We arrived into Langkawi early in the afternoon and went straight to our pre-booked pen in the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. The club is in the centre of Langkawi so we were able to just walk to the check in offices and get our cruising permit for Langkawi. It was easy and quick and we then headed off for a drink in the club bar. There are quite a few of us here so we all got together for sundowners round the pool and had dinner in the club. The next day we set off for Kuah, the capital of Langkawi to organise boat stuff – always the first thing when we arrive somewhere. We spent four days here, enjoying the pool and the company of our travelling buddies, but decided to sail around the island before heading off to Rebak Marina where we are spending Christmas. Langkawi is a small island, which caters for many yachts all sailing through South East Asia. You can buy anything here but need to know where to go. It is a labyrinth of small shops but caters well for cruisers.
We visited the famous Hole in the wall, which is a great anchorage with caves and many small restaurants. We spent the night here, taking the dinghy through the cave and had dinner at a fish farm – very peaceful and beautiful.
There are many small anchorages around Langkawi – most of which are well protected. It was lovely to be sailing through high cliffs again rather than the coast.
We spent a day with everyone and ended up having our final dinner with the rally folk at a restaurant which was situated on a rice paddy. It was actually very sad as we will not see some of these folks again as we are all now going our separate ways. Many of us are going on to Thailand, but all at different times. We have sailed in company with everyone since July – the West Australian contingent since May so it was a great fun evening tinged with nostalgia.
A week before Christmas we headed off for Rebak Marina. Most of us who were heading off for Thailand were going to spend Christmas here and it is a great place to be. A beautiful pool, very safe as it is totally enclosed, has a hard stand and lift out facilities and secure as it is an island only accessible by boat.
We are staying in Rebak for a few weeks, as we have to haul out, get her bottom painted, do a spot of land travel and head home for a couple of weeks – YAY – I’m so excited about that one….