Whenever I mentioned to a friend about Koh Lipe, the reaction that I get most of the time is ‘Koh what?’ It’s pronounced “koe lee-pay” – a small paradise island on the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand. What you may not know, that it is situated just about 30km or a 45 minutes boat ride from the Malaysian island, Langkawi. The only way to reach this small island is either by land (through Satun or Hatyai, Thailand) or sea. There are no direct flights to the island, so if you’re seasick, you might want to reconsider coming here.
It takes about 45 to 50 minutes of speedboat ride to reach this magnificent little paradise from Langkawi island. Boat rides from Langkawi will cost around RM100 per person per way, so if you’re on a budget, keep an eye on AirAsia cheap flights promotion to Langkawi to ease your pockets. Speedboats are met by long-tail wooden boats offering transfers to anywhere on Koh Lipe.
What I love about the island – is the peaceful atmosphere as there are no cars on the island! (also the superb pristine clear blue waters. ) Basically everything you might possibly need is within walking distance (chalets, convenience store, diving shops, cheap massage huts, restaurants, cafes etc.) and you don’t have to spend more on transfer or public transport like cabs or tuk-tuk.
There are 4 major beaches here :
- Pattaya Beach – most popular beach, where I stayed, easy access to everything you possibly need
- Sunrise Beach – on the east, near the Chao Ley village
- Karma Beach – in the North which faces the Adang/Lipe channel
- Sunset Beach – obviously facing the sunset on the west side
WHERE TO STAY
The best place to stay in Lipe if you want easy access to everything is on the Pattaya Beach. However if you want someplace more private (and if you really don’t mind walking), maybe the Sunrise and Sunset beach is for you.