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    Ko Lipe during COVID

    Took a speedboat from Pac Berra pier, about 2 hours with a couple stops along the way.





    Stayed at the Akira Resort on Pattaya Beach, just a few minutes from where the boat docked.





    The resort had three large pools, the main one in front had a swim-up bar.






    They put me way in the back, the block of units farthest from the beach.





    I booked a room with direct pool access





    The nice thing about being in the back was none of the other 31 units in the block were occupied, so I had the pool to myself.





    I set-up my own personal swim-up bar





    Despite having few lodgers, the resort still featured a full buffet breakfast, which I enjoyed with a beach view





    Some more photos of Pattaya Beach. I dropped my mask after a day because no one else was wearing one








    At night, the resort featured a 2-for-1 happy hour. Two drinks for just 200 baht.





    A kid next door provided a fire show





    I didn't realize the island was so small, you could get anywhere by walking. Shaped like a boomerang, only about 3 km long and 2 km wide. Home to about 800 permanent residents, including 500 Sea Gypsies (Chao Ley), who originally settled the island. Reggae is popular and you see young guys in dreadlocks.

    Walking Street dissects the island.




    I was surprised to find about half the businesses open, without many customers, but at least they were open.










    The all-U-can eat seafood place was closed, not surprisingly, and a few bars, but many places were open










    Plenty of fresh seafood was available






    Restaurants were either empty or near-empty, however.







    Besides Pattaya Beach on the south shore, the other main beaches are Sunrise Beach on the east coast and Sunset Beach on the northwest. I took a walk over to Sunset Beach around dusk and passed the Art Garden Guest House along the way. 500 baht bungalows, not on the beach.





    Sunset Beach was much smaller than Pattaya Beach, a few hundred meters long









    I awoke before dawn on my departure day to visit Sunrise Beach but it was overcast so I went back to bed. I'll see it next time!



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    That seafood has me salivating! Great stuff.

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    Great thread, truly a great time for touring Thailand if you are lucky enough to be in country.

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    Great report - i wish i was there. The last time i saw the places you've reported on that quiet was 1986. I would make the most of it - the hoards will return before this year is out.

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    Great shots.



    The hat's a bit 'try hard'.


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    I donít think the author of this thread is a diver. The surrounding waters are nice and should be visited.

    We did a few dives there in 2016. Beautiful clear water. Koh Lipe Divers

    The resort we stayed at: Serendipity Beach Resort - Koh Lipe - Photos | Facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Great thread, truly a great time for touring Thailand if you are lucky enough to be in country.
    Better than a January in Ellsemere Port.....

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    Some destinations have been good during this pandemic but not all. Ao Nang, in particular. There was nothing happening there at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    Better than a January in Ellsemere Port.....

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    It is a beautiful part of Thailand.

    Good visibility (underwater) while we were there.





    Tarutao National Marine Park: Tarutao National Marine Park

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    Your personal swim-up bar.... Nice!

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