Sunrise Beach: Dream Beach on Koh Lipe

The Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe is a beautiful white sand beach located in the east of Thailand’s popular holiday island. At a length of about 2 kilometers this long beach convinces with crystal clear and turquoise blue sea. Also, here you will find some of the best places to stay on Koh Lipe. Here you will find diving schools, restaurants and bars and great places to swim and snorkel. All this makes the Sunrise Beach a perfect beach for an unforgettable holiday.

In this travel guide we show you what to expect during a holiday at Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe. Additionally, you will get some useful tips and information about how to get to Koh Lipe and the best recommended accommodations.


Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe

The Sunrise Beach, or Hat Chao Ley is breath-takingly beautiful and so it is not only one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Lipe but also of one of the best beaches in Thailand. Here you can bathe in crystal-clear sea water and marvel at a colorful underwater world while snorkelling. The sand is wonderfully white and gives a stunning contrast to the sea, which shimmers in the most beautiful blue and turquoise colors. Also, it is less touristy than the main beach (Pattaya Beach) and so the atmosphere here is quieter and more relaxed.

Nevertheless, at Sunrise Beach, which is by the way the longest beach in Koh Lipe, you will find a great selection of hotels, resorts and accommodations, which we will introduce to you later.

Tip: Best travel time: The peak season and the best travel time for Koh Lipe is the dry season from December to April. But still, the island can be visited in any season. Especially in the off season from May to October you will find amazing hotel-deals here on the beach.

If you want to visit the beautiful neighboring island of Koh Adang by longtail boat, then you are right on Sunrise Beach. From here the local taxi boats operate between Koh Lipe and Koh Adang. Departure is in the northern beach section and the transfer with the boat costs about 100 Baht per way and person.

Pickup can be arranged directly with the longtail-boat driver.

Karma Beach – Upper Beach section

One of the most beautiful beach sections is in the north of Sunrise Beach. This part is often called Karma Beach. Depending on the season, a white sand bank forms at low tide, which is also a popular spot for swimming. At this section of the Sunrise Beach, the sand is especially fine and soft. At low tide at this point you can wade really far out into the sea.

Tip: You will enjoy the most beautiful viewpoint to the sandbank and to the neighboring island from the Mountain Resort.

Kayaking & Snorkelling

Kayaking: A really cool way to explore Koh Lipe is to paddle the coast by kayak. The paddle boats are offered at some places of Sunrise Beach, for example at the Mountain Resort, and sportive ones even  circle the island.

Snorkelling: There are some fantastic areas for snorkelling at Sunrise Beach. One is at the southern part, where the really amazing Serendipity Beach Resort is located. Here at the offshore reef you discover incredibly beautiful fish in a diverse underwater world. But also, the northern beach section and the reefs around Karma Beach are perfect for snorkelling.

Getting There

The nearest airport to Koh Lipe is Hat Yai International Airport. From the mainland (Pakbara Pier), the quickest way to reach the island is by speedboat.

But most of the holiday islands of the Andaman Sea, such as Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Bulon, also offer transfers to Koh Lipe by speetboat and ferry.

At you will find the exact journey times and you can organize your travel ticket in advance.


Places to stay at Sunrise Beach

Right on Sunrise Beach there are some really beautiful accommodations and hotels. The bungalows are mostly located on the beach and so you are in a few steps right inside the beautiful sea. Here are our hotel reccomandations for the dream beach:

  • Serendipity Beach Resort: The Serendipity Beach Resort is a real insider tip for the special holiday or honeymoon on Koh Lipe. The dream hotel offers beautiful rooms and a bay only for hotel guests. In addition, the house reef is perfect for snorkelling.
  • Castaway Resort: The Castaway Koh Lipe has a wonderful location right on Sunrise Beach with beautiful, nature-adapted wooden cabins.
  • Wapi Resort: The lovely Wapi Resort is a nice little hotel, right on the beach. The location is ideal, because from here you can quickly get to the walking street.
  • Hostel: The Bloom Cafe & Hostel is not right on Sunrise Beach, but it’s a cheap and really good alternative for backpackers. It is located in the Koh Lipe Walking Street, a 10-minute walk from Sunrise Beach.


Tip: All information about Koh Lipe and the most beautiful beaches and sights can be found here in our Koh Lipe Travel Guide.

Conclusion: The Sunrise Beach is the best beach to choose for a holiday on Koh Lipe. Here the sea is especially beautiful, the sunrises are magical and, in a few minutes,, you are on the Koh Lipe Walking Street.

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