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Back to Malaysia

July 10, 2017

It was with mixed feelings that we left Boat Lagoon in Phuket on May 31 and headed back south to Langkawi, Malaysia. We had spent more than six months there and had made many friends, but we were excited to get cruising again. We enjoyed one day of sailing before being becalmed and having to motor the second day.

We booked a slip at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club and were only a little surprised to see many of our friends that were still there from our stay in November. Langkawi is a duty-free port and we took advantage of this and ordered new batteries for the boat. We had a week to kill while waiting for the batteries so we toured the island like tourists. One excursion included taking the steepest cable car in the world to the top of the highest mountain on the island. It was a clear day and the views were fantastic.

Once the batteries were installed we slipped our dock lines and enjoyed a week exploring the islands in the Langkawi group. The islands rise sharply out of the water and are completely covered with jungle; absolutely beautiful!

After returning to the yacht club and securing Persephone, we took the ferry 80 miles to the south to the island of Penang. Brian had spent four days there on a visa run but it was Sandie’s first visit. We booked a hotel in historic Georgetown with a rooftop bar overlooking the city. The ostensible reason for the trip was to see the dentist, but we enjoyed a week of rooftop drinks at sunset, eating at hawker stands, massages, and sightseeing. We used the Hop-on-Hop-off bus to visit the Butterfly Museum, temples, and the Clan Jetties where early Chinese clans lived on piers over the water.

We are back in Langkawi awaiting a critical toilet part that is being sent from the States. We spend our evenings swimming in the pool where we can see hornbills, monitor lizards, monkeys, and sea eagles. Afterwards we join the “resident” yachties for happy hour at the club bar. We are now regulars at the curmudgeon table so it is probably time to leave.

We will head back to Thailand once the toilet is fixed. We never had a chance to explore the islands around Phuket while sitting in Boat Lagoon and we are definitely looking forward to it. We will return to Langkawi in 5-6 weeks where we will leave the boat and land travel to Viet Nam and Cambodia. Our long-term plan is to ship Persephone to the Mediterranean Sea next Spring, a big change from our original plan to sail around South Africa.

The sights of Langkawi

 

Cruising Langkawi Islands

 

Penang Island

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