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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 predominantly settled by the Chao Ley or the sea gipsies 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 coral reefs and gorgeous white sand beaches attract beach lovers and scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts every year. Pak Bara Pier in the Satun region is the closest pier to Koh Lipe, with speedboats and ferries available regularly.

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 the last decade of the previous century, this region is prone to garbage damage, so tourists are advised to be mindful. The food and accomodation scene is exceptionally flexible, comfortable and cheap. The nightlife is great and known to be more mature than the neighbouring Koh Phi Phi.

Must Know Before You Visit Koh Lipe

1. Located within Tarutao Marine National Park, tourists must pay THB 200 as an entry fee which is valid for one week.

2. During the peak season, accommodations and tours can get booked quickly, so it is recommended to be an early bird in this regard. 

3. ATMs are few in Koh Lipe, and the exchange rates are higher, so it is recommended to carry sufficient cash before travelling to this region.

4. While tipping is not common, it is appreciated by the local workers and guides.

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Shopping in Koh Lipe

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

Nightlife in Koh Lipe

If you wish for a slower lifestyle and just relax and unwind, Koh Lipe has the perfect mature nightlife.

  • There are some great driftwood bars at Pattaya beach that offer a serene ambience, reggae music, and good beer.
  • Sunrise beach and Sunset beach are not very far either, and also have a happening nightlife.
  • The walking street has a few incredible bars too, where Bob Marley music and the hippie culture can make you some new friends.

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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).

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.

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How to Reach Koh Lipe

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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.

How to reach Koh Lipe by flight

You can take the Nok Air airlines from Bangkok to Trang, and then a ferry to Koh Lipe. Another time consuming option is taking the Air Asia island transfer package that includes flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai, bus to Pak Bara and ferry to Koh Lipe.

How to reach Koh Lipe by waterways

You can fly into Trang from Bangkok with Nok Air, or to Hat Yai from Bangkok with Air Asia, bus to Pak Bara, and then take a ferry to Koh Lipe. A few popular companies operating boat services are Adang Sea Tours, Tigerline Ferries, Forra Speedboats.

Local transport in Koh Lipe

There are no cars on this island. There is a small concrete road that connects all the beaches. For that reason, the best way to explore this island is by foot. There are boats that can take you from one part of the island to another, or a few motorcycle taxis.

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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 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

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 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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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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