Ko Lipe, Southern Thailand

I was on Ko Lipe 22 years ago, in 1996, on a sailing holiday with my parents, and I can’t describe to you how much the place has changed. There was no tourism back then. Just a few yachts and a few backpacker-type places. Just a couple of shacks on the beach offering simple but delicious Thai food. Just one path through the jungle and one village school.

Now, the island is all ‘hippy-chique-ecofriendly-trendy-relaxed’. There are several resorts and a busy main street called ‘Walking Street’ with plenty of cool restaurants, coffee shops, bars, tattoo places, massage salons, etc. But… it is still a lovely small island, only reachable by yacht or by ferry. And it has some of the best corals and fish we’ve seen in Thailand.

Ko Lipe is only a short hop away from Langkawi (25 nautical miles) and great for a quick visa-run if necessary. Southern Thailand has a lot to offer: plenty of gorgeous islands, clear turquoise water, great snorkelling, lovely beaches, … The wet season hasn’t yet arrived but the tourist stream has slowed down so it’s just the perfect time to visit.

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Welcome to Ko Lipe!

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View towards Pattaya beach from Walking Street

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Walking Street

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yummy Thai food

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Sunrise beach and some very turquoise water

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no filter!

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dinghy ride

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Our water-maker broke and it’s not fixable until we get new parts, so we’ve had to fill up with 20x 20L jugs. We’re lucky the island has cheap filtered drinking water available!

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loading up the dinghy

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and into the tanks, it’s a team effort

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the boys with their friends from s/v Ellida

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art class on Rehua

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the parking lot on sunset beach

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kids’ table

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and the adults

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all together, and smile!

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sunset view from the restaurant

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movie star kids, they’re used to this after Indo

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getting ready for a drift-snorkel

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view from the cockpit, we’ve been treated to the most amazing sunsets 

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5 thoughts on “Ko Lipe, Southern Thailand

  1. I worry about the rapid development of many beautiful areas. The development never seems to stop, and just builds on it’s self. I know of older people that are glad for the added opportunities of their youth, but it comes at a price, with as many new problems.

  2. I adore Ko Lipe! Thank you for taking me back there. We always stopped there on the way to or way from somewhere so sadly, never went for a snorkel. Such magic that I missed underneath. I’m delighted to experience it here. And how jealous am I that you got to experience it pre-tourism. A different kind of magic indeed.

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