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Island Life on Ko Lipe

by Coole Photography on May 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Never one to pass up an opportunity to be on a remote island for a few weeks, the following shots come from such a place – a tiny island which is often overlooked, namely Koh Lipe which is located in southwest Thailand. Although technically on my holiday, any travel photographer will know that such breaks no longer exist, as much as you try to relax all that you see are shots for the taking, and that is exactly what happened to me here!

A long-tail boat on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. A long-tail boat on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. A long-tail boat on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand.

“Encircled by sandy beaches and filled with mountainous woodland, Ko Lipe is home to a 700-strong community of chao leh villagers and a growing legion of private developers. Falling outside the protection of the national park, partly because of the entrenched local population, this little isle is rapidly emerging as the tourist centre for the far-southern Andaman. However, things are still a lot more low-key than at islands like Ko Lanta or Ko Phi Phi.” Lonely Planet

Other than stating the obvious there really isn’t much to say about this tropical paradise, my only advice would be to visit sooner rather than later if traditional island life and undeveloped beaches are what you’re after. Hopefully the following images will convince you that although seldom discussed, Ko Lipe is definitely worth a stop on anyone’s tour.

A long-tail boat on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. A long-tail boat on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. A long-tail boat on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. Sunset on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand.
Sunset on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. A long-tail boat at sunset on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. Sunset on Ko Lipe, a small island surrounded by the Andaman Sea and located near the Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand.
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