In and out in five minutes

After the excitement of finding the elusive fisherman’s shrine at Koh Rok Noi, the rest of the trip back to Langkawi, Malaysia, was pretty uneventful. 

The fishermen’s shrine at Koh Rok Noi

We stopped overnight at Koh Lipe in the Butang Group and dropped anchor at Pattaya Beach. 

Aproaching Koh Lipe
Before we went ashore we were a bit disconcerted to see quite a large fishing boat anchor close to us. It’s always frustrating when people anchor too close – a bit like being on the beach and someone comes and puts their towel down right near you when there’s a whole beach to choose from. 

The large fishing boat with a haggle of longtails atltached’
The large vessel had only just anchored when around a dozen smaller (and outrageously noisy) long tails roared past our bow (no slowing down around anchored boats here) – all heading straight for the larger vessel. 

One of the longtails going full pelt
“What the heck were they doing?” we wondered. 
There was much shouting and jostling of boats and men and then we saw why. The long tail drivers were buying fish from the larger boat and then speeding off – presumably to try and be the first to the many fresh seafood restaurants on Koh Lipe and get the best price for the catch of the day. 

Peace restored
Thankfully once the transactions were over the large vessel took off and relative peace was restored. 

Sun down at Koh Lipe
We set off the following morning in calm conditions. As we approached the border with Malaysia we saw a long line of boats – looked like a hundred long tails at least – presumably fishing just inside Thai waters. 

Some of the Thai fishing boats stretched across the border with Malaysia

We have seen thousands of fishing boats during our time in Southeast Asia but never a long necklace like this during the day. 

Raising the Malaysian flag
As we approached the border we lowered our Thai flag and raised the yellow quarantine flag and the Malaysian flag once again. It felt good to be going back to Langkawi after a couple of months away. 

It was good to see Langkawi again
Dropping anchor in Telaga Bay we enjoyed a glass of white wine and took in the stunning view. 

The skipper enjoys a sundowner
Telaga Bay is a pretty anchorage with lovely views
The following day we checked in at the lemon coloured mock-Georgian customs and immigration building. 

The immigration and customs building at Telaga Bay

It is such an easy process compared with Indonesia – checking out in Tanjung Penang we had to go to four different buildings and the process took at least an hour. In Telaga we were in and out and at the Harbour Master’s in five minutes. 

More of the view from our anchorage

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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