venerdì 25 febbraio 2011

Thailandia : About Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is a small island in the Southern part of the Andaman sea. It is located in Satun Province, close to Langkawi island (Malaysia).

Koh Lipe (sometimes referred to as Ko LeePay or Koh Lipeh) is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, a large group of over 70 islands. Koh Lipe is part of a smaller cluster of islands called the Butang Islands, about 60 kilometres / 38 miles off shore. The name "Koh Lipe" means paper Island in the local Chao Ley language.

3 Beaches: Pattaya, Sunrise & Sunset Beach

There are 3 main beaches on Koh Lipe: Pattaya Beach, Sunset Beach and Sunrise Beach. The first one is the most popular and has a wide variety of places to stay, drink and eat. Sunrise Beach has quite a few resorts as well as a small Chao Ley (Sea Gypsies) Village with some basic shops and small eateries. Sunset beach is the smallest beach and has only has a couple of places to stay. Take a look at our island map to get a better picture.

There are dozens of resorts and places to stay all over the island, and because of Koh Lipe's small size, it's easy to stay anywhere and go to any beach in less than 15 minutes.

Chao Ley - Urak Lawoi - Sea Gypsies

Chao Ley or Urak Lawoi (Malay: Orang Laut) are an ethnic group residing on the islands of Phuket, Phi Phi, Jum, Lanta, Bulon and on Koh Lipe , Koh Adang and Koh Rawi. They are known by various names, including Orak Lawoi, Lawta, Chaw Talay, Chaw Nam, and Lawoi. Although historically Chao Ley have led a nomadic lifestyle, the community on Koh Lipe has settled there decades ago. Due to the every increasing tourism the island and community have changed dramatically over

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