Our favourite Thai Island: Koh Lipe

My memory of arriving on Koh Lipe will always be that of landing in paradise.  Our packed speedboat from the mainland pulled up between the long tail boats and we jumped into the knee deep crystal blue water and I never wanted to leave. Lipe is a small island, with no real roads or vehicles, just a lot of bungalows and a walking street lined with pancake stalls, massage parlours, and cafes. We received a tip to come here from our diving instructor in Malaysia, otherwise we may never have even heard of this gorgeous island.

We had originally planned to stay here for 4 days and do a couple days of scuba diving, but we extended our stay as long as possible, staying until the last day of low season pricing at our gorgeous resort. We stayed and dived with Castaway resorts, and I can’t recommend them more highly.  Our hut was right on the beach, cost $25 a night, and was absolutely gorgeous. It even had two wonderful hammocks on the porch.

When we weren’t Scuba diving or sitting in our hammocks, we found a nice coffee shop, enjoyed cheap massages and pedicures, watched fire dancing on the beach, got lost barefoot on the many island paths, went swimming, and read many many books.

Of all the islands we have visited on our trip, Lipe remains our favourite and I can’t wait until we return someday.

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Body boarding was a little easier.

Thanks for the lesson Scott Van Doormal – sorry we didn’t take to it better!

 

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Paradise

While my recent posts may lead you to believe we are enjoying the beautiful west coast of New Zealand right now, we are actually relaxing on a beach in Malaysia.

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Malaysia was a last minute addition to our trip, added after a friend who lived here for two years gave us some excellent advice. We’re currently taking our scuba diving certification here and enjoying the sun, beach and abundant fruit shakes. We can’t believe how lucky we are.

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