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Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 13th 2015

Getting from Mandalay, Myanmar to our next destination Langkawi, Malaysia was slightly long winded but made easier as we caught a flight from Mandalay to Bangkok and then another one to Hat Yai where we settled for the night. Hat Yai was not what we expected. Arriving at night this place was buzzing. Lots of market stalls selling food, cheap clothes all side by side next to many high end malls. Throw in some rats and some suspicious looking women hanging around on street corners and you have Hat Yai. Next stop Langkawi, Malaysia. In order to get to Langkawi the following morning we caught a tuktuk to the bus station, then a coach to Satun, another tuk tuk to the ferry terminal, a ferry across the Thai border to get into Langkawi, and then a ... read more
The beautiful hot beach
Sunset on Pentai Cenang beach
Chicken rendang

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi January 28th 2015

Zehn Tage auf Langkawi, zehn Tage Müßiggang und in den Tag hineinleben, zehn Tage Paradies, zehn Tage wunderschöne Sonnenauf- und –untergänge, zehn Tage relaxte Reggae-Musik am Strand nach dem Dunkelwerden, zehn Tage vom palmengesäumten Schatten aus durch den Sand laufen, welcher sich anfühlt, als würde man zu Weihnachten für das Plätzchenausrollen zwei Kilo Mehl zu viel auf die Arbeitsfläche streuen und es mit den Füßen verteilen, zehn Tage neue liebe Menschen kennenlernen, zehn Tage leckeres Essen, zehn Tage der Versuch, mal richtig braun zu werden, zehn Tage Sonne und trotzdem noch weiß…fast…nach einem Nickerchen in der Sonne wache ich auf und boah…ich bin braun. Mein Blick wandert ungläubig an mir herunter, über meinen Bauch, die Beine, die Füße, zum Wasser und dort sehe ich die im Meer versinkende Sonne, die mit ihren Strahlen alle... read more
Cenang Beach
Kasbah - Restaurant

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi January 24th 2015

Langkawi was probably the most relaxing part of our trip so far. After a short flight from Kuala Lumpur we were only 45 minutes from the airport and our accommodation was beautiful. Ambong Ambong was a small hotel with 11 individual villas which were built on the side of a very steep rainforest hillside where monkeys would come to visit you on your balcony as we were at the same height in the tree canopy. Every week all hotel guests are invited to a cocktail party hosted by the hotel owners. Special clothes were left in each villa which you were requested to wear. Girls outfit was a sarong and for the boys it was fishermen trousers. This was a great way to get to know everyone, guests and staff alike. All food and all drink ... read more
Peace and quiet round the pool
Time to cool off
Play time!

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi January 24th 2015

24/1-15: Arrived in Kuala Perlis around 6 in the morning at got on the 7 am ferry which took around 50 mins. I slept all the way. Got a teksi to Rainbow Lodge on the west coast and got a couple of rooms for 50 RM. Nice relaxed place, turkish chef started talking Danish to us by surprise, he lived there for 40 years. Next thing we hurried to the beach where I could not stay awake at all and slept most day in between some nice swims. Dinner at a nice restaurant right on the beach, a big bbq plate for 30 RM with some fresh fruit for dessert while watching the sunset and listening to live music from next door. I can get used to this island life thing. Walked around town for a ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi December 17th 2014

Its not long since the last blog, partly because the last blog had been delayed by lack of internet as we cruised the south of the Langkawi Islands and a need to use up our remaining internet before we leave Malaysia in the next day or two. The second day at Rebak Marina was really the last day of the rally. It started with a ferry to the main island, to our tour bus and a visit to a rice museum and its own padi fields. Then we had some “free & easy” time to look around the souvenir/duty free shops at the main tourist strip at Pantai Chenang. We enjoyed a relaxed lunch as Alex was being baby-sat by Kerryn & John from SV Esoterica. Back on the bus to visit a batik producing studio/shop ... read more
Naomi having fun at the rice museum
Naomi's sunset photo
Taken from the ridge

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi December 12th 2014

From the small island of Pulau Talang all 4 boats were on the move before dawn for the long day of 60 miles to Penang. It was mostly motor-sailing except for the last couple of hours before the island when the wind picked up. Then we were dodging several fishing nets until motoring under the bridge - the longest in Asia I believe - before turning left behind Jerejak Island, about a mile south of where the others yachts had congregated. On our way we had discovered our plans of getting Thai visas in Penang were scuppered as the King’s birthday was on friday so the immigration office would be shut - pooh! We could have so easily left a day earlier from the Pangkor Marina and now we would have to hope we could sort ... read more
Luna Ray in background crossing under the bridge
Chinese food in Georgetown
Exploring Pulau Bidan

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi December 7th 2014

Langkawi, Malaysia WOW…I think we are in the Caribbean! Warm, humid, beautiful green, lush island surrounded by high peaks and mountains. Lots of little islands jutting out of the water towards the sky all around us. Today we are visiting a Rice Museum which may sound a little boring, but it turned out to be one of the most interesting places of our trip. We saw rice fields in various stages of maturity, water buffalos that work the fields, all of the equipment and tools necessary to grow and harvest the rice…and chickens all over the place. Life here is as it has been for many years. Rice is still planted by hand, harvested with scythes or long knifes, beat by hand on a wooden stanchion to separate the rice from the stalks, and ground to ... read more
Talking to a Little Girl
Yacht Harbor

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi October 10th 2014

So we arrived in Penang at the bus station in the middle of nowhere with no money and nowhere to stay, luckily I remembered a name of a street that Elise had mentioned a few days previous, so we jumped in a taxi and got him to drop us off there by passing the ATM. We then hopped out spotted a guest house and checked at reception for some prices and found out that they only had a double dorm AKA swingers Dorm but for £4 a night we couldn't resist. After being in the room for a couple minutes we had already met Bolivan couple and found out about there travels, where there heading next what there plans were for food everything. Now after traveling for 9 hours with no food as you can imagine ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi June 5th 2014

Hi everyone, A couple of pictures of our "new" boat, hopefully if all goes well we should be on board by early next month. Peter Margaret and Amigo... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 31st 2014

We arrived at the main island of Langkawi (out of 98 other islands) on Friday the 28th of March after a very busy 3 hour ferry crossing from Penang. The ferry thought it appropriate to put on Captain Philip, a film about modern sea pirates to the amusement of us passengers!! Langkawi is a very beautiful island north of Penang, just up near the Thai border. I decided I'd like my birthday here as we'd heard good things about it from other travellers and it seemed like the perfect weekend beach break. We stayed in a hostel recommended to us by Peter the Irish cyclist when we'd bumped into him again in Penang, called Zachary guest house. It was nice and had a large social area, so we met quite a few other travellers whilst staying ... read more

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