Koh Lipe is a small tropical paradise with all the usual (but welcome) clichés: white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, coconut tree-fringed beaches, luxuriant tropical forest, colourful coral reefs (25% of the world’s tropical fish can be found here), but to make it short, the main attraction here is the natural splendor of the island. Add to this the chilled-out atmosphere and the slow pace of life found in most tropical destinations, and you’ve got a winning holiday destination. Note has to be made about the negative effects of a too-fast development; Koh Lipe needs to fix a few issues such as rubbish treatment and animal conservation if it wants to remain an attractive destination.
The three most famous Koh Lipe beaches are the following:
Pattaya Beach is the longest (1km) and most popular beach features a wide range of hotels, restaurants, boutiques and bars.
Sunrise Beach (Haad Chao Ley) is a long (approximately 800m) strip of white sand bordering a wide shallow bay. It is protected from the monsoon in low season and enjoys refreshing breezes in high-season. Located near the Chao Ley village (hence its Thai name) which hosts a hospital and a school, there are a few restaurants and shops here.
Sunset Beach (Haad Pramong) is a peaceful and laid-back small beach (200m) located in the northern part of the island but facing west. Bamboo-and-thatch and driftwood-built restaurants and bars give a typical hippie feeling to the place.