West Coast of Thailand Lanta to Tarutao and Malaysia
Andaman Sea Pilot
Koh Lanta / Koh Po
Is a short sail from Phi Phi Don. Here is found a much more relaxed, layback atmosphere without the bustle of the heavily traveled tourist path. A waterfall can be found about 15 minutes walk from the anchorage passing through a tropical rainforest.
Koh Lanta provides a secure anchorage for the night with restaurants ashore for eating out.
Is an interesting island with its fabulous inland lagoon (Hong) known locally as " The Emerald Cave". A Hong is a hollow center to an island or room in Thai. Swim through a cave and find your own private oasis with a beach and shear cliffs protruding from all sides. Koh Muk is a unique experience and not to be missed. Koh Muk has a protected coastline for exploration by kayak with typical bays, caves and sandy beaches.
Koh Ha Yai
In Thai "Ha" means five islands. It is a good day stopover with a small beach and a shallow bay facilitating easy snorkeling and kayaking in crystal clear waters with excellent coral formations.
Koh Rok Nok & Koh Rok Nai
Is a group of two islands within easy sailing distance of Koh Ha Yai. A number of excellent beaches with crystal clear waters are found here in a protected channel between the islands. Rok Nok is a great place for drift dive or snorkel in the protected channel between the islands. A local ranger station occupies a small area on Koh Rok Nai otherwise there are no occupants other than other visiting yachts and Thai fishing boats.
Deep south of Thailand
On Thai/Malaysian border
On the Malaysian border. On the Malaysian border about 30 miles east north east of the Butang Islands. Koh Tarutao has a distant history as pirate's nest, later penal colony from World War Two of which remains can still be found. Koh Tarutao now forms part of the Tarutao National Park. In the north a river can be navigated upstream by dinghy deep into the mangrove forest. You will find several hiking trails, a chance to bathe under a waterfall, a number of excellent anchorages, one small restaurant at the national parks station. Koh Tarutao recently hosted the "Survivor" series.
Langkawi Island and Surroundings
Langkawi is called the island of mysteries. Many myths relate to the forming of the islands. Only recently a curse for 100 years has ended. Masuri, a woman who was wrongfully condemned to death, put the curse upon the island. The island is duty free. Religion on the island is mainly Moslem so a conservative dress code should be adhered to.
Links by fast ferry to mainland Malaysia, mainland Thailand and Penang operate every day. There is an international airport with flights to Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and direct charter flights to England.
Don't forget "thank you" in Malay is "Tera Ma Kasih". You voyage can begin or end at The Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Langkawi.
Penang is historically interesting unlike many SE Asian towns where historical buildings and narrow alleys have largely given way to concrete towers and motorways, this town of 400.000 inhabitants is still very much the Chinatown that Singapore once was, time seems to be 50 years behind. Georgetown is renowned for it's excellent Chinese and Indian restaurants. Rickshaws still ply their trade carrying their customers at a leisurely pace amongs