About the Island
Koh Lipe is part of the Taratao National Marine Park in the Andaman Sea. It is one of the Southernmost islands in Thailand and very close to the Malaysian border. Lipe is the only populated island in the group of 58 islands. The local population is Chau lay or sea gypsies who have traditionally earned a living from the sea, experienced boatmen with great local knowledge of the local waters. Many Chau lay now earn their living as boat captains servicing the tourism industry that has grown up in Lipe over the last few years.
The island provides a perfect mix of sun seeking for total relaxation on tranquil beaches or water adventures from snorkelling and daily boats trips to explore surrounding islands. Diving offers some of Thailand’s most beautiful underwater sites of coral reefs and tropical fish. If you can’t dive, it’s also one of the best and easiest places to learn.
There’s fun to be had sipping cocktails in a rock like beach bar as the sun goes down and dining out on spicy seafood BBQ’s.
For those for can’t bare to leave the shops behind, there’s“ Walking street” with its variety of clothes shops selling sarongs,
shorts, t-shirts, flip flops and dresses, book shop, tasty food stalls and a bakery, also you’re never far from an internet café.
Each year sees more and more facilities provided in Lipe and you can pretty much get everything you need on the island. However there are currently no ATMs or 7/11s, but you can exchange money at some of the larger resorts and most resorts accept credit card payments, including Serendipity.