18 February 2009

Island Treasures

By Katherine

Over Chinese New Year I was lucky enouch to have a friend from England visiting me so I took the opportunity to take a few more days leave and do something fun while she was here.
But with so many possible destinations flying round my head I was struggling with what to decide on…my friend then told me he could skipper a boat up from Langkawi and sail to Koh Lipe in Thailand…problem solved!

So myself and 5 friends sailed for 5 glorious hours from Telaga Harbour in Langkawi (the boat appropriately named ‘Mattsaleh’!) up to the stunning island of Koh Lipe – the most southern island in Thailand.

To put it plainly the island is stunning…the photos speak for themselves…

We had 3 nights there which was just enough (but not quite long enough!) to enjoy days of swimming in the stunning water, snorkelling, a bit of frisbee on the white beaches, lounging in the sun (or shade to avoid the heat of the day!), watching the dramatic sunsets…
Of course we also had some spectacular thai food including freshly caught prawns BBQ’d right on the beach…simpling delicious!

The island itslef was filled with various types of accommodation ranging from budget backpacker style huts to fully equiped luxury resorts for the more family friendly approach. The island has something for everyone so there was couples, backpackers, families; bringing a nice fun and friendly feel to the island.

We decided to stay an extra day on the island (suddenly Pantai Cenang in Langkawi didn’t appeal as much!) and so we took the fast ferry back from Ko Lipe to Langkawi instead of sailing. With 3 ferry times a day (10.00, 3.30 and 4pm) you can chose which would be best for you. And its only 1hr long! They sort out all of the immigration stamps etc so although you have to wait a while for your passport once your back in Langkawi its very hastle free. You have to be careful about the time difference between Thailand and Malaysia though – that nearly caught us out!

After a few hours in Langkawi we had plenty of time to catch our 5.30pm flight back to KL. And I can safely say that my friend and I absolutely loved our holiday in Ko Lipe. With it being so close to Langkawi its even ‘do-able’ over a long weekend. I know I’ll certainly be going back. Another bonus, if you have a little more time is that there are plenty of boats going to other islands such as Ko Lanta. What a great way to explore the islands in Thailand?!

I know one of my first posts said that the islands of Malaysia (particularly the East Coast) did it for me in terms of quality islands…but…I might just have to retract that comment after such a great first experience to a Thai Island – I think you would all do the same!

  • Muqaddis

    Indeed the two destinations are worth visiting in a single sweep due to the distance and also other factors (costing and convenient). I have to admit some of the places, the Immigration Officers in charge purposely try to make our “worthwhile” visit not “worthwhile” due to harrasment.Anyway, glad that you had discovered the beauty and bliss of sailing expedition as Thailand and Indonesia do offer this type of tour.