The bungalows are nicely spaced out on a quiet patch of Sunrise Beach. They are very picturesque, being made completely from bamboo, and the rates are very competitive for Koh Lipe. The common area / bar / restaurant is also very good with some excellent relaxing seats and hammocks etc. They also serve very good food.
If you’re thinking about diving, then it is probably the place to stay as they arrange it very well, and you get 25% discount for the days you dive.
The town area is just a short walk – around 5 to 10 minutes.
There are some down sides though. The bungalows are not comfortable. The steps are made from bamboo, and are quite steep (they are more like ladders than stairs). The beach front common area is on the non-sunset side of the island, so the views are not great, and it also get hits by strong breezes late in the afternoon.
A note in general about Koh Lipe; I found the local people to be the most unpleasant in all of Thailand, the only “industry” on the island is tourism, and I felt in a tourist trap from the moment we were dumped off the ferry. Over the tears we have left money tucked away in bags in the hotel room while they have been cleaned etc… I have never had a problem in Asia, but here the cleaner went through our bags and stole some. Of course, I am not blaming the resort (we were offered a safe at reception), but for me it demonstrates the nature of the locals on Koh Lipe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forra Bamboo Resort on Sunrise Beach was opened in 2006 and is comprised of 13 well-designed, spacious bungalows, built mainly from bamboo and natural materials by craftsmen from northern Thailand.Since january 2011, a new diver's resort has opened on Pattaya beach.This resort will be comprised of 15 new well-designed and special bamboo bungalows following the same concept as Forra bamboo resort on Sunrise Beach.The 2 resorts have been designed to take consideration of the natural environment and to leave as much space between bungalows as possible, to give maximum privacy.Forra Diving is renting big bamboo bungalows at a reasonable price for its divers so that they can enjoy their stay on Lipe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forra Bamboo Hotel Koh Lipe