This guide to the best things to do in Koh Lipe will show you how to experience the best of Thailand far from the crowds!
Koh Lipe is located in the southernmost region of Thailand. Part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, it attracts travelers looking for a bit of the Maldives in the Andaman Sea.
The crystal-clear water offers amazing diving and snorkeling opportunities and the remote location is sure to provide some chill vibes!
After spending two weeks in Malaysia, I decided to travel to Koh Lipe next to kick off my 10-day Thailand itinerary since it’s located just a 1.5-hour boat ride from Langkawi. And being far from the main tourist destinations in Thailand really helps to keep the crowds to a minimum, so I had to visit!
In this Koh Lipe travel guide, I’ll show you all the top things to do in Koh Lipe Thailand and tips on how to get there, the best places to stay, and more.
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What to do in Koh Lipe Thailand?
Despite being a tiny island there are so many things to do in Koh Lipe! Below you will find all the info on what to do on this tropical paradise!
Whether you want to witness the sunrise along the beach or dive into the crystal-clear water or if you’re only looking for a nice relaxing spot, Sunrise beach is the place to be! Hanging out on Sunrise beach is one of the best things to do in Koh Lipe since it’s less crowded than Pattaya beach.
The waves can get a bit rough but it gets calmer at the tip of Sunrise beach near Mountain Resort. Here, you can also enjoy the sunset in a larger and less crowded setting.
Pattaya beach is the spot where all the boats drop off their passengers and for this reason, it’s the busiest and most crowded beach on the island. The whole beach is lined with hotels and bars and although the water is almost completely covered with long-tail boats, you can find a few empty spots to swim.
If you’re wondering what to do in Koh Lipe at night, you can watch live music and fire shows on Pattaya beach. Alternatively, if you’re looking for somewhere quieter, head over to either Sunrise or Sunset beach.
Sunset beach is quite under-developed but still features a few hotels and bars. As its name suggests, it’s the main spot to watch the sunset but the bay is small so it can get crowded.
Since the path leading to the beach goes through the jungle, you’ll find lots of mosquitoes in the area. Your best bet is to either watch the sunset at the tip of Sunrise beach or bring enough mosquito repellant!
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Day trip to Koh Adang
Another top thing to do in Koh Lipe is taking a day trip to Koh Adang. For 100 baht (US$ 3.25) one way, per person, you can take a taxi boat to the deserted beaches of Koh Adang.
You’ll find only one resort and a park ranger station on the island. Camping grounds are also available with bathroom facilities. So, it’s the perfect getaway from the busy beaches of Koh Lipe.
Koh Adang Beaches
There are only a few beaches on Koh Adang but luckily most of them are nearly empty. The boat will drop you off at the main beach where the park ranger station is found. To get to the other beaches you’ll have to charter a boat or it’s usually included as the last stop of most snorkeling tours in Koh Lipe.
Koh Adang Viewpoint (Chado Cliff)
One of the main attractions on Koh Lipe is hiking to Chado Cliff viewpoint for the best view of Koh Lipe and the Andaman sea. Go to the park ranger station to take a picture of the map for directions. The trailhead is found on the right side of the camping grounds, just behind the bathrooms.
It’s very easy to get to the top. Just follow the signs pointing to the different viewpoints and it should take about 45 minutes to complete the hike.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring enough water since you’ll have to pay 40 baht (US$ 1.30) for one big bottle at the restaurant on Koh Adang compared to 26 baht (US$ 0.85) on Koh Lipe.
The trail entrance to Pirate waterfall is located on the left side of the park ranger station. Look carefully for the signs and follow the black pipes all the way to the waterfall.
The hike takes about 1 hour one-way and at some point, near the end of the trail, you’ll have to jump over a set of big boulders and walk over a fallen tree.
The island has some other waterfalls, but they seem quite hard to reach. You can download the Maps.me app for an offline map of the hiking trails.
Go on a snorkeling tour
This list of things to do in Koh Lipe wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t suggest taking a snorkeling tour. Most boat companies will offer more or less similar snorkeling tours in Koh Lipe. The most popular ones are programs A and B which include lunch, fruit, water, and snorkeling equipment.
- Time: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm
- Islands visited: Japang, Koh Hin Ngam, Koh Yang, Koh Rawi and Koh Agang
- Price: 600 baht (US$ 19.50)
- Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
- Islands visited: Koh Hin Sorn, Koh Bulu, Koh Lugoi, Koh Tong, Koh Pung, Koh Hin Ngam, and Jabang
- Price: 700 baht (US$ 22.75)
There are also half-day tours of programs A and B with visits to fewer islands which cost 450 baht (US$ 14.60) and 550 baht (US$ 17.90) respectively as well as sunset tours and fishing trips. Make sure you bring your national park ticket as you would need it to enter the islands.
Yoga class at Castaway Resort
Wondering what to do in Koh Lipe? Why not take a yoga class? There are a few places where you can practice yoga in Koh Lipe but the most popular one is at Castaway Resort.
They offer yoga classes three times a day except on Sundays for 400 baht (US$ 13). They run
Beach clean-up with Trash Hero Project
Another great thing to do in Koh Lipe is to help clean up the island with Trash Hero. For those who want to travel more sustainably and give their time for a good cause, you can join the Trash Hero Project every Monday on Pattaya beach at 10 a.m.
Tip: You can also join the Trash Hero Project on Koh Lanta island!
Koh Lipe Walking Street
If you’re looking for some of the best attractions in Koh Lipe, you have to visit the Walking Street! This is the main road that goes through Koh Lipe and connects Pattaya beach to both Sunrise beach and Sunset beach.
Here you’ll find restaurants, massage parlors, hotels, and shops selling everything from souvenirs to beachwear and accessories.
Uncover the secret beaches
Due to Koh Lipe’s small size, it can be hard to find some secluded spots. This is why I recommend wandering away from the walking street to uncover some secluded beaches and viewpoints.
Best place to stay in Koh Lipe
Most accommodations are usually fully booked well in advance and tend to be on the pricier side compared to the mainland, so it’s better to come prepared.
Below are a few recommendations for budget to mid-range hotels in Koh Lipe:
- Sangchan Hostel – About 400 baht (US$ 13) for a bed in a dorm room and 1200 baht (US$ 39) for a private room. The hostel is clean and provides free water and coffee.
- Decho Hostel – About 225 baht (US$ 7.30) for a bed in a dorm room.
- Lipe Inn – About 1400 baht (US$ 45.50) for a standard double room.
- Harmony Bed and Bakery – About 1600 baht (US$ 52) for a double room.
- Castaway Resort – About 2400 baht (US$ 78) for a bungalow.
Check out more hotel prices on booking.com
How to get to Koh Lipe Thailand?
Now that you know about all the best things to do in Koh Lipe and where to stay, let’s go through all the different ways of getting to Koh Lipe.
From Langkawi, Malaysia
To get from Langkawi to Koh Lipe, take the high-speed Ferry from either Telaga or Kuah Jetty which departs two times a day at 9.30 am and 2.30 pm. The boat ride lasts for about 1.5 hours and costs about 850 baht (RM 110 or US$ 25.95).
Tickets can be purchased anywhere along Cenang beach just a few days before departure (even during high season). So, no need to book in advance and haggle for the best price. Just bear in mind that the Ferry operates only from mid-October to the end of May (check the Ferry schedule here).
If you’re traveling from Bangkok to Koh Lipe, you can book tickets through Air Asia to Hat Yai airport and from there take a coach and a Ferry to Pakbara Pier to finally arrive on Koh Lipe. Buses and trains are also available to Hai Yai.
From Koh Lanta
If you’re coming from Koh Lanta, you can take a speedboat for about 1,700 baht (US$ 56.35). The journey lasts for about 3-4 hours and honestly isn’t the most comfortable but by far the quickest way to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe.
If you’re traveling during the low season (May to October), the speedboat won’t be available so you’ll have to take a minivan to Pak Bara Pier and then a Ferry to Koh Lipe.
Note: When you enter the island, you’ll have to pay a National park fee which costs 200 baht (US$ 6.50) and is valid for one week. Keep it with you if you plan to visit the neighboring islands or you’ll have to pay the park fee again.
How to get around?
Being a small island, it doesn’t take long to visit some of the best Koh Lipe attractions. The island is very walkable and it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to get from Pattaya beach all the way to Sunset beach.
You can get a tuk-tuk for 50 baht (US$ 1.60) per person per trip if you don’t want to drag your luggage around. They are essentially motorbikes with a sidecar that can accommodate up to three people.
Alternatively, scooters are also available for rent for about 500 baht (US$ 16.25) per day.
Best time to visit Koh Lipe
If you want to have the best weather conditions, the best time to visit Koh Lipe is between November and April. December to February is the peak season and prices tend to be higher. May to October is the low season, so you’ll end up with better hotel deals, but do expect some rainfalls.
Koh Lipe Travel Tips
- Food to try: Tom Yum, Green Curry, Pad Thai, coconut ice cream, Thai pancake, coconut donut.
- Book hotels well in advance if you’re traveling during the high season.
- There are only three ATMs on the island, all located along the walking street.
- Scout out the bioluminescent planktons at the more secluded and darker beaches during nighttime.
- You can now get a visa on arrival in Koh Lipe.
Have you visited Koh Lipe before? If you have any recommendations about other things to do in Koh Lipe, please share them in the comment below!
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