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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Backpack to Koh Lipe / Thailand Part 1


Backpack to Koh Lipe / Thailand Part 1 
 { Malaysia to Hatyai 2014 }


This is the 1st trip i backpacked from Malaysia to Koh lipe island , Koh lipe a.k.a the
Maldives of Thailand,might sound like pulau rawa and when you tell your friends you are going 
to go to Koh lipe , they will be like  "What"s there in pulau rawa?" hahaha. 

For those who didn't know ,Koh lipe is a small island in Thailand,the last island of southern 
Andaman Sea, it is very near to Pulao Langkawi, Kedah compared to its Thai mainland. The island is 
so small 3 main beaches on Koh lipe just within 15 minutes walking distance. 

It is a chill and relax island with no hustle and bustle, suitable for those looking for a weekend gateway with either yourself or with some friends, however avoid going during public holiday and peak season,you wouldn't enjoy the island like how you would love to.

All photos is taken by Olympus Tough 3 + Wide converter , the performance is good suitable for traveling who like snorkeling and extreme games , is really Tough and can go for underwater, but for night shooting the quality is not so nice,noise is quite high, quite regret didn't bring my Canon 5d mark ii,  course of it is heavy and large..im lazy..enjoy the photos coming up . 

 ( Kindly click the photo for larger view )
Chapter 1 
Going to Hatyai Thailand By KTM Train for malaysia KL Sentrel . Train ticket is early book 1 adult MYR 60 for Superior Night Class  http://www.ktmb.com.my/, It take 12 hours to reach Hatyai Station,Thailand. Last station of KTM.





Reach Thailand Immigration, just left your backpack at train bring your passport and expensive belonging with you only ,it take 45min to let the officer check the train while you waiting the train you can go for a short tea session just upstairs the immigration office there have a malay food stall.


When reaching Hatyai Station is in town of Hatyai , last station of KTM . 









1st thing to do when touch down Hatyai , finding Cathay Tour Hatyai for my transport to Koh lipe , i was booking by email before i reach . The package i booked is Van + Speed Boat 2 way ticket 1300BHT is very cheap to others company ( Hatyai Van service to Pak Bara jetty , speed boat to Koh Lipe, 2 way go & return ) but my return van ticket is direct from Pak Bara to Hatyai Internasional Airport)    



I stay one night at Hatyai Town , Tune Hotel and i checked in i just hang out go around 
Hatyai town , Tune Hotel is very near to all market and shopping mall , you can also call a cap or Tuk-Tuk local taxi the charge is affortable 50BHT - 100BHT depend on where you going . 



 Evening im going to the most popular night market in Hatyai , Asean Trade Centre one of the largest night market in Hatyai , alot of local foods and huge variety of different female clothing accessories and etc....




My most favourite Thai noodle , Pad Thai ! It is really delicious




Chapter 2
Departing from Hatyai to Pak Bara Jetty it take 2 hours ride, van service by Cathay Tour Hatyai.

Meeting new friends , a couple from Chine Harbin another 1 from USA. 


When i reach Pak Bara , the van driver will lead you to the counter of their company to take verify the boat ticket and departing time. 










Locating my hotel, Harmony Bed and Bakery 



Once you get near, you have to take a long tail boat into the beach as it’s shallow and alot of coral ,they are protecting the coral damage from the speed boat, there’s no major jetty there – the long tail boats are the only bane of Koh Lipe as they act as a taxi service between the beaches.





 Pay 50BHT for Long Tail Boat ticket, when you getting on the long tail boat you luggage or backpack the crew member they will help you to put on board , they are very lovely and nice . 








 Front view of Walking Street, Koh Lipe


My Hotel to stay for 3 night , the receptionist is very nice , she always is remind your belonging and recommend a lot nice food stall. 
4 days 3 night not include breakfast USD 204.99
Harmony Bed and Bakery Hotel , is very near to walking street 2 minute walking distance, 10 minute to Sunrise beach .


Queen bed , 1 bathroom , 1 private balcony 


Opposite my hotel is local wet market, the are a lot tropical fruit and is cheap.



One of my favourite snack ,barbecue pork and pork sausage . 10BHT 1 stick.



 I come this shop Thai Beach Travellers for my tomorrow snorkeling and island hooping,they have 3 package for island hooping , i was book a trip is 650BHT  Program B , 7 snorkeling spot  including lunch prepare by them , no worry about  drinking water they also will prepare for you and fruit summore , how nice is this ..hahaha..


After booking all thing i need , lunch time i go this shop is open by local Thai people and also highly recommended by locals , so i came to try, is awesome the food nice but a bit too spicy for me , price is affordable for backpackers. 
Papaya Mom



Pad Thai noodle /  Fried Thai rice / Coconut  200++ BHT ( forget the price already )


Have a slow after lunch exploring the Walking Street and Pattaya Beach sunset scenery.










 Dinner at Banana Tree Restaurant , nice food and cheap compare to others along walking streets.


Pineapple seafood fried rice / spicy mince pork / Local Thai Beer Chang beer


 After dinner going back Pattaya beach , there is a lot night bar and pub along sea side can enjoy night scenery of Koh Lipe. 





To Be Continue Part 2 .. Stay tune .. 







Tag : Malaysia , Hatyai , Thailand , Koh lipe , Island , Vacation , Thai Food , Shopping , Thai Local Food , Portrait , Night Market , Walking Street , Sunset beach , Sunrise Beach , Sunset , Bar , Beer , Chang Beer , Underwater, Snorkeling , Fish , Coral , Harmony Bed and Bakery , Hatyai Train Station , Cathay Tour Hatyai , Tune Hotel , Hatyai Night Market , Big C extra , Tuk-Tuk , Pad Thai , Sea , Andaman Sea , Langkawi ,Papaya Mom , Olympus Tough 3 , Wide Converter , Olympus TG-3


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