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Koh Lipe

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  • Day15

    Spontan machten wir einen kleinen Ausflug auf die thailändische Insel Koh Lipe. Diese Insel gilt als die Malediven Thailands und ich kann nur sagen dass zurecht. Begrüßt wurden wir von strahlendem Sonnenschein und türkisblauen Meer sowie einem weißen Sandstrand. Das hieß für uns erstmal den Tag am Strand verbringen. Den Abend klangen wir mit 2 Andy und Corinna aus. Die beiden hatten sich auch unterwegs kennen gelernt und ein Stück der Reise gemeinsam gemacht. Am nächsten Tag hatten wir eine Schnorcheltour gebucht. Mit dem Longtailboot besuchten wir verschiede Buchten und Strände. Insgesamt ein sehr schöner Tag. Nach zwei Nächten verließen wir die Insel wieder in Richtung Malaysia.Read more

  • Day1

    After another day yesterday exploring Langkawi by moped. While we were in the sea we saw a big pod of dolphins swim along the bay. By evening, really heavy rains arrived as we are getting the tail end of a storm. Even the frog wanted to find refuge from it! The continuing storm today made for an adventurous boat journey on rough seas. The boat was meant to dock on the south of the island next to a floating pontoon about 200m off the coast and then we were meant to get a long boat to the shore (the island is too small for a pier) but after waiting for ages they decided it was far too rough. The boat made it round to the north and a quick transfer, without a pontoon, to a longboat in heavy rain and swell was not quite what we had in mind when arriving at a Thai island. Where is the sun? Immigration was the best yet, however, a kiosk on the beach! It's so good to be back in Thailand as their food is amazing, fresh fruits, red curry... With the weather set to continue for for a couple of days we will have to spend our time working through the menus! They have a unique style of taxi's on the island too - motorbike and pillion with a difference.Read more

  • Day5

    Took a snorkelling boat trip to visit the islands around this National Park and snorkel off some of the reefs that surround them. The water was crystal clear with the coral and fish not disappointing. Saw massive clams, a huge metre long eel, all sorts of tropical fish, a type of sea horse and nearly got overrun by hermit crabs at the lunch stop! The evening sunset improved on the previous night, enjoying sat on the beach with many others in a very chilled out vibe.Read more

  • Day11

    We have enjoyed some relaxation time on this beautiful island. We were surprised to find a completely deserted beach on such a small island, have enjoyed some picnics and sundowners on the beach too. We also went on another snorkelling trip visiting these islands, Koh Hin Sorn, Koh Lugoi, Koh Dong (lunch), Koh Pung, Koh Bulu (our favourite), Koh Hin Ngam (black stones), Jabang (an underwater 16 meter pinnacle). The current at the last stop was fierce this time, so were thankful for our flippers and a rope to hang onto! The warm water, clear seas and beautiful coral and fish have kept us here longer than we thought we would stay but the snorkelling was great and the island quiet with not much development at all.Read more

  • Day2

    In this very unseasonable weather we have got off very lightly with just over two days of rain as most of southern Thailand is under water, people have died and services cancelled. Did see an amazing sunset tonight as the sun returned.

  • Day4

    Spent a couple of days lounging around on this amazing beach that is at the end of 'Walking Street', where our hostel is. The water is incredibly clear and warm with coral at the edge of it. Enjoyed a sundowner then pad thai and chicken satay on the beach.

  • Day83

    Our last morning on Koh Lanta started with the heaviest rain experienced to date, so I was thankful today would be a travel day. I walked to the gym for a quick workout in the pouring rain and after running 30 minutes on the crappiest treadmill in Koh Lanta, walked back in what was now torrential rain with "Raindrops keep pouring on my head" on repeat in my mind. I turned up like a drowned rat on the doorstep of our room where Jamie asked "Did you forget your umbrella?". Nothing gets past Captain Obvious.

    We had a quick breakfast, where I made a sneaky takeaway marmite and cheese sandwich to take on the boat. You may be wondering how does a small resort on a Koh Lanta come to acquire the NZ black gold known as Marmite? I may or may not have been carrying around a small jar of NZ marmite for our entire journey. Priorities. Teddy bears were hurt in that decision making process.

    Anyway, with my Marmite and Cheese sammie in hand, we made our way in the back of a pick up to the ferry terminal and jumped on our boat which would take as all the way to Koh Lipe, a small Thai island on the Thai/Malay border where we will stay a couple of days before heading to our first Malaysian stop of Langkawi.

    The boat was suitable enough and more importantly big enough to handle the forecasted choppiness. Not spending a huge amount of time on boats in my earlier years has lead to me not really being able to handle the sea and its motions. Only time will tell how successful this trip will be.

    2.5 hours in and I was feeling a bit quesy but nothing too sinister which was helped by having four seats to myself where I could lie down and be soothed by Teemu, who by this stage was missing his Scandanavian breakfasts and friends.

    Just after 4.30, and 6 hours into our journey, we arrived at Koh Lipe. We disembarked our boat onto a floating jetty 150m off shore, where we had to pay a national park fee before we had to pay another fee for a long boat to take us to shore. This angered most people as we had already paid a significant sum to get us to Koh Lipe, but the choice was to pay or swim. They had us cornered.

    Once onshore, we found a taxi and got taken to our hotel, and made the most of the remaining daylight hours by goimg for a snorkel. Apparently Koh Lipe has 25% of the worlds tropical fish surrounding the island, and I planned to hang out with my fishy friends and see all of them.

    For dinner, we made our way into the walking street (a street transecting most of the island with shops and restaurants) and settled on Indian for dinner, which was probably the most delicious Indian I have had in awhile. We walked back to the hotel where we sat on the beach enjoying the stars in the clear black sky and the lightning over mainland Malaysia in the distance.
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  • Day6

    Woke up super early (still got jet lag) and realized this late sleeper could actually catch a sunrise. And I'm a block away from sunrise beach. So that's where i enjoyed early morning.

    The morning and early afternoon took me back to school days. Hours of videos and tests about diving. I will say the information was super important and made me understand the intracies of submerging yourself deep under the water with only access to oxygen through a tube.

    Then Kiera took us out. A couple of exercises and we were diving. Yes maybe only in a few feet but you got it. Enough to keep you motivated to keep on learning how not to suffocate yourself.

    Had a little problem with one of the exercises, taking my mask off breathing in through the tank with my mouth and out through my nose. Will figure it out. Tomorrow swim tests!
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  • Day6

    Exhausted after a long day of school work and a little diving, we had a drink on our balcony (https://youtu.be/Y4qqJnUANj0), went to sunrise beach, swam and had a drink.

    Home, shower then off to a bar Kiera suggested. "God" is the bartender and its the local jaunt. Had a great conversation with a Belgian local and then had another great Thai meal at Kin.

  • Day5

    An early morning got us up to go to the airport, fly to Hat Yai, drive 2 hours to Pak Bara port, take a 1.5 hour speedboat to Koh Lipe. Koh Lipe is off the west coast near the Malaysian border.

    We got to the beach and stopped into the dive center (right on the beach) to see if our friend, Kiera was there. She was teaching a yoga class but we ended up having a couple beers with the other staff and some clients.

    She arrived after her class and took us to our hotel. We had a swim and a shower and had about ten minutes before we were to meet her for dinner so we lay down. Bad idea! 40 minutes later we wome up!

    No biggie. She was with some of her other clients feom Switzerland and they had started without us. We had a great authentic Thai meal with them, called it a night to rest up for another long day tomorrow on our first day if the open water PADI course.
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