My family has just spent a breakaway vacation to a small island called Koh Lipe in Thailand. The island is also known as "Maldives Of Thailand" for its beautiful coasts and beaches, clean and wonderful sea, and very relaxing simplicity lifestyle. It is located at the northern-west of Pulau Langkawi.
We first drove our car to Bukit Kayu Hitam, parked our car at the carpark near the border. Then, we hired motobikes to escort us to the Malaysia custom, and then cross the border to Thailand custom. After that, we took a minibus to Hat Yai, stayed a night there, and then transported by taxi to a jetty at Pak Barra. From Pak Barra jetty, we took a speedboat to Koh Lipe. There is only one boat from Pak Barra to Koh Lipe per day during this low session, departed at around 11.30am.
We landed at the Sunrise Beach, and walked to Castaway Beach Resort which we've booked for 2 night stay at the cost of 2500 bahts.
We settled down at our double-storey wooden hut of Castaway Beach Resort.
Downstair is an open shower place and toilet with no shelter. So, this kind of hut is only suitable to stay with close family members, and could be embarassing to live together with ordinary friends.
Upstair is the sleeping room with a balcony. There is no aircond but there is a ceiling fan on top. Mosquito net is provided as there will be insects at night.
Castaway Beach Resort has a nice restaurant with delicious food, just nearby the huts.
As in our travel plan, after 2 days, we moved to the more "civilized" Sita Beach Resort & SPA at another end of the island. Sita Beach Resort provided motorbikes transportation to bring us there.
We stay in bungalow villa there, at higher cost than Castaway of course. See the difference between them.
Koh Lipe is about castaway and relaxing, a nice getaway for urban people to enjoy the nature. There is a small street at the center of the island, and the rest is about scenery and nature. The island is so small that you can walk on your legs from one end to another.
We also spent a day visiting to Koh Adang, Koh Ravi and some nearby islands with long tail boat. There is a small island with lots of rocks called Koh Hin-ngam nearby, which is a nice place for swimming, snorkeling and even diving.
Here are some of the photos taken there with my Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera.