Vertiginous experience 

After a few days in Penang with our Aussie friends it was great to be back on Bali Hai with them on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia. 

Good Ol’ friends

As we wanted to give them a sailing trip to the beautiful clear waters of Thailand we only lingered briefly in Langkawi where we hired a car and took in some of the sights, including the board walk at Hole in the Wall. 

On the way to hire a car

One of the board walks at Hole in the Wall

Before we left for Thailand  I was somehow persuaded to join our friends on the famous cable car ride up Mt. Machinchang, the mountain that towers over our anchorage in Telaga Harbour. 

Having quite a fear of heights I was justifiably nervous as the cable car takes you 2.2km up the mountain to the height of 708 metres above sea level and is purported to be the highest cable car in the world!

Terrifyingly high, dangling on a thread!

To save waiting in a long queue (it was school holidays) we paid a little extra and went through the express lane. What we didn’t realise was that the extra payment also entitled us to a gondola with a glass bottom!

Yikes! Do we have to go in a glass bottomed gondola?!

So not only did I have to cope with being suspended by a cable at some vast height but also experienced the terrifying and vertiginous feeling of looking past my feet – down, down, down, – argggggh!

That’s an awful long way down!

However, I have to admit, once I had recovered from the journey up, the views from the top really were glorious  and it was amazing seeing Bali Hai no bigger than a dot in the anchorage below!   

Bali Hai was anchored just near the gap between the two small islands

It was quite chilly up at the top of the mountain, especially when clouds started to gather and we were surrounded by a cold mist, so we didn’t stay up there for too long. 

Telaga Harbour before the mist came down

The mist was cold and spoilt the view

The downward trip didn’t seem quite so bad but I was very glad to be at the bottom once again with my feet planted firmly on the ground!

Some of the thousands of padlocks left by couples at the top of the mountain.

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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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