Koh Lipe, Thailand

by Leslie on December 4, 2011

I never thought we’d be able to top Pangkor Laut, but I think we did it.

From Langkawi we took a ferry to Koh Lipe, Thailand planning to switch boats and immediately continue on to Koh Lanta. A travel guide in Langkawi had told us this was possible. He was wrong. Man, I hate that place. By the time we reached Koh Lipe, the ferry to Koh Lanta had already left for the day. We were stuck in Koh Lipe for the night, and although we didn’t know it at the time, what a blessing it was. We strapped on our backpacks and went in search of a place to stay. We were quickly charmed by the tiny island with no cars and one main sidewalk lined with adorable shops, restaurants and cafes leading to the other side of the island. At the end of the sidewalk we came upon the prettiest beach I’ve ever seen, with thatch-roofed, simple bungalows and water a clear, brilliant shade of turquoise.

The second place we stopped, Castaway sold us with its two-story bungalows. The bottom floor a bathroom, and the top floor the bedroom with glass doors that opened to a balcony overlooking the sea. Our first morning, I awoke to see the sun rising over the water as I laid in bed. Pure heaven. There was no air conditioning nor hot water, but I didn’t miss either. A cool shower after a day at the beach felt rejuventating and the ocean breeze at night created the perfect temperature.

The open air restaurant and bar at Castaway was full of hamocks, low tables and triangular pillows attached to mats allowing you to lay down before and after eating, which was much appreciated after stuffing ourselves full of delicious pad thai and massaman curry. The pillow/mat was really genius. Someone should bring those to the states. Most places on the island ask that you take off your shoes before entering a restaurant or shop, so I went barefoot our entire stay making me a very happy girl. Not wearing shoes and laying down after eating – it really is that simple to make us happy!

Castaway also had a dive shop allowing Jolian to dive every afternoon while I swam or napped. We quickly realized we had stumbled upon our perfect island and resort, so our intended one night turned into four. It would’ve been even longer if they’d had availability. It was really wonderful. The highlight of our trip so far. Jolian was amazed that his fancy pants wife could love such simple, affordable accommodations and one found without a reservation no less! Maybe I’m turning over a new leaf…

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