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Top Choice Thai in Ko Lipe

Nee Papaya

Delightful Nee offers an affordable fish grill nightly, all the standard curries (including a dynamite beef pá·naang), noodles and stir fries (beef, chicken, seafood or veggie), along with a tremendous array of fier…
Bar in Ko Lipe

Pooh’s Bar

This expansive complex (which includes bungalows, a dive shop and several restaurants) was built by a Lipe pioneer and remains a popular local expat hangout. Nightly films and sports are projected onto the big scree…
Thai in Ko Lipe

Papaya Mom

A cute Isan food stall notable for its authentic eats and especially succulent meat dishes popular with local Thais (grilled spicy pork neck, lâhp). Vegetarians can raid the luscious fruit stand and thoughtful veg m…
Spanish in Ko Lipe

The Box

If you fancy a break from flaming-hot curries and seafood grills (it happens), rustle up a tinto de verano (red wine with lemonade) and a parade of authentically good Spanish tapas specials at this casually elegant,…
Thai in Ko Lipe

On The Rocks

Clinging wonderfully atmospherically to the cliffside at the far southern end of Hat Sunrise, this semi-open-air bar-restaurant turns out Thai curries, stir-fries and fresh fish as well as salads, sandwiches and pas…
International in Ko Lipe

Elephant Coffee House

The bar is a long-tail, second-hand books are for sale and black-and-white local-life photos are plastered across varnished-concrete walls. Pop into this coolly contemporary cafe for fabulous all-day breakfasts of t…
Seafood in Ko Lipe


One of few places still locally run, Daya's is arguably the best of the fresh seafood barbecues put on nightly by Hat Pattaya’s resorts.
Bar in Ko Lipe

Maya Bar

A forever-packed, open-air cocktail bar that feels sultrily modern-rustic thanks to faded log stools, chunky-wood tables, flickering candles and a bamboo 'wall'. DJs spin dance/electronic beats after dark.
Island in Ko Lipe

Ko Kra

There’s good coral around Ko Kra, one of the little islands opposite Hat Sunrise, but careful with oncoming long-tails. Most resorts rent out mask and snorkel sets and fins for 50B each.
Island in Ko Lipe

Ko Usen

Ko Usen, one of the little islands opposite Hat Sunrise, has some good coral. Most resorts rent out mask and snorkel sets and fins for 50B each. Take care with long-tails, which don't always spot snorkellers and swi…