Top Things to Do in Koh Lipe, Thailand

Koh Lipe is a beautiful Thai island in the Andaman Sea, near Malaysia’s border. The island provides a blend of cultures, with a mix of Thai, Malay, and Sea Gypsy influences, reflected in its cuisine and local life. It was great that the island isn’t overly developed, maintaining a charming, rustic feel while still offering comfortable accommodations and amenities for travelers.

There are different ways to get to Koh Lipe depending on your starting location. From Thailand, the journey could start either from Bangkok or Hat Yai airport. As for myself, I arrived at Langkawi International Airport before taking a ferry from Telaga Harbour Marina. The ferry ride usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, and another 2 hours to get through Koh Lipe’s custom. (Time would vary depending on the crowd on that day itself too.) Do take note that ferry schedules also vary depending on the season. There is also a 200 baht entrance fee for Tarutao National Park per adults even though we did not visit the park. We paid upon going through the island’s customs.

The island offers a more laid-back and serene atmosphere compared to some of the more crowded Thai islands. Find out why Koh Lipe is a fantastic holiday destination:

1. Beaches of Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is known of its beautiful beaches boasting crystal-clear waters, perfect for snorkeling and diving. Although there are a few beaches, the 3 main ones are Pattaya Beach, Sunset Beach and Sunrise Beach. The sight of wooden longtail boats lining up would be a familiar scene across these beaches.

Do not be confused with the Pattaya Beach at Pattaya city as they have similar names. It is the first beach most of us would step foot onto since the customs is located there. You can spot many seafood restaurants lined up along the coast, close to the entrance of The Walking Street.

You could have easily guessed that both Sunset and Sunrise beaches are named based on the beautiful views offered. Do find out from the locals on the locations to take a dip or even the fees required to take you to some of the islands.

2. Snorkeling, Diving & Other Watersports

Speaking of crystal-clear waters, there are many shops around The Walking Street that offers various tour packages. Check out the following guide from Idyllic Concept Resort which I was staying over at.

Snorkeling Trip – Inner Zone covers the following:

Jabang Channel, Koh Hin Ngam, Koh Rawi, Koh Yang, Koh Adang

Snorkeling Trip – Outer Zone covers the following:

Koh Hin Sorn, Koh Rok-Kloy, Koh Dong, Ao Kam Nan, Koh Peung, Koh Pai

Both packages include life jackets, snorkeling mask, beach towels and a lunch box set.

There are also various activities such as the day fishing trip, diving, paddling the crystal kayak boat and more. Do find out more from the locals as the season also affects the timings and availability.

3. The Walking Street

The Walking Street is probably one of the main attractions of the island. With the entrance starting from Pattaya Beach, the street connects all the way to various beaches and shops. There are various bars, restaurants, street snacks, a bakery, ice cream shops and even a bubble tea shop.

Besides food and beverages, there are massage outlets where I did a full body Thai massage after walking for the whole day. I even dyed my hair in one of the 2 salons available on the island.

In conclusion, Koh Lipe offers breathtaking sunrise/sunset views from various points on the island. With the island’s size, it is easily walkable, allowing you to explore the island’s beauty at a leisurely pace. Whether you seek relaxation on the beach, water sports, exploring nature, or indulging in delicious seafood, Koh Lipe offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to different holiday preferences.

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