Ko Lipe
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  • Sarah D
    Divonne-les-Bains, France17 contributions
    Great for relaxing
    Wonderful hotel the Plaloma , in a very quiet part of the island . it had close access to beaches and the walking street . Great snorkelling. A quiet time of year the beaches were quiet and it was really nice to relax. There was just enough animation to add to a holiday atmosphere.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Peter B
    Leuven, Belgium281 contributions
    Paradise - and certainly not lost. Picture Perfect and Reasonably priced.
    A beautiful place that brings all elements of a Thailand holiday perfectly together: spectacular sunset, clear blue/green sea, white beaches and super-fresh seafood at very reasonable prices. The resorts will take care of anything else. It is not easy to get to, but that is probably more of a blessing then a curse, as it helps limit tourist influx. Even though it has been developed to cater to tourism, it still has a lot of Southern Thai characteristics. That includes stray dogs and a more casual approach to cleanliness, but it is certainly not above what you normally find in Thailand, except for the very high-end hotels and resorts. All in all a must-do if you want the best holiday pics money can buy.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Alex T
    Japan37 contributions
    It's a difficult island to get to, but it's worth it.
    There may be few Thai people who have ever been there. There is a way to get there from the Malaysian side, but that is also a difficult path. After doing a lot of research, I decided to approach from Bangkok. The week we spent here was a wonderful place that was well worth the effort.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • Teresa F
    2 contributions
    An okay island overall
    Koh Lipe has grown on me over the last several days, but it's my least favorite of stops in Thailand after Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta and Koh Tao. It was a tough 3+ hr high speed ferry that broke down in the middle of the sea and was an hour late to start. We arrived to see mostly dirt streets aside from walking street, which is nice, and significantly more trash around. The diving at Stonehenge was fantastic. Everything is more expensive here and generally not the same quality. Loved Elephant's lattes, homemade bread, and banana smoothies. A long way to come for an okay island overall.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 29, 2024
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steve5819
Norwich, UK41 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is my second visit to Lipe in the past two years and how it seems to have changed. The first visit, I must admit was at the beginning of the season was wonderful, clear beaches all pristine.

On my second visit, I was stunned at the amount of boats anchored at the beached, were once you could swim out a snorkel from pattaya beach now has tiny corralled areas to swim in with the whole beach given over to morings for long boats, most of which sit there all day doing nothing.

On sunrise beach we spent 25 minutes walking passed boats with no chance of swimming.

Commercialism rules and I think they will regret it in time.

As for the rest of the island, walking street remains the same, lots of bars and restaurant all quite fun.
Written February 17, 2020
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Steven S
Pattaya, Thailand740 contributions
Dec 2020
Totally overdeveloped island with little thought given to any preplanning. Basically, any waterfront property is overpriced for what you get when you compare to accommodation at other islands. Pattaya beach and more so Sunrise beach are full of boats. You virtually have to walk through a resort to access Sunrise beach.
Most of the businesses around the island are open. If you want to avoid the crowds then avoid weekends.
I would recommend only visiting for as long as it takes to do 1 or 2 boat trips. Koh Lipe is the proverbial tourist trap of southern Thailand. Note that the racist Marine Park fee is only valid for 5 days. This was a once only visit for me.
Written December 23, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand941 contributions
Mar 2019
Koh Lipe is also known as “Maldives of Thailand”, now I know why. It is located in the deep south of Thailand in Satun province, very close to Langkawi island of Malaysia. I spent two heavenly nights here. Sunrise beach has the best white sand and clear turquoise water in the island – if in Koh Lipe, stay nowhere but here.
Written February 21, 2020
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iamzarap
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Friends
Feels very uncomfortable and not safe. There are at least three huge packs of stray dogs wandering around randomly howling days and nights in the Sunset beach area. I counted one of the packs yesterday - over 14 dogs! I truly believe it’s unacceptable for any tourist destination and it’s very clear that local businesses and governors aren’t doing anything about it, just making money on the island fool of trash and stray dogs. Maybe Lipe was a wonderful island one day.. but apparently not anymore. Two other beaches Sunrise and Pattaya maybe have a little bit better situation with nicer sand and water to swim if you find a spot between boats. Plus, hundreds of annoying motorbikes chaotically run from 6am to midnight with local teens speeding like crazy between walking tourists. I find Koh Lipe a terrible place to relax and stay and really regret bringing my family here for the entire week. Thailand has many more beautiful not crowded safe and friendly islands. People of Koh Lipe just can’t cope with current situation.
Written February 24, 2020
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Santa Barbara
1 contribution
Dec 2019
Koh Lipe island.
(A) What we like:
1) The massage is good and affordable.
2) The beaches are nice and water is clear.
3) Good view of sunrise & sunset along skyline.
4) Everything is with 15mins walking distance, save alot on traveling.
5) Only a few good restaurant, very long queue.
6) suitable to very short stay.

(B) What we dislike :
1) The retailer are very hardcore & prices are not negiotiable.
2) Things are not value for money.
3) Too crowded during peak season.
4) Accomodation are small & costly during peak season.
5) Cheap food are not fantastic.
6) Thailand icon : female guy (personal dislike).
7) People who doesn't like watersports, nothing to do.
Written January 5, 2020
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Sarahfellows
Cefn-mawr, UK34 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful island at risk of being overrun by development, go now before they build any more! We had a fantastic 10 day stay on ko lipe at wapi beach resort sunrise beach. The resort was spotless and well run, very relaxed. The island had some amazing beaches, lovely people and local restaurants including Thai Thais and Family Song which were great value for money with beautiful fresh fish.
The walking street is much larger than I expected with a wide choice of bars and restaurants. It’s more expensive than some places in Thailand but everything has to be taken there by small boats so it’s to be expected.
It also has its fare share of rubbish all over the island which was sad to see, very few bins as they have to pay for the rubbish by weight to again be removed by boat. Every Monday there is a beach clean at a local beach, 10am at Pattaya beach lunch and equipment provided run by do it be heart save ko lipe.
Bioluminescent plankton amazing to see just ion the shore if you can find somewhere dark enough!
Coffee at Blooms lovely, elephant a good bar with amazing food too.
Written January 29, 2020
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SunnyMangoMac
250 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
It takes a long time to get here from Bangkok but I think it is worth it. The water is so clear and the snorkeling amazing. I would highly recommend doing a half day snorkeling around the island. The island itself is pretty small and definitely not a party island. There's not much else to do here, so despite the long journey we just stayed four nights and then headed on to Khao Sok. We paid 4k from the pier to our hotel in Khao Sok for a private taxi door to door and just arranged with the ladies at the pier.
Written August 17, 2020
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martin3300
Thailand18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a really nice island. Tourists cannot rent scooters because it is a very small island. You can get really good street meat on walking street and wicked breakfast at the elephant. Just be warned everything on this island is very expensive compare to the mainland or Koa toa. And the tattoos are twice the price
Written January 13, 2020
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JonnyMc
Croyde, UK176 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
One of the less populated islands and everything is so easy! Even tuk Tuks don’t hassle you. There are many paradise beaches giving you plenty of options. Walking street is great fun every night with so many great street food stalls and great quality shopping! It has a lot more quality items than nearby islands... The quality of the fish restaurants is off the scale although a little pricier than some nearby places due to it being a little more remote!
Written January 27, 2020
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Patrik L
Uppsala County, Sweden213 contributions
Nov 2019
Koh Lipe was the first place I visited arriving to Thailand after a 23 hour trip involving bus, airplane, minivan and speedboat. A real paradise island, but be aware that the prices are very different from mainland Thailand. Very different... With that said, it's still not expensive...

The double room was €35 and a "cheap" dinner was €10.
Written February 2, 2020
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