Koh Lipe – Country Hopping in a Pinch

Our latest trip took us to one of the many small islands around Thailand. This vacation was all girlfriends which meant the location needed to be relaxing, inspiring and rejuvenating.   Instead of entry via more popular Phuket or Krabai, we landed in Langkawi, Malaysia and then took a 1 hour boat to Koh Lipe, Thailand. The trip took a bit more work crossing immigration boarders multiple times, but the effort proved to be an amazing memorable experience and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the pleasant weather and good company.

From the Langkawi airport, there are two ports which take you to Koh Lipe, we decided on Telaga, which is closer to the airport. Upon landing in Langkawi we spent one night there – went to the night market and then took the 9:30 AM ferry to Koh Lipe. Don’t be alarmed when you get to the ferry terminal and they take your passport — you will collect your passport again upon arrival in Thailand.


Telaga Harbor, Langkawi

With the morning well behind us we take an opportunity to swim in the sea – the water is teal aqua marine blue and clear against the dark corals. The big ferry stops a few hundred meters from the shore to drop us off in a long tail boat. The corals are so shallow here long tail boat is the only type of boat which is buoyant enough to prevent them from breaking.  This day we take time to settle into the resort, watch the sunset and grab some dinner.


Sunset on Koh Lipe main beach

Our only full day on Koh Lipe we decided to go on one of two snorkeling tours.   The tour included three snorkeling drop offs, a national park and lunch on the beach. Don’t expect your tour guide or boat driver to speak English. We had ad a few setbacks on the trip like a broken rudder, but we now know they keep spare parts on their boat! The snorkeling in this area had many fish and a good variety but in all honesty, the variety of fish is about the same if you were just to snorkel off the shore. After snorkeling we splurged on a 350 THB one hour massage right on the beach.


Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe

The last day of our trip we took a walk off the main Koh Lipe harbor and walked over to “Sunrise Beach”. This side of the beach is more turbulent than the harbor, but it has some interesting places to snap a memorable photo.  I’m loving the jade green water and relaxing pace of this slice of paradise and I don’t want to leave!


Photo opp! Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe

Overall I loved how Koh Lipe is less touristy than Phuket or Krabi. It had a good mix of hippie side beach restaurants, snorkeling, diving trips and pristine waters.

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