Ko Lipe is an island off the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand. It is in Satun Province, close to Langkawi Island (Malaysia), 67 km from Pak Bara. It is part of a large group of over 70 islands, and also part of a smaller cluster of islands called the Butang Islands or Adang Archipelago.
Ko Lipe is known for diving and snorkelling, and for beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Ko Lipe is just outside Tarutao National Park and surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.
The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name "Ko Lipe" means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language.