10. Hike to Koh Lipe Viewpoint

Take an early morning or late afternoon walk to one of the highest points of the island is a top thing to do in Koh Lipe. Located in the hills on the long southwestern tip of Koh Lipe, this spot gives great views of Koh Adang and further Islands.

The road ends shortly after The Cliff resort, but a dirt path continues bringing you to the tip of the island for nice views. This is a nice spot for sunset, but bring a head torch or flashlight for the walk back, and some bug spray would probably be a good idea too.

11. Soak in some rays and get a tan

That’s what Koh Lipe is for! You’re on one of the best beaches in the world. Take advantage of the weather! Cool off in the water. Just go for a swim and float around. Just don’t forget the sunscreen. The sun is no joke in Koh Lipe.

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What Facilities Are In Koh Lipe?

      • ATM– As of 2017, there are 4 ATMs on Koh Lipe, two ATMs next to the 7-eleven that is halfway down Walking Street, one ATM across the street from Pooh’s next to a travel agency, one by Cheap Cheap grocery store, one across the street from Pooh’s.
      • Immigration–  The Immigration Office is located on Pattaya Beach, next to Bundhaya Resort. The office is only open from the end of October until the end of May when the boats to Langkawi Malaysia are running. You can only enter Thailand here if your country is allowed for a Tourist Visa Exemption. Please check the visa regulations for your country.
      • Police & Tourist Police-The Police Office is located behind Immigration on Pattaya Beach. There are several Tourist Police volunteers on Koh Lipe who speak English & you can spot them with a black tourist police t-shirt.
      • Hospital- The local hospital is on Sunrise Beach next to the school, and the doctors speak English. The hospital has a basic stock of medical supplies and can provide you with first aid. Another small clinic is located next to Pooh’s Restaurant on Walking Street, and the doctor speaks great English and is heard to accept all major travel insurance. A large private hospital was just completed on Walking Street only 200 meters from Pattaya Beach.
      • 7 eleven There are two seven elevens located on Walking Street. The second one was just completed in December 2016. It is stocked with everything a normal 7 eleven on the mainland would have just slightly higher prices averaging 10-20 baht per item.

Don’t forget your insurance! You never know when you’ll need it. We suggest getting travel insurance with Safety Wing. Which coverage includes medical, trip interruption, lost luggage, and more. Often rates are as low as $12 a week. 


What is the Average Spending in One Day?

We just returned from Koh Lipe during peak season. We spent 14 nights of fun in the sun. Let’s go through an average cost for a day on Koh Lipe for two adults. The prices are much higher compared to Chiang Mai, where we currently are living.

      • 1,450 baht room at Salisa Resort on Sunrise beach, breakfast included
      • 290 baht lunch, each having a chicken curry with rice and a Coke at Leonardo’s
      • 100 baht for two smoothies from Yoo-Hoo lady on Walking Street
      • 80 baht, two beers bought at the liquor store, brought back to our beach chairs to help cool us down
      • 40 two samosas (potato & mango) from the yoo-hoo lady on the beach. She comes out around 4 pm
      • 270 spring rolls, papaya salad, and chicken pad thai bring your own water for dinner
      • 200 two mojitos at 100 Cocktails bar after dinner
      • 50 baht for a 6 pack of 1liter bottles of water
        • Total 2,480 baht or $70 a day for two people

Koh Lipe Budget Tips

#1 – Stay Longer

The longer the stay, the deeper the discounts and the more money left in your daily budget for happy hour! When booking online places like on Agoda, there are often special discounts when staying longer like 3 or 5-night discounts.

If you show up to a small family-owned accommodation you should have no problem negotiating a better rate when you can commit to a week or longer, all you have to do is ask.

#2 – Avoid Peak Season

Like most of Thailand, prices fluctuate greatly based on the season. If you are on a budget, it would be best to avoid PEAK season at all costs. Several accommodations peak season rates are double or triple the price of low season, so check and see if you can move your dates to save a few baht.

#3 – Book Online

If you must travel during high or peak season booking online is the easiest & best way.  Several hotels have daily rates that include free cancellation. Just make sure to double-check the last date to cancel.

Also, by booking online, you don’t have to worry about bringing enough cash or your credit card not working. Your room is already paid for you! We have found that Agoda is by far the cheapest hotel booking website in Asia, and they have the biggest selection of accommodation.

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304 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Koh Lipe, Thailand | 2023 Edition”

  1. Next time you are over in Koh Lipe why not stop by at our dive shop (DJL Diving) to come for a couple of dives with us, we’d love to take you out as it doesn’t look like you have been out with us on any of your previous trips. Our dive centre has been open on Koh Lipe since 2011 at the western end of Pattaya beach.

  2. Hello Adam and Hannah,
    I’m in Koh Lipe now and I find your guide and tips very helpful.
    Unfortunately, sunrise beach restaurant is no longer in business. Eight months ago it has been taken over by a diving center and now they only serve vegetarian and vegan food.

  3. Hello! Going to Koh Lipe tomorrow 🙂 Thanks for the very good suggestions and tips! I just have a question. If you have to choose just one snorkeling trip, which one is better? Program 1 or Program 2? I’m also planning to do a one day visit to Koh Adang with private boat, so I don’t think I’ll have time for two snorkeling trips 😀 Thanks

    • If your main objective is snorkeling I would choose Program One. But if you want a quieter trip Program 2 takes you to further away islands that are very nice.

  4. Thank you guys for this amazing travelling blog.
    Me and my boyfriend are planning to go to koh lipe middle of november.
    I have only two questions left:
    We would like to stay at a quiet beach, away from the longtailboats and loats of tourists. Which beach is the better option, sunrise or sunset? Which hotel is the most quiet regarding the longtail boats?
    We love local street food instead of restaurants. Are there any food stalls?
    Thank you so much for your tips.

    • Sunset beach is the quietest beach with the fewest long tails. However, we still like Sunrise beach better. There are some longtails parked in front of sunrise beach, but we don’t find them bothersome – there isn’t tons and tons of traffic like the main ferry beach on the other side of the island Pattaya Beach. There aren’t many street stalls on Koh Lipe. Some vendors will sell food on the beach, but not many. We like 10 Moons resort http://tidd.ly/8542e9f8 for a quiet and romantic stay. Serendipity is also good http://tidd.ly/48a1aeb1. If you really want to be far away then try one of the cliff resorts overlooking sunset beach http://tidd.ly/86983d1. Hope you have a great trio to Koh Lipe!

  5. Greetings from Koh Lipe! We built our whole Thailand itinerary based on your blog and so far (day 4 of 12) everything has been on point, hence the sunburn part that we obviously didn’t pay attention to… Dinner at On The Rocks was to die for, even though I’m sure the appetite we built by walking there had something to do with it…! After that meal we were really looking forward to try the food at Sunrise Beach Restaurant but apparently they closed down, not sure if they’ll be back during the high season but Google is showing them as permanently closed, and the ladies at the massage parlor by Salisa told us they moved to Hat Yai…

  6. Hi!
    This is a great guide!! Just a quick question, I am trying to find that air asia package from Chiang Mai to Koh Lipe you mentioned in the beginning of the guide as this would be perfect for us! However, I am not having any luck.. This may be a stupid question, but how do I buy this package on air asia? Thanks so much!

      • Hi! This is great information! My wife and I will be on Koh Lipe in January after traveling through Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I am curious as to how much cash we will need while there since it will be at the end of our trip. So many smaller places take credit card or is cash king and preferred?


        • Cash is generally better, but there is an ATM on the island if you do run low – However, ATM fees in Thailand are around $6 USD each time. How much cash will depend on what you plan on doing and eating/drinking. As a rough estimate, I would probably plan on 750 Bhat per person for mid-range meals for the day per person (all meals). Drinks are about 100-150 on average, beer is cheaper. Excursions are pretty affordable and well worth it. Hope that helps a bit, have a great time in Koh Lipe!

  7. Hi Hannah and Adam!

    Great stuff here! I’m trying to book van+ferry combos on 12go. I’m looking at the Satun Pakbara Speedboat club who is requesting you arrive at least 40 minutes before departure. Our flight lands at 11:15 and the van departs 11:30. I know this is obviously cutting it close, but from your experience, how strict are they on timelines and do you think I should book the 13:30 instead? Is Hat Yai easy to maneuver?



    • Hi Greg – My guess is that if you are there before the van leaves they will take you, however, depending on the time of year and weather you may have delays in flights. Hat Yai is a small airport and you meet the vans right after baggage claim. Personally, it’s a bit too close and we would take the later van.

  8. Great you’ve updated the guide.

    This site helped me before going last March. I’m now thinking on going again at the end of September, but unsure of the whether – particularly the sea crossing.

    • Hi Edward – In September you’ll have more rain than in March, however the thing about rainy season in Thailand is that it’s not going to rain all day, every day, but more like an hour or two every afternoon with some days more than others. During that time you’ll only be able to reach the island from Pak Bara and of all the crossings we have found that one to be the most gentle, however wind and sea conditions can still make it bumpy. If you can look past the negatives, you’ll have fewer visitors to share the beach with. There will be some restaurants closed but you should still have enough to do to keep you as busy as you want to be. Hope you have a great trip!

  9. Pretty amazing page you have here! Thank you.

    We are planning on traveling to the island in late October. I am a birder and am curious if you, or if you know someone, who knows the avifauna of Koh Lipe.

    Thanks again,

    • Koh Lipe is part of the Tarutao National Park (sort of) I would bet the best information would come from sources that cover the park. You may want to consider some day trips to some of the more remote islands in the park that are some what untouched to see the bird life. Hope that helps a bit, have a great trip!

  10. Hello ,
    you are fantastic and precise, i’m fabio from italy i’ll go to kolipe in jan 2020 with my family and my 6 year old i’m very happy, i just wanted to know since you never talked about it i’ve reserved akira lipe resort what you think ? I think of flying on hat yai and then transferring to ko lipe do you have any reliable tour operators for airport transfers to ko lipe? the fast boat stops near the akira hotel? always if you know, I saw that you could also travel on Trang but from Rome I didn’t find any connection you have any news as it seems closer to me than Hat Yai.
    I await your reply, you are fantastic, thanks for what you do

    • We haven’t stayed at akira hotel, but it looked nice, my only concern with it would be that it is very close to the pier and it may be a bit busy on the beach there. Other than that it’s well located with easy access to walking street. As for transfers we use 12goasia and they have routes from many locations https://12go.asia/en/travel/pak-bara-pier/koh-lipe/?z=196379 you can get transfers from Hat Yai or Trang. All boats come to the island very close to the hotel. Have a great trip to Koh Lipe with your family!

  11. hey, thanks for the great tips!!
    maybe you could answer this:
    If im traveling from Thailand, do i still need to pass immigration?
    can i fly from bangkok to haty yay without passport? only ID crad?
    thanks 🙂

  12. Hi Adam,

    Thanks for your feedback on my previous post. I was pretty much set on Koh Lipe and then someone said to me it is pretty much a backpacker vibe. Is this true? As mentioned previously we really don’t want the craziness from Phuket or any backpacker island… Also, are the islands around Lipe accessible during low season? From what I understand some are closed? Please help me!



    • I would disagree that it is a backpacker island, most people who visit are thirty-something year old couples, a few families, but mostly couples that have been to Thailand before. While there are a few accommodations that cater to backpackers that’s not at all the main traveler here. There is a nice but low key nightlife – no raging parties. You can access several islands on the day trips during low season, and the main national park should be open as well.

  13. Hi Hannah,

    We are planning our honeymoon for Thailand from the 29th December, we are planning on staying around 2/3 days in Bangkok then off to Koh lipe for 4 days then Chiang Mai after, do you recommend going to Chiang mai first or Koh lipe first?


    • Ending in Chaing Mai is logistically better, Koh Lipe can be a longer travel day on your last day – Plus I think that’s a nice flow anyway with a little bit of culture at the end of your trip.

  14. Hi, thanks for a great blog!

    I need some advice though – 2 friends in our late 30’s… we arrive in Bangkok on the 24th of August. I think we are pretty much decided on Koh Lipe. We are planning to go to Koh Lipe on the 25th and then spend at least 6 days there. What other island will you recommend for our remaining 3 or 4 days? Then we want to go back to Bangkok for 2 days. We aren’t into loads of backpackers and partying. We love beautiful beaches, snorkeling, sunset drinks and restaurants.

    What would you recommend?

    Looking forward to your advice.



    • We think Koh Lipe is a must! Another island we would suggest is Koh Tao based on what you are looking for, but it’s not the easiest to get to from Koh Lipe. Some other good options closer would be Koh Lanta which is a short ferry ride away. The beaches aren’t quite as nice as Koh Lipe, but there are lots of adventures to have. Or there are a bunch of small islands scattered between Krabi and Phuket worth checking out – Here is a better list of them –> https://www.gettingstamped.com/thailand-island-hopping-guide/

      Happy Planning!

  15. Hi,
    We are a family of four (kids aged 14 and 17) with a week to spend on an island i Thailand in December around the 22nd +.

    Would you recommend Koh Lipe or is there another island you would recommend instead? We will not be doing any island hopping. But will be arriving from Siem Reap, Cambodia – and spend one week before we have to head back home to Denmark.

    If visiting Koh Lipe we will be flying to Phuket from Siem Reap – and from Phuket I don’t know which transportation would be better (also thinking of a budget).

    Thanks for a great travelling guide. And best wishes from us to all of you.

    • Koh Lipe would be our pick, but transport will be longer than some other islands, but easy to navigate. From Phuket you can take a ferry down to Koh Lipe which will take several hours, you could also jump off the ferry a visit other islands along the way – if you’d rather avoid boats you should be able to get ground transport from Phuket to Pak Bara Pier that serves Koh Lipe. or instead of flying from Siem Reap to Phuket you could fly to Hat Yai for a quicker route to Koh Lipe.

      The best way to find the options and which route is better for you, check this site they have all of the options, just try a few different starting destinations –> https://12go.asia/en/travel/pak-bara-pier/koh-lipe/?z=196379

      Alternatively, Koh Tao is also a beautiful island with a fun vibe, Koh Samui is a good hub for transport for the island.

    • There are so many good places… If you are feeling adventurous you can Kayak to Koh Kra the small uninhabited islands just in front of Koh Lipe on a deserted beach. Or you could arrange a private boat tour to one of the surrounding islands of Koh Lipe, if you were really slick you could have the boat driver or tour company set you up a private picnic on a deserted beach – I think Koh Dong along program 2 island hopping route would be a nice spot. However, if you want to do it right on Koh Lipe I think the prettiest part is the beach near 10 Moons and Serendipity resorts, you could ask during a nice meal at the Serendipity Restaurant overlooking the sea.

      The options are endless in Koh Lipe. Another adventurous one would be at the top of the Koh Adang Viewpoint overlooking Koh Lipe for several hundred meters above the sea – but you’ll be sweaty and less glamorous – but pick one that fits your personal style as a couple. Hope these help and your proposal in Koh Lipe goes well. Best Wishes.

    • There are at least two bamboo tattoo shops on Walking Street, we have not used them so I think it would be best to stop in and see some examples of their work and see if the studio meets your expectations for hygiene. Enjoy Koh Lipe!

  16. WOWWWW!! That is amazing, I have alwayyyyys wanted to do that clear bottom kayaking thing, so you can see what you’re paddling over… One day! Sigh… Once the kids are gone to college LOL

  17. Hi Hannah and Adam, thanks for these tips. Does Koh Lipe have a proper jetty for passengers to arrive one? I’ve two elderly folks with me. Saw a video on Koh Lipe arrival and it seems everyone has to hop from a ferry onto a longtail boat that brings them as close to the shore as possible before everyone wades in the water to make it to passport control. We’ll be ferrying from Langkawi. Folks (80 yo) really wish to make the trip. Though neither are on wheelchair, they might find the ferry-boat-checkpoint “transfers” a tad challenging. Thanks in advance!

    • When you arrive in Koh Lipe you will land at a floating dock and then load on to a small longtail boat to go to either the shore or a small floating pier (which can be a bit wobbly) depending on the tide. I could see transfers on to Koh Lipe being somewhat challenging based on what you described. I think the boatmen will do everything they can to help, but the video you watched was likely how the process will be. Hope that helps.

  18. Thanks for this post, Hannah and Adam. It convinced us to head to Koh Lipe for 6 nights over this Christmas holiday. Koh Lipe is a jewel. We will remember our time there even when we our 103. Magic…and your Air Asia package tip made getting there a breeze. We stayed at Idyllic Concept Resort (upscale) and highly recommend. Anywhere on Sunrise Beach seemed great, but Idyllic is at one end and largely away from the longtail boats. There’s also solid snorkeling directly off the shore. Two other tips for would-be travelers to Koh Lipe: 1) there was a 400 tbh charge per person for entry to the national park area (probably mentioned elsewhere on your post) and 2) leaving Koh Lipe at low tide means a longtail boat to the floating speedboat dock, so if necessary, dress for rain, cover bags, and anyone with mobility issues might need to navigate transfer from the boat during some mildly choppy seas. Doable for sure…but it might calm nerves to know about it ahead of time.

    • Glad you like Koh Lipe as much as we do! Thanks for the feedback, transport would be easier if they had a proper jetty, but then it would probably be an eyesore too. Thanks!

  19. Hi there, I am going to be on Koh Lipe in early January 2019.. we are unfortunately only staying 3 nights, 4 days (on sunrise beach thankfully).. prior to booking I hadn’t read your blog but now see it would’ve been ideal to stay longer. Just wondering given our limited time, if you can recommend the MUST DO’s (activities, hikes, places to eat). I am travelling with my best friend and we are both young and active!

    • Our favorite thing to do is rent a private boat for the day and see some of the islands nearby, they are stunning – lots of swimming and snorkeling. If you set it up with the boat drives directly you can get the boat to yourself for a little bit more than the cost for 2 people to take a packaged tour, and then you can have the sites nearly to yourself. Also, some hiking on Koh Adang is good too. There are some waterfalls and a nice viewpoint hike. Or rent a kayak and paddle around Koh Kra and the other small islands in front of Sunrise beach. Last, I would go diving, the popular stone henge site is probably one of the best. Have a great trip!

  20. Hi, thanks for such a great article! We are looking to go to Thailand for our honeymoon mid-June 2019. I’ve read that that time is monsoon season and that the islands of the Gulf Coast tend to see less rain than the Andaman Coast.
    Can you comment on the rainfall patterns mid-June for Koh Lipe at all? It sounds amazing and would love to give it a visit!!! Thank you 🙂

    • Rainy season in Thailand can be wet but for the most part you’ll see rain most days for an hour or two, usually in the afternoon – sometimes more. Transport options are a little bit less, and some places on the island will be closed. On the plus side, you’ll have much thinner crowds and generally lower prices. Have an amazing trip and enjoy Koh Lipe!

  21. Hie, planning to go koh lipe next month. i can’t seems to find airasia flight to hat yai then koh lipe, do you have link to share?
    im not a swimmer, so do you think koh lipe would be the ideal location for me to go snorkelling? can i snorkel off the beach or do i need to take a tour?

  22. Hi we’re going to Thailand for the 7th time in January and wanted to try somewhere different and came across Koh Lipe, we will have a 2 year old and 4 month old with us, do you think the journey would be too much like hard work? Mainly with the suitcases/prams etc? We have travelled with our first child from 9wks old but not such a long transfer to get to hotel. Thanks

  23. Hi Adam & Hannah,
    I’m planning for a trip to Koh Lipe next year around March or April 2019. Is it suitable for my 18-months old girl? Thank you!

    • The ocean is nice and calm on Sunrise Beach that time of year. We would only suggest Sunrise Beach hotels. The boat ride will be a bumpy getting to/from the island. There are plenty of Western Food option for her if needed too. If we had an 18 month-year-old we would bring them to Koh Lipe. Safe travels.

  24. hello, i’ve read that you bought a package including flight from bangkok to hat yai, bus and ferry, and you said that airasia also offers this package from chiang mai, i’m flying from chiang mai, and since i read your guide i’ve been looking for that package, but can not find it, do you know if is still available? thank you very much in advance and thanks for this great ultimate guide!! it’s very useful!

    • It is still available you have to put as the destination Sunrise Koh Lipe it’s on the drop down. They only sell this package during high season typically November-April so if you are booking outside of that you may not see it. You can always find transportation to Pak Bara from Hat Yai at the airport and then the ferry boats you can book at Pak Bara pier. Have fun in Koh Lipe it’s gorgeous.

  25. We are here on our honeymoon with thanks to your website. What a beautiful island paradise. It’s sad to see that sunrise beach restaurant is closed 😢 but late October is a perfect time to come. Not too many people and great weather

    • Hoping you’re having good weather in paradise! Since it is still technically monsoon season some restaurants are still closed, and sad to hear Sunrise Restaurant is one of them. There are some really good Indian restaurants on the island though. Send us an email if you want more Koh Lipe restaurant recommendations. What hotel are you staying at? Enjoy paradise!

  26. I’ve been wanting to go to Koh Lipe for ages but we had a toddler in tow and the journey to get there was too much so we ended up going to Phuket!

  27. Thank you for your great guide!

    We will be heading to Thailand in June and have 4-5 days to spend somewhere in a beach setting. We have considered Ao Nang, Phuket, Koh Lanta and just now have come across Koh Lipe, but it sounds super interesting and exactly fitting to the type of people we are and activities we want to do. We will be coming down from Chiang Mai and as of now, I can’t find any price for a package, through Air Asia’s search engine.

    I’m curious to know how much a flight + shuttle + ferry would cost from Chiang Mai to Koh Lipe as it really looks like an amazing island for us. Also, any idea what the weather at the end of June would be like? I understand we’d probably be better off in the Gulf of Thailand islands than the Andaman sea, but everything there looks much more expensive.

    • Great you found our Koh Lipe guide! So I just went onto Air Asia’s website. Search from Chiang Mai and then to type in Lipe and it will come up. I think because you are looking into June they don’t sell that far in advance OR they don’t sell that package because it’s monsoon season then. You can still get to Koh Lipe from Pak Bara. You will have no problem booking the shuttle from the Hat Yai airport to Pak Bara. June is rainy season but you never know what it will be like. No matter what you’ll love Koh Lipe like we do. Safe travels.

  28. Hiya, your blog is awesome! We actually decided to come visit Koh Lipe in October after reading your guide. I was wondering if based on your experience it would be possible to book accomodation later when we arrived in Koh Lipe, are there cheap but nice places to stay that could be off the radar as they dont advertise through Airbnb or other online booking portals? Also we booked our flights to Hat Yai but havent decided on the land and sea transfers. Is it better to book those via 12go asia or directly to the transport providers? Do you have any recommendations on the providers?
    Thanks in advance. Super excited!

    • In October you would probably be able to walk up to places to try for better rates. Most of the transfer prices are relatively fixed, I don’t see you saving much booking on the ground. We usually pre-book the transfers to Koh Lipe, but not back so we can stay flexible. Hope that helps! Also if you are looking for unique accommodations you might check Koh Adang too, they have a few places just opening up. Safe Travels!

  29. Hi Adam & Hannah,

    Really great guide for Koh Lipe. I will be on Langkawi Island from the 23rd of October and when I found out that Koh Lipe is only 90 minutes by ferry I really want to visit this Island. Reading your guide you wrote that the ferries operate from beginning of November? Somewhere I read that they start from the 20th of October. Me and my friend are thinking about going to Koh Lipe around the 26th or 27th October.

    Any advice would be great.

    Thanks a lot.

    Lubos from Slovakia

    • The exact dates of when the ferries start running again vary year to year. They may start them early or late based on the monsoon season. I can’t say for sure the dates until the end of October nor could you 100% plan on going to Koh Lipe from Langkawi then because they may sell you a ticket and later cancel it. Just a heads up. Hope you make it to Koh Lip it’s our absolute favorite.

  30. Hi
    I’m staying in Penang for 3 weeks in August and want a break for a few days – I know its rainy season, but is it worth a visit in August? Or best to find somewhere else that time of year?

    • It may be wet in August, but the weather won’t be significantly different than Penang, so I wouldn’t make that the reason for not going. Generally, rainy season in Thailand means rain in the afternoon or part of the day meaning you should still have times with weather to enjoy the island.

  31. We are planning a two- week trip to Thailand in mid- November (our first time in Thailand). We plan to spend the first four days in Chiang Mai and then the rest of the time in the Islands. I have become very interested in Koh lipe, has is become too over-run with tourists? We are trying to make the most of our time in the islands, would you recommend spending all of our time at Koh Lipe, splitting our time between Koh Lipe and another island, or just visiting some islands closer to the mainland?

    Thanks for helping this overwhelmed planner

    • Hi Amy, Koh Lipe has gotten busier over the years, but we feel still doesn’t feel overwhelmed like some islands. November is still early in the season so it should be less busy. I would suggest 5 days to 1 week on Koh Lipe. You could easily spend all of your island time here, but it is still a smaller island and active travelers might want to add in another island, but if you just want to relax and take a few day trips to the surrounding islands Koh Lipe is the perfect place. Our last trip was two weeks just in Koh Lipe and it was perfect for us, but everyone is different. Happy planning!

  32. Hi! Your blog is a life saver! I was thinking about Ko Lipe and how to go about it. I’m planning to go in October for our wedding anniversary! Thank you for the Ultimate guide!

  33. So excited to go to Koh Lipe at some point. I was blown away looking at the accommodations and prices on the island. I’m a little nervous about the travelling part to get there from where I live in China. Started to look at booking flights and discovered the prices were more than pay to fly from China to Wisconsin! I’m going to keep an eye on the flights over the next year to find the best time to buy. Simply too short notice this year and can’t justify the flight this year after an emergency trip to America early this year. But now I have a goal for next year’s vacation. Looks like paradise!

    • The cheapest way would be to probably fly from China to Bangkok and then book the Air Asia package to Hat Yai where you get a shuttle to the ferry and ferry to Koh Lipe. It’s totally worth it! What part of China are you in?

      • I was looking at flights using Hangzhou, China to Hat Yai and was getting really expensive prices. I just booked 5 days in advance and got much more reasonable pricing by just searching Hangzhou to Bangkok…then Bangkok to Hat Yai. Got everything booked including hotels in Bangkok and Hat Yai and of course on the island all for about $1250. Considering my earlier look at flights just to get to Hat Yai were in the $1300 range, I’m happy with it.

        I live in Xinanjiang, Jiande, Zhejiang Province. 1.5 hours southwest of Hangzhou which is 2 hours southwest of Shanghai. I like right near the Thousand Island Lake.

        • That’s good to hear – yes Hat Yai is not served very well internationally. You will always get better rates flying into Bangkok first. Enjoy Koh Lipe!

  34. Hey, thanks for all the info.

    I am planning my trip to Malaysia-Thailand for Feb 2019 (just starting) I was thinking on doing Langkawi-Koh Lipe as the crossing point. However, I do require a visa for Thailand (I am from Latin America), Can I use Koh Lipe as my entry point to Thailand? If not what route/itinerary would you recommend for crossing from Malaysia to Thailand (interested on islands, beaches on the south). Thanks in advance for your help!

    • That is a great route, the first time we visited Koh Lipe was from Langkawi as well. Check the Thai embassy website to check you nationality rules. When you leave Langkawi you go to immigration before getting on the ferry. When you land on Koh Lipe you go to immigration there and they stamp you into Thailand. For us Americans, we are given 30 days visa on arrival for free. I have Mexican & Brazilian friends who have traveled often in Thailand with no issues with their passports.

      Safe travels.

  35. Me and my family is going from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe in February 2019. My kids will be around 11 month, and my oldest 3-almost 4. Do you recommend salisa as a place to stay with small children? And do you think the ferry using 6 hours is better than the speed boat that use 3 hours? Do you think it’s ok I book ferry tickets two weeks before departure when I’m in Koh Lanta . (High season). 🙂

    • Salisa is a good place to stay with kids, the owners & workers live on site and they have children themselves that you will see playing on the beach and at breakfast. You kids will have playmates at Salisa. We have only taken the speedboat from Pak Bara and Langkawi so I can’t really comment on the ferry. The ferry will be smoother that’s for sure, the fast boat can get very bumpy so if you are prone to seasickness I would maybe do the ferry. I would book your tickets online a few weeks in advance so you don’t have to worry about it. We book them online here: https://12go.asia/en/travel/koh-lanta/koh-lipe/?z=196379 . Safe travels and enjoy Koh Lipe.

  36. Thanks for all of the good info! My husband and I are flying to Bangkok and will arrive on December 28. We were planning on leaving Bangkok on Jan 1 and heading out to the islands. We would like to visit Koh Lipe, Koh Samui, and perhaps Koh Lanta Yai. Would you recommend doing the Air Asia package of flying/ferrying to Koh Lipe first? Would we have to “ferry our way” to the other islands? What would be our best mode of transport to those island and making our way back to Bangkok? How much time would you spend on each of those islands considering we take our flight back to the U.S. from Bangkok on January 18? Please feel free to make any other island suggestions.

    • That’s an amazing time of year to visit Thailand. We always think the Air Asia package to Koh Lipe is the best option as it’s all taken care of. Koh Samui is on the opposite side so I’d look at which island is easier to fly there from Hat Yai or Langkawi the nearest airports to Koh Lipe or Krabi nearest airport to Koh Lanta. You may want to skip Samui honestly. We wouldn’t suggest anything less than 4 nights on Koh Lipe because it is a hike to get to. We usually spend a week there. I would do 3 nights in Bangkok (see our guide for that), 5 nights in Lipe, and 5 nights in Samui. Safe travels.

  37. Hi there,

    My boyfriend and I are travelling to the western islands of Thailand for 2 weeks at the beginning of December and love the look of Koh Lipe! We are worried though with how much time it will take us to ferry from Koh Lanta (6 hours) both ways and us only have a 2 week total. Do you think taking two days to travel south is worth the trip down here?

    Additionally, I read online that there are speedboats that can get you there in 3 hours? Have you tried this before?

    • We hope you make the trip to Koh Lipe it’s so worth it. Just curious why would you be ferrying round trip to Koh Lanta? We have taken the speedboat to Koh Lipe to & from Pak Bara and Langkawi Malaysia. THe nearest airport to Lipe is Hat Yai and you can get a direct flight from Bangkok there. Safe travels.

  38. Your website is the reason we were able to book our honeymoon to Thailand. We will be there in August, which we know is the rainy season but it’s the only time we could go. We booked the Air Asia package from Chiang Mai to Koh Lipe, but Air Aisa informed today, that all the flights from Chiang Mai will not depart until 2pm on August 17th which means we will miss the ferry and have to spend the night in Hat Ya and arrive in Koh Lipe August 18th. They are giving us the option to reschedule/cancel.
    We had a few questions:
    1. Do you think this is the best travel option still?
    2. Is there any hotel you would recommend in Hat Ya?
    3. Is there anything we should do while we are in Hat Ya for the day?

    • Glad we could help planning a little part of your honeymoon! That’s too bad about the Air Asia situation. If your itinerary is already set I would not change all plans for Air Asia. There are other ways to get to Koh Lipe in Just one day and a night in Hat Yai would honestly be somewhat of a wasted day. I would look at another airline like Thai Airways, they have hourly connections to Bangkok and from Bangkok, you should be able to get to Hat Yai easily. It will not be as smooth of a day, but getting all your traveling done in one day is always better than spreading it out over two days. I just took a quick look on Skyscanner and you can leave Chiang Mai at 6:55 with Air Asia and get to Hat Yai at 11:25 am (which is enough time to catch a ferry) it has a short stopover in Bangkok’s DMK airport.

      They may not sell their transport to Koh Lipe service on this route, but it is easy to arrange at the airport in Hat Yai too. You can find the shuttle counter when you arrive into Hat Yai to take you to Pakbara Pier and at the pier, you can buy your ferry tickets. – or – if you check out our Koh Lipe section it has options you can book in advance. It can be done pretty easily. If I were you this is what I would do – Hope you have an amazing trip!

      • Hi Adam,

        Thanks for your advice. When we looked at the ferry schedule we noticed departing times at 130 and 330. But we are not sure if the ferries actually depart at this time because this post mentioned that these times aren’t available during Green season. So if we land in Hat Yai at 11:25, which ferry should we book taking into account the time it takes to get from the airport to Pak Bara?

        Thanks again for your help!

        • I would probably say the 3:30 ferry to be safe. The shuttle is about an hour and a half, so theoretically you might make the 1:30, but it would be cutting it close. You could also wait to book the ferry until you are at the dock. Generally, there are more ferries that go in between those times, but some aren’t bookable online. Have fun in Koh Lipe!

  39. HI thank you so much for such a wonderful blog!! I am taking my kids first time overseas (and thailand) and Koh Lipe was a must on our list. We are going first week of December and just 2 questions for now::
    1. Do you think we must order speedboat tickets online from Jolly Travel before leaving?. They do not get a good review on Tripadvisor, but I want to leave pakbara 9.30. Is speedboats normally quickly filled?
    2. Family of 5, so private longtail boat will be our preferred method of exploring islands and do some snorkelling. Again, do you think we will be able to ge a boat once we are on Lipe? Hopefully not to busy early December!!

    • What an amazing first trip for your kids. They are going to high expectations after traveling to Thailand and visiting Koh Lipe. We always buy the AirAsia package that includes our flights, shuttle, and tickets. You could wait to get them the day off yes, are you just getting a shuttle to the Pak Bara pier? All the ferry boats are the same no one is better than the other. It can be bumpy but that isn’t the boats fault it’s all weather based. We found stopping in Koh Khai was less bumpy route and it’s really pretty so consider that one. You can book the longtail boat in person just go to sunrise beach and there is a water taxi stand with guys negotiate a full day price and they will bring you where all the other tours go but at your pace. December is the start of the high season but as long as you aren’t there during Christmas week it shouldn’t be too bad. What hotel in Koh Lipe are you staying at?

  40. Great info on Thailand !!!. We’ve been a couple times and are heading back over the Thanksgiving holiday! I know, not long enough.. but we have to work! Flying direct from LAX to SIN and catching a flight Langkawi a few hours later. Planning to say 3 nights at Ritz Carlton and then ferry to Koh Lipe and stay for two nights. Then planning to leave Koh Lipe and take speedboat to Phuket on 11/22 and staying 3 nights at Le Meridian before heading back to SIN.. I know! Lots in short period of time…

    Couple questions…should we just plan for 2 nights in Langkawi and 3 in Koh Lipe? Is the speedboat the best and fastest way to Phuket? Seems like it..but would love your advice! Thank you!

    • Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned to Asia. I would do 2 nights in Langkawi and 3 in Koh Lipe for sure. The water in Langkawi is nothing compared to Lipe. Where are you staying in Lipe? Is there a reason why you want to go to Phuket? We wouldn’t suggest Phuket there are so many better islands in Thailand. Are you spending any time in Bangkok or Singapore? They are both great cities to explore. Your only other option to Phuket would be fly from Hat Yai but I think the boat would be faster. I personally wouldn’t go to Phuket maybe look at Koh Samui from Hat Yai I think you’d like that.

      • Hannah – thank you so much again. We love your blog and I continue to go back to keep reading 🙂 We ended up booking 3 nights at Ritz Carlton Langkawi..figured we would relax since we are just arriving from US, have a spa, chill out, and do some things from your list. We are staying at Ten Moons per your suggestion but only for 2 nights. I agree with you re: Phuket (and I have been there twice), but William (boyfriend) has never been and wanted to be there for November full moon lantern event…we decided to take the speed boat from Koh Lipe to Phuket. We are flying in/out of Singapore, so have a little time to explore there. We are not visiting Bangkok this time. We leave tomorrow 🙂 thank you again for all the tips!!

  41. Planning to get a flight+transfer package from AirAsia for the latter half of Oct. How rough is the water and how big is the ferry? My partner is very prone to seasickness.

    • The sea varies day to day, I would def take a seasickness pill. We’ve been on it when it’s super rough and some days when it’s not bad. It’s a speedboat about 50 people I guess. It’s worse leaving Lipe going to Pak Bara. Try and book the ferry that stops in Koh Khai it’s a smoother route. Let us know if you have any other Koh Lipe questions.

  42. Hannah, my husband and I and our 2 boys will be in Thailand this July. We plan on flying into phuket. Depending on weather will determine what we will do in that area. We also want to island hop to Ko samuie or ko pha ngan. We have about 10 days. What would you recommend? Thank you

    • In July the ferry service is limited to the islands in Thailand and varies which islands you are looking at. If you are wanting to travel to Koh Lipe the only way is from Pak Bara, there are no other ferry options. From Phuket you can fly to Koh Samui and that would be the easiest. We haven’t traveled during monsoon season to the islands we have stayed primarily in Chiang Mai and Bangkok then.

  43. Hi! Great post! I’m going to Koh Lipe next week and I’m wondering if it’s possible/advisable to just book my cab or shuttle bus to Park Bara + the ferry to the island AT the airport instead of in advance? Did you see a lot of companies offering this stuff at the airport? I tried to book the air Asia package but it doesn’t seem like it’s available anymore. I don’t mind booking online but I’d rather do it in person to avoid these sketchy Thai websites. Thanks!

  44. Hi,
    We were in Koh Lipe during the first week of April 2018. We adored the island. A really nice combo of being quaint and not over-developed, but with plenty enough things to do and places to eat and drink. Excellent food pretty much everywhere, beautiful beaches and a pretty cool vibe. Motorcycle taxis take you anywhere for 50 Baht per person, so these are a great option if your accommodation is not close to Walking Street. I agree with the authors of this site; Sunrise Beach Restaurant is fab. Make a point of going there. I did my open water scuba qualification with Koh Lipe DIving on Walking Street, who are an SSI Diamond Centre. Terrific staff and a great experience.
    In answer to someone else’s question, we flew direct to Hat Yai from Chiang Mai with Air Asia, so I’m a bit surprised to hear there is not a return service.
    Koh Lipe will not let you down. Get yourselves there as soon as you can.

    • Glad you loved Koh Life as much as we do! To clarify about Air Asia Packages -> They are not offered when leaving Koh Lipe, you must make your own arrangements when leaving the island. It is very easy to arrange transport on the island or online in advance. We agree Koh Life will not let you down!

  45. I’m in the middle of booking my honeymoon in October to Thailand. I was wondering what you suggest for getting from Koh Lipe to Chiang Mai? It seems like flights are at 9am and it would prove difficult to get to the airport that early. Also, your website is amazing! I look here all the time and just dream.

    • Congrats on the Honeymoon, Thailand is a great option! There are many flights that leave later in the day, you may have to connect in Bangkok, but there isn’t a way to great from Koh Lipe to make a 9am flight. Also, you might want to hold off on booking that flight, some air carriers only sell flights 6 months or sometimes less in advance. There may be more options if you wait a little longer to book that leg. I just ran a quick Skyscanner check using October dates and there are many flights leaving Hat Yai after 1pm or later. Most connect in Bangkok, but would be a good option. Hope that helps, if you have more questions let us know, and happy planning!

    • Hi,
      I’m planning to visit Koh Lipe in June this year. However, I am wondering if it is the right season to visit? Will all the water sports be available?

      • If you visit in June the only ferry that is running is going to & from Pak Bara. Technically it is in the rainy season but June is early on so it typically isn’t that bad, but it’s different every year. What types of water sports are you looking at doing? The long tail boats and snorkeling will still be going on. If the seas are really bad they will cancel them.

  46. Koh Lipe offers amazing beach holiday adventure for any traveler. The island has three beautiful beaches. If you are in Langkawi then the easiest way to get to the Koh Lipe Island is by use of a ferry.

  47. Great review. I was looking for a nice place in Thailand to go diving but was becoming really put off by videos and articles about Phuket and Phi Phi. They all looked over crowded with drunk 20-somethings blasting trance music until 5am. Luckily I kept searching and ran across reviews about Koh Lipe like yours that changed my mind. Yes everything is a bit more expensive than some of the other places but when you compare it to Maldives, Seychelles, Fiji, and Palau, all of which I have visited and love, it’s still a great deal. I’m hoping it is like my favorite Philippine island Malapascua which is very laid back as well and I highly recommend if you have a chance. I booked a bungalow at Coco Beach Bungalows on Sunrise Beach for the last two weeks of February. Wake, dive, eat, drink, sleep, repeat. If you would like any updates of specific areas or establishments Let me know.
    Again, great review.

  48. Hi Hannah,
    We have a flight from Kuala Lumpur that gets into Langkaw at 13.10 and have booked a ferry from Telaga terminal at 2.30; do you think this is do-able and do you foresee any problems (barring any flight delays). I understand that the transfer from Langkawi Airport to Telaga Terminal is 15-20 mins,

  49. Great post. My wife & I will be having our first (& brief) visit to Koh Lipe in January 2018. Quick question regarding credit card scamming: to the best of your knowledge, does it happen? Cheers, Phil

    • Thanks! Glad we could help give you all the information about Koh Lipe you were looking for. Of course, credit card skimming can happen anywhere in the world. I would be more worried about ATM machines having machines to grab your numbers. Most places in Koh Lipe will be cash only except the fancy restaurants and those usually will bring a card reader to the table. What Koh Lipe hotel are you staying at? Let us know if you have any other Thailand travel questions.

  50. Hi Hannah,

    The link for AirAsia package (flight to Hat Yai, shuttle to Pak Bara pier, and speedboat to Koh Lipe) doesn’t work. Can’t find the package through the site. Is the package still avaiable?

  51. What a nice and informative article about Koh Lipe. ı was planning to go there. So your sharing helps me a lot. There are many choices where to stay and for the activities to do. Beaches in your pictures seems awesome. Thanks for your sharing

  52. Hi Hannah / Adam,
    Great info here, absolutely sold now on Koh Lipe. I stayed in Thailand for 6 months when I was travelling in 2001 and never even knew this place existed! I go back on vacation every couple of years since 🙂
    This year we are flying just after Christmas into Bangkok, planning to spend a couple of nights in Chiang Mai (including over NYE), then we were planning to come down the Andaman Sea side, flying out of Kuala Lumpur on 13/01. We still haven’t settled on the itinerary, only booked our flights in/out at the minute so finding this site has been super useful.. especially the travel tips!
    Think after NYE we’ll head from Chiang Mai to Phuket -> Koh Lanta -> Koh Lipe -> Langkawi -> KL for our 2 weeks down the Andaman Sea side. Looking at all your travel info that seems doable? If you have any other suggestions that we shouldn’t miss out on as we go be great to hear from you guys!
    All the best from a chilly & wet Ireland!
    John & Dee.

    • Your plan sounds great that is all very doable, we wish we were coming with you! The only thing I might change personally is maybe cut one destination to enjoy more time in each place. The destination I would cut is Langkawi. While it has some fun things to do, the beaches aren’t going to be as good as what you just saw in Thailand. However, if you’ve never been it’s worth the trip, but I would have less time there than other beaches. Same with Phuket, there are some nice beaches, but it’s full-on tourist central. We enjoy the smaller islands around Phuket much more, like Koh Phi Phi or even smaller islands around there. But you can’t really go too wrong in Thailand, let us know if you need any more details on Koh Lipe or anything else in Thailand.

      • Thanks Adam. We’ve cut out Phuket, so now just touching down & straight onto the ferry for Koh Lanta! Not been to Langkawi so we will still stop here but only for 2 nights based on what I’ve been reading about it. Thanks…. only 5 weeks to go!! John

  53. Thanks for sharing hannah
    I would love your letters pics and stories abt lipe. last year i do scuba diving on liveaboard ,it’s so much amazing underwater world there. so i didnt rest in the hotel on koh lipe but so soon i just plan trip for a long holiday this your stories is good describe and comprehensively and i recommend if you go northern thailand u must travel chiangrai and pai .they are good atmosphere , weather ,scenic view and so green natural for sure u would love them like me

    Thanks hannah for the great guide to koh lipe !

    • Janyd,

      Thanks for your comment. Not sure if you had a chance to look at some of our other Thailand articles but we’ve actually lived in Chiang Mai twice both for 6 months at a time. We love Northern Thailand. We rented a car once and did a road trip and we visited Chiang Rai but we have never made the trip to Pai. Some people love Pai and some people don’t. I am sure we’ll get there sometime. I am glad our Koh Lipe guide could help plan your long Thailand island trip and Koh Lipe is worth at least 4 nights. The longer the better in Koh Lipe we usually stay a week at a time.

      Safe travels.

  54. This is a wonderful guide, thanks a lot! My husband and I are going to Thailand from 14.12.17 till the 2nd of January 18 and considering of spending some days on Ko Lipe as well. My only worry is – isn’t it too crowded over Christmas and New Year? Or can one still find a peaceful spot on the beach? Thanks!

    • Glad we could help your trip to Koh Lipe be as epic as possible. We personally haven’t been there over the holidays, we’ve been in end of November/first week December, end of January, and early February. We did visit Koh Phi Phi Christmas 2013 and I think it’s safe to say any island in Southeast Asia is going to busy during the holidays. Some islands/hotels have a mandatory holiday dinner so you might want to look out for that. You can always find your own piece of sand in Koh Lipe just hire a long tail for the day, they’re only $50.

  55. So wife and I are going here in October guys. We booked the Ten Moons resort. It was the best option for the price. I also had a free night pending with hotels.com so yea, it turned out to be around 8k for 3 nights. Bit high for our budget but you gave it good reviews so hopefully will be worth it. We’ll definitely use the happy hour to make the most of the trip as well.

    I’m a bit worried about the bumpy journey but I’ve had bad ones – one was to Koh Rok from Phuket and another from Samui to the national park. I’ll get one of those motion sickness medicines.

    • 10 moons has the best beach on the island right outside your door. It’s a good pick I think, this would be our top place to stay in Koh Lipe. As for the ride out there, it’s always a little bumpy, but if you take the ride that goes through the national park and stops at Koh Khai it goes through more protected waters and is generally better. The ride back to the mainland seems to be always bumpier in the times we have taken it from Pak Bara, but it could have been the conditions of the day or the tides. Hopefully, you have a calm day, but it’s really not terrible, but we’d rather tell people about it so they can take the medicine. Safe Travels and enjoy Koh Lipe!

  56. Wow! This is the most detailed and exceptional guide for Koh Lipe I’ve ever read. Great job! How many days would you recommend staying there?

    • We’d recommend at least 3 nights on the island, that way you can spend 2 days on Koh Lipe and then a day out exploring the nearby islands by boat. Let us know if you have any other Koh Lipe questions.

  57. Hey guys! Great reviews! Any idea what it would be like to be there in early september, where it is said to be the low/rainy season?

    • We’ve never been there in September ourselves, the weather you never know. I do know some restaurants/shops do close during the low season but on the plus side there will be very few tourists there. Where are you staying?

  58. This is quite the guide to Koh lipe, I’ve booked to go next month on the strength of this. One question, is it bad for mosquitos and what innoculations do i need, i couldnt find anything about that on here or the other info page which helped me decide to go and see this place.

    • Glad we could answer your Koh Lipe Thailand questions. I have never had a problem with the mosquitos in Koh Lipe HOWEVER I do always travel with 40% Deet bug spray http://amzn.to/2vatrEO. The bug spray you buy at 7-11 in Thailand isn’t good enough, if you’re from the USA order a good bottle online like Amazon, this is my preferred one http://amzn.to/2vatrEO. Let us know if you have any other Thailand travel questions.

  59. Thank you for your reply! Yes, I know Railei Beach is a few hours away but we were wanting to split our time between there and Ko Lipe at the end of August/first of September. I read somewhere in all of my research there are taxi’s that could take you from Pak Bara to Railei. Would you know if this was a safe and reputable way to travel? Thank you for your time!

  60. Hello! This info is fantastic and confirms all the wonderful things I’ve heard about Koh Lipe! A friend and I are going to Thailand the last week of August and first week of September and trying to confirm plans, etc. We want to visit Koh Lipe and also Railei Beach and will be flying in from Chiang Ma and then out of Bangkok (BKK) at 7pm. How would you suggest the best order and methods of transportation to visit both places during the low season? Also, are the day trips an option during this season? I appreciate all tips and suggestions and thank you for the time and effort you took to compile all these details!

    • Hope you love Koh Lipe as much as we do. The only way to get to Koh Lipe during that time is from Pak Bara. We suggest buying the flight/transfer/ferry option on AirAsia. The price will include your transportation all the way to the island and it works out to the be the same price as if you booked everything separately. This package is only an option from Chiang Mai and Bangkok (DMK airport). Between Chiang Mai and Bangkok we suggest Air Asia or Thai Air/Thai Smile (they include bags and prefer if price upto $15 more pp). What order you go depends on how you want to start and end your trip. I’d personally do Bangkok-Lipe-Chiang Mai.

      Safe travels.

      • This is great to know! Thank you! How would you suggest is the best way to travel from Lipe to Railei Beach? I don’t believe the ferry is operating this time of year but found you can hire a taxi. Do you know if a taxi is a safe, reputable way to travel between the two? What would you suggest? Thank you again! Your blog and details are much appreciated!

        • Railei Beach is HOURS away and isn’t a day trip from Koh Lipe. You’ll want to visit Railei when you are staying on Krabi.I don’t think you would fine anyone to take you there from Koh Lipe even during high season. I wouldn’t suggest taking such a trip during monsoon season, there is a reason why the only ferry to Koh Lipe May-Oct is from Pak Bara. They don’t run the ferries during the safety of everyone. When are you visiting?

  61. Hi, so glad that i came to this website. Great insights about the island. Planning a trip to Koh Lipe in November this year. Would like to know a few things though.

    May I know if the program 1 day trip is worth it? What kind of things should i expect to see and do from that program? And would it be even more worth it to hire a private long tail boat to have a more private experience of the day trip?

    Also would like to know, if comparing the beach views between Sunrise and Pattaya, which is most likely to have less longtail boats in the month of November? Are there any stretches of the island that have secluded/private beaches where there’s nobody else or very very little people around?

    • Personally, I think the private boats in Koh Lipe are better if you are a group of two or more because then you are completely on your own schedule and time. Program one goes to a lot of good sites, but it is the most popular tour and can get busy. I like Program 2 a little bit better because it goes to the further away islands, but they are both really good. You can do any of the routes on Koh Lipe with a private boat, just tell them you want to do a private program 1 tour and even with two people it’s only a little more expensive, the main difference is it doesn’t include lunch, but honestly the food one the package tours isn’t very good anyways. Hope that helps, but if you have any more questions on Koh Lipe let us know!

      • Thanks for the reply, Adam.

        Just wondering about the weather and the crowds during late November. What are the possibilities of having rainy days during that time of the year? I understand November is the beginning of high season for Koh Lipe but is it super crowded during that month?

        Also, which beach would be have calmer waters? Sunrise or Pattaya?

        • November is the very start of the season, I wouldn’t call it ‘high season’ yet. Koh Lipe should not be very crowded yet. That being said accommodation can be tight most of the year so it’s still best to book in advance for Ko Lipe. The south of Thailand can experience rains during this time of the year, but it should be at the tail end of rainy season, however, the last year was a very strange year with rains carrying into the normally dry months. We were there on December 1st in 2016 and had decent weather. I think it rained heavily two days in the two weeks we were there. There were some cloudy days and scattered rains, but still enjoyable. The water is usually calm on all of the beaches, but depending on winds can be slightly higher on sunrise in November, but the boat traffic is much less on Sunrise. For me it’s an easy choice between the two, I always go for Sunrise Beach. Pattaya is nice too, just more boat traffic. Enjoy your time in Lipe! Safe Travels.

  62. My husband and I bought our plane tickets to Thailand for a belated honeymoon and your blog has convinced us that we must make Lipe a big part of our trip (even thought it might mean missing Chiang Mai on this trip). We are trying to decide how many of those days to do in Bangkok and how many to do in Lipe, what would you suggest? Sadly Salisa is all booked, but we are thinking if we end up doing 4 nights that we may splurge on 2 nights at Serendipity and 2 at a more rustic location. Did you end up doing Program 1 or 2? I know you said you did a private tour, but wondering what section you did and how pleased you were.

    • Great to hear you are coming to Thailand for a honeymoon! Koh Lipe is always a good idea. We have lived in Chiang Mai many times, and I would choose Koh Lipe hands down over Chiang Mai, so if you miss it, it will be for good reason. As for time in each location, we find 3 days is usually about the right amount of time in Bangkok. It’s an awesome city with tons to do but can get overwhelming for some visitors. In case you haven’t seen it this is what we recommend doing while in Bangkok in three days https://www.gettingstamped.com/3-days-in-bangkok/. As for how much time to spend in Koh Lipe we usually tell people to spend at least 4-5 days or a week if time allows. While the island itself isn’t huge, there is a lot to see and do in Koh Lipe. Plus it takes a while to get to the island, so it’s best to stay a little while and enjoy it. We have done both program one and two in Koh Lipe. They are both great, but if I had to pick only one I would do #2, but honestly, I think they both should be done as there isn’t too much overlap. or do #2 and then the sunset tour that is offered which does some of the best of #1. You can custom plan a private boat in Ko Lipe and they will take you to whichever sites you like, or you can hire a private to do the standard #1 or #2. Sorry for the delay in reply we have been in Alaska offline the past few weeks. Hope this helps, let us know if you have more questions!

  63. Hi Hannah and Adam! Wife and I just arrived in Koh Lipe today for the last leg of our honeymoon! We’re staying at Serendipity. Looking forward to a great week. Thanks for all the tips! Don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this on the speed boat to the island but it was by far the roughest boat trip I’ve ever been on (including some fishing charters in Alaska). A solid third of the people on the boat were vomiting it was so rough, my wife included. May want to warn folks that coming in rainy season may be a very bumpy journey!

    • We are so jealous and what a great place to end your honeymoon. Yeah, the speed boat can be rough that’s for sure. We have been on the boat in November, December, January, and February. Sometimes it’s bumpy and sometimes it’s not. It really depends on the day. They stop running the ferries during monsoon season except from Pak Bara because of the seas. Even during non-moonsoon season, the boat can be rough. It’s a journey to get to Koh Lipe but it’s worth it.

  64. Hi – thank you for this so much! Best website for Koh Lipe and has made choices so much easier. My fiance and I will be going on honeymoon to Asia in October/November and after backpacking around we would like to spend the final week (5/6 nights) in Koh Lipe before travelling back. I am torn between your two recommendations of Ten Moons and Salisa – we were really looking for beach front cabins but somewhere not too crowded with hundreds of other guests. What would be your recommendation if budget allowed? One further question – we will be flying down from Bangkok and then back to Bangkok – I saw it is possible to do in one day from Bangkok (thanks) but is it also possible to get back to Bangkok – we are flying out at midnight so hoping we could get to Bangkok in the one day.

    Thanks so much!

    • If budget allows 10 moons has some of the best beaches on the island, but I would book early because things on the island tend to book up in the past few years. Salisa is a great choice too and is much more central to walking street, still has a great piece of beach, and is where we always stay. If you are flying out of Bangkok at midnight you shouldn’t have a problem making it to catch your flight. Take a morning or lunch time ferry and you should be fine, it’s a quick flight from Hat Yai to Bangkok, just make sure you know which airport you are flying to in Bangkok. Most of the flights from Hat Yai to Bangkok will go to DMK airport, but almost all international flights go out of BKK airport. You may be able to find a flight from Hat Yai to Bangkok that goes into BKK so you don’t have to make the transfer. If not transfers between airports are easy to arrange but take at least an hour and even more during rush hour, just allow for time if you have to transfer between DMK and BKK in Bangkok. Hope that helps let us know if you have more Koh Lipe questions! Enjoy Lipe!

  65. I am at Ko Lipe right now. Love it. Great place during low season. Weather is good, although it’s rainy season. Had only a quick rainy period of 30 minutes at the arrival. Can highly recommend to go there! I am going for two dives tomorrow ????

  66. Hi Hannah,

    Thank you so so much, will book the flights asap! We’ll be on Eva Air.. I think the times work better for us. Your blog and instagram are amazing btw, thank you for sharing your travels!

  67. Hi Hannah! We will be in Bangkok a few days and then our flight will arrive at HDY from DMK at 8:50 AM on Tuesday, November 21. The shuttle will take us to Pak Bara pier at 9:30-11 and then we’ll take the speedboat to Koh lipe at 11:45. Does that sound doable?

  68. Hi! I’ve been wanting to go to Thailand and we decided to go for our honeymoon! After seeing this wonderfully thorough post, we will go to Koh Lipe but am curious, in your experience were the ferries and shuttles timely? If I book transportation back to back, I’m afraid we’ll run into delays and they’ll take off without us.. would you recommend back to back transfers from the airport to the pier to the island?

  69. Hello Hannah & Adam! Thank you for your great site. I’ve found it really helpful and infirmative. We are currently in Ko Lanta thinking iof heading down to Lipe… I’m just getting a bit concerned as I know it’s coming to the end of the season and I don’t want to get stranded there lol! Do you know if all the ferries still run until the end of April? Does the ferry to Langkawi carry on until May?

    Also does it tend to be hotter there than P.P or Lanta?
    Many thanks – Louise

    • Glad you found us! You won’t get stranded there in April don’t worry about that. April weather is nothing like Aug/Sept/Oct. Yes the ferry runs through April, we suggest buying your tickets in advance. We recommend this site: https://12go.asia/th/travel/ao-nang/koh-lipe/?z=196379 Yes boats run back to Langkawi until the end of May.

      The temperature in Thailand during the month of April is HOT everywhere. Bring enough sunscreen and drink water.

      Let us know if you have any other questions.

  70. Thank you so much for the sharing /info. Really appreciate it. Now i have some idea of what to expect & what to do when arriving at the island.

  71. Hey guys!

    Do you have any idea if the ATMs on Koh Lipe accept Chinese UnionPay bank cards? My husband and I are going there at the end of this week and we want to know if we need to find another way to take money out on the island. We are Americans but we live and work in China.


  72. Hi Guys,
    thanks for sharing your travels. I will def go to Koh Lipe this year, exactly next month. I will arrive in Bangkok and will stay around 3 days – thanks for the 3 days in BKK info – after that I am planing to go Koh Lipe, a friend told me about it. I cant decide how long I should stay and if I should book my room/place now already. After Koh Lipe is Bali my next stop and I def wanna stay longer there. Have you ever been? Thanks I really enjoy reading your page. Cheers from Zürich Switzerland 🙂

  73. Hi Hannah,
    Jane here from Slinks – just booked to go to Koh Lipe at the end of March – your blog and information is just brilliant. I’ll make sure to take lots of photos and let you know how we get on. You Super Star, thank you for all this work you’ve done makes our life easier – thank you! x

  74. Enjoyed reading your posts. I am researching Thailand for family vacation Dec 2017, would you recommend Ko Lipe for family holiday, Mom,Dad & 3 older teens?

    • Koh Lipe would be a great place for a family vacation. There are great day trips and things to do in Koh Lipe for the family and some great Koh Lipe beaches to chill at all day. Let us know if you have any questions.

  75. Thank you for a really detailed and up to date post! I’m planning a two week solo holiday end of January. One week in Langkawi and one in Koh Lipe. I like outdoorsy activities and diving so thinking this would be a good amount of time on both islands. I should probably book ahead as it’s high season. Thanks again for the info!

    • We just completely updated this Koh Lipe guide for 2017 as we spent 2 weeks in Koh Lipe in December 2016. Glad we could help you out. Let us know if you have any questions.

  76. Hi Hannah & Adam,
    Such a complete guide. everything that i need is here. i am planning to travel with my husband and 2 kids age 9 &7 for 12 days in thailand during April 2017. I am thinking of visiting koh lipe. We are looking for a non- touristic island but because is the first trip to Asia with the kids i don’t want it to be very isolated. Which do you think is the best Thai island to visit? planning to spend 2-3 days in bankong and then off to an island to get some rest but also to do some activities (snorkeling, scuba ect).

    • I think Koh Lipe would be great for you. Book a flight with Air Asia and do the island transfer (flight, shuttle, ferry) that way everything is on one ticket. There are great day trips to take during the day and a good amount of options for meals just in case the kids don’t like Thai food. You can snorkel right off the beach if you want. Let me know if you have any other questions. Where are you staying?

  77. Hi there,

    I chanced upon the sunset snorkelling tour which promises that there will be sightings of the glowing planktons. Is that a popular tour on the island? i found very mixed reviews on it.


  78. Hi getting stamped travel blogger [heh]. I followed your snap quite sometime ago so I’ve been waiting to for this blog actually. So may i know do they sell postcards and do they have postboxes there?

  79. Hi Hannah

    Such a good information you have here. I am planning to go to Koh Lipe on the 21st January from Langkawi for a day or two.
    I hope to get to shoot sunset photos while I’m there.
    How many ferry operators are there plying Langkawi-Koh Lipe and what are the time the boat leave Langkawi and Lipe back to Langkawi.

  80. Hi,
    I would like to ask that is it save to rent the diving and snorkelling equipment there?is it clean? The long tail is it shake?becuz I take speedboat during my trip to phi phi island, the waves is high…

    • The boat ride varies day to day with the weather. On our last trip to Lipe the trip was really smooth, but on our prior trips the waves were much higher therefore a rougher ride. We have always used their dive equipment as we don’t own any but always inspect their gear before going out. We went with Adang Sea Divers on Sunrise Beach that we recommend. Let us know if you have an other questions.

  81. Hi Hannah and Adam
    We have been to thailand one time A year for the last 10 years ?? so we love Thailand, we have been
    To: Chiang Mai – chiang Rai – Bangkok – Hua Hin – Phuket (Patong-Kata-Karon) – Phi Phi – Koh Jum – Koh Lanta – Railay Beach

    We can really recomend Koh Lanta, an Island with not so many tourist ?

    Thanks for the link to transport from Koh Lanta.

    Kind regards

  82. Dear Hannah

    Your page is fantastic, and we cant wait until march ?? we are starting 9 days on Koh Lanta and
    Then 5 days in Koh Lipe (staying at Bundhaya Villas – beachfront ??)
    Can you recomend to book boat from koh lanta to koh lipe before leasing Denmark or should we
    Wait ? And what about when we lave koh lipe to Krabi airport what Will you recomend ?
    Thanks again for all your great and fantastic informations.

  83. Hi there! Where can I book the package from Chiang Mai to Koh Lipe including flight, transfer and ferry? I can’t seem to find it on their website! Thanks!

    • You can book it on AirAsia.com the flight/shuttle/boat. Click Chiang Mai departing and then Lipe as the arrival, it will bring up the Thailand island transfer option to Koh Lipe (Sunrise Beach). Have you booked your hotel? If not, we’d appreciate if you’d click on one of the hotel links above (Agoda/Booking) and book after clicking on that. We get a SMALL percentage of the booking at no additional charge to you. This helps us keep the website going. Let us know if you have any other questions. Safe travels to Koh Lipe.

  84. Dear Hannah,

    This must be the most comprehensive guide on Koh Lipe! I am going Koh Lipe in 3 days time and staying at serene Lipe resort. I saw in your post that the 100baht cocktail bar has closed down for good? Was anticipating to go there have some cocktail everyday.

    With love,
    Abigail from Singapore

  85. Dear Hannah,

    This must be the most comprehensive guide on Koh Lipe! I am going Koh Lipe in 3 days time and staying at serene Lipe resort. I saw in your post that the 100baht cocktail bar has closed down for good? Was anticipating to go there have some cocktail everyday.

    • So glad we helped your trip to Lipe. We just returned from a 2 week trip to Koh Lipe and yes the 100 cocktail bar was closed, it appeared to now be someone’s living room…sadly no 100 baht cocktails. Right across the road, there was a place selling 150baht drinks though, same same but different. Are you traveling to Koh Lipe soon? Let us know if you have any other questions.

  86. Great informations and amazing pictures! I am going this 29th; and fully utilized your detailed post, It was so helpful.
    Hoping to have great new year there. The only mistake I did is booking the hotel now and its costing so much. Decided to take dome style hotel which is kinda reasonable.
    Have a great holidays Hannah! 🙂

    • We use AIS and had no problem getting 4G the whole time. We often pushed the data as a hotspot to our computers. We topped up daily 3GB was 49 baht ($1.25). Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Thanks for the infomation Hannah. I will be staying at koh lipe for 5days (12th dec- 16th dec). This is my second time visiting lipe island. Thanks once again.

    • We are so excited for you! Where are you staying? We are updating this article right now and working on some videos & additional Koh Lipe articles so stay tuned. Safe travels.

  87. Awesome guide guys! big big help! going there on the 27th and we cant wait for it. We are spending new year’s eve there also so I am quite curious about that 🙂

    In any case thanks a lot for the useful information! We will for sure make good use of it!

    • Glad we could help you plan your trip to Koh Lipe. What Koh Lipe hotel are you staying at? What would you like to know for New Years? We are updating the article now, creating videos, and additional Koh Lipe articles so stay tuned.

      • Hi Hannah,

        Thanks for the reply. We are staying at Blue Tribes. I was curious about what is to be done on new years eve. Dont know much what is the plan in these kind of occasions and places, if it is worth to book something, just go with the flow, just do what you do in a normal day… these kind of things.

        Im also trying to find information on the best ways to visit the other islands or have more local experiences like fishing or enjoying local traditions or everyday stuff… this kind of things if you know what I mean. We would really love to experience the local way of living and find nice quite spots (if possible :)).

        Thanks again! Btw… are you guys based there usually? Will u be there during xmas time??

        • Glad we could help. Not sure what Koh Lipe New Years Eve will be like, I honestly wouldn’t expect too much BUT I do know other islands have a mandatory meal price at the fancy resorts. You won’t have to worry about that at Blue Tribes though. If you do want to have dinner at one of the nicer places in town I would make a reservation just in case though.

          Book a private long tail right on Sunrise Beach at the boat taxi stand. We paid 1500 baht ($45USD) for the day and little more if you go further out. He was with us for 8 hours. Book this on the beach with the locals as opposed thru your hotel, I mean you can get prices from them and if they are in the 1500-2000 baht for private boat then that’s good but if they quote you higher just book it on the spot on the beach .

          We were just in Koh Lipe for two weeks. We are now back in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the next few months.

          Safe travels and let us know if you have any other questions.

  88. You’ll still be there when we arrive on 13th December – or you’ll probably just be gone – shucks – would have liked to have caught up with you both.
    We can’t wait to come to Koh Lipe – you make it sound so wonderful.
    Enjoy & look forward to hearing all the extra tips after this adventure of yours.
    Merry Christmas (where ever you’ll be!)
    Elizabeth – Australia

    • No we just left yesterday December 1st, we spent 2 weeks on Koh Lipe. We hope to update this article as well as write several more articles about Koh Lipe so come back!

      Safe travels,

  89. Hi Hannah, Your page is full of very useful informations and beautiful pictures. We will spend one week in Koh Lipe arriving next December 30th with friends and kids. We are looking for a good restaurant for the New Years Eve. Any suggestion?
    Michela, Italy

    • We are in Koh Lipe right now, spending 2 weeks here. We will be updating this guide and we are writing additional articles. I would recommend for sure go to Sunrise Beach restaurant several times, best Penang curry every. Make reservations for On the Rocks crazy views and not too pricey, I’d go between 12-3 for great views and I am sure at night its super relaxing too.

  90. Hi Hanna
    I’ll be traveling to Thailand,Cambodia and Singapore next February and I will spend 2 days in Ko Lipe. I will be flying from Singapore to Langkawi and then will take a ferry to Lipe. I read that there are no more speed boats from there ,just 2 ferries.,one from Telaga Harbour and the other from Kua Jetty. I was wondering which one to choose. I saw Kua Jetty is within the town and Telaga is like in the middle of nowhere but close to a cable car and a nice park. I am arriving at 10am and will take the 2.30pm ferry so I don’t want to waste so much time just waiting for the ferry. Which one did you choose?
    I want to tell you that you blog is the best one I have read about Ko Like. I saw you are a couple of devoted travelers. Now I will start reading your other destinations.

    Thanks a lot and regards from Argentina.

    • Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned! I would suggest booking your airport transfer & ferry to Koh Lipe with http://www.grabroute.com/routes/koh-lipe.html?p=2 they are currently updating their website and booking isn’t available until December. I spoke with the owner and he said they offer transportation from the airport in Langkawi to the Kuah jetty for 200 baht (roughly $6 USD) and the ferry will be 1050 baht (roughly $30 USD). Let us know if you have any other questions. We are heading to Koh Lipe ourselves in a week, we are taking using Grab Route for the transfer. Safe travels.

  91. Hi Hannah,
    We’re staying at the Lipe Power Beach Resort on Sunrise Beach – do you ‘know’ it? and hoping it will be great for our family get together, two in one & the three of us in other Sea Breeze Family Bungalow – if you have any thoughts, we’d be grateful.
    Looking forward to checking out all of your recommendations – thanks for so many, they are great. We have 5 days & nights – so looking forward to experiencing what you love so much.
    Enjoy your hol’s & we’ll let you know how we find the beautiful island holiday soon.
    Love, Liz xxx

  92. Wish you’d still be there Hannah & Adam when we get there Tuesday 13th Dec – would have been great to have thanked you in person – maybe another time.
    Thanks for all your advice, love this blog.
    Pam, Murray, John, Michelle & Elizabeth xxxxx

  93. Your guide is what convinced me to visit Koh Lipe! I’ll be there on November 26 and can’t wait to explore and soak in some sun. Thank you for all the great tips!

  94. Hi, I’ll be traveling to Thailand in December, visiting Koh Lipe. Would love to take a tour island hopping from Koh Lipe, your pictures look beautiful. My question is regarding the safety of solo female travelers? I’ve never done this before, and am a little nervous..thanks!

    • Janna, you will love Lipe! We are going back ourselves in a few weeks. I would go to Koh Lipe alone no problem it feels totally safe. Like any other destination you have to be smart, don’t drink too much at night and walk alone. Let us know if you have any other questions about Koh Lipe. Safe travels.

  95. My husband and I first went to Lipe is 2006 and have been lucky enough to spend time there every year since 2010. Can’t even begin to tell you about the changes we have seen. There never used to be a street, just a dirt path, no lights and only a few places to stay on the island. We’ve had some crazy nights but always felt safe. We have also been fortunate to meet some amazing local people and other travellers, including several people who have been heading there since the early 90″s. A couple of places that I would also suggest you might want to try when you are back are: OMG’s – fantastic food, atmosphere and really great people. Elephant- on Walking Street by 7-11 – which is also the Longtail Bar where you can have a lot of fun singing along with the local band or just meeting people. Nee Papaya – just at the cross roads before you enter walking street, across from a pharmacy. Nee has been there since 2006 and her food is always good, cheap too! Jack’s Jungle – now by San Pita resort. Have to say we had the best Penang curry there. I could of picked up the bowl and drank the sauce… actually I pretty much did.

    There are other places, but I don’t know the names. One is across from San Pita, OMG area in what looks like a long building with a blue roof by a pond. It was at the end towards walking street, open on the sides in February, food was fantastic and cheap. If you are craving an Indian meal there is one just beside what looks to be a community hall, towards walking street across from one of the biggest convenience/grocery stores on the island. There is another little place just before you come to the main entrance of walking street, from Sunrise. It’s across from the coffee, breakfast place on stilts. Bloom Bar is also good if you want “real” coffee but is crazy busy. Kaffir on Sunrise is also really good. The Pad Thai lady close to the Pattaya end of walking street was really great but not sure if she will still be there. We also head to La Luna for Italian, the food here is really goo and they have gluten free for those who happen to be celiac. Fish BBQ on Pattaya of course! Along with lots of bars to check out if you want to be out till the wee hours.

    Apologies for the novel, just excited to see someone loves Lipe as much as we do.

  96. Hi. A family get together is in the pipeline for 2017/18-Dec/Jan. Koh Lipe is our meet up holiday destination. Can you please advise of any places to rent which might house a few people. Up to 6 adults and small child at this stage. Thanks

  97. Hey guys, I am planning on going there in December and want a nice seaside resort (budget from 3-5k THB) on a secluded beach. Any recommendations? 🙂

  98. Thanks very informative.
    How do you get from where the ferry from LangKawi comes in (think Pattaya Beach) to Sunrise Beach – booked Lipe Power Beach Resort 13- 18th Dec ’16 – and there is 5 of us travelling together. How is best to make the trek to resort from ferry?
    Thanks in advance,
    Elizabeth (Australia)

  99. We were considering working our way down to Lankawi from Krabi on the ferry, and stopping off at a couple of the islands along the way. Thanks for introducing us to Koh Lipe, we’ll certainly make this one of the stops now. It looks awesome?

  100. Great post!!! I am planning to go to Koh lipe from langkawi end of the August.
    And I can find all the info from here!! and you guys are living a life just like I wanted to live.
    I had such a great time at the koh sa met and I am sure I will have amazing time at the Koh lipe.
    Thank you.

    • Glad we could help you! But if you are going from Langkawi to Koh Lipe in August it won’t be possible, the boats don’t run this time of year. You will have to go to Pak Bara Thailand. Let us know if you need any other tips, safe travels.

      • I just saw the schedule and now I have to change all my schedule. This doesn’t stop me from going to Koh Lipe.
        Gosh!! It is much more work to go Koh Lipe from Thailand than Langkawi.
        Anyway, good thins I found our before I confirm the flight!!
        Thank you guys!!!

      • Also one more question!! in your blog you mentioned that Air asia transfer cost 1900 bhat to koh lipe and that is of course one ways trip right? I just wanted to make sure. ahaha ; )
        And Air asia is the best way to solve everything together from bangkok to koh lipe?
        monsoon totally messed up my plan.


    • I don’t think it will be dangerous, the boat ride from Pak Bara might be a little rougher than usual. Some of the restaurants/bars/hotels mentioned in this article may be closed for the season as they take this slow season as time to make repairs etc. How many days are you staying in Koh Lipe? Please let us know how your trip is, we are planning to return in November! Safe travels.

  101. Hi all!!
    I’m planning a trip to koh lipe in a few weeks, but i’m afraid the weather is being very bad. Is anybody there at the moment?is there any recommended website to check the weather?
    Many thanks!!

    • We are not there at the moment so we cannot advise. Monsoon season in Thailand doesn’t mean it’s necessarily going to rain all day every day. The rain comes and goes, so we’d suggest spending several days on Koh Lipe to ensure you get a few gorgeous days to see why we love it so much. The boat ride out to the island may be rougher than usual.

      Please let us know how the weather is and how your trip went. Safe travels.

  102. Hi Hannah. This is the best resume of Koh Lipe i’ve seen in the entire internet. Good work!! Now, I’m going to thailand in Feb 17, and my itinerary is so full of things to do that i need to decide if I go 6 days to Koh Lipe or divide it into 3 in Phi Phi Islands and 3 in Lipe. All the things i’ve seen of lipe seem MUCH MORE interesting than Phi Phi in february. What do you think i should do? Is a couple trip, i’m going with my boyfriend and we don¡t need a lot of party to be honest.
    Thank you for reading me! Sorry for the bad english, I’m from Argentina 😛

    • Aww thanks so much! I personally am not a fan of Phi Phi it is gorgeous don’t get me wrong but way too many tourists it’s over run and very big party scene. It want a mix of islands that are quiet and relaxing with a few party islands than yes do a few nights on Phi Phi. If parties aren’t your scene then maybe not. There are still several bars on walking street and Pattaya beach open until midnight so you and your BF will still have some nightlife. Your English is fine! Where are you staying? We are heading back to Koh Lipe in November!

    • Jealous you were in Koh Lipe. Koh Lipe is a little pricey for things, i notice the prices at 7-11 are a few baht higher than the mainland. But then when I look at where they are located and how the items got there I am okay with it. Where did you stay in Koh Lipe?

  103. Actually I have never been to Thailand and your guide is very comprehensive. I have a trip planned to Thailand in 5 months and this is going to be very helpful and glad I found it.

    • You are going to love Thailand! Where do you plan on all going when on your upcoming trip to Thailand? Glad we could help you out when planning your trip to Thailand hope Koh Lipe me the list.

  104. Hi ! What a great travelling block you have created ! We have enjoyd to follow your trips all over world. We have also been this year in Eastern Africa and after that in Zanzibar. Loved it and safari was such a grear experience ! We were in Masai Mara and Laikipia. Want to go again ! In coming February we are heading to Thailand. First to Koh Ngai and then to Koh Lipe. We have read all your recommentations and mean to follow them. Can’t wait the trip ! Have a enjoyable and safe travelling !

    • Sounds like you have a had crazy and fun year of traveling. So glad you are heading to Koh Lipe, If you thought Zanzibar was gorgeous wait until you see Koh Lipe. Safe travels.

  105. So stoked you guys both enjoyed Happy Vibe Bar on Sunrise Beach, was my fave afternoon hangout place for some chilled afternoon vibes!

  106. Thank you so much for this extensive post.

    My wife and I are going to visit koh lipe next month together with her friend and boyfriend.

    So to read all this great information is a very good guide through. We will take pictures and video to put on our blog too. We’re going to be there a few days and then go to koh sichang.

    I love thailand so much.


    • I am so jealous your’re going to my favorite island Koh Lipe next month. Can’t wait to check out what you think about Koh Lipe. Let me know if Sunrise Restaurant is open.

  107. This is definitely one of the best comprehensive guides I’ve ever seen. Well done! I was supposed to go to Koh Lipe last time I was in langkawi, but had to save up money. I’ll definitely be using this next time I’m in Thailand .

  108. Oh wow, that’s a mammoth post… super useful! Despite my 4 times in Thailand, I still haven’t made it to Lipe. Thanks for taking the time to write down all the info!

    • Yeah it is my largest post that’s for sure. Next time you get to Thailand hope you can find room in your schedule to visit Koh Lipe, and hope this guide can help plan your trip.

      Safe travels.

  109. Okay, I’m convinced. We’ve finally decided to go to Koh Lipe. Thanks for this most helpful post to steer us in the right direction! Looks heavenly. Can’t wait!

  110. My husband and I just returned from Ko Lipe on our honeymoon, this was by far the best part of our trip to Thailand and we are so happy we were able to experience it… I recommend it to everyone we speak to now, Leonardo’s was superb, good thai food and Italian cuisine! The yoohoo pancake lady is so hilarious and the pancakes are delish! We stayed at DJL diving accommodation which was reasonable and on Pattaya beach. Amazing place xxx .hopefully we can go back for our 10 year!

  111. I’ve been hearing a lot about Koh Lipe lately and have now added it to my next Thailand trip. I usually only visit the East coast, but since Koh Lipe and also Koh Kradan came on my radar, I’m thrilled to revisit the other side. Thanks for this comprehensive guide – it will definitely come into use.

  112. I wish I’d known about this place when I went to Koh Lanta a couple of months ago! It really does look like the Maldives and it’s just stunning! I’d never heard of Koh Lipe till leaving this post and I’d love to be lying on that white sand right now 🙂

    • We never heard of it either until we were in Langkawi, Malaysia it was the best “travel detour” we have made! I’ve never been to the Maldives, but if they look anything like Koh Lipe I know I would love them.

    • Make sure it’s at the top of the list now. The island is getting busier every-time we have been, so sooner than later is better. Have fun on the beach!


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