Koh Lipe is heaven on earth, literally. It is the most beautiful island I have visited so far. It often wins the contest of the most beautiful Thai island on forums.
By the way, the top 3 usually includes these islands: Koh Lipe, Koh Kood and Koh Mook.
Koh Lipe is located in the south of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, near Malaysia. It is part of the archipelago of Koh Tarutao, which is a protected national park. It means that big constructions are forbidden. Moreover, there are no paved roads or cars on the island. Here, one moves around by foot or by boat.
When you arrive in Koh Lipe, very often the boat cannot even dock on the island because there is no adequate port. It stops 200 meters from the beach, and from there you have to jump in the water to reach the beach. No stress, the warm water comes to your knees. This original arrival brings a first big smile to the face.
The beaches of Koh Lipe are beautiful, the water is crystalline, the sand is white, the vegetation is lush. Just walk along the beach to see all kinds of fish and corals and even Nemo.
Koh Lipe looks exactly like those magical beaches on postcards.
Take the time to laze, snorkel, or kayak. In the evening, sip a cocktail at the edge of the water, or at the Reggae Bar in the middle of the island.
Koh Lipe, a paradise far from everything
The geographical location of Koh Lipe makes this island difficult to access. To go there, you really have to want it and have the time. This is one of the main reasons why the island is shunned by tourists. But this is one of the reasons why this island is magical: there is hardly anyone around.
No, you will not be alone in the world, but yes, tourists on the beach can be counted on one hand. And that’s great! In Koh Lipe, you do not have to deal with the noise of the clubs that close early in the morning, nor the roar of taxi horns, and you don’t come across tons of young people in the process of ruining a beach. But we meet people happy to be in paradise.
To access it, there are several solutions:
– By boat from Trang (accessible by air from Bangkok)
– With a speed boat from Phuket, Koh Phiphi or Koh Lanta
– By boat from Langkawi (Malaysia)
Where to stay in Koh Lipe?
Here you have the choice between the small wooden cabin on the beach for 250 bahts per night, the hard cabin for 1000 bahts, or a beautiful room with a 180 ° view of the island for 2000 bahts per night. Check here according to your budget http://kohlipethailand.com/
Note that rates vary depending on whether it is high or low season, as it does in the whole country.
For my first night on Koh Lipe, mistaking myself for Robinson, I had opted for a little cabin on the beach. But I quickly became disillusioned. The resort was called the Porn Hotel, which should have set off some alarm bells. The cabin was on the beach, but it was barely standing. I think the sheets had never been changed, and the cleaning never been done. I also discovered the existence of giant cockroaches. But to top it off, during the night I heard screams of animals that I cannot identify. Given the state of the cabin, I did not feel safe at all.
The very next day I treated myself to a beautiful room at the Mountain Resort, with the 180 ° view. Then I could enjoy my nights in paradise.
The other islands of southern Thailand
Koh Bulone, Koh Ngai, Koh Mook, Koh Tarutao, Koh Kradan, Koh Sukhon … you have the choice. All these islands in the region do not suffer from mass tourism. They are all amazingly beautiful.
Koh Mook has the most beautiful white sand beaches but Koh Sukhon is the most authentic. It’s up to you to choose where to relax.
I hope your experience on these islands will be as magical as it was for me.