Completely updated 2018 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 100% updated for 2018. We’ve spent well over a month on Koh Lipe between multiple trips over the last 5 years.

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Koh Lipe Video

A short video from our last trip in the 2017 season 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 to 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 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 3 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, restaurant on site, free breakfast

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Best Affordable Koh Lipe Luxury Accommodation – Ten Moons Lipe Resort

If you are looking for luxury 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 five-minute walk to Walking Street.

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

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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.

Koh Lipe Airbnb Listings

Some of the cheapest places to stay in Koh Lipe are run by local families and many are listed on Airbnb. There are rooms for under $20 a night on Airbnb! There’s a 6 person yacht with 3 cabins that would make for an epic trip and would only cost $50 a person a day. 

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How to Get to Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe can be reached year around 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.

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 1,900baht (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 in 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 trains 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 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 Koh Lipe at any time of the year. All the other routes are closed during monsoon season due

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How to Get From Pak Bara to Koh Lipe

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 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) arrives at 1:30 pm and 4 pm.
  • The ferry only operates from November 1, 2016, till April 30, 2017. The ferry does not operate from May to November.

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

  • Phuket: Departs 8 am Arrives 4 pm, 2400 baht, ferry takes 8 hours, book tickets
  • Koh Phi Phi: Departs 9 am Arrives 4 pm, 1950 baht, ferry takes 6 hours, book tickets
  • Koh Lanta: Departs 10 am Arrives 4 pm, 1700 baht, ferry takes 6 hours, book tickets
  • The ferry only operates from November 11, 2016, until April 30, 2017. The ferry does not operate from May 1 to November 15.

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 recommend 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 10 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 3 main beaches and a handful of smaller beaches, sometimes private beaches. The main street in Koh Lipe is called “Walking Street” but motorbikes & motorbike taxi’s do drive on Walking Street. Since 2013, there are official motorbike taxi’s (with sidecar) that can fit a couple of people for a fixed price 50 baht per person. We fit 3 adults with luggage without a problem. The taxi drivers wear a purple vest you’ll be able to spot them if you’re looking for a ride. It cost 50 baht per person from Pattaya Beach to our hotel Salisa Resort on Sunrise Beach with our luggage.

Ultimate Koh Lipe Thailand Guide - Walking StreetMost 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 precaution.

When is the Best Time to Visit Koh Lipe?

Weekends typically are busy all year on Koh 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.

  • High season is November until early May, booking your hotel & transportation in advance is recommended.
  • Peak season is 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 beach hut for 5 nights in paradise.
  • Low season, also known as 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 2 boats running to and from Pak Bara to Koh Lipe every day, some of the hotels and other Koh Lipe businesses close down for low season. Low season in Koh Lipe is also time to for hotels and business to maintenance and construction, so don’t be surprised to see construction on the island during low season. Low season is a great time to go if you are looking for quiet time on the beach and great hotel deals.

Koh Lipe Beaches

There are 3 main Koh Lipe beaches: Pattaya, Sunrise, and Sunset.  There are several small private beaches as well. Hands down our favorite beach 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 boatsPattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach is Koh Lipe’s main beach, it’s location is a large sheltered bay with really soft powder 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 accommodation 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 noise, we much prefer Sunrise Beach.

Sunrise Beach of Koh Lipe - Best beach in Koh LipeSunrise 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, 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 3 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, the list is wrong. We found that the bigger restaurants with more marketing budgets have an advantage. We have spent over 4 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.

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.

Royal Indian

There are several Indian restaurants in Koh Lipe but Royal Indian is the real deal. Get the garlic naan and chicken tikka masala and you won’t be disappointed. It’s located not far from the Harmony hotel but on the opposite side of the street. Main dishes around 160-200฿.

Aroy Mexican

Good Mexican food is hard to find in Asia and Aroy Mexican is a rare gem. They have tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas, etc. Their most popular item is their combo platter for two people which comes with for 400฿.

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 the 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 the convenience stores. Located on Walking Street. 


The best bar on Walking Street also has a huge burger for under 200฿ or they have a backpacker special 100฿ for a set Thai menu. Free peanuts at the bar, beers are reasonably priced 70 small Chang. 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), 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

Happy Vibes Beach Bar on Sunrise Beach – Koh Lipe

Happy Vibe Bar located on Sunrise beach right in front of Salisa Resort. Happy Vibe 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

on Sunrise beach has buy 1 get one half off cocktails from 4pm-6pm 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 on 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 which close by 1 am or earlier. Your best options are Corner Bar & Rainforest which are 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 11am-2pm, and 5pm-12am 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 site and different times. 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 in December 2016 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, 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 National Park fee 200 baht, NOTE make sure to bring your National Park ticket

Day Trip Program 2:

  • Departs at 9:30
  • Returns at 16:00
  • 650 baht per person
  • Includes mask, snorkel, fins, 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 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 National Park fee 200 baht, NOTE make sure to bring your National Park ticket

Plankington Trip Koh Lipe:

  • Departs at 13:30
  • Returns at 20:00
  • Cost is 800 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 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 highly recommend Adang Sea divers.

If you love snorkeling you will be head over heels with 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 swallow water and then off to explore the 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.

2017 Prices Adang Sea Divers 

  • Discovery Dive 1 Tank 2,500 baht; 2 Tank 4,000 baht
  • Fun Dives: 1 Tank  1,600 baht, 2-5 tanks 1,500 baht per tank, 6-10 tanks 1400 baht per tank, 11+ tanks 1,300 baht per tank
  • Scuba Refresher 2,300 baht
  • PADI Scuba Diver certification 9,500 baht get certified to dive to 12 meters | 2 days needed
  • PADI Open Water Certification 14,000 baht get certified to dive to 18 meters | 3-5 days needed
  • PADI Advanced Open Water certification 11,500 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 – Koh 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!
      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 possible to also kayak from Koh Lipe to Koh Adang. Once on Koh Adang stop in the rangers office to look at the island map to located the start of the hike. There are 3 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. 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 –Related Article: Ultimate Koh Adang Guide
      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 there were beach massage ladies. All throughout Koh Lipe prices were 300 baht an hour for Thai massage/Foot massage, 400 baht for an oil massage, and 500 baht for aloe massage. I suggest getting a Thai massage 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 to 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 maybe 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 – 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. 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. Bamboo Tattoos – 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 traditional style, but you can get just about anything.
      10. Hike to Koh Lipe Viewpoint – 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.

Koh Lipe Thailand Guide - Free Things to do Koh Lipe catch a tan

What Facilities Are In Koh Lipe?

      • ATM– As of 2017, there are 4 ATM’s on Koh Lipe, two ATM’s next to the 7-eleven that is half way 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 they 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, 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 7 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 average 10-20 baht per item.

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 2 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 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

Looking to visit Koh Lipe on a budget? Make sure to check out our blog post “Koh Lipe, Thailand on a Budget- $30 a day” – Budget guide here

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  • Andrea
    Posted at 21:02h, 15 February Reply

    Love the new post! I’m so grateful to have visited Koh Lipe with you. When can we go back?! xo

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:45h, 20 March Reply

      So glad we could show your our favorite Thai island! And we always love a good visitor from home.

  • Katie
    Posted at 21:20h, 15 February Reply

    Sold! I am definitely going there at the end of this year 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:53h, 20 March Reply

      You should! Let us know if you have any additional questions, and please let us know if you have new information to add to the post. Have fun!

  • Lina @ Divergent Travelers
    Posted at 02:02h, 16 February Reply

    Koh Lipe looks great!! We didn’t make it down that far on our last visit to Thailand, however I think we will be adding Koh Lipe to our list for the next visit in Thailand!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:54h, 20 March Reply

      Promise you will love it Lina! It’s always a great jumping point to get to Malaysia if you have a boarder run too. Safe travels.

  • Elizabeth @ Awesome Wave
    Posted at 04:56h, 17 February Reply

    Sweet… we’ve not done Koh Lipe although I’ve had it on my list for years. We’ll bookmark this for when we’re back down South. Thank you!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:59h, 20 March Reply

      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!

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    Posted at 15:36h, 18 February Reply

    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 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 02:01h, 20 March Reply

      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.

  • Carlotta
    Posted at 21:03h, 04 March Reply

    So many informations! Love this post.
    I was considering to stop there for a couple of days at the beginning of May and, after reading this, I have to go!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 02:02h, 20 March Reply

      You have to go is right Carlotta! Safe travels, and let me know how your trip went.

  • Gaelen
    Posted at 02:07h, 05 March Reply

    You are the best travel writer ever! Loved this post.


  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    Posted at 05:30h, 10 April Reply

    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.

  • Hannah
    Posted at 20:44h, 10 April Reply

    No problem Miriam glad we could help you out. You will love Koh Lipe

  • Bronwyn Rosewall
    Posted at 06:43h, 16 April Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 00:45h, 19 April Reply

      So great to hear you loved Koh Lipe as much as we did. The yoohoo lady is hilarious. We hope to get back to Koh Lipe again next year. Safe travels

  • John
    Posted at 00:09h, 20 April Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:16h, 14 June Reply

      You must go! Tell me what you think, your going to fall in love…..

  • Camille
    Posted at 10:19h, 22 April Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 13:53h, 29 July Reply

      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.

  • Dave Jones
    Posted at 06:01h, 15 October Reply

    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 .

    • Hannah
      Posted at 19:31h, 18 November Reply

      Thanks Dave. Def make the trip from Langkawi to Koh Lipe, and now it is so easy since they have ATM’s now!

  • Chris verhoeven
    Posted at 15:53h, 16 November Reply

    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.


    • Hannah
      Posted at 19:32h, 18 November Reply

      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.

  • Josh Shephard
    Posted at 11:02h, 18 November Reply

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

  • Hannah
    Posted at 19:33h, 18 November Reply

    Love Happy Vibe bar, always a good time!

  • Marja Toivanen
    Posted at 02:36h, 21 November Reply

    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 !

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:46h, 02 August Reply

      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.

  • Marc
    Posted at 22:37h, 28 January Reply

    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.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:44h, 02 August Reply

      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.

  • Elizabeth Travels
    Posted at 19:53h, 23 February Reply

    Thanks for all your advice. Visiting Koh Lipe right now and loving the place. The prices are quite high but I guess that’s the general rule for any beach front, anywhere in the world 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:43h, 02 August Reply

      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?

  • Salomon
    Posted at 20:33h, 09 March Reply

    Thanks for this most helpful post to steer us in the right direction! Looks heavenly. Can’t wait!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:41h, 02 August Reply

      Koh Lipe is heaven if you ask us. Did you plan a trip to Koh Lipe? When are you going? Where you staying?

  • Bethan greenhalgh
    Posted at 12:48h, 04 July Reply

    Love this post! Thailand is my favourite place I have been so far and want to go back koh Lanta and koh lipe are on my list for my next visit!
    Thanks so much!!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:41h, 02 August Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it and that we talked you into putting Koh Lipe on your bucket list. Koh Lanta is on our Thailand bucket list too! Safe travels.

  • Georgina
    Posted at 22:34h, 11 July Reply

    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 😛

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:40h, 02 August Reply

      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!

  • Zahira
    Posted at 01:15h, 19 July Reply

    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!!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:37h, 02 August Reply

      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.

  • Beh Su Yang
    Posted at 22:14h, 30 July Reply

    hi, pls let me know if i go monsoon season , it is danger0us? because i already book the hotel on August.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 04:08h, 31 July Reply

      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.

  • Michael Kim
    Posted at 00:31h, 08 August Reply

    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.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:37h, 09 August Reply

      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.

      • Michael Kim
        Posted at 03:01h, 10 August Reply

        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!!!

      • Michael Kim
        Posted at 04:44h, 10 August Reply

        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.


  • Martin Bower
    Posted at 03:29h, 11 September Reply

    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?

  • Zeenee
    Posted at 20:12h, 13 September Reply

    Hi guys, do you know if it’s easy to get vegetarian meals on the island?

    • Hannah
      Posted at 14:58h, 14 September Reply

      It is super easy to get vegetarian meals in Koh Lipe and they will be super tasty.

  • Elizabeth E
    Posted at 20:29h, 20 September Reply

    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)

    • Hannah
      Posted at 11:28h, 08 October Reply

      You can either walk or jump in a cart thing with a moped taxi drive (that’s what we do). You’re going to love it!

  • Ameya
    Posted at 08:22h, 21 September Reply

    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? 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 11:27h, 08 October Reply

      I’d recommend Salisa Resort, we’ve stayed here before and we are going back in November!

  • adila
    Posted at 09:45h, 07 October Reply

    Wow!! Thank you for sharing a very informative post. U just made me adding Koh Lipe into my bucket list!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 11:29h, 08 October Reply

      Yippie! It should be at the top of your bucket list. We are heading back to Koh Lipe next month for 2 weeks!

  • Wendy Fehlberg
    Posted at 06:14h, 10 October Reply

    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

  • Helen
    Posted at 17:59h, 10 October Reply

    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.

  • Janna
    Posted at 20:52h, 26 October Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 00:08h, 30 October Reply

      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.

  • Pericles Rosa
    Posted at 11:41h, 01 November Reply

    Cool. Thx for writing it guys.
    I’ll be back to Thailand soon and I’m planning my visit to Koh Lipe now 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 04:20h, 03 November Reply

      Let us know if you have any Thailand questions! Safe travels.

  • Adee Shekar
    Posted at 22:46h, 02 November Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 04:19h, 03 November Reply

      That is great to hear! We actually will be in Koh Lipe at the same time, maybe we’ll bump into you on Walking Street. Safe travels.

      • Adee Shekar
        Posted at 10:41h, 03 November Reply

        That would be great. 🙂 We’re staying at Lipe Beach Resort on Sunrise Beach. Safe travels to you and Adam!

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 18:51h, 03 November Reply

    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

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:04h, 06 November Reply

      Bummer we will be there 2 weeks prior, just missing you! Where are you staying in Koh Lipe? You are going to have an amazing time.

      Safe travels,

  • Elizabeth E - AUSTRALIA
    Posted at 01:48h, 06 November Reply

    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

  • Pablo
    Posted at 11:42h, 10 November Reply

    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.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:54h, 11 November Reply

      Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned! I would suggest booking your airport transfer & ferry to Koh Lipe with 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.

      • Pablo
        Posted at 22:15h, 13 November Reply

        Thanks for your reply Hannah. I will contact them then. I love your blog!

  • Michela Galleni
    Posted at 02:19h, 18 November Reply

    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

    • Hannah
      Posted at 06:54h, 26 November Reply

      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.

  • Elizabeth E
    Posted at 02:33h, 27 November Reply

    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

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:18h, 01 December Reply

      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,

  • Drew
    Posted at 22:50h, 05 December Reply

    Such an amazingly detailed post!! I also love Ko Lipe!!!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 23:53h, 05 December Reply

      We just spent 2 weeks on the island so this guide is going to get a full facelift and updated for 2017 Koh Lipe trips. What’s your favorite island in Thailand?

  • Erin Davenport
    Posted at 08:33h, 07 December Reply

    Great post! We are in Koh Lipe right now and love it. Do you have a day trip recommendation that includes some hiking?

  • Lluis
    Posted at 10:07h, 07 December Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:46h, 07 December Reply

      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.

      • lluis
        Posted at 15:21h, 12 December Reply

        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??

        • Hannah
          Posted at 02:41h, 13 December Reply

          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.

  • Moa Söderberg
    Posted at 14:33h, 07 December Reply

    we are going to Koh lipe this christmas! I am so excited after reading this

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:45h, 07 December Reply

      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.

  • Jakson
    Posted at 02:09h, 08 December Reply

    Which telco should i choose when i get to koh lipe? I need a fast internet. Any suggestion? Thanks.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 02:49h, 08 December Reply

      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.

      • Jakson
        Posted at 05:50h, 08 December Reply

        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.

  • Christin
    Posted at 19:19h, 09 December Reply

    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! 🙂

  • Abigail Phua
    Posted at 10:14h, 11 December Reply

    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.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 03:29h, 12 December Reply

      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.

  • Abigail Phua
    Posted at 10:15h, 11 December Reply

    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

  • Rowan
    Posted at 18:21h, 13 December Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 21:09h, 13 December Reply

      You can book it on 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.

  • danny
    Posted at 10:26h, 20 December Reply

    i’m glad i found this ! heading to Lipe next week. i can’t wait !

  • Kim torp
    Posted at 14:51h, 23 December Reply

    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.

  • Kim Torp
    Posted at 05:37h, 25 December Reply

    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

  • Jessic khor
    Posted at 21:34h, 04 January Reply

    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…

    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:12h, 04 January Reply

      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.

  • Andew
    Posted at 09:20h, 05 January Reply

    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.

  • Kemal Kaya
    Posted at 08:03h, 12 January Reply

    This is such a great post!! Really descriptive and so many gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Karyn
    Posted at 01:01h, 13 January Reply

    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?

    • Hannah
      Posted at 23:05h, 24 January Reply

      Yes there are postcards for sale and you can send them from Koh Lipe. I personally have sent a postcard from Koh Lipe to the USA!

  • Qc
    Posted at 02:28h, 13 January Reply

    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.


    • Hannah
      Posted at 23:06h, 24 January Reply

      I have seen that tour advertised but we have NOT taken it so can’t say. I think you have to be there at the right time of year. I’d inquire in person and ask what is the refund policy if you don’t see them.

      • Qc
        Posted at 00:50h, 25 January Reply

        Thanks Hannah!!

  • sylvia
    Posted at 07:17h, 13 January Reply

    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).

    • Hannah
      Posted at 23:04h, 24 January Reply

      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?

  • Marie-Louise
    Posted at 08:13h, 18 January Reply

    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!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 23:02h, 24 January Reply

      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.

  • Irene
    Posted at 09:41h, 18 January Reply

    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?

    • Hannah
      Posted at 23:00h, 24 January Reply

      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.

  • JAne
    Posted at 08:48h, 01 February Reply

    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

    • Hannah
      Posted at 00:58h, 03 February Reply

      We are so jealous you are going to Koh Lipe! Hope you have an epic vacation. Let me know if you have any other Koh Lipe questions.

  • Ace
    Posted at 02:03h, 23 February Reply

    Thanks a lot for the lovely sharing.. Just booked and ready to go by end of Feb,, yeahooo~~~

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 14:32h, 27 February Reply

      Have an epic time and let us know if you have any other Koh Lipe questions. Safe travels!

  • Momo
    Posted at 07:08h, 21 March Reply

    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 🙂

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 22:56h, 21 March Reply

      You will still be in high season so I would book at least your first two nights and then maybe add on additional nights once you are on the island. 3 days in BKK is perfect and I would say 3-7 night in Lipe depending on if you are diving or not. Yes we have been to Bali, twice actually. Here is a Bali article to check out Let us know if you have any other Thailand questions. Safe travels!

  • Kara
    Posted at 00:35h, 27 March Reply

    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.


    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 20:36h, 01 April Reply

      Are the cards Visa or Mastercard? I would reach out to the owner June will get back to you right away. They have several Chinese customers so he should be able to answer your question for sure. Let us know if you have any other Koh Lipe questions.

      Safe travels,

  • Zahra
    Posted at 07:51h, 09 April Reply

    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.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 13:25h, 09 April Reply

      Great we could help with your Koh Lipe trip. Koh Lipe is our favorite island in the world no joke. Let us know if you have any other Koh Lipe questions.

  • Louise Woollam
    Posted at 23:52h, 23 April Reply

    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

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 07:28h, 25 April Reply

      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: 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.

  • royalindia restaurant
    Posted at 12:34h, 30 April Reply

    Wel come to royalindian restaurant koh lipe very good indian food chicken tikka masala chicken masala

  • Jane kim
    Posted at 22:56h, 03 May Reply

    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?

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 08:47h, 04 May Reply

      They are pretty timely yes. Where are you coming from? How much time between? What time of year? Let me know and I can answer your question better.

  • Jane kim
    Posted at 10:36h, 04 May Reply

    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?

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 20:06h, 04 May Reply

      Yeah, that is totally doable. That is the exact thing we do every time. Are you on Air Asia’s flight? You should be there just after 1pm then. Have a great time! Safe travels.

  • Jane Kim
    Posted at 21:04h, 04 May Reply

    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!

  • Felix Braun
    Posted at 09:55h, 13 May Reply

    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 ????

  • Adam Moore
    Posted at 04:20h, 20 June Reply

    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!

    • Adam
      Posted at 20:40h, 13 July Reply

      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!

  • Craig Szafranski
    Posted at 09:24h, 23 June Reply

    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!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 20:09h, 24 June Reply

      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.

  • Yvonne O'Connor
    Posted at 18:58h, 29 June Reply

    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.

    • Adam
      Posted at 20:49h, 13 July Reply

      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 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!

  • Desmond Yong
    Posted at 13:20h, 09 July Reply

    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?

    • Adam
      Posted at 15:51h, 13 July Reply

      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!

      • Desmond Yong
        Posted at 21:38h, 16 July Reply

        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?

        • Adam
          Posted at 22:07h, 16 July Reply

          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.

  • Amy Carrman
    Posted at 23:43h, 14 July Reply

    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!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 17:15h, 15 July Reply

      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.

      • amy carrman
        Posted at 19:20h, 15 July Reply

        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!

        • Hannah Lukaszewicz
          Posted at 13:27h, 16 July Reply

          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?

  • Amy Carrman
    Posted at 17:52h, 16 July Reply

    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!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 09:21h, 26 July Reply

    Looks like an amazing place. We are going in November, can’t wait to see if it meets our kids expectations 🙂

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 18:44h, 26 July Reply

      Koh Lipe is an amazing place and you will be blown away. We’d love to hear how you liked it after your trip in November. Safe travel to Koh Lipe.

  • Esteven
    Posted at 09:38h, 02 August Reply

    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.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 20:42h, 05 August Reply

      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 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 Let us know if you have any other Thailand travel questions.

  • Jo Jordan
    Posted at 23:28h, 16 August Reply

    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?

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 21:13h, 19 August Reply

      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?

  • Agness of Fit Travelling
    Posted at 08:38h, 22 August Reply

    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?

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 17:41h, 22 August Reply

      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.

  • shayan Naveed
    Posted at 02:41h, 04 September Reply

    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 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.

    • Adam
      Posted at 21:23h, 04 September Reply

      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!

  • Mariana
    Posted at 16:45h, 18 September Reply

    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!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 07:21h, 19 September Reply

      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.

  • Janyd
    Posted at 08:35h, 23 September Reply

    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 !

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 16:15h, 24 September Reply


      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.

  • Cy
    Posted at 12:02h, 17 October Reply

    Hi, may i know how u reserved a longtail boat ?
    online or on the spot?

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 02:53h, 18 October Reply

      We always just go to the boat taxi stand right on Sunrise Beach (all these details in this post) the day of and negitotate where we want to go and the price.

  • John Mortell
    Posted at 07:04h, 02 November Reply

    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.

    • Adam
      Posted at 08:35h, 07 November Reply

      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.

      • John Mortell
        Posted at 07:20h, 22 November Reply

        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

        • Adam
          Posted at 15:53h, 01 December Reply

          Sounds like a good plan John, hope you have an amazing trip to Lipe and all the places you go!

  • Balayi-villalari
    Posted at 03:09h, 07 November Reply

    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

    • Adam
      Posted at 08:20h, 07 November Reply

      Thanks! You’ll love Koh Lipe!

  • James
    Posted at 00:53h, 26 November Reply

    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?

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 08:28h, 26 November Reply

      I just checked and it’s still there. For the destination, you have to enter LIPE. Let me know when you find it and if you have any other Koh Lipe questions. Safe travels to Thailand.

  • Zelna
    Posted at 07:21h, 28 November Reply

    Soooo very excited.

    Booked for April 2018 🙂

    Posted at 20:14h, 10 December Reply

    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

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 09:22h, 17 December Reply

      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.

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