About Koh Lipe
Find out all there is to know about Koh Lipe with the best available online guide! Koh Lipe is a small island in the Adang-Rawi Archipelago of the Andaman Sea, in Satun Province of southwest Thailand, close to the Malaysian border. Koh Lipe is the southern most island in Thailand and is one of the many Butang Islands located in the beautiful Tarutao National Marine Park. The Thai name is transliterated in many different ways into English. The most common names are “Koh Lipe”, “Koh Lipeh”, “Ko Lipey”, and “Ko Lipe”. Koh Lipe is on the border of the Tarutao National Marine Park and is directly south of the larger islands Koh Adang and Koh Rawi, and about 50 km from the island of Koh Tarutao.
A little slice of history about the island. It was originally settled by a group of sea gypsies, originally from Malaysia, known as the Urak Lawoi’ people. Lipe was first discovered by the Chao Ley (Sea Gypsies), who would travel from island to island in search of the best fishing in the areas to feed themselves and their tribes. The Chao Ley eventually found a permanent home on Lipe and were given a grant to settle on the island’s eastern beach (Sunrise Beach). The local inhabitants, (Chao Ley), still mainly derive their livelihood from fishing but with the recent boom in tourism this is beginning to change. Some have now opened up restaurants serving local food as well as offering tourists boat tours and taxi services.
Koh Lipe is considered to be the most important island of the Adang group, as it has the largest permanent settlement, and is considered the hub for transportation between the other islands and to and from the mainland. About 1000 people live on Koh Lipe all year round. It is most famous for the diving and snorkelling that is available in the surrounding waters.
But it’s not just the scuba diving and snorkelling, there are the beautiful beaches, great weather and its laid back atmosphere that all make Koh Lipe a ‘must visit’ destination! The Adang Archipelago offers exploration opportunities in the many uninhabited islands nearby. As close as a 15-minute boat ride away, these tiny islands present you with the opportunity to experience them just as shipwrecked sailors did long ago. Whether you visit during high or low season, Koh Lipe is a one of a kind holiday destination.
Where to Stay
About Lipe accommodation – There are numerous bungalows and resorts on Koh Lipe, ranging from basic beach huts to the more outstanding, most with stunning panoramic views. Koh Lipe has developed a reputation of filling up quickly and leaving people to sleep on the beach, especially during peak season. We recommend you book your accommodation well in advance of arriving on the island to avoid this situation.
Pattaya Beach is by far the most populated and liveliest part of the island. This is where all the taxi, tour and speed boats arrive/depart and as such can get quite busy and noisy during the day time. The beach is lined with restaurants and resorts, giving you a good choice on where to eat and stay.
The east coast (Sunrise Beach), which stretches from the south to the north of the island and faces Koh Adang, offers a little more of a relaxing atmosphere. The west coast (Sunset Beach) offers a very relaxed, laid-back vibe with a few bungalows and bars where you can chill out and watch the stunning sunsets. There is also walking Street which runs through the middle of the island and connects Pattaya Beach and Sunrise Beach. All along here you can find low cost accommodation plus plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities.