Part of the Adang Archipelago, in the Southern Adaman Sea, Ko Lipe is an enchanting and quiet tiny island. You can cover the whole island on foot, in fact there is no road to drive on, nor car, only few motorbikes used as taxis. Getting lost is almost impossible as most of the island activities revolve around the beaches or Walking Street, the main road.
Koh Lipe is well loved by island hoppers, divers as well from those seeking a relaxing holiday. There are three main beaches on the island Pattaya Beach, the busiest as it is the hop on/hop off point for the speed boats and longtail boats, Sunrise Beach and Sunset Beach, perfect to chill out. Ko Lipe is not the Thai party island but once the sun sets you can still enjoy the beach life, with a great seafood dinner by the sea, a Thai massage enhanced by the sound of the waves or a beer with some live music at Pattaya Beach.
HOW TO GET THERE: By Speed Boat from Langkawi (Malaysia) or Pak Bara (Thailand). 1200 BAHT Return Trip operates only in the dry season November-May.
WHERE TO STAY: the Malaysian Nakwood bungalows at Serendipity Beach Resort provide just the right amount of luxury without being posh.
WHERE TO EAT: Koh Lipe has plenty of options for a delicious meal. Among our favorites are Banana Tree (middle of Walking Street) for the yummy pad thai, Sunrise Restaurant for the location on Sunrise Beach and the delicious curry, and Zanom Sunrise Restaurant for the seafood beach BBQ. On Walking Street there are many options for a quick bite, we suggest Thai Lady Pancake Shop for great smoothies and juices.
MUST DO: Snorkeling Trip. Day trips (550/650 BAHT) or Sunset Trip. Mask and fins are provided. You get to swim off the coast of breathtaking uninhabited islands.
FUN FACT: Ko Lipe means Paper Island in the local language.
WARNING: The internal part of the island can flood when hit by tropical rain.
Written by Giulia Cavallari