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29 October, 2014

How to go to Koh Lipe

How to go to Ko Lipe from Langkawi

This information on How to go to Koh Lipe is created for those planning to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the south of Thailand. As peak season is from November till January every year, there is only one way to go to Koh Lipe and that is via boat. Ferries are the only transport to Lipe and they can be taken from Langkawi Island or Pak Barra in Thailand. Remember, December and January is super-peak season on Lipe too. 

There are no flights to Koh Lipe as there is no airport there and no roads leading into the island so getting here can be a challenge for first timers to the island. Various ferry services from Langkawi and Pak Bara in Thailand offer daily ferry trips here so you can check out the ways to go to Koh Lipe below;

Bundhaya Ferry to Koh Lipe from Langkawi
Bundhaya Ferry to Koh Lipe from Langkawi (One of them)
How to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi 

From Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe

Ferry Booking Website - Thai Beach Travellers 
Bundhaya Speed Boat Service from Kuah, Langkawi - Bundhaya Speed Boat

*Departure date 20th October to 15th May

Ferry from Ko Lipe to Kuah Jetty

*Departure date 20th October to 15th May

Telaga Harbour Jetty (Langkawi) - Ferry Booking Website

Ferry from Telaga Harbour to Koh Lipe

*Departure date 20th October 

Ferry from Koh Lipe to Telaga Harbour

*Departure date 20th October 

Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe, Thailand
Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe - Advertised photo
Ferry Langkawi to Koh Lipe Photo
Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe - What you will get, most likely
Ferry from Telaga Harbour to Koh Lipe - PEAK SEASON

*Departure date - 1st November 2014 to 7th May 2015
TripMalaysiaLangkawi (Malaysia Time)ThailandKoh Lipe (Thai Time)
Trip 1Departing 0930 hrsArriving 1000 hrs
Trip 2Departing 1430 hrs Arriving 1500 hrs

Ferry from Koh Lipe to Telaga Harbour - PEAK SEASON

*Departure date - 1st November 2014 to 7th May 2015
TripThailandKoh Lipe (Thai Time)MalaysiaLangkawi (Malaysia Time)
Trip 1Departing 1030 hrs Arriving 1300 hrs
Trip 2Departing 1630 hrsArriving 1900 hrs

Koh Lipe Floating Barge / Pontoon Drop Off and Pick Up Point
Important Notes
Passengers need to check in 2 hours before departure time.
Passports are required from Langkawi Island to Koh Lipe.
Kuah Jetty is in Kuah Town, about 30 minutes by taxi from Langkawi Airport.
Telaga Harbour Jetty is about 10 minutes by taxi from the Langkawi Airport. 
There are no bus services in Langkawi.
Longtail Boat Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe Longtail boats that transfer you from the ferries to the island
Arriving at Koh Lipe
There is no jetty on Koh Lipe.
A floating barge / pontoon is the main drop off point outside Lipe.
Small longtail boats come to the pontoon and take you to to resorts (THB50 per person).
When you reach the island, prepare to get your feet wet as you get off the small boats.

Pak Bara ferry services in town
Pak Bara ferry services in town
How to go to Koh Lipe from Thailand

Ferry from Pak Bara Jetty to Ko Lipe 

*Departure Date All Year 

*Depart Date 1st November - 30th April

Ferry from Pak Bara to Ko Lipe
Ferries can sometimes be super crowded from Pak Bara to Lipe
Ferry from Ko Lipe to Pak Bara Jetty 

*Departure Date All Year 

*Depart Date 1st November - 30th April

Important Notes
Passengers need to check in 2 hours before departure time
Buy your tickets online or at the Ferry Counter! Beware of fake tickets from touts
Boats from Pak Bara drop you at Mountain Resort and Pattaya Beach 
Pak Bara is about 2.5 hours from Hat Yai town
Buses to and from cost THB80 one way and operate from 7am to 4pm
Mini Vans cost THB150-300 one way per person
Taxis cost around THB1850 to THB2000 one way for 4 persons

If you have never been here, you may want to check the Koh Lipe Map on where the resorts or hotels are located at on the island. I have been here in 2009 and 2011 before more resorts and hotels opened up and you can read my earlier review of Koh Lipe and also Getting to Koh Lipe

PakBara Ferry Terminal
Pak Bara Ferry Terminal
Koh Lipe General Information
  1. The immigration office is located on Pattaya Beach (main beach).
  2. There is no public transport on the island.
  3. The Walking Street is the main attraction here. 
  4. There are ATM's located at the Ko Lipe Walking Street
  5. There is Halal Food available for Muslims in Koh Lipe.
  6. There are various shops, restaurants, bars, pharmacies, internet cafes, massage available. 
If you have any questions or issues, you can contact the administrators of the booking websites directly. If you faced any problems or have any general questions, you can post your views here in the comment form. I am not an agent for booking ferry tickets to Koh Lipe. I just provide information for those who want to know how to go to Koh Lipe. 

28 October, 2014

Retrofest Asia 2014

Retrofest Asia 2014 Sunway

90's fans take note! The Retrofest Asia 2014 concert in Malaysia is taking place this 1st November here at the Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon in Petaling Jaya and this blast from the past is featuring top notch artist no other than - Diana King, Color Me Badd, Tevin Campbell and Firehouse. Has this got your attention? Of course, only if you are a true 90's fan, the names mentioned above will start singing those tunes in your head. 

This is also the first time ever that a 90's retro era concert is being performed on such a large scale here in Malaysia. The last retro gig was the 80's the Genting 80s Concert featured Paul Young, Bananarama, Limahl, Howard Jones and Johnny Hates Jazz! 

My question has always been - What ever happened to the superstars of the 80's and 90's as many of them have seemed to be retired or just faded off. Well, I did some research to see how the artist currently look like and below are some comparisons of the before and after, so don't fall off your chair seeing them now.  

Color Me Badd - before and after
Color Me Badd - before and after
Diana King - before and after
Diana King - before and after
Firehouse - before and after
Firehouse - before and after
Tevin Campbell, before and after
The winner! Tevin Campbell, before and after
Fans of the 90's can expect super popular numbers from the artist, considering they still have it in them after all these years with hits like;

Diana King ; Shy Guy, Aint no body, I say a little prayer for you
Firehouse : I live my life for you, Love of a lifetime, when I look into your eyes
Color me badd : I wanna sex you up, adore Mi Amor, All for love
Tevin Campbell : I'm Ready, Can We Talk , Tell me what you want me to do

Retrofest Asia Malaysia 2014

Retrofest Asia 2014 Information
Date: 1st November 2014, Saturday
Time: 6.00pm - 12.00 midnight
Venue: Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon, Petaling Jaya
Retrofest Asia Tickets - TicketPro

Retrofest Asia Ticket Prices
VIP: RM369
Standard: RM169
Retrofest Asia 2014 Ticket Prices
Retrofest Asia Ticket Prices
Retrofest Asia 2014 is an inaugural retro music festival brought to you by JS Concert Productions which is supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME), a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism and Culture. 

27 October, 2014

Angry Birds Park Johor

Angry Birds Park Johor Malaysia

The much talked about Angry Birds Park in Johor, Malaysia is set to open at the end of October 2014. The official date will be on the 31st October 2014 after a two year wait since the announcement was made in 2012. The Angry Birds Activity Park will also be Southeast Asia's first and here in Malaysia where it selected Johor as the location due to the influx of tourism from neighboring countries. 

The Angry Bird Park in Johor is also valued at an estimated RM17 million overall while Johor Corp President and Chief Executive Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim said is was targeting 150,000 visitors to the 26,000 sq ft-park in the first year of operation. As for expansion to the park, there is currently no information. 

Angry Bird Park Johor Baharu Malaysia
Angry Bird Activity Park in Johor
 Among the activities, fans and visitors can expect engaging fun-packed games like;

1. Lazer Bird Shoot
2. Red Bird Goal
3. Piggy Shooting Gallery
4. Captain Black Bird Ship
5. Classic Tower Play

Angry Bird Park Johor Attractions
Some of the attractions at Angry Bird Park in Johor

Damansara Asset Sdn Bhd executive director Yusaini Sidek also mentioned that the Angry Bird Park was a joint venture with the founder of the bird game Finland-based Rovio Entertainment Ltd. Yusaini also mentioned that "Fans in Malaysia and neighbouring countries can now immerse themselves in the world of Angry Birds through fun and interactive physical and educational activities." 

Currently, the Angry Birds Land opened on May 2012 at the Sarkanniemi Amusement Park in Tampere, Finland while this is the first project in Asia. The park is also based on the world wide popular video game franchise created by Rovio Entertainment.

Angry Bird Park Johor Tickets Malaysia  Angry Bird Park Johor Ticket Prices

Angry Birds Park Johor Address and Location;
3rd Floor, 
Komtar JBCC Shopping Mall,
Johor Bharu, Malaysia
Opening times: 10.00am to 10.00pm daily

Angry Birds Park Johor Ticket Prices:
Malaysians with MyKad - RM60.00 for Adult OR Kids
Non Malaysians - RM75.00
*Children below 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult
*A variety of tickets from a single pass, family passes to unlimited annual passes are available.

Angry Birds Activity Park Johor, Malaysia

This is a brand new park which is located in a building similar to Hello Kitty Town in Johor. It is an indoor attraction therefore visitors need not worry about the weather if it is too hot or raining. The location is in a building therefore parking is relatively easy. 

Angry Birds Park Johor Map

Where is Angry Birds Park in Johor? 

The indoor park is located in Komtar JBCC Shopping Mall on the 3rd floor. The location is actually where the old causeway crossing is located, just opposite the Johor Baharu Railway Station and CIQ. For those crossing the border, you should be familiar as it is along Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. 

See you at the Angry Birds Park in Johor, Malaysia! 

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