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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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  • Clare Davidson

    Such beautiful colours. Amazing.

    • http://www.coolephotography.co.uk/ Kimberley Coole

      Thanks Clare :)

  • Sylvain

    Soon one more lost paradise on Earth.
    One question and one remark:
    - How come there is no living soul on your pictures? Was it the nap time?
    - To have a break during your holidays, you should close your eyes more often or spend your time in the water. :-)

    • http://www.coolephotography.co.uk/ Kimberley Coole

      Hi Sylvain,

      There are two reasons behind no people in these shots – the first is that there was hardly anyone on the island (which was great) and the second is because you need model releases if you intend on selling the images for stock, which is how I make 90% of my income, and getting releases can be a bit of a pain.

      Holidays just don’t exist for travel photographers, you just can’t help yourself… Plus I was in the water a lot for these shots – does that count? ;)

      Thanks for your comment, it’s nice to get some questions!

  • Susan Fletcher

    What a beautiful place, I’ve never even heard of this island – hopefully it’ll stay this way for years to come! Great work!!

    • http://www.coolephotography.co.uk/ Kimberley Coole

      I’m happy I was able to show you a new travel destination Susan, I too hope that Ko Lipe remains as beautiful as it is today, but only time will tell on that – fingers crossed!

  • Tegan Hardy

    Wow! It looks like a wonderfully tranquil and beautiful island – the colours in your photos are amazing!

    I’m glad that it’s not as widely heard of so that it can remain as beautiful as possible without becoming overrun with business and tourism like so many of the other Thai Islands.

    • http://www.coolephotography.co.uk/ Kimberley Coole

      Thanks Tegan, it really is a peaceful place.

      There is night-life available on the other side of the island if anyone wants it, but give me a great sunset and a deserted beach and I’m happy!!

      This island is actually part of a National Park and so hopefully the people in charge will keep Ko Lipe as natural as they possibly can, not letting it go the way of Phi-Phi or Samui…

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