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The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name "Ko Lipe" means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language.
 
The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name "Ko Lipe" means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language.
  
The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal. To help combat this problem, many restaurants and bars will refill used plastic or reusable watter bottles for free or very little cost. Look for places with white water jugs or standard water dispensers to paticipate, reduce waste, and save money!
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The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal.
  
 
[[Image:Lipe Dawn Flip666.jpg|thumb|280px|Sunset, Pattaya Beach at Ko Lipe]]
 
[[Image:Lipe Dawn Flip666.jpg|thumb|280px|Sunset, Pattaya Beach at Ko Lipe]]

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