We headed north from Langkawi after refuelling at Telaga. It is only about 15 NM north of there that we entered Thai national waters.
Our first stop was at Tarutao Island, part of a very large national park. After spending a day there exploring the very winding, narrow creeks in our dinghies, we pressed on to the Emerald Cave island.
Another stop on Ko Lanta, then off to Ao Chalong, the checkin port.
From there we headed north via various anchorages, all fairly close and reached by motoring. There was not much wind. The scenery was spectacular with the numerous limestone stacks and islands.
During this time, our dinghy sprung a leak, letting water in in copious amounts. It was also leaking air out fairly quickly, so the time came to get a new one. The chandlery at Boat Lagoon had new stock arriving in a week, so we ordered one. It is a West Marine AL-290, a model that can roll-up by removing the aluminium panelled floor.
After more cruising about with Windchimes, it was time to head to Yacht Haven to get some boat work done.
Toerails and rubbing strake sanded and varnished
Main saloon hatch timber removed and replaced, leak fixed
New sail bag from Rolly Tasker
Steel surround on anchor locker removed and replaced with stainless steel
Stainless crane made to lift outboard engine.
Cockpit clears zippers moved and repaired
With all that work done in two weeks, it was time to move south again. The weather was getting worse as the SW Monsoon season was starting.
A fairly quick trip to Ao Chalon for checking out, then a few more days saw us back in Langkawi.
Photos to follow