Thailand is one of the last places on earth you’d expect to find a secret beach and, although Lipe isn’t deserted, you’ll find far fewer tourists and a lot less development here than on many of the nearby islands.
Koh Lipe is located in southern Thailand’s Satun Province, just a stone’s through from the Thai/Malay border and part of the Tarutao National Marine Park. There are three main beaches: Pattaya, Sunrise and Sunset. Sunset is the least developed with shacks made of driftwood acting as bars and restaurants. At Sunrise Beach, you’ll find Castaway Resort with its breezy bungalows, some set right on the sand.
If you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle that some of the islands have regrettably become, Castaway Resort can pack you a lunch, organise a boat and drop you at one of the nearby deserted islands where you can make like Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.
Get a one-way ferry ticket from Langkawi to Koh Lipe.
Koh Lipe offers a handful of budget and mid-range resorts, located on Sunset Beach, Sunlight Beach and Pattaya Beach. From US$50 – US$250.