As mentioned above in this entry’s title, I spent Malaysian’s Labour Day weekend at Koh Lipe (Lipe Island) in Thailand. Have you heard of this island before? I did not know about this paradise until I saw a friend’s post on social media.
Koh Lipe is a small island in the Southern part of the Thai Andaman Sea and it is very near to our Langkawi island.
Koh Lipe is widely known among the foreigners (read: Caucasians) and the locals. Malaysians hardly know about this somewhat-deserted island and I, for one, had to find out about Koh Lipe from a friend who googled about it.
I know many of you will ask ‘How do you get there?’ or ‘Is there a direct flight to Koh Lipe?’ and so on.
The quickest way from Malaysia is through Langkawi Island, the cheapest via Pak Barra. During the low season, Koh Lipe can only be reached from Pak Barra.
From November until May there are several ferries a day from Langkawi to Koh Lipe. Click here to find out for the ferries time table. However, most ferry companies use a different port on Langkawi Island. I took the boat from Telaga Harbour Park which is about 10-15 min drive from Langkawi International Airport.
The boat ride to Koh Lipe takes less than 1 hour. When you arrive on Koh Lipe you will have to go through the immigration first. The captain of the boat will give you the instructions of what to do and where to wait.
There is no pier on Koh Lipe. Local Chao Ley (Sea Gypsies) will come with their longtail boats to pick you up from the ferry.
They will take you to any beach on the island for 50 Baht (not included in your ferry ticket!). Please do not wear sneakers when you are at this point. You wouldn’t want your shoes to be drenched in salt water upon reaching the shores.
Once you reached the shore, do not stare at the beach first. Remember to pick up your passports from the immigration counter.
Koh Lipe is known as “Maldives of Thailand” and I strongly recommend you to visit this island before it is flocked by overcrowding tourists like the ones in Phuket.
There are 3 main beaches on Koh Lipe: Pattaya Beach, Sunset Beach and Sunrise Beach.
The most popular one will be Pattaya Beach.
There are dozens of resorts and places to stay all over the island, and because of Koh Lipe’s small size, it’s easy to stay anywhere and go to any beach in less than 15 minutes.
Sita Beach Resort is one of the best resorts available in Koh Lipe, providing the best facilities like swimming pool, water heater showers, complimentary wireless Internet and many more.
With the stunning spectacular view of the open sea, I believe you will hardly spend time in the room.
Like me, most of the time you will be staring at the aquamarine waters and the white sandy beach. But be careful; do not overcook your skin under the sun. Be sure to apply sunblock before you get out of your room.
You may also hop onto the longtail boat and the local sea gypsy will take you to nearby islands for Snorkeling. If you go with a group, it cost about 550Baht per person. But during the low season (May – September), there will be no group outings. Hence, you need to rent a private longtail boat for 2000Baht, but at least you will be the boss of the boat.
The local gypsy will take you to known spots for snorkeling and enjoy the colorful life in the sea.
Before you leave this island, take a stroll across the island to Sunset Beach and fall in love with the sunset here.
Guess what? Unlike Phuket or Krabi, Koh Lipe is NOT commercialized and you can enjoy the every bit of the island in awe.
Koh Lipe is no doubt the perfect choice for a relaxing getaway. All you need to do is to save up about RM1,400 (USD400) for the entire cost of the trip.