Koh Lipe - A Photo Essay + Pros & Cons written by Shayan Naveed

We are all well aware that Thailand has many gorgeous beaches and islands. Among them is Koh Lipe, a paradise island sometimes referred to as the Maldives of Thailand. Obviously, I was intrigued so I stalked Instagram and blogs on the island for days. Finally, I made the decision to see the place fo

Koh Lipe - A Photo Essay + Pros & Cons

Koh Lipe - A Photo Essay + Pros & Cons


We are all well aware that Thailand has many gorgeous beaches and islands. Among them is Koh Lipe, a paradise island sometimes referred to as the Maldives of Thailand. Obviously, I was intrigued so I stalked Instagram and blogs on the island for days. Finally, I made the decision to see the place for myself.

The long weekend was the perfect opportunity to go. Although prices are higher during this period, it is the only time I get enough time off from work. I didn't want to take annual leave either because I had used them for Euro Trip earlier. So my wife and I booked the flight and hotel.

I'm not going to write a lot about this trip, instead just let the pictures tell the story.


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Before arriving at Koh Lipe, we made pit stops at two islands.

The first was the Tarutao National Park

Then we stopped for another 10 minutes at Koh Khai (Egg island)


Travel info & Spending

  • 1.5 hour flight from Bangkok + 1.5 hour van ride from Hat Yai to Pak Bara Pier + 2 hour ferry to Koh Lipe
  • ~5,000 THB per person for flight + island transfer
  • ~8k THB for 3-night stay at Ten Moons Lipe Resort
    • 3k/night and I used my 1 night Rewards redeem from Hotels.com to get 2k THB off from 1 night.
  • Daily spend depends on you. If you like to drink, eat out, etc. Can be cheap or can be quite expensive. Our daily spending was around 2k-3k THB per day.
  • Motorbike taxis cost 50 THB per person per trip

Enter Koh Lipe

Ten Moons Lipe Beach Resort

View from the resort restaurant

View from our balcony


Time to start exploring

First we walked along our beach, which is called Sunrise beach.


Then we came back for a swim in front of our resort.


I also decided to climb the rocks in the ocean. I love doing that for some reason.


Sunset at Sunset Beach


PROS & CONS of Lipe

+ Gorgeous, stunning (add other adjectives) water

+ Very friendly locals on the island (mostly)

+ Lots of eco-friendly campaigns such as Trash Hero and hotels making sure there is not must waste

- despite the water being clear and beautiful and the trash cleanup campaigns there is LOTS of trash and plastic on the island and ocean

- it is getting more and more developed with lots of new construction happening all over the island

- Development is OK but over commercialized by tour operators

- too many dogs (while many enjoy them, we get anxious when they get too close)

- needs better planning and management to keep it a paradise as it is almost becoming lost paradise

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