Many of the islands of Thailand have been transformed by tourism, leaving them filled with hotels, guesthouses, bars playing music late into the evening and tourist shops. However, if you are looking for a more peaceful and laid back Thai island experience, there are still a few islands that remain an undiscovered secret.
The island of Koh Lipe is one of these lesser-known island paradises that hasn’t been touched by tourism yet. The expansive beaches are lined with white sand, the waters are warm, clear and teeming with marine life. It’s a wonderful place to escape and relax for a while in total quiet and tranquillity.
Koh Lipe was first discovered by the local sea gypsies who spent their time travelling between the islands looking for the best fishing areas. The Chao Ley sea gypsy people were eventually given a grant to settle on the eastern beach of Koh Lipe and have remained there ever since.
The Beaches of Koh Lipe
There are four main beaches on the island of Koh Lipe that you can relax on. Sunset Beach is on the west of the island and offers gorgeous views of the sunset. Karma Beach on the north side is facing the Adang/Lipe channel and the Sunrise Beach is located near the Chao Ley village. The most popular beach is Pattaya Beach, in the south.
A Perfect Spot for Diving
One of the most popular activities in Koh Lipe is diving, because the conditions for diving here are excellent and there are so many great diving spots. One of the best is 8 Mile Rock, which is a deep sea pinnacle that is located 75 minutes away by boat. Plenty of different species of marine and bird life come here to feed, which means that you have a chance of spotting leopard sharks, whale sharks and manta rays.
If you go with a guide, you can also dive at the Yong Hua Shipwreck, which is a fish-factory ship that sunk in around 40 m of water in 1996. It’s a very interesting place to dive because it is covered in marine growth and there are many species of fish that live there.
Other Things to Do in Koh Lipe
During your visit to Koh Lipe, you will probably want to spend most of your time just sitting back on a white sand beach and enjoying the Thai sunshine. However, there are many other activities to enjoy here, such as:
- Take a day trip to another island, such as Ko Adang where you will find the Chado Cliff and the Pirate Falls.
- Hire a kayak and spend a day exploring around the coast of the island and the reef.
- After your kayak adventure, soothe your paddling muscles with a massage. There is an offshoot of the Wat Po Massage School that is located in the centre off the island.
- The clear and calm water here is also perfect for snorkelling and you will probably spot many species of tropical fish.
Have you been to Koh Lipe? What did you do on this Paradise Island? Let us know about your travel experiences in the comments below.