Beautiful Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is a small island located south of the Adaman Sea. It is part of the province of Satun, it belongs to the Tarutao Marine National Park, composed of 70 islands and its fauna and flora are therefore protected to guarantee a total change of scenery with each visit. It is one of the islands of the Adang Archipelago.
Koh Lipe is located 60 km from the Thai continent, the nearest wharf is in Pak Bara. Koh Lipe is the southernmost island of Thailand and on a clear day, you can see Langkawi Island in Malaysia, which is only 38 km away.
From Pak Bara to Koh Lipe
The speedboat from Pak Bara at 3:30 pm drops us off after 1 hour and 20 minutes of calm sailing in Koh Lipe.
Large speedboats cannot go to the beach, so the landing is done on a barge parked about 100m away.
On this barge you have to pay the visit fee of the national park 200 baht/person and another 50 baht/person for the longtail boat that will drop you off at Pattaya Beach in Koh Lipe.
Pak Bara Pier
Discovering Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe, it's a expedition to get there.
When you come from Phuket by private car, no problem. 420km, 6 hours of driving, drop-off point: Pak Bara pier, you take your ticket and hop, you get on the boat, that's it.
For the holidaymaker who doesn't have a car, it's a little more complicated. That being said, you will find at the end of the article a table on the different possibilities to go to this island depending on whether you come from Phuket or Bangkok, with schedules and prices. In Thailand, everything is possible, everything is possible.
In short, here we are on this small island of barely a few square kilometers in the shape of a boomerang measuring 3km wide and less than 2km high, there are no cars on the island. Only a few motorbikes used only by local people.
This island reminds me a little of Koh Phi Phi Phi 25 years ago before being overcrowded also because of this not so great film shot in (small) party in Maya Bay.
My first impression when I arrived at Koh Lipe was very positive. I thought these little bars on the beach were nice without being knocked out by stupid music. It rests, it reassures.
I liked the interior of Koh Lipe and its "Walking Street" which must be about 300m long and in which there are shops, bars, restaurants, massage parlours, clinics, etc...
Many bars, yes, but here we are not invaded by the many tiring "hello, welcome", pronounced without respite by the girls of bars looking for solitary customers.
Bars with pool or snooker tables and bar girls... there are none in Koh Lipe. No excess, no eccentricity, no madness. It feels good!
It is a small, quiet and quiet island that I will be able to recommend without hesitation to families or young couples who want to spend a romantic holiday, in short, a beautiful place.
Originally and still today, the island is inhabited by the sea gypsies, the Chao Leh people. Sea Gypsies are a very specific people who have settled on several islands in southern Thailand, including Koh Lanta, for example, in search of new sources of food and fish. The waters of Koh Lipe are very well stocked in this sense but it is now diving which is one of the main activities of the island.
Koh Lipe has three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Pattaya Beach and Sunrise Beach.
You can walk around the island in about an hour. Although very small, it now offers hotels, Guesthouses and diving centres. Here is a map of the island to help you find your way around
PATTAYA BEACH IN KOH LIPE
During the day, Pattaya Beach is the busiest beach on the island because it is where most holidaymakers arrive or depart, and it is on this beach that there are the most bars and restaurants, but at both ends, we can say that we are quiet.
SUNSET BEACH IN KOH LIPE
SUNRISE BEACH IN KOH LIPE
Here, we are at the very top of the beach (northern end), with this sand tongue that appears and which is even more beautiful than in the picture above.
I decide to walk along the beach towards the south... few people are there... it's a real pleasure to be able to walk alone.
and when I turn around to be in the same direction as the sun, I see landscapes full of fantastic colours