kids kayaking

Kayaking: What You Need to Bring

One of the major outdoor activity we had recently was kayaking. Kayaking is to move across a body of water through a kayak, which is low-to-the-water with double blade paddles, and paddlers sits forward with legs in front. Kayaking started with the Inuit as a way for hunting and fishing. And through the years kayaking became a sport, and nowadays people kayak for recreational purposes. In our case, we kayaked in a river called Wang Sai Thong in Langu district, Satun, Thailand. This is the major activity in this part of Satun, Thailand. 

Satun is one of the provinces in Southern Thailand, rich with natural beauty and resources like lush green rainforest, waterfalls, caves (Phu Pha Phet and Chet Cot); rivers, and a must go beaches; one of these is Koh Lipeh. Aside from this, the “disappearing tribe” of Thailand called the Sakai tribe can also be found here.

We went kayaking with our children, and of course they were beyond themselves with excitement. The first time we went there, they were still too young to go on a kayak. But this time, we thought they could already handle it, since the water was not so rough. If it was, we would not risked it for sure.

two kids kayaking
Diverse Outdoor Activities for Children

Having gone there, done it; here are some of the things that we found important.

1. Bring your own kids life jackets. Usually life jackets are available and are provided by the accommodation, however,  the sizes may not be the right fit. It is essential that life jackets fit, otherwise it could be uncomfortable and could possibly ruin the moment. And also it could restrict movement as well as block ones view of the surroundings. And another thing, if you are super particular about hygiene I think having your own life jacket is a great idea.

2. Wear a comfortable attire.  Most of the kayaks used here are sit-on-top,  with the foot rest almost the same level as the seat. So wearing jean shorts or other attire made of stiff fabric can be very uncomfortable and could cause abrasions on the skin. Cottony shirts and shorts are fine. Beachwears like top-bottom set,  burquini-type and wet suite-type beachwears are also great. One-piece or bikinis might be a little too much for the culture here,  and besides it won’t give so much protection in case the kayak tips over.

3. Anti-mosquito lotion. The place is surrounded by greeneries and water; two things mosquitoes love the most. Protect yourself from malaria and other diseases brought by mosquitoes. Anti-mosquito lotion is available in convenience stores and other SkinStore.

4. Pain relieving ointments. You would find this really handy and helpful as muscles would be stiff and sore the next day or even a few hours after. Wang Sai Thong river is 7 to 10 kilometers long, this could be a lot for the not so trained muscles.

5. Water-proof camera. Yes, yes, yes! Document every moment of it, every scream, every laughter; capture the emotions, the beauty, as well as the risks.

Oh by the way, the kayaks are generic. There are no special kayaks for our little ones. That’s why our children had to go with a guide.

Have you gone kayaking? Where? How was the experience?


thailand, budget travels

Here are list of places and hotels that we have gone so far in Thailand. These places might be something that you’d find interesting.

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Biking is this vast land and witnessing spectacular sunset is a fun way to spend a long weekend.


Pitiusas Beach Resort in Koh Lipeh

One of the resorts in Koh Lipeh that has its own private access to Northern beaches is Pitiusas Beach Resort.  It is located on a tree-studded mountain with its accommodations built in a cascading manner down the slope, so unlike most of resorts and villas in Koh Lanta Krabi.  It is at the Northern side of Koh lipeh a bit far from Pattaya beach where speedboats dock from Pak Barra.

Going there,  one could take a motorbike with a side car that accommodates around 6 passengers, or you could walk all the way up if you know the way.  A word of caution though,  some parts of the road is super bumpy so hold on tight.  And if this is your second visit from a long time,  be careful the geographical make up has totally changed as hundreds of accommodations have sprouted in the past years.


Pitiusas Beach Resort has fan and air-con bungalows with front sea view verandas.  The rooms are decorated with Buddha and Thai monuments framed photos. Clean, firm double beds and a clothes cabinet occupy most of the room space. At one corner there is a tiny protruding wooden deck where an ash tray and laminated food menu and services list are placed.  Toiletries, and hot shower in a rather big bathroom are also available.

Other Amenities

  • Room and public Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Mosquito nets
  • Laundry services
  • No free bottled water in the rooms
  • No free coffee and coffee maker
  • No hairdryer

Restaurant and Bar

Pitiusas’  restaurant and bar is one of the resorts best features. It has a large common front side seaview decks fit out with candle-lit tables, hammocks, and floor cushions. One could just lazily lounge there while sunbathing and seeping some fresh cold drinks.

They serve both Thai and Western dishes. This resort is owned by a Spanish gentlemen who loves diving.  Tao is a very gracious host.  He boasts of his like-no-other French fries, and indeed he has reasons for boasting. My kids love it, in fact we all love it. And meals that require fish are oftentimes fresh as Tao dives everyday to catch some groupers.

kids on the beach at Pitiusas in Koh Lipeh
Pitiusas in Koh Lipeh

The Beach 

Koh Lipeh’s beaches and seawater are among the best in Thailand.  It’s beautiful, clear, sparkling water is refreshing, and definitely a sight to behold.  It is totally inviting!


Aside from the usual sunbathing and swimming in an almost exclusive beach, there are plenty of things visitors are offered – boat trip, snorkeling tour, fishing tour, kayak tour, massage, sunset yoga, and island hopping tours.  If you fancy night out and experience Koh Lipeh’s night life, Pattaya Beach is right at the other side of the island, a walk away or you could hire a motorbike taxi.

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