Again, we created history. We’d our inaugural edition of Annual Gathering series overseas, the Phuket Island, Thailand. Our 5th series this year (2012) was successful with 9 people in our group.
24-26 Nov 2012 | Annual Gathering 2012 @ Phuket Island
Having here on this occasion this round made many differences. We crossed boundaries by over-shooting to Thailand, forgo our own Malaysia as chosen destination. Downside was not many of us can make it and only those committed try their best.
For those who has married with child and some personal commitment, not able to join this year. Crossing my fingers as well because I’m getting married soon this year (2013). I’ve strong feeling that we shall be together again in next outing.
Initial plan which decided to hold our gathering was done spontaneously with few overseas locations. A long thorough decision has made off with Phuket Island. Action is louder than talk. Someone must initiate this, else ideas will just come and go. Anyway, we were firmed that time.
Whoever has been before, shall plan and contribute to the plan and yes, someone stand out to organize it. Ms Ellen organized everything from head to toe for us.
I love beach especially in Thailand. The imagination went wild with turquoise ocean, blue sky & tropical weather attracted many beach goers & holiday maker to choose Thailand. Koh Lipe is a small island in the south Andaman Sea, famous as ‘Maldives’ of Thailand.
14-18 March 2013 | Koh Lipe @ Thailand
Koh Lipe is accessible via flight in Hat Yai International Airport or cheaper alternative such as train to Hat Yai from KL.
I see Koh Lipe as one of the many island destination in Thailand, place no expectation from it, but speechless when I witnessed with my own eyes. That’s the paradise I ever been before.
The whole budget of this trip was set at max RM1k, but actual spending was actually RM 600 – RM 700 per person. Due to higher exchange rate, this cost was actually higher.
Holiday-maker should have a look at this island because it’s too beautiful to describe, let pictures alone to proof it. Overall, a perfect destination that I never dream able to see in Thailand.
A trip into paradise begins here …
Snorkeling trip is a must when you holiday in Koh Lipe. It was incomplete without it especially for first time visit. There are daily snorkel trips available via local tour agent.
Maldives in Thailand (Day 2) – Snorkeling at Blue Ocean (5 Islands)
Amazed with blue ocean and white sandy beach. A lot of things going on our mind. Soul & body are ready for water dipping. Giving an option to dip into shallow water, we’ve a choice to go for deeper part where we can see fishes and coral, that’s snorkeling trip.
Booked to depart at 9.30am in the morning has got us ready by 8.45am. Before we depart for this activity, we woke up as early as 6.00am to watch sunrise. This much overlooked natural phenomenon often categorized as “nature wonders” or “gorgeous landscapes” or “amazing skies”.
A day was meant for FREE & Easy. The best day for exploring our own island where we stay. It’s neither big nor small to go around for a day.
Maldives in Thailand (Day 3) – Koh Lipe Island
To get on whole island by foot is not impossible. It’s only 2km long and 1km wide. With 2 main beaches each with their own. The busy one called Pattaya beach with wide beach stretched in a long crescent of fine white sand.
Sunrise Beach (where I stay) has views of several small nearby island and cool onshore breeze most of the year. It’s located opposite Pattaya beach, with just a few resorts and bars. No cars on the island and thankfully few motorbikes only. Therefore, I can assure the whole island can be explored on foot in couple of hours.
As an average photographer of KL, many already knew this place. A paddy field which attracts many for photo shooting. With a vast land (unblocking view) just for paddy, it catches many eyes looker who passed by this place.
The Paddy Field in SEKINCHAN
Came for second time this round, just a simple visit a.k.a drop-by. The best season perhaps, just before the harvest season normally by Dec. Now the paddy has grown at our thigh level.
It’s hot and we came after 3pm which the direct sun doesn’t too hot. This area was open for anyone, to enter for fun & get around for a view. Photo enthusiastic like this place and spent many hours just to get the best shot.
With same DSLR which already 3 years old, I tempted again on Sekinchan photography.