About Koh Lipe: High & Low Season
There are 3 main beaches on Koh Lipe, all within 15 minutes walking distance.
The Southern tip of Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe
© 2010 - A. Sloan
Koh Lipe's main beach is a large sheltered bay with soft powdery sand, crystal clear blue water and good snorkeling right from the beach. There is a wide range of accommodation on Pattaya Beach, but over the last few years there has been a trend for larger, more upmarket resorts. There are a dozens of bars and restaurants on the beach or around the corner in Walking Street. In high season it can get quite busy, but the other beaches are only a short 15 minute walk away, so it is still relatively easy to escape the crowds.
Sunrise Beach (Hat Chao Ley)
Sunrise Beach is a long stretch of white sandy beach and is protected from the monsoon weather in low season, and has a pleasant breeze on most days in high season. The school, hospital and a small Chao Ley village are located here. Accommodation is more spread out than on Pattaya Beach, and there are still a few cheap places around, but several upmarket places have opened over the last few years too. There are a few small restaurants and shops on Sunrise Beach, and it is between 5 and 15 minutes to Walking Street and the other beaches. Sunrise Beach has the best snorkeling right of the beach.
Pattaya Beach, Koh Lipe
© 2010 - A. Sloan
Sunset Beach (Hat Pramong)
Sunset Beach is a small bay facing West to the Butang Islands and is a great place to watch the sunset. The area around Sunset Beach is the most quiet and laid back on Koh Lipe, with very few places to stay, and all of them have been able to retain the feeling of the 'Old Lipe'. Accommodation ranges from basic huts on the beach to rustic and private bungalows set in shady jungle. There are no upmarket places to stay in the area. There are a few nice places to eat and drink in the area, and it's a 10 to 15 minute walk to Walking Street and the other beaches.
Nearby Islands and Beaches
There are several uninhabited islands that can easily be reached with a long tail boat, all between 15 minutes and 1 hour away. The 2 large ones, Koh Adang and Koh Rawi have a ranger station where camping is possible. The ranger station on Koh Adang also has bungalows and tents available, and there is a small restaurant (Open from November until May). The islands around Koh Lipe are great for a day trip, and several operators on the island offer snorkel trips that will take you to 4 or 5 islands in 1 day.