The most famous beaches in Koh Lipe are Pattaya Beach, the one where the speedboats that bring tourists dock and the least pleasant for swimming in high season due to the abundance of boats, Sunrise Beach, more pleasant with part of it being a boat-free zone, the smaller and more secluded Sunset Beach and a few other beaches that are more confidential or less easily accessible. There are snorkeling spots accessible off some beaches (like off the superb beach at the foot of the Serendiptiy Resort). Renting a kayak and going to the nearby small islets like Koh Usen or the larger Koh Adang is also nice. The Walking Street, a street that leads from Ko Lipe village to Pattaya Beach and which becomes pedestrian every evening with a wide choice of restaurants and bars, souvenir shops, massage parlors, diving centers, and even an international clinic, without forget the 7 Eleven, is the heart of Koh Lipe's nightlife with the bars and restaurants setting up their tables and cushions on Pattaya Beach and Sunrise Beach (in low season, except for the Zodiac Bar at the end of Sunrise Beach , you'll find this more on Pattaya Beach).
The first inhabitants of Koh Lipe were the Urak Lawoi who are part of the Chaolay sea gypsies and even if the rapid development of tourism on the island has completely transformed its appearance and atmospere, there are still many Chaolay who live here and some still go fishing, make softwood fish traps... But clearly, the island is now dominated by tourism. Although Koh Lipe is only accessible by speedboat via a agited boat trip lasting at least 1h30 even in favorable weather (it can totally ruin the stay of those who are sick or afraid by boat), its ever-increasing popularity has made it a very busy touristy place in high season. So if you are looking for a wild and peaceful island, this is probably not the right choice. At least from mid-November to early May and more particularly from December to the end of March.
Hotel in Koh Lipe
Hotel in Koh Lipe
Hotel in Koh Lipe
The budget for a stay on Koh Lipe can quickly be substantial because as on all the islands that are a little far away, the prices are more expensive. For instance, in the 7 Eleven everything is double the normal price. But there are a few inexpensive local restaurants in the village.
In low season (mid-May to October), there are only speedboats from Pakbara Pier in Satun province to go to Ko Lipe. The rest of the year there are speedboats from Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan and Koh Mook islands in Trang province as well as from Langkawi island in Malaysia. The most poûlaor route to Koh Lipe from Bangkok is via Hat Yai (plane or train). There are very regular buses between Hat Yai and Pakbara Pier. Going through Trang (plane or night train) is also an option with daily van + speedboat formulas to Lipe island from there.
The dry season extends from November to mid-April with sunny days with little rainfall especially in January, February and March tat are te month with the less rain. Temperatures are warm, fluctuating between 25°C and 35°C, which makes it the ideal time to enjoy the island's magnificent beaches, dive to explore the coral reefs or snorkel.
The rainy season on Koh Lipe, on the other hand, is from May to October. During this period, the island can experience frequent and sometimes intense downpours, but generally short-lived (the wettest months are September and October). However, temperatures remain warm, varying between 24°C and 31°C. This corresponds to the low season with tourist life on the island slowing down (but Koh Lipe is not closed to tourists). It is important to note that the rainy season on Koh Lipe is also influenced by the monsoon, which brings strong winds and high waves. This leads to weather warnings by the authorities and sometime temporary suspensions of the boat traffic.
To sum up, Koh Lipe enjoys a warm tropical climate. The dry season, from November to April, offers more favorable weather for a pleasant stay on the island, making it the high tourist season, while the rainy season, from May to October, brings showers and wind but still have warm temperatures, it is the low tourist season. It is also the period when the the sea can be more often rough to get to Koh Lipe by speedboat.
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