Well our 5 days on the Thai island of Ko Lipe didn’t get off to the best start. The only option to get there from Langkawi is by speed boat and the slightly rough weather on our travel day resulted in the worst boat trip of our lives! Life jackets were on and hands were firmly gripping the seat in front. Not seasick rough but the boat bounces hard over the waves so very uncomfortable. We were glad when our feet hit the sand.
The first 3 nights we spent in a beachside bamboo bungalow.
The bungalow was pretty basic, cold shower and manual flushing toilet by way of a bucket of water, but a great location. Couldn’t complain about the view from our door.
Matt was on housekeeping.
Before we stayed we had read reviews of the bungalows and heard about creepy crawlies coming inside, ants biting your feet in the bathroom etc because there were gaps everywhere but we didn’t have any problems at all. It was good to have a mosquito net though.
All over the island there are lots of stray dogs roaming around.
They don’t get up to much except for lazing around, although this one did have quite a fond attachment to his frisbee.
The island is pretty small, about 1.5km across so it’s easy to explore.
Unfortunately the weather on the first 3 days wasn’t great, rain on and off most of the days, but we still got out and about. The restaurant at the bungalows was really good so we had a few meals there but also had a dinner out along the beach.
Thought their wine options were funny, normal or good.
Lots of restaurants around offering the point and cook option, the seafood is on display so you can hand pick what prawn/squid/fish you want.
The island has previously had a really big rubbish problem. It builds up on the beaches over the winter and at the beginning of high season each resort cleans up their own beachfront. They have just started taking the rubbish away on a barge, when the barge is full it leaves, until then it sits on the beach.
Our final two nights our accommodation was a room with 4 solid walls, a/c and a flush toilet!
Luckily the weather improved so we got some time on the beach, beautiful clear water and nice soft sand underfoot. That’s where the ‘paradise’ island comes in.
Some of the resorts have decided to support the motorbike taxis on the island rather than the long tail boats because the boat owners refuse to use mufflers and without them they are really noisy. There’s no denying the role of the boats for the island though. Not just for transporting people, we saw this one loaded up with all sorts.
Given our trip over we were a little concerned about our trip to the mainland but our departure day was fine and calm like a lake.
While we were waiting for the boat we saw several prime examples of why you shouldn’t take roller luggage anywhere, but especially on a beach holiday!
While the weather wasn’t great at the start, by the end we were having a great time on the island. Next stop some city time in Chiang Mai.