Island hopping from Phuket to Langkawi
We took a couple of weeks island hopping from Phuket to Langkawi. Some sailors do this trip in 24 hours but that’s just not our style. We’re slow travellers.
Our first anchorage, Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Island) was pleasantly free from crowds. Unlike our last visit when we could hardly move on the island during the day for all the tourists, and there was uber loud doof doof music for the party animals every night. This time the sound track was something so benign I didn’t even remember what it was in the morning.
The green prawn curry was just as delicious as I remembered from our first stay. When I asked the staff if the prawns were farmed or wild he articulately pointed out to the sea.
It was an easy run to Koh Muk. At one point I looked out the porthole and saw fish jumping a meter out of the water. Like something out of the film Nemo.
The other captain kept telling me about the dolphins he was seeing. All I saw was water disturbances. Hmm.
The fabled Emerald Cave
We visited the Emerald Cave on the way to Koh Muk.
It takes a 70 meter swim through a dark cave to get into the sea cave or “hong” as the Thais call it.
Our waterproof torch ended up being allergic to water.
On the way back out we realised we had taken a wrong turn. We had to back up in the pitch dark. Maybe that was the way to the fabled pirate treasure. We wouldn’t have found it with a dead torch anyway.
We took our time slowly heading south down Koh Taratao. I guess we didn’t want our cruise from Phuket to Langkawi to end.
We stopped at three different overnight anchorages. Did some of exploring. Had a bit of stormy weather.
One day we took the dingy for a look up one of the rivers.
Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a dog swimming. It was a sea otter.
We heard the last of the Thai radio we’ll be hearing for a while, because suddenly, it seemed, we were in Malaysia again.
The Langkawi time vortex
Langkawi is a time vortex. Like the Hotel California you can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave. We planned to say a few days. We were there for a month.
Bass Harbour, Kuah
Don’t mention the pork
They were yummy too. Sausages and mash for dinner at our first anchorage on the way to Danga Bay.