In March we did a six day RYA Competent Crew sailing course with Langkawi Sailing School in Malaysia while living aboard 42 ft yacht Kay Sira and sailing around Langkawi’s 99 islands. In Part 1 we wrote about the first few days of the course and this post covers the rest of the week, when each day the sailing got better and better.
It had been on our bucket list for a long time. We gazed at yachts in marinas and planned which one we’d buy to sail the world. It didn’t matter that we had no sailing experience, had never even spent a night on a yacht, and that I got seasick. We knew deep down that it was something we’d do one day. Last month we finally took the first step towards our dream and signed up for a sailing course with Langkawi Sailing School in Malaysia.
One of the things we liked most about Kuala Lumpur was the different neighbourhoods. We headed to Brickfields for cheap tasty Indian dosas and thalis; to Chinatown for the chaotic markets; and to Kampung Baru to see one of the city’s most traditional neighbourhoods.
Last weekend we visited Kuala Lumpur on a visa run from Thailand. We have been to Malaysia before but never visited the capital and Simon has always wanted to see the famous twin towers. They didn’t disappoint – especially lit up at night. For an excellent view treat yourself to a drink at the Traders Hotel skybar.
Is there any image that suggests indulgent relaxation more powerful than that of an tropical island?
The idea of a calm, turquoise sea lapping gently at a white sandy beach edged by tall palm trees seems to stir something in most people’s souls – a life of carefree leisure spent enjoying the quiet serenity that only this kind of scene seems to offer.
It’s been almost 5 months since we were at our last beach, and Argentina’s chilly winter has us longing once again for the feeling of warm sand between our toes. We’d like to share with you our reminiscences about some of these little slices of paradise that we’ve discovered on our travels. In this post we have details of our favourite islands in Asia, while Parts 2 and 3 explore Fiji and the Cook Islands.