From Kurniawati Kamarudin
SATUN (Thailand) (Bernama) -- Koh Lipe has all the cliched descriptions of a tropical isle - white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, verdant forests, coconut tree-fringed coastline and colourful coral reefs.
Little wonder, this Andaman Ocean island is a magnet for tourists from all over the world, many of whom are drawn by the marvels of the nearby Tarutao National Marine Park.
Located in southern Thailand's Satun Province near the Thai-Malaysian border, Koh Lipe was where this writer and her husband headed to last month for a short vacation.
The small tropical paradise, which is visible from Langkawi, Kedah on a clear day, belongs to the Adang-Rawi archipelago. Its original inhabitants were the sea gypsies of the Chao Ley ethnic group, said to have had their origins in Malaya. They named the island Koh Lipe which, in their language, means Paper Island.
A first-time visitor to the island, the writer could not help thinking how similar it was to Tioman Island, Pahang, although Koh Lipe was smaller and its waters clearer.....