Koh Lipe

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"The Paper Island"

Koh Lipe Tourism

Koh Lipe is one of the islands of the Tarutao Marine National Park. Initially, this island was predominatly settled by the Chao Ley, or the sea gypsies who live in small villages here. Tourism has increased in Koh Lipe since the 1990s, and hasn't seen a pause ever since. The vast reefs and gorgeous white sand beaches don't fail to attract anyone.

Koh Lipe is home to two of the finest beaches of Thailand, Hat Sunrise and Hat Pattaya. They are pristine white powdery sand beaches with an expansive coral reef. With increasing visitors since 1990s, this place is prone to some garbage damage, but it's not that big a problem. The food and accomodation scene is extremely flexible, comfortable and cheap. The nightlife is great and known to be more mature than the neighbouring Koh Phi Phi. According to officials, each adult is supposed to pay 200 Baht to go anywhere in the Tarutao Park. This has been done to get a push for development. Koh Lipe is a well developed beautiful island with a great range of activities like diving and snorkelling to do.

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1. Diving in Koh Lipe

Diving in Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe has some of the best reefs which are still largely intact. Diving here is the most popular water sport, attracting many divers across the world.

2. Trash Hero

Trash Hero
Koh Lipe has a garbage problem since many years as the tourism has increased. You can volunteer at his non-profit organization to help them clean the trash from this beautiful island.

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Exchanging Money in Koh Lipe

There are a few ATMs on the walking street. It is suggested that you exchange currency from the main city of Bangkok before travelling to any small island like Koh Lipe.

All major cards are accepted at resorts and restaurants. Although, ATMs in Koh Lipe came in 2012, so it's not very common. But still most places do accept. However, their rate is a little higher than accepted. So it is advisable to carry cash in hand.

Daily Budget for Koh Lipe

A daily budget of 1,000-1,300 Baht would suffice. This includes food, alcohol, diving and other activites, shopping, and internal transport (if any).

Koh Lipe Customs

Koh Lipe is a free and unrestricted island town. You cen wear as you please and not face any issues anywhere. Being surrounded by beaches, shorts are a more comfortable clothing option. Following some general etiquettes of being generous and kind to the early inhabitants of this place is important. Tipping is not common, but valuing good service is appreciated.

Language of Koh Lipe

All the hostel and resort managers speak fluent English. The restaurants and dive shops also speak English quiet well. There should be no language communication issues in Koh Lipe. However, when you interact with the locals, which are hardly a few, there could be some difficulty.

History of Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe was originally settles by a group of sea gypsies called Chao Ley, originally from Malaysia, known as the Urak Lawoi people. When these people aquired the land, they all took the same surname 'Haad Thalay' meaning 'Beach people'. As of today, there is a population of 500 inhabitants still living here, most of them into the sea food business.

Nightlife in Koh Lipe

If you wish a slower lifestyle and just relax and unwind, Koh Lipe has the perfect mature nightlife. There are some great driftwood bars at the Pattaya beach that offer a serene ambiance, reggae music, and good beer. Sunrise beach and Sunset beach are not very far either, and also have a happening night life. The walking street has a few incredible bars too, where Bob Marley music and the hippie culture can make you some new friends.

Shopping in Koh Lipe

Shopping at Koh Lipe is limited. There are many dive shops where you can buy diving suits and other neccesary beach items like flip flops and tshirts. Some stalls at the walking street make handicraft souvenirs and handmade jewellery.

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Koh Lipe, Thailand
Koh Lipe - Thai Island know for its Coral-Rich Waters
Koh Lipe - Well-known for its White Sand Turquoise Water Beaches
Koh Lipe - One of the Best Spot for Scuba Diving

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What is the best time to visit Koh lipe?

The best time to visit Koh Lipe is from November to March as the weather is perfect on this beautiful island on the Andaman sea. The peak season for tourists lasts from mid-December to April when the precipitation is low. The average temperature seen in Koh-Lipe island remains the same throughout the year, which is around 30 degrees Celsius. The months of December to April is considered the Dry season in Koh-Lipe.

The sea is fantastic at this point because it is crystal clear. So, it is the best time for snorkelling or scuba diving to check out the spectacular corals as well as the marine life present near the island. The peak season is also a great time to try out the different bars and restaurants along with the nightlife that is present in Koh-Lipe.

From the end of April to mid-December, the season gets wet due to rain and storm. March and April tend to be the hottest months. October, March and April are generally regarded as the shoulder season for visiting Koh-Lipe as it has good weather along with the average number of tourists. People who want to visit Koh-Lipe during its off-season can do so between April to September. They will surely have to put up with the rains.

The downside of visiting Koh-Lipe during the wet season is that tourists may find several establishments closed at this time. Also, you may miss out on snorkelling, and speed boat rides due to the constant rains. You may be bound to the pool of your resort if you want to visit Koh-Lipe during the wet season.
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What is the local food in Koh lipe?

Koh Lipe does not disappoint when it comes to food. Hotels and resorts serve great food. Besides that, there are many amazing stand alone restaurants, and street food is brilliant. Koh Lipe is known for its seafood barbecue and other street bites like grilled pork skewers, Thai sweets, flaky roti and spring roll. Some good restaurants are Nee Papaya, Chiang Khan, Rak Lay.
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What is the best way to reach Koh lipe?

You can take a flight, Nok Air, from Bangkok to Trang, and then a ferry to Koh Lipe. Another option is taking a flight, Air Asia, from Bangkok to Hat Yai, Bus to Pak Bara, and then ferry to Koh Lipe.
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How much does a package cost for Koh lipe?

The packages for Koh lipe start at INR 13562 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the places near Koh lipe?

The top places near to Koh lipe are Phuket which is 194 km from Koh lipe, Krabi which is located 183 km from Koh lipe, Phi phi islands which is located 152 km from Koh lipe, Koh samui which is located 345 km from Koh lipe, Surat thani which is located 294 km from Koh lipe

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