Friday 27 December 2013

Birthday Holiday (Part 2) : Koh Rawi and Koh Adang, a paradise down under

On our second day in Koh Lipe, we had an early breakfast (yup, you guessed it right, Roti Mina Restaurant again!), and set off for our island hopping trip. We booked it the day before at the counter just next to the Immigration station, for 550 Baht per person, approximately RM55 for the boat trip, snorkeling gears, fins, bottled mineral water and packed lunch. 

The boat which is taking us to the Adang Archipelago
My very own Baywatch hero hahaha


Our first stop was at the Jabang area. Having not been doing any snorkeling for the past year, it took us some time to get used to breathing through the mouthpiece and learning to use the fins for the first time. I swallowed a lot of seawater to the point that I burped when I came back to the boat! Haha..

The water was a bit murky around here and visibility was not great but there were ropes with buoys available at this area, so we can just pull ourselves along the ropes and snorkel. 

We left for the second spot which was Koh Hin Ngam which is the Black Rocks Island. The snorkeling areas was much better than Jabang, and according to the myth, the island was cursed, hence all the rocks turn black. 

Koh Hin Ngam or the Black Rock Island

As the noon approaches, we were getting famish, just as we stopped over at the Tarutao National Park at Koh Rawi. The spot was nice, unfortunately the packed food had some chicken in it and we weren't convince that it was halal. We had few pineapples with our new friends from the boat, and started walking around the area. There was a fee collected for the preservation works of the National Park, 200 Baht(RM20) per person for tourists, and 40 Baht for locals. 

So we have been from Koh Lipe to Jabang, Koh Hin Ngam, now at Koh Rawai, and next to Koh Adang. Can you find it on the map? :)

The shot of the day. A must for everyone who has reached Koh Lipe & Koh Rawai. I love the multicoloured sea water!
Our last stop was Koh Adang which is literally across the straight from Koh Lipe where we stayed. The boat stopped by the beach & we were told that we will have an hour to be there. 

And honestly peeps, if you are coming here and have limited time in hand, you should just skip everything and just come here & snorkel for hours in Koh Adang! The corals and fish was out of this world. I was literally gasping for breath in awe of the multicoloured amimoni , the giant oyster (like the size of my head!), the blue corals. 

I was exhausted by the time we reached the corals, not having proper lunch was not helpful either. Lucky our boatman (his name is Chat), he swam with a buoy, and I just clinged to the buoy as he dragged me further and further to the paradise of corals. My husband followed trail of course. 


This is what we call "crystal clear water"

20 minutes in & we were both extremely tired, and started to swim back to shore, despite my heart wanting to stay. My fear was that I wouldn't have enough energy to swim back. 

We chilled out at the seaside for about half an hour,and then back again into the shallow water, literally playing with the fish. Somehow the fish were fascinated with my husband's feet and followed him everywhere! 

We made our way back, reached Koh Lipe at 4pm, extremely hungry and tired. After a quick lunch and prayers, we slept, and planned to go out for a barbeque dinner as it was our last night in Koh Lipe.

To be continued.

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