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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe January 3rd 2017

Happy New Year and a belated Merry Christmas to all our readers. Hope the coming year brings you joy, happiness, and a lot of traveling obviously! This blog is also to congratulate Tiffany, who has reached her 100th dive on Christmas Day! Well done young lady! And for the divers around, no she did not dive naked...may not be the right idea for a 14 years old young lady! We don't want to run into troubles for the pleasure of it! Tiffany is on summer holidays since the second of December. Already a year at school in South Africa, and we are pretty happy how well she did there! So Summer holidays for her means...Christmas! She spent first few days at home in Bangkok, than went for few days in Vietnam to see how Leslie online ... read more
Magic Ko Lipe!
Cool nudibranch!
No firework this year, but we are still enjoying the countdown with bubbles!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe December 3rd 2016

I love it when Kim comes to visit, we ended up in Langkawi and Koh Lipe together, and Scott even joined us for a couple of days.... read more
Kim
The girls
Scarborough Fish'n'Chips

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe February 26th 2016

I'm a little late on my blogging, so the February holidays for Leslie are already two weeks behind us. 2016 and 2017, and actually all the coming years will be a little special for us, and for me. Tiffany has now been for the last two months happily studying in her new boarding school in South Africa. She is back home for few weeks in a few days time and I can't wait to pick her up at the airport! Little girl is growing up up...fast! So why the next few years will they be very special? Well, simple, from now, I will continue to go around the world, but from time to time it will be only with Tiffany and from time to time, it will be only with Leslie....from time to time we'll be ... read more
Porcelaine crab in anemone
Next entry, it's Tiffany and Papa!
Lipe, the best for me in Thailand...

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe October 25th 2015

It is already the half-term holidays at school. Impressive to think that Christmas is just two months from us. On these 10 days holidays, we first stay a long week-end at home, to enjoy our family time, and to play a little round of golf on Monday morning, family style! Tuesday morning arrived fast, waking up at 4.15am for the long ride to Ko Lipe. First there is the ride to the airport, the 80 minutes flight to Hat Yai. Than comes the 90 minutes drive to Pakbarra pier....buy the ferry ticket for Lipe and wait a good 90 minutes to board the speedboat. That can be another 90 minutes ride, but it is still low season, so we have a 15 minutes stop in the National Park of Tarutao....and finally, at 1.30pm, we made it ... read more
Ko Lipe....our second home in Thailand...
Always cool things under the water!
Ready for a late breakfast!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe August 9th 2015

"You have the dream job, I wish my office had a view like yours! How do you get a job like this?" This is the question that I hear everyday since I have been working in Thailand and I don't get tired of answering it at all. I am lucky and I do have a great job. Looking back, I realize that this is not my first "dream job". I have almost always worked in hospitality or food and beverage which has given me opportunity to work in some pretty unique places. I have also lived and worked in a lighthouse bed and breakfast in California, managed small inns in North Carolina and cooked in restaurants in New Orleans. Cliff has also had a few "dream jobs" of his own, from Captain of ferries, yachts and ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe July 28th 2015

It has been years since our last blog entry and this one is long overdue. Just to catch up, we started our "trip" in 2008 with one and a half years of travel in SE Asia with a side trip to Europe. (Check out our previous blog entries to see all the amazing places and things we did during that time). We returned home to New Orleans for a couple of months then back to Thailand again because we missed it. We spent two years more on Koh Phi Phi before returning home. Then the big one…we sold our house and everything in it and returned to Thailand, again! We have now been living and working on Koh Lipe nearly three years. During this time we have been enjoying the island life, have taken trips throughout ... read more
Pattaya Beach sunrise
Mali Resort
Mali Resort

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe April 13th 2015

So this being our only full day on the island we had a few things planned. First off was to relax ( after the pretty hectic journey to get here!) and secondly was to search out the sea gypsy people that are native to Ko Lipe ( this being the main reason to come here in the first place.) So with the hotel situated on the beach we were in the sea by mid morning. The sea being a beautiful colour and so clear that you could see the many fish that would swim close to the shore. The midday heat being so intense on the beach it was so relaxing to be in the water, so after doing nothing for a few hours we decided to hire a kayak. Paddling a little further out to ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe April 10th 2015

As I write this we are back in the same spot, off Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe, where I left off last time. This afternoon we walked across the island, down Walking Street and along the beach to check out of Thailand at the immigration office. The official in charge today was very welcoming, inviting us into his air-conditioned cabin, offering us chilled bottled water as we filled out the paper work. Back down the beach we had lunch at Cafe Lipe again. They tend to cater to the healthier side of eating, not even serving Coke or burgers, so I am no sure why we keep going back but the masaman curry with roti bread, and banana shakes are very tasty. This was our last meal in Thailand for a while. We got some groceries and ... read more
Koh Rawi
Clown fish
Naomi pulls out the flag underway

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe April 1st 2015

Last time I wrote we were leaving Koh Lipe and now we are back here again. We anchored out in Telaga Harbour when we got back to Langkawi which was crampt so ended up quite near a mooring. The next morning a large wooden boat took up their mooring and then slowly drifted closer and closer to us. I had just caIled the marina about taking a berth but they wanted us to wait 30-60 minutes before entering when they had some staff on hand. I pulled in some anchor chain to distance ourselves but it didn’t seem to make much difference and the tall wooden bow got closer. The owner plopped a fender over the side but otherwise didn’t look bothered. As I got to the 10 m mark on the chain and there was ... read more
Telaga marina
at the Kilim Geoforest
Alex at the waterfall

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe March 21st 2015

Its been a while since the last blog and I left off at the bottom of Koh Lanta, half way to Langkawi. I guess I am not so keen to post the blogs now that we are familiar ground, less novelty to inspire me to write. We had some more very pleasant long slow days sailing south to Malaysia - I think our record low was 2.4 knots average one day. Despite this being the NE monsoon, making us anchor on the west side of land, there were westerly afternoon sea breezes. They were light winds so the waves made were small but the land we anchored next to were sheer rock faces the waves would reverberate off them make for sloppy water… so we sailed slowly each day as long as possible as it was ... read more
In the hong at Koh Muk
One of the man-made islands
Enjoying the complimentary tea




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