If you are looking for slow relaxing days on a genuine Thai island, Koh Libong could be exactly what you need. Koh Libong is the perfect location to experience Thailand off the beaten track, far away from mass tourism.
The tourism has still barely touched the island and our hotel is one of very few resorts that exist on the west coast. You can imagine that this must have been the way Koh Lipe looked 20 years ago, still untouched and unexploited.
- Longtail boat from Koh Mook to Koh Libong
- Koh Libong – Thailand off the beaten track
- The luxury hotel of this itinerary, the Andalay Beach Resort
- On a scooter trip, a day off from luxury
- The fisherman’s village
- The stone bridge
- Snorkeling – wait for it!
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Longtail boat from Koh Mook to Koh Libong
Hopping between the islands in this area is easy. There are many longtail boat captains that are willing to make some extra money, so you should compare the prices before you decide which on to go with. We paid about 1500 bath for the transport from Koh Mook to Koh Libong and we booked it the day before at the reception at our hotel. You can get a lower price per person if you join up with fellow travelers going the same way as you, this time, we had the whole boat for ourselves.
The short journey, about 1 hour, from island to island is an easy ride. I don’t easily get seasick, so I might be the wrong person to speak about it, but the boats are very steady in my opinion. As I already mentioned in the last post, there are life vests for your safety in all boats nowadays.
Koh Libong – Thailand off the beaten track
The island of Koh Libong (sometime referred to as Ko Libong) is a much larger island than Koh Mook and Koh Kradan, but it still feels small in some way. The tourism has still barely touched the island and our hotel is one of very few resorts that exist on the west coast. You can imagine that this must be have been the way Koh Lipe looked 20 years ago, still untouched and unexploited. And we like it – just for that reason.
The population of the island is around 4000 – 6000 persons (depending on who you ask) on an area of 35 square kilometers. Actually Koh Libong is the largest island in the Trang province, but the island is much less visited then the other islands in the province. People come here for the beautiful wildlife, golden beaches and like we do – to relax.
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The luxury hotel of this itinerary, the Andalay Beach Resort
At this island, we decided to book the Andalay Beach Resort in advance. It’s one of the more luxurious hotels we booked on this itinerary, and we were definitely not disappointed. The service at the hotel is fantastic. Ok, prices are a bit higher than at Koh Mook, but still affordable. The food and drinks at the resort are highly recommended. We wander of some nights looking for alternative restaurants, but end up having last drinks at our own resort. They are simply the best around.
The breakfast is also something extra. You can get your own omelette from the chef, but also your own Thai pancake with bananas and nutella. It tastes fantastic and quickly becomes our standard breakfast. Maybe not the healthiest dish around, so maybe it’s a good thing we only stay here for a couple of nights.
The pool or the beach?
The beach at the Andalay Beach Resort is not as good as it was on Koh Mook. I’m not saying that the beach is low quality, we are talking very high standard to compare with, but it’s a step down from Koh Mook, no doubt. This fact in combination with two fantastic and tempting pool areas results in slow days at the pool rather then at the beach.
The upper pool (photo below) becomes our favorite for some reason. Days go by. We order drinks from the pool bar or directly at the restaurant. Life is pretty good! We brought some books with us from home that we read in the shadow. If you missed that on the packing list, that’s ok. There is a quite impressive “library” at the restaurant with books that other guests left behind for coming readers in all languages.
Exploring the forgotten island
After a couple of days by the pool and at the beach, we start to get a bit restless. We look around for some options with the reception staff, and they recommend us to rent a scooter for a day to see the island on our own. After some hesitation, we decide to go for it. For only 300 bath a day (including helmets), we rent a scooter at the hotel reception.
Now, we have very little experience with driving a scooter. It is definitely a bit shaky at first when you are not used to it, but you get it quite fast. Since there are rarely no cars in the traffic on Koh Libong, you feel safe and it can be recommended as a day off from the luxury life to see the island on your own. Make sure to book in advance to be sure it’s available when you want it. It didn’t seemed to be booked a lot when we visited, but you never know.
The fisherman’s village
First stop on our excursion is the fisherman’s village close to the hotel. It turn out to be a small Muslim fishing community. An interesting place that offers an insight in the Thai everyday life. We stop for an hour, stroll around in the narrow streets, talk and socialize with the locals. Everyone is very friendly and they seem quite used to meet the occasional tourists lucky enough to find their way here.
This is a place that feel far away from the tourist packed resorts and the shopping streets of Phuket or even a place like Ao Nang. The local restaurants offers great food for a bargain of what you pay at the hotels. English is not always spoken, but we get along with body language. I managed to buy some water and an ice cream without any problems anyway.
The stone bridge
Looking at the map of the island we received at our hotel reception, we see that there are some (but not too many) sights to see. We drive our scooter through the ever changing landscape, north towards the “Stone Bridge” – whatever that is. We pass rubber groves and fruit orchards, everywhere meeting smiling and happy people on other scooters.
After a while we find out why everyone is so happy and smiling. It turns out that we are the only ones driving around with the large heavy helmets on our heads, and people seem to find that amusing. Well, we are just happy to entertain them! The risk of driving of the road due to our inexperience is still impending, so the helmets stays on.
Finally, we reach the “Stone Bridge”. It turns out to be a rock formation by the sea, forming a natural – Stone Bridge. Beautiful place, and the best of all: we have the beach all for ourselves. There are no other tourists here. In fact, I think we met maybe one or two other tourist couples on scooters during the whole day.
After some other minor sights and as much better scooter drivers, we drive back through the jungle to our home resort. Safely back at the resort we celebrate our safe return with some Pina Coladas. A nice trip and quite an experience all together. Well recommended!
Snorkeling – wait for it!
You can find good snorkeling at some places at Koh Libong, but when we talk to fellow travelers at our resort, they recommend us to wait for that activity until we come to Koh Kradan. As I mentioned before, Koh Kradan offers some of the best snorkeling in Thailand, so we will wait for it – again. .
Koh Kradan is the next (and last) island in our itinerary. Now, as we saved the snorkeling activity all the way to the last island, it better be as good as everyone tells us. We looked around for a transfer and found out that it was much more expensive at the hotel than booked in the village. We made our reservation one day in advance and will pay when we arrive at Koh Kradan.
So, next stop in the itinerary: Koh Kradan!
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