Friday, November 29, 2013

Where to stay in Koh Lipe

The first headache that we travelers always get is where to stay when we are offshore on a foreign country and whether the place is clean and livable with a reasonable price. A check on websites around for hotels/rooms in Koh Lipe returns me with results ranging from 1500 THB to over 5000 THB. Now how do we know which is good and which is bad? Experience. Pull some strings here and there, ask around and you will surely get something close to your budget.

I for one did enough homework to land myself at the Smile Sunset Resort which I would recommend to others too.

My verdict
The Plus:
  • Clean Room, Bed and Bathroom
  • Cheap whole house rooms as compared to others on the island
  • Quiet(being top of the hill and the rooms are situated away from the main road compared to those build by the road side)
  • Transfer to and fro from the ferry/speedboat dropoff point - tricycles as taxi and you would be charged high price by those peddlers so call the hotel first before you reach
  • Free unlimited coffee and tea at their cafeteria
  • Free WiFi
  • Balcony on their units where you could sit at night and have a couple of drinks(did I mention unlimited amounts of coffee for free?)
  • 10% Discount at their restaurant when you are a guest of the resort

The Minus:
  • Mosquitoes - The island is a forest on it's own and thus we have the usual insect problem. They do provide you with the netting on the bed but a mosquito coil or 2 wouldn't hurt and in fact could help you from those blood suckers
  • No water heater (YET) - Every now and then the cold shower would do you good after a hot stroll along the beach
  • No swimming pool(This is a joke) - Do you even need one as the beach is less than 5 minutes walk?
Tean Muankul 085-6196486 or +66 85-6196486
Call direct and tell them you came from Wai Hoe's blog to get discount off their normal rates.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How to get from Pak Bara to Koh Lipe

At a lost on how to get to Koh Lipe? Stuck at Pak Bara or going over but finding it hard to get the schedules for the ferry/speedboat?

Route Boat Type Departure Return Trip Price
(1 way)
(2 ways)
Pak Bara - Tarutao - Adang - Lipe Speed Boat 11.30 AM
14.30 PM
9.30 AM
13.30 PM
650 THB 1200 THB
Pak Bara - Adang - Lipe Ferry 11.45 AM 10.00 AM 600 THB 1200 THB

Things you need to know before embarking on your journey:
  • Have light to no breakfast before the boat trip as you might feel nauseated
  • The boat trip can range from 1 to 3 hours depending on weather(rough sea could mean you throwing up your breakfast in the boat)
  • Be prepared to get wet(occasional splashes and also when disembarking on the island)
  • You might need the sea gypsies to taxi you from the shores of the island to the island itself and they charge 50THB/pax
  • Always book ahead of your trip for the boat/ferry to ensure you get a place
  • Arrive 30 minutes earlier at the terminal
One company I would strongly recommend as their service is superb is the B&D travel
Tel: 086-9642623, 086-2823348, Fax: 074-783062

Note: It's better to go direct to their counter just outside the ferry terminal to ask for a better rate. Depending on the season, they might offer you a better price.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

XPLAY 2013 by XPAX, Soju Room Penang Times Square

There was a party held last Saturday where XPAX returns with XPLAY 2013 right here in Penang Times Square. I was among a handful of bloggers invited to the event.

 How do you earn invites? You get 2 FREE INVITES when you register with CELCOM AIRCASH. or get your invites when you download any of the selected call me tones.For Xpax users, you can get a FREE VXP Pass when you reload RM30 and Like Xpax Facebook

The blogger gang at the front door

VVXP invites for bloggers...

Needless to say the night was filled with music and fun

DJs on the revolving stage.. Yes you read right, the stage is revolving

And lots of drinks to get the night going.

Wanna party like us?
Where is the next party?
There are 3 more party coming your way.

Register yourself HERE to win free passes!

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