Looking For The Most Gorgeous Island In Thailand? Try Koh Lipe.

It’s hard to go wrong when it comes to island hopping in Thailand. Between the cheap and delicious cuisine, the smiling locals and the picture-perfect scenery, there’s a reason why Thailand has long been a coveted destination for travelers of all budgets and styles.

 

Thailands Most Beautiful Island Koh Lipe

 

We did a fair bit of island hopping during our three weeks in Thailand. And we absolutely loved each destination we visited for different reasons. Railay had epic rock climbing. Khao Sok National Park allowed us a one-of-a-kind ethical elephant encounter. Koh Samui was all about the beautiful beaches and late-night parties. But all that said and done, there’s no doubt in our minds which island was the most beautiful: Koh Lipe.

 

Koh Lipe Thailand

 

The southernmost island in Thailand, Koh Lipe has managed to stay a bit of a hidden gem (though we’ve heard it’s changing a little more and more each year.) So far there are no full moon parties, no trendy clubs, no sprawling all-inclusive resorts… Instead, what you’ll find is understated luxury, world-class snorkeling, and paradisiacal beaches. Basically, it’s pure magic.

 

Koh Lipe Thailand Sunset Beach

Koh Lipe Thailand Sunrise

Koh Lipe Thailand

 

One of the reasons why Koh Lipe so fantastic is because it’s part of a group of islands that comprise the Tarutao National Marine Park. What’s more, the islands that surround Koh Lipe are all uninhabited. So below the glassy turquoise water, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of bright coral and tropical fish. Above the sea, the island’s idyllic sandy slivers are quiet and secluded.

 

Koh Lipe Thailand Clear Water

Koh Lipe Thailand SCUBA Diving

 

We’ve heard Koh Lipe called “The Maldives of Thailand.” While we haven’t been to the Maldives yet, we feel it’s a fitting expression for this piece of paradise. Here’s what you need to know to plan your trip to Koh Lipe:

 

Koh Lipe Travel Tips

 

Arriving At Koh Lipe

 

November to May is the high season on Koh Lipe. During this time, there are numerous boats from various nearby islands that will drop you off at a platform in front of Pattaya Beach. Langkawi (Malaysia), Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Pak Bara and Koh Kradang are the most popular boats to Koh Lipe.

If you’re traveling during low season, from what we can tell, Pak Bara is the only point of departure for going to Koh Lipe.

We purchased Fly, Ride, and Ferry tickets through Nok Air to get from Koh Lipe to Chiang Mai in one day. While it might not have been the most economical, it was super easy and stress-free. Not to mention, we were able to cover a ton of ground quite quickly.

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Getting Around The Island

 

There are three main beaches on Koh Lipe: Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Pattaya Beach. Our favorite was Sunrise Beach, not only for the brilliant colors that swept across the sky each morning but also because of its perfect balance between laid-back beach bars and restaurants with quiet sandy stretches.

 

Koh Lipe Thailand

 

It’s easy to walk everywhere on the island. Alternatively, traditional Thai long boats will drop you off at different spots along the island for 50 THB. Motorbike taxis with sidecars will shuttle you to various points on land.

 

What To Do On Koh Lipe

 

Our favorite days on Koh Lipe were spent doing a whole lot of nothing. Walking along the white sandy beaches, swimming in the aquamarine water and sipping on happy hour cocktails while watching the sunset were our activities of choice. We also got a lot of Thai massages because, well, it’s Thailand.

 

Koh Lipe Thailand

 

If you’re a diver, you won’t want to miss the chance to explore the abundant marine life. We did a standard snorkel tour, and it was full of scenes that could have been straight out of Finding Nemo.

After the sun sets, head out to the beach to enjoy freshly caught fish and seafood. There are lots of small restaurants that set up plastic chairs and tables on the sand so you can enjoy your meal underneath the stars. We recommend the jumbo prawns marinated in garlic and grilled right in front of you, washed down with a local beer.

Some fun, laid-back beach bars which make for great spots to meet fellow travelers. Sea La Vie was our favorite hang out spot and conveniently located just a few steps from Castaway Resort on Sunrise Beach. You can’t miss it—they’ve got a pretty sweet treehouse where you can lounge on pillows and watch the waves gently lapping on the shore.

 

Where To Stay

 

We highly recommend basing your vacation to Koh Lipe on Sunrise Beach. We first read this advice on Getting Stamped’s fantastic post: The Ultimate Koh Lipe Travel Guide. Obviously, we’re so happy we did. While Pattaya Beach and Sunset Beach are nice, we fell in love with Sunrise and couldn’t have imagined being anywhere else.

 

Koh Lipe Thailand Sunrise Beach

 

We opted for a beachfront bungalow with Castaway Resort. The accommodation itself was a bit rustic, but the views were second to none. Castaway Resort also has one of the best dive shops on the island, along with a funky restaurant with delicious cuisine.

 

Koh Lipe Thailand Castaway Resort

 

For something a bit more sophisticated, try Idyllic Concept Resort. Hidden away in a corner of Sunrise Beach, the hotel feels totally secluded while remaining easily accessible.

 

When we think of our “happy place”, Koh Lipe will always be the first image that comes to mind. We highly recommend checking out this gorgeous Thai island while it’s still such a hidden gem. We know Koh Lipe will be top on our list once again next time we visit Thailand.

 

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Meet: Dan Moore


Dan is the photographer, social media strategist and second half of the A Cruising Couple team. He has been living and traveling full-time in various countries since 2011. His award winning photography has been featured on National Geographic, CNN and New York Times Travel.

7 Comments

  1. Wow! I was last in Koh Lipe in 2003. Opened this and had instant flashback memories. Cheers for that! It was my favourite island in Thailand and good to see it hasn’t been that heavily built up since last there, although I can certainly see some. So many Thai islands got ruined by that.
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    • That’s awesome! I must admit, I’m a little jealous you knew about Koh Lipe back in 2003! I only wish I had found this gorgeous island sooner! I bet it was extra beautiful back then. You’re right, it’s unfortunate that so many of the islands have lost their Thai charm. Gotta hold on to this gem! 🙂
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  2. i didnt know about this place, looks fantastic but you had me at ‘no full moon parties’! 🙂

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  3. Koh Lipe looks wonderful. As a diver Koh Lipe sounds very interesting!
    For some reason I keep going to the famous islands like Koh Tao, and forget that there are others 🙁 so i wrote Koh Lipe down for the next time i go to Thailand 🙂

    question: can you walk around on the island? are there pavements? and roads?
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    • That’s awesome! And yep – it’s super easy to walk around Koh Lipe. It’s a small island, so that’s how just about everyone gets around 🙂

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