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Koh Lipe

I’ve never been so sad to leave anywhere as Koh Lipe. Rather than hopping between lots of different Thai islands – which would have been fun in its own right – we opted to plop ourselves down on this one very small island, splurge on staying at its nicest resort and just totally relax for five glorious days. I really did not want to leave.

Our beach
Our beach

After getting our Malaysian exit stamps at the harbour in Langkawi (it always feels good to get the right stamps now) we surrendered our passports to the ferry company before our uneventful ride to Koh Lipe. The reason for this is that you disembark directly onto the beach at Koh Lipe so they need an incentive for you to stick around and clear immigration instead of just running off giddily. The guy coordinating immigration on the Thai side had clear ambitions to become a gameshow host, riling up the crowd with some classic call-and-response (“It’s that way to Sunrise Beach, OK?” “OK!”) before holding up each of our passports in turn and calling out the name and nationality (“USA… Randi!) of the next contestant to approach the window for an entry stamp.

Once we were all done, the guy meeting us from Ten Moons Resort whisked us and our bags into a small, private boat and sped us around the corner of the island to our resort where we could check-in to our room immediately. Bliss.

Quite a view from the balcony
Quite a view from the balcony
Sand, swing and hammock
Sand, swing and hammock

Ten Moons really is… perfect. The whole place is serenely calm and luxurious without being overly swanky or pretentious. For example, I really liked that they had a big box of beach toys and sandcastle-building equipment for kids to play with in addition to snorkelling goggles and flippers being available. Koh Lipe is home to three main beaches: Sunrise, Sunset and Pattaya. While technically not a ‘private’ beach (as, nicely, you can always walk down the full length of any beach unimpeded) the beach at Ten Moons is tucked away discretely behind some rocks at the end of Sunrise Beach and was never crowded. You can also tell it’s a special place because the sand switches to the ultra-fine variety as soon as you reach it 😉

Randi on the swing
Randi on the swing
Beautiful blue water
Beautiful blue water

Usually shallow water is a negative at beaches, since you have to wade out a long way before being able to fully immerse in the water. But here, the water was so warm you could just sit back on the sandy seafloor – without ever getting cold – and watch the fish swim by. (Award for most interesting-looking fish goes to the swordfish, or at least what I assume was a swordfish, although honourable mention for the many, many crabs scuttling around purposefully on the rocks.) Best of all, I made use of the flippers to swim across to the tiny island opposite and found myself on a beach of one.

Koh Usen, the little island opposite
Koh Usen, the little island opposite
Chilling
Chilling
Together at Ten Moons
Together at Ten Moons

Our bungalow was a short walk up some wooden staircases with its own little secluded balcony, so when we weren’t down at the beach we were usually sitting up here in towels reading or playing Coloretto. That said, it really does only take half an hour or so to walk across the whole island so we did occasionally venture out to watch the beautiful sunsets from Sunset Beach or find food to eat. While I did have some great Thai meals, I’d be lying if I said my favourites weren’t the two amazing Indian dinners we had… although Thai iced tea was a great discovery and the perfect thing to cool down with over lunch.

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach
Walking Street, where the majority of bars and restaurants are clustered
Walking Street, where the majority of bars and restaurants are clustered
Pancake Day!
Pancake Day!

I owe Randi for reminding me that it was Pancake Day this morning and we were able to keep the tradition alive by choosing pancakes for breakfast at Ten Moons before checking out and catching our ferry (more of a speedboat) on to the next destination: Phuket. The journey here came with an unexpected bonus hour on Koh Lanta so we can now say that we did (very briefly!) see another of the small Thai islands. But really, I don’t need anywhere else but Koh Lipe.

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3 Comments on :
Koh Lipe

  1. Gill Self says:

    Oh my goodness, that really does look idyllic. So glad you too are making the most of everything!

  2. Amanda Schalk says:

    I love that you went over to the one little island by yourself. I’m also very curious about the fish and would have loved a scuttling crab video. Those critters are so crazy they always crack me up. Any lizards on the island? Or interesting birds? Just curious about the fauna on this slice of paradise. Also, I’m curious about this sand that magically turns ultra fine as soon as you reach it. How does it know exactly when you’re coming to know when to switch in to superfine mode? Do those grains have ears, eyes, or vibration detection? Ok, giving you a hard time about nothing and joke went on too long but I couldn’t stop myself. Also I was amused that you describe the sand as super-fine, but the pic right below of your hottie sweetheart rockin a bikini was just labeled “Randi on the swing”. Oh Dom. I’m sure that’s one of the things she probably loves about you. Haha 😉

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