Koh Lipe เกาะหลีเป๊ะ is located within Thailand’s Satun province, in the Andaman sea, close to the Malaysian border. The beaches at Lipe have very clear and calm water.
Over the years, the island has become more developed due to an increasing number of tourists. The best time to visit is from November until May. Book well in advance during peak season.
Getting to Koh Lipe
From Bangkok, fly to Hat Yai airport (about 1.5 hours), then catch a minibus or taxi to Pak Barra Pier (about 2 hours). From the pier, transfer to by speedboat to Koh Lipe which takes about an hour. You can pre-book airport transfers online.
Getting around Koh Lipe
You can walk around the whole island within an hour. There are 3 main beaches: Sunset, Sunrise and Pattaya Beach.
The ‘Walking Street’ has a great choice of restaurants, bars, internet cafés, massage and convenient shops that stay open until about 10pm.
Where to Stay?
Koh Lipe has a good range of accommodations, from cheap bungalows to luxury villas. They often get fully booked during high season, so book early.
Our 2021 top Koh Lipe hotels for gay travellers are listed below.
Why this hotel?: New boutique hotel. Moderm rooms. Great outdoor pool.
The new AKIRA Lipe Resort is located on Pattaya Beach and just a 5-minute walk to the popular Walking Street, with plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes and bars.
Each modern, air-conditioned guest room features free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, DVD player, sofa seating area and en suite bathroom with shower.
The resort has a wonderful outdoor pool and offers tour desk and luggage storage service. The onsite restaurant serves a wide choice of local and Western cuisine, while drinks can be enjoyed at the bar with sea views.
Why this hotel?: Modern villas. Great outdoor pool.
Given the island’s remote location, Idyllic is one of the most upscale hotels on Koh Lipe and one of the few that has an outdoor swimming pool. The resort is located on Sunrise Beach with views of the Andaman Sea.
Each spacious and modern private villa features flat screen satellite TV, private balcony, rain showers and free WiFi. There is a restaurant and bar serving fresh seafood and Thai dishes.
At Idyllic, gay guests receive a warm welcome by friendly staff who are happy to arrange for snorkeling tour and other watersport activities.
Why this hotel?: Great value. Lush surroundings. Friendly staff.
Though located further inland, Ricci House is only a 5-minute walk from Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe. With 19 private bungalows in lush tropical surroundings, the resort offers a peaceful stay and great value for money.
Each modern bungalow has a private terrace, air conditioning, flat screen TV, minibar, free WiFi. The open-air restaurant serves tasty Thai, Western and fresh seafood. A selection of drinks can be enjoyed at the bar.
Ricci’s friendly staff are happy to assist you with tours, travel arrangements and other services. Gay guests are warmly welcome.
Why this hotel?: Popular choice. Excellent location & service.
One of the most popular resorts on Koh Lipe and also the gayest! We’ve stayed at Bundhaya and loved their private beachfront location at the end of Pattaya Beach.
The resort offers private bungalows, with either air conditioning or fan, and modern oceanfront villas. Each unit has a flat screen TV, free WiFi and a small patio. Snorkeling gear for rent and tour desk available.
The breakfast buffet has a decent selection, and the à la carte restaurant & bar serves up some very delicious food. We enjoyed the wonderful service from the many ladyboy waitresses here.
Bundhaya attracts all types of guests (mainly Westerners), from families with children, newlyweds, gay couples, college students, etc.
bar, restaurant, shop, massage, sun terrace, beach, free wi-fi
Why this hotel?: Budget option. Lush surroundings. Close to Walking Street.
A great budget choice and a nice alternative to a standard hotel room. Gecko Lipe Resort is surrounded by lush green, tropical gardens and is just a 5-minute walk to the beach.
The bungalows are simple, with a small terrace, private bathroom, fan and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy drinks at the onsite bar. No restaurant, but plenty of eateries at the popular Walking Street are only a 2-minute walk away.