Koh Lipe, Pak Bara
Beautiful Koh Lipe
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.
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.
From Pak Bara to 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, 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
PATTAYA BEACH IN KOH LIPE
SUNSET BEACH IN KOH LIPE
SUNRISE BEACH IN KOH LIPE
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.
Le Village, les Chaoleys
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.
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.