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Adventure at Lipe Island
White Sand Beach
Sunset at Pattaya Beach. See how beautiful it is.
Sunrise Beach when it's going to rain. The sea is in light green still.
Khao Khai - A speedboat will stopover around 10 minutes in order for travellers take a photo here.
Adventureous Lipe island
Some friends of mine mentioned about Lipe island before I have a chance to explore it by myself. It was the first time I traveled alone and headed to Lipe, Satun without hesitation. I did not reserved my trip with any travel agencies. I made it more adventurous trip as a backpacker. Actually I consider myself as a fake backpacker.
I traveled by bus Bangkok - Satun, but I made wrong decision by taking VIP 24 seats bus which was not directly to Amphur La-ngoo, Satun where I could take a speedboat at Pakbara Pier. When the bus arrived Amphur Khaundon, it broke down. Ohhh Noooo it's VIP bus. See how lucky I was at the first day. Fortunately there was a light in the cave, there was a couple, they are doctor, had the same destination as I was. All of us arrived Pakbara pier safely by the tourguide from Jolly Travel (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) whom was booked by a couple. They were very kind to a hard-headed backpacker like me. I really appreciated their hospitality and I personally recommended you to book hotel, resort, speedboat or snorkeling tour with them. You will be impressed.
Jolly Travel : Contact person: Ms. Paweenut Wansu (Dah is her nickname) Tel: +66(0)86 946 5779 or +66 (0) 89 296 8866 TAT member
I and a couple waited at Jolly Travel's office around 2 - 3 hours for the other tourists and speedboat ready. At 11.30 a.m. everything was ready for us all to get onboard. I was very excited. When all passengers ready it's time to off shore from Pakbara to Khoa Tarutao, Khoa Khai and our destination Lipe. It took around 1.30 hours from pier to Lipe.
Everybody on the speedboat was excited but after Tarutoa visited some of us were too tired to enjoy the sea views around us. There was a little french girl, age around 1 and half year traveled with their parent and sat in front of me. She's very naughty but at that moment I and a little girl had the same thing to do. It seemed like our eyes were very heavy and we decided to take a nap in the same time, hahahaha.
1st blinked the eyes : surrounded by the sea!! 2nd blinked the eyes: surrounded by the sea & islands and felt wavy under my feet, woooo haaaaaaa. It's very long trip on the dark-blue sea.
Khoa Tarutao was very beautiful as I've ever seen, emerald sea, white sand beach and a lots of nemos. Then, we visited Khoa Khai just to take a photos for 10 minutes on each island. After that we headed to Lipe, the paradise beach.
Finally, the speedboat arrived Lipe. One thing I hate about it was that travellers had to transfered from speedboat to taxi boat, long-tailed boat own by the villedgers. Travellers have to pay 50 baht to reach either Pattaya beach or Sunrise beach.
Day 1 on the island: Beautiful sunset!!
As travelling alone but not lonely, after I checked in at Varin Beach Resort on 10 Dec, 2010 around 2.30 p.m. I did not hesitate to wear 2 pieces to the beach. The funny thing was there were many Thai tourists thought that I'm foreigner but many foreigners thought that I was a dolly girl hahahahaha. But I did not care about what they thought about me. I just ran to sea and swim from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Everything was very nice even I did not went out at night time. Frankly speaking I was scared. eieieiei
Day 2 on the island: The Challenges were set up
It was very bad because it was rain in the early morning at that day. I have to cancelled my planned to snorkling at other islands. It was very cheap tour 500 bath included lunch meal. I had no idea what to do, so I challenged myself my finding main attractions from foursquare on my BB. I found Nuch Roti. Nuch roti was my 1st challenge of that day, and finding Sunrise Beach was the 2nd plan. As soon as the rain stopped I went out of my room to find the Nuch Roti. It's very close to a resort I stayed. And the small road to Sunrise Beach was there, hahaha. How lucky I was less than 30 minutes, all challenges done.
After returned from Sunrise Beach. Another challenge was waiting for me - huge and strong wave at Patta Beach due to the strom last night. All speedboat and other type of boats achored at Sunrise Beach. Just imagine how strong it was. As the 1st day, I wore the same 2 pieces swimming suit and ran to fight the huge wave.
I kept swimming and challengging our mother nature sending me bigger wave, hahaha. You know what satisfied the most while I swam in the sea at that moment. The feeling when I float on top of the wave was very wonderful. I was crazy at the time. I need a big wave so I was screaming like crazy - "c'mon c'mon, woooo hoooooooo, that's it oh c'mon give me bigger and stronger wave." Time passed by very fast. At night I felt a bit painful at my arms & my legs. But I needed to swim more!!
At Nuch Roti
I had a sit there at Nuch Roti. The Chinese group and Westerners were palying card in side the store. I sat there alone and order fruit roti with ice late. Another young couple came over and asked for a seat from me. They sat beside me and had a conversation about me too.
Guy (Coacian): Nobody Sit with her. She comes here alone.
His Thai girlfriend: Yes. Maybe she has someone with her. And bla bla
Guy: She must be single. How could be? She is beautiful.
Thai girlfriend: (Changing her face and becomes brianless): Look at the roti!! I don't know how to eat. Can you teach me how to eat?
Guy: hahahahahaha See!! Use the stick and do like this.
I laught out lound in my thought. Well, just funny with drama acting of Thai girl. Don't know how to eat roti hahaha. So leaving the store was my best choice. Anyway, thank you for that sweet word - I'm beautiful lady. But beauty is never ever help!! See I'm single still!!
The difference between Western and Asian tourists
Western or Farang in Thai: Very confident in themselves, couple or one single family. They were wearing 2 pieces or bikini enjoying sun bath on the beach and swimming in the sea.
Asian: Shy and enjoy with their floks. They traveled as a group or big family. Hardly see in swimming suit. If asian girls wear 2 pieces or bikini, don't think that they are going to swim. Nooo most of them just wanted to take a photo under bikini. Then posted their photos on facebook or other social media. Some pretend that they are rich by wearing eye glasses, hat and drinking expensive whiskey on the beach. I have no idea why they do that when they came here - Lipe. No idea at all.
But most of tourists who wear T-shirt and short were likely to swimming. Most of the time enjoy eating, drinking and chatting on the beach or the restuarant. Important thing - dress sexy, make up for taking pictures. Ohhh my Gosh hahahaha
Night Activities @Lipe
Night life at Lipe
If I did not went out at night I may be call "chicken". So I went out at night but there was nothing much on the beach. No attractive activities there. But I love the restuarant under the candle lights. It's very romantic for couple. I clearly saw the moon and the star and the lights from resort, boats and candles lights.
Facilities and store on the island:
The island has electricity and many stores there like grocery store, thai massage shops, high speed internet, restuarants, cafes, snorkling or diving tour shop and also cannous to serve the tourists.
Taking speedboat by using return ticket from Jolly Travel was very convenient. The people there was very nice and friendly, especially, local guides. They were very helpful although it was heavy rain on Sunday 12 December, 2010. The tourguides were sacrifice themselves helping their guests or not their guest like me. I was very impressed and appreciated their hospitality.
On the way back to Pakbara pier. I just stood all the way long and the tourguide kept laughing at me. They might be thought that how crazy I was. Just kept standing & seeing the sea.
When I reached the main land they just teased me that if I have come here again next time, they would hired me as a speedboat captian. See how nice and friendly they were. Lipe will be one of my good memoir forever.
Special thanks to a doctor couple who was very nice to me and Jolly Travel who make my trip easier!! And wish Lipe will be a virgin island; natural friendly island like this forever.