Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe, a beautiful small island in the very south of Thailand, is known for its crystal-clear water, soft white sand and great snorkeling sites.

beach at Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe เกาะหลีเป๊ะ is located within Thailand’s Satun province, in the Andaman sea, close to the Malaysian border. The beaches at Lipe have very clear and calm water.

Over the years, the island has become more developed due to an increasing number of tourists. The best time to visit is from November until May. Book well in advance during peak season.

Getting to Koh Lipe

From Bangkok, fly to Hat Yai airport (about 1.5 hours), then catch a minibus or taxi to Pak Barra Pier (about 2 hours).  From the pier, transfer to by speedboat to Koh Lipe which takes about an hour. You can pre-book airport transfers online.

 

Getting around Koh Lipe

You can walk around the whole island within an hour. There are 3 main beaches: Sunset, Sunrise and Pattaya Beach.

The ‘Walking Street’ has a great choice of restaurants, bars, internet cafés, massage and convenient shops that stay open until about 10pm.

 

Where to stay

Koh Lipe has a good range of accommodations, from cheap bungalows to luxury villas. Here’s our list of top Koh Lipe hotels for 2018. These often get fully booked months, so book early.

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AKIRA Lipe Resort
AKIRA Lipe Resort
New boutique hotel.
AKIRA Lipe Resort
AKIRA Lipe Resort
AKIRA Lipe Resort
AKIRA Lipe Resort

370 Moo 7, Pattaya Beach, Koh Lipe | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 965 Agoda reviews

AKIRA Lipe Resort4 stars

Why this hotel? New boutique hotel. Moderm rooms. Great outdoor pool. Free WiFi.

The new AKIRA Lipe Resort is located on Pattaya Beach and just a 5-minute walk to the popular Walking Street, with plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes and bars.

Each modern, air-conditioned guest room features free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, DVD player, sofa seating area and en suite bathroom with shower.

The resort has a wonderful outdoor pool and offers a tour desk and luggage storage service. The onsite restaurant serves a wide choice of local and Western cuisine, while drinks can be enjoyed at the bar with sea views.

features bar, restaurant, swimming pool, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 游泳池, 免费无线上网)

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Sita Beach Resort & Spa
Sita Beach Resort & Spa
Beachfront location.
Sita Beach Resort & Spa
Sita Beach Resort & Spa
Sita Beach Resort & Spa
Sita Beach Resort & Spa

149 Moo 7, Pattaya Beach, Koh Lipe | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 965 Agoda reviews

Sita Beach Resort & Spa4 stars

Why this hotel? Beachfront location. Excellent pool & dining. Free WiFi.

Excellent beachfront 4-star resort in a quiet section of Pattaya Beach. Sita Beach Resort features an outdoor pool and a spa offering a range of massage treatments right by the beach.

Each large, contemporary Thai styled guest rooms features satellite TV, free WiFi and private balcony with views of the ocean or the pool.

The in-house restaurant serves an excellent variety of Thai and international cuisines and fresh seafood.

features restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sauna, free wi-fi (餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 免费无线上网)

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Idyllic Concept Resort
Idyllic Concept Resort
Modern villas.
Idyllic Concept Resort
Idyllic Concept Resort
Idyllic Concept Resort
Idyllic Concept Resort

Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe | map | distance

8.5 Excellent
based on 1770 Agoda reviews

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Idyllic Concept Resort4 stars

Why this hotel? Modern villas. Great outdoor pool. Free WiFi.

Given the island’s remote location, Idyllic is one of the most upscale hotels on Koh Lipe and one of the few that has an outdoor swimming pool. The resort is located on Sunrise Beach with views of the Andaman Sea.

Each spacious and modern private villa features flat screen satellite TV, private balcony, rain showers and free WiFi. There is a restaurant and bar serving fresh seafood and Thai dishes.

At Idyllic, gay guests receive a warm welcome by friendly staff who are happy to arrange for snorkeling tour and other watersport activities.

features bar, restaurant, swimming pool, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 游泳池, 免费无线上网)

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Ricci House Resort
Ricci House Resort
Great value.
Ricci House Resort
Ricci House Resort
Ricci House Resort
Ricci House Resort

280 Moo 7, Koh Lipe | map | distance

8.5 Excellent
based on 1770 Agoda reviews

Ricci House Resort3 stars

Why this hotel? Great value. Lush surroundings. Friendly staff. Free WiFi.

Though located further inland, the Ricci House is only a 5-minute walk from Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe. With 19 private bungalows in lush tropical surroundings, the resort offers a peaceful stay and great value for money.

Each modern bungalow has a private terrace, air conditioning, flat screen TV, minibar and free WiFi. The open-air restaurant serves tasty Thai, Western and fresh seafood. A selection of drinks can be enjoyed at the bar.

The resort’s friendly staff are happy to assist you with tours, travel arrangements and other services. Gay guests are warmly welcome.

features bar, restaurant, sun terrace, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 阳台, 免费无线上网)

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Wapi Resort
Wapi Resort
Beachfront location.
Wapi Resort
Wapi Resort
Wapi Resort
Wapi Resort

Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe | map | distance

8.4 Excellent
based on 1153 Agoda reviews

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Wapi Resort3 stars

Why this hotel? Beachfront location. Private bungalows. Excellent value. Free WiFi.

This great-value resort is nicely located in the middle of Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe, near the end of Walking Street, close to many dining options on the island.

Wapi offers well-equipped bungalows (two beachfront), set in mature pine tree gardens. Most bungalows have air conditioning, TV, fridge and a balcony.

There’s free WiFi and an onsite restaurant. The resort’s beach faces east, allowing for amazing views of the sunrise.

features cafe, restaurant, massage, beach, free wi-fi (咖啡馆, 餐厅, 按摩, 海滩, 免费无线上网)

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Bundhaya Resort
Bundhaya Resort
Popular choice.
Bundhaya Resort
Bundhaya Resort
Bundhaya Resort
Bundhaya Resort

509 Moo 3, Pattaya Beach, Koh Lipe | map | distance

7.5 Very Good
based on 2080 Agoda reviews

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Bundhaya Resort3 stars

Why this hotel? Popular choice. Excellent location & service. Free WiFi.

One of the most popular resorts on Koh Lipe and also the gayest! We’ve stayed at Bundhaya and loved their private beachfront location at the end of Pattaya Beach.

The resort offers private bungalows, with either air conditioning or fan, and  modern oceanfront villas. Each unit has a flat screen TV, free WiFi and a small patio. Snorkeling gear for rent and tour desk available.

The breakfast buffet has a decent selection, and the à la carte restaurant & bar serves up some very delicious food. We enjoyed the wonderful service from the many ladyboy waitresses here.

Bundhaya attracts all types of guests (mainly Westerners), from families with children, newlyweds, gay couples, college students, etc.

features bar, restaurant, shop, massage, sun terrace, beach, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 铺子, 按摩, 阳台, 海滩, 免费无线上网)

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Gecko Lipe Resort
Gecko Lipe Resort
Budget option.
Gecko Lipe Resort
Gecko Lipe Resort
Gecko Lipe Resort
Gecko Lipe Resort

Moo 7, Koh Lipe | map | distance

7.5 Very Good
based on 2080 Agoda reviews

Gecko Lipe Resort2 stars

Why this hotel? Budget option. Lush surroundings. Close to Walking Street. Free WiFi.

A great budget choice and a nice alternative to a standard hotel room. Gecko Lipe Resort is surrounded by lush green, tropical gardens and is just a 5-minute walk to the beach.

The bungalows are simple, with a small terrace, private bathroom, fan and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy drinks at the onsite bar.

No restaurant, but plenty of eateries at the popular Walking Street are only a 2-minute walk away from Gecko.

features bar, free wi-fi (酒吧, 免费无线上网)

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