The island of Koh Lipe is located 70km off the Andaman (west) coast of Thailand's most southwestern province, Satun Province and shines out among some of Thailand's most beautiful, and unforgettable environments.
Koh Lipe is part of the important Adang-Rawi Archipelago, and an important gateway to the Tarutao National Marine Park. A group of local chao ley (sea gypsies), Urak Lawoi first settled on the island over one hundred years ago, and quickly established themselves as a resourceful community. The Urak Lawoi still reside on the island, with a healthy population of almost 800 chao ley, they now make up a large percentage of Koh Lipe's workforce and run several small business, which we encourage you to support.
Today, Koh Lipe attracts travellers from across the globe to enjoy some of the world's best beaches, and excellent snorkelling. The island is easily circumnavigated by foot in less than an hour, so if you fancy a change of scene, you can hotfoot it between Koh Lipe's favourite beaches, and fuel your stay in any of the island's great restaurants. Visitors are spoiled for choice for accommodation on Koh Lipe, with a great collection of upmarket and budget hotels and bungalows. It's an island rich in culture, and ripe with beauty.
High and Low Season
Koh Lipe has responded to international demand, and is now accessible throughout the year. While each season brings its plus points, it's important that you're fully prepared. Whether you're looking to reside during the peak season or reap the myriad benefits of Koh Lipe's low season, it pays to be in the know. Discover the vast differences between the high and low seasons, and ensure you hit the shores at the right time.
Koh Lipe's Beaches
No Thai island would be complete without its bevy of beautiful beaches, and Koh Lipe delivers in spectacular style. We've flicked the sand from our toes and trawled the shores for the ultimate sunspots on the island. Get your bearings with this easy breakdown of the best beaches on Koh Lipe, and score yourself some local knowledge on the island's most ideal places to party, and its secret spots to relax the following day.
The History of Koh Lipe
Once upon a time, on a deserted island not-so-far away, a group of local explorers stumbled upon one of the world's finest islands. Abundant sea-life and plenty of delicious fruit formed the basis for one of Asia's most privileged ethnic groups to set up a thriving community. Discover how this small population expanded with humble beliefs and expert knowledge. The history of Lipe is intrinsic to life on the popular Thai island today.
Tarutao National Marine Park
Stretched out along the Andaman Sea is one of Thailand's most beautiful national parks. A collection of pristine beaches, untouched rainforests and highly-protected coral reefs; the Tarutao National Marine Park is the ideal escape from reality. Koh Lipe is the Gateway to the Tarutao National Marine Park, and today the island is well equipped to offer visitors the chance to explore this special region.