Beaches on Koh Lipe are typically Thai, and famously fine. With four stunning stretches to choose from, paradise comes as standard.
Stretched across Koh Lipe's luscious north coast, Karma Beach is an extraordinary place, often overlooked by the main island crowds. With uninhibited views of majestic neighbour, Koh Adang, some of the island's best snorkelling and the opportunity to slip into the water with a traditional longtail boat, this is one island secret you mightn't want to share.
Sunrise Beach (Chao Ley Beach)
As the name suggests, Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe is where the optimists hang out. This east coast hotspot
is a stonesthrow from the small indigenous Chao Ley village, offering culture vultures a direct line to local life on the island. Sunrise Beach was a traditional stronghold for budget backpackers, but recent times have seen a steady rise in upmarket resorts. These days, the trump card for Sunrise is hidden offshore beneath the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea, where you'll enjoy easy access to some of the island's awe-inspiring coral reefs.
Koh Lipe's most popular beach is a showpiece for idyll; with long stretches of soft white sand sweeping around
the island's southern coast, and elegantly finished with the diamond waters of the Andaman. A quaint line-up of longtail boats bobbing offshore is backed up by a leading cast of upmarket accommodation. Meanwhile some of the island's best nightlife will ensure a dreamy combination of carefree and castaway. Pattaya Beach is the place to be seen during high season, and the crowds can reflect that. If you're craving some space to breath in the warm evening air, the other beaches are within easy walking distance.
Sunset Beach (Pramong)
The quintessential cheap retreat, Sunset Beach is revered by the backpacking crowds for its allegiance to budget accommodation on Koh Lipe. The area lives up to its name, with some of the best vantage pointsobserve those famous Thai sunsets. Meanwhile, you should expect a heavy course of chillaxing to be served between meals in any of the great eateries in the area. As with all four of Koh Lipe's main beaches, you're just a short walk from Walking Street or a change of scenery, but if budget-chic is your thing, we doubt you'll stray far from this west coast Mecca.
Koh Lipe's Private Beaches
If you're in the market for an exclusive beach with a dash of pampering, you'll find it along Koh Lipe's dazzling coastline. We recommend Bila Beach's resort on the island's Sunset Coast for its boutique bungalows, or the resort of Sanom Beach for its peaceful escape on Pattaya Beach.
Neighbouring Islands of Koh Lipe
No paradise would be complete without a peppering of uninhabited islands, and the waters off Koh Lipe are no exception. With most islands accessible by traditional longtail boat, all are within 15 minutes and 1 hour from Koh Lipe. The sizeable islands of Koh Adang and Koh Rawi dwarf the isle of Koh Lipe, and have long attracted excited stowaways. Koh Adang has a modest collection of bungalows available to adventurers during the high season, while both islands will accommodate campers at their modest ranger stations. Alternatively, hire a local operator to help you explore many of the best snorkel and dive spots that cling to the islands of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Due to the compact nature of the region, it's easily possible to visit at least five islands in a day.