One of the guests in a neighboring room snores. I can hear it as clearly as if he was next to me in the same bed. At 4 am the other neighbor meets his friend on the balcony and they turn on loud music. At first I’m thinking it’s my alarm clock. Angry shouting from other rooms makes shuts them up after just a few seconds. We really gotta get out of this room.

Despite such annoyances, we got up at 5:30 am in order to have some time to wake up before we had to meet Man at 5:50 am. He arrived on time and we strolled from the Tourist part of Ko Lipe over to the Chao Leh (sea gypsies) village on the other side of the island, which was a 5 or 10 minute walk. When we arrived at the Eastern beach, the sky was just starting to get a little pink, so we were right on time. Unfortunately there were quite a few clouds blocking the sun on the horizon, but the resulting sunrise was still nice. Not exactly nice were the tons of trash scattering the Chao Leh village. I will never understand why people would want to live under such conditions and not move all their trash to a central dump. It would make their village so much nicer and safer.

At 7:30 we had breakfast. I must say I don’t like Bundhaya’s breakfast too much. The bacon is 60% pure fat and 40% meat, the ham doesn’t look to promising either. The bread is ok, and so are the fried eggs, but someone should tell the “master of the eggs” how to make decent omelettes, because his are far too oily and don’t really taste good. You can try the Asian treats, but if you’re not too fond of squid (like me), it’ll be hit and miss for you. Another option you have are corn flakes. The juices are not fresh, which is a shame in a country like Thailand.

At 8:30 we met Man again to go on a boat trip to several islands and snorkeling locations. It was quite a long trip before we reached our first stop, a snorkeling spot just off Ko Dong.

Next our boat moved further West along the shoreline of Ko Dong. This island looks like a marvelous beach spot. There are numerous small beaches along its coast, all in their natural condition, so lots of trees and shade right behind the beach. No tourists. A destination if you want to rent a longtail boat for a day. We actually stopped at another snorkelling location before we stopped for lunch at Ko Rokroy.