Lipe Islands, Satun
Ko Lipe is an island on the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand.
Ko Lipe (sometimes spelled Koh Lipe) is outside of the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park, and as such is exempt from certain laws prohibiting development. It is surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.
The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the Far East side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name “Ko Lipe” means “Paper Island” in the local Chao Ley language.
The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal. To help combat this problem, many restaurants and bars will refill used plastic or reusable water bottles for free or very little cost. Look for places with white water jugs or standard water dispensers to participate, reduce waste, and save money.
Ko Lipe only has an open water pier located 100 m. of shore from Pattaya beach. Most speed boats and ferries will drop you there. You need to pay 200 baht per person for national park entry fee and 50 baht for long boat to transfer you from open water pier to the Pattaya beach.
Save the national park entry ticket. It is valid for 7 days, so you don’t need to pay that fee again if going for a snorkeling trip or visiting another islands around Ko Lipe.
Let’s go by plane
Nok Air offers two-daily flight ferry services from Bangkok to Ko Lipe by flying with Nok Air to Trang and transferred on a ferry to Ko Lipe. This can be booked directly from their website.
Air Asia offers an island transfer package that includes a flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai, a bus to Pak Bara, and a ferry to Ko Lipe.