|Our first stop in Thailand - Koh Lipe.|
The program was simple:
- January 10 - Rebak Marina, Langkawi hosted our breakfast and it was a great opportunity for a meet and great of the fleet.
- January 15 - Ao Chalong - Phuket Yacht Club hosted a lunch and we all checked in here.
- January 19 - Port Takola, Krabi where there was a tour and dinner
- January 24 - Phuket Yacht Haven, hosted a marine market day and farewell party.
|Rebak Marina - early morning mist in the trees.|
|Kuah, Langkawi. This is where you check in/out. You can take your tender and go to the building left of screen and around the corner a little bit.|
|This is the pool at Rebak, it was our view over breakfast looking out towards Langkawi.|
|The Oriental Pied Hornbill - Rebak Marina|
|Sun rise over Koh Rok Nai to the right and Koh Rok Nok to the left. The full moon was still showing itself at 0600 in the morning as we left bound for Koh Phi Phi Don.|
|Koh Ha Yai - 5 islands.|
|Koh Phi Phi Le|
Interesting to note this is where we purchased our dtac Thai SIM. Its a tourist SIM which gives fantastic coverage.
|Ao Lohdalhum Bay - Northern side of Koh Phi Phi Don.|
|Koh Phi Phi Don - The foreshore once life quietens down a bit. Long tails at rest.|
|Phuket Yacht Club welcoming lunch - Ao Chalong Bay.|
|The Big Buddha - quite the sight.|
While in Ao Chalong this is a good place to get supplies. You will see the jetty - its really long. You can leave your tender there just past the first concrete breakwater wall. Go in behind it and you will see the dock. Its not the most charming experience, and you will need to lock on your tender and outboard motor to something (we even locked our tender to our friends tender) but it is convenient. It is here you will see the offices to check in/out.
Once on the jetty, you can either walk or grab a bus to the end. When you reach the end (its really long) turn left and go right up the dog leg to the main road (you cant turn left at the dog leg). Once you reach the round about turn hard left and walk down about 1/2 hour and you will see Makro shopping centre.
On the way you will pass Supercheap shopping centre 24/7. We didn't like what we saw but do know people who love it here - its very cheap. Makro is a bit more expensive but I felt worth it. The store is air conditioned, the meat/seafood are in refrigerated trays and cabinets and they had most things. Easy to grab a tuk tuk back to the jetty for around 100 baht per person.
What you can't find in Makro, you will find at Villa Mart. You can also walk here, its up the same road to the round about, but turn right, cross the road at your own peril, and walk around the round about to the second right. Again cross the road at your own peril and walk about 8 minutes, you will see the complex with Villa Mart on your left.
Villa Mart is very expensive but you will be so glad you found it. Great for getting those items you couldnt find at Makro.
|Our foot massage venue.|
|Chalong Rum Distillery - very well presented and quite unique.|
|Beach front cafe.|
|Optional seating out the front of the cafe.|
|A storm approaching as we sat at anchor feeling very well protected.|
|On the way into the anchorage we sailed past the impressive - Yao Yai Resort.|
|Very few tourists here, the beach was lovely and peaceful to walk on.|
|Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. Home to some seriously large vessels.|
|This is the deck area where we had our dinner and farewell party.|
|The marina looking west.|
For our travels we used:
- Paper charts
- The Southeast Asia Pilot, written by Bill O'Leary & Andy Dowden
- Open CPN
Fuel and Gas in this area. Fuel is readily available. We found it so easy to get on the fuel dock at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. Yes its a few more cents dearer than say going via jerry can, but its matter of hiring a car, so we found the expense and time was well worth it. Gas bottles are also easily refilled at Phuket Yacht Haven.
Checking into and out of Thailand. You do not need an agent to do this and the cost to you will be little to zero. If you go to the long jetty, the Harbour Master, Immigration and Customs are all in the same round building. Just take in your documents and a smile.
|Koh Sap. A wonderful example of 2 limestone krasts and a smaller one in front.|
- The event organisation, the Sevenstar Phuket Cruisers Party and the hands-on activities at the Cruisers Market were sponsored by Sevenstar Yacht Transport
- The Phuket Welcome Tour in Chalong was sponsored by East Marine (www.eastmarineasia.com)
- The South East Asia Pilot was donated by Bob Mott of Marineware-Asia (marineware-asia.com)
- Mrs. Porntip of Porntip Logistics sponsored the service of checking the yachts and crew into Chalong
- Leelawadee Massage, co-sponsored the Thai Herball Ball making session.
- Tourism Authority of Thailand helped sponsor the Krabi Party and the entertainment at the Cruisers Party.
- Port Takola sponsored the elephants and party in Krabi
- Yacht Haven Marina sponsored the events in Yacht Haven by hosting and making available their staff to run it, and gave free berthing as far as they had it.