Dec 02 2012
Most new arrivals to Ko Lipe will want to christen their island adventure with a sunset celebratory toast. And due to the geographical location of Ko Lipe, your selection from the beaches of Lipe for a picturesque sunset will be limited to the west side of the island at Pattaya Beach. This whitesand strip of tropical paradise and aquamarine waters is the perfect backdrop for those wish-you-were-here messages to loved ones.
There’s plenty of bars and restaurants on Ko Lipe to choose from, but we’ve picked out the best of the lot to ensure your Kodak — or ahem, Instagram — moments are picture perfect. Starting off on the north end of Pattya Beach we have Maprow Bar, where bartender Mon displays his creative eco-menus. With cold beer starting at 70 baht or your basic cocktail for 150 baht you can’t go wrong with his sunset viewing location. His mile-wide smile is free.
Moving southward, the Jump Around is the very quiet watering-hole for Lipe Resort and across the sands is Musse at the Z-Touch Resort. Their beer starts at 70 baht also and they shake up 120 baht cocktails, but it took four people to translate that information, so we moved on towards more entertaining prospects.
Just before the Walking Street is Monkey Bar, where there’s always someone interesting to chat with. They embrace all that is simian including Monkey Bungalows, Monkey Restaurant and soon to be opening, Monkey Trips. Ice-cold bottled beer starting at 60 baht is a welcome invitation to hang-around for the sunset. Their cocktails start at 150 baht and run up to 200 baht for those elaborate tropical trademark drinks such as coco locos or banana daiquiris.
The animal trend continues with Tiger Restaurant and their bar, and they’re set up for sunset cocktails as well as a fancy sunset seafood dining extravaganza. With additional live music later in the evening, they have all the bases covered from sunset on. The Lion Restaurant next door runs a similar sunset programme with beer starting as low as 40 baht and cocktails from 110 baht. With an assortment of lounging options, this friendly venue is a great place to watch the sun g0 down or admire the catch-of-the- day.
But if you insist on marking the moment with Bob Marley, Reggae Bar is the next stop over. You may not hear the expected One Love soundtrack blaring down the beach, but you can’t miss the colour scheme. Cold beers starting at 60 baht and cocktails at 120 baht may or may not come with a one love smile, but if you want some alone time this would be the place to stop. We suspect it gets more active after sunset, but there are plenty of comfortable seaside loungers to choose from until then.
So no matter where you are staying on Lipe, get yourself over to Pattaya Beach for sunset drinks… and do enjoy the rest of your evening, too.
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