Lipa Noi Beach in Thong Yang Bay - sunsets and fine sand

Thong Yang is one of the two mostfamous beaches of Koh Samui, which are positioned as “wild and deserted” for lovers of this island solitude, silence and contemplation. The second wild beach is usually called Taling ngam, which is located on the same side of Koh Samui.

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Beach description

The toponym "Tong Yang" is the name of the bay in whichthere is a beach, which, by the way, has another, more common name - Lipa Noi. Although, in fact, Lipa Noah is a village that stretches along the coast of the bay. The beach starts from the quay of Ko Samui Hospital, known for its humane rates for medical services.

It stretches along the bay of Thong Yang for 4.5 kilometers toNaval base with a checkpoint, a barrier and a submachine gunner. Before reaching the checkpoint, the road that runs along the beach turns left, and Lipa Noi is already around the corner of the island another 1,200 meters.

From the beach of Tong Yang is visible chain of islandsAng Thong National Marine Park. Throughout its length, Lipa Noi Beach is distinguished by an enviable constancy in its width, about 5 meters. And this beach is not the widest on the island of Koh Samui, especially at high tide.

The sand on Lipa Noah is very small and pristavuchyyellow color with a strong admixture of black sand, which in general gives the effect of a gray beach. A lot of shells. Clean on the beach is maintained only in front of hotels, villas and resorts, which are separated from each other at a decent distance. In the north, Tong Yang is dirtier than in the center.

The central part is relatively clean, but onin the south, closer to the base, there are already deposits of marine and human debris. The beach becomes completely deserted after the Naval Base, near the Raja Ferry Pier, which is also called the Pier Lipa Noi.

In case anyone is interested in reading about other places, I have a short overview of all the beaches of Samui, will help you decide on the choice of the beach.

Sunset, depth and waves

Sunset in the water with a flat sandy bottom is inMost parts of Lipa Noah, but only in the center of the beach, the bottom slope steeper than other places. The shallow water is also present here, but still, after 50-100 meters, you have a chance to take your feet off the bottom and swim like a human. The sandy bottom here has a small muddy deposit in which small clams live.

Scooping up the sand with your palm and washing it, you can get a handful of shells of various sizes and colors. Sometimes with your feet you step on invisible underwater stones.

The water on Tong Young is turbid and cloudynot at all happy landscapes. At low tide, the sea moves no more than 5–7 meters in the central part of the beach, but this distance increases in the north and south of Lipa Noah. Where serious shallow water begins. In the evenings a lot of locals come to the beach with children, an ideal beach for children.

Sun beds and shade

There are no exotic boulders on Lipa Noe, like Lamai,but a lot of trees. There are plenty of plots with a natural shade on the beach, in some places the beach is blocked by the strongly protruding stone foundations of a villa or bar. But these same villas and bars offer deck chairs for tanning.

Beach photo

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Infrastructure

District Lipa Noi is located on the edge of the islandcivilization, but not such an abandoned place. Many foreigners live here and even more - the local population. Of course, Lipa Noah loses in life activity, compared to Chaweng, or Nathon, or Lamai.

The main entertainment is presented in the form of rental kayaks and jet skis, there are also several bars and one large club Nikki Beach.

But not lovers of parties, shopping andnoisy companies, and people seeking privacy. So, for the goods of the nearest convenience store, you will have to go to the Ring Road or to the neighboring Nathon. Macro and Big C hypermarkets are located strictly on the opposite side of Koh Samui, which is about 25 km and an hour by car.

The nearest large shopping center to Tong Yang is the Tesco Lotus on Lamai - 18 km, about 40 minutes drive. Nearest sights of Samui:

  • Waterfalls Hin lad and Wanorn Waterfall;
  • Temples of Hin Lad and Ko Samui;
  • Chinese Temple in Nathon;
  • Samui Cultural Center;

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Houses and hotels on the beach

Since Lipa Noi beach is really one ofthe least built-up areas of the island, then the guests of the coastal hotels still have an amazing opportunity to see palm groves around the territory, and not the walls of the neighboring hotel. Distances between hotels are about 200-300 meters.

Building interspersed with wastelands andreally deserted parts of the coast. In the depths of the island you can find a lot of options for self-rental housing. A lot of new buildings and plots of land cleared of the jungle, preparing for construction.

Considering the plans of the island’s administration and financial investments in its development, there is not much time left for those who want to come to the island, and not a noisy, crowded resort.

From the hotels on the shore, you can highlight luxury cottages and resorts with excellent reviews: large houses Kanok Buri Resort

pleasant and spacious Rajapruek Samui Resort

and super classy Nikki Beach Resort Koh Samui

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Comfortable small houses with their own small pools: Sea Valley Hotel

and Lipa Lodge Beach Resort

. Little Pearl Family Resort

lives up to its name - funny little houses on the beach, white both outside and inside. Think and Retro Cafe Lipa Noi Hotel

- original houses made of iron containers, painted in cheerful colors. Also right on the beach.

If you want to book a hotel here in advance or search for accommodation on other beaches, I have a selection of hotels in Samui with a good rating and reviews.

Lipa Noah hotels>

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How to find the beach

There are plenty of options to get to the beach. Tong Yang is too long and sparsely populated for its infrastructure to create any obstacles to travel to the sea. The most convenient option is the smooth asphalt road 4174, which goes from Ring Road straight to the water, ending at the walls of Lipa Bay Resort

with a large parking for vehicles.

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Beach map

Lipa Noi beach map

Map of Lipa Noi Beach:

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