What’s the best thing to do during your stay in Koh Lipe aside from exploring the three different beaches – Pattaya, Sunrise and Sunset and also walking along Walking Street? Here are some useful guides in discovering the stunning island of Koh Lipe, Thailand.
How to Get There/Getting Around:
From Langkawi, Malaysia:
Ferry tickets are available at Kuah Jetty Pier or in Telaga Harbor Park. Ferry’s going to Koh Lipe are scheduled at 9AM, 11AM and 2PM. To avoid any inconvenience, be at the ticket office 1 hour ahead for Visa processing.
From Krabi, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi:
Different Ferry boats are from Krabi, Phuket and Koh Phi Phi going to Koh Lipe.
The speed boats will stop near the beach area of Koh Lipe, and long tail boats will transfer passengers to get to the beach front. There are motorbikes taxi with sidecar in Walking Street. Another means of getting around the island is by long tail boats in the Taxi Boat station. The island is small, another way is also by on foot.
1. Snorkel in Sunrise Beach – Koh Kra, Koh Talak, Koh Usen
2. Snorkel Discovery in Jabang, Koh Hin Nam, Koh Rawi, Koh Adang and Koh Yang
3. Far Island Explorer in Koh Hin Sorn, Koh Lugon, Koh Pulong, Koh Bulu, Jabang
Here are the different diving spots in Koh Lipe: Pattaya Corner, Koh Kra, Koh Taru, Koh Pung, Koh Talang, Koh Adang Stone Henge, 8 Mile Rock, Far Islands, Sail Rock, Seven Rocks and Lipe Shipwreck.
1. Boat trip around the Koh Lipe
2. Hiking in the mountains of Koh Adang
Where to stay
Family Song Resort
Sea Side Resort
Sunrise Beach – Hat Chao Ley
Kathalee Beach Resort and Spa
Lipe Beach Resort
Sunset Beach – Hat Pramong
While walking along Walking Street, I saw a sign that says Gypsy Resort. It was a resort along Sunrise Beach. I found out that there are sea gypsie’s in Koh Lipe or what they called Chao Ley in Thai. I pass by the local school and Hat Chao Ley Village, the community where the Chao Ley resides.
Chao Ley or Urak Lawoi are aboriginal Malay people in the east Andaman coast. In preserving the heritage and helping the Chao Ley faces extinction, Project Urak Lawoi was launched. The project aims to raise awareness about Chao Ley heritage, culture and their conservation of their traditional way of life.
Project Urak Lawoi; Koh Lipe’s Heritage http://www.projecturaklawoi.org
For more information, you can also check my experience about Koh Lipe https://travelista.club/guides/koh-lipe-a-stunning-paradise-island/