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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
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Ko Lipe (sometimes spelled ''Koh'' Lipe) is outside of the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park, and as such is exempt from certain laws prohibiting development. It is surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.
Ko Lipe (sometimes spelled ''Koh'' Lipe) is outside of the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park, and as such is exempt from certain laws prohibiting development.  
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The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name "Ko Lipe" means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language.
 
The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name "Ko Lipe" means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language.
  
According to a December 2008 report by the Sustainable Tourism Network, Ko Lipe is faced with numerous environmental problems, including destruction of wetlands, waste disposal, and water shortgages.
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The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal.
 
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It is surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
===By Boat===
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===By plane===
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Air Asia offers an [http://www.airasia.com/my/en/our-connections/island-and-city-transfers.page island transfer] package that includes a flight from [[Bangkok]] to [[Hat Yai]], a bus to [[Pak Bara]], and a ferry to Ko Lipe.
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===By boat===
  
 
The following companies operate boats in the high season (November to May):
 
The following companies operate boats in the high season (November to May):
  
* '''Adang Sea Tours''' [http://www.adangseatour.com/timet.html] operates three daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving [[Pak Bara]] at 11:30, 12:30, and 14:30. The speedboats stop at [[Ko Tarutao]] or Ko Bulone. The journey from [[Pak Bara]] takes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00, 10:00, and 13:30 for the return trip.
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* '''Adang Sea Tours''' [http://www.adangseatour.com/timet.html] operates three daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving [[Pak Bara]] at 11:30, 12:30, and 14:30. The speedboats stop at [[Ko Tarutao]] or Ko Bulone. The journey from [[Pak Bara]] takes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. If you book directly in Pak Bara pier, then it will cost 500 baht plus 20 baht entrance fee. Note: the boats stops in open water pier at Pattaya beach and 70 baht must be paid for water taxi to reach the coast. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00, 10:00, and 13:30 for the return trip.
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* '''Bundaya Resorts''' [http://www.bundhayaresort.com/eng/transfer.html] and Lipe Speedboat Company also operates speedboats from [[Pak Bara]] and [[Langkawi]], leaving at similar times and costing the same as above.
  
 
*  '''Forra Speedboats''' [http://www.forraspeedboat.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Id=538787379] operates two daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving [[Pak Bara]] at 11:30 and 13:30. The speedboats stop at [[Ko Tarutao]]. The journey from [[Pak Bara]] takes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00 and 10:00 for the return trip.
 
*  '''Forra Speedboats''' [http://www.forraspeedboat.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Id=538787379] operates two daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving [[Pak Bara]] at 11:30 and 13:30. The speedboats stop at [[Ko Tarutao]]. The journey from [[Pak Bara]] takes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00 and 10:00 for the return trip.
  
* '''Bundaya Resorts''' [http://www.bundhayaresort.com/eng/transfer.html] and Lipe Speedboat Company also operates speedboats from [[Pak Bara]], leaving at similar times and costing the same as above.
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* '''Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club''' [http://www.tarutaolipeisland.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Ntype=1&Id=383724] operates a daily boat from [[Ko Lanta]], leaving at 13:00 and stopping at Ko Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Bulone, before reaching Ko Lipe at 16:00. The boat leaves Ko Lipe at 09:00 for the return trip. The company offers transfers to this boat from [[Phuket]]. The company also operates two daily speedboats from [http://telaga-terminal.com Telaga Terminal] @ [http://www.telagaharbour.com Telaga Harbour Marina]  in [[Langkawi]], [[Malaysia]], 42 km from Ko Lipe. These boats dock at the south end of Pattaya Beach. The boats leave [[Langkawi]] at 09:30 and 14:30 for the 60 minute journey, costing approximately 120 ringgit. The boats leave Ko Lipe for the return journey at 10:30 and 16:30.
 
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* '''Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club''' [http://www.tarutaolipeisland.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Ntype=1&Id=383724] operates a daily boat from [[Ko Lanta]], leaving at 13:00 and stopping at Ko Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Bulone, before reaching Ko Lipe at 16:00. The boat leaves Ko Lipe at 09:00 for the return trip. The company offers transfers to this boat from [[Phuket]]. The company also operates two daily speedboats from [http://telaga-terminal.com Telaga Terminal] @ [http://www.telagaharbour.com Telaga Harbour Marina]  in [[Langkawi]], [[Malaysia]], 42 km from Ko Lipe. These boats dock at the south end of Pattaya Beach. The boats leave [[Langkawi]] at 09:30 and 14:30 for the 60 minute journey, costing approximately RM 120. The boats leave Ko Lipe for the return journey at 10:30 and 16:30.
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* '''Tigerline Ferries''' [http://www.tigerlinetravel.com/index.php?cat=lineboat&new_language=1] operates a daily speedboat to/from [[Langkawi]], leaving Langkawi at 08:00 and arriving at Ko Lipe at 09:00, and returns from Ko Lipe to Langkawi at 16:00. The trip costs 1,200 baht.
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* '''Tigerline Ferries''' [http://www.tigerlinetravel.com/index.php?cat=lineboat&new_language=1] operates a daily speedboat to/from [[Langkawi]], leaving Langkawi at 08:00 and arriving at Ko Lipe at 09:00, and returns from Ko Lipe to Langkawi at 16:00. The trip costs 1,200 baht. The company also operates a daily speedboat to/from Hat Yao Pier in [[Trang]], leaving Ko Lipe at 10:00 and arriving in [[Trang]] at 12:30. The trip costs 750 baht. The company offers continuing boat service to [[Ko Lanta]] (1,500 baht total, arrives 15:30), and [[Phi Phi]] (1,800 baht total, arrives 17:00). For the journey to Ko Lipe, the boats leave [[Phi Phi]] at 08:00 and arrive in Ko Lipe at 15:30.
The company also operates a daily speedboat to/from Hat Yao Pier in [[Trang]], leaving Ko Lipe at 10:00 and arriving in [[Trang]] at 12:30. The trip costs 750 baht. The company offers continuing boat service to [[Ko Lanta]] (1,500 baht total, arrives 15:30pm), and [[Phi Phi]] (1,800 baht total, arrives 17:00pm). For the journey to Ko Lipe, the boats leave [[Phi Phi]] at 08:00 and arrive in Ko Lipe at 15:30pm.
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In the low season, there is one boat per day  from [[Pak Bara]] leaving at 11:30.
 
In the low season, there is one boat per day  from [[Pak Bara]] leaving at 11:30.
  
Ferries are met by longtail boats offering transfers to anywhere on Ko Lipe for an additional 50 baht/person (non-negotiable).
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Ferries are met by long-tail boats offering transfers to anywhere on Ko Lipe for an additional 50 baht/person (non-negotiable).
  
 
Health and Safety tip: Speedboats can often bounce off the waves at very high speeds and passengers can get quite strong jolts into the non-sprung seats, so persons with back or neck problems should not travel on the speedboats, but on the ferry. There have been reports of serious back injuries happening on the speedboats.
 
Health and Safety tip: Speedboats can often bounce off the waves at very high speeds and passengers can get quite strong jolts into the non-sprung seats, so persons with back or neck problems should not travel on the speedboats, but on the ferry. There have been reports of serious back injuries happening on the speedboats.
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
All of Ko Lipe can be covered on foot, although its size at first can be a little deceiving. There are few motorcycles around the island, none of which are for rent. There are no cars on the island. Longtail boats will take you from any point on the island to any other point on the island for 50 baht. Small concrete roads link the various beaches.
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All of Ko Lipe can be covered on foot, although its size at first can be a little deceiving. There are few motorcycles around the island, none of which are for rent. There are no cars on the island. Long-tail boats will take you from any point on the island to any other point on the island for 50 baht. Small concrete roads link the various beaches. There are some motorcycle taxis that can take you around the island for 50-200 baht.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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* <see name="Beaches" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Ko Lipe's beaches feature clear, calm, and shallow water. There are four main beaches to relax on: Pattaya Beach in the south the most popular beach; Sunrise Beach on the east, near the Chao Ley village; Karma Beach in the north which faces the Adang/Lipe channel; and Sunset Beach in the west, which as the name implies, faces the sunset.</see>
 
* <see name="Beaches" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Ko Lipe's beaches feature clear, calm, and shallow water. There are four main beaches to relax on: Pattaya Beach in the south the most popular beach; Sunrise Beach on the east, near the Chao Ley village; Karma Beach in the north which faces the Adang/Lipe channel; and Sunset Beach in the west, which as the name implies, faces the sunset.</see>
  
* <see name="Buddhist Temple" alt="" address="" directions="Center of the island" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Very Small</see>
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* <see name="Buddhist Temple" alt="" address="" directions="centre of the island" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Very small.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Note that '''fishing''' is illegal near the island, so stay away from fishing trips and do not purchase locally-caught fish.
  
 
===Diving===
 
===Diving===
 
 
The reefs around Ko Lipe are largely intact; the 2004 tsunami had little impact here. Around Ko Lipe are some Thailand's best reefs all within easy reach:
 
The reefs around Ko Lipe are largely intact; the 2004 tsunami had little impact here. Around Ko Lipe are some Thailand's best reefs all within easy reach:
  
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* <do name="Ko Langcha">Between Langcha and Adang is a very nice coral garden really worth the effort both for divers and snorkellers as near-perfect gardens shelter all sorts including rays and eels.</do>
 
* <do name="Ko Langcha">Between Langcha and Adang is a very nice coral garden really worth the effort both for divers and snorkellers as near-perfect gardens shelter all sorts including rays and eels.</do>
  
Currents: The currents here are predominantly tidal which means that at certain times of the month strong currents exist. At other times, none at all. You can always find somewhere good to dive but the widest selection of dive sites is available twice a month, following the half moon.</do>
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Currents: The currents here are predominantly tidal which means that at certain times of the month strong currents exist. At other times, none at all. You can always find somewhere good to dive but the widest selection of dive sites is available twice a month, following the half moon.
 
   
 
   
Big Stuff: You can see numerous sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. Sightings of the big guys are more likely on sites around the edge of the marine park, nearer the deeper waters. For the best chance, try to visit 8 mile rock, Stonehenge or Ko Pung.</do>
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Big Stuff: You can see numerous sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. Sightings of the big guys are more likely on sites around the edge of the marine park, nearer the deeper waters. For the best chance, try to visit 8 Mile Rock, Stonehenge or Ko Pung.
  
 
===Dive shops===
 
===Dive shops===
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*<do name="Adang Sea Divers" alt="info@adangseadivers.com" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 80 7041633" url="http://www.adangseadivers.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Professional, multilingual, and experienced instructors and dive masters. 1 to 3 dives a day from speedboat (the only dive centre on Lipe offering speedboat dives). Night diving,  PADI, SDI, and Nitrox courses. Small intimate groups. Specialised in underwater photography.</do>
  
There are several dive shops on the island:
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*<do name="Castaway Divers" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 87 4781516" url="http://www.kohlipedivers.com/" hours="" lat="" long="" email="lipe-divers@castaway-resorts.com" fax="">Multilingual, experienced instructors. Offers night diving, PADI, SDI, and freediving courses. Snorkelling trips are run separately from the dive boats daily for only 650 baht (including lunch & equipment). Specialises in small intimate groups. The only diveshop on the island to offer recreational AIDA certification Freediving courses. Discover a new way to explore the underwater world by holding your breath! Learn breathing techniques, duck diving, static and dynamic apnea, and learn how to free dive in a safe and relaxed manner. Please check 'Freediving Thailand' on Facebook for more info.</do>
  
*<do name="Adang Sea Divers" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 807 04 16 33" url="http://www.adangseadivers.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Professional, multilingual & experienced instructors and dive masters. 1 to 3 dives a day from speedboat. Night diving, Liveaboards to other destinations, PADI, SDI & Nitrox courses. Small intimate groups. Specialised in underwater photography.</do>
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*<do name="Davy Jones Locker" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 890 465371" url="http://djlkohlipediving.com/" hours="" price="" lat="6.487424906560684" long="99.30009841918945" email="djlkohlipediving@gmail.com" fax="">Experienced instructors teaching all PADI courses from beginner to dive master level. Daily trips for certified divers to all the best dive sites around Ko Lipe. Free accommodation for divers and students available when you book online.</do>
  
*<do name="Castaway Divers" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 874 781-516" url="http://www.kohlipedivers.com/" hours="" price="2 dives/2,500+ baht" lat="" long="" email="lipe-divers@castaway-resorts.com" fax="">Multilingual, experienced instructors. Offers night diving, PADI, SDI and freediving courses. Snorkelling trips are run separately from the dive boats daily for only 650 baht (including lunch & equipment). Specialises in small intimate groups.</do>
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*<do name="Forra Diving" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 89 6731121 or +66 84 4075691" url="http://www.forradiving.com" hours="" price="2,500 baht for 2 dives" lat="" long="" email="forratravel_diving@hotmail.com" fax="">Multilingual, experienced instructors. Offers night diving, PADI courses, and liveaboard diving trips. Snorkellers are welcome to tag along on day trips for only 500 baht (including lunch & equipment). Consistently gets great reviews from divers.</do>
  
*<do name="Davy Jones Locker" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 890 465 371" url="http://www.scubadivekohlipe.com" hours="" price="" lat="6.487424906560684" long="99.30009841918945" email="info@scubadivekohlipe.com" fax="">Experienced instructors teaching all PADI courses from beginner to dive master level. Daily trips for certified divers to all the best dive sites around Ko Lipe. Free accommodation for divers and students available when you book online.</do>
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*<do name="Ko Lipe Diving" alt="" address="" directions="Walking Street" phone="+66 88 3977749 or +66 87 6226204" url="http://www.kolipediving.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="contact@kolipediving.com">Highly rated and reputable dive center providing top-notch customer service. Offers daily dive trips for certified divers, PADI courses from Open Water to Divemaster, introductory dives for complete beginners. Snorkelers welcome to join dive trips. Private diving/snorkeling/island exploration trips can be arranged. Underwater cameras for rent. Spacious, comfortable 25m dive boat. Professional instructors with years of experience working on the island. Multilingual team speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, Malay, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin).</do>
  
*<do name="Forra Diving" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 89673 1121 or +66 84407 5691" email="forratravel_diving@hotmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.forradiving.com" hours="" price="2,500 baht for 2 dives">Multilingual, experienced instructors. Offers night diving, PADI courses, and liveaboard diving trips. Snorkellers are welcome to tag along on day trips for only 500 baht (including lunch & equipment). Consistently gets great reviews from divers.</do>
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*<do name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="info@lotusdive.com" fax=""></do>
  
*<do name="Ko Lipe Diving" alt="" address="" directions="Walking St, 150 meters from Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 88 39 777 49 or +66 87 622 6204" url="http://www.kolipediving.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="contact@kolipediving.com">Newest PADI dive center on Ko Lipe. Offers daily dive trips for certified divers, PADI courses from absolute beginner to dive master, PADI TecRec courses from Discover TEC to TEC50. 25 m dive boat.  Professional instructors with years of experience working on the island. Multilingual team speaks English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Malay, Thai, and Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin).</do>
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*<do name="Ocean Pro Divers" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.oceanprodivers.net/" hours="" price="2,600 baht for 2 dives, 3,200 baht for three dives">Canadian owner.The first authorized Padi TecRec Dive Center at Koh Lipe 20 m boat, the M.V. Chalalai. Rates include all equipment and a buffet lunch. Snorkellers are welcome to tag along for 500 baht.</do>
  
*<do name="Lotus Dive @ Pooh's" directions="in the middle of the island" phone="" email="info@lotusdive.com " fax="" url="http://www.lotusdive.com/" hours="" price="">Professional. PADI courses, from Discover Scuba all the way up to dive master.</do>
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* <do name="Sabye Diving" alt="" address="" directions="locations on Sunset Beach" phone="+66 74 728026" url="http://www.sabye-sports.com" hours="" price="PADI open-dive courses: 12,900 baht." Day trips with two dives: 2,000 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Diving rates aren't the cheapest. All-inclusive two or three day packages. Specialties are PADI courses and underwater photography.</do>
  
*<do name="Ocean Pro" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.oceanprodivers.net/" hours="" price="2,600 baht for 2 dives, 3,200 baht for three dives">Canadian owner. 20 m boat, the M.V. Chalailai. Rates include all equipment and a buffet lunch. Snorkellers are welcome to tag along for 500 baht.</do>
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* <do name="Satun Dive" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach Blvd" phone="+66 86 9461271" url="http://www.satundive.com" hours="Open all year" price="Cheap" lat="" long="">Excellent diving and snorkelling guides.  All PADI courses available.  The best service, price, and atmosphere on the island.</do>
 
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* <do name="Sabye Diving" alt="" address="" directions="locations on Sunset Beach" phone="+66 74 72 8026" url="http://www.sabye-sports.com" hours="" price="PADI open-dive courses: 12,900 baht" Day trips with two dives: 2,000 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Diving rates aren't the cheapest. All-inclusive two or three day packages. Specialties are PADI courses and underwater photography.</do>
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* <do name="Satun Dive" alt="" address="" directions="locations on Pattaya and Sunrise Beaches" phone="+66 86 946 1271" url="http://www.satundive.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> Excellent snorkelilng and diving guides.  All PADI courses available.  Excellent service and atmosphere.</do>
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===Other activities===
 
===Other activities===
 
 
* <do name="Day Trips to Nearby Islands" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="800 to 1,000 baht">Pirate Falls and Chado Cliff on Ko Adang, and the dense jungle on Ko Rawi are recommended visits.</do>
 
* <do name="Day Trips to Nearby Islands" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="800 to 1,000 baht">Pirate Falls and Chado Cliff on Ko Adang, and the dense jungle on Ko Rawi are recommended visits.</do>
  
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* <do name="Massages" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">There are plenty of places to get a massage, including an offshoot of the Wat Po massage school, located in the centre of the island. Also Castaway Resort has a lovely little spa with sea views.</do>
 
* <do name="Massages" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">There are plenty of places to get a massage, including an offshoot of the Wat Po massage school, located in the centre of the island. Also Castaway Resort has a lovely little spa with sea views.</do>
  
* <do name="Snorkelling" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The calm, clear water makes the Ko Lipe area ideal for snorkelling, with 25% of the world's tropical fish species found in the area. There are large varieties of fish around the coral just 20 m off all of the the beaches. Ko Lipe is surrounded by over 30 islands and hundreds of reefs all within easy reach of the island. Tarutao National Park is one of Asia’s oldest marine parks thus the reefs and the islands surrounding Ko Lipe are in very good condition. nowhere else on the Southeast Asian peninsula will you find so many excellent snorkel sites so easily reached.</do>
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* <do name="Snorkelling" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The calm, clear water makes the Ko Lipe area ideal for snorkelling, with 25% of the world's tropical fish species found in the area. There are large varieties of fish around the coral just 20 m off all of the beaches. Ko Lipe is surrounded by over 30 islands and hundreds of reefs all within easy reach of the island. Tarutao National Park is one of Asia’s oldest marine parks thus the reefs and the islands surrounding Ko Lipe are in very good condition. nowhere else on the Southeast Asian peninsula will you find so many excellent snorkel sites so easily reached.</do>
  
* <do name="Freediving" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Freediving as a recognized activity has only been around for 100 years, but people have been practicing diving deep without equipment for thousands of years. On Lipe it's in its early days and so far only one dive operator on the island offers it as a course.</do>
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* <do name="Freediving" alt="" address="Sunrise Beach" directions="Castaway Divers " phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Freediving as a recognized activity has only been around for 100 years, but people have been practising diving deep without equipment for thousands of years. On Lipe only one dive operator on the island offers it as a AIDA certification courses available only at Castaway Divers on Sunrise beach, see above (Diveshops). Find 'Freediving Thailand' on Facebook for more info. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques, finning techniques, static and dynamic apnea and learn to dive in a safe and relaxed manner.</do>
  
* <do name="Sailing" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 77457002" url="http://www.adventure-cruises.net" hours="" price="1,500 to 6,000 Baht" lat="" long="" email="info@adventure-cruises.net" fax="">Sailing around Ko Lipe and within the Butang Group is certainly the most chilled way to explore these natural gems. There are day sailing trips with snorkelling activities or liveaboard sailing cruises within the Butang Group or as far as Ko Tarutao national marine park.</do>
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* <do name="Sailing" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 77457002" url="http://www.adventure-cruises.net" hours="" price="1,500 to 6,000 baht" lat="" long="" email="info@adventure-cruises.net" fax="">Sailing around Ko Lipe and within the Butang Group is certainly the most chilled way to explore these natural gems. There are day sailing trips with snorkelling activities or liveaboard sailing cruises within the Butang Group or as far as Ko Tarutao National Marine Park.</do>
  
 
* <do name="Ocean Hiker Sailing School" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 77457002" url="http://www.ocean-hiker.com" hours="" price="2,500 to 29,900 baht" lat="" long="" email="info@ocean-hiker.com" fax="">Sailing intro courses or 5 day sailing courses on an ocean-going sailing yacht leading to a Ocean Hiker Competent Crew Certification, the first step to start your sailing career .</do>
 
* <do name="Ocean Hiker Sailing School" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 77457002" url="http://www.ocean-hiker.com" hours="" price="2,500 to 29,900 baht" lat="" long="" email="info@ocean-hiker.com" fax="">Sailing intro courses or 5 day sailing courses on an ocean-going sailing yacht leading to a Ocean Hiker Competent Crew Certification, the first step to start your sailing career .</do>
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* <do name="Trash Hero Koh Adang" alt="" address="Pattaya Beach" directions="" phone="" email="trashhero@worldaround.ch" fax="" url="http://www.facebook.com/trashherokohadang" hours="" price="for free">Come to Join in every Monday to help locals and tourists alike keep the Adang archipelago free from ocean trash! The Trash Hero team have charged themselves to be the guardians of this wonderful area. Every Monday at 10:00am the Team meets under the walking street sign on Pattaya beach to go to various beaches around the archipelago and collect every last plastic bottle, old flip flop, degraded styrofoam float, chip packet, shampoo bottle, etc. Until the beach is reverting back to it's original state. Trash Hero is a non profit organization supported by various local businesses on Koh Lipe, who help by providing boats, trash bags, food and drinks each week for the team each week. </do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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There are currently 3 ATMs on the island. One is located at 7-Eleven on Walking Street. Another is across from Pooh's Restaurant at the Sunrise end of Walking Street, and the third is in front of Harmony Bed & Breakfast.
  
There are no ATMs on Ko Lipe. The Internet cafe along the main street will change travellers cheques at reasonable exchange rates. You can have your your Visa or Mastercard charged in exchange for cash back at Varin Resorts (7% fee), Pooh's (8% fee), and an Internet cafe near Ko Lipe Travel on the small road (5% fee). Bundhaya Resort offers the best exchange rates for dollars, euros, pounds or ringgit, but the rate is less than you would receive in a major city.
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Many travel agencies or hotels will offer to charge your debit/credit card and give you the cash in exchange for a 5-8% fee.
  
==Eat==
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For currency exchange, Bundhaya Resort offers the best exchange rates for dollars, euros, pounds or ringgit, but the rate is less than you would receive in a major city.
  
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==Eat==
 
Most of the hotels serve food and drinks. In addition, there are several stand-alone restaurants:
 
Most of the hotels serve food and drinks. In addition, there are several stand-alone restaurants:
  
 
* <eat name="Banana Leaf" alt="" address="" directions="inland" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Serves average food, but drink prices are good and they play movies every night on a big projection screen.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Banana Leaf" alt="" address="" directions="inland" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Serves average food, but drink prices are good and they play movies every night on a big projection screen.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Elephant Books &amp; Coffee" alt="" address="Walking Street, near Pattaya Beach" directions="across from Roti Mina, next to Bamboo Tattoo" phone="0896461082 (from within Thailand) or +66 89 646 1082" url="http://www.elephantkohlipe.com" hours="08:00-24:00" price="40-300 baht" lat="" long="" email="jess@elephantkohlipe.com" fax="">An East-meets-West bookstore, selling and buying used books in English as well as other languages, including Swedish, German, Norwegian and Italian, and also selling goods that are handmade on the island, including beaded necklaces unique to South Thailand, packable beach bags and wristlet-purses made from local batiks. Also a coffee house, offering a bistro menu with full-bar, wine and beer. The owners, transplants from San Francisco, serve up fresh, Western-style espresso drinks, hot and iced tea, and fruit shakes to compliment sweet and savory bakery items, Western breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads and (aged beef) burgers. Picnic takeaways can be ordered for lounging on the beach, or to take on snorkelling, dive and longtail tours. They also offer Internet stations and WiFi, a private Skype booth, board games, movie nights, late night TV sporting events, and if you happen to play guitar, you're invited to share your talents using the shop's guitars, or join with the Thai staff to learn traditional (and not so traditional) Thai songs. </eat>
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* <eat name="ELEPHANT American Coffee House" "alt=formerly Elephant Books & Coffee" "url=http://www.elephantkohlipe.com" "email=jess@elephantkohlipe.com" "address=Walking Street, near Pattaya Beach" "phone= +66 88 850 1473" "hours=07:30am-01:00am""price=40-800 baht'> ''On Walking Street, near Pattaya beach across from the Pink Market'' (UPDATE Oct. 2014: Previously ELEPHANT was two separate establishments: Elephant Books & Coffee and Longtail Bar. The owners have combined the two into one restaurant-bar-coffee house at the Longtail Bar location, just across the street from where Elephant Books & Coffee used to be). An East-meets-West American-style coffee house (owners are from San Francisco and Thailand), with expertly crafted coffee drinks, homemade bakery, well-prepared breakfasts, including homemade toasted muesli and lots of crispy bacon. Other menu items include proper American burgers (imported beef), sandwiches, a large selection of fresh salads, fresh baked bread, and even a to-die-for 16-hour smoked pulled pork sandwich! Dinner options include imported Australian strip loin steaks cooked to temperature, pan seared salmon, and pork chops with sauteed apples. There is a full bar built into an actual 10-meter longtail boat, which offers a hand-picked selection of Thai and imported wines, a cocktail list that features very affordable cocktails made with artisan Thai spirits, as well as high-end imported liquor. Every night starting at about 9:30pm, the now infamous Banana Band serves up Thai and English music in a relaxed setting. The Band's motto is "if you're in the bar, you're in the band" - meaning everyone can join the fun!! KITCHEN OPEN UNTIL 12:30AM </eat>
  
* <eat Name="Flour Power Bakery" directions="Sunset Beach, next to Sabye Divers" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="cinnamon buns: 60 baht, brownies: 40 baht; pies: 80 baht"> There is absolutely brilliant banana cake in small aluminum box shapes. The seats are somewhat hidden behind the house. Western breakfasts and sandwiches are served with their hearty whole-grain bread.</eat>
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* <eat Name="Flour Power Bakery" directions="Sunset Beach, next to Sabye Divers" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="cinnamon buns: 60 baht, brownies: 40 baht; pies: 80 baht"> There is absolutely brilliant banana cake in small aluminium box shapes. The seats are somewhat hidden behind the house. Western breakfasts and sandwiches are served with their hearty whole-grain bread.</eat>
  
 
* <eat name="Jack's Jungle" alt="" address="inland between Sunset and Sunrise beaches" directions="inland" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A really lovely spot when you want to get off the beach and eat surrounded by nice cool, green jungle. The Thai food is fantastic (especially the coconut soups) and you can order to mild to Thai-style spicy. The banana-lime pancakes are especially great. </eat>
 
* <eat name="Jack's Jungle" alt="" address="inland between Sunset and Sunrise beaches" directions="inland" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A really lovely spot when you want to get off the beach and eat surrounded by nice cool, green jungle. The Thai food is fantastic (especially the coconut soups) and you can order to mild to Thai-style spicy. The banana-lime pancakes are especially great. </eat>
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* <eat name="Pancake Lady" alt="" address="" directions="island centre" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The best pancakes in Thailand. Choose from fillings like coconut, banana, and chocolate. Delicious smoothies sold in plastic cups.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Pancake Lady" alt="" address="" directions="island centre" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The best pancakes in Thailand. Choose from fillings like coconut, banana, and chocolate. Delicious smoothies sold in plastic cups.</eat>
  
* <eat name="PeeWee Bakery" alt="" address="inland on Walking Street, 10 m east of Pattaya Beach" directions="Inland" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A popular breakfast spot that has a good bakery adjoining that serves bagels and cinnamon rolls. The service can be rude and unhelpful, but still worth it.  </eat>
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* <eat name="PeePee Bakery" alt="" address="inland on Walking Street, 10 m east of Pattaya Beach" directions="Inland" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A popular breakfast spot that has a good bakery adjoining that serves bagels and cinnamon rolls. The service can be rude and unhelpful, but still worth it.  </eat>
  
* <eat name="Sunrise Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Friendly place, directly on the beach, very good Thai food, not expensive. </eat>
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* <eat name="Sunrise Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Friendly place, directly on the beach, very good Thai food, inexpensive.</eat>
  
== Drink ==
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==Drink==
 
Most of the hotels serve food and drinks. In addition, there are several stand-alone bars:
 
Most of the hotels serve food and drinks. In addition, there are several stand-alone bars:
  
* <drink name="Mom's Tattoo Bar" address="Walking St, near Pattaya Beach" email="tattoobarlipe@gmail.com" drinks="kamikazees, capirhainia, mojito, mai tais" price="60-180 baht"> An intimate bar, where anyone can be a "regular" on their first visit. Tasty drinks mix well with good conversation and crazy-good music. Best place to lose an hour or five while making new friends or just hanging out with the bar's namesake owner, "Mom" (who is also a legendary tattoo artist).</drink>  
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* <drink name="ELEPHANT (formerly Longtail Bar)" "url=http://www.elephantkohlipe.com" "email=jess@elephantkohlipe.com" "address=Walking Street, near Pattaya Beach" "phone= +66 88 850 1473" "hours=07:30am-01:00am""price=40-800 baht'> ''On Walking Street, near Pattaya beach across from the Pink Market'' (UPDATE Oct. 2014: Previously ELEPHANT was two separate establishments: Elephant Books & Coffee and Longtail Bar. The owners have combined the two into one restaurant-bar-coffee house at the Longtail Bar location, just across the street from where Elephant Books & Coffee used to be). American coffee house-style restaurant with a full bar built into an actual 10-meter longtail boat, which offers a hand-picked selection of Thai and imported wines, a cocktail list that features very affordable cocktails made with artisan Thai spirits, as well as high-end imported liquor. Every night starting at about 9:30pm, the now infamous '''Banana Band''' serves up Thai and English music in a relaxed setting. The Band's motto is "if you're in the bar, you're in the band" - meaning everyone can join the fun!! KITCHEN OPEN UNTIL 12:30AM </drink>
  
* <drink name="Mia LunA" address="Sunset Beach (Pirate Beach)" phone="" email="" "http://www.pirates4ever.de" fax="" hours="" price="" url="www.pirates4ever.de"></drink> DJs from all around the world play their music at Mia LunA. If you like electronic music, it's the place to go. Mia LunA organise parties like full moon, half moon and black moon.
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* <drink name="Barracuda Bar" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Right spot to see the sunset and stay all night for party. Often there are fire shows and you can get an pizza slice at a very fair price. There are beach pillows to chill out on when the bar gets rowdy.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Barracuda Bar" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Popular with young males, can get rowdy.</drink>
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* <drink name="Bila Beach Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="Bila Beach" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This is the only bar/restaurant on the little, but sweet, Bila Beach. Worth a visit and a great place to hang out with a group of friends for the day. </drink>
  
* <drink name="Cozy Cove" alt="" address="North end of Sunset Beach" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Great views and good tunes.</drink>
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* <drink name="Cocktail Bar" alt="" address="Walking St" directions="on the only turn on Walking St" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This is the bar: rough and alive, open and racy. They have a long list of cocktails, all fresh, very tasty and cheap (all for 100 baht). That is the place to be if you want to improvise your night.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Focus Bar" alt="" address="" directions="Inland" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Live Thai band every night. Can get crowded with people dancing on the sand. Random fire crackers.</drink>
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* <drink name="Cozy Cove" alt="" address="north end of Sunset Beach" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Great views and good tunes.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Jack's Jungle Bar" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="Beer costs 60-70 baht and food costs 70-150 baht" url="http://www.jacksjunglebar.com"></drink> Otherwise known as JJ's, is inland and is a must visit due to Jack's friendly personality. Jack also organizes parties every Saturday in the high season, some with live music.  
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* <drink name="Jack's Jungle Bar" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="Beer costs 60-70 baht and food costs 70-150 baht" url="http://www.jacksjunglebar.com">Otherwise known as JJ's, is inland and is a must-visit due to Jack's friendly personality. Jack also organises parties every Saturday in the high season, some with live music.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Peace &amp; Love" alt="" address="Pattaya Beach" directions="facing the ocean at the entrance of Walking St, go left past Time to Chill, Tiger Bar/Massage" phone="" url="" hours="if you're still drinking, they're still open" price="20-120 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A Lipe institution, offering a great beach vibe, well made drinks, and nightly fire shows (best on the island!). Hang out and talk to the bar's Muslim owners Chai and Yaad and learn about the island and the history of the South Andaman, or just take in the amazing beach views from your beach mat. Three bamboo bungalows available for rent behind the bar.</drink>
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* <drink name="Mom's Tattoo Bar" address="Walking St, near Pattaya Beach" email="tattoobarlipe@gmail.com" price="60-180 baht"> An intimate bar, where anyone can be a "regular" on their first visit. Tasty drinks mix well with good conversation and crazy-good music. Best place to lose an hour or five while making new friends or just hanging out with the bar's namesake owner, "Mom" (who is also a legendary tattoo artist).</drink>  
  
* <drink name="Reggae Bar" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Mellow scene. On February 6 celebrates Bob Marley's birthday with a 3-day music and culture festival.  
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* <drink name="Oh My God!" alt="" address="" directions="50 m from the intersection, at the end of Walking St (near Sunrise Beach) toward Chao Lay Village" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A locals favourite. Oh My God! (used to be called Oh's Pooh Bar) moved to a new location 50 m from the intersection, at the end of Walking St(near Sunrise Beach) and is home to the best burger on the island. There are pool tables and TVs (for watching big sports events), and there are usually a few local divers hanging out there. They also serve some delicious food and bar snacks. Open late. Also sells Swedish snus. </drink>
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* <drink name="Time to Chill" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Mellow scene.</drink>
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* <drink name="Peace &amp; Love" alt="" address="Pattaya Beach" directions="facing the ocean at the entrance of Walking St, go left past Time to Chill, Tiger Bar/Massage" phone="" url="" hours="if you're still drinking, they're still open" price="20-120 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A Lipe institution, offering a great beach vibe, well-made drinks, and nightly fire shows (best on the island!). Hang out and talk to the bar's Muslim owners Chai and Yaad and learn about the island and the history of the South Andaman, or just take in the amazing beach views from your beach mat. Three bamboo bungalows available for rent behind the bar.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Bila Beach Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="Bila beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is the only bar/restarant on the little but sweet Bila beach. Worth a visit and a great place to hang about with a group of friends for the day. </drink>
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* <drink name="Reggae Bar" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Mellow scene. On February 6 celebrates Bob Marley's birthday with a 3-day music and culture festival.</drink>
 
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* <drink name="Oh My God" alt="" address="" directions="50 meters from the intersection, at the end of Walking St (near Sunrise Beach) toward Chao Lay Village" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A locals favourite: Oh My God! (used to be called Oh's Pooh Bar) moved to a new location 50 m from the intersection, at the end of Walking St(near Sunrise Beach) and shakes up the best cocktails on the island. There are pool tables and TVs (for watching big sports events), and there are usually a few local divers hanging out there. They also serve some delicious food and bar snacks. Open late. Also sells Swedish snus. </drink>
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== Sleep ==
 
== Sleep ==
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There are over 60 guesthouses on the island. While some places may charge as little as 500 baht for very basic accommodation in the high season, these guesthouses sell out quickly. Most places will charge 1,000 baht+. Some hotels will have a sign advertising cheaper rates, but when you go inside to inquire, those rooms will inevitably be unavailable.
  
 
===Pattaya Beach===
 
===Pattaya Beach===
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* <sleep name="Akira" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://akiralipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 6,800 baht">One of the nicest places to stay on the island.</sleep>
  
*[http://sitaresort.com/ Sita Beach Resort], 3.5 star hotel on Pattaya Beach.  New and modern rooms are offered ranging from 3,000-15,000 baht.
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* <sleep name="Baan Kasirin 1" alt="" address="" directions="on the path from Pattaya Beach to Sunrise Beach, 100 m from the beach" phone="+66 84 3963567" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 850 to 1,250 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open Nov-May. Laundry service, satellite TV, mini mart.</sleep>
 
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* <sleep name="Baan Kasirin 1" alt="" address="" directions="on the path from Pattaya Beach to Sunrise Beach, 100 m from the beach" phone="+66 84 396-3567" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 850 to 1,250 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Laundry service, satellite TV,mini mart.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Baan Porn Guesthouse" alt="" address="" directions="behind Varin Resort" phone="+66 84 396 3567" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 500 baht. Air-con room: 700 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Two rows of concrete rooms looking onto an open dirt lot. Rooms are clean, with comfortable beds and wooden cupboards. The showers are cold water only.
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* <sleep name="Barracuda Bar and Bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 89 654 4720, +66 74 712 144" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 300 baht; tent: 200 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open year round. Cheapest bungalows on Pattaya Beach. Chao Ley-run. Bare-bones bungalows right on Pattaya Beach. The bungalows are rustic with hard mattresses on the floor and grungy toilets. The management is friendly enough, with broken English spoken. Noisy.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Blue Tribes" alt="" address="" directions="west end of Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="http://www.bluetribeslipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 1,000 to 1,500 baht; Fan cottage: 1,200 to 2,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. 13 spacious bungalows set around a garden. Some bungalows are right on the beach. There is a restaurant that serves Mediterranean “family style” cuisine and a nice reception/coffee lounge area that features chill music and serves fruit smoothies.
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* <sleep name="Brothers Seaview Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Located on a hill above it's own private beach on the Western end of Pattaya Beach." phone="" url="http://kohlipe.net/brothersseaview/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 900 to 1,100 baht;" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Five sea views.
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* <sleep name="Blue Tribes" alt="" address="" directions="west end of Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="http://www.bluetribeslipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 1,000 to 1,500 baht; Fan cottage: 1,200 to 2,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. 13 spacious bungalows set around a garden. Some bungalows are right on the beach. There is a restaurant that serves Mediterranean “family style” cuisine and a nice reception/coffee lounge area that features chill music and serves fruit smoothies.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Bonus Resort" alt="" address="" directions="middle of the island, about 400 m from Pattaya Beach and 200 m from Sunrise Beach." phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 500 to 800 baht; Fan cottage family room, 4 persons: 1,000 to 1,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May.Cheap bungalows in middle of the island. There are about 20 fan bungalows and 3 family rooms set among the garden-like jungle. Balcony, mosquito nets, bed, bathroom inside. Electricity 24/7.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Bonus Resort" alt="" address="" directions="middle of the island, about 400 m from Pattaya Beach and 200 m from Sunrise Beach." phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 500 to 800 baht; Fan cottage family room, 4 persons: 1,000 to 1,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May.Cheap bungalows in middle of the island. There are about 20 fan bungalows and 3 family rooms set among the garden-like jungle. Balcony, mosquito nets, bed, bathroom inside. Electricity 24/7.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Bundhaya Resort" alt="" address="" directions="southernmost resort on Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 74 750 248" url="http://www.bundhayaresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 600 to 1,300 baht; Fan cottage: 900 to 1,900 baht; Air-con room: 750 to 1,700 baht; Air-con cottage: 1,800 to 9,000 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. 80 bungalows. Fan rooms are in the back of the site and are grotty. Resort services include: snorkel and dive trips, mini mart, Internet, and laundry. There is a large open air restaurant and bar with a fantastic view of the beach. Breakfast is included. Decent exchange rates for major currencies available.
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* <sleep name="Bundhaya Resort" alt="" address="" directions="southernmost resort on Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 74 750248" url="http://www.bundhayaresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 600 to 1,300 baht; Fan cottage: 900 to 1,900 baht; Air-con room: 750 to 1,700 baht; Air-con cottage: 1,800 to 9,000 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. 80 bungalows. Fan rooms are in the back of the site and are grotty. Resort services include: snorkel and dive trips, mini mart, Internet, and laundry. There is a large open air restaurant and bar with a fantastic view of the beach. Breakfast is included. Decent exchange rates for major currencies.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Cafe Lipe" alt="" address="" directions="centre of Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 500-1,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">5 cute all-bamboo bungalows with fans, mosquito nets and verandas. Run by Bee and Darius. Homey atmosphere, friendly people. Restaurant features shaded tables right off the beach and serves healthy food like homemade bread, muesli, yogurt as well as Thai food, and the best coffee and muesli/yogurt for breakfast with shaded tables right off the beach.  
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* <sleep name="Cafe Lipe" alt="" address="" directions="centre of Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="http://www.cafe-lipe.com/ENG_service.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 500-1,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">5 cute all-bamboo bungalows with fans, mosquito nets and verandas. Run by Bee and Darius. Homey atmosphere, friendly people. Restaurant features shaded tables right off the beach and serves healthy food like home-made bread, muesli, yoghurt as well as Thai food, and the best coffee and muesli/yoghurt for breakfast with shaded tables right off the beach.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Daya Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Located at the west end of Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 80 508 2087" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 1,000 to 1,200 baht (low season price 350 baht); Fan cottage: 1,200 to 1,400 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Several fan bungalows close to the beach. Exteriors are painted in bright, sunny colours and have verandahs looking out onto lovely gardens. Bathrooms have cold water only. There is a very popular seafood restaurant. It's run by a local family the Chao Ley fishermen who bring their daily catch up the beach and serve it in the evenings. Its quite a large resort with at least 20 bungalows or more. The family live at the top and bottom entrances so there is some security including the guard dogs.  From this resort you can walk into the next one run by an Italian and have a great breakfast and pizza for lunch. One of the staff is called Bing and is a cool young guy, very helpful.  
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* <sleep name="Daya Resort" alt="" address="" directions="west end of Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 80 5082087" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 1,000 to 1,200 baht (low season price 350 baht); Fan cottage: 1,200 to 1,400 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Several fan bungalows close to the beach. Exteriors are painted in bright, sunny colours and have verandahs looking out onto lovely gardens. Bathrooms have cold water only. There is a very popular seafood restaurant. It's run by a local family, the Chao Ley fishermen who bring their daily catch up the beach and serve it in the evenings. Its quite a large resort with at least 20 bungalows or more. The family live at the top and bottom entrances so there is some security including the guard dogs.  From this resort you can walk into the next one run by an Italian and have a great breakfast and pizza for lunch. One of the staff is called Bing and is a cool young guy, very helpful.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Handicraft Bar &amp; Guesthouse" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach." phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open from November to May. Bungalows are covered with psychedelic shapes in bright neon colours. Roomy beds, and outdoor showers. Rooms are open to the elements, but there is mosquito netting.
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* <sleep name="Leepae Resort" alt="Lee Pae Resort" address="" directions="a few minutes walk west of the footpath to the centre and east side of the island." phone="+66 86 9407339" url="http://www.liperesort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 700 to 900 baht; Air-con bungalow: 1,400 to 1,800 baht; Air-con beachfront: 2,300 to 2,900 baht; Air-con beach front family: 2,800 to 3,600 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Attractively designed, with wooden clapboard siding and glass doors. Fan rooms are cramped, basic, and pretty grimy. Air-con rooms are more spacious. Most units shaded by trees, which helps with the heat. Room rates include breakfast for two. All air-con rooms have hot showers & cable TV.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Leepae Resort" alt="" address="" directions="a few minutes walk west of the footpath to the centre and east side of the island." phone="+66 86 940 7339" url="http://www.liperesort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 700 to 900 baht; Air-con bungalow: 1,400 to 1,800 baht; Air-con beachfront: 2,300 to 2,900 baht; Air-con beachfront family: 2,800 to 3,600 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The sign out front says "Lee Pae Resort." Attractively designed, with wooden clapboard siding and glass doors.  Fan rooms are cramped, basic, and pretty grimy. Air-con rooms are more spacious. Most units shaded by trees, which helps with the heat. Room rates include breakfast for two. All air-con rooms have hot showers & cable TV.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Paradise Cottage Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 500 to 1,800 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. 15 spacious bamboo bungalows with private bathroom, some directly on the beach.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Paradise Cottage Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 500 to 1,800 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. 15 spacious bamboo bungalows with private bathroom, some directly on the beach.
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* <sleep name="Pattaya Song" alt="" address="" directions="far west end of Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 86 9600418" url="http://www.pattayasonglipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 1,000 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Incredible views. The concrete bungalows are particularly unattractive, musty and damp, with splotches of mould on the walls. The bamboo huts are quite a bit brighter and tidier. To get to your room, you'll have to clamber over a maze of steps, stairs, and muddy paths. Open high season only.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Pattaya Song" alt="" address="" directions="far western end of Pattaya Beach" phone="+66 86 960 0418" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 300 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Incredible views. The concrete bungalows are particularly unattractive -- musty and damp, with splotches of mold on the walls. The bamboo huts are quite a bit brighter and tidier. To get to your room, you'll have to clamber over a maze of steps, stairs, and muddy paths. Open high season only.
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* <sleep name="Seaside Resort & Family Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="http://seasidekohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="1,700-2,300 baht, with significant discounts available." lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sita Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="http://www.sitaresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Air-con cottage: 3,800 to 20,900 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Lots of bungalows around a pool and more going up the hillside, a huge luxury development that is quite flash compared with the others.  
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* <sleep name="Sita Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="http://www.sitabeachresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Air-con cottage: 3,800 to 20,900 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Lots of bungalows around a pool and more going up the hillside, a huge luxury development that is quite flash compared with the others.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Thai Hut Resort" alt="" address="" directions="300 m from Pattaya Beach." phone="(+66 81 608 1134" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 800 to 1,290 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open from November to May. 10 nicely kept bungalows with good-sized rooms and small decks out front. No view. Air-conditioned and fan rooms.  Restaurant on-site.
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* <sleep name="Thai Hut Resort" alt="" address="" directions="300 m from Pattaya Beach." phone="+66 81 6081134" url="http://thaihutresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 800 to 1,290 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open from November to May. Ten nicely-kept bungalows with good-sized rooms and small decks out front. No view. Air-conditioned and fan rooms.  Restaurant on-site.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Varin Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="middle of Pattaya Beach, next to the path to Sunrise Beach and the village" phone="+66 74 728 080" url="http://www.varinbeachresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room: 600 to 700 baht; Fan cottage: 800 to 900 baht, Air-con room: 1,300 to 1,500 baht; air con cottage: 1,500 to 1,800 baht; air con villas: 2,000 to 3,500 baht, family 4-bed room: 5,000 to 5,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">From 2012 open all year. 100 bungalows in many different sizes. All rooms have 24 hour electricity, big windows, en suite bathrooms, towels, and a private terrace with chairs. The beds are reasonably comfortable and the pillows are divine. Longhouse rooms are the cheapest, but there's no soundproofing whatsoever. The air-conditioned villa has fridge and a TV with satellite channels. Resort services include Internet, massage, bar and restaurant. Air-con room rates include breakfast of fried rice, eggs, fried noodles, fruit. Villas have hot showers.
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* <sleep name="Varin Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="middle of Pattaya Beach, next to the path to Sunrise Beach and the village" phone="+66 74 728080" url="http://www.varinbeachresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 1,500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. 100 bungalows in many different sizes. All rooms have 24 hour electricity, big windows, en suite bathrooms, towels, and a private terrace with chairs. The beds are reasonably comfortable and the pillows are divine. Longhouse rooms are the cheapest, but there's no soundproofing whatsoever. The air-conditioned villa has fridge and a TV with satellite channels. Resort services include Internet, massage, bar and restaurant. Air-con room rates include breakfast of fried rice, eggs, fried noodles, fruit. Villas have hot showers.</sleep>
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===Sunrise Beach===
 
===Sunrise Beach===
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* <sleep name="Anda Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=" url="http://www.andaresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 3,800 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Andaman Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="north end of Sunrise Beach" phone=" url="http://www.andamanresortkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows 800+ baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Simple bungalows to exceptional with views. Quiet semi-private beach with gorgeous sunrises</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Adang Sea Divers" alt="" address="" directions="behind Sunrise Restaurant, next to Varin Village" phone="+66 80 7041366 url="http://www.adangseadivers.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows 800-1,600 baht, depending on season" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Brand new bungalows: 5 small cozy double fan rooms. Private fully equipped bathroom with hot/cold shower, kettle for tea and coffee in the room, terrasse on the garden side. Bungalows are cleaned  and towels are provided. The resort recycles its grey water and most of its wastes. Packages for accommodation and dives. </sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Adang Sea Divers" alt="" address="" directions="behind Sunrise Restaurant, next to Varin Village" phone="+66 807 041 366 url="http://www.adangseadivers.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows 1,200 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Brand new bungalows: 5 small cozy double fan rooms. Private fully equipped bathroom with hot/cold shower, kettle for tea and coffee in the room, terasse on the garden side. Bungalows are cleaned  and towels are provided.  
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* <sleep name="Castaway Resort & Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="at the south end of Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 83 1387472 or +66 81 1707605" url="http://kohlipe.castaway-resorts.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows 800 to 5,000 baht; house: 2,000 to 6,000 baht" lat="" long="" email="lipe@castaway-resorts.com" fax="">Open all year, Castaway is a stylish and comfortable accommodation on Ko Lipe. It has 43 wooden stilt bungalows with large decks with hammocks, some directly on the beach. Hmong blankets drape over the roomy beds, and fabric lanterns hang in the corner of the rooms. Cold water showers only. The bar and restaurant serves BBQ, Thai, and Western food. It's a nice place to chill out day or night with a cocktail. Also available are daily yoga sessions at 07:00 and 16:30.</sleep>
The resort recycles its grey water and most of its wastes. Packages for accommodation and dives. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Zanom Sunrise" alt="" address="" directions="south Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 8 7475-0494" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows from 480 baht in low-season" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Spacious and comfortable bungalows with fans (no air-conditioning) and private bathrooms (cold water only). The friendly local owners are also running a restaurant there, that is only opened in high season (mid November to mid May). They serve breakfast, coffee, drinks, seafood, and Thai-style fried fish. A few plastic tables are set up on the sand.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Forra Bamboo Resort &amp; Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 089 6731121" url="http://www.forradiving.com/en/accommodation.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 800 to 1,600 baht with a 25% discount available on the bungalow on the days that you dive with Forra." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. 18 well-designed, spacious bungalows, built from natural materials. Every bungalow has one four-poster bamboo double bed or  two platform-raised bunk beds with mosquito net and a large terrace and sea view. Some bungalows have a mezzanine floor with an upper window (for a good view!) and the option of a second bed. Each bungalow has a fan (electricity 08:00-10:30 and 17:30-24:00). Bungalows to sleep 1-4 people available. Advance reservations only accepted from divers. Restaurant serves home-made pizzas and cool drinks. Staff were indifferent and weren't interested in doing their job.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Forra Bamboo Resort &amp; Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 089 673-1121" url="http://www.forradiving.com/en/accommodation.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 800 to 1,600 baht with a 25% discount available on the bungalow on the days that you dive with Forra." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. 18 well-designed, spacious bungalows, built from natural materials. Every bungalow has one four-poster bamboo double bed or  two platform-raised bunk beds with mosquito net and a large terrace and sea view. Some bungalows have a mezzanine floor with an upper window (for a good view!) and the option of a second bed. Each bungalow has a fan (electricity 08:00-10:30 and 17:30-24:00). Bungalows to sleep 1-4 people available. Advance reservations only accepted from divers. Restaurant serves homemade pizzas and cool drinks. Staff were indifferent and weren't interested in doing their job.
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* <sleep name="Gipsy Resort" alt="" address="" directions="next to Forra dive resort" phone="+66 80 5976618" url="http://www.gipsyresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Half-concrete/half-bamboo bungalow: 850 baht; Concrete bungalow: 1600 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Two rows of thatched huts running off of the beach. Rooms are compact but attractive, with bamboo walls, big beds draped in mosquito netting, sunny open-air bathrooms. It can be a little difficult to track down management.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Gypsy Bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="next to Forra dive resort" phone="+66 80 597 6618" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Half-concrete/half-bamboo bungalow: 550 baht, Concrete bungalow: 650 baht (Jan 2009)" lat="" long="" email="gipsyresort@gmail.com" fax="">Open November to May. Two rows of thatched huts running off of the beach. Rooms are compact but attractive, with bamboo walls, big beds draped in mosquito netting, sunny open-air bathrooms. It can be a little difficult to track down management.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Idyllic Resort" directions="South Sunrise Beach" alt="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.idyllicconcept.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows 3,950-6,200 baht">Open all year. Contemporary concept resort. All rooms are nicely decorated and have a luxury finish. Resort services include a health spa, Wi-Fi, restaurant, and bar.</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="Idyllic Resort" directions="South Sunrise Beach" alt="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.idyllicconcept.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows 3,950-6,200 baht">Open all year. Contemporary concept resort. All rooms are nicely decorated and have a luxury finish. Resort services include a health spa, WiFi, restaurant, and bar.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Tarutao Cabana Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 74 732510" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 300 to 750 baht; Air-con bungalow: 600 to 1,750 baht; Family room: 800 to 2,400 baht; Tent: 500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">One of the cheapest hotels on the island. Open all year round. Managed by by Tigerline Travel -- the operators of the ferry service between Lipe and Langkawi, Malaysia. The bungalows are well-constructed and there is 24 hour electricity and all bungalows have a private porch, all with daily towel service and Western breakfast at the restaurant. The air-con bungalows have hot water and satellite TV. The on-site Chao Lay Coffee Shop serves only halal food to accommodate Malaysian Muslim visitors.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Tarutao Cabana" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 74 732 510" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 300 to 750 baht; Air-con bungalow: 600 to 1,750 baht; Family room: 800 to 2,400 baht; Tent: 500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year round. Managed by by Tigerline Travel -- the operators of the ferry service between Lipe and Langkawi, Malaysia. The bungalows are well-constructed and there is 24 hour electricity and all bungalows have a private porch, all with daily towel service and Western breakfast at the restaurant. The air-con bungalows have hot water and satellite TV. The on-site Chao Lay Coffee Shop serves only halal food to accommodate Malaysian Muslim visitors.  
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* <sleep name="Viewpoint Resort" directions="Sunrise Beach" alt="" address="" phone="+66 83 1933362" email="" fax="" url="http://nomadslipe.wix.com/viewpoint" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 600 to 1,800 baht">Open all year. one of the few Chao Lay-run resorts on Ko Lipe. Bungalows are built on a hill overlooking the bay, and some are a steep climb uphill and up stairs. The bungalows are pretty rustic and many have wide cracks between floorboards that can let in crawling creatures. Bungalows are outfitted with big beds with decent mattresses, fans, mosquito nets, and have Western bathrooms.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Viewpoint Resort" directions="Sunrise Beach" alt="" address="" phone="+66 83 193 3362" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 500 to 700 baht">Open all year. one of the few Chao Lay-run resorts on Ko Lipe. Bungalows are built on a hill overlooking the bay, and some are a steep climb uphill and up stairs. The bungalows are pretty rustic and many have wide cracks between floorboards that can let in crawling creatures. Bungalows are outfitted with big beds with decent mattresses, fans, mosquito nets, and have Western bathrooms.
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* <sleep name="Wapi Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.wapiresortkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 1,200 baht"></sleep>
</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Zanom Sunrise" alt="" address="" directions="south Sunrise Beach" phone="+66 87 4750494" url="http://zanomsunrise.webiz.co.th/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows from 750 baht in low-season" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Spacious and comfortable bungalows with fans (no air-conditioning) and private bathrooms (cold water only). The friendly local owners also run a restaurant there that is only open in high season (mid-November to mid-May). They serve breakfast, coffee, drinks, seafood, and Thai-style fried fish. A few plastic tables are set up on the sand.</sleep>
  
 
===Karma Beach===
 
===Karma Beach===
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* <sleep name="Mountain Resort" alt="" address="" directions="east end of Sunset Beach, northern tip of Lipe Island, facing the Ko Lipe/Adang channel" phone="" url="http://www.mountainresortkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="reservations@mountainresortkohlipe.com">Most rooms feature hot water, satellite TV, a private deck, and spectacular views of the bay. 24 hour electricity. Breakfast included. Mountain Beach Bar offers drinks & massages on the beach.  Discounted rates available for on-line reservations. Credit cards accepted.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Mountain Resort"  directions="eastern end of Sunset Beach, northern tip of Lipe Island, facing the Ko Lipe/Adang channel" phone="" email="reservations@mountainresortkohlipe.com" url="http://www.mountainresortkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Most rooms feature hot water, satellite TV, a private deck, and spectacular views of the bay. 24 hour electricity. Breakfast included. Mountain Beach Bar offers drinks & massages on the beach.  Discounted rates available for on-line reservations.  Credit cards accepted at the resort.</sleep>
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===Sunset, Bila & Sanom Beaches (Northwest Coast)===  
 
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* <sleep name="Bila Beach Bunglaows" alt="" address="" directions="Bila Beach, near Sunset Beach" phone="+66 80 5392056" url="http://www.bilabeach.asia/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 1,000 to 1,500 baht;" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Bila Beach is a secluded bungalow bar and bistro in the jungle on the sunset side of Ko Lipe. Accommodation includes 3 private bamboo bungalows and 1 dormitory. Free Wi-Fi and unlimited use of snorkelling gear is included in the bungalow tariff. Open year round.</sleep>
===Sunset Beach and Bila & Sanom Beaches===  
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* <sleep name="Fisheries Department Bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="rocky end of Sunset beach" phone="+66 87 478-7958" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 250 to 500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Snorkelling masks and fins can be hired for 100 baht. Six bungalows on the beach overlooking Ko Adang with attached bathrooms. Bungalow #1 has the most panoramic view. The bungalows are run by a talkative government employee who speaks good English. The restaurant operates only during the low season.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Porn Resort" directions="Sunset beach" alt="" address="" phone="+66 89 464 5765 " email="" fax="" url="http://www.pornresortkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 400 to 700 baht; Tent: 150 baht">Open from November to May. The only resort on Sunset Beach. One of the more quiet sleeping options on Ko Lipe. 29 fan bungalows in different sizes. Electricity from 18:00-22:00. All bungalows have thin mattresses on wooden platforms and a fan. Tent renters get use of bathrooms. Popular restaurant. Visa & Mastercard accepted for a 5% fee. Porn means "blessing" in Thai.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Fisheries Department Bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="rocky end of Sunset beach" phone="+66 87 4787958" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 250 to 500 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Snorkelling masks and fins can be hired for 100 baht. Six bungalows on the beach overlooking Ko Adang with attached bathrooms. Bungalow #1 has the most panoramic view. The bungalows are run by a talkative government employee who speaks good English. The restaurant operates only during the low season.</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="Bila Beach" alt="" address="" directions="Bila Beach, near Sunset Beach" phone="+66 80 539 2056" url="http://www.bilabeach.asia/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 1000 to 1500 baht;" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Bila Beach is a secluded Boutique Bungalow Bar & Bistro nestled in the jungle on the sunset side of Ko Lipe. Accommodation includes 3 private bamboo bungalows and 1 dormitory. Free WiFi and unlimited use of snorkelling gear is included in the bungalow tariff. Open year round.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Porn Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Sunset Beach" phone="+66 89 4645765" url="http://www.pornresortkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan bungalow: 400 to 700 baht; Tent: 150 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open from November to May. The only resort on Sunset Beach. One of the more quiet sleeping options on Ko Lipe. 29 fan bungalows in different sizes. Electricity from 18:00-22:00. All bungalows have thin mattresses on wooden platforms and a fan. Tent renters get use of bathrooms. Popular restaurant. Visa & MasterCard accepted for a 5% fee. Porn means "blessing" in Thai.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Brothers Seaview Resort, Sanom Beach" alt="" address="" directions="Up the hill at Sanom Beach, a short walk from Pattay Beach" phone="" url="http://www.kohlipe.net/brothersseaview/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan Seaview Rows 1 & 2: 900 to 1,100 baht;" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Chao Ley owned and operated, and located on the hillside of Sanom Beach, with panoramic views of Pattaya Beach & The Andaman Sea. Brothers Seaview Resort is quickly becoming known as Ko Lipe's secret little gem. Open year round.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sanom Beach Lipe Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Up the hill at Sanom Beach, a short walk from Pattay Beach" phone="" url="http://www.sanombeachlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 800 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Chao Ley owned and operated, and located on the hillside of Sanom Beach, with panoramic views of Pattaya Beach & The Andaman Sea. Open year round. Credit cards and paypal accepted.</sleep>
  
 
===Inland===
 
===Inland===
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* <sleep name="Baan Kasirin 2" alt="" address="" directions="middle of the island near the intersection, about 400 m from Sunrise Beach and 600 m from Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Air-con room: 1,350 to 1,650 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Laundry service, Satellite TV, Internet.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="The Reef" directions="centre island" alt="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.Thereefkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Air-con Room : 1,200 to 2,100 baht">Open November 1. until May 15. The Reef was opened in December 2009 and is located near Sunrise beach and is easily found on the hill in the centre of the island. 12 modern rooms are set around a garden courtyard and have access to a terrace overlooking the mountains of Ko Adang, the Chao Ley village, and Sunrise Beach. All rooms have air-con and hot showers.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Chao Ley Resort" alt="" address="" directions="In the Chao Ley Village" phone="+66 74 728111(-2)" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 300 to 700 baht">Dive center. Popular with Asian tour groups.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Baan Kasirin 2" alt="" address="" directions="middle of the island near the intersection, about 400 m from Sunrise Beach and 600 m from Pattaya Beach" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Air-con room: 1,350 to 1,650 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open November to May. Laundry service, Satellite TV, Internet.
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* <sleep name="Gecko Lipe Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="https://www.facebook.com/pages/GECKO-LIPE-Resort/319502308151369" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 800 baht">One of the best values on the island.</sleep>
</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Chao Ley Resort" alt="" address="" directions="In the Chao Ley Village" phone="+66 74 728-111(-2)" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 300 baht to 700 baht">Dive center. Popular with Asian tour groups.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Pooh's Bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+66 74 750345" url="http://www.poohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalows: 800 baht in low season; 1,400 baht in high season" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open all year. Features popular bar and restaurant. Only 6 bungalows available. Accepts MasterCard, Visa & AmEx for 3% fee. Wi-Fi, Internet (3 baht/minute), pool table, dive shop, massages available. 15% discount for divers on the day they dive.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Pooh's Bungalows" directions="" alt="" address="" phone="+66 74 750 345" email="" fax="" url="http://www.poohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="bungalows: 800 baht in low season; 1,400 baht in high season">Open all year. Features popular bar and restaurant. Only 6 bungalows available. Accepts Mastercard, Visa & AmEx for 3% fee. Wifi, Internet (3 baht/minute), pool table, dive shop, massages available. 15% discount for divers on the day they dive.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Serene Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 1,200 baht">This resort does not live up to its name - rooms near the bar are noisy - but the price is right!</sleep>
  
==Respect==
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* <sleep name="The Reef" alt="" address="" directions="centre island" phone="" url="http://www.Thereefkohlipe.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Air-con Room: 1,200 to 2,100 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open 1 November-15 May. Located near Sunrise beach and is easily found on the hill in the centre of the island. 12 modern rooms are set around a garden courtyard and have access to a terrace overlooking the mountains of Ko Adang, the Chao Ley village, and Sunrise Beach. All rooms have air-con and hot showers.</sleep>
 
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Fishing is illegal near the island so stay away from fishing trips and do not purchase locally-caught fish.
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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===Precautions===
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Stonefish have been spotted and photographed in the waters of Ko Lipe. While the chances of getting stung are slim, you may want to consider protective footwear when swimming in the water.
  
The Chao Lay village has a small medical clinic. Since beginning 2011 there are now 4 doctors at the hospital. For emergencies they will provide first aid and organise transport to the mainland hospital. The phone number of the hospital is 0854543814 (English-speaking doctor).
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===Medical care===
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There is a hospital located next to the school on Sunrise Beach, with an English-speaking doctor. There is a small clinic next to Pooh Restaurant, with an English-speaking doctor.
  
Please also note that stonefish have been spotted and photographed in the waters of Ko Lipe. While the chances of getting stung are slim, you may want to consider protective footwear when swimming in the water.
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==Contact==
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Free Wi-Fi is available at almost all resorts and bars/restaurants.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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There are several agencies on the island, that can book the speedboat/ferry and train/bus tickets to anywhere in Thailand. It's best to buy tickets before 6PM, since the agencies won't be able to book and confirm certain bus/train tickets later in the day. If you reserve the ticket at a late hour, they will try to buy it the next day, but the train may be fully booked. It's better to insist on them reserving the ticket when you are at the agency.
  
Sometimes Lipe seems to be trying to hold onto you. Consider this, especially if you have a flight to catch:
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For the trains it's best to book at least 3 days in advance. For most buses one day ahead is enough. Buses are less comfortable and more expensive compared with the 2nd A/C sleeper class trains.
  
There are quite a few travel agencies on the island, all offering you to book the speedboat/ferry and train/bus tickets, that can get you literally anywhere in Thailand. They operate in collaboration with mainland agencies in [[Hat Yai]] or [[Trang]], two usual places to take the bus or train from. The mainland agencies are buy the tickets at the railway stations, and those close at 18:00. It's best to come to travel agency at the island before that time, since they won't be able to book your ticket later. If you reserve the ticket afterwards, they will try to buy it the next day, but the train may be fully booked. It's better to insist on them reserving the ticket when you are at the agency, as they happen to postpone it at times, which may result in not getting the ticket.
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Feel free to bargain. Travel agencies can't do anything about the train/bus price, but they are able to lower the ferry/speedboat price as well as the minibus transfer from the port to the city.
  
For the trains it's best to book at least 3 days in advance. For most buses one day ahead is enough. Buses are less comfy and more expensive though (compared with the 2nd A/C sleeper class trains).
 
 
Feel free to bargain - travel agencies can't do anything about the train/bus price, but they are able to lower the ferry/speedboat price as well as the minibus transfer from the port to the city.
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 07:01, 21 October 2014

Sunset, Pattaya Beach at Ko Lipe

Ko Lipe (Thai: เกาะหลีเป๊ะ) is an island on the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand.

Understand[edit]

Ko Lipe (sometimes spelled Koh Lipe) is outside of the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park, and as such is exempt from certain laws prohibiting development. It is surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.

The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name "Ko Lipe" means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language.

The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Air Asia offers an island transfer package that includes a flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai, a bus to Pak Bara, and a ferry to Ko Lipe.

By boat[edit]

The following companies operate boats in the high season (November to May):

  • Adang Sea Tours [1] operates three daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving Pak Bara at 11:30, 12:30, and 14:30. The speedboats stop at Ko Tarutao or Ko Bulone. The journey from Pak Bara takes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. If you book directly in Pak Bara pier, then it will cost 500 baht plus 20 baht entrance fee. Note: the boats stops in open water pier at Pattaya beach and 70 baht must be paid for water taxi to reach the coast. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00, 10:00, and 13:30 for the return trip.
  • Bundaya Resorts [2] and Lipe Speedboat Company also operates speedboats from Pak Bara and Langkawi, leaving at similar times and costing the same as above.
  • Forra Speedboats [3] operates two daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving Pak Bara at 11:30 and 13:30. The speedboats stop at Ko Tarutao. The journey from Pak Bara takes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00 and 10:00 for the return trip.
  • Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club [4] operates a daily boat from Ko Lanta, leaving at 13:00 and stopping at Ko Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Bulone, before reaching Ko Lipe at 16:00. The boat leaves Ko Lipe at 09:00 for the return trip. The company offers transfers to this boat from Phuket. The company also operates two daily speedboats from Telaga Terminal @ Telaga Harbour Marina in Langkawi, Malaysia, 42 km from Ko Lipe. These boats dock at the south end of Pattaya Beach. The boats leave Langkawi at 09:30 and 14:30 for the 60 minute journey, costing approximately 120 ringgit. The boats leave Ko Lipe for the return journey at 10:30 and 16:30.
  • Tigerline Ferries [5] operates a daily speedboat to/from Langkawi, leaving Langkawi at 08:00 and arriving at Ko Lipe at 09:00, and returns from Ko Lipe to Langkawi at 16:00. The trip costs 1,200 baht. The company also operates a daily speedboat to/from Hat Yao Pier in Trang, leaving Ko Lipe at 10:00 and arriving in Trang at 12:30. The trip costs 750 baht. The company offers continuing boat service to Ko Lanta (1,500 baht total, arrives 15:30), and Phi Phi (1,800 baht total, arrives 17:00). For the journey to Ko Lipe, the boats leave Phi Phi at 08:00 and arrive in Ko Lipe at 15:30.

In the low season, there is one boat per day from Pak Bara leaving at 11:30.

Ferries are met by long-tail boats offering transfers to anywhere on Ko Lipe for an additional 50 baht/person (non-negotiable).

Health and Safety tip: Speedboats can often bounce off the waves at very high speeds and passengers can get quite strong jolts into the non-sprung seats, so persons with back or neck problems should not travel on the speedboats, but on the ferry. There have been reports of serious back injuries happening on the speedboats.

Get around[edit]

All of Ko Lipe can be covered on foot, although its size at first can be a little deceiving. There are few motorcycles around the island, none of which are for rent. There are no cars on the island. Long-tail boats will take you from any point on the island to any other point on the island for 50 baht. Small concrete roads link the various beaches. There are some motorcycle taxis that can take you around the island for 50-200 baht.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Beaches. Ko Lipe's beaches feature clear, calm, and shallow water. There are four main beaches to relax on: Pattaya Beach in the south the most popular beach; Sunrise Beach on the east, near the Chao Ley village; Karma Beach in the north which faces the Adang/Lipe channel; and Sunset Beach in the west, which as the name implies, faces the sunset.  edit
  • Buddhist Temple, (centre of the island). Very small.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Note that fishing is illegal near the island, so stay away from fishing trips and do not purchase locally-caught fish.

Diving[edit]

The reefs around Ko Lipe are largely intact; the 2004 tsunami had little impact here. Around Ko Lipe are some Thailand's best reefs all within easy reach:

  • 8 Mile Rock. A true deep sea pinnacle located 75 minutes away by boat. The rock can be a tough place to dive due to the strong currents, but the marine and bird life that come here to feed are fantastic. The top of the pinnacle rises to within 14 meters of the surface. Found here: soft corals, schools of pelagic fish, potato cod, manta rays, whale shark, leopard shark.  edit
  • Between Ko Adang & Ko Rawi. Has excellent diving and snorkelling locations between the two islands where the mountains come down to the sea. Underwater there are huge boulders and many types of rare fish and coral species that inhabit the reef in this region. A great spot for drift diving. Snorkellers should head for the east side of Ko Rawi where the national park staff have set up ropes along the reef, so that snorkellers can pull themselves easily along and investigate the reef with ease.  edit
  • Yong Hua Shipwreck. In 1996 a fish-factory ship anchored near the western end of Ko Lipe caught fire and sank in about 40 m of water. The shipwreck is now completely covered in marine growth and inhabited by schools of fish. The shipwreck has become a very interesting place to dive, but does often have strong currents making it a difficult dive. The top of the wreck is at about 26 m sitting on its keel that is at 40 m.  edit
  • Hin Takorn Dukong. Located in the centre of the marine park. This site is home to just about every species of fish that you can imagine. The site is made up of granite stones shaped similar to building blocks rising up from the seabed into a structure with a series of tall points at its peak. Up to 18 m deep. Hard and soft corals, at least 6 types of eel such as snake eels, different types of lion fish and stone fish, Squid and cuttlefish try to hide here and succeed in attracting the larger predators such as sailfish.  edit
  • Ko Bu Tang. Has become one of the most popular islands to dive. One of the largest islands of the group, Ko Bu Tong supports many bird and animal species. Troops of crab eating monkeys called "macaques" live on the island and a colourful type of bee-eater bird can often be spotted from the beaches here. Giant corals and shellfish grow everywhere around this island paradise. Dive the north and south channels although for deep diving the "Giant's Staircase" on the islands west side has huge natural stone steps going down to 50 m or more. Also to found on Ko Bu Tang is Sting Ray City, where the blue spotted stingrays are plentiful. This site is also very good for snorkelling. North Side: has Monkey Bay, similar to Sting Ray City but much more steep and dramatic. Expect to see endless rows of tall coral-heads, turtles and rare critters such as the ornamental ghost pipe fish and sharks sleeping under the corals. East Side: has the perfect tiny island of Ko Lokoi. Surrounded by about 90 acres of shallow coral, you could do four dives here and not see it all.  edit
  • Ko Sawang. This tiny island is located on the outer edge of the archipelago. There is not a tree or scrap of vegetation that can grow on this tall smooth stone, but underwater this place is full of life. Fantastic coral gardens growing on the rocky outcrops below.  edit
  • Ko Langcha. Between Langcha and Adang is a very nice coral garden really worth the effort both for divers and snorkellers as near-perfect gardens shelter all sorts including rays and eels.  edit

Currents: The currents here are predominantly tidal which means that at certain times of the month strong currents exist. At other times, none at all. You can always find somewhere good to dive but the widest selection of dive sites is available twice a month, following the half moon.

Big Stuff: You can see numerous sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. Sightings of the big guys are more likely on sites around the edge of the marine park, nearer the deeper waters. For the best chance, try to visit 8 Mile Rock, Stonehenge or Ko Pung.

Dive shops[edit]

  • Adang Sea Divers (info@adangseadivers.com), (Sunrise Beach), +66 80 7041633, [6]. Professional, multilingual, and experienced instructors and dive masters. 1 to 3 dives a day from speedboat (the only dive centre on Lipe offering speedboat dives). Night diving, PADI, SDI, and Nitrox courses. Small intimate groups. Specialised in underwater photography.  edit
  • Castaway Divers, (Sunrise Beach), +66 87 4781516 (), [7]. Multilingual, experienced instructors. Offers night diving, PADI, SDI, and freediving courses. Snorkelling trips are run separately from the dive boats daily for only 650 baht (including lunch & equipment). Specialises in small intimate groups. The only diveshop on the island to offer recreational AIDA certification Freediving courses. Discover a new way to explore the underwater world by holding your breath! Learn breathing techniques, duck diving, static and dynamic apnea, and learn how to free dive in a safe and relaxed manner. Please check 'Freediving Thailand' on Facebook for more info.  edit
  • Davy Jones Locker, (Pattaya Beach), +66 890 465371 (), [8]. Experienced instructors teaching all PADI courses from beginner to dive master level. Daily trips for certified divers to all the best dive sites around Ko Lipe. Free accommodation for divers and students available when you book online. (6.487424906560684,99.30009841918945) edit
  • Forra Diving, (Sunrise Beach), +66 89 6731121 or +66 84 4075691 (), [9]. Multilingual, experienced instructors. Offers night diving, PADI courses, and liveaboard diving trips. Snorkellers are welcome to tag along on day trips for only 500 baht (including lunch & equipment). Consistently gets great reviews from divers. 2,500 baht for 2 dives.  edit
  • Ko Lipe Diving, (Walking Street), +66 88 3977749 or +66 87 6226204 (), [10]. Highly rated and reputable dive center providing top-notch customer service. Offers daily dive trips for certified divers, PADI courses from Open Water to Divemaster, introductory dives for complete beginners. Snorkelers welcome to join dive trips. Private diving/snorkeling/island exploration trips can be arranged. Underwater cameras for rent. Spacious, comfortable 25m dive boat. Professional instructors with years of experience working on the island. Multilingual team speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, Malay, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin).  edit
  • Ocean Pro Divers, (Pattaya Beach), [11]. Canadian owner.The first authorized Padi TecRec Dive Center at Koh Lipe 20 m boat, the M.V. Chalalai. Rates include all equipment and a buffet lunch. Snorkellers are welcome to tag along for 500 baht. 2,600 baht for 2 dives, 3,200 baht for three dives.  edit
  • Sabye Diving, (locations on Sunset Beach), +66 74 728026, [12]. Diving rates aren't the cheapest. All-inclusive two or three day packages. Specialties are PADI courses and underwater photography. PADI open-dive courses: 12,900 baht..  edit
  • Satun Dive, (Sunrise Beach Blvd), +66 86 9461271, [13]. Open all year. Excellent diving and snorkelling guides. All PADI courses available. The best service, price, and atmosphere on the island. Cheap.  edit

Other activities[edit]

  • Day Trips to Nearby Islands. Pirate Falls and Chado Cliff on Ko Adang, and the dense jungle on Ko Rawi are recommended visits. 800 to 1,000 baht.  edit
  • Kayaking. Rent a kayak from various spots on the beach and spend the day or two seeing the island and reef.  edit
  • Massages. There are plenty of places to get a massage, including an offshoot of the Wat Po massage school, located in the centre of the island. Also Castaway Resort has a lovely little spa with sea views.  edit
  • Snorkelling. The calm, clear water makes the Ko Lipe area ideal for snorkelling, with 25% of the world's tropical fish species found in the area. There are large varieties of fish around the coral just 20 m off all of the beaches. Ko Lipe is surrounded by over 30 islands and hundreds of reefs all within easy reach of the island. Tarutao National Park is one of Asia’s oldest marine parks thus the reefs and the islands surrounding Ko Lipe are in very good condition. nowhere else on the Southeast Asian peninsula will you find so many excellent snorkel sites so easily reached.  edit
  • Freediving, Sunrise Beach (Castaway Divers). Freediving as a recognized activity has only been around for 100 years, but people have been practising diving deep without equipment for thousands of years. On Lipe only one dive operator on the island offers it as a AIDA certification courses available only at Castaway Divers on Sunrise beach, see above (Diveshops). Find 'Freediving Thailand' on Facebook for more info. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques, finning techniques, static and dynamic apnea and learn to dive in a safe and relaxed manner.  edit
  • Sailing, +66 77457002 (), [14]. Sailing around Ko Lipe and within the Butang Group is certainly the most chilled way to explore these natural gems. There are day sailing trips with snorkelling activities or liveaboard sailing cruises within the Butang Group or as far as Ko Tarutao National Marine Park. 1,500 to 6,000 baht.  edit
  • Ocean Hiker Sailing School, +66 77457002 (), [15]. Sailing intro courses or 5 day sailing courses on an ocean-going sailing yacht leading to a Ocean Hiker Competent Crew Certification, the first step to start your sailing career . 2,500 to 29,900 baht.  edit
  • Trash Hero Koh Adang, Pattaya Beach, (), [16]. Come to Join in every Monday to help locals and tourists alike keep the Adang archipelago free from ocean trash! The Trash Hero team have charged themselves to be the guardians of this wonderful area. Every Monday at 10:00am the Team meets under the walking street sign on Pattaya beach to go to various beaches around the archipelago and collect every last plastic bottle, old flip flop, degraded styrofoam float, chip packet, shampoo bottle, etc. Until the beach is reverting back to it's original state. Trash Hero is a non profit organization supported by various local businesses on Koh Lipe, who help by providing boats, trash bags, food and drinks each week for the team each week. for free.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are currently 3 ATMs on the island. One is located at 7-Eleven on Walking Street. Another is across from Pooh's Restaurant at the Sunrise end of Walking Street, and the third is in front of Harmony Bed & Breakfast.

Many travel agencies or hotels will offer to charge your debit/credit card and give you the cash in exchange for a 5-8% fee.

For currency exchange, Bundhaya Resort offers the best exchange rates for dollars, euros, pounds or ringgit, but the rate is less than you would receive in a major city.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Most of the hotels serve food and drinks. In addition, there are several stand-alone restaurants:

  • Banana Leaf, (inland). Serves average food, but drink prices are good and they play movies every night on a big projection screen.  edit
  • ELEPHANT American Coffee House. On Walking Street, near Pattaya beach across from the Pink Market (UPDATE Oct. 2014: Previously ELEPHANT was two separate establishments: Elephant Books & Coffee and Longtail Bar. The owners have combined the two into one restaurant-bar-coffee house at the Longtail Bar location, just across the street from where Elephant Books & Coffee used to be). An East-meets-West American-style coffee house (owners are from San Francisco and Thailand), with expertly crafted coffee drinks, homemade bakery, well-prepared breakfasts, including homemade toasted muesli and lots of crispy bacon. Other menu items include proper American burgers (imported beef), sandwiches, a large selection of fresh salads, fresh baked bread, and even a to-die-for 16-hour smoked pulled pork sandwich! Dinner options include imported Australian strip loin steaks cooked to temperature, pan seared salmon, and pork chops with sauteed apples. There is a full bar built into an actual 10-meter longtail boat, which offers a hand-picked selection of Thai and imported wines, a cocktail list that features very affordable cocktails made with artisan Thai spirits, as well as high-end imported liquor. Every night starting at about 9:30pm, the now infamous Banana Band serves up Thai and English music in a relaxed setting. The Band's motto is "if you're in the bar, you're in the band" - meaning everyone can join the fun!! KITCHEN OPEN UNTIL 12:30AM  edit
  • Flour Power Bakery, (Sunset Beach, next to Sabye Divers). There is absolutely brilliant banana cake in small aluminium box shapes. The seats are somewhat hidden behind the house. Western breakfasts and sandwiches are served with their hearty whole-grain bread. cinnamon buns: 60 baht, brownies: 40 baht; pies: 80 baht.  edit
  • Jack's Jungle, inland between Sunset and Sunrise beaches (inland). A really lovely spot when you want to get off the beach and eat surrounded by nice cool, green jungle. The Thai food is fantastic (especially the coconut soups) and you can order to mild to Thai-style spicy. The banana-lime pancakes are especially great.  edit
  • Pancake Lady, (island centre). The best pancakes in Thailand. Choose from fillings like coconut, banana, and chocolate. Delicious smoothies sold in plastic cups.  edit
  • PeePee Bakery, inland on Walking Street, 10 m east of Pattaya Beach (Inland). A popular breakfast spot that has a good bakery adjoining that serves bagels and cinnamon rolls. The service can be rude and unhelpful, but still worth it.  edit
  • Sunrise Restaurant, (Sunrise Beach). Friendly place, directly on the beach, very good Thai food, inexpensive.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Most of the hotels serve food and drinks. In addition, there are several stand-alone bars:

  • ELEPHANT (formerly Longtail Bar). On Walking Street, near Pattaya beach across from the Pink Market (UPDATE Oct. 2014: Previously ELEPHANT was two separate establishments: Elephant Books & Coffee and Longtail Bar. The owners have combined the two into one restaurant-bar-coffee house at the Longtail Bar location, just across the street from where Elephant Books & Coffee used to be). American coffee house-style restaurant with a full bar built into an actual 10-meter longtail boat, which offers a hand-picked selection of Thai and imported wines, a cocktail list that features very affordable cocktails made with artisan Thai spirits, as well as high-end imported liquor. Every night starting at about 9:30pm, the now infamous Banana Band serves up Thai and English music in a relaxed setting. The Band's motto is "if you're in the bar, you're in the band" - meaning everyone can join the fun!! KITCHEN OPEN UNTIL 12:30AM  edit
  • Barracuda Bar, (Pattaya Beach). Right spot to see the sunset and stay all night for party. Often there are fire shows and you can get an pizza slice at a very fair price. There are beach pillows to chill out on when the bar gets rowdy.  edit
  • Bila Beach Cafe, (Bila Beach). This is the only bar/restaurant on the little, but sweet, Bila Beach. Worth a visit and a great place to hang out with a group of friends for the day.  edit
  • Cocktail Bar, Walking St (on the only turn on Walking St). This is the bar: rough and alive, open and racy. They have a long list of cocktails, all fresh, very tasty and cheap (all for 100 baht). That is the place to be if you want to improvise your night.  edit
  • Cozy Cove, north end of Sunset Beach. Great views and good tunes.  edit
  • Jack's Jungle Bar, [17]. Otherwise known as JJ's, is inland and is a must-visit due to Jack's friendly personality. Jack also organises parties every Saturday in the high season, some with live music. Beer costs 60-70 baht and food costs 70-150 baht.  edit
  • Mom's Tattoo Bar, Walking St, near Pattaya Beach, (). An intimate bar, where anyone can be a "regular" on their first visit. Tasty drinks mix well with good conversation and crazy-good music. Best place to lose an hour or five while making new friends or just hanging out with the bar's namesake owner, "Mom" (who is also a legendary tattoo artist). 60-180 baht.  edit
  • Oh My God!, (50 m from the intersection, at the end of Walking St (near Sunrise Beach) toward Chao Lay Village). A locals favourite. Oh My God! (used to be called Oh's Pooh Bar) moved to a new location 50 m from the intersection, at the end of Walking St(near Sunrise Beach) and is home to the best burger on the island. There are pool tables and TVs (for watching big sports events), and there are usually a few local divers hanging out there. They also serve some delicious food and bar snacks. Open late. Also sells Swedish snus.  edit
  • Peace & Love, Pattaya Beach (facing the ocean at the entrance of Walking St, go left past Time to Chill, Tiger Bar/Massage). if you're still drinking, they're still open. A Lipe institution, offering a great beach vibe, well-made drinks, and nightly fire shows (best on the island!). Hang out and talk to the bar's Muslim owners Chai and Yaad and learn about the island and the history of the South Andaman, or just take in the amazing beach views from your beach mat. Three bamboo bungalows available for rent behind the bar. 20-120 baht.  edit
  • Reggae Bar, (Pattaya Beach). Mellow scene. On February 6 celebrates Bob Marley's birthday with a 3-day music and culture festival.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are over 60 guesthouses on the island. While some places may charge as little as 500 baht for very basic accommodation in the high season, these guesthouses sell out quickly. Most places will charge 1,000 baht+. Some hotels will have a sign advertising cheaper rates, but when you go inside to inquire, those rooms will inevitably be unavailable.

Pattaya Beach[edit]

  • Akira, [18]. One of the nicest places to stay on the island. From 6,800 baht.  edit
  • Baan Kasirin 1, (on the path from Pattaya Beach to Sunrise Beach, 100 m from the beach), +66 84 3963567. Open Nov-May. Laundry service, satellite TV, mini mart. Fan room: 850 to 1,250 baht.  edit
  • Blue Tribes, (west end of Pattaya Beach), [19]. Open November to May. 13 spacious bungalows set around a garden. Some bungalows are right on the beach. There is a restaurant that serves Mediterranean “family style” cuisine and a nice reception/coffee lounge area that features chill music and serves fruit smoothies. Fan room: 1,000 to 1,500 baht; Fan cottage: 1,200 to 2,500 baht.  edit
  • Bonus Resort, (middle of the island, about 400 m from Pattaya Beach and 200 m from Sunrise Beach.). Open November to May.Cheap bungalows in middle of the island. There are about 20 fan bungalows and 3 family rooms set among the garden-like jungle. Balcony, mosquito nets, bed, bathroom inside. Electricity 24/7. Fan room: 500 to 800 baht; Fan cottage family room, 4 persons: 1,000 to 1,500 baht.  edit
  • Bundhaya Resort, (southernmost resort on Pattaya Beach), +66 74 750248, [20]. Open all year. 80 bungalows. Fan rooms are in the back of the site and are grotty. Resort services include: snorkel and dive trips, mini mart, Internet, and laundry. There is a large open air restaurant and bar with a fantastic view of the beach. Breakfast is included. Decent exchange rates for major currencies. Fan room: 600 to 1,300 baht; Fan cottage: 900 to 1,900 baht; Air-con room: 750 to 1,700 baht; Air-con cottage: 1,800 to 9,000 baht.  edit
  • Cafe Lipe, (centre of Pattaya Beach), [21]. 5 cute all-bamboo bungalows with fans, mosquito nets and verandas. Run by Bee and Darius. Homey atmosphere, friendly people. Restaurant features shaded tables right off the beach and serves healthy food like home-made bread, muesli, yoghurt as well as Thai food, and the best coffee and muesli/yoghurt for breakfast with shaded tables right off the beach. Bungalows: 500-1,500 baht.  edit
  • Daya Resort, (west end of Pattaya Beach), +66 80 5082087. Open November to May. Several fan bungalows close to the beach. Exteriors are painted in bright, sunny colours and have verandahs looking out onto lovely gardens. Bathrooms have cold water only. There is a very popular seafood restaurant. It's run by a local family, the Chao Ley fishermen who bring their daily catch up the beach and serve it in the evenings. Its quite a large resort with at least 20 bungalows or more. The family live at the top and bottom entrances so there is some security including the guard dogs. From this resort you can walk into the next one run by an Italian and have a great breakfast and pizza for lunch. One of the staff is called Bing and is a cool young guy, very helpful. Fan room: 1,000 to 1,200 baht (low season price 350 baht); Fan cottage: 1,200 to 1,400 baht.  edit
  • Leepae Resort (Lee Pae Resort), (a few minutes walk west of the footpath to the centre and east side of the island.), +66 86 9407339, [22]. Attractively designed, with wooden clapboard siding and glass doors. Fan rooms are cramped, basic, and pretty grimy. Air-con rooms are more spacious. Most units shaded by trees, which helps with the heat. Room rates include breakfast for two. All air-con rooms have hot showers & cable TV. Fan bungalow: 700 to 900 baht; Air-con bungalow: 1,400 to 1,800 baht; Air-con beachfront: 2,300 to 2,900 baht; Air-con beach front family: 2,800 to 3,600 baht.  edit
  • Paradise Cottage Resort, (Pattaya Beach). Open November to May. 15 spacious bamboo bungalows with private bathroom, some directly on the beach. Fan room: 500 to 1,800 baht.  edit
  • Pattaya Song, (far west end of Pattaya Beach), +66 86 9600418, [23]. Open November to May. Incredible views. The concrete bungalows are particularly unattractive, musty and damp, with splotches of mould on the walls. The bamboo huts are quite a bit brighter and tidier. To get to your room, you'll have to clamber over a maze of steps, stairs, and muddy paths. Open high season only. Fan bungalow: 1,000 baht.  edit
  • Seaside Resort & Family Restaurant, (Pattaya Beach), [24]. 1,700-2,300 baht, with significant discounts available..  edit
  • Sita Beach Resort, (Pattaya Beach), [25]. Open all year. Lots of bungalows around a pool and more going up the hillside, a huge luxury development that is quite flash compared with the others. Air-con cottage: 3,800 to 20,900 baht.  edit
  • Thai Hut Resort, (300 m from Pattaya Beach.), +66 81 6081134, [26]. Open from November to May. Ten nicely-kept bungalows with good-sized rooms and small decks out front. No view. Air-conditioned and fan rooms. Restaurant on-site. Fan room: 800 to 1,290 baht.  edit
  • Varin Beach Resort, (middle of Pattaya Beach, next to the path to Sunrise Beach and the village), +66 74 728080, [27]. Open all year. 100 bungalows in many different sizes. All rooms have 24 hour electricity, big windows, en suite bathrooms, towels, and a private terrace with chairs. The beds are reasonably comfortable and the pillows are divine. Longhouse rooms are the cheapest, but there's no soundproofing whatsoever. The air-conditioned villa has fridge and a TV with satellite channels. Resort services include Internet, massage, bar and restaurant. Air-con room rates include breakfast of fried rice, eggs, fried noodles, fruit. Villas have hot showers. From 1,500 baht.  edit

Sunrise Beach[edit]

  • Anda Resort, [28]. From 3,800 baht.  edit
  • Adang Sea Divers, (behind Sunrise Restaurant, next to Varin Village), [29]. Open all year. Brand new bungalows: 5 small cozy double fan rooms. Private fully equipped bathroom with hot/cold shower, kettle for tea and coffee in the room, terrasse on the garden side. Bungalows are cleaned and towels are provided. The resort recycles its grey water and most of its wastes. Packages for accommodation and dives. Bungalows 800-1,600 baht, depending on season.  edit
  • Castaway Resort & Restaurant, (at the south end of Sunrise Beach), +66 83 1387472 or +66 81 1707605 (), [30]. Open all year, Castaway is a stylish and comfortable accommodation on Ko Lipe. It has 43 wooden stilt bungalows with large decks with hammocks, some directly on the beach. Hmong blankets drape over the roomy beds, and fabric lanterns hang in the corner of the rooms. Cold water showers only. The bar and restaurant serves BBQ, Thai, and Western food. It's a nice place to chill out day or night with a cocktail. Also available are daily yoga sessions at 07:00 and 16:30. Bungalows 800 to 5,000 baht; house: 2,000 to 6,000 baht.  edit
  • Forra Bamboo Resort & Restaurant, (Sunrise Beach), +66 089 6731121, [31]. Open all year. 18 well-designed, spacious bungalows, built from natural materials. Every bungalow has one four-poster bamboo double bed or two platform-raised bunk beds with mosquito net and a large terrace and sea view. Some bungalows have a mezzanine floor with an upper window (for a good view!) and the option of a second bed. Each bungalow has a fan (electricity 08:00-10:30 and 17:30-24:00). Bungalows to sleep 1-4 people available. Advance reservations only accepted from divers. Restaurant serves home-made pizzas and cool drinks. Staff were indifferent and weren't interested in doing their job. Bungalows: 800 to 1,600 baht with a 25% discount available on the bungalow on the days that you dive with Forra..  edit
  • Gipsy Resort, (next to Forra dive resort), +66 80 5976618, [32]. Open November to May. Two rows of thatched huts running off of the beach. Rooms are compact but attractive, with bamboo walls, big beds draped in mosquito netting, sunny open-air bathrooms. It can be a little difficult to track down management. Half-concrete/half-bamboo bungalow: 850 baht; Concrete bungalow: 1600 baht.  edit
  • Idyllic Resort, (South Sunrise Beach), [33]. Open all year. Contemporary concept resort. All rooms are nicely decorated and have a luxury finish. Resort services include a health spa, Wi-Fi, restaurant, and bar. Bungalows 3,950-6,200 baht.  edit
  • Tarutao Cabana Resort, +66 74 732510. One of the cheapest hotels on the island. Open all year round. Managed by by Tigerline Travel -- the operators of the ferry service between Lipe and Langkawi, Malaysia. The bungalows are well-constructed and there is 24 hour electricity and all bungalows have a private porch, all with daily towel service and Western breakfast at the restaurant. The air-con bungalows have hot water and satellite TV. The on-site Chao Lay Coffee Shop serves only halal food to accommodate Malaysian Muslim visitors. Fan bungalow: 300 to 750 baht; Air-con bungalow: 600 to 1,750 baht; Family room: 800 to 2,400 baht; Tent: 500 baht.  edit
  • Viewpoint Resort, (Sunrise Beach), +66 83 1933362, [34]. Open all year. one of the few Chao Lay-run resorts on Ko Lipe. Bungalows are built on a hill overlooking the bay, and some are a steep climb uphill and up stairs. The bungalows are pretty rustic and many have wide cracks between floorboards that can let in crawling creatures. Bungalows are outfitted with big beds with decent mattresses, fans, mosquito nets, and have Western bathrooms. Fan bungalow: 600 to 1,800 baht.  edit
  • Wapi Resort, [35]. From 1,200 baht.  edit
  • Zanom Sunrise, (south Sunrise Beach), +66 87 4750494, [36]. Spacious and comfortable bungalows with fans (no air-conditioning) and private bathrooms (cold water only). The friendly local owners also run a restaurant there that is only open in high season (mid-November to mid-May). They serve breakfast, coffee, drinks, seafood, and Thai-style fried fish. A few plastic tables are set up on the sand. Bungalows from 750 baht in low-season.  edit

Karma Beach[edit]

  • Mountain Resort, (east end of Sunset Beach, northern tip of Lipe Island, facing the Ko Lipe/Adang channel), (), [37]. Most rooms feature hot water, satellite TV, a private deck, and spectacular views of the bay. 24 hour electricity. Breakfast included. Mountain Beach Bar offers drinks & massages on the beach. Discounted rates available for on-line reservations. Credit cards accepted.  edit

Sunset, Bila & Sanom Beaches (Northwest Coast)[edit]

  • Bila Beach Bunglaows, (Bila Beach, near Sunset Beach), +66 80 5392056, [38]. Bila Beach is a secluded bungalow bar and bistro in the jungle on the sunset side of Ko Lipe. Accommodation includes 3 private bamboo bungalows and 1 dormitory. Free Wi-Fi and unlimited use of snorkelling gear is included in the bungalow tariff. Open year round. Fan bungalow: 1,000 to 1,500 baht;.  edit
  • Fisheries Department Bungalows, (rocky end of Sunset beach), +66 87 4787958. Open all year. Snorkelling masks and fins can be hired for 100 baht. Six bungalows on the beach overlooking Ko Adang with attached bathrooms. Bungalow #1 has the most panoramic view. The bungalows are run by a talkative government employee who speaks good English. The restaurant operates only during the low season. Fan bungalow: 250 to 500 baht.  edit
  • Porn Resort, (Sunset Beach), +66 89 4645765, [39]. Open from November to May. The only resort on Sunset Beach. One of the more quiet sleeping options on Ko Lipe. 29 fan bungalows in different sizes. Electricity from 18:00-22:00. All bungalows have thin mattresses on wooden platforms and a fan. Tent renters get use of bathrooms. Popular restaurant. Visa & MasterCard accepted for a 5% fee. Porn means "blessing" in Thai. Fan bungalow: 400 to 700 baht; Tent: 150 baht.  edit
  • Sanom Beach Lipe Resort, (Up the hill at Sanom Beach, a short walk from Pattay Beach), [40]. Chao Ley owned and operated, and located on the hillside of Sanom Beach, with panoramic views of Pattaya Beach & The Andaman Sea. Open year round. Credit cards and paypal accepted. From 800 baht.  edit

Inland[edit]

  • Baan Kasirin 2, (middle of the island near the intersection, about 400 m from Sunrise Beach and 600 m from Pattaya Beach). Open November to May. Laundry service, Satellite TV, Internet. Air-con room: 1,350 to 1,650 baht.  edit
  • Chao Ley Resort, (In the Chao Ley Village), +66 74 728111(-2). Dive center. Popular with Asian tour groups. Bungalows: 300 to 700 baht.  edit
  • Gecko Lipe Resort, [41]. One of the best values on the island. Bungalows: 800 baht.  edit
  • Pooh's Bungalows, +66 74 750345, [42]. Open all year. Features popular bar and restaurant. Only 6 bungalows available. Accepts MasterCard, Visa & AmEx for 3% fee. Wi-Fi, Internet (3 baht/minute), pool table, dive shop, massages available. 15% discount for divers on the day they dive. Bungalows: 800 baht in low season; 1,400 baht in high season.  edit
  • Serene Resort. This resort does not live up to its name - rooms near the bar are noisy - but the price is right! From 1,200 baht.  edit
  • The Reef, (centre island), [43]. Open 1 November-15 May. Located near Sunrise beach and is easily found on the hill in the centre of the island. 12 modern rooms are set around a garden courtyard and have access to a terrace overlooking the mountains of Ko Adang, the Chao Ley village, and Sunrise Beach. All rooms have air-con and hot showers. Air-con Room: 1,200 to 2,100 baht.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Precautions[edit]

Stonefish have been spotted and photographed in the waters of Ko Lipe. While the chances of getting stung are slim, you may want to consider protective footwear when swimming in the water.

Medical care[edit]

There is a hospital located next to the school on Sunrise Beach, with an English-speaking doctor. There is a small clinic next to Pooh Restaurant, with an English-speaking doctor.

Contact[edit]

Free Wi-Fi is available at almost all resorts and bars/restaurants.

Get out[edit]

There are several agencies on the island, that can book the speedboat/ferry and train/bus tickets to anywhere in Thailand. It's best to buy tickets before 6PM, since the agencies won't be able to book and confirm certain bus/train tickets later in the day. If you reserve the ticket at a late hour, they will try to buy it the next day, but the train may be fully booked. It's better to insist on them reserving the ticket when you are at the agency.

For the trains it's best to book at least 3 days in advance. For most buses one day ahead is enough. Buses are less comfortable and more expensive compared with the 2nd A/C sleeper class trains.

Feel free to bargain. Travel agencies can't do anything about the train/bus price, but they are able to lower the ferry/speedboat price as well as the minibus transfer from the port to the city.




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