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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.

Ko Lipe has three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Sunrise Beach, and Pattaya Beach. Accommodation from grass huts to air-conditioned bungalows can be found on these beaches. It is possible to walk around the entire island in little over an hour. There are many sites for scuba diving and snorkeling around Ko Lipe and its neighbouring islands. On Ko Lipe there are many dive shops and resorts that rent out snorkel gear or arrange boat trips. The calm, clear water makes Ko Lipe ideal for snorkeling, with 25% of the world's tropical fish species found in the area. There are large varieties of fish around the coral just a few meters deep straight off all of the beaches.

Ko Lipe is outside of Tarutao National Park jurisdiction, and as such is exempt from the laws and legislation that protect the rest of the national park. The island is rapidly growing to meet the demands of increase in tourism, and is facing quite a few issues with rubbish and animal conservation. There are projects currently in place to keep Ko Lipe clean.


Boat trips From Koh Lipe


Departing - Arriving Check Trip
Koh Lipe - Koh Kradan See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Libong See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Mook See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Ngai See more
Koh Lipe - Lanta See more
Koh Lipe - Phi Phi See more
Koh Lipe - Phuket See more
Koh Lipe - Trang See more
Koh Lipe - Tarutao See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Bulone See more
Koh Lipe - Pakbara See more
Koh Lipe - Langkawi See more
Koh Lipe - Hat Yai See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Laoliang (Laoliang Beach) See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Jum See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Yao Noi (Manoh Pier) See more
Koh Lipe - Koh Yao Yai See more
Koh Lipe - Khao Lak See more
Koh Lipe - Phang Nga See more
Koh Lipe - Krabi Town See more
Koh Lipe - Ao Nang See more


Boat trips to Koh Lipe


Departing - Arriving Check Trip
Koh Kradan - Koh Lipe See more
Koh Libong - Koh Lipe See more
Koh Mook - Koh Lipe See more
Koh Ngai - Koh Lipe See more
Langkawi - Koh Lipe See more
Lanta - Koh Lipe See more
Phi Phi - Koh Lipe See more
Phuket - Koh Lipe See more
Trang - Koh Lipe See more
Koh Bulone - Koh Lipe See more
Pakbara - Koh Lipe See more
Hat Yai - Koh Lipe See more
Koh Yao Yai - Koh Lipe See more
Railay - Koh Lipe See more
Koh Jum - Koh Lipe See more
Koh Laoliang (Laoliang Beach) - Koh Lipe See more
Krabi Town - Koh Lipe See more
Ao Nang - Koh Lipe See more