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Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi - Koh Samui - Thailand

Lipa Noi - Koh Samui - Thailand

Lipa Noi is on the west coast located just 5km south of Nathon, the commercial capital and ferryport of Koh Samui.

Generally it is a quiet rural area with waterfalls in the hills and coconut plantations that tumble down to the white sand beaches and sunset facing beaches. Our Lipa Noi villas are some of the most luxurious on Koh Samui.

Lipa Noi Map

General Information

Lipa Noi Highlights

Lipa Noi is on the west coast located just 5km south of Nathon the commercial capital and ferryport of Koh Samui. Generally it is a quiet rural area full of coconut plantations, mountains with waterfalls all the way down to the beach, where the palms provide the green and natural border on the edge of the sands.

There are houses scattered in between the palms, mostly hidden from sight as there is no village or community here. The main town of Nathon is so close the residents have everything they need.

There is a good straight road direct to Lipa Noi beach from the main Koh Samui ring road, but as an experience an alternative way to travel is via the back road parallel to the coast that you can take from the area near Nathon hospital. Here you will travel through the temple grounds and past the The Dusit Dhewa Samui Cultural Centre, both of which it is worth spending time around.

One of the ferry piers for boats to the mainland is located at the southern most point of Tong Yang bay and this area is a good place for a stop over, before taking the ferry or having just arrived.

The great attraction of Lipa Noi for many is that it is off the beaten track and has peace and tranquility in this laid back location. Yet it is just be 5 - 10 minutes away from a shop, café or restaurant if needed. There are also quite a few Thai style restaurants on the beach.

Beaches

There are two beaches set within Tong Yang Bay. These beaches are located on either side of a peninsula where a naval base is established.

Lipa Noi Beach
The 3 km Lipa Noi beach at the northern end is not quite as sleepy as the southern beach and as it does not have an offshore coral reef, swimming is good almost all year round.


Although narrow at times it is also a good beach for walking/jogging, with very few people around even in high season. The beach has soft golden sand and clear water, especially at the centre of the bay. It is ideal for families with the shade of the palm trees. Local families usually appear on the beach during the late afternoon/early evening when it is cooler.

The beach has several bungalow resorts, boutique hotels and luxury beachfront villas spread out along the bay and now and then the beach wakes up with events held at the world renowned Nikki Beach Club at the far northern end of the beach.

Tong Yang Beach
This is the beach on to the south of the peninsula, as the ferry pier is located at one end of the beach and is known as the "Lipa Noi Ferry" the beach here has also taken the name Lipa Noi beach, which is confusing to some. The other ferry at Nathon is known as the "Nathon Ferry".

This particular part of the beach does have an offshore reef and swimming is limited at certain times of the year.

Tong Yang beach is also home to some of our finest Koh Samui fully staffed luxury beachfront villas, large enough for extended families and groups of friends where some never venture out from what is considered their own private hotel.

OUR VILLAS IN LIPA NOI

Browse our collection of stunning luxury villas in Lipa Noi. Lipa Noi beach has sugary white sand and many of our properties are directly on the beachfront, with some hidden in exclusive beach coves.

Lipa Noi Beaches

Lipa Noi Beach

West - A beautiful sandy 3km long beach located to the north of a headland and is swimming almost all year round and a great jogging beach. This amazingly quiet beach experiences beautiful sunsets is lined with small resorts and an up market beach club at one end.

Tong Yang Beach

West - A white sands palm fringed beach to the south of the naval base peninsula at Lipa Noi.There is an offshore reef and swimming is limited at certain times of the year.Tong Yang beach is also home to some of our finest Koh Samui fully staffed luxury beachfront villas.

Lipa Noi is a quiet and restful location and it's a great place to come and relax and rejuvenate. There aren't a large range of activities here and that is the attraction to many visitors. The beaches are beautiful and it is excellent for walking or a driving adventure through the spectacular scenery, a mix of coconut plantations, mountain and beach. 

Wat Samut Tharan

The back inner coast road to Lipa Noi actually drives through this temple's grounds, where sits the golden Wat Samut Tharan on it’s own beachfront plot of land. It's worth spending some time here to have a look around.

Dusit Dhewa Samui Cultural Centre and Fine Art of South East Asia

The centre is well worth a visit, located not far from the temple on the coast road from Nathon hospital. The centre is still in progress, but even now it is fascinating with the work of a Thai national, Khun Chart depicting all the cultures of the region through out the Thai history. He has created stone statues representing Gods, with some in the form of mythical creatures set amongst the jungle type large garden. He has filled his own house with amazing collections that will need to be explained and if available Khun Chart will provide a tour if requested. There is a small restaurant in the grounds.

Watersports and Sea Tours

Water ski

The busier beaches of Chaweng and Lamai will have speed boats offering the traditional water ski trips and lessons and some will also offer wakeboarding, paragliding and banana boat rides.

Windsurf and Paddleboard

Windsurfing and Paddleboard rental is available on Lamai beach as well as lessons for both kiddies and adults. Maenam beach also a windsurfing facility as well as other sail boats.

Kayaking

Kayaks can be hired on most of the beaches around Koh Samui either through hotels or concessions for paddling around locally.

Sea Walking

An ideal family activity as up to 6 people can walk the seabed in 10ft of clear water at the same time from up to 30minutes. No experience of diving or even swimming required.

Diving and Snorkelling

Koh Samui does not have much in the way of coral and therefore very little marine life. Many dive companies operate diving and snorkeling trips to other dive sites as well as PADI dive courses.

Deep Sea Fishing Trips

The waters surrounding Koh Samui are teaming with fish and there are many day or night-time game fishing tours available, catering for beginners and experts with all equipment provided.

Sight Seeing Boat Trips

One of the most popular is to the stunning islands of the Angthong National Marine Park Optional snorkelling and kayaking is usually available with equipment provided and lunch. A private speedboat trip around Koh Samui's coast exploring secret beaches is another option.

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding is availabel on Koh Samui at two locations at different times of the year on the south and west coasts when the water is shallow and has ideal conditons

Cocosplash

An adventrure playground for  great day out for the family with fun for kids of all ages and the adults! Swimming pools, waterslides, boating, bungee trapeezing, mini go karts, mini golf course, tree to tree rope bridge course (2 levels), inflatable bouncey castle.

Sailing Charters

A great way to see the coastline of Koh Samui for a few hours or have an overnight stay visiting other islands is to charter a sailing boat. Different size boats all for a romantic sunset cruise for two or to have fun with a large group of family or friends.

Other Activities

Namuang Safari Park

Tours include 20min ATV Quad bikes fun , elephant trekking and show and a cable ride which includes one ride for 6 - 11yearolds.

Go Karts

There are three Go Kart tracks now on Koh Samui and provides a fun time for all the family. There are both single and double karts should you wish to drive wth younger kids.

Football Golf

Get family and friends playing, laughing and enjoying this fun game of kicking the football into 18 holes on a tropical course with a cold drink provided.

Muay Thai Boxing

The national sport of Thailand with venues to spectate or partake in professional Muay Thai are found in Chaweng and Lamai.

Golf

There is a PGA International championship 18 hole par 72 golf course and two 9 hole courses all with stunning views. There are also two driving ranges.

Temple Visits

There are many temples in and around Koh Samui representing the history and the different cultures of the Thai residents all well worth a visit some of which have amazing views.

Shopping

There is ample souvenir and fashion shopping in the popular coastal towns with Koh Samui’s biggest shopping "mall" Central Festival located right in the centre of Chaweng. There are also the "Walking Street" markets in different places every night of the week

Walking Street Markets

There is a "walking Street" market in one of the towns and villages on everyday of the week - the most popular being the "Od Fisheman's Village" at Bophut which takes place on a Friday night from around 4pm until 10 - 11pm.

4 W/D Jeep Jungle Tour and Waterfall

Enjoy an exhilarating trip on the back of a jeep through Koh Samui's jungle and across rivers reaching the highest point on the island experiencing amazing view.

Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling

There is just one cinema at the present time located at the Tesco Lotus Supermarket and shopping mall alongside a small bowling alley. Another bowling alley is located in the centre of Chaweng.

Thai Cookery School

SITCA is the original Thai cookery school on Koh Samui based in Chaweng and has both morning and afternoon sessions to learn all about the ingredients and preparation. The manager of your luxury Koh Samui villa will be able to assist with recommending other cookery schools nearby.

Restaurants

Eating out in Lipa Noi

There are not too many restaurants in this area and the few that exist are on the beach and are well established with a good reputation.

Big John's Seafood
Located at the southern end of Lipa Noi beach this restaurant is part of the Lipa Lovely Resort in a good beachfront position with a covered area and a perfect spot to enjoy the sunsets. The restaurant specialises in fresh seafood and has live entertainment on certain nights and is popular for a stop on an island tour.
www.thelipalovelyresort.samuiwestcoast.com/big_john_seafood.htm

The Siam Residence
This resort is located at the east end of the beach close to the Nathon hospital and it's restaurant is a more upmarket place to dine on the beach, it has a good reputation with European management.

Lipa Lodge
Approached from along driveway on the inner coastal road, before turning on to Lipa Noi beach. This peaceful resort has a restaurant slightly elevated above the beach and is a perfect place to stop of for lunch whilst touring around Koh Samui.

Nikki Beach
This world famous beach club and restaurant is gaining popularity from holidaymakers and residents. It is now common knowledge that it is located on this normally very quiet beautiful beach on the west coast.


Most popular is the Sunday brunch with a live saxophonist and an amazing selection of food. It makes for a great day out.
Nikki Beach stages special themed poolside evening events from time to time, which are well publicised and are quite an extravaganza!
www.nikkibeach.com/kohsamui/events.php

Nightlife

Lipa Noi Nightlife

Googlemap of all Lipa Noi villas


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