Southern Most Island in Thailand
Trip Start Feb 23, 2006
168Trip End Jun 24, 2009
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I had first heard about the peaceful paradise of Koh Lipe almost a year ago. Unfortunately, I found out that I'm about 3 years too late getting to this tropical island with turquoise waters. You always know you're too late getting to an island when the menus have yogurt muesli on them. Rumors have been floating around the backpacker underground that this was Alex Garland's Beach for the last 5 years. That said, the island is still beautiful and still has some really quite peaceful bungalows on the other side of the island from Pattaya Beach. The Fishery Department has built 8 or 9 bungalows on a rocky part of the island on the windward side. The winds are so strong that not only does it keep the mosquitoes at bay, but ripped most of the roof off my bungalow one night. The people that run the place are very friendly and very laid back. In fact, they are so laid back that sometimes it's even difficult to find anyone that is working there to buy something to drink or eat. Most of the rooms there go unsold because they can't really be bothered to even try to sell the non bungalow rooms. I could have easily checked in and never seen anyone there again until I checked out. It took me 2 days to get a bungalow there so I stayed at Porn Bungalows my first 2 nights. It's also a nice place on the same side of the island with a better beach, but protected from the winds and thus had many more mosquitoes. You may think that I am overly concerned with mosquitoes, but when you have the sweet blood like me, you have to be or you'll be eaten alive with or without a mosquito net.
The only problem with this island is that it's too close to Jellyfish/Mosquito Island. I didn't see any jellyfish, but the sea lice or whatever it is that stings you all over when you get into the water was just ridiculous. Sometimes you get so many stings in a row that you can't stay in the water for more than a couple minutes at a time. Normally these little stingers don't leave a mark and are just annoying, but near Lipe, they did. I was covered in little "bite" marks. It's almost like a form of torture when you see beautiful clear water on an island paradise, but can't get in for a swim.
I could have easily stayed on this island for a couple weeks, but unfortunately I only had 5 days before I promised to meet a friend in Krabi and head to Ko Jum.
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