Photo: A tucked-away west coast beach.

Exploring Ko Lipe's western peninsula

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Development has barely touched Ko Lipe’s rugged western peninsula revealing little-known viewpoints and beaches. Nature lovers and seclusion seekers should hop out of that hammock, grab a map and get hiking.

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Leaving the busy part of the island on the way towards Sunset Beach, your first stop could be Wat Hang Lay, a forest temple where monks chant in the late afternoons. While you won’t find impressive Buddha images or architecture, the wat is notable for preserving a sizeable block of jungle rimmed by Thai spirit houses and quirky statuary. You might also pop into neighbouring Lipe Art Garden to watch the resident artists busy with batik work.

Wat Hang Lay is worth checking out on a spin through Lipe's west. Photo taken in or around Exploring Ko Lipe's western peninsula, Ko Lipe, Thailand by David Luekens.

Wat Hang Lay is worth checking out on a spin through Lipe's west. Photo: David Luekens

After passing behind Sunset Beach, make a detour down to Bila Beach‘s laid-back bar and cafe, or the excellent Forever Restaurant along the main road. If time is on your side, rent a snorkel at Bila to peep some of the best-preserved reefs found off Lipe’s shores. If you’re here at low tide, wander north along the shore to find secluded patches of sand backed by boulders draped ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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