Koh Lipe Thailand – Koh Lipe is a small elongated island located in an archipelago just north of the Malaysian border. People originally came here because of its remoteness and incredible natural beauty much of which is contained within the blue green waters that surround these islands. The tsunami of 2004 did little damage to this area as the wave was only about 3 meters. As a result, since then development has taken hold and numerous guest houses and other tourist related infrastructure have sprouted up. This has ruined a visit for those who want a totally isolated island experience but has brought more comforts to the island for the general tourist.
The water remains full of incredible marine life – giant clams with blue and green colored “lips” live in the coral, amazing sea urchins with long black spikes and translucent orange eyes are scattered in the shallows, faded green brown polyps that hide the orange and black “Nemo” fish, and a variety of colored fish are found near much of coral. Diving and snorkeling opportunities abound. If low tide prevails, forego an expensive all day snorkeling long tail boat trip – rather swim out to one of the small islands on the west side of the island and you will be treated to as much underwater life as you would see on one of the all day snorkeling trips.
For diving consider the Sabai Dee Dive shop with their two locations on the island. Between mid December and the end of February lodging is at an absolute premium. If you do not have reservations during this time period (especially from mid December through mid January), prepare to use one of the tents the resorts put out, and be surprised if you do score a room. You might be guesthouse hopping nightly.