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Visa voyage Phuket – Langkawi – Phuket (end May)

We planned to make a quick run into Langkawi (due to visa requirements) and at the same time pick up some stores that were expected. As the shipment was delayed we cruised back with a quick turnaround.

We left on the 29th of May in perfect sailing weather. At 1800hrs we were already approaching Langkawi but night was setting and we entered the Kuah channel in darkness, at 2200hrs we dropped anchor in the General purpose anchorage outside the Langkawi Royal Yacht marina.

The next day we shifted alongside to the marina in front of a passing rain shower that made a magnificent rainbow display. After clearing the formalities, the crew and I went down to the marina where the agents had invited us. We later went out for dinner to a local restaurant ‘Doug’s’ and then after dinner drinks at the Cakra Café.

This trip we decided to use the tender and go exploring the channel between Pulau Tuba and Pulau Dayang. It was very picturesque with mangroves in front of rippling greenery up the Island slopes and bare limestone cliffs on either side. Once through the channel we explored the Lima Islands nearby and the famous bat cave.

We spent the next day alongside and a day later left back for Phuket after fuelling. The trip back was uneventful with an overnight stop at Phi Phi.

Rainbow when going alongside RSYC. S/y Lili Marleen in background.

Alongside Langkawi Royal Yacht Club

Exploring the channel between Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Tuba

Limestone cliff at Pulau Tuba

Mangrove Jungle

Pulau Lima group

Pulau Lima Bat Cave

East coast of Pulau Tuba

Vivek and Saini at Cakra Café

Local expats, Mark (retired Hong Police inspector) & Doug (Thai restaurant proprietor).

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