Never have we stayed this close to the ocean. I can count the number of steps it would take me to get my toes wet on one and a half hands. From my balcony I see at least 4 shades of blues, pale Tiffany blue lapping the bright white sand, then gradually changing to a deep blue a few hundred feet out when the water finally deepens. Not a bad front yard!
We braved high season taking the trip from Langkawi, Malaysia without a room reserved. Hannah took care of clearing customs while I went out in search of a room. On top of it being high season, it’s the weekend just before Chinese New Years and the island has an added influx of Malaysian tourist celebrating the holiday. After receiving nearly 20 responses of: ‘no rooms’, ‘sorry full’, and ‘no have’… There were several gorgeous resorts in Koh Lipe but there were just out of my budget. I was beginning to panic that we were going to have to turn around and get back on the boat headed back to Langkawi. I was getting pretty desperate until I came to the last resort on the eastern side of the island, and they had one room left.
Thank god I thought to myself, dreading the idea of coming back to where Hannah was waiting for me, and telling her we weren’t going to be able to stay.
Our Humble little hut
The bed, complete with mosquito net. To keep pests out (or in this case in)
One thing in almost every hotel / hostel / hut in Asia has the shower just in the middle of the bathroom. So when you get wet so does everything else, and more often than not they never drain properly leaving you naked standing in water above your toes with god knows what else. I will never get used to this…
I was so happy to find anything I wasn’t overly concerned with the amenities. I just knew it was basic, clean enough, and with a little bit of haggling I got it for the very top end of our budget of 1000 Baht per night (about $33usd).
Our own sliver of sand
It’s been a month since leaving Thailand for Cambodia and then Malaysia, the food has been pretty good, but Thai food stands out above both. The first meal back in Thailand was without a doubt green curry! Accompanied by a large Chang, it may not be the best beer ever to pass my lips, but there is something good about it. Like any beer while traveling, Chang is the liquid embodiment of Thailand, when I drink it I know I am in Thailand.
And its good to be back in Thailand!