Koh Lipe, Pak Bara

 Beautiful Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is located 60 km from the Thai continent, the nearest wharf is in Pak Bara. Koh Lipe is the southernmost island of Thailand and on a clear day, you can see Langkawi Island in Malaysia, which is only 38 km away.

Koh Lipe is a small island located south of the Adaman Sea. It is part of the province of Satun, it belongs to the Tarutao Marine National Park, composed of 70 islands and its fauna and flora are therefore protected to guarantee a total change of scenery with each visit. It is one of the islands of the Adang Archipelago.

  Maritime links to Koh Lipe

Our starting point boat to Koh Lipe is Pak Bara

 Coming from Phuket

 From Pak Bara to Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe

The speedboat from Pak Bara at 3:30 pm drops us off after 1 hour and 20 minutes of calm sailing in Koh Lipe.

Large speedboats cannot go to the beach, so the landing is done on a barge parked about 100m away. 

On this barge you have to pay the visit fee of the national park 200 baht/person and another 50 baht/person for the longtail boat that will drop you off at Pattaya Beach in Koh Lipe.

 Pak Bara Pier

 Discovering Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe, it's a expedition to get there.

When you come from Phuket by private car, no problem. 420km, 6 hours of driving, drop-off point: Pak Bara pier, you take your ticket and hop, you get on the boat, that's it.

For the holidaymaker who doesn't have a car, it's a little more complicated. That being said, you will find at the end of the article a table on the different possibilities to go to this island depending on whether you come from Phuket or Bangkok, with schedules and prices. In Thailand, everything is possible, everything is possible.

In short, here we are on this small island of barely a few square kilometers in the shape of a boomerang measuring 3km wide and less than 2km high, there are no cars on the island. Only a few motorbikes used only by local people.

This island reminds me a little of Koh Phi Phi Phi 25 years ago before being overcrowded also because of this not so great film shot in (small) party in Maya Bay.

My first impression when I arrived at Koh Lipe was very positive. I thought these little bars on the beach were nice without being knocked out by stupid music. It rests, it reassures.

I liked the interior of Koh Lipe and its "Walking Street" which must be about 300m long and in which there are shops, bars, restaurants, massage parlours, clinics, etc...

Many bars, yes, but here we are not invaded by the many tiring "hello, welcome", pronounced without respite by the girls of bars looking for solitary customers.

Bars with pool or snooker tables and bar girls... there are none in Koh Lipe. No excess, no eccentricity, no madness.  It feels good!

It is a small, quiet and quiet island that I will be able to recommend without hesitation to families or young couples who want to spend a romantic holiday, in short, a beautiful place.

Originally and still today, the island is inhabited by the sea gypsies, the Chao Leh people. Sea Gypsies are a very specific people who have settled on several islands in southern Thailand, including Koh Lanta, for example, in search of new sources of food and fish. The waters of Koh Lipe are very well stocked in this sense but it is now diving which is one of the main activities of the island.

Koh Lipe has three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Pattaya Beach and Sunrise Beach.

You can walk around the island in about an hour. Although very small, it now offers hotels, Guesthouses and diving centres. Here is a map of the island to help you find your way around

  The Beaches of Koh Lipe

There is something for everyone. 
There are three beaches...

  • Pattaya Beach to the West, this is where tourists arrive
  • Sunset Beach located in the North small but very beautiful beach
  • Sunrise Beach the largest, south-east facing, long, beautiful


Not to be confused with the city of PATTAYA near Bangkok! 

 Pattaya Beach

When you arrive at Koh Lipe, your boat will drop you off here: at Pattaya Beach.
koh lipe pattaya beach
Holidaymakers disembark on the beach
koh lipe pattaya beach
Then, everyone manages to get to their bungalow, their hotel...
koh lipe pattaya beach
At each arrival, Pattaya Beach receives the new tourists
During the day, Pattaya Beach is the busiest beach on the island because it is on this beach that most holidaymakers arrive or leave, and it is on this beach that there are the most bars and restaurants, but at both ends of the beach you can say that it is quiet. 
At the end of the afternoon, just before sunset, the small bars are well frequented, the atmosphere is cool and friendly. 


Located in the north of the island of Koh Lipe, SUNSET BEACH is composed of several small beaches. Some "resorts" offering bunglows, it is the least frequented beach on the island. The sand is not as white as in Pattaya beach or Sunrise Beach, but the place is beautiful and worth a visit.

Sunset Beach

I decide to go from Pattaya Beach to Sunset Beach... a few minutes of quiet walk on this little path that brings me there...
When you arrive at Sunset Beach here is the view... we are slightly higher because the path crosses the forest... 
We get out of the forest... we see a first small rather deserted beach...
Directly on this little beach, here's the view... 
A few meters away, a first place with a few deckchairs and the possibility to refresh oneself...
Sunset Beach, is a really quiet little beach where it's good to come and settle down for a few hours.


SUNRISE BEACH is the largest of the three beaches. About 1.5 km long, it is a long strip of white sand that flows gently into the sea and is here of a remarkable colour. This is where you will find the largest number of resorts, hotels and bungalows at all prices. 

Although this beach is the busiest on the island, there are still quiet, shady spots with superb views. These Koh Lipe beaches, in any case, have nothing to do with the crowded beaches of the big known tourist resorts. 
and to think it's the busiest beach...

Le Village, les Chaoleys 

Originally and still today, the island is inhabited by the sea gypsies, the "Chaoley" people. The sea gypsies are a very specific people who settled on several islands in the south of Thailand such as Koh Lanta for example (but also in Phuket and Rawai), in search of new sources of food and fish.
These people have a small location on Sunrise Beach in the middle of the few hotels and resorts and maintain or build their boats which are their daily livelihood. Going out to sea and fishing are their main activities.
From Sunrise Beach, you can easily reach the center of the island and the small village, and discover some very local bars or houses ....
A very local dwelling, nicely decorated... 
If the locals live mainly from fishing and excursions with tourists, there is also a taxi service that can take you from one point to another on the island. Given the size of the island, trips never exceed 5 or 10 minutes for insignificant costs . 
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  The Walking Street in Koh Lipe

The Walking Street

Koh Lipe The Walkiing Street... as the name suggests... it's the main street of Koh Lipe where we go out at night. No mopeds, let alone cars.  There are many restaurants, shops of all kinds, massages of course, some nice bars superbly decorated ...
No excess, no madness... Koh Lipe is quiet, welcoming, restful.
It's well known that all good things come to an end... and there too, at some point you have to think about coming back... 

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