Lisa & Ty Travels – Koh Libong 2009

Libong Island 2009 Tour – Lisa & Ty

Here we go abroad…

We’re starting to get things ready to go, show you some of the things we’re bringing along.
Lisa is going to be gone for awhile so she needs some tools that are light.

A digital sound recorder. Olympus 4100. Inexpensive but you get much better sound recording than the Flip or the cameras.
Flip Video, easy, pocketable, and does very decent video recording in even low light situations, plus….
You can take it underwater, is this going to get interesting?
The Olympus 1030 SW is one tough camera. The Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof (Lisaproof) design gives us the confidence to take this camera anywhere and shoot in nearly any condition.
The Dell ‘Mini’ netbook. Hey, do I want to lug around and maybe drop my work laptop in the drink?This one does it all and it’s fast enough to be bearable. All flash drive harddrive so bang away. Blogs, emails are easy with the wireless. Skype away with the bluetooth. Office docs, sound / video editing, edit digital images,
this Mighty Mini can handle it.
The new 3M MPro110. See The Big Picture;
It projects images up to 50 inches, yet fits in the palm of your hand.
This powerful, portable, pocket-able projector turns the world into your personal theatre because it makes any room into a projection room.

And, away we go….
the itinerary;

Leave YVR Vancouver Dec 31 2008 13:20. Transfer HKG Hong Kong Jan 01 2009 20:45. Arrive BKK Bangkok, Sandy Int. airport Jan 02 2009 00:01.

Jan 02 2009 – Stay for a nap at an airport hotel close to the Don airport. Xen Suites Bangkok, 99-401-486 Soi Chaeng Wattana 10, formerly Quality Suites Bangkok, Bangkok 10210, Thai.

We’re thinking that we skip touring Bangkok, save it for the end of the trip, and go straight to the beach. Trang bound, straight from the Don airport, @ 9:15 and on the beach by lunchtime sounds much more appealing, and not much more than the train. From the Trang airport we cut across by Tuk-tuk to the minibus station to go on to the Had Yao Ban Chao Mai Pier. It is about 2 km from the train station area on the main road North to Krabi. The actual destination for the minibus is Ban Chao Mai which is the fishing village which is also the departure point for Koh Libong. We had originally thought about taking the overnight train from Bangkok to Trang, leaves at about 8:00 pm but we can’t wait to dip our toes into the waters of the Andaman Sea.

the fishing village, nice bougainvellia

Jan 02 2009 We will try to gain a berth on a long boat to Koh Libong Island @ Had Yao Ban Chao Mai Pier; we hope to get taken directly to the beach where we are staying. Should take about an hour.

I can see the Island from here…

Jan 02 2009 If the boat can’t get us to our beach, from Maphrao Village Pier we take a motorcycle taxi about 7km along the dusty road to the Le Dugong Resort, our planned initial home base for these travels. Leave us a note here until Jan 16 2009. Unless of course we find an adventure out to another string of Islands…

A nice hut on the beach

All the comforts of home, bamboo style…

Jan 02 2009 And here the adventure begins…

Simon P and his old (grade) school buddy from KL may be hangin out here with us for a couple of days.

The Libong Island 2009 Tours

We have decided on two separate side tours, one to the North and one to the South. Go for a ride up and down the coast to …

Tiger Line Ferries is our best bet going up and down the coast.

*Lisa is planning the Southern Tour and Ty is planning the Northern Tour*

Libong Island Southern Tour

Lisa’s planned tour, Jan 16 2009 to Jan 23 2009.

Koh Lipe and Koh Adang are a pair of islands far out in the Andaman Sea
in the south of Thailand. Although separated by just a kilometre of
shallow water, they are worlds apart.

here we go…

Libong Island Northern Tour

Ty’s planned tour, Jan 23 2009 to Feb 11 2009.
Tiger Line all the way from Koh Lipe to Koh Phi Phi.
Hang out on the deck and watch the Islands slide by.

Koh Phi Phi Island is one beautiful place. You have to stop if you are ever near.

Jan 26 2009 – For Chinese New Year on Phi Phi Island we are going all out, splurging to stay at the Bayview Resort for 4 nights. Arriving Jan 24, checking out Jan 28, 2009. The ferry leaves Koh Lipe at ten in the morning and arrives in Koh Phi Phi at 5 in the evening.

Phi Phi party on…

Koh Jum Island may be our home base for this Northern Tour. Coconut Green View Bungalows may be the place. As per picture below, ‘Which way to the beach?’

This may be our home base, on the beach, water’s warm…

Hang out here for awhile…

Krabi, you have to look around here.
Wat Tham Seua, or Tiger Cave Temple. Set in a beautiful forest, the temple is in fact a famous meditation centre. You can walk around the nature trail, visit the Tiger Cave and, for those who are fit enough, climb the 1237 stairs to the mountain-top shrine, the site is only a few kilometres outside of Krabi Town.

Might stay @at Good Dream Guesthouse, 83 Uttarakit Road, , fax: 75622993. Centrally located guest house with great food and drink and free Internet / Wi-Fi for guests. ~20-450 baht.

9 February (Makha Puja Day)

More to come…

Head back to Bangkok for the last few days.

Feb 10 2009 Krabi to Surat Thani by bus. The bus station is located in Krabi Town , around 4kms out of the city centre in Talaat Kao (market). Buses run approximately every 45 minutes. First bus: 07.00; last bus 16.00, Price 140 Baht, Journey time: 3 hours.

Feb 10 2009 Surat Thani to Bangkok by train. Do the tourist stuff, check out the temples…