Koh Lipe Gay Travel
I’ve never seen a more beautiful island in my life. Koh Lipe gay travel is perfect for either solo travelers or a couple’s getaway. Experience some of the clearest, bluest waters on earth.
The Gay Travel Experience: Koh Lipe, Thailand
I never expected Koh Lipe to be as amazing as it was. The crystal-clear waters blew my mind. It felt like a dream…I could have easily spent weeks there. Gay travel in Koh Lipe is pretty sweet because surprisingly, I found more gay guys in Koh Lipe than many other Thai islands I have been to!
The evening I arrived to Koh Lipe, I met a group of gay European men on the beach, one of which I ended up spending much of my time with during my short stay on the island. We would grab drinks each night and hang out at the amazing bars Koh Lipe has in the town center.
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The Best Thai Island: Don't Miss Koh Lipe
I couldn’t recommend Koh Lipe enough. Many gay travel sites talk about how clear beaches are all around Thailand. While most Thai water is clear, over-tourism and falsely hyped destinations can lead you astray. I have never seen anything better than Koh Lipe. A close second for the clearest blue beach water on earth? Holbox, Mexico.
Whether you are a gay couple looking for the perfect winter gay travel destination or a budget traveler seeking a slice of paradise, this Thai island will be just right. Inexpensive and beautiful, I will have to make another Koh Lipe gay travel adventure sooner than later!
Gay Koh Lipe: Where to Stay
There is no inferior place to stay on the island of Koh Lipe. Every part of the shore is stunning. The two main areas for accommodations are Sunset Beach and Sunrise Beach. Truthfully anything along the shore in this picturesque destination will more than suffice.
When arriving in Koh Lipe, you’ll dock at Pattaya Beach or Bhundaya Beach. These are both adjacent to one another on the south shore. These beaches and Sunrise Beach are connected by the community’s “walking street.” The total walking time is 10-15 minutes end-to-end. Once you arrive, there will be plenty of shops to grab groceries and food.
Book A Beach Hut
I stayed in a small beach hut on the shore of Sunrise Beach. The accommodation was primitive, and I loved that! There was no Wi-Fi, no hot water, no air conditioning…I just had a bed and the sound of the ocean.
Koh Lipe Hostels & Hotels
Along sunset beach, accommodations are more private and separated. This area would be best for couples who want some more space. For the solo travelers, hostels along Walking Street start at $10 USD per night and can typically be booked day-of.
Koh Lipe Experiences for the Gay Traveler
You must watch the sunset at Sunset Beach. There is a little bay in this area, perfect to lay down in still water for a romantic moment. Couples lined the shore, sitting in the water as the orange sun went below the horizon. This is the perfect gay couple’e romantic spot!
Koh Lipe Bars & Nightlife
Koh Lipe had more nightlife than I expected! My favorite place was Maya Bar. The design was incredible. Sand floors, dimly lit elevated seating areas, lots of little tables and an amazing DJ makes this my number one recommendation for Koh Lipe.
If you want a chill bar on the beach, head to Charming. They have super fast wi-fi, killer Cuba Libre cocktails and bean bag seating to keep you comfy.
Koh Lipe Gay Travel Tips
When island hopping in Southeast Asia, it’s best to pack light. You will need to carry your bags onto and off of boats, along beaches to get to check-in points and sometimes along local roads to reach resorts where motor bikes are not allowed.
Roller-bag suitcases may seem convenient for the airport, but while traveling the islands, they will become a burden. Get something you can carry on your back.
Best Time of Year to Visit Koh Lipe
Although people visit Koh Lipe year-round, you should know that the island does have a low season. This is when the most rainfall occurs in western Thailand (Note: the rainy seasons are different on opposite Thailand coasts).
When is low season in Thailand? Most websites will tell you from May to October. The truth is, however, that each month is a little different. August, September and October are the rainiest months in Koh Lipe, so avoid traveling during that period
How To Get to Koh Lipe, Thailand
How to Get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi
If you are arriving from Langkawi, Malaysia, there will be a specific protocol for customs. In Malaysia, your passport will be stamped, then taken temporarily. It will be returned to you upon check-in at Koh Lipe. This is to prevent you from running away after departing the ferry. Expect to wait a little bit in a seating area on the beach when you arrive. The process takes around 30 minutes.
Gay Rights in Thailand
Thailand attracts many LGBT travelers given a reputation as a very tolerant nation. Same-sex relations were legalized back in 1956. In 2015, the Gender Equality Act was passed, banning discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, a huge leap for Thailand! This was the first law mentioning homosexual persons for the nation.
However even with these granted rights, locals can be subject to victimization. Young LGBT monks-in-training can endure difficult upbringings as their freedom to express who they are is stifled. Thailand is making progress though.
Enjoy your travels to one of the most beautiful islands on earth.
If you have enjoyed this Koh Lipe gay travel guide, check out the neighboring Malaysian Island of Langkawi.