Monday, December 22, 2008

A relaxing week at the beach - Koh Lipe, Thailand


Destination: Koh Lipe, Thailand

Number of Days there: 7 days

One thing unexpected: The number of available bunaglows on Koh Lipe doubled since last year so the island as a whole was much busier than we expected. Luckily we stayed on the far side of the island and there were only a few hotels nearby so it was much quieter than the rest of Koh Lipe.

Times we took the: Boat: 6; Bus/Minivan: 0; Train/Subway: 0 Taxi/Car: 0; Motorbike: 0

Where we stayed: Mountain Resort 1200 Baht/$36 including breakfast & lovely views of Koh Adang & the Andaman Sea

Favorite Restaurant: Nothing in Koh Lipe really stands out but stay away from Mama's Restaurant. Both of us ended up getting sick after we ate the chicken.

Best of: Enjoying the beautiful sea view from our hotel and sitting on a gorgeous beach soaking up the sun while knowing that it's freezing cold at home!

Worst of: Three rainy days put a damper on diving & sun worshipping :-(

We took a speed boat from Langkawi, Malaysia to Koh Lipe, Thailand. The cost for the boat was about $35 and it took about an hour to complete the transfer. After going through "island style" immigration which included hanging out in the sand while we waited for a guy to pass out a stack of stamped passports we hit the road and checked out several hotels and dive shops before deciding on Mountain Resort which we would highly recommend. We spent the next few days relaxing in the sun and sand, getting caught up on our blog and in general, just relaxing and enjoying our final week in SE Asia. We also spent two days diving with Castaway Divers (3300 baht/$90 for 3 dives) off of 8 Mile Rock and off of Koh Pung. The coral off of Koh Pung was phenomenal but the poor visibility made the diving a bit of a disappointment, particularly because we had been in Sipadan just two months just didn't stack up. We enjoyed it but we were glad to get back to relaxing on the beach. Despite the rain we took advantage of the beautiful views from the restaurant, playing cards on our patio and getting Thai massages (300 baht/$8/hour)! We were very lucky and the weather cleared on our final day in Koh Lipe so Jason had a final massage and Tracy enjoyed several final relaxing hours on the beach!

To see more photos of Koh Lipe please click here!

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