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Lipa Noi

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Running roughly south to north from Taling Ngam to Nathon, beautiful Lipa Noi has to be one of the most underrated beaches on Ko Samui, with calm crystal waters and a fine, yellow to white sand backing onto coconut plantations and a smattering of places to stay.





Lipa Noi curves around to the west at its southern end, where there is a small Thai naval base, but for most of its length it is north-south running, and while you can’t see the Five Islands from here, the sunsets can still be tremendous.

Calm waters. Photo taken in or around Lipa Noi, Ko Samui, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Calm waters. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Budget travellers will find Lipa Noi’s accommodation a bit lacking, but those with a little more to spend should find the options available sufficient for a lazy stay by the beach. If your budget won’t allow for a stay, Lipa Noi still makes for a good daytrip and we suggest basing yourself at Think Retro Cafe, which has a cool backpacker vibe.

Like Taling Ngam to the south of here, Lipa Noi is very low key. Nikki Beach Club sits at the northern end of the village (which places it roughly at the centre of the beach), but Lipa Noi’s "scene" as it is, is very cold beer under a shade tree rather than dancing around in a club. There are ample places to eat, both on and off the beach, but if you’re after the wealth of tourist eateries you’ll find on Lamai and Chaweng, Lipa Noi isn’t for you. If you have your own transport, Nathon is only a 15-20 minute ride north of here and has some good seafood restaurants, especially to the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Lipa Noi
Southwest Ko Samui

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