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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

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 24th 2014

What an interesting stop over.We boarded a small fishing boat for what we thought was to be a leisurely sail to a couple of islands.Once we were on board the guy switched on the outboard motor and we set off at the rate of knots across the bay. On arrival the tide was out and it took an undignified hoist and a scramble up to the landing bay... We then walked up the forest edge avoiding the monkeys .shortly we arrived at a clearing where we discovered a gorgeous fresh water lake and jumped how amazing. The next day took us to SriLanka here we visited the Ceylon tea plantations. How those people work picking tea leaves in the souring heat beats me. A cuppa will never be the same again.wonderful people and a privilege ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 18th 2014

We thought we had researched every angle possible for our 3 hour ferry transfer from Georgetown to Malaysia’s duty free island of Langkawi. Which terminal does it leave from? How rough will the sea be? Can we take two large suitcases on board etc? With hindsight, a more relevant question would have been “Will you be playing a dreadful Chinese shoot ‘em up movie which makes the Expendables II seem like an outstanding cinematic work, preferably with Malay sub titles and at a volume that makes your eardrums burst?”. Because they that’s what they did. And it lasted over two hours. The boat itself was big, roomy and comfortable and, whilst wanting to convey how impressed I was about it to Angela, it was impossible due to the deafening explosions from the film. No matter, we ... read more
It's A Beautiful Place
Back By The Beach
Easy Rider

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 17th 2014

2nd March Travel from penang, the hostel owner drove me took around 30 minutes, didn’t leave the hostel until 10 and my flight was at 12midday, it was their recommendation to leave so late, it was strange to me. However still had plenty of time, able to chill and have a starbucks and right some of my last blog. (Dark mocha Frappuccino. YUM) the flight was only 35 minutes, never felt like we were level, just going up then straight back down. Got a taxi to me hostel in the town called Kuah, Regalia Spa. 18 bed dorm but only 3 other people in there. And two of them worked nearby. Clean and secure hostel. Headed out for a walk could see to the sea, boats and mini islands. I instantly fell in love with the ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 15th 2014

We awoke, got changed and headed out of the hostel for breakfast. After a quick coffee at Starbucks, we went to the Freecat bus stop, located at the Komptar bus Station, the main bus station in Georgetown. The freeacat bus is a local free bus service that takes you around Georgetown. We must have just missed one as we ended up waiting for ages. We got chatting to an Indian couple who were also visiting Georgetown. Eventually, the bus arrived, and we took it to the Penang state museum. The museum was incredibly interesting, well worth the visit. It was all about the history of Penang Island and it's colonisation by the British. It also gave a background as to how the Malays, the Indians, and the Chinese all came to settle in Malaysia. We then ... read more
Shell, Langkawi
Ian, Langkawi Beach
Vicki, Langkawi Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi February 10th 2014

So I started this new Adventure a little under a week ago. As I am sitting on a secluded beach in Langkawi. I look back to a week ago were I was having dinner at my Cousins house with about 20 people. It was the perfect end to my latest stint in Australia catching up with my awesome family, and the perfect start to my latest adventure. Since then I have been in 3 countries in 6 days. I flew out of Australia on Tuesdays, continuing my lasted string of luck with planes running late. I finally got into Bangkok at 2am after about 10 hours of flying. I must of still been sentimental about family time as I gave up my perfectly selected seat for one not so comfy so a family could sit together. ... read more
Canal in Village we are staying at
Coffee in a bag
Eating a Scorpian

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