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The Adang-Rawi Archipelago consists out of several island of the Tarutao National Marine Park including Koh Adang, Rawi Island and Lipe Island.
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Tarutau National Marine Park was Thailand's first official park created in 1974 and consists out of Koh Tarutao and the islands of the Adang-Rawi Archipelago. They are located in the south of Thailand just fifty kilometers northwest of Langkawi (Malaysia) and fifty kilometers west of the town Satun. The island group consist out of more than sixty islands with Koh Adang, Rawi Island, Lipe Island, Dong Island and Koh Tarutau being the largest.
Ko Lipe is the only year-around inhabited area of Tarutau National Marine Park. A group of 800 native sea gypsies named Chao Leh live of the food the land and ocean gives them. Nowadays several local islanders have adapted to tourism and are very happy to be your guide as a longtail driver or to bring you to a spectacular snorkelling site. The small community has a school, some shops and for the rest a lot of restaurants and accommodations. Tourism is catching up. You might read about this island under the names Koh Lipe, Koh Lipeh, Koh Lipay and Koh Lee Pae.
Ko Li-pe offers some perfect accommodations spread out across its four beaches named Pattaya Beach, Sunlight Beach, Karma Beach and Sunset Beach. Pataya Beach has some very fine white and powdery sand which have given this area the name 'Maldives of Thailand'. Snorkelling is spectacular along the reefs just offshore the four main beaches with many different species of marine life, healthy corals and excellent visibility. There is a diving shop that will arrange tours to dive sites a bit more offshore near Koh Adang, Koh Rawi and Ko Butang.
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