Koh Lipe Island
Located approximately 50km from the Tarutao National Marine Park on the Thai/Malaysian border Koh Lipe (sometimes referred to as Ko Lipe) has earned the reputation of being one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. Translating as “Paper Island”, the island is home to an array of tropical fish with around 25% of the World’s species living in the area. Boasting 3 main beaches in addition to a number of smaller – often private – ones, Lipe offers tranquillity in addition to livelier establishments to visitors. The island’s increased tourism in recent years has resulted in a number of new developments along its coast which offers accommodation and services to match any budget. With increased numbers populating the island at any given time, ongoing efforts are being made to tackle any potential growing litter problem on the island – with a number of projects aimed at keeping the island clean already in existence. The seafaring Chao Ley people were the first inhabitants on Koh Lipe and a small Chao Ley village is located on the East side of the island. Originally from Malaysia, the Chao Ley speak Rawi – a combination of Thai and Malaysian. They also share the last name of Haad Thalay (beach people). Traditionally, the Chao Ley fish the waters of neighbouring islands and still provide the delicious sea food available on the island today.