Ko Lipe is a beautiful island in southern Thailand, surrounded by smaller islands which jut out of the sea. It is the ideal base for exploring nearby islands because it has a good tourist infrastructure and numerous boating options.

It may be the most populated and developed island in the area, but it is still a long way off the development of the tourist hubs of Phuket, Krabi and even Phi Phi. It offers enough facilities for those who do not want to rely on basics but at the same time is tranquil enough that those looking for serenity and an escape from the world will not be disappointed.

The island’s main village is actually a sea gypsy community, but you will find many amenities here including shops, accommodation, bars, a village school and medical facilities. However, it is important to remember that there are no banks on the island so all cash must be brought with you.

Diving is big business on Ko Lipe as the ocean is teeming with marine life and the smaller islands are home to numerous caves and crevices. Other popular pursuits include sea kayaking, jungle trekking and snorkeling. It is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with huts on the shore and beach bars serving up cocktails to enjoy while watching the sunset.

Getting There & Away

There are daily ferries from Ko Lanta and Trang, with journey times of approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. It is also possible to catch the ferry from Hat Yai, taking about 2 hours. Daily ferries also leave from Langkawi Island in Malaysia, taking about 3 hours. The nearest airport is Hat Yai, which sees a selection of daily flights from around Thailand. Bangkok is an hour’s flight away from Hat Yai, whereas the southern areas of Phuket and Krabi are just 30 minutes away by air.

Things to Do

Ko Lipe Attractions

Sunrise Beach

This is one of the quieter beaches on the island, but is also very close to the main village. located in the east of the island, it is a beautiful alternative to thailand’s busier beaches. the golden sandy beach is surrounded by calm water and the giant palm trees provide shelter for those avoiding the sun’s gaze. there are accommodation options here as well as restaurants and bars.