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Koh Lipe

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Best Time: mid-December-April Read More

Ideal duration: 2 days

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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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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Restaurants and 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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How 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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