Ko Lipe, an island also been known as Thailand's Maldives, had been in my to-visit list, ever since some photography friends hit to this island several years back. We just love adventure into new places, the study, the planning, the expect of unexpected, the locals, feel the life of others, on and on...
There are few ways to hit to this island. Its either flying to Hatyai, take on bus and boat into the island, Or enter via Langkawi island, 1.5 hour ferry ride. Either mode can be quite taxing, while we took the later... the limited ferry service had made us wasted lots of time waiting. Malaysian Custom via ferry was rather tiring at Telaga Terminal, hope they could improve the service with proper seats and linkage to the Custom office.
Let's start with the journey was we stepped into Langkawi. We picked up a rental car from the airport, glad it was a low peak weekend, price was good. Journey started with Laksa Utara, just nearby the airport corner before heading to Pantai Cenang.
|Langkawi - Laksa Ikan stalls|
|The Villa's pool|
|The Villa's pool side|
|The Villa's rooms|
|The Villa's entrance|
|Bundhaya - Jetty of Ko Lipe|
|Idyllic's Refresh balcony|
|Idyllic's Room full glass|
|Idyllic's - Me!|
|Idyllic's huge bath room|
|Idyllic's shower & tub. Tub's wooden window could open wide|
|Idyllic's access to the pool|
|Idyllic's breakfast area|
|Idyllic's Dine - fried calamari for afternoon tea|
|Idyllic's Dine - Spring roll and cappucino|
|Idyllic's enjoying sea view with coffee|
|Idyllic's - Ever hardworking staffs|
1) While over 80% of resorts around the island are lower ends type, I feel it a waste or rather out of the norm enjoying a super comfortable room. Aren't we supposed to 'feel' how the local stays? Oh well, at least we dine with the locals at the walking streets most time.
2) It's very unusual to enjoy such high end and comfy, yet affordable priced resort, in a quiet island like this. We need to appreciate that, as its very uncommon to get one affordable luxury stay back home.
There's nothing much we could do or explore over a 3D2N trip here. Most time we would walk around the little island, sandy beach, on the sand, out to the sea shore, etc...
|The Nemo @ shallow sea bed|
|Mom & daughter watching Nemo|
Other activities surrounding the island, includes many iconic and natural resort. It's divers paradise too. Too bad, I didn't intend to dive over this trip. Was hoping for a quiet and relaxing type.
|A Diver's Resort|
|Bungalow village house of the resort|
|Wapi Resort - Looks not bad, simple|
|Walking Street - mini market|
|Satay in Mandrin|
|All kinds of Satay Chicken|
|It's Roti Pisang la.. 30Baht|
|Famous and crowded - RakLay Thai food stall|
|Dive shop - met a China Chinese instructor there|
|Dive Shop - keep it for next time|
|The Dive course packages|
|Beach with dogs|
|Getting ready for island hoping|
|Village road - short cuts|
|The kind of village|
|Gathering place for island hopping|
|Out the sea, it was clear!|
|Indeed, water was clear for Andaman Sea|
|Koh Hin Ngam - A blessing island|
|Long Tail boat|
|That's what made the island|
|The more stones you build, the more blessing you'll get|
|It's Tarutao National Park|
My ankle was hurt (again) during an island trip. Oh well, I am rather used to it. Mainly due to tired feet. Glad there was help granted when I was hoping back to the hotel. Some massager lady and restaurant workers came out to help. (they are just so much humanity and kind hearted). It was the 'feel' which I could not get back at my home land.
No fear, we walked a few steps down and got to this Papaya (something similar) restaurant and got ourselves some authentic Thai food. Papaya salad, it was authentic in which an old auntie showed her skill in grinding the sliced vegetables.
|Crispy pork skin|
Last day - It was check out day. We missed the hotel so much, but still have to leave.
|Cafe next door while waiting for our ferry|
|Langkawi Telaga Harbor terminal building|
|Looks cool harbor huh!|
Telaga Harbor has many great buildings. Unfortunately they are not linked, we need to walk ourselves under the hot sun in order to get our passport chopped. With that, trip was ended after a RM30 taxi ride to the airport. Simple yet adventurous trip so far, still misses the resort. Till our next time trip...