27 Aug 2017 Koh Lipe Thailand: Five Day Lease on Paradise
Koh Lipe Thailand is pure paradise. We ended up in Koh Lipe on accident, it wasn’t on our route…best “oops” destination ever. Koh Lipe Thailand is now our favorite island and Sunrise beach is our favorite beach in the world. Don’t leave home without checking out our
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!
Our Koh Lipe Thailand Beach Bungalow
We braved high season in Koh Lipe and took the trip from Langkawi, Malaysia without a room reserved. Hannah took care of clearing customs in Koh Lipe while I went out in search of a room. On top of it being Koh Lipe’s high season, it was the weekend just before Chinese New Years and the island has an added influx of Malaysian tourist celebrating the holiday.
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After receiving nearly 20 responses of: ‘no rooms’, ‘sorry full’, and ‘no have’… There were several gorgeous resorts in Koh Lipe Thailand, 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 ferry to Langkawi. I was getting pretty desperate until I came to the last resort on the eastern side of the island on Sunrise Beach, and they had one room left.
We have since returned to Koh Lipe, again during high season in Thailand, and booked a room in advance on Agoda.com We were able to get a good price by booking a few months in advance, and it was really nice traveling to Koh Lipe knowing we had a room reserved.
“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. I know she wasn’t up for taking the ferry from Koh Lipe to Langkawi twice in one day. The ferry Langkawikgawi to Koh Lipe was a quick 90-minute journey but really bumpy, and seasickness did get the best of a few passengers.
One thing in almost every hotel/hostel/hut in Southeast Asia is that the shower is just in the middle of the bathroom. So when you get wet so does everything else in the bathroom, and more often than not the shower never drains 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). Make sure to book in advance to get the cheapest rates, Salisa Resort we stayed at our second trip to Koh Lipe Thailand it was amazing for the price, click here for rates. We know we’ll be going back to Salisa Resort on our next trip to Koh Lipe.
Our Own Sliver of Sand
Food In Koh Lipe
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 Thai green curry with chicken! Accompanied by a large Chang beer, 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. Don’t forget tipping in Thailand is appreciated, with prices as cheap as Sunrise Beach Restaurant we made sure to tip every meal.
And it’s good to be back in Thailand!