Some people can go a lifetime without discovering the true meaning of a paradise island. You couldn’t be further from the truth if you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Koh Lipe Thailand. Surrounded by the vivid blue waters of the Andaman sea and dripping in a richness of pristine coral and marine life lies one of Thailand’s greatest treasures Koh Lipe.
Koh Lipe in some circles has been voted amongst the top 10 island or beach holiday destination’s in the world and for those that have experienced the island there is no doubting why. Draped in a plethora of palm trees and forestation with a coastline of some of the softest white sand on the planet the popularity of the island grows in strength to strength. Many come to the island to lie in seclusion whilst having every need catered for. Some for there Honeymoon and others just to experience that dream of paradise.
During the high season Ferries to Koh Lipe run from most island destinations along the Andaman coast in the south of Thailand as well as Langkawi in Malaysia which makes getting here very reachable. The nearest city of Hat Yai is just over an hour away and flights are available daily to Hat Yai from Bangkok.
Once you reach the island you are open to some fantastic resorts and hotels in Koh Lipe. There are some budget hotels on the island but your options are quite limited. When on Paradise why not treat yourself to a bit of luxury and have the pleasure of stepping out of your resort bungalow straight on to one of the worlds greatest beach front’s. Although a small island Koh Lipe still doesn’t give you that sense of being overcrowded and it’s not uncommon to have your own stretch of beach heaven when on the island. Pattaya beach is the most popular beaches on Koh Lipe.
Here you will find all the top resorts on the island intermingled with some great restaurants and bars. If your looking for something a little quieter during the busy periods your best off on another stretch of sand. The appropriately named sunrise and sunset beaches offer spectacular views of the neighbouring islands during sunrise and sunset respectively. Have your morning coffee or evening cocktail whilst taking in the amazing site. The best time to visit the island is between November and may which is deemed the high season in Koh Lipe. During the high season the islands growing popularity with travellers from near and afar means accommodation can become quite scarce so it’s advised to book before you arrive on the island. During this period expect hot dry days to be the norm as you soak up the islands charm. The low season or the rainy season runs from May to November during this time expect the transport to the island to be less frequent and some of the resorts to be closed. This can still be a great time to visit the island and accommodation can reduce as much as 60% from peak season prices meaning you can enjoy your slice of paradise at a fraction of the price.
Koh Lipe is a small island with a huge appeal and there is more than the delights of it’s beaches to keep that smile firmly on your face. A part of the protected Tarutao National Marine park, Koh Lipe is home to an abundance of marine life. The pristine coral gardens that surround the island make Scuba diving in Koh Lipe one of the best sites in the country. There is a good choice of dive shops in Koh Lipe all offering trips to the national park and around the island. After a long day of diving why not replenish those aches and pains with a relaxing massage from one of Koh Lipes Spa and massage retreats. Choose from one of the resorts, local massage shop’s or find yourself a palm tree to take shade under while experiencing one of Thailand’s greatest treasures.
With a varied selection of restaurants in Koh Lipe covering cuisine from all over the world you will never go hungry on Koh Lipe. With it’s closeness to Malaysia, your open to a great combination of Thai and malay dishes also. Stroll the island and it’s beaches and sniff out that flavoursome dish.
As the evening draws in the bars in Koh Lipe come to life. Don’t expect the wild nights of some of the famous parties islands of Thailand on Koh Lipe. Here there is more of an ambience to Koh Lipe nightlife as it’s visitors hop between the islands bars sharing stories and making friends along the way. What ever your reason for visiting Koh Lipe expect the island to deliver in spectacular style.