If you love the idea of slow travel through SE Asia, join me on my sailing boat Yana de Lys.
I live aboard and cruise with my husband (the other captain). It’s always slow travel, whether we’re sailing, or exploring inland.
Visit deserted tropical islands and exotic anchorages with me in my sailing blog
Come floating around the stunning 99 islands in the Langkawi group on the west coast of Malaysia in my sailing blog Holed up at the Hole in the wall.
Or sailing round the spectacular karst islands from Langkawi to Phuket in Thailand.
Perhaps you’d like to explore the islands around Tioman on Malaysia’s east coast? There are three sailing blogs about that trip beginning with Are we nearly there yet? (You’ll also learn how kids just don’t get slow travel.)
Discover backstreet secrets in my travel blog
Umm, and Australia. Occasionally we go home to visit family and friends or just earn Aussie dollars.
About Yana de Lys
Yana de Lys is a French princess. A 39’ fibreglass Wauquiez Amphora ketch built in 1978.
When we bought her in 2010, she had been languishing on Rebak Island (just near Langkawi Island) in Malaysia for six years. She needed a lot of work. New decks, rigging, windows, engine overhaul etc etc. We never intended to buy another “project boat” but we fell in love.
Where are we now?
Now we’re in Johor Bahru in southern peninsula Malaysia, near Singapore, waiting for the winds to change and the funds to accumulate before we sail on to the west coast of Borneo. I hear you can sail up the rivers and still see pygmy elephants in the wild…
But there’s no rush. Plenty to see around here. The food is cheap and delicious. The people are friendly. Gotta love slow travel!
December 2021 Update
So. We packed for a three week trip to Perth in February 2020. A quick catch up with family and friends and to stock up on Vegemite.
And got locked out of Malaysia two days before we were due to fly back to Yana.
Nearly two years later we’re still here. In a gratitude bubble. Not that many places as safe and free as Western Australia during Covid. But the world’s finally opening up. Malaysia’s Covid cases are declining and their vax rate is healthy.
The other captain and I are quietly optimistic about returning next year. But we’re not sure when…