Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Pattaya beach is Ko Lipe's premier stretch of sand with some very good snorkelling to be had. It's more crowded than Sunrise or Sunset beaches, but the lively atmosphere is enticing in the evening.
Shaded bungalows, mellow atmospherePattaya Beach
T: (086) 969 9472;
Apart from having one of the best restaurants on Ko Lipe, Cafe Lipe also has a handful of new bamboo bungalows in a shaded and inviting area behind the cafe with extensive flower gardens. The ... Read the full review of Cafe Lipe and Resort.
Quirky but comfortable mid-range spotPattaya Beach
T: (083) 191 3178;
Located on Pattaya beach's quieter eastern end, Blue Tribes is one of Ko Lipe's most unique resorts, and it's also good midrange value. Apart from the thatched roofs, bungalows are built completely ... Read the full review of Blue Tribes Garden Beach Resort.
Spacious bungalows, central locationPattaya Beach
T: (084) 521 7969;
Greenview is located smack in the middle of the action on Pattaya beach, and the resort offers big, fairly new bamboo bungalows set back a short distance from the beach in a palm-shaded grove with ... Read the full review of Greenview Resort.
Isolated location beyond Pattaya beachPattaya Beach
T: (087) 630 7497;
Sanom Beach Resort is set on a small, private beach just beyond the west end of Pattaya beach, and it's one of the more interesting resort settings on the island. The only downside is that to get ... Read the full review of Sanom Beach Resort.
Impersonal staff, tacky atmospherePattaya Beach
T: (074) 750 447; F: (081) 598 2225
Arriving on Pattaya beach you don't have to look far to find Varin -- the enormous sign with a tacky sculpture of a yellow and blue swordfish sticks out like a ghastly hang nail. It's a massive ... Read the full review of Varin Resort.600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
Mega-resortPattaya Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (074) 750 248; F: (074) 728 047
Located at the end of the beach, the Bundhaya is one of Ko Lipe's biggest resorts, with seemingly endless rows of identical wooden bungalows (we'd hate to have to find our room in the dark). We ... Read the full review of Bundhaya Resort.
Basic huts at budget pricesPattaya Beach
T: (087) 378 7932;
If you're on a budget, look no further than Seaside. The bamboo bungalows come in two forms: the older, smaller ones have wood floors while the newer ones have concrete floors and a little more ... Read the full review of Seaside Resort.Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
This long beach tilts back towards the mainland with a couple of small offshore islets in the foreground. Compared to Pattaya beach, Sunrise has a much more low-key atmosphere, and gets far less crowded. While there is some good snorkelling around the islets, it can get windy and choppy here from November to April.
Stylish, comfortable and cheapSunrise Beach
T: (086) 895 1508; F: (086) 895 1508
A couple years ago Sunrise beach's Lipe Beach Resort (not to be confused with Lee Pae Beach Resort on Pattaya) seemed like a lost cause with its handful of ageing bungalows and uninspired atmosphere. ... Read the full review of Lipe Beach Resort.
Stylish and eco-friendlySunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (081) 1707 605;
Though the name implies living ruggedly on a deserted isle, Castaway actually offers some of the most stylish and comfortable accommodation on Ko Lipe. Most rooms are in two-storey wooden bungalows, ... Read the full review of Castaway Beach Resort .
Unique, luxurious, isolatedSunrise Beach
T: (085) 080 7197; F: (088) 395 5158
Serendipity's motto, To find something beautiful by chance, doesn't exactly make sense since you'll almost definitely need to reserve ahead of time at this unique upscale resort. Reception area, ... Read the full review of Serendipity Beach Resort.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Cheerful atmosphere, solid valueSunrise Beach,
T: (087) 381 2494; F: (080) 540 8594
A newish addition to Sunrise beach, Zanom Sunrise is run by a spirited group of younger Thais who have quickly developed a solid reputation around Lipe. They offer wooden bungalows in rows facing ... Read the full review of Zanom Sunrise Resort .
Chilled out cabanasSunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (083) 194 4223;
With its relaxed atmosphere and comfortable bungalows at very good prices, Gipsy is one of the better budget options on Ko Lipe. All bungalows are set facing each other in two rows, with the older, ... Read the full review of Gipsy Bungalows.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Quiet bungalows, great viewsSunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (083) 193 3362;
Sharing the rocky end of Sunrise beach with three luxury resorts, Viewpoint has a peaceful, secluded feel to it. It's one of the few Chao Lay-run operations on Ko Lipe, and staff are friendly but ... Read the full review of Viewpoint Resort.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Rows of cookie-cutter bungalows on a shaded beachSunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (081) 541 7541; F: (089) 595 5502
The Andaman Resort has been on Lipe for quite some time, and while the massive grounds are situated on one of the best and most quiet stretches of sand on Sunrise beach, the place is showing its age. ... Read the full review of Andaman Resort.600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
With a relaxed, funky vibe, calmer waters than Sunrise beach and far less traffic than Pattaya, Sunset beach is great for kicking back and -- you guessed it -- watching the sunset.
Good vibes, secluded locationSunset Beach
T: (082) 432 5495; F: (087) 570 3684
Tiny Bila Beach is located about a five-minute walk to the west past Sunset beach, and a good 20 minutes' walk from the restaurants and bars of Walking Street. It's the most isolated of all Ko Lipe's ... Read the full review of Bila Beach Bungalows.
Budget bungalows on Sunset beachSunset Beach
T: (089) 464 5765;
There are no steamy movies being filmed here, but Sunset beach does see its share of skinny-dippers who are most likely taking advantage of Porn Resort's good value budget bungalows. These come in ... Read the full review of Porn Resort.Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
Walking Street and inland
It may be a short walk to the beaches, but Lipe's interior offers some of the more comfortable flashpacker accommodation.
Stylish, shaded spot near Sunset beachInland
T: (089) 655 5651;
Jack's Jungle is one of the older resorts on Lipe, and while it used to be something of a raucous drinking spot for expats, it's matured in recent years into one of the island's most unique and ... Read the full review of Jack's Jungle.
Lots of comfort at a reasonable priceInland
T: (082) 733 7034; F: (081) 079 7672
Situated on a small hill near the Chao Lay village and Sunrise beach, The Reef is a boutique hotel that reminds us of an Italian island cabana. The hotel has a plain white and black theme throughout, ... Read the full review of The Reef Hotel.
Take your pick: comfortable or cheap?Walking Street
T: (089) 949 5593;
Small Serene Resort is located just up from Pooh's on Walking Street, so it's a good five minutes' walk to either Sunrise or Pattaya beach, but if you don't mind the location and are looking either ... Read the full review of Serene Resort.
Modern boutique hotelInland
T: (074) 750 428; F: (074) 750 429
Harmony looks like it belongs in a trendy Bangkok neighbourhood rather than a tiny Andaman island. The three-storey hotel sits just off Walking Street, not far from Sunrise beach, and it's not a bad ... Read the full review of Harmony Bed and Bakery.
Lively atmosphere on Walking StreetInland
T: (074) 750 345; F: (089) 463 5099
Pooh's is a little slice of civilisation, but you pay for it. Immensely popular with the must-reserve-online-before-we-arrive set, Pooh's has a less than appealing location -- a good hike to any of ... Read the full review of Pooh's.
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