Date of Travel: April 2019
Well, we planned to stay for 4 nights and stayed for 8….
We avoided the crowded and built up beach of Pattaya and found a paradise to share with a hand full of locals and like minded tourists.
We stayed for 6 nights in a simple bamboo hut with a fan at Adang Sea Eco Village this cost 500B. If you want a bit more luxury, they do have a variety of different rooms.
We absolutely loved this place for many reasons! As the name suggests it is an Eco village so when we arrived we were given a stainless steel bottle to refill for drinking water. They ask you not to use toilet roll and to use the bum gun instead, this took a little getting used too.
And the location was absolute paradise!!!
It is a very short walk down some steps to the stunning Cozy cove. Which we thought was the most beautiful and best beach for chilling and snorkelling at high tide and to watch the sun go down – paradise!!
After sunset, we would pull ourselves away from the small cove and head towards the famous walking street for dinner and drinks. This is just a 15 minute walk.
Often we wouldn’t make it there as we would end up eating in the Barracuda restaurant.
Our favourite meal was a huge fresh tuna and chips that fed us both for just 300b or a vegetable massaman curry & rice for 130b each. Nikki the guy that worked there and Bartman (our nickname) the tattooist from the adjoined shop were absolutely brilliant guys and a few locals that would go here. We would often stay till the early morning, drinking, chatting, laughing and playing instruments. We would go back to Koh Lipe to see just them.
Rock Stones reggae bar is a super friendly place!! This is where a lot of the locals go after they finish work to have a free game of pool. We were made to feel very welcome and some nights snuck past otherwise we knew we would be in there until sun rise.
The Walking Street is the heart of Ko Lipe, it is full of bars, restaurants, massages, tour companies and guest houses, we were really spoilt for choice. It has a fantastic holiday atmosphere and is the place to mingle with other tourists and barter with the shop keepers. We were there in April and it was not over busy but we imagine that in season it would be a little crazy and lots of fun.
The Walking Street is a little pricey compared to the rest of the island but if its atmosphere you want then its well worth it. You can always save a few baht and buy a beer from the shop opposite the Elephant Bar and still enjoy the buzz of the street.
Islanders Sea Sports bar on Pattaya Beach has incredible décor and well worth a visit.
On Sunrise beach we liked Sea le vie which is a cool reggae bar.
It is full of brilliant signs, here are just a few…
Whilst wondering around one evening we came across some workers, so we went over to have a chat (like you do in Thailand) to see what they were doing.
Each evening we then went back to see how they were doing and to took them some food and drinks.
For our last 2 nights we had to move accommodation as our hut was already booked. We stayed across the street at Happy which cost 700B for a double fan bungalow with hot water, flushing toilet and a cute pet frog…
We’re sure you guessed that we absolutely loved Koh Lipe, we hope this helps you to plan your trip there.