Things to do in Koh Lipe

Things to do in Koh Lipe Island

As this is one of the last remaining beautiful unspoiled islands in the south of Thailand, many may be wondering what are the things to do in Koh Lipe and here is a list that island and beach lovers can do while visiting this stunning island in the Andaman Sea. 

Koh Lipe is situated on the west coast of Thailand way down south, passing Phuket and Krabi and bordering Malaysia's Langkawi Island. Getting here is no simple task as there are no airports or roads here, only via speedboat ferries from either Pak Bara in Trang, Phuket or Langkawi. I wrote an article on How to go to Koh Lipe if you want more information, especially about the ferry timings. 

So you love islands and beaches? This is hands-down one of the most beautiful islands left and here are the things you can do at Koh Lipe. 

Koh Lipe Island Photo
Koh Lipe Island
Chill Out

Nothing beats going to an island and just chilling out, doing nothing and absorbing the sea and sun. Koh Lipe offers various kinds of relaxation randing from luxury retreats to backpacker style guesthouses and lodges. Poshtels are also the rave here where boutique hostels have popped up in the recent years. Some resorts offer spas while the smaller ones are plain and simple leaving the traveler to explore the local massage places along the main Lipe Walking Street. 

In the evenings, beach-side restaurants offer lounging on the sand of the beach with cocktails and drinks while watching the sun set behind the Andaman sea. Travelers are also seen with whiskey buckets strolling and finding spots on the sand where they can just chill and relax too. 

Koh Lipe Snorkeling
Snorkeling at Koh Lipe
Snorkeling

If you love the beach, you must at least do some snorkeling around Koh Lipe. There are pre-designated areas for snorkeling while proper snorkeling is conducted with the island hopping tours where they take you to other islands to do snorkeling there. The color of the waters here are amazingly beautiful with aquamarine and turquoise while clarity of the water is beyond your imagination. 

Diving 

This island is also a scuba divers paradise as there are a number of diving spots on Koh Lipe which are pretty good and recommended. As for dive centers, there are three popular ones located around the island. You can also take your diving licence or dive courses here with reasonable fees. Diving gear is easily available here too.  

Dive sites at Koh Lipe
Dive sites at Koh Lipe
Kayaking

Most of the beach side resorts or hotels offer kayaking to the guests. Some may be free for guest, while others may charge a small fee. Do inquire with the resort or hotel you stay with about this if you are interested. 

Jungle Trekking 

Koh Lipe activities
Activities at Koh Lipe
For the adventurous traveler, there are some jungle treks and nature walks located on the opposite island called Koh Adang, which is also a protected national park. One needs to get a permit to do some trekking here and you can do this by arranging with the local tour operators on the island or from your hotel or resort. Among the popular routes are the waterfalls trek and view point where you can see the entire Tarutao National Park. 

Camping 

Outdoor lovers will be pleased to know that you can do camping at Koh Lipe. However, there are various styles available, the hard core camping at Koh Adang or Koh Rawi or the resort assisted camping where resorts arrange a spot in their land for you to do camping there. You can check with the operators about this. 

Please note that Koh Tarutao National Park is only open from November to May and campers who show up on the islands during the monsoon season can stay at the park accommodation, but they must bring their own food from the mainland as there are no shops or anything on the other islands. 

Koh Rawi Island
Koh Rawa Beach

Island Hopping 

Well, the tour takes you to a couple of islands but the star here is Black Rock Island or Koh Hin Ngam, where small palm sized black rocks dominate the island landscape with a unique forbidden history behind this. You will hear boatmen tell you stories of Leonardo di Caprio and his experience here when he was filming the popular backpacker movie 'The Beach' at Koh Phi Phi. Apparently he made a stopover on Black Rock Island but I will leave the rest of the story for the boatmen to tell you if and when you visit this unique island. 

Island hopping is a day trip which cost around 500-600 Baht which includes a lunch and snorkeling equipment per person. Usually the tours take you to Koh Rawi, Black Rock Island and a few other islands around the vicinity. You can book these from your hotel or resort, or even at some of the small tour counters along the walking street. 

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Yes, as the title says, you can simply live like a wannabe-prince and eat, drink and be happy throughout your vacation here. There are countless local and international restaurants available, even Halal food for the Muslim travelers while seafood is on top of the menu, there are also a number of local Thai hawker stalls selling the famous Thai Pancakes or Rotee and Mu Ping (หมูปิ้ง) Barbecued pork or chicken skewers. 

Bars are found all the main beaches of Pattaya, Sunrise and Sunset beach here while there are general stores that sell beer and soft drinks along the walking street. In general, everything revolves around the walking street here. 

Koh Lipe Karma Beach
View of Karma Beach from Mountain Resort 
Doing Nothing

The best island remedy is actually to go there and do nothing! Why do people even want to bother by filling their days with activity? The objective is to go for a holiday, not go and maximize your vacation to come back tired and exhausted needing another holiday to recover from the first one. So, I recommend, going to Koh Lipe and simply do nothing there, just go with the flow, relax and enjoy. 

Photo of Koh Lipe
The laid back beach life
If you have never been to Koh Lipe before, just a heads up as the island is really small. This means you can walk from one end to the other end in under 30 minutes. The island is so laid back, there are no cars or roads here. Only bikes the locals use here. To see the resorts and layout of the island, here is a Koh Lipe Map.

Koh Lipe Budget Chalets
Some of the budget chalets along Sunrise Beach
For food and entertainment, there is one main area called the Lipe Walking Street where all the action is at. Ferries stop out at sea and you board a transit platform before taking a longtail boat to the island. 

The island has 4 main beaches, Pattaya Beach, Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Karma Beach at the back of the island facing Koh Adang. The most popular are Sunrise and Pattaya Beach here. There is an ATM available and also a Pharmacy while the rest are simply restaurants, bars, cafes, general stores and massage centers. Overall, this article was written for those wanting to know what are the many things to do in Koh Lipe. 

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