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  • natje812

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    Hi guys

    First time to SE Asia and I will be flying to KL , spend some time in Malaysia, fly from KL to Langkawi and start island hopping from there around first week of November.

    Was thinking about Koh Lipe first, but am reading mixed reviews...some sites say it's still not that developed and others say it's really busy..

    I do need a completely deserted island, nor super luxury (but a clean simple beach bungalow would be fine, but prefer western toilets though ;-)), but would like to avoid the typical party islands...but still have some good places to eat (local food)

    So what's up with Koh Lipe? (think if I go, would stay at Jack's Jungle)

    I was thinking about taking the boat from Langkawi all the way to Koh Phi Phi and stop on 1 island on the way where I will stay awhile.

    Which island would you recommend (taking into cosideration my preferences)?

    I will also vsist Koh Phi Phi Leh, want to see the island will go early from Don by longtail to avoid most crowds..

    I found a boat company who starts on OCT 20, cause most only start on NOV 22..
    Is it doable in that time of year or really 100% rough seas? A colleague of mine went in december and also had chopy seas, so might always be the case...
    Has anyone done this with Satun Pakbara Speedboat club? Doesn't need to be a fancy boat, just get me there safe.

    Thanks for your advice!

    Oh, and I have been reading quite a few posts on here and people who can only reply "look online" plse spare yourself the trouble of replying. I have looked online extensively, but can find contradictory reviews and advise from people who have actually been or locals is ALWAYS better.

    Thanks!

    Krgrds
    Natalie

    #1 Posted: 23/10/2013 - 08:22

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi Natalie,

    Ko Lipe is quite well developed now though early November shouldn't be too busy - December though it will be pretty packed. If you've never been to SEA before and you'll be passing right by it, I'd say take a look for yourself and see what you think.

    Further north you have Ko Muk which, while not as attractive as Ko Lipe is still quite scenic and more budget orientated. Another option could be Wally's on Ko Kradan

    I'd expect all boats to be running in November -- yes it could be a little rough, but plenty of people will be on that coast by November. I haven't herd of the speedboat club you mention.

    More reading:
    Andaman Sea islands
    Andaman Sea Island Hopper

    More questions, ask away!

    #2 Posted: 23/10/2013 - 19:50

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    Wally's is a dump and Kradan is boring. Nothing on that island.

    Trang town is far more interesting.

    #3 Posted: 24/10/2013 - 10:11

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    Trang town is not an island.

    #4 Posted: 25/10/2013 - 03:42

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    But it is more interesting and you can visit the islands on a boat trip easy enough. No need to stay on an island when there's nothing there.

    #5 Posted: 25/10/2013 - 12:55

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    Koh Jum is also a nice, quiet island. Not a party place. Decent places to stay and easy to arrange boat trips to Phi Phi Leh as well as some of the other nearby places.

    #6 Posted: 25/10/2013 - 14:35

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