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Thailand is a country with many beautiful places to visit, but one of the most stunning and charming islands is Koh Lipe. Located in the Andaman Sea near the border with Malaysia, Koh Lipe is a paradise for travellers looking for an unforgettable and enjoyable time. Here are seven reasons why you should visit Koh Lipe and experience its magic.

7 Reasons to Go to Koh Lipe (Thailand)

I have been lucky enough to visit Koh Lipe 4 times and I absolutely love this island and the natural beauty that surrounds Koh Lipe. Of course, Koh Lipe is not without its shortcomings, which I will write about at the end of this article.

Koh Lipe is a popular holiday destination for both foreigners and locals. Therefore, the number of holidaymakers on the island increases significantly on weekends and on Thai public holidays.

Why do these tourists go to Koh Lipe when there are so many alternatives in Thailand? There are many reasons. I'll tell you about Koh Lipe's seven main tourist attractions.

Hotels on Koh Lipe Things to Do on Koh Lipe Ferries and speedboats to Koh Lipe

1. The stunning seascapes of Koh Lipe

One of the main attractions of Koh Lipe is its stunning seascapes. The island is surrounded by crystal clear waters that reflect the blue sky and green hills. You can admire the views from the shore or take a kayak around the island and see the different shades of turquoise and azure.

You can also visit the nearby islands, such as Koh Adang, Koh Rawi, and Koh Hin Ngam, each with their own unique features and landscapes..

Seascape shooted from a boat to Koh Lipe
Seascape taken from a speedboat to Koh Lipe

2. Rich underwater world

If you love snorkelling or diving, you will be amazed by the rich underwater world of Koh Lipe. The island is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, which protects the coral reefs and marine life in the area. You can see colourful fish, sea turtles, rays, starfish, coral and even dolphins and sharks if you're lucky.

There are many places to go snorkelling or diving, but the most interesting ones are near the nearby islands. You can get there by long-tail boats.

Starfish | 7 Reasons to Go to Koh Lipe (Thailand)
Clownfish in sea anemone | 7 Reasons to Go to Koh Lipe (Thailand)
Clown-fish in sea anemone

3. The snow-white sand and turquoise water of Koh Lipe's beaches

Another reason to visit Koh Lipe is its beautiful beaches. There are three main beaches on the island: Pattaya Beach, Sunrise Beach and Sunset Beach. Each beach has its own charm and atmosphere:

  • Pattaya Beach - soft white sand and clear turquoise water,
  • Sunrise Beach has an incredibly beautiful seascape and great swimming on the northern point of the beach.

On Koh Lipe you can relax on the beach, swim in the sea or enjoy various activities such as kayaking, diving, snorkeling or paddle boarding.

Pattaya Beach on Koh Lipe is famous for its white sand
Pattaya Beach on Koh Lipe is famous for its white sand

Nice hotels to stay on Pattaya beach:

North point on Sunrise bea, Koh Lipe, Thailandch
The North point on Sunrise beach

Nice hotels to stay on Sunrise beach:

4. Beautiful sunrises and unforgettable sunsets on Koh Lipe island

Koh Lipe is also renowned for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Depending on which beach you choose, you can watch the sun rise or set over the horizon, creating a stunning display of colour and light.

  • Sunrise Beach is the best place to watch the sunrise,
  • Sunset Beach is considered the best place to see the sunset, but in my opinion the sunset views are better at the northern edge of Sunrise Beach.
Sunset on Koh Lipe view from Sunset beach
Sunset on Koh Lipe view from Sunset beach

5. Koh Lipe beach bars with the sea splashes at your feet

If you are looking for some fun and entertainment on Koh Lipe, visit one of the beach bars where you can drink, dance and meet other travellers and locals.

Many bars are located right on the beach, so you can feel the sea lapping at your feet while you enjoy your favourite drink or listen to live music.

The beach bar on Sunrise beach, Koh Lipe, Thailand
The beach bar on Sunrise beach

6. Lunch or dinner at a restaurant with stunning views of the sea and neighbouring islands

Another way to enjoy the beauty of Koh Lipe is to have lunch or dinner at a restaurant with stunning views of the sea and neighbouring islands. There are many restaurants on Koh Lipe that offer delicious Thai and international cuisine as well as stunning scenery.

One of the best restaurants on Koh Lipe is the Serendipity Beach Resort Restaurant.

The restaurant is situated on a cliff at the southern end of Sunrise Beach at the Serendipity Beach Resort . The restaurant is open from 12 noon to 21:30, drinks are served from 10:00 to 22:00. Prices are reasonable and the food is delicious.

If you want to wake up in a room with a beautiful view of the sea, then you should stay at the Serendipity Beach Resort (you can book the room on or

Serendipity Beach Resort Restaurant on Koh Lipe, Thailand
Serendipity Beach Resort Restaurant

7. Wide variety of seafood in restaurants and cafes

If you are a seafood lover, you will be delighted with the variety of seafood available in Koh Lipe's restaurants and cafes.

You can find fresh fish, prawns, crab, squid, lobster, scallops and more in a variety of dishes such as grilled seafood platter, tom yum soup, pad thai or seafood salad.

Assortment of seafood in one of the restaurants on Koh Lipe, Thailand
Assortment of seafood in one of the restaurants on Koh Lipe

Weaknesses of Koh Lipe and what to be prepared for

Disappointment awaits those who are unaware of the shortcomings of the place they are visiting.

  • The island of Koh Lipe is rapidly gaining in popularity and with the growing flow of tourists come some weaknesses. There is too much rubbish for the local authorities to deal with.
  • A large number of boats crowding the beaches (especially Sunrise and Pattaya beaches).
  • There are many large and sometimes aggressive dogs. So be careful.
  • Prices on Koh Lipe are higher than elsewhere in Thailand.
  • The service in many hotels is lower than expected (due to a lack of experienced and qualified staff) and choosing a hotel on Koh Lipe should be done with special care.

The natural disadvantage of Koh Lipe is the tides. At high tide most of the beaches are under water and there's nowhere to sunbathe, and at low tide the water is so shallow that it's impossible to swim.

The only place on Lipe Island where you can sunbathe and swim at almost any time is the northern part of Sunrise Beach.

Snorkelling on Sunrise beach during high tide

Now that you know all pros and cons of Koh Lipe, you can choose the right hotel and organise your stay on the island to make sure you have great memories of your tropical holiday.

Hotels on Koh Lipe Interesting Tours Ferries and speedboats to Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is a destination that will make you fall in love with its beauty, charm and diversity. Whether you want to relax on the beach, explore the underwater world, enjoy the views, have fun at night or enjoy delicious seafood, you will find something to suit your taste and mood on this island. Don't miss the opportunity to visit one of Thailand's most amazing islands for an unforgettable experience.

About the author

The author of AsiaPositive Iryna Rasko

I am a passionate traveller and photography is my greatest love. Asia is a constant source of inspiration for me.

The information I share in my articles is based on personal experience and extensive research. It is my sincere hope that my articles will assist you in planning your travels in Asia and beyond.

Please note that English is not my first language and I apologise for any errors or awkward phrasing.

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