Photographer's Note

Under a milky sky, early morning on the beach of Koh Lipe : families go riding their mopeds while the only monk of the island starts his alm tour. He will stop at the few remaining buddhist houses, nothing like the glorious march of Luang Prabang.

Koh Lipe is populated with Chao Le sea gypsies, an animist tribe coming from the northern tip of Sumatra. Hence religion frenzy hasn't reached up to the island, in a muslim surrounding : like the most of southern Thailand and Malaysia, which is only 10 miles far.

Fishing, drinking and looking at the flat seas occupy the Chao Le for the great part. Youngsters are looking closely any substance that can make them forget they're secluded on a small island, far away from both Babylon and Jamaica.
Funnily enough the Christian revival is pushed forward by the young gay and transvestite community, which also promotes the full moon party.

Koh lipe is a land of paradox, but everybody goes his own way.

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Additional Photos by Luko G R (Luko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2424 W: 490 N: 2900] (14000)
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