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Ko Lipe   
เกาะหลีเป๊ะ  
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 Description: Nearby islands familiar with vacationers are Li-pe or Nipis Island (meaning "thin" island in Malay).
Lipeh is an island in Adang archipelago, one kilometer south, and 25 kilometers west of Tarutao island. Formerly Lipe was not inhabited. According to the "Report on the Survey of Tarutao National Park" published by Mahidol University in 1977 , the first settler on the island was an Indonesian named Hili (pronounced "ngi-li" by the locals).
On his business missions, he was a regular traveler to Penang and Siam and found a settlement first in Ko Mai Kadan Island and married a sea gypsy woman. Later he moved his trading post to Ko Bulon and finally to Ko Li-pe. During his early settlement, he had to travel to Satun to buy rice, using a row boat. He picked up coconuts which floated to the island and planted them there. Any fishermen who came to fish near the island were invited to settle on the island. (According to other sources, a man named Nai Mahmad had settled on the island one year earlier than had Hili. And the seedlings of coconut trees to be grown on the island were given to Hili by Phraya Phoominart Phakdi then governor of Satun.)
In 1909 when the British had shown an interest in the westcoast of Siam , the governor of Satun brought the people from Ko Sireh in Phuket and Ko Lanta in Krabi to settle on Adang in order to prove to the British that the Siamese settled there and the island belonged to Siam.
The scheme proved fruitful and the British agreed to drop the claim over Adang and the nearby area. Hili and the sea gypsies on Adang Island were the ancestors of the three major families presently residing on the island, namely Harn Thala, Thala Luek, and Chamnarn Waree. The terms Chao Le (sea people) or Thai Mai (recently naturalized Thais) are generally accepted by the sea gypsies at Lipe but the term Chao Nam (water people) is despised for the reason that not only themselves but all people are derived from water.
Most of inhabitants on Lipe are Buddhists and engaged in fishing. The houses of the sea, not exceeding 200 meters off shore.Visitors to the island are likely to stay overnight during the moonlit nights to witness monthly god - offering ceremonial dances performed by the islanders. The dance, performed along with the rhythm of the one-sided drum called Ramana, is organized for three nights during the new moon. It is believed that the god - offering dance will dispel all illnesses and evils from the island. In addition, on the thirteenth to the fifteenth day of the sixth and the eleventh lunar month (usually in May and November) the Setting Adrift of Chao Le Boat ceremony can also be observed.
The prominence of Lipe lies on the natural beauty of colorful corals around the island. Particularly fascinating are the ones in the front of the island where visitors can see mazes of colorful corals and exotic tropical fishes under the clear water, a site comparable to a giant aquarium. Visitors often brings with them diving gears or life preservers which enable them to get a close look at the idyllic underwater scenes. The most exciting moment is during the low tide where a large expanse of corals emerge, a rare picturesque scene which will be long remembered by visitors.
To reach Ko Li-pe, visitors often use the same route as that of Adang, from where Lipe is easily accessible. 

 Province   Satun  Direction:      
 District   Mueang    
 City   Tarutao National Park  Comments:      Official Web:    
 Genre   Landscape      Related links:   http://www.kohlipeth  
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 Entry fee   N/A     Coordinates:    6.492195 N 99.306178 E  
                     
                     
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SUB-SITES PICTURES:    
 Ko Lipe  Cape (North)
 Cape (South-East)  Cape (South-West)
 Chao Ley (Sunrise) beach  Crazy bar
 Hantalay termple  Island view
 Ko Kra    Ko Talak (Talang)
 Ko Usen  Pattaya Beach
 Pramong (Sunset) beach  Sunset
 Chao Ley - Urak La Woi village  Bundhaya Villas resort
Walking street  Ko Tarang
       
 
 
 
 
 

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