See I told you. Just look at that water. This is Koh Lipe aka “The Maldives of Thailand.” Arguably the most beautiful of all the Thai islands. In my opinion, it’s no contest, Koh Lipe wins. Here’s a video from our last trip.
So, you went to Thailand and you didn’t go to Koh Lipe? I guess it’s understandable, it’s still a lesser known island, and it’s kind of a bitch to get to, honestly. When off on a Thailand island hopping adventure it’s the southernmost island in Thailand. Koh Lipe Thailand isn’t exactly the easiest island to get to with the need for a plane, a car, and a boat to get there. I guess that’s part of what keeps it somewhat of a hidden gem.
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Koh Lipe is the furthest south of all Thailand’s Islands. On a clear day, you can just about see Malaysia. The island is surrounded on all sides by some of the prettiest blue waters I have ever seen. The Sunrise Beach side of the island is my personal favorite and if I could wake up anywhere in the world tomorrow, I would probably pick that beach.
Aside from the stunning natural beauty of Koh Lipe, there is just a good vibe on the island. Skip the kids drowning in their buckets of Thai whiskey in places like Koh Phi Phi or the mess that is Koh Phangan. Koh Lipe is more laid back. The main road on the island is called Walking street, and it’s lined with restaurants and a few bars with more of a fun beach bar vibe.
If it’s adventure you are seeking Koh Lipe has you covered there too. The area around Koh Lipe is full of dive and snorkel sites and it actually borders the Tarutao National Marine Park. Along with underwater activities, things to do in Koh Lipe are plentiful, and Koh Lipe on a budget can be done. There is hiking on the surrounding uninhabited islands. You can even volunteer to help the local ecology on a trash pick up every Monday. It may not be the first thing you think of doing while on a holiday, but it goes to show the progressive and interesting vibe on Koh Lipe.
Ok, so you are heading to Thailand and you had no idea Koh Lipe existed and now you want to go. Don’t worry we’ve you covered, check out our Koh Lipe Guide. It’s true the island is a bit harder to get to than say Koh Samui or Phuket, but that extra level of difficulty keeps the crowds down so you can have a bigger slice of this pristine beach. Plus, 3 days in Bangkok is enough time and if you leave Bangkok in the morning you’ll be to Koh Lipe by mid-afternoon.
So what are you waiting? Say Phuket, and cancel your room in the typical Thailand beaches and start planning your trip to the best island, Koh Lipe!