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Forra Dive Resort Sunrise Beach
Gavle, Sweden
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“Good accomodation and brilliant diving!”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

We had a great time at Forra, both acommodation and diving was excellent! Exactly what we were looking and hoping for. The staff is superfriendly and relaxed, diving and dive boat is excellent and they serve great lunches on the day trips! Everything was really well organised. Forra offers a good variety of divesites and brilliant dive guides. The small dive groups, we were 4 ppl at the most with one guide, is lyxurious!! Thanks guys for a great time!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

Antoine is an excellent host. Along with Francois, Pascal, Etienne and the rest of the forra team an excellent stay awaits you when you choose Forra. The resort on sunrise beach is beautiful, spacious and secluded whilst being 5 only minutes from the centre of Li Pe "city". Local south thai Markets await you on your journey from your bamboo hut to the centre. Well worth a dine is dinas. The bbq beef is astounding. The sounds of the jungle surround at all times of the day and night providing idyllic seclusion from the busier areas of Li Pe.

The dive school attached and run by Antoine and staffed by the names mentioned above is top notch. I have never felt safer or more adventurous on dives than with this company. Providing crucial gains in my experience I will never forget and always cherish as seminal moments in my scuba development.

Only a 5 minute walk east from the speed boat drop off on sunrise beach's powder soft sand and you will find yourself in a tropical paradise. Not to beaten on price, value or personality. This is a must for koh Li Pe travellers.

Merci beacoup Antoine mon ami

  • Stayed August 2013
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Gdansk, Poland
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

If you like sleeping in bamboo hut - youll feel just like Robinson Crusoe. Lovely Koh lipe will charm you like us. Second time on Koh Lipe - still in love. We sleep in Forra Resort because we are divers - they run diving center. You can make a course or just buy some diving. We've done our AOWD course with really great instructor. Perfect stay.

Room Tip: If you live watching the sea, take the sea-front bungalow.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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san francisco
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

This is a great place to stay if you want the real island feeling. The bungalows are made of bamboo and have a great design. You can stay with up to 4 persons in the bungalows. it is right at the beach and you can hear the waves at night.

We went snorkeling at this beach and you see lots of fishes. Just a few minutes to walk and you have abeach just for yourself. For a few days we went diving with their diving team. The team is very dedicated to make you feel wellcome and make yourself at home.

The owners are from France and the manager Mercedes from Spain, so there you get an international touch at the bar and restaurant with warm hospitality. The food is great and they have very good prices.

Many guests that stay at other hotels/properties come here for lunch and dinner and for the cocktails! As it is a real cool chill out place.
I can recomend the bungalow nr. 9 ! It is great to stroll at the beach and be so close to your bed :-)!
The bungalows are located on the east coast of Koh Lupe at the Sunrise Beach , which is the less crowded side of the island! If you want more party and entertainment you better get a place to stay at the west side of the island called Pattaya Beach.

It is great to go for a walk in the morning and find a nice place to have breakfast. The island has a main road that crosses the island from north east to south west. At this main road you will find many souvenir shops and masage shops.

It is very easy to get everything you need, so do not trust internet sites that say you can not get anything there. From a tooth brush to washing powder.... It is very cheap to get cash with your credit card. If you want to change foreign cash like dollars or euros you will loose money as the money changers exchange to very bad conditions. Its best to get cash from your credit card.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Its a good option if you want to be located next to the beach and you want to experence diving on Andaman's sea. Mercedes is the spanish manager of the place, really friendly. She makes you feel like home.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

It was my 1st time travel solo to Koh Lipe.

Stayed: 6D5N with Forra Bamboo @ Pattaya Beach

The Bungalow:
- Is nice for me, as it remind me when i was young staying in a village.
- There is only 2 unit Bungalow facing the beach, so book early to avoid appointment
- The staff especially "Adreana" is a friendly women that will recommend you where to get good food & etc.
- Price is worth because i do get a good deal because i'm diving with them

Forra Dive:
- I did my Advanced with them, the instructor did a good job by explaining to me in details of though out the course.
- All the staff are friendly & do have the kindness to help out if you need any assistant
- Equipment is in good condition & i do feel safe diving with them.
- Their service is very professional

Looking forward to stay with them again.

Regards,
Joe Lim

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Forra Dive Resort Sunrise Beach
Address: Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe, Thailand (Formerly Forra Bamboo Resort)
Region: Thailand > Satun Province > Ko Lipe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Ko Lipe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Forra Dive Resort Sunrise Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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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