Like Thailand’s other islands, the weather on Koh Lipe can range from intense sunshine to loud, powerful storms. Although the island is accessible all year, most people visit Koh Lipe during the dry season, which lasts from November until April.
Sunrise with Long Tail Boats at Koh Lipe © bambicorro
Although rain comes and goes throughout the year and can be particularly intense in the rainy season, the average temperature on Koh Lipe stays at around 27°C and varies by three to five degrees on a daily basis.
During January, the weather is warm but not overly hot, with temperatures ranging from the high 20s to early 30s and minimal rain. January is Koh Lipe’s busiest month, attracting large crowds and resulting in higher than normal prices from hotels and resorts around the island.
Like January, February is a warm and sunny month to visit Koh Lipe with very little rain. Crowds are usually thinner than in January, although the island is still quite busy and prices can remain higher than normal.
March is the second to last month of the high season, with smaller crowds than the busy months of January and February. The weather is still hot and sunny, with average temperatures in the high 20s or early 30s and little, if any, rain.
April is the final month of Koh Lipe’s high season, with accommodation easier to find than in January or February. The weather is sunny and hot, with higher average temperatures than earlier in the year and less of a cool wind throughout the day.
May marks the beginning of the rainy season on Koh Lipe, although the monsoon rain doesn’t usually reach its peak until September. Temperatures and humidity are high and storms are common throughout the rainy season, although most do not last for the entire day.
Throughout June, the weather on Koh Lipe is hot, humid and rainy. Most rain is limited to the evening, although there are rare full days of rain. Accommodation is often heavily discounted during June due to the thin crowds on the island.
Like June, July is a warm and rainy month. Afternoon and evening showers are common, with some days overcast and very wet. Despite this, it’s still easy to enjoy Koh Lipe if you’re willing to tolerate some limited showers throughout the latter half of the day.
August is another rainy, uncrowded month on Koh Lipe. Minimal visitors mean that the island is extremely affordable. August is one of Koh Lipe’s rainiest months, with frequent showers and a strong possibility of rainfall throughout the entire day.
September is the rainiest month on Koh Lipe, with average rainfall of 339mm. The rainy season reaches its peak towards the end of September, with showers easing during the final days of the month. Koh Lipe receives frequent thunderstorms throughout mid to late September.
October is the final month of the rainy season on Koh Lipe. There is usually intense rain at the beginning of the month, with precipitation decreasing as October goes on and almost ending by the end of the month. The average temperature is 29°C throughout October.
November marks the beginning of the dry season on Koh Lipe. Although there is still occasional rain, November receives around half as much rainfall as October and is a great time to visit Koh Lipe before the peak season crowds arrive later in the year.
December is a great month to visit Koh Lipe, with an average temperature of 27°C, a cool sea breeze throughout the day and minimal rainfall. Crowds begin to grow throughout December as the island approaches the January-February peak season.