On Sunrise Beach and Pattaya Beach you’ll find a good mix of accommodation in the flashpacker, midrange and high-end brackets, but low-budget travellers will have to settle for inland options. Seclusion seekers should check out Sunset Beach or the western coves. While we don’t typically list places geared specifically to divers, scuba outfits such as Forra, Sanom Beach, Adang Sea, Satun Dive and Davy Jones Locker all offer accommodation as well. As a general rule, expect rates to spike by around 30% at peak times and drop by the same amount in the shoulder months.
Ko Lipe’s popularity has resulted in well over 100 accommodation options, from massive beach resorts to tiny camping outfits and everything in between. For a while the trend was to build bigger, higher and more expensive, though a select few places have preserved a low-key vibe. Here are our suggestions for the best places to stay on Ko Lipe, across various budgets. Price ranges included here... Read our full review of Where to stay on Ko Lipe?.
Sunrise Beach is long and beautiful with a vibe that tends to be mellower than Pattaya Beach. Basic bungalows can still be scored for less than 1,000 baht at a couple of places (Gipsy, Varin Village), but most resorts fall into the midrange and high-end categories.
Just about every aspect of Castaway is fabulous, from the eco-minded design to tasteful ambiance and helpful staff offering loads of services. Most rooms at this fairly large resort come in two-floor wooden bungalows with thatch roofs, large sea-view porches and two hammocks to go with spacious bathrooms on the ground floor. A handful of larger bungalows are great for groups and families with... Read our full review of Castaway Beach Resort .
A good mix of rooms at reasonable rates make Gipsy Resort a top choice for flashpackers, couples and families looking for the chilled-out vibe that Sunrise Beach is known for. Most rooms come in two rows of clean and cheerful concrete bungalows huddled facing one another along a path draped in flowers. These have sky-blue tile floors, a couple of windows, quality mattresses with two silk... Read our full review of Gipsy Resort.
Overlooking a secluded patch of soft white sand at the far southern end of Sunrise Beach, Serendipity is our top pick for a luxurious splurge on Ko Lipe. Each with a ceiling fan and air-con, which you may not need to use given the vaulted ceilings and broad glass doors opening to the breeze, all 12 of the smooth-wood villas are accessed through gates ensuring privacy. Inside you get high-end... Read our full review of Serendipity Beach Resort.
Lipe Beach Resort was one of the first old-school bungalow spots to shift upmarket by replacing its old bamboo huts with smart wooden bungalows overlooking a phenomenal stretch of northern Sunrise Beach. Rooms were built at different times and it would be worth having a poke around if virtually all of them didn’t fill up in high season -- reservations are a good idea. Nearly all are now made... Read our full review of Lipe Beach Resort.
Ten Moons offers plush wooden villas spread over a hill beyond a secluded beach with some of the finest sand found this side of the Maldives -- and it’s a terrific option if neighbouring Serendipity is out of your price range. Divided into three categories based on proximity to the beach, all rooms are made entirely of wood apart from the high thatch roofs and glass doors. Inside you get a... Read our full review of Ten Moons Beach Resort.
One of the better of Lipe's many newish midrange resorts, Wapi occupies a chunk of what used to be Tarutao Cabana Resort around the centre of Sunrise Beach. In addition to adding freestanding concrete villas set among casuarina trees with tinted glass-windows overlooking the sea, the Spanish managers gutted old rooms in attached single-floor buildings to create modern accommodation for those... Read our full review of Wapi Resort.
Andaman’s exceptional stretch of beachfront makes it worth considering, even if the resort itself lacks the elegance of places like Castaway and Ten Moons. The large resort has been here for about as long as tourists have been coming to Lipe and its 17 different room types are like fossils hinting at different stages in the island’s development. ###9811 A vast curve of sand draped in... Read our full review of Andaman Resort.
Named after the ultra-laid-back owner, Captain Yut’s bungalows face the sea behind a bar with a drum kit and electric guitars for those who are up for a jam. Made almost entirely of bamboo and accessed by ladders, most bungalows have two-floor designs with firm mattresses, mosquito nets and portable fans situated upstairs alongside large porches with hammocks and cushions. On the ground... Read our full review of Captain Yut’s Bamboo Bungalows.
Under new management as of 2017, long-running Coco Beach has installed air-con in all of its wood or concrete bungalows set just off the beach. Two rows of old but well-kept bungalows come with plastic chairs and benches on porches, but you’ll have to walk up to the beachfront restaurant for a sea view. They all have hot-water showers and generic landscape paintings on mostly woven bamboo... Read our full review of Coco Beach Bungalows.
Varin Village's old bamboo bungalows lean over a prime piece of real estate fronting central Sunrise Beach -- it’s just a shame about the “staff” that can be grumpy almost to the point of being hostile towards guests. Dozens of thatch-roof bamboo huts are spaced fairly far apart across a massive lot of grass and trees; most in the third and even fourth rows have partial sea views from a... Read our full review of Varin Village.
Known for nightlife and soft white sand, Pattaya Beach hosts a few inexpensive bungalow spots along with several large and mostly bland midrange to high-end resorts. You can expect a lot of boat traffic, though roped-off areas fronting several resorts make it easy to swim safely. Nuzzling up to Walking Street and with several bars at the east end, much of Pattaya Beach is a lot livelier than Sunrise Beach after dark.
The scene at Cafe Lipe is like a throwback to the days when Lipe was a bastion of backpackers who snorkelled and chilled in hammocks by day and strummed guitars before retiring to simple beach shacks at night. Clustered below a canopy of trees and orchids behind the excellent beachfront cafe, a handful of thatch-roofed bamboo bungalows come with soft mattresses and mosquito nets, garden... Read our full review of Cafe Lipe .
Our favourite of the pricier resorts that keep things quiet and clean towards the west end of Pattaya Beach, Mali’s Bali-style villas and simpler concrete bungalows are set around a lawn filled with palms and orchids. If your budget allows, go for one of the dark-wood villas with glossy wood floors, wall-size sliding glass doors, tasteful Buddhist-inspired art, vintage furnishings, vaulted... Read our full review of Mali Resort.
Cheeky staffers, a resident monkey and unusual rooms ensure that you won’t forget a stay at Blue Tribes. While the eastern side of Pattaya Beach has filled in on either side, things haven't changed much at the small resort itself. A giant buffalo skull is still hung over the spacious reception and restaurant pavilion that fronts the beach, where you can grab a plate of Italian food before... Read our full review of Blue Tribes Garden Beach Resort.
Daya’s big blue-and-white pavilion is one of the oldest structures on Pattaya Beach and while the bungalows have also been here years, they’re still worth considering if you’re on a budget. Just beyond a string of upscale resorts at Pattaya Beach’s quiet western corner, Daya’s location is a big selling point. The beachfront here is marvellous and you can quickly stroll over a... Read our full review of Daya Resort.
Offering simple fan and air-con rooms in the 1,000 to 2,000 baht range, Seaside is one of a few small bungalow spots that have been operating on central Pattaya Beach for more than a decade. Set in two rows just off the beach and beyond a view of the sea, the bungalows stand in the shade of abundant trees and consist of wood frames, woven bamboo walls and metal roofs. They show some wear on... Read our full review of Seaside Resort.
Radical changes have taken place at Sunset Beach as the national park cleared out most of the beachfront land starting in 2014. The small resorts that remain are worth considering if you like a quiet scene and don’t mind a 15-minute trek to Walking Street.
Located a quick hop up the lane from Sunset Beach, Time to Chill has five rooms set in artistic bamboo houses blending into a forest. Made of wood, bamboo and thatch, the fan-cooled bungalow and houses were constructed in a way that avoided harming the existing nature -- you’ll even find ceilings stitched around towering tree trunks. Set towards the back, a single log bungalow has a typical... Read our full review of Time to Chill House.
The fan and air-con bungalows at Cozy Cove present some of the better budget value on Lipe -- if you don’t mind a sleepy staff and lack of a restaurant. Woven bamboo bungalows with low thatch roofs are set fairly far apart facing the sea on a few terraced sections of grass, each accessed by its own walkway. These are spartan -- with firm mattresses on the floor under mosquito nets, portable... Read our full review of Cozy Cove Resort.
Lipe Sunset is a quiet option, with sturdy wooden bungalows spread over a forested hill near Sunset Beach. Set on concrete frames, the large wood-and-bamboo bungalows with metal roofs are spacious and equipped with comfortable beds raised off hardwood floors along with mosquito nets, wall-mounted fans, small safes, large porches with sea views through the trees and clean hot-water bathrooms... Read our full review of Lipe Sunset Beach Resort.
Featuring Lipe’s most unusually fashioned bungalows, Phuritra is operated by a youthful group of Thais who expanded in recent years to open a pair of cheaper sister properties nearby. Running down a leafy hillside to the beach and an elevated dining terrace affording views to Ko Adang, Phuritra’s bungalows were built in a number of different shapes. The Capsule has rounded corners; the UFO... Read our full review of Phuritra Resort.
Seclusion seekers will find some interesting small resorts each fronting its own patch of sand at a handful of coves rimming Lipe’s western peninsula.
Backing a secluded beach near some of the best and safest snorkelling sites on Lipe, Bila Beach is a reliable choice for drifting into total relaxation while forgetting what day of the week it is. Placed over a steep hillside leading down to the beach, the bamboo-and-thatch bungalows sit tangled into the forest like bird's nests. They come with polished concrete or bamboo floors, fans, firm... Read our full review of Bila Beach Bungalows.
The most distant of Lipe’s western coves hosts Pitiusas, a relaxing little resort with fan and air-con bungalows built above a great seaside terrace. Facing the sea on a tree-studded hill accessed by steep steps, wooden fan bungalows come with framed pictures of the Buddha and iconic Thai monuments along with firm beds, mosquito nets, basin sinks and flush toilets in cold-water bathrooms, and... Read our full review of Pitiusas Beach Resort.
Inland options worth considering include hostels, a bare-bones camping spot and small hotels and guesthouses offering air-con digs for cheaper than the beach resorts. Lipe is so small that the nearest beach is never more than a five-minute walk from any of these places.
Koh Lipe Homestay’s charming wooden bungalows sharing land with Keirita’s Yoga represent excellent value for air-con. Located around the corner from the eastern end of Walking Street and a five-minute walk from Sunrise Beach, the Homestay offers a handful of clean bungalows with large porches and high thatch roofs stacked close together across from the yoga studio. Inside they feature... Read our full review of Koh Lipe Homestay.
Gecko’s fan-cooled bungalows dot a forested hilltop property at the end of a side lane just off central Walking Street and within a 10-minute stroll of either of the two main beaches. With white paint on woven bamboo walls and double beds with mosquito nets placed on bamboo frames, the small standard bungalows come with cold-water bathrooms and porches with tables and floor cushions. Larger... Read our full review of Gecko Lipe Island Resort.
Attracting mellow-minded backpackers to its cheap tents, huts and reggae bar, Lipe Camping Zone is situated off a side lane about halfway between Pattaya and Sunset Beaches. Fronted by a bar sporting Rastafarian flags, musical instruments and a loft strung with hammocks, the Zone’s huts and tents are thrown up around a central table where guests get to know each other. True budgeteers can... Read our full review of Lipe Camping Zone.
Ricci House was one of the first inland hotels to open on Lipe and it remains a fine choice for the sorts of rooms and services that you’d expect from a midrange city hotel on the Thai mainland. The hotel offers rooms in a three-storey building and larger editions in yellow concrete bungalows found further back down a palm-draped walkway. Set on the ground floor or upper floors accessed by... Read our full review of Ricci House.
Drawing some of the backpackers who have been priced out of even the most basic bungalows at most beach resorts, Shanti is one of a few newish places filling the dorm niche on Lipe. Set down a side lane that stays fairly quiet despite its location within steps of central Walking Street, Shanti has six bunks in each of the four mixed dorm rooms, two with air-con and two cooled by fans -- the... Read our full review of Shanti Hostel.
The Reef is a comfy guesthouse with inviting common areas and several room types suited to budget travellers, couples and families who don’t mind a five-minute walk to Sunrise Beach. The notably friendly receptionist was quick to show us the only available room at the time, a spotless “deluxe” air-con edition on the ground floor with tile floors, LCD TV, fridge, small safe, modern... Read our full review of The Reef.
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